Vintage Table Decor| Alternative Valentine Day Inspiration Video || Vintage Flicker

 

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. For those that celebrate / indulge – there will be a frenzied activity for finding the perfect gift and countless sticky notes to not forget the dinner reservations and the all important flowers. But how about an alternative ? How about doing something extraordinary ?

It’s all in the details and setting the scene. Flowers may or may not be required. Books are a welcomed addition, but to each there own.

In this video, I hope you get some inspiration, while I faff  set my table at home.

 

While I haven’t followed all the rules of etiquette… I think Personalisation beats Perfection ! We have so many opportunities to sit with each, be it or close friends or family, other across a table. And so, I hope that you won’t wait until next Valentine Day to try this out for yourself.

PS – This also works great for dinner for one. When my husband travels, a little decadence and indulgence like this, goes a long way.

 

What Sold on Etsy ? | Vintage Etsy Sales January 2017 Edition || Vintage Flicker

Wow, that went fast!

It felt like I blinked and January was over. Am I the only one ?

So,  What sold on Etsy in January ? Play the video below to find out.

Hands down my favourite was the Transport for London (TSL) Policeman’s hat. It was such a wonderful vintage piece and was over 50 years old. I found it ironically outside of London on an animal rescue farm! Of all the places.

Comment below with your favourite item in the video.

In January I also hit another milestone. I reached 300 sales. Not bad for a part timer. I’m looking forward to the year ahead and as always, the treasures that I’ll find.

 

Vintage Flicker Home Decor Finds – January 2017 Edition

This week has been busy. I’ve been enjoying the warmer Massachusetts days and getting out and about. I’ve found really great treasures, some of which of course are vintage typewriters, that I will get listed on Etsy shortly.

In the meantime, I’ve had such a good response to my Vintage Flicker videos that I’ve decided to make another. Again, it was a lot of fun to make and I hope you enjoy it too ! Leave a comment below with anything you’d like to see next. You can check out my first video on Finding your Vintage Flicker here. And don’t forget to Subscribe to my channel to get all the updates on my shenanigans !

(Oh and ignore the typos////arghhh)

Have a fantastic weekend !

 

What Sold on Etsy – Three reasons why this is the hashtag for all Etsy Sellers

We already know that Etsy has a great community of vintage sellers and handmade makers. So why do you need this hashtag, I hear you ask ?

Let me give you three reasons why #WhatSoldonEtsy is THE hashtag for all Etsy Sellers, both vintage and handmade:

  1. The #WhatSoldonEsty hashtag is a great way to network and possibly even form collaborations with others in a complimentary niche to your own.
  2. Find your next great gift from a fellow Etsy seller. It’s also a great resource for potential customers as a source of inspiration for their next purchase. This is especially powerful with Instagram’s “Save a post” feature. Did I mention that people just love buying from small businesses ?!!
  3. If you’re a vintage seller, this would also be a great place to see what items are “trending” or popular with customers.

 

I created this hashtag in 2017 as a way to feature other Etsysians. I’m often in awe of some the amazing finds out there. So every time you have a sale use #WhatSoldonEtsy on social media to be featured in our feed. Also follow the account @WhatSoldonEtsy on Instagram to see all the fun things sold each week.

If you don’t believe me, have a look at the lovelies below!

 

If you’d like your shop to be featured for FREE (yes FREE), follow the account and sign up here. If you’re interested in a collaboration or would like to be a contributing curator for the account, do leave a comment below. I hope you can join in every week. Looking forward to your finds!

 

Find Your Vintage Flicker

This week I’ve been experimenting a bit with more iMovie. I have so much more in store for the Vintage Flicker channel. But, I thought it would make sense to give you a little taster of my personal style. This video features a few of my favourites.

It was a lot of fun to make and I hope you enjoy it too ! Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.

Have a fantastic weekend !

Vintage Flicker – Afternoon Tea Inspiration on Youtube

I hope you’re off to a great start to 2017. I’ve been busy listing all the china I’ve been hoarding  buying over the last few months. I was amazed at how much I had amassed! I had over 300 pieces, once the inventory was complete. Some, like the Royal Doulton Arcadia, where I have almost a complete set, I plan to keep and perhaps pass on to my daughter. I do hope she inherits my love of china.

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Taylor Smith Classic Red Transferware Trio

Her birthday is coming up soon and I can’t believe how fast time goes! I feels like she was only a toddler the other day. One of the things I like to do is have an “Afternoon Tea” with her once a month. She likes to feel like a grown up girl and we get to have some “girl time”. I should say that she’s 8 and held her first champagne glass at 18 months…. It was filled with fruit juice and was a total accident.

