Tuesday, 13 November 2012

My Vintage Tea Cup Arrangements

I'm sorry for neglecting my blog from time to time, life gets so hectic sometimes, plus with more sites like Facebook and Twitter to update too, it can all be a bit time consuming and those sites usually win as they are quick to update/post on etc. However I vow to post on here more often as I've had my little blog for four years now and it's where it all started. I love posting on here and following others on their blogs too.I love the fact that I can go into more detail on here.

I wanted to share with you my latest creation, something that was a year in the making, it had been on my do do list for quite a while and I'd had to play around to get it just right. It was something that I thought of whilst we were on our honeymoon last year as I had lots of bits and pieces that I had collected for my brooch bouquet that were left over, plus lots of pretty vintage china from our wedding, I wanted to create something to use the pretty pieces up and for it to be something to keep. So I came up with using them to make an arrangement in a tea cup, that could be displayed on my dresser or in a china cabinet. I also thought that this would be a nice idea to make something for our Mum's to keep to remember our special day by and for it to tie in with my bouquet.

Here is the first one I created, in a tea cup that was used on our wedding day and complete with the sentiment from our wedding invitations. I was really pleased with how it turned out. I even managed to use some of the surplus material that we had brought to make the bridesmaid accessories with, that was the same as their dresses. I made some fabric rosette style flowers to put in there.

I then could not wait to make another, so decided on a different colour scheme for this one. I used lots of vintage findings in this from a recent trip to Greenwich Market. It is made almost entirely of authentic vintage pieces. I love some of the buttons in this piece!

I have since decided to make these to sell and have had quite a few ordered as Christmas gifts, so I will have lots more of these to share over coming weeks. I am enjoying collecting pretty china and vintage pieces to use in my arrangements and have so many more ideas for variations, I can't get my fingers working fast enough!!

However on a more sober note, I have had some issues over the last 6 months with my designs being copied by someone who was a customer, who brought a bouquet from me to then see how it was made and start her own business copying them. It lead to me seeking legal advice as when I politely pointed out an infringement on my copyright the person got quite nasty. I then decided to let it lie, if we went in our separate directions. However it appears that this has not happened! I first posted my tea cup arrangement on my Facebook page to then days later the same appear on hers. I would not have minded but this person had not crafted before this, so it is quite obvious she has no design ideas of her own prior to this otherwise she would have made her own bouquet in the first place. I have mentioned this on my Facebook page so I don't want to dwell on it any longer but it just leads me on to say that I am over the moon if I inspire others, however I do not permit direct copying of my designs without prior permission and never for business or commercial use. I know I am not the only person creating this type of thing but I strive to and pride myself in coming up with my own designs and ideas. I was not aware of any other tea cup arrangements out there. I've been overwhelmed with the support shown to me and the lovely comments about my work etc, which has really cheered me up after such a horrible situation. 

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, your visits and comments always brighten my day! Famous last words I know but I'll be back soon!


Saturday, 6 October 2012

Our First Wedding Anniversary

Seriously, where does the time go?! It sure does fly when you are having fun! I can not believe that we celebrated our first wedding anniversary last month, it seems like only yesterday that we were celebrating tying the knot surrounded by all our family and friends! So many wonderful memories of an amazing day.

I am such a lucky girly to be able to call Adrian my husband, he really is the best I could wish for and it's been a great first year of marriage. I'm so excited for what the future will hold for us.

We had a lovely time celebrating. I treated Hubs to a slap up meal at Coombe Abbey Country Hotel, he is getting hard to buy for in his old age, lol, so I thought the gift of food was as good as any! We had a lovely evening with a few glasses of bubbly!

I was spoilt rotten and hubs brought me some beautiful charms for my Pandora bracelet, which I love, he brought it for me whilst we were on honeymoon last year and I love adding charms that have special meaning to me. Such a lovely piece of keepsake jewellery. I have also been treated to a weekend in London in October to see a Cirque De Soleil show, a meal and shopping! We are going with Adrian's sister and her husband, so should be lots of fun. Hubs also surprised me with this gorgeous shabby chic china cabinet that I'd had my eye on your ages, it now houses my wedding bouquet, some of our wedding china, presents and keepsakes. It keeps them nice and safe and looks so pretty too.

