I bought a bright orange pine plate rack from a furniture warehouse, and after we had been delayed by half a day by a very inconvenient power cut, Steve drilled it to the wall for me ... and that was my starting point. I then painted it very quickly with Annie Sloan Country Grey, and filled it with vintage loveliness and fairy lights. The decor in Thriftwood Vintage is a bit gloomy, and with no time to paint I decided that 'mood' lighting was a must! So lamps and fairy lights have made a big appearance ... my home is looking very sparse now!
A Christmas corner has been created, complete with tree, ice skates, stockings and a pile of vintage toys and games under the tree.
I have had to be inventive in maximising display opportunities ...
The green garden bench has also been giving a new home for the time being!
Mince pies, carrots and a message for Santa ...
But best of all were all the lovely customers, friends and family, who dropped in to say hello ... thank you so much for all your good wishes, they mean so much to me! Everything happened so quickly that I didn't have time to think and now my old friend Doubt is creeping in ... I know I've done the right thing because this chance will never happen again, and I would have always had regrets if I hadn't taken the plunge and forever wondered "what if?", but I wouldn't be me if I didn't worry ... really I have nothing to lose at this stage, and if I do decide it isn't working, I can just pack it all up again ... I really hope that doesn't happen though.
As if that wasn't enough excitement for one week, me and Millie set off on Friday to Harrogate to The Country Living Fair. I have a new phone that I haven't quite got the gist of yet, so am just using it for Facebook on the run, and taking photos ... I think I've managed to download one so for now that's all you're getting, my lovelies!
|Rachelle & Tracy|
For the second time I met blogging royalty Rachelle from Ted & Agnes blog and Tracy from Olive and Harry blog (combined, their stall was called Olive and Agnes). We had arrived there too late to book onto their Liberty wreath making session, but when they'd finished we found their delightful stall, full of their unique bits and pieces. We had a lovely chat about crocheting, sewing, dogs, my new shop (Rachelle had seen me mention it on Facebook!) Rachelle's new book, and of course, her last book ...
|Thank you Amazon!|
It really was like chatting to old friends, they were so lovely, even though I was a little starstruck and giddy, and when we walked away, Millie said "that's made your day hasn't it?" and do you know, I think it had ...
I really need to get back to earth with a big bump, and start sorting out Christmas ... I hope you all have a quiet, peaceful week, and don't forget, if you're in the area, there'll always be a big welcome at Thriftwood Vintage!
221 Rawlinson Street
Cumbria LA14 1DW
Have a wonderful, peaceful week, my lovelies ... looking forward to catching up with you all!
Love, Claire xxx