So today, as I was preparing the table, I decided to film a bit of the setup for our tea. I’ve been thinking of making videos for some time and now that I had been given a tripod and some accessories by my husband, I really no longer had a good excuse.

So, here’s my first little YouTube video. Will there be more ? Yes, I think so. What will they be about ? Well, things I enjoy. You can expect to see vintage items – including china, stationery, office items and of course manual typewriters. I may even do a tutorial or two as I do love baking. Any excuse to get my vintage MixMaster out! Most importantly, I’ll keep making videos as long as it’s fun!

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Aztec 600, Same family as the Rheinmetall below. Christmas Green
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Rehinmetall vintage manual typewriter in this Christmas Red 

I’d love it if you go have a look. Tell me what you think in the comments below ?

Have you started a Youtube channel ?

 

 

Etsy Shop Feature Series: Junk & Geraniums

The Shop Feature Series  is a blog segment where we get to chat with artistes and find out about their inspiration and story. My special guest today is Julie, who’s  a lovely Instagram friend. I first found her when searching Instagram for other teacup lovers. I fell in love with pretty pink set she had shared… 


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Junk & Geraniums on Etsy

 

Here’s what Julie had to say when I caught up with her. Getting to know the Shop Owners, isn’t that what Etsy is about?

Teacup collecting has quite the cult following. How did you discover it? Tell me your story.

I have always loved drinking tea from a cup and saucer , we did it as children and its always been the way . My nana introduced me to china cups and thats where it began .

What was your first piece ?

Blue willow was my first set when i bought my first house at 21 . i had no extra money to buy new things so my life of vintage or second hand as it was known in the 1980s !

Tell me a little about what you collect. Is it a particular style, period, colour etc. or just a random draw to a particular piece? 

I’m quite random but lots of collections have passed through my home. I collect and use Tuscan Plant in pink. I love flowers so they are perfect for me and the elegant 1930/1940 shapes are divine .

Share some of your collection and tell us a little about each .  

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Look at all that glorious china !
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Stacking teacup fun… Trios!
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Check out the jewel tones and fluted details on these teacups !
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Pretty, Pink, Floral, what more could you ask for a tea set ?

 

 

 

 

Where do you find your inspiration for what to collect ?

My inspiration comes from magazine, Instagram and other online sources. But mainly at flea markets, vintage fairs, charity shops and car boots.  

Do you have any recommendations for new users who say ” I don’t know where to start ” ?

When i speak to customers who are “ new “ to vintage and ask me where do I start…, my advice is –  Ask yourself what colours do you like ; What patterns appeal ; What shape ? I also explain that vintage isnt a quick fix , its a journey of finding pieces to match or not.  It’s not about buying a full set and thats that ! It also becomes an adventure as you visit different places and find that elusive milk jug !

Stuck on a desert island, what are your 3 must have items ?

My Mac as it has music , books and news ! Sewing thread and needle and some fabric . I really meant good vodka , sobraine cigarettes and a good book !!

What’s your latest purchase ? Best Bargain ?

A Meakin Rosa coffee pot from a charity shop for £3 .

Any other hobbies ?

I like sewing, reading, visiting art galleries, eating out.

Most teacup collectors also seem to love tea or coffee. What’s your favourite tea or coffee ?

I prefer coffee , but love Fortnum & Mason Rose Puchong and their Earl Grey .

Anything else you’d like to add ?

I believe that vintage tea cups should be used ! A good tea pot and tea strainer must be used ! dont hide your china away and bring it out for best ,,, use it use it !!


I love seeing Julie’s pink china! Drool over her instagram feed.

I definitely think it’s worth checking out Julie’s shop and follow her on JunkandGeraniums for special offers.

  1. Shop vintage books
  2. Shop vintage china
  3. Shop vintage pretties

Are you a pink teacup lover as well ?

Vintage Baileys Barware & Recipes

It’s the Holidays… and with that comes the party season. It’s the perfect time to get your vintage glassware out to serve delicious cocktails. I myself enjoy creating a little drinks menu for my guests. If you’re entertaining, here are a few recipes for serving Baileys based cocktails. Sure to delight your guests!

Here I’m showcasing a few different styles by Baileys. They’re all available from my Etsy Shop.

You can thank me later.