We also had lots of lovely gifts from our parents and siblings, I know we are a lucky pair!

We were then off on our annual holiday, which was much needed, it has been such a busy year. I'll share more about the South of France soon, we loved it there, it was a fabulous break. I now feel recharged, it gave me time to regroup. There was so much inspiration there for a girl that loves anything shabby chic, vintage or country. Ideas a plenty!

I will be back sooner this time as I have now finished up the last of my last wedding stationery orders for this year now, so I'm hoping to have some more free time for a change! I will have some thank you cards to share, some photos from our trip, my birthday, some projects I made for us for our anniversary and the latest wedding stationery creations!!

 Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, 10 August 2012

Burlap and lace

Hello lovely blog visitors, apologies for my absence from posting on here again, I've been under the weather these last few weeks with on going problems which are being investigated so I've been taking it a bit easier than usual!

I wanted to pop on here and share the on the day wedding stationery items that I made for my lovely Canadian customers Jessica and Lee. I can now share them as it's there wedding today and all should have been revealed to their guests now, I always wait until my brides and grooms have shared things with their guests so as not to ruin any surprises for them. I just wanted to say a huge Congratulations to them both too and wish them every happiness in their future together.

Their wedding invitations are the pretty peonies featured a few posts down! When Jessica asked me to produce some of their on the day items too, I was thrilled and let out a squeal when she said she wanted to include burlap and lace!!! I love these two materials together, rustic meets elegant, perfect! So I set to work and came up with these programs for them. I also made a guest book table sign too.

I couldn't resist a snap using my newest vintage typewriter as a prop!


Here is the thank you card I made for them to say thanks for being such lovely people to work with, thanking them for their custom and wishing them every happiness for the future.

I love creating bespoke stationery suites like this, so much fun designing the items and seeing them all come together, worth all the hard work, especially when the customers are happy :)

Thank you for stopping by. Have a great weekend.


Saturday, 21 July 2012

Distressed Dresser

One of the projects I was working on whilst I was MIA from posting on here was redoing our pine dresser and TV unit that are in our living room. It was something that I have been wanting to do for ages!!! I had the Annie Sloan chalk paint sitting there waiting patiently! As we live in a little cottage it's hard to find furniture that fits in the little nooks and crannies! My Mother in Law kindly gave us these pieces of furniture when we moved in, they were stored in their garage and as we were going for a country look they said we could have them. They fitted perfectly plus saved us some pennies, as it was expensive buying everything for our first home etc. They were good quality too, Marks and Spencer's no less. I loved putting all my bits and pieces on display on the dresser.

Although I still loved these pieces I felt that after a few years of having them like this that we needed a change and instead of hunting for pieces that would fit I decided I would have a go at painting and distressing them. We have lots of shabby chic, distressed style pieces already, so this would fit in perfectly if all went well. I was hoping that it would give our living room a face lift without spending a fortune and redecorating completely! 

I was a little nervous, I did not want to ruin them!! I'd only had a tiny bit of practice when I did my tea trolley. However on a rare sunny day in June I thought this is it, now or never, I have a bit of free time and the sun is out, so I cracked open the tin of paint and got to work. 
I must say that I really enjoyed this project and was really pleased with the results. It has given the furniture a new lease of life and has brightened up our living room no end. 

Here was the dresser before......

 Here is the after.....

I've since distressed under all the handles slightly so it appears as through they have worn the paint off over time, a little tip my Dad had picked up off the net! It's taking a bit of self control not to paint everything with this paint, it really is fab and easy to use and comes in some lovely colours. I can't wait for my next painting/distressing project now! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Young love!

