Tuesday, 26 August 2014

My Sweet Vintage Nursery Chair

 
I'm joining in on the British Gas History of Home Competition currently being held where someone will win £500 of John Lewis vouchers!!!
Woo Hoo!
How fab is that?
 
To enter you need to pop a photo of your favourite nostalgic item, so here is mine!
 
My favourite nostalgic item is this super adorable little chair.
It was my Great-Grandmothers nursery chair & it was passed down through the family, it was passed to my Nana first of all & I remember using this at my her house when I was little along with my cousins, it had a little lifting seat so that you could pop a potty underneath but my Granddad nailed it down as our chubby little legs kept getting trapped in it apparently!!!

  
 
I used to really love this chair when I was little, there is something special about little things made for children when you are little isn't there, it feels almost magical.
 
When my Nana passed away in 1998 my Mum got the chair as she was the oldest of 3 girls.
Sadly my Mum passed away in 2011 & so the chair has been passed to me, very gratefully by my Dad & my sisters (even though I'm the youngest of 3 girls!) as I absolutely love, love, love this chair!
We are a good sized family so I am so grateful to have this wonderful heirloom & will always cherish this tiny old chair.
It will always bring me happy memories of my beloved Nana & Mum.
 
 
 
 

Friday, 22 August 2014

*Making Paper Bunting with Tinkered Treasures Author Elyse Major*



A cute little crafty video by Rhode Island Monthly of the ever lovely Elyse Major of Tinkered Treasures fame!

Here Elyse shows you how to make cute little paper bunting with pretty paper.

Pop on by Elyse's lovely blog
*HERE*

Buy Elyse's book Tinkered Treasures
*HERE*

Buy Elyse's book Seaside Tinkered Treasures
*HERE*

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

*Pretty Vintage Suitcase Cabinet*

 
How fun is this idea for a vintage suitcase!
This pretty is from House to Home but something similar was recently on
Although they used it in a bathroom & this idea is from the bathroom section of House to Home too but surely they would just get damp in a bathroom, what do you think?
I think this would be better suited for a bedroom or dressing room (if you are lucky enough to have one that is).
 
It would be so pretty to display your perfume bottles, creams, lotions & jewellery like in the photo.
They have lined it with pretty wallpaper & you could perhaps source some pretty vintage wallpaper for this. It also looks like they have made a little wooden frame to put in the suitcase to make shelves - you may be lucky enough to find an old one that fits a suitcase or cut one down to size then just line with your wallpaper.
Just pop some little hooks on the inside lid of the case to hand jewellery or pretty hearts.
 
This would look very pretty open on a dressing table wouldn't it?
 
Photo by Trevor Richards
 

Thursday, 14 August 2014

*5000 Likes on Facebook!*

 
A lovely surprise awaited me this morning when I logged on to the
Vintage Amethyst Facebook page - I had over 5000 likes!
*Yay*

How amazing is that?
I am super happy that so many people want to follow Vintage Amethyst!
 
If you want to follow Vintage Amethyst on Facebook & don't already what are you waiting for come on over & join the gang!
Find us
*HERE*

 

Thursday, 7 August 2014

*A Charming White Living Room*

How charming is this white room?
So wonderful!
It is from Country Living & their advice is ...

Take Advantage of Vertical Space
If you tend to amass large numbers of small collectibles, consider climbing the walls, as tabletops offer limited space to showcase favourite finds. These custom bookshelves, in White Drifts from Benjamin Moore, keeps things interesting, grouping clusters like-items in various sections. Gather fluted vases and trophy-like urns, but stagger heights and mix various creamy shades. Occasional inconsistencies, like shells or architectural remnants and tarnished silver, highlights the monochromatic effect and keeps it from seeming mundane.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

*THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF 2014*

 
*eek*
Are you excited? It.is.back!
The Great British Bake Off is back!!!!
*yipeee*
 
Can you believe it is series 5 already!?!?
You can have a peek at who are the series 5 contestants
 
Oohhhh I can't wait for tonight now!
Will you be watching?
 
 

Saturday, 2 August 2014

*Seaside Tinkered Treasures Giveaway!*

 
 
Have you seen the lovely Elyse Major of Tinkered Treasures fame is having a giveaway?
The prize is a copy of her new book Seaside Tinkered Treasures!

You can find this sweet seaside inspired book over *HERE* on Amazon for £12.99!
 
