I love cake of course and I’m a big puss cat fan, so when I celebrated my BIG Birthday last week I had to have an amazing Birthday cake….or two. 🙂
I was lucky enough to celebrate with a vintage tea party at my favorite Alice In Wonderland inspired tea rooms Callooh! Callay!in my home town. They made me a fabulous chocolate cake with candy pink and white striped icing and a very handsome purple Cheshire cat on top. He was even grinning. 🙂 I was glad they limited the number of candles!
A couple of days later I went with my family to a lovely country pub in the nearby village of Downham for even more celebrations. This time my sister Yvonne and my friend Becky surprised me with yet another amazing cake!
This very cute cake was made by a new little bakery , VANILLAin Clitheroe who bake bespoke cake creations and cup cakes. Look at all the thought that was put into the design. All my friends and family know I have an obsession with vintage china and tea cups. So this delicious chocolate ( yes I adore chocolate too! ) cake was made in the shape of a tea cup and saucer. There is a darling kitty inside the cup and a little owl on the base. The Owl and the Pussycat! There are also tiny sea shells made from icing, decorating the base. I adore the sea side. My loved ones know me so well!
This evening I have mostly been making a few teacup candles, purchasing a pair of red Ruby Shoo shoes off Amazon and deciding which dress I should wear to my upcoming birthday Vintage Tea Party. Its been a rather pleasant way to spend a few hours. 🙂
At the weekend I went on the hunt for something to wear for my birthday celebrations . Having booked my fave vintage tea rooms Callooh ! Callay! and sent out invites with a rather broad dress code ~ tea dress, vintage ( any era) or Alice In Wonderland inspired, I realised I didn’t actually have anything to wear myself. Oooops!
My first port of call was as luck would have it , a Crafty Vintage Fair in my local town. I was quickly drawn to this pretty purple tea dress at the Psychotic Monkey stall which was a bargain at only £12-50. I had to snap it up !
I had more shopping plans however. Aranged to catch the train into Darwen with my friend Becky and our other halves as Becky had discovered a wonderful little vintage clothes shop there the previous weekend called My Vintage Having deposited the boys at the pub we spent a good hour perusing the rails at this excellent little boutique. I must have tried on over ten different dresses ! The store owner was very helpful and didn’t mind at all. In the end I decided i would really go for it and bought a black and white polka dot 1950’s style Wiggle dress. 🙂
I had also really loved a very quirky vintage inspired dress covered in ……….cats! It had a bit of an Alice In Wonderland feel about it i thought. Think the lady at the shop was most delighted when i went back for it. My lovely boyfriend having discovered how cheap pints are in Darwen decided to pay for both dresses as a birthday present. Hurrah !
You can probably guess that the dress I have actually decided to wear to my birthday tea party is………… the polka dot wiggle dress! Im going to be brave and attempt to look a bit glam. The red Ruby Shoo shoes I have ordered should hopefully look perfect with it. I shall take a photo for you when they arrive. 🙂
I am sure I will get lots of wear out of the other fab frocks I bought too. Have already got plans to wear the quirky cat creation at my next craft fair. Miaow!
Today the warmth of the sun coaxed us out of our home town and along the A59 to Skipton. I love this Yorkshire Dales market town with its cobbled side streets, eclectic independant shops, quaint cafes and brightly painted barges. We had a stroll along the canal and an amble round the shops and discovered a few new businesses that have opened since our last visit. Here are a few snaps of our day.:)
Saturday afternoon I met up with a friend for a brew, a natter and a scout round a vintage fair. The Chic Vintage Fair was held in the St Marys Centre in Clitheroe and was packed to the rafters with glorious vintage homewares,clothing and collectables. Its always fun mooching round these types of events as you often spot something that reminds you of your childhood. I get ridiculously nostalgic when I glance upon a slideshow View Finder or a Mr Frosty slush maker!
And you also come accross unique gift ideas when people get crafty with their vintage. 🙂
After the fair my friend and I went to the Exchange Coffee Company for a brew. She was short on time so after she left for home I couldn’t resist on going back and buying a string of pearls for a friends birthday and this beauty for my bedroom.
Then as I ambled home I couldn’t resist bobbing into Callooh Callay on Moor lane for a nosy in the Curiousity shop upstairs.
And yes you guessed it ……. I treated myself to a slice of Bakewell tart in the tearooms downstairs. Naughty but nice. 😛
Although I havn’t done any fairs recently I have still been looking out for teacup treasures. 🙂
At the wknd I quickly bobbed into a gorgeous Crafty Vintage Fair at the st Marys centre ( inbetween bridesmaid dress fittings and
bridesmaid hair do practices!) and was quickly confronted by these beauties that caught my eye. First off a lovely floral trio with no markings to say who made it but pretty all the same.
Then I spied another delightful trio. This elegant pale green and white and gold pattened teacup, saucer and side plate are made by Royal Vale. I love the colours. 🙂
Of course another great place to find Teacups are Charity Shops. Sometimes you can be really lucky and bag a bargain and other times they might guess there are crazy teacup ladies in town and hoist the prices up. ( I’m one of them by the way!) Unfortunately I do find it almost impossible to resist a ravishingly retro teacup such as this one. I think my mum had the set this came from in the 70’s. 🙂 Its called Delphine.
Today walking home from work ( which does mean passing an abundence of charity shops) , I spotted this rather lovely pale rose teacup trio in Oxfam. I love the pretty scalloped shape of the cup. 🙂
Last but not least I found a stunning set of these white and gold Royal Vale teacups & saucers. I really think these beauties will make adorable christmas candles. What do you think?