Hello again!! Sorry it's been a while! After a very busy few months working on orders etc, I decided to have a few weeks out to catch up with some of my own projects and growing to do list! Also just to get a bit of me time and to spend some time catching up with family and friend etc. I do have some things to share though! So thought I'd better get back to it! I have a busy few weeks ahead working on some on the day stationery for my lovely bridal couples. I can't wait to have that done and on its way to them, then once their big days are here I'll be able to share some photos with you all.

I was asked by my very sweet 16 year old cousin, if I could make him a corsage for his girlfriend for him to give her to wear to their school prom! How cute is that!! He had seen my bouquet at our wedding and thought of this himself, ahhhh!

I had not made anything like this before but it was something I had on my list of things to have a go at and so I decided now was the time for a challenge. Her dress was going to be pink and the rest was up to me!
Here's what I came up with!

I'm glad to say that they loved it and were very pleased ! I was quite pleased with it as a first attempt, I plan to make some more now when I get chance as I really enjoyed making it! I may even make one to wear myself!

Apologies for not stopping by or commenting on many of your wonderful blogs lately but hopefully I will stop by and say hi soon!

Oh to be 16 again, lol!


Saturday, 16 June 2012

Pretty Peonies

I thought I would pop on here and share these pretty peony wedding invitations that I made for a lovely couple in Canada. My first International order! I was over the moon when I received an email from Jessica asking if I could make her some invitations similar to our own but with a peony type flower rather than the bird and birdcage. Jessica and Lee were such a lovely couple to work with and I'm really looking forward to creating their on the day items now too. This is what I came up with for the invitations. 

I loved making these for them and was so pleased with how they turned out, I'm smitten with those fluffy peonies and I'm sure I'll be using them on future projects. I also love the peony stamp I used for the RSVP and information cards.

I'm pleased to say that my lovely customers were thrilled with their invitations too, here is what they said, ''Hi Katrina, We received our invitations, we are absolutely thrilled!! They are beautiful and even better then we possibly thought they could be. I feel like I'm gushing but the details really are amazing. Most gorgeous invitations ever :) We are so happy, thank you so much Katrina, everyone has been in complete awe over how beautiful they are. We've gotten loads of compliments. Thank you again for being a dream to work with as well''.

Now that my lovelies is why it's worth the late nights and stresses I seem to encounter with modern  technology when I have an order to complete! On this occasion the Internet went down for two weeks as some idiots stole the copper wiring to the main exchange!! Not good when it's an overseas order and you are relying on email etc! So Comments like that = a very happy me!

 Have a great weekend folks,


Monday, 11 June 2012

Jubilee Tea

Hello again, I don't know where the last few weeks have gone, they have flown by! June already!!! I hope Everyone enjoyed the Jubilee celebrations here in the UK, we did. I felt proud to be British with all the festivities that went on, I loved seeing all the bunting and flags everywhere too. Also who doesn't like to see what Princess Kate is wearing next?!

We had a nice Bank holiday weekend catching up with family and friends, we had some lovely meals out. We also managed to fit in a spot of gardening and some shabby chic furniture projects! I brought this vintage tea trolley at an antiques auction a few weeks ago and couldn't wait to find time to paint and distress it. I love the shabby chic look on furniture and have a few more projects up my sleeve. Anyway I decided that I would use this to serve afternoon tea from for our Jubilee celebrations as my Mother and father in law were coming over. It made a nice change to make a bit more of things as we live in a small cottage we are unable to have dinner parties but this made a lovely alternative. I made a few quick straw and cake flags, and a little bit of paper bunting with the Papermania Portabello Road collection. I also used some cute wooden flags from my East of India goodies. The china is from my collection that I brought for our wedding that usually sits in my little china cabinet that hubs brought me :) So it was good to put it to use. The cake stand, plates and doilies also came out. As I was pushed for time the edible goodies came from M & S! Well nothing more British for a Jubilee celebration, that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it ;)

I have been so busy with stationery orders over recent months, I will share a few pics now the completed invitations are with my lovely couples! It has also been great to have a break, we have just arrived back from spending 4 days in Ireland visiting family. It was a nice relaxing break and the countryside was beautiful, it was lovely to see my Great Aunt and Uncle too.

 Hope your week is off to a good start!