As a single gal, living in London, Valentine's day used to fill me with dread. It wasn't so much the fact that I was on my own as I loved being single, it was more the incredible pressure society places on the importance of being in a pair. I believe the gift of being single is grossly underrated. (I feel I should say, at this point, that I love being married but it's that I am married to Steve, not that I am married that is important to me.) Having lived firmly on both sides of the fence ( and sometimes even on it) I celebrate both as equally wonderful and edifying experiences. I accept that a romance can happen with others, with places, with experiences with beliefs but the most significant romance is the one we have with ourselves. So, Happy Valentines day one and all no matter who you are or who you are with.
I also created a simple, non-fussy-straight-to-the-point Valentine's card from a quote from my favourite novel. (answers on a postcard if you know the novel and context)
Some of you might remember a late night maneuver which we carried out whilst setting up the shop. This week saw Steve transporting a large union Jack cabinet in similar fashion by the light of a midnight moon. Take a look:
Use sack barrow and cloth to secure and cover cabinet.
Squeeze it out through the side gate
Squeeze it out through the side gate
Smile for the lady with the camera in her pyjamas
Try not to look like a complete freak pushing furniture around the street at midnight...again!
Place in the window
and...tadaaa! One lovely Union Jack cabinet goes on sale!
Steve then turned his hand to a rather urgent quest, completing a set of chairs for the first vintage wedding we had booked at the London design museum. We had this set of ladder backed dining room chairs in the lock up which we turned our attention to. Each was stripped, painted, hand waxed and reupholstered. Take a look;
|stripped and sanded chairs|
|Re-upholstering the seats in a glorious red gingham|
|Lovely little shelf display|
|Baby table display...so sweet.|
Sarah, pictured above, is more of a faffer than I am. It is addictive and we had to drag her from the shop before she rearranged everything! The wedding hire goods was left ready for the 7.30 am pick up in the morning. We had a sleepless night, as if it were our wedding we were worrying about. Take a look at the run up to Saturday
|Our fabulous designer Talitha Hitchcock's stylish label|
|Steve cutting dividers for the vintage hire boxes|
|China for 110 people as well as various props|
|It has taken weeks of sourcing, washing and packing|
|Many props were readied for hire|
|It filled a rather large van which we packed then sent on it's merry way into central London...gulp.|
|A sneaky preview of how it all looked at the wedding, styled by Florence Blue and Photographed by Lee. Isn't it gorgeous!|
Meanwhile back at the shop, This week saw the arrival of Sophie Smith original cotton print aprons and children's apron sets.
|A beautiful Sadler teapot and sandwich plate set|
|a lovely Hammersley toast rack|
|A glorious Queen Anne art deco style tea set|
|Tea for one gift sets|
|a selection of vintage perfume bottles|
|Gorgeous 1930's pressed glass candle stands|
|Flowers from Lania|
|Roses from Veronique|
|and a bouquet from Our lovely nephew Mark|
This week was a tough one in terms of the extra hours of work in preparation for the wedding. We weren't always feeling the love it has to be said, but it was all worthwhile when we heard that the wedding had been lovely and saw a photo or two.
We now turn our attention to our next project; styling a little magazine shoot on How to throw your own Royal wedding party. With this in mind I have started collecting royal memorabilia.
This week also saw the end of our current round of Art classes and we break for half term. It has been an exciting first half term and we have had some wonderful moments of creativity and spontaneity. I look forward to the next round.
As the sun stays up a few minutes longer on our little shop every day, it is with anticipation that we await the spring. February is the month of love, the month of first tulips, of early weddings. It's also a tough time as the winter clings on and sometimes the depression hits but have faith people. You are not alone we are all in this together.....Spring is coming....Hx