This is a post about a little boy who attends the same school as my boys, his lovely Mum, fundraising for the hospital where Scott is being treated and the amazing ladies who supported our Vintage Tea Party on 2nd March.
If , after reading this post, you want to contibute then please follow the Just Giving link….
A small group of us at school got together and our idea was simple – ladies, fizz, shopping, fun, cake,
…Jay, Clare & Jackie for making the sandwiches and just being fab
…Ruth for her brilliant singing
The clock is ticking – it is 1.52am on Friday morning and I am still baking in preparation for the Fabulous Places Summer Market.
Have a read of the blog on the Save the Date website here about the event http://www.savethedatemagazine.co.uk/2012/07/summer-food-gift-market-by-fabulous-places/
Hope to see you there.
Morning peeps! Like most girls, I hoard jewellery, never having enough and always on the look out for pieces that I love so much I don’t want to take off. I do have a budget mind you, and its rare that I will spend more than £50, so to find Shu & Me has made my search easier. Happy days!!
Lucy Bannister is the creative force behind this gorgeous little company and she is also a fashion advisor at Canopy in Derby, which is bursting with labels like Acne, American Vintage, Twenty 8 Twelve…
We caught up with Lucy and this is what she had to say about the new love in her life.
“I’m a total Magpie, lover of all things Vintage and 100% fashion junkie and this is me trying to make a success of my Vintage/Trend inspired little costume jewellery brand! Shu & Me Vintage inspired jewellery is made up of vintage/ trend inspired pieces. I like to go with the tag line that “One girl’s trash is another girl’s treasure” – because I handmake unique necklaces and bracelets that have been put together using recycled pieces of unwanted, broken or inherited costume/ antique jewellery that have gone on to be revived to make something beautiful and wearable that isn’t mass produced.
Every item is different and exclusive to the person wearing it. I like to think that each necklace and bracelet tells a different story. I try to make every singe item totally different to the next as a result there are some pieces that are real statement makers, some more subtle and discreet but all 100% unique.
Currently the jewellery can be found to buy on my etsy shop- www.etsy.com/shop/shuandme or there is also a selection on sale in Canopy on Sadlergate in Derby.
If however there is something specific a customer would like I am more than happy to discuss this with them and attempt to make the perfect piece for them.
I am planning a launch party which will take place on 2nd May, anyone interested is welcome to come along to Bar 5 from 7pm, I will be selling jewellery on the night and there will also be some live music from sister act ‘Daughters of Davis’, lots of cake and a few cheeky cocktails- what more could you want?!”
You can all thank me later…
Twitter: @shuandme Facebook page: www.facebook.com/shuandme
Good morning all. It was a good old week for Darby & Joan last week, a pretty amazing start to the year with lots of exciting project to be involved with.
I had a meeting with the lovely Deb from Fabulous Places to discuss the next event she is organising – a date for your diary – Saturday 7th July at The Roundhouse in Derby. Just the most perfect venue for a shopping event, I am sure a lot of you reading this know exactly what I am talking about!
Since January 2009 Fabulous Places has been holding food & gift events around Derbyshire. The aim behind the events is to offer you a unique opportunity to visit an event that has been carefully put together. Deb organises events that she would choose to attend…there is always an attention detail, the venue is always stunning and there’s absolutely no compromise with the stall quality as each and every stall is handpicked by her.
Darby & Joan have been involved with Fabulous Places for some time now and have exhibited at several of their events. They are always the highlight of our year, and, whilst the preparation leading up to the event is pretty hectic, the excitement and anticipation far outweighs the inevitable string of evenings when we are working until 2am!! You can just see our stand in the midst of all the people in the photo which was taken at the Christmas Fair 2011.
Deb was looking for something a little different to add to her catering for this summer’s event, and that’s where Darby & Joan come in. We are going to have a Vintage Tea Rooms so that you can all sample a selection of our Afternoon Tea menu and enjoy tea and cakes served on our vintage china.
Our staff has been picked, our menu is being tweaked and added to and I am bursting with ideas – some probably far too OTT, but I can dream!
It is early days I know, but I am so so excited about it I wanted to share it and pop it on the blog.
Love Christmas? You’ll adore the Southwell Vintage & Handmade Fair – Magic of Christmas Fair! Friday 11th and Saturday 12th – get your skates on!!
We’ve brought an exquisite and eclectic mix of all things festive to East Bridgford Hill, a beautiful Georgian country house in the heart of Nottinghamshire. So you can tick off your ‘To Do’ list, while enjoying an irresistibly Christmassy day out.
As well as selling our vintage wares, vintage tea sets, vintage styled candles & vintage china cake stands, Darby & Joan Ltd will be styling the Orangery & the festive demo programme too. We are also supplying around 200 of our vintage tea cups, saucers & cake plates for your use, together with masses of our vintage cake stands & other christmassy bits. Phew!
There will be a ridiculous abundance of fame & talent … meet our lovely designer Joanne Harratt of ELF, who came 3rd recently in a competition judged by Kirstie Allsopp in her new Handmade Britain programme. Jo is going to decorate the fireplace in the Morning Room of East Bridgford Hill at our fair … can’t wait to see what she’s going to do with her Christmas stockings, plum puddings & other scrumptious goodies.
