Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Blissful Baby Magpie

This is a girl who is following her bliss....

I had to have a little trip to the hospital today... it wasn't pleasant. So I decided that while I was tucked up in bed I was going to make my day better by starting a new blog!!!

Little things can cheer a girl up so much.

Go take a it is!

'If you can imagine it, you can create it, If you can dream it, you can become it.'
William Arthur Ward

Sunday, 26 April 2009

The Colour of Holland

The required foot photo amongst the tulips

These strawberries were VERY expensive...but they looked great, and smelt better!

If you get the chance visit Holland in the spring...The Keukenhof was breath taking.

All the trees were in full bloom

Clogs, Clogs, Clogs

The wonderful Dutch man and me.

Isn't this just dreamy? The forget~me~not's work perfectly with the bulbs

Show off!

Tulips fields by Train

Amazing colour

This is the house I was admiring from afar.... one day

Ohhh, why wont my hosta's look this good?

The present for The Wonderful Dutch man Mum & Dad... thank you for having us!!

Want to live there?? Me too!

Tulip fields by Car, words cannot describe the excitement of seeing this sight!

Wonderful Dutch boys shoes... too cute.

The Wonderful Dutch Man and Boy having fun!
We had a great time. Seeing the tulip fields were amazing... they brought a smile to my face every time we came across them.
I rode a bike which I don't think I have done since I was 13!! Played in the sun with the wonderful dutch Boy. Spent time with Friends and family.... smiled and laughed.... it was totally gorgeous!!

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Love is...

New 'LOVE all crowned' cushion ~ £22

I'm loving 'The Nest'...

I'm loving my Brides...

But most of all I'm loving the Wonderful Dutch Man, and the fact I'm off to Holland with him!!!!

Saturday, 18 April 2009

New ideas...

For a while now I have been wanting to try new ideas, but that little thing called time was never there. The most amazing fact about having a workshop is that you get to sit and play all day!

The Nest is proving to be an inspiration. Having all your bits and bobs to hand, never having to roam the flat trying to remember where I have put something. The fact that I have opening hours and simply have to be there is the best discipline a girl could have!

In the last week I have made; necklaces, bag/mobile phone charms, cake toppers, ring pillows and fascinators!

The skill of taking a photo of your head was lost on me... I must have looked an idiot in the shop today. But at least the fascinator looks good!! Unlike my nose...The Wonderful Dutch Man said that I must have been telling lies...... the cheek!! I'm blaming the angle!

My 'Hello lucky sailor boy' bag/mobile charm.

My 'Oh La La Paris' Necklace

As I have told you before 'The Secret' is a huge source of positive energy for me. This was my word of wisdom this morning.

Enjoy your weekend xxx

Friday, 17 April 2009

Words of Advice

This little wonder is Natalie's wedding Bouquet... it took a while but we got there in the end.

My design process is a difficult one, simply because I cannot describe it. I don't know how it happens, my fingers listen to my heart and together they do the work.

I am the first person to admit things are not always perfect... this is how Natalie's bouquet started....
She didn't like the type of rose I had made... A change was needed.... lighter, softer...
I have to thank her... she said in her email to me that she didn't like the fact that she had been a pain to me; that 'whilst it is a beautiful job I'm doing the brides must be a pain at times'.
I simply remember that this is a hugely important day ... and everything must be fabulous.
It is the start of their journey... hand in hand with the boy of their dreams... it has to be right.

Hopefully I can re-pay her with my words of advice...written on a wish...

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Made in England

Did you know it was St George's Day on the 23rd?? I thought my window needed to show that fact. So all the Union Jacks have come out, and the fabulous vintage flag cushions moved to prime position!

Red, white and Blue is such a great colour combination... cheerful and very patriotic!

Even my big bosomed lady gets a 'God Bless The Queen' 1940's ribbon sash!

I didn't have a sign for my door, so I scanned some funky letters and of course the Scotties had to make an appearance!

A lovely hanging pot to hold my cards for people to take when I'm not there.

This is Vintage Magpie's latest creation... fingers crossed the Bride loves it.

Vintage Magpie is proud that she hand-makes with love in good old England!

Friday, 10 April 2009

Babies Everywhere

It has come to my attention that Lewes is full of tiny, cute babies!

I think the ladies of Sussex had a pact to conceive at the same time.

I have only been there a few days, and I think it is rubbing off. I made two cake toppers and both are perfect for a new born, a Christening, or a first birthday.

Let me know if they are perfect for your little bundles of joy!! £75 each.

Blue for a Boy!

Pink for a Girl!

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Positive & Productive

My walk home takes me past this beauty, with the azure sky....WOW!!

Some days can go in a flash and you wonder what the hell you have been up to...

Well not today.

I have cleaned and tidied my workshop, finding all sorts of things I had forgotten about. Like these lovely ladies... One has been adapted to hold needles, with a tiny cork in the bottom.

The Nest was filled with the dazzling sunlight of a gorgeous day waking up outside... The drawers were filled with rainbows.

I finished off 2 orders, and made a cake topper with fab cream butterflies. I also played around with a hair piece, feathers galore!!

Found the new May/June issue of You & Your Wedding has featured Vintage Magpie!! Isn't the photo so beautiful? A title WOW bouquets... who wouldn't be excited!!

Lots of positive comments on the nest, and a visit from a little lady who assured me my workshop was the sparkly-ist she had ever seen, and declared it beautiful! Well I'm glad she approved...I rather like it too!!

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Opening Day!

The day started with rain...but my spirits were high and bright!

A gift from the wonderful Dutch man to bring me luck! Everyone always comments on these stunning ranunculus.

I was visited by my Dad, my best friend, and the wonderful artist Nat's. She came in to drop off these wonderful wedding cards!! Aren't they great? Totally unique...I love them!

The thoughtful and ever so useful Vintage tool box, that was giving to me by my Mum was quickly filled with all my sparkly nice to have everything to hand.

Tea and Cupcake anyone?

I sit here all cup caked out, with a smile... I adore my new workspace!

Happy Weekend x

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Doesn't time fly when your having fun!

Blimey! Time flies....

One year... 365 day's... removal van....challenges....
friendship....respect....laughter.... and true bliss.

Thank you for walking with me and always holding my hand.... Ik hou van je!

The Invitation ~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon...I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain. I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy mine or your own if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning usto be careful, to be realistic to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself. If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul. If you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty even when it is not pretty, every day. And if you can source your own life from its presence. I want to know if you can live with failure yours and mine and still stand at the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon,“Yes.”

It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away. I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.


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