Anyhoo if you want to enter her fab giveaway head on over to her lovely blog & enter
*HERE*

Friday, 1 August 2014

*Alexandra D Foster Cushions*

 
Have you heard about Alexandra D. Foster & her cushion collection?
I've only just been introduced to the collection & it is very lovely but be warned it is pricey too!!!
 
Alexandra D. Foster believes that luxury, quality and style are paramount.
Each of her cushions are printed and hand sewn at one of the most highly regarded mills in northern Italy’s beautiful town of Lake Como.
 
Alexandra D Foster cushions are all inspired by her travels for example, the Roma is based on Italy and St Barths on her trips to the island!  Alexandra D Foster previously worked in the fabrics section of Liberties London and has travelled the world due to her blog Destinations Perfected.
 
Here is a little Q&A with the lady herself ...
 
How did you get into designing luxury cushions?
  I worked at Liberty London for almost two years and re-launched their furnishing fabrics. The role ignited my own love for interior design. I became entrenched in the interior design world, and even studied interior design at KLC School of Design at Chelsea Harbour in London. The more I spoke to designers, the more I became aware that the hardest part of their job is oftentimes finding cushions for a project, and it was there that the idea was planted for Alexandra D. Foster cushions.

What is the inspiration for each of the cushion designs? 
I have been lucky enough to travel the world due to my travel blog Destinations Perfect.  I’ve honestly lost track of how many cities I’ve visited.  Some of the most inspiring destinations I have been to are the Amalfi Coast in Italy, St. Barth’s, Marrakech, Paris, Cyprus, Rome, London and the Far East (Hong Kong and Tokyo).  Each cushion is inspired and relates to a particular place.

Describe a few ‘destination’ inspired cushions you’ve designed? 
 Each of my cushions is inspired by my travels and tells an individual story. The Paris pillow is a photograph I took of a beautiful wrought iron gate in St. Germain on the Left Bank of the Seine.  The Roma cushion is a photograph of a doorknocker I captured across from the Parliament building in Rome. Both of these designs have a lovely 3D quality. A handmade table with an intricate mother of pearl inlay design I saw on a recent rip to Morocco inspired the Marrakech design.

Can you please describe your at-home style? 
 Understated opulence. I love glamour and attention to detail, so I most closely identify with the Hollywood Regency style of the 1930s where the emphasis at home was on wearing an elegant dress and enjoying cocktail hour, not television.


Describe your personal design aesthetic, mission, and philosophy when it comes to Alexandra D. Foster cushions?  
I believe that luxury, quality, and style are paramount. To this end, the hand-sewn nature of my pillows means that they are truly an artisanal product that takes many hours to create. In such a fast-paced technological and machine driven age, it is nice to know that skilled master seamstresses in an atelier in Lake Como are meticulously hand making each pillow as if it were a work of art. I’m driven by the belief that everyone should be surrounded by beauty on a daily basis, and it is my dream to dress the most glamorous interiors in the world with my creations.

 
What choices have you made with the fabrics of your brand? 
I have chosen to use silk because it is a luxurious fabric with a beautiful hand feel, and the way it takes color is just breathtaking. The colors really do come to life on silk, more so than any other fabric with which I experimented.


What did you do before working at Liberty London?
I started off my career working for PUMA International, scouting trends all over the world and creating cutting-edge footwear. I had an office in both Boston and Germany, our factories were in Asia, and we travelled all over the US/Europe visiting sales teams. I truly toured the world with PUMA.  It was a great experience working for such a large international company, it taught me to have a big vision with my own brand.


How long does it take to craft a single cushion? To what extent are they “handmade?”
The silk is printed in panels at one of the most highly regarded mills in Lake Como. It is a mill that all of the biggest fashion houses and furnishing fabrics brands use as well, so the quality and feel is just stunning. The silk panels are then taken down the road to a small atelier where Italian seamstresses entirely hand sew the pillows adding the cotton lining, zipper, care labels and the hand braided trim from Bologna. Each pillow takes several hours to make and is truly an artisanal product.


Are there any other cities that you hope to venture to and base another collection on in the near (or distant) future? 
I am planning on going to the Middle East in the Fall to visit BLAQ Concept, the store in Kuwait that stocks my pillows, as well as neighboring countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar. I would love to do a collection based on beautiful Arabic calligraphy.


 What’s next? Do you have any plans to design other home decor items later down the line (such as furniture, or bedding)?  
I certainly plan on expanding my collection and am juggling a few ideas right now. I would love to do silk scarves that you can wear or frame as art in your home. Many customers have used my pillow covers to adorn their walls at home. I am also considering beautiful silk caftans to be worn at the beach, or maybe even blankets/throws.