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Perfect for serving Old Fashion Pumpkin Spice

Old Fashion Pumpkin Spice

Pumpkin Spice and Everything nice.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1.5 OZ Baileys™ Pumpkin Spice
  • .75 OZ Bourbon (Bulleit™ preferred)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Shake with ice and serve.

SERVING TIPS

  • Try using Bulleit™ Bourbon to experience the best of both worlds.
 This recipe contains no more than 0.6 fl oz. of alcohol per serving.
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Cordial style glasses for serving Irish Milk and Honey

Irish Milk and Honey

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 OZ Baileys™ Vanilla Cinnamon Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 0.5 OZ Irish Whiskey
  • Whipped Cream
  • Honey

DIRECTIONS

  1. Mix ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Drizzle honey into shot glass.
  3. Strain liquid into shot glass.
  4. Add dollop of whipped cream. Drizzle extra honey on top.
  5. Drizzle extra honey on top.

This recipe contains no more than 0.6 fl oz. of alcohol per serving.

SERVING TIPS

  • Lavender honey is a great choice for its floral, herbal finish.

 

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Use to serve up scrumptious Salted Caramel Apple Pie

Salted Caramel Apple Pie

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 OZ Baileys™ SaltedCaramel
  • ½ OZ Smirnoff® Apple
  • 1 Red apple slice

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add Baileys and Smirnoff in an ice filled shaker.
  2. Rim shot glass with cinnamon and sugar mix.
  3. Strain liquid into shot glass and garnish with an apple slice.

SERVING TIPS

  • Dust the apple slice with cinnamon and sugar, for extra indulgence.
This recipe contains no more than 0.6 fl oz. of alcohol per serving.
All recipes courtesy Baileys.com. Remember to serve responsibly.

Vintage Flicker Finds – London Typewriter Edition – Part 1

I had a fantastic 4.5 months in London! Half of which I spent on “vacation”. London is really great in the Summer. If you haven’t been, I highly recommend it. After the first few weeks of catching up with friends, I started to yearn for the thrill of finding “New” vintage items. I have a particular penchant for portable  manual typewriters, for which the start of this addiction, needs an entire post. (I’ll put that on my To Do list ! ).

 

 

I began to visit websites such as Gumtree and the garage sale app Shpock and visited my favourite Car Boot sale in Pottersbury, for new treasures.

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The Olympia SF was the first find on Shpock

 

 

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Here’s the same machine, cleaned up !

I wasn’t sure what I was looking for at first, but after a seeing a few more posts from Richard Polt’s European collection, author of the Typewriter Revolution, I started to create a wish list. Top of the list was the Groma Kolibri, closely followed by a Princess 300 and Hermes 3000.

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Imperial Good Companion – Obsessed with this exposed type bar styles of the 1960’s
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The Valentine – I can see why it has a cult following and a must for most collectors. It’s sexy!
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Smith Premier Chum – In fact a rebranded Remington Portable
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Hermes 300 – This is my favourite
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Remington Home Portable, UK Version. I can imagine being a BBC Reporter with one of these on my lap.

Most of these machines just require some cleaning. The Hermes is just so wonderful to type on, I don’t think I will part with it! The Olympia SF has just sold to a lovely lady. I hope she enjoys it! You can find other machines for SALE in the store. Maybe one will make you Flicker !

Stay tuned for Part 2… yes, I brought even more machines home!

 

Vintage Cocktails Perfect for Christmas

Here are my favourites for the holiday entertaining season… and really year round. You can’t go wrong with these classics. These are taken from my vintage Fleischmann’s Recipe Book, so you can substitute with your favourite Scotch for the Fleischmann Preferred or Fleischmann Gin. I highly recommend Hendricks Gin for your G & T.

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If you’re like me, you can never find things when you need them. So I’ve made a download for you to print off. You can even use it as a Drinks menu when entertaining. Look at all those vintage illustrations.

As well as good ingredients, preparation is key for a tasty cocktail. Here are a few HINTS from Fleischmann for the Home Bar.

A final tip from me. Serve your cocktail in the appropriate glass. If you’re unsure, have a look at Replacement.com crystal guide. If you’re looking for vintage glassware, check out the Vintage Flicker shop. We have glass for every occasion. Several lots collected while on my autumn London trip 2016, if you’re looking for something a little exotic.

Do you have a favourite cocktail ?

I hope you’re having a lovely season with your friends, family and loved ones.

Fine handmade vintage teacup candles

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