Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Fall for a Vintage Autumn

Can you believe we are almost in October! The summer has slipped by and suddenly the nights are getting chilly and the leaves are starting to turn, Autumn is definitely on its way!
One of the things I love about autumn is getting the house ready for cozy nights in by the fire with a hot chocolate. With this in mind on a recent treasure hunt we have got some lovely new stock in that will really help you welcome the autumn into your home!
In our etsy store https://www.etsy.com/shop/VintiqueTree/ we have curated a special section of goodies that we think sum up the season perfectly, 'Falling for a Vintage Autumn'. Here are a few of our favourites below!
Happy Autumn!








Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Heaven in Devon

Last weekend we took a weekend trip to the beautiful wild north coast of Devon. We had never been before and it was so nice to go somewhere different and explore all the beauty the coast has to offer!

We left super early as it was a four hour drive but it was so worth it when we arrived early before everyone else was up and about!

To break up the jaunt down we took the scenic route through Minehead. I must admit I had images of holiday camps and it being a bit tacky, you know the worse sort of British seaside image. However we were rather surprised, it was your classic kind of English seaside, but it was not tacky at all, the high street was clean and full of flowers and it looked like the local council had really given the place a face lift, so much to say I would go back! We were all surprised for sure!

From here we travelled along the coastal road around the tight bends and over the hills with fields running down to the sea, it is such a beautiful unspoilt part of the country.

We had a whistle stop look around in Lynmouth and Lynton, this place was absolutely beautiful and we reached this stop way before all the crowds arrived so we had the views to ourselves!










Then we headed along the coast to Illfracombe, Instow and Appledore where we enjoyed a look round and a nice Pimm's on the sea front! What I love about the coast that you don't really get inland in the midlands is that there always seems to be going on, there was a food festival and a craft fair as well as live music on the quayside, you never seem to get the same vibe inland.










Sunday we visited Saunton, Croyde and Woolacombe. All of these were just stunning. Full stop stunning. Wide open beaches with beautiful sea and sand with people carrying surfboards and bobbing about in the sea. We saw so many VW camper vans, they seem to be the car of choice for surfers and campers alike! My dream car!!








For a nice relax before the journey home we spent the afternoon sunbathing in