Welcome Vintage Twee's blog!

We specialise in creating beautiful items full of charm and nostalgia for weddings, tea parties, showers and other celebrations.

Whether you're planning a special event or just taking a look around, I hope you enjoy reading our blog and find it of great use and inspiration. We hope to be able to provide an insight into the interesting ideas behind the items we create, post information on our new creations fresh from the studio and inform you of any news we may have to share!

You can also visit our website and online shop to purchase anything you like from our ranges here www.vintagetwee.com

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

A Perfect Day with Vintage Style...

If ever a match made in vintage heaven was to be had, it’s definitely the blossoming relationship between Vintage Twee and the latest company to hit the market, Perfect Days Vintage. Last week, Joanne met the very creative and stylish Katie Mitchell from Perfect Days Vintage for a glass of wine and a chat about how together, they can offer any bride or event organiser the ultimate vintage service.
Perfect Days Vintage is the brainchild of Katie who has followed her passion for all things vintage and beautiful and turned it in to a successful business hiring out a range of props dating as far back as you want them to! As a young girl her fascination with antique fairs, eclectic and unusual items led Katie to invest in real treasures which today include a classic1960’s record player, a fantastic 18th century walnut dining table, original china tea sets and an incredible vintage typewriter. Perfect Days Vintage now has the props to be able to transform any event  with authentic vintage themed style… and if you need further proof, ask Katie to tell you about her own wedding of which you can easily say the theme was decided quite early on! They cater for weddings, christenings, corporate events, photo shoots and much more, clearly showing the quality and validity of their items. Of course, if your longed for item isn’t currently in the Perfect Days Vintage collection, they will do all they can to source your heart’s desire for you, making them not only style guru’s but complete and utter time savers too! And just in case you thought their services ended there, think again. Perfect Days Vintage can also help organise elements or the whole of your event for you, taking complete control of the reins from start to vintage finish, a skill Katie found she had whilst organise her own wedding.
 So, you take a company that organises events and rents out vintage props, mix  it with a company that recreates vintage table décor and a foolproof formula is born! Hoping to be able to work together in the future, Joanne and Katie have been taking the time to show how the items can work seamlessly together, giving the look, feel and individuality of a really customized event. For example, the pictures here show Vintage Twee’s ever popular Eat Me Party Picks being used alongside Perfect Days Vintage fabulous decorative cake stands. Music lovers will grab the opportunity to showcase a vintage gramophone and can be seen here teamed with Vintage Twee’s music sheet favours. Or, the favourite idea the girls have come up with so far see’s the magnificent vintage typewriter placed conveniently next to the beautiful Vintage Twee guestbook. With paper at the side, all the guests have to do is write their message and pop it in the book, their words becoming the beginning of a story. 
For a truly professional and memorable service, Vintage Twee cannot recommend Katie and the impressive Perfect Days Vintage highly enough. Be sure to check out their website for further information or contact Katie on info@perfectdaysvintage.co.uk and turn your vintage dream in to a 21st century reality!!

Thursday, 16 June 2011

The Biker, The Stationer, The Jeweller and the Twee...

Claire's method of transport- the Vespa!

Celebrating our own fabulousness is often an overlooked pastime due to busy work schedules, family life and just trying to deal with everything life throws at us! So when the idea floated about for a light hearted afternoon of tea, cakes and conversation, four busy ladies jumped at the chance to close the laptops, put down the glue guns and indulge!
Getting together to whip out the vintage china was Joanne of Vintage Twee, Claire from the lovely English Wedding Blog, Anita Mistry of the fantastic It’s a Mistry Design Studio and of course the hostess herself,Nia of Nia Fiori Designs. The location was perfect. Nia’s home is in the beautiful town of Hayfield, Derbyshire which, with its rows of stone
cottages, rolling hillside and according to legend, in 1760 even had its own witch, proved to be the perfect place to pour the traditional British brew and set the world to rights with a slice or three of cake. Joanne brought along some Vintage China plates which she has gathered from antique fairs, shops and markets whilst Nia provided the gorgeous tea pot and cake stands. Showing that the modern woman really can do everything, Nia spent the morning baking and turned out an incredible rum fuelled carrot cake with lemon and orange icing not to mention delectable scones with clotted cream and jam! The ladies chatted about how each of them followed their dreams to become self employed despite nerves, trepidation and downright fear! Hearing Joanne talk about it this evening co-incided with a conversation I had with my own boss today who came across a book her grandmother owned in the 1920’s and was madly inspired by its words. The book was entitled “Willpower” which, as you can imagine was probably very unusual and quite possibly frowned upon for a young woman of that era to be reading. The phrase which stuck in her mind from the book and which she repeated to us all before a day of sales today was, “I can, I will, I dare, I do”, So for all the budding entrepeneurs out there, remember that line and it will take you as far as you will allow yourself to go! It took her grandmother to the ripe old age of 96….

Don’t forget to check out the websites of todays lovely ladies for bridal inspiration, advice and calligraphy from Claire, beautiful, unique jewellery from Anita and a range of stunning stationary from Nia. Of course, Vintage Twee will be uncovering some summer delights very soon so keep an eye on the website as you read it here first!

Nia "road testing" her own baking..

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

If music be the fruit of love...

 You can’t get more romantic than the charming theme of music and wine for your wedding.. . just take a leaf of out of April and Edwards lyrical book whose wedding took place on Saturday 04th June in an exceptionally tuneful style. Vintage Twee was honoured to be chosen to make the table plan, table names and place settings for this stunning wedding and relished at the opportunity to have free reign to design something the guests and happy couple  would remember long after the champagne stopped flowing.
April’s criteria to Joanne was that the décor must be fitting to the music and wine theme her and Edward had opted for, representing their musical background. Joanne quickly formed an idea of how she could use vintage inspired  idea’s to encompass all aspects of romance, history and of course, the lovely grape. Starting with the table plan,  a black and cream colour scheme was used to tie in with the vintage music sheets, circa 1930’s. Each table was named after a favourite wine and shown in a scripted font complete with delicate pearl heart to soften the image. Continuing the colour theme and style through to the table names, vintage lace edged the placards and a pretty bunch of grapes were added in the corners. Being the unique bride that she was, April was spray painting bunches of the tasty fruit in purple glitter to place on the tables so Joanne added small purple diamantes on to the printed grapes to accentuate and really set them off!
Choosing Vintage Twee’s rose music place settings for the female guests and the very imaginative idea of having corks as a place setting for the gents (bride’s own idea!!), really completed the look for the room and ensured the wedding was as swinging as the theme! As a thank you to her beautiful flower girl niece, April asked Joanne to create a card she could keep as a memento of the day- as you can see it turned out to be another feather in the Vintage Twee cap and we think it looks absolutely great!
Joanne was touched to receive a text off April the morning of the wedding to thank her for the items- as any bride knows there usually isn’t a spare minute in between being hoisted in to your dress and trying not to ladder your stockings!! As a wedding gift to the couple Joanne included the book from which the vintage music sheets were used which came complete with an inscription from 1937 and is truly something to treasure.
Don’t forget Vintage Twee are happy to custom make your orders to complement your theme.. don’t be afraid to share your ideas as Joanne will be able to offer advice and a specialist vintage eye to help you create your vintage dream.