Sunday, 15 May 2011

Great Grandad's 85th Party

The whole family spent yesterday in Liverpool for my Great Grandad George's 85th Birthday Party. He moved into a residential home a few months ago and he's looking much healthier than he did when he was at home. The staff are all lovely and bring him his tea in his favourite Everton mug.

Yesterday he had a party at the residential home, complete with entertainer and lots and lots of buffet food. He enjoyed opening his cards and presents and enjoyed having everyone there, even if he wasn't too sure who everyone was (he's got mild dementia).  The other residents really enjoyed the part too and one lady didn't stop dancing from her wheelchair and doing a hand jive with my Nan.

My cousin, Katie, and I.

This week my mum contacted UK Handmade and they were really lovely, putting a good sized advert for our Blighty Boutique Vintage & Handmade Fair in their Events section. Our lovely volunteer waitresses have also taken it upon themselves to buy matching uniforms for the vintage style tea room and they'll be wearing black 40s style tea dresses with a white lace edged pinnie. It's great of them to have bought the dresses as I really wanted them all to have matching outfits but didn't mention it as I couldn't afford to buy them, with the tea room being for charity.

The dresses don't look that vintagey in this pic but they look very vintagey on. They're Biba's Barbara Hulanicki for Asda and the dress I have on in the above pic is the same dress but in a pink/grey pattern.

I took a little trip to the tip this week and came back with these two vintage biscuit barrels. The ceramic floral one is apparently from 1917 and is so pretty. It's missing its lid but is in great condition considering it's age and now sits on my bedroom windowsill. The wooden one is complete with it's heavy ceramic inner, and will be coming along with me to Saturday's Northampton Vintage Fair. I'm also having a stall at the Discover Vintage Fair at the Pump Rooms in Leamington Spa on Sunday....a busy weekend ahead. I've also got four little helpers to assist with choosing and packing my wares for the two fairs. Lily (my Scottie) and Alfie, Jack & Betty (Mum's Westie, Scottie & Chihuahua) are all at mine this week while my mum's away for a few days, so I'm off work most of the week to try and limit how much naughtiness they get up to!

Have a good week everyone xxx

Thursday, 5 May 2011

A Lovely Gift & a Lazy Day

Beverley of Elizabeth's Attic sent me a beautiful gift a few weeks ago; a tile with this great text on. Beverley does these in lost of designs and they're fab. You can find them on her Etsy page.

As you probably know from my last blog I'm having this week of because of a bad patch with my chronic fatigue. I spent yesterday at my mums helping her sort her spare room and it took us from 10am to 8.30! Probably wasn't the best idea since I wasn't feeling great anyway but sometimes a good sort out, even in helping someone else, clears your head. I'd quite like to spend this evening lying on the sofa eating my body weight in chocolate or Ben & Jerry's but it's one of those where I could so with it delivering to me. Think it'd look a bit odd if I asked for an emergency Tesco delivery of Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia & a large dairy milk bar, hmmm  xxx

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Family Fun and Vintage Finds

It's a bit late for me to do a Royal Wedding post so instead I'll just post a few pics from the family party we had at my uncles'.

Grandad in his red, white & blue
 We all waved our flags and cheered as the guest arrived at the Church and of course cheered even louder when the Queen came into view. My family and I love the Royals and we all really enjoyed the day. My uncle had put on a great do with bunting, flags, banners, party bags and a ridicilous amount of food. Pork and stuffing baps, yum yum.

Nan waving her flags. My aunt's sat behind her

Mum in her red, white & blue
Here are a few vintage bits and bobs I've picked up over the last week.
Vintage travelling wardrobe. I think it's 50s

I love the print. 50p from the tip shop

I've got this week off as my Chronic Fatigues bad at the moment. Fingers crossed I'll be feeling better next week if I rest for most of this one. I hate resting but there's not a lot else I can do at the moment. I think I'll make some of my vintage envelopes while I rest so that I at least feel slightly productive.

Utility china & a Royal beaker

Have a good week everyone xxx