Sunday, March 23, 2014

Pretty Pastels

Whilst at my shop yesterday, I was looking around the shelves at some of the stock that has hung around a little longer than I would have liked. One of those items was this boxed set of EPNS egg cups...
Now normally I wouldn't split up a boxed set, but these really have had their chance to sell and they needed to move on - I decided to make individual Easter gifts from each one... 
A pretty pastel bow around the base and the addition of a scrummy chocolate egg, they were ready to be packaged.
Cellophane bag tied with a velvet ribbon and a decorative tag. 
(The blue velvet box that they were in will receive a makeover soon!)

I then moved on to some simple Wedgwood cups and saucers in plain white bone china. Perhaps because they are so plain, and my shop is known for its abundance of flowers, they have proved to be poor sellers...
Hopefully with the addition of chocolate, they may become more popular! ;-))
I've display them inside a stunning vintage flower arranger's basket, which I tied with a big floppy satin bow.

I also had some plain white sugar bowls, which I have filled with candy coated chocolate eggs and added a pair of vintage sugar tongs to finish. 
I then turned my attention to my drawers! ;-))
Sadly, these have always been a difficult area to sell from, with customers reluctant to ask to look through them...
I pulled out some of the tray cloths that have sat piled up inside for a while. I thought with a few quick stitches and the addition of a wooden coat hanger, they'd make pretty hanging storage.
Ideal for keeping tights, head scarves, gloves etc organised in the wardrobe. 

I made two of them from the glut of cotton tray cloths.

They'd be a sweet gift for Mother's Day...
and with that in mind, I also packaged two 'mother' brooches with handmade pillows and a vintage card as another gift idea. 

WWII era brooch pin.

Same era, with mother-of-pearl backing.
All of these items will be coming with me to the Vintage at the Village Hall Fair tomorrow. A visit to Blandford Forum Corn Exchange will be the perfect place to do some gift buying for Mothering Sunday and Easter! (Or just come along and treat yourself!)
This morning I topped up the treasures for my stall with a quick trip to my local market...I'm putting together a very springlike display with lots of pastel colours and flowers reflecting this special time of year.
It would be lovely to see you if you can make it along :)
Niki x
PS: Just wanted to show this little vase that I bought for myself - Probably Victorian, is hand painted and made of opaline glass. Love it. I now have two opaline vases, so feel another collection about to start!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


  1. It's amazing to see the transformations you make in your shop with just a bit of chocolate, cellophane and ribbon! Such sweet ideas! ! ! :)

  2. Oh my what wonderful ideas! Wish your shoppe was closer for me to visit!

  3. Adding the chocolate is very clever, It's certainly something I would love for Easter.

  4. Love the transformations you realised and all that Easter/Spring feel you showed. Wishing you a nice day out and cross fingers for plenty of buying customers. Hope to do it another time.

  5. I'm sure they will all sell with all that chocolate. They look so pretty.

  6. Wow you have been busy and a great way to perk up some slow sellers. I'm sure you'll have loads of sales I just wish I was a bit closer so I could day I will. Xx

  7. Hi Niki,what lovely things,I do like the little bird vase,quite charming!Kind Regards Pam.


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Niki xx