Wednesday, 23 November 2011

The One...

Since living in Hungerford I have admired the stunning houses, beautiful cottages, and glorious country farms. One of our Martin & the Magpies customers has the most stunning home. While sitting in her kitchen going through a Christmas order I was left fantasizing about what it would be like to own a house like that. It is a rambling country house...Horses in the stables and divine grounds.

It is lived in, with coffee cups in the sink, newspapers left half read on the table, a cat sat on the dining room chair....dogs snoring away in their beds, and children who have eaten all the 'good' biscuits!

Then when I came back into Hungerford with country home daydreams in my head...I walked past my favorite house.... I do not know if anyone lives looks empty and unloved. 
I look at it and can see a family home, a sweeping staircase and a wide hallway are all I can see from the door when I sercretly peer in...!

The courtyard doors holds a secret....behind it is the church hall, they have tea and coffee mornings. The vintage residents walk the cobbles for a 50p cup of tea and a gossip!

I wonder if the church owns the house? I wonder if I could bear to paint those chippy blue doors?
I wonder if, one day, I will breath life into it?

The daydreams of a rambling country pad have left, a tatty town house has taken over....I could have a pack of hounds, a horde of babies, a big kitchen with an Aga, and the shop on my doorstep.

It is good to Dream. To Believe.

Do you have a fantasy house, one you walk past and imagine opening the front door?
Does yours have a Christmas tree above the door?

Friday, 11 November 2011

Lest we Forget

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Tales of Pip The Pickle

Our little Pip is proving his/her self to be a right pickle!
Pop over to Pip & the Magpie's to hear the tale & a scary scan photo!!

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Remember, Remember

Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot...

I am just like a small child when there are fireworks about...I love them so much.
I remember the joy of bonfire night, the hot dogs, the smell of fired onions and gunpowder in the air, gloved hands while writing your name with a sparkler, the heat of the bonfire, the amazement of the fireworks, the ground shaking booms, the whizzes, cries, Ohhh's & Ahh's.

Although I am growing a babe in my belly, have a ring on my finger, & a handsome man by my side, time flashes I stand in that school field, I revert back to being 10..... the joy etched across my face.... Pip jiggling in my tummy.....Life is wonderous right now.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Vintage Magpie Courses 2012

This year I have discovered a love of teaching. Passing on my knowledge has been an incredibly positive part of this new journey I have been on.

As I'm sure you are all aware, we will be having a little bundle of joy in March. This is something which I have been waiting for all my life; to be a Mum. I cannot wait for the challenges that wait for me. 

However, I also ADORE my creative life, and get a cold sweat when someone asks me whether I will give up work. Although my bespoke work might be reduced next year due to Pip, I want to be able to grow Vintage Magpie throughout this time, to create a fantastic business that will work around Pip, So I can fulfill my dreams of  being a creative working Mum. 

So this got me thinking whether to offer some lovely VM workshops...

I honestly do not know whether this something you; my gorgeous readers, would be interested in?
So this is me dipping my toe in the water...
...please feel free to let me know what you think!!

Firstly I would be looking to hold a 'DIY Bridal Course' where you will learn how to make a silk fabric Rose Bouquet. All the materials will be included, just bring along some of your treasured vintage items to work into the bouquet. This would be a Day course. The cost of this course would need to be confirmed, but around £200 with lunch & wine included.

This would be happening around May/June 2012. It would only be open for a small amount of people, So if you would be interested please either comment on this post or email me at;

The second course will be 'The Vintage Magpie Masterclass' an intensive 2 day course designed for the professional, who either would like to set up their own business or add a string to their bow and offer an extra service to their existing business.
It would give you a complete over view into the process of making an Heirloom bouquet...from the first crystal wired to binding off the bouquet.

A kit will be included, all you need to bring is some lovely Vintage Sparklers, a note pad & your happy face!
I stress the word INTENSIVE for this course! It will be a challenge but well worth it.

Again the cost will need to be confirmed, but around £850 Lunch & wine included on both days, Plus endless tea & coffee!!

This would be happening around July/August 2012. It would only be open for a small amount of people, So if you would be interested please either comment on this post or email me at;

I am open to your ideas & your thoughts.
Growing Vintage Magpie continues to be my dream, I cannot wait to share my world with you. My aim is pass on my knowledge in a fun and exciting way. To help others who want to lead a creative life.

Will you be a Vintage Magpie Master?


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