Sunday 15 December 2013

1930's style jumper and a winter challenge (say no to black)

Here is a little something to shake off the drabness of the cold season: a 1930's inspired number that will do more than keep you nice & toastie in winter - uplift your spirit whilst having you clad in style. Real style. Remember, elegance does not have to be black! The wool and silk mohair yarn makes this knit light and frothy, and the paprika/denim colour combo is guaranteed to improve your mood. 

...It also cooks you breakfast!!

Seriously, advertising talk aside, this is a rather beautiful piece of clothing, hand knitted by mother, whose work I sport regularly on this blog. As some of you know already, she does not take commissions, so this is a one and only purchase opportunity, with the garment now available in my etsy store. 
Furthermore, I am offering a 10% discount on this item to followers of my blog from now until Christmas, simply convo me via etsy to this purpose should you be interested.

Wednesday 11 December 2013

Christmas candy

I took a little day trip to London with a friend as a pre-Christmas treat. I had never set foot in the famous shopping arcades or other places of similar fancifulness which are packed with tourists all year round and little suited for cost and other reasons to my shopping habits. However this year I decided to embarque on a decadent window shopping experience - after all, I am a tourist in this country - and have to say, London is certainly the place for stimulating the want. 

In true touristy fashion, I preferred Harrods to Fortnum & Mason's, although the latter wowed me with their marzipan and glace fruit confectionery - so beautiful you would never want to eat it. But the former's architectural and interior design features score pretty high in the way of glamour. I  had to take an extra ride in the amazing Otis elevators which were my favourite feature. No pics other than the one outside their winter wonderland window, the kind of shop display that is very much up my street. 

Sadly the Christmas decorations section in either store didn't quite match my expectations, yet I stumbled upon some wonderful things such as a Deco patterned tie, along with beautiful chevron knitted Missoni ones, amazing Islamic woven silk rugs that added another dimension to the touch, and last but not least a perfume that emptied my brain and filled my senses, so by the time we ended the day with cocktails in the perfect Deco surroundings of the American Bar at Brasserie Zedel, I had been drunk already for some time. 

I need to get out of the house a bit more, I think... Right now, to do some actual Christmas shopping.

Friday 6 December 2013

Hello, is that you, Santa?...

Just over a year ago I started dressing the windows at the Antiques Centre in Gloucester, setting up a little nautical scene. I've done every window change since, and loved every minute of it. If there is a side to my job that makes me truly happy, this is it. So this Christmas I am celebrating not only an year of newly found aesthetic appeal,  as well as commercial success of this particular enterprise, but also what I see as a small personal accomplishment of my own: finding something I like doing and ...well, doing it.

There's a competition this year for the best store window within the Gloucester Quays Shopping Outlet (which includes the Antiques Centre since it's reopening after recent turbulent times) and it would be nice to win it. Mostly for the team who put up with me every day. 
I am already a winner, for all of you ladies and gentlemen who make it your business to come in and pay me your wonderful compliments, for which I give  you my heartfelt thanks. 
The best was from someone who is regularly visiting the Antiques Centre just to keep up with the changes in window display. Now you may think this is of little relevance for a business, but it means a hell of a lot to me. The thought (rather heady) that anyone would get out of their house with the purpose of seeing my work, and would find joy and delight in it, is deeply touching. That made my day (and a few since :))

For those of you unlikely to pop by, here is a little taster of one of the window sections that form part of this year's Christmas display.









Wednesday 4 December 2013

It's been a while, how are you?

Long story short, around the time of my last entry here I became suddenly - and unexpectedly - unemployed. Although some weeks later I sort of regained my position, this whole period made for a  rather stressful time overall, and an emotional roller-coaster. 
I am hoping to settle on firmer grounds soon, and at least to reach the level of shallow normality which is as far as my existence here can stretch to. That means blogging again, showing you my vintage, filling my etsy shop, and last but not least, appreciating my job for giving me the opportunity to be around some lovely people which I would greatly miss otherwise.