Thursday, 17 January 2013

A place for everything and everything in it's place....

Don't you just hate clutter and dis-organisation? I do!
I have been trying to re-organise my cupboards over the past week (as I've needed to stay home with a poorly child.) I have some absolutely beautiful china and some vintage tea cups, saucers and side plates that belonged to both mine and my husbands Great-Grandmothers, but I've never been sure how or where to store them.

We have a large floating shelf in our family room which has always been missing something so in lieu of a dresser I thought I'd create my own display shelf. What do you think?

I happened upon some pretty twinkly star lights which I've strung just behind the cups and saucers- cute 'eh?
The beauty of this is that I can still access the cups whenever I need them as we do like a good ole cup of char in an elegant china cup in our house!

Imagine my delight when I stumbled upon this little beauty in a local charity shop for the princely sum of £15. A no-brainer right?!

So now everything has a place!

 I often wish my world were as easy to organize as my china cabinet..... There are so many things to juggle but I have found the process of re-organising my life a little bit like the china in that I had to start with an outcome in mind. I  could only really begin to look at how to organise myself once I knew what I wanted at the end, namely peace in my home and a week filled with enough space to be fruitful rather than fire-fighting.


Monday, 14 January 2013

It's Snowing!

Doesn't the world seem a wonderful place when it's snowed?
I couldn't believe it this morning when I looked out and saw such a beautifully peaceful and pristine blanket of snow over my garden. Fresh snowfalls always make me think of new beginnings; the opportunity to start afresh and more importantly the fact that fresh snow completely covers over what was there before!
Why not use this snowy Monday to start afresh on something yourself?


So, What makes a domestic Goddess?

Domestic Goddessing begins, in my opinion, with a good pinny!

I have 3 or 4 that I use regularly as looking the part is half the journey. Truth be told, I'm not an enormous fan of many domestic duties (Shhhh!) so I do find a good pinny really inspires me to focus on what I'm doing and do it well!

My pinny of choice number 1 is a Cath Kidston number bought for me by my very dear friend Emily a few years ago and was my first bit of CK chic. It has been worn and washed at least a hundred times and wears well. I find the large front pocket vital for holding my phone (I'm a HUGE fan of BBC Good Food recipes online!) and other assorted accessories- hair bobble, tea towel, spoons....

The fact that it is an all-over pinny is great when vigorously stirring bolognaise sauce as I do have a habit of splashing pasatta on my vintage dresses. My pinny is an old pattern but CK still sell them (around £20) and you can purchase them here.

And two... My next best pinny is a half apron which my middle daughter made for me as last years Mother's Day pressie. It's made from vintage bark cloth in a delightful floral print. Knowing how very useful I found the CK pinny pocket, my clever little bean made the apron with 2 deep front pockets; perfect! I don't wear this one quite as much as it is precious.

Clearly a pinny does not maketh the chef, but the right attitude towards the task at hand is incredibly important. No matter what you're doing, have the right equipment to hand and enter into it like you mean business! I did tell you Vintage Glamour is about much more than red lipstick and seamed stockings....


Thursday, 10 January 2013

Passing on the baton....

I know that the old adage says 'do as I say not as I do' but I have found that all 3 of my daughters do tend to do as I do! (they quite often do as I say too!!)
My eldest has most definitely followed in my footsteps and now has her own vintage blog where she lists her love of  sewing, vintage makeovers and the values and ethics of yesteryear.
You can follow her blog here 

Nice to know I've made a lasting impression.......


Welcome to the Vintage Glamour Guide! This blog is designed to indulge me in my passions, values and creative practices and to involve you all in the journey!
Vintage Glamour can be achieved with relative ease but is about so much more than red lipstick and seamed stockings!
So join in on the journey!