Pretty stocking fillers, handmade jewellery, exquisite knits, vintage collectables … find unique gifts for men & the perfect presents for your loved ones, favourite friends & hard-to-buy-for relatives from our gorgeous array of original, unusual & affordable gifts. Kimberley from Fabulous Fairs has travelled the length & breadth of Nottinghamshire & indeed the country to find the most talented designer makers & vintage dealers – so you don’t have to. Ladies Day on the friday is to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
We haven’t forgotten the guys…
Forget the last minute dash down the high street on Christmas Eve ─ or the online purchase that doesn’t arrive on time. One trip to the Magic of Christmas Fair is all you need to win your partner’s heart with a truly gorgeous gift. You’ll also find some great speciality beers, sloe gins and seasonal liquors, pungent cheeses and more, to help Christmas Day go with a swing!
So many lovely things - I have a feeling I might not be able to curb my spending…
Sore feet from wearing too high shoes, voice hoarse from talking all day, exhausted from an early start…but over the moon with how today went at the save the date wedding fair with a difference!
Darby & Joan caught up with wedding suppliers we regularly work alongside, met some inspirational new companies & people & spent the day talking to brides to be & their families about their impending weddings. Lydia & Abbi from Save the Date really know how to put an event together; catwalk shows, interactive displays, live music, outdoor entertainment, fabulous catering – all housed at The Roundhouse, one of the most impressive buildings in the county.
We were showcasing our vintage china & vintage accessories together with promoting our Afternoon Tea Party events (we had a cake trolley filled with cupcakes, scones, rocky road & chocolate dipped strawberries..not much left at the end of the day!)
We were so so excited about the event, fingers & everything else crossed that we are able to work with some of the brides we met on their wedding or help with their hen parties. (We have already had one provisional booking from the day, which is amazing, that is my kind of bride!!)
Morning all. Its 645 on Friday morning, an early blog! I have been up & about since 4am, my mind is whirring & working overtime with everything that is happening at the moment with Darby & Joan - exciting times.
Have you Derby folk heard of a lovely, relatively new restaurant on Sadler Gate, The Wonky Table? Its an intimate, friendly place to eat, having an ever changing menu with dishes made with largely locally sourced ingredients – & the cocktails are (in my opinion!) the best you’ll find in Derby. They have a function room upstairs which can be hired for private events, which I where I come in!
A couple of weeks ago D&J provided the vintage styling, vintage china & finishing touches to a vintage styled hen party. The girls had requested a champagne brunch & were treated to eggs benedict, fresh fruit salad, pastries & tarts with endless cups of coffee & tea. The ladies had a fabulous few hours & thought it was a gorgeous treat. They said it was especially nice because it gave family members from both sides of the bridal party to meet up & gave friends old & new the chance to get to know each other before the big day.
As it was such a success, The Wonky Table & Darby & Joan are hoping to make vintage styled get-togethers a regular event. I can’t think of a nicer way to celebrate your occasion if you want to plan your event during the day. Perfect for a hen party, birthday celebration or just an excuse to get the girls together for a champagne breakfast or vintage afternoon tea.
So, please contact either myself at D&J or Holly at the Wonky Table & we will be happy to discuss menu ideas & styling with you.
Hello everyone, I am still getting the hang of this blogging lark, so please bear with me if my posts are few & far between!
I had a lovely afternoon yesterday in what I can only describe in my dream house, trying on dream vintage wedding dresses at the newly opened Unforgettable Vintage Bridal Gowns boutique, just outside Leamington Spa.
I had met the two creatives behind the brand, Sisters Rae & Hannah, at the Vintage Chic Wedding Fair in June & we hit if off straight away. I was bursting to try on some of their beautiful dresses & finally plucked up the courage to spend half an hour in a world of my own, wafting up & down a sweeping staircase in their original vintage, breathtakingly beautiful, bridal gowns. They took pity on my urge to dress up & invited me for a trying-on session in their boutique so that I may indulge my fantasies more & model for them at the upcoming Vintage Chic Wedding Fair at the Custard Factory, Birmingham on 30th October. I thought about it for 3 seconds before agreeing!
They had a visit from Lucy Stendall a couple of weeks ago, who is a wonderfully talented wedding & portrait photographer “specialising in good old fashioned sweet love” – I love that quote from her website. She too was blown away by the dresses, the venue & the warmth of the girls & suggested a photo shoot to showcase all those things…they have asked Darby & Joan to be involved with the project & we will be supplying all of the vintage china, linens, accessories & adding our own ideas & styling to the shoot & I CANNOT WAIT! I was awake in the early hours this morning jotting down ideas & putting together mood boards, so I am beyond excited.
If any of you lovelies out there are looking for some vintage inspiration then I cannot recommend these two companies enough. Their service, attention to detail & genuine love of what they do shines through & you will love what they do too.
For brides looking to pre-
The Wedding Event with a Difference is back! Sunday 16th October at the Roundhouse, Derby.
It promises to be a fabulous event with lots happening, including the Creative Corner, the Lyrical Lounge (tipi tent) outside with live entertainment & a fire pit to keep you toasty. There is an amazing catwalk show, interactive demonstrations & so many incredible exhibitors (including us of course!).
Tickets for the Save the Date Wedding Event are on sale now & are selling fast – get yours by visiting www.savethedatemagazine.co.uk/events/. Don’t forget, tickets are limited to be quick & don’t miss out.
As a special treat, Darby & Joan have got two tickets to give away. To be in with a chance of winning these , all you need to do is tell us how many fashion shows are taking place throughout the day? (clue – the answer is on www.savethedatemagazine.co.uk).
Please send your answer to us at email@example.com.
We really hope you can make it & look forward to seeing you there.