So some of these teacup treats I shall keep and some I shall turn into trinket stands and candles. I suspect I may find even more at the weekend as I believe there is yet another Vintage fair on in Clitheroe. Teacup Heaven!
If you like teacups you may want to look at my facebook page Mrs Tibbs Teacups & Candles. x
I don’t know about you but I find it very hard to just…….be. This afternoon I am hoping for some chilling time, yet here I am perusing wordpress. I’ve made myself a relaxing spot in my little back yard. I intend to glance through my copy of The Simple Things and catch some rays. I have cushions and music and a paperback novel.The sky is blue. All is fine in my world. Just relax Shaz…
At the weekend my friend Lisa and I shared a stall in the craft tent at Gargrave Show. I think our products complimented each others very well and of course it was nice to have such lovely company. 🙂 Lisa and her partner Mark own a bespoke tile shop in Clitheroe Tile Productions and make beautiful ceramic tags, coasters, buttons etc with the left over materials. And I turn vintage teacups I source from charity shops and jumble sales into scented candles, pin cushions and trinket stands. We are neither of us experts at running a stall but here are a few tips we have learned from our own experiences and other stall holders.
Research the fair you would like to do. Visit the fair and talk to the stall holders. Is it busy?, is it well organized?, Is there a good atmosphere?
Check if tables and chairs are provided. They usually are but not always. If not a wallpaper table and folding chairs will suffice. Make sure you bring a table cloth to cover the table.
Don’t forget your float.Not everyone will have the correct change.
Bring bags and bubble wrap You can order both quite cheaply online. Quite often I recycle gift bags and carrier bags.
Print out business cards. with your website and contact details on. Put them on your stall and bob them in the bags too.
Price items up clearly. I usually dot cards with prices on around the stall.
Display everything to its best advantage. You can use crates and boxes to add height and depth. And show off your wares! I use pretty vintage china to display the vintage brooches I sell.
Be Chatty.:) Engage with potential customers and Interact with the other stall holders.Its a good way of learning about other craft fairs and you might make some new friends too. 😀
Hope these tips will help anyone who is considering doing a stall at a craft fair.X
Helloo there its been another perfect summers day here in sunny Lancashire. Or should that be Yorkshire and Cumbria too ? I’ve managed to visit all three counties in one day today ! This morning we drove over to Clapham in the Dales. The pretty village with its meandering brook was holding its annual Street Fair and Duck Race. There were classic cars and a Jazz band too. And I bought some pretty crimson rose covered teacups and saucers to make into candles for 30p each. Happy Girl Me ! Not used to finding such bargains these days. I also bagged a Mr Men Snakes and Ladders game for my nephew and niece for £1 and three darling vintage brooches for 20p each. Such treasures 🙂
About ten miles up the road from Clapham village is the historic Cumbrian market town of Kirkby Lonsdale. We parked at Devils bridge which spans the river Lune and walked along the river bank into town via the steep Radical Steps ( 86 steps….not that I counted!) Kirkby Lonsdale has plenty of lovely little gift shops,boutiques and cafes. We had yummy Ice creams from Emma’s Teashop in the market square. I can highly recommend the Lemon Curd flavor 🙂
On the way home we thought we would bob and see some friends who live in the middle of a Forest. They run a farm that rescues and rehomes rare breeds, called The Great British Farm Project. I don’t know why I was soo amazed to find they really do live in the middle of a forest as I follow Tracy’s lovely blog OLIVE AND HARRY which is full of amazing tales and gorgeous pictures of their farm and mad menagerie. But after trudging through a mile of forestry mountain bike trails, clutching a jar of marmalade from the street fair, we spied their little farm and were greeted by a handful of whippets and Tracy. 🙂
We were then introduced to some of the happy rescue animals. I wish I had taken more pictures!
It was great to see how well all the animals are doing and what a good job Tracy and Stephen do at looking after them all. 🙂 If you wish to know more about the farm look Here.
Thank you to all the people who entered my Teacup Candle Give Away which was in honor of my Blogs 1st Birthday. The winner has been drawn randomly from a teacup.
Emma from the blog High Heels and Glitter ~ you have won the teacup candle !
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Wow can’t quite believe my little blog Sunshine and Celandines is one year old this month. 🙂 I started my blog as a celebration of all the things I love and am interested in. There are musings about vintage finds, wildlife walks, yummy food and favourite films. I write mostly for myself but yes I do get a happy buzz and a feeling of satisfaction when someone likes or comments on a post. Yippeee!
So to mark Sunshine and Celandines birthday I thought I would treat you to a little giveaway ( Hurrah! ). According to my stats my most widely read entry is What To Do With Your Vintage Teacups. so it seems appropiate that I should treat you to one of my own hand poured Teacup Candles. 🙂
To be in with a chance of winning the teacup candle pictured all you have to do is leave a comment by the 28th of July. I will then collect all the commenters names in a tea cup and draw out a name at random. 🙂
I’m feeling rather smug and rather satisfied. I’ve managed to survive the Blog Every Day In May Challenge set by the lovely Elizabeth of Rosalilium .And although I occasionally changed the suggested topic I was able to post something every single day .Hurrah!
One of the best things about the challenge ( apart from the great sense of achievement I’m feeling right now. 😀 ) is the fact i have discovered lots of lovely new blogs. And the bloggers themselve’s all have interesting things to say. Here are just a few I have enjoyed reading ( and will remain to do so) through the month of May.
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