Easter in the shop involved many Maileg bunnies finding new homes.
Our Easter tree was met with delight as we tied teacups, pearls, chocolates and bunnies in the branches taken from our Wisteria.
These cutesy Maileg Easter tree decorations lasted three days in the shop and were sold out.
I love these 1930s name place holders fashioned after Beatrix Potter characters which have become useful for shop display.
I also set about making bunting which has been very popular for all the outdoor celebrations planned for this month.
A gorgeous Victorian styled pin cushion and salt and pepper set
Stunning reconditioned 1930's Bridal hair slides, Charles Horner silver thimbles, and various deco brooches.
A lovely silver plate vintage wedding cake knife and lifter.
|A beautiful silver plate cut work bon bon dish|
|A huge 1950's red Riding hood Teapot lid|
|1940's spring bouquet oil painting|
Tadaaa! Not bad for a table which was destined for landfill. Good on ya Steve!
A wonderful Victorian wash bowl and jug set
I also found a matching teapot to this gorgeous teaset. (sold)
With the return of the glorious weather came my desire to hit the fairs. It's much more tempting getting up at 5am when the sun is out and there's no chance of having to plod through muddy fields. Some of my treasures awaiting sorting.
But, without a doubt, the most wonderful event in our shop ever has been the run up to the Royal Wedding. So many street parties were planned for the day and we really enjoyed helping people to plan and style their various parties from bunting to honey comb decorations to china and cake stands. We even sold a white line cricket pitch marker which a lovely lady bought her grandsons so they could mark up their own football pitch for the day.
|This wonderful union jack bunting was a rare find indeed. It is original street party bunting which was used at the first street parties held in England which marked the end of WWI.|
|An original print from the Queen's coronation.|
In the shop our window display was clearly themed around the Union Jack.
After all the great stories we had heard of everyone's party plans, Steve and I felt a little 'partied out' so we decided not to throw a party but to go into London and make our memories there and what memories we made!
|The Mall was packed but what an atmosphere! We found a good spot close to the palace.|
|The bride on her way to the abbey.|
|Crowds on the Mall|
|The cavalry were so breathtakingly amazing. The horses were incredible.|
|'Man and wife' as BBC called them, in their carriage|
|The battery of cameras awaiting the kiss on the balcony|
|After a crowd crushing dash we managed to get a good vantage point and were lucky enough to see the kiss (both of them).|
|A family Photo|
|a flyover of a spitfire, a hurricane and a Lancaster bomber|
|The crowds on The Mall|
|Afterwards, we retreated to St James' park for a picnic.|
It is hard to describe what one feels taking part in a day which is so obviously going to be a day remembered for generations to come. One feels a sense of pride, of privilege and a sense of having played a part in it. As a historian (teacher of history at least) you become accustomed to seeing photographs and reading people's accounts of what it was like to be there. One rarely gets the chance to take part in history as it is made and to know it. Life in London has it's ups and downs and many times it can all become too much but it is on days like these that I remember, no matter where I end up, days like this come along very rarely and I will never forget this one.