What should people splurge on for the home? 
A weekly delivery of flowers for every room in the house would be a wonderfully extravagant splurge. 
What pieces can't you live without at home? 
My cushions! They are in every single room of the house, and as each design is inspired by my travels, they serve as constant reminders and fond memories of the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of exotic destinations and faraway places that I have visited.

 
 
What should people splurge on for the home? 
A weekly delivery of flowers for every room in the house would be a wonderfully extravagant splurge. 
 
 And last but not least, out of sheer curiosity… why is your logo an octopus? 
 I have always been in love with the sea and marine life; everything from coral to seashells, crashing waves and turquoise waters. While the actual symbolism of the octopus is vast and varied, I chose it because it is a totem of protection and good luck. 



You can find the Alexandra D Foster website

 
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Friday, 18 July 2014

*Birdcage Card Holders - Perfect for Weddings*

 
These pretty Birdcage Card Holders are a new addition to the Vintage Amethyst shop.
They are very similar to the old type I used to have but these ones are a slimmer style.
 
It is a deliciously pretty memo holder in the shape of a birdcage.
The birdcage is cream wirework which is slightly domed & features 6 pegs (but you could add more if needed) so that you can clip your memos, reminders, postcards etc.
It is finished with a sweet little birdy on the top.
Such a pretty way to display postcards, cards, invitations or indeed any memorabilia you wish to keep.
This birdcage would be perfect for a wedding too as a table plan, just place a card with the table numbers on & each guests names & your guests will be able to find their way to their table.

The birdcage has two holes either side so that it can be mounted to the wall but you could hang it from the round hook at the top or thread some ribbon through & hang it from ribbon.

It measures 50cms tall & 26cms wide & 5cms deep.
 
These are £14 & you can find them at the Vintage Amethyst shop

Saturday, 12 July 2014

*Happy Weekend*

 
*Happy Weekend Lovelies*
It's a beautiful sunny & hot day here today, we have been having some beautiful days lately, let's hope it lasts all summer.
 
Hope you enjoy your weekend.
x

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

*More stock on it's way!*




Just a quick stock update ... I just wanted to let you all know that I have placed a stock order for the items which are out of stock or very low in stock.

 
Unfortunately the fabulous Tea Pot Hooks are still not available but may be next month.
Fingers crossed everyone!



 Also more bad news the Pink Rose Hearts are not available either so I couldn't get anymore of these at the moment but again perhaps next month.
 

 But lots more of the White Rose Garlands should be on their way very soon, these all sold really quickly so hopefully they will arrive again within the next few days.
 
 
I have also ordered more of these pretty Heart Hooks so hopefully they will be arriving soon too plus some of these pretty Wooden Hearts again also.
 
 
 


Friday, 4 July 2014

*Hot Pink Yoga & Yogi Tea*

 
I love Yoga!
I really love Yoga!
I still remember the first time I did Yoga way back in 1998 & thought 'Wait, What!? How hard is this!!!' I grew to love it though!
 
Anyhoo, I received my newest of orders from yogamatters this morning & what I love about orders from them is that they always pop a couple of Yogi Tea bags in with your order too!!!
Fab!
 
Well I best show you what I got in my order ....
 
 
I got a new yoga bag!!! I went for the Hot Pink one as you can see!!!
I love it as I can fit my mat, my block, my belt, my blanket in too! Plus it has a little pocket so fits my purse, phone & inhaler in there too!
You can find these
 
I thought it would be perfect as I have a Hot Pink yoga block & a hot pink yoga belt!!!
I do calm all this hotness down with an indigo blue yoga mat though!!!
Sometimes a girl can have too much Hot Pink in her life!!!
Although saying that I have just this afternoon bought some new Hot Pink trainers!!!!
I obviously need pink in my life at the moment!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, 29 June 2014

*How to Buy a Vintage Bike*

 
Mollie Makes has a guide on how to buy a Vintage Bike
if you want to pop on over & take a peek.
Find the article
 
You can find out how to make the pretty crochet wheel guard in issue 41 of Mollie Makes too!
 
 
 
 

Thursday, 19 June 2014

*Rose Heart Wreaths*


 
Two of the new products to the Vintage Amethyst shop are these really pretty
Rose Heart Wreaths.
 
They match the ever popular Rose Garlands & come in the same colours, white & pink.

Aren't these so pretty for weddings?
 
They are a super duper bargain at only £3.50 too!
 
Find the Pink one
 
Find the White one