I’ve been making some flower collages which I absolutely love doing.
I was a florist for about 10 years during the eighties in our family business which was a Dutch/continental flower shop in London so I’m no stranger to flower arranging.
I’ve always loved hot, strong clashing colours and where as most of our customers preferred the safety of elegant white bouquets and arrangements, when they saw the wonderful, vibrant clashes of carefully selected orange, pink and red flowers flown in straight from the growers in Holland, they gradually loved those colour combinations too.
This fabric is from the thirties and forties and I cut out the flowers by hand. It’s much warmer than working in a busy flower shop and I don’t get rose thorns in my hands.
These pictures can be found in my on line shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/NickyGrace
Last weekend I went with a friend to Pitfield Cafe and shop in Shoreditch.
We had the most delicious lunch in the lovely cafe
I didn’t take any pics of the cafe because it was full and it didn’t feel right pointing my camera at strangers.
It’s a very large space and about three quarters is the shop.
Blury pic of a bit of the food counter.
Lovely old watering cans
Nice isn’t it.
They also sell gorgeous tea towels by Barbara Chandler
Cabinets full of vintage glass
Beautiful huge old prints
Cosy corner and lots of fifties crockery exactly the same as my grandma used to have.
The waitresses were very friendly and actually wiped the crumbs from the tables into their hands and not onto the floor like some places (drives me insane).
What I loved most of all though was the wonderful frontage which I think is outstandingly amazingly beautiful. Just Ahhhhhh
Old Street Tube London.
A few things that I’ve just added to my shop. http://www.etsy.com/shop/NickyGrace
Last Sunday I went to the Vintage pop up fair in St Stephens church hall in Hampstead. Many years ago the place fell into disrepair and became home to a few squatters and their barking dogs. I walked past it to and from work every day and was so intrigued and curious, I’d have given anything to have a peak inside. They were lucky to be residing in such an amazing, huge and stunning church, quite medieval and haunting at night, all dark as there was no electricity. The dogs barked, heavily tattooed shadowy figures came and went and I imagined the place to be candle lit. It must have been freezing. Roll on a couple of decades and it’s been repaired at great cost and is now a most beautiful church.
It’s a huge, imposing place with tons of atmosphere and there are always lovely stalls. I never come away empty handed.
I bought some gorgeous notebooks from www.retrofromscratch.co.uk who use the front covers of vintage books to make into note books and diaries.
There was a lovely vintage china stall called MadAboutPots by Jane Murphy who also had a plate stand full of very delicious tiny cakes for free.
I fell in love with this beautiful little jacket and it took all my will power not to buy it. If I had I would have hung it on the wall as it’s not something I’d get away with wearing but it was just so gorgeous.
If it’s still there next time I know it’s meant for me.
My vintage bunting can be used in the garden on a dry day, though they are few and far between at the moment. These florals were hand printed in the USA in the thirties.
Mini Vintage Bunting
I’ve been making vintage bunting for many years and now I also make vintage patchwork bunting and mini vintage bunting (pictured).
My bunting isn’t the sort which is used to decorate large venues, marquees or streets. I source my fabric from all over the world. Some of it was handmade in the thirties and forties. Some is hand dyed. The sort of colours and patterns I like weren’t too difficult to get a few years ago, now unfortunately it’s like gold dust so every little piece is precious. I add small pieces of gingham, polka dots and muslin and make it by the meter. Each little piece is like a jewel and I cut them all differently and I also dye some myself so that each string of bunting is a beautifully precious little collection of quality vintage fabric in glorious ice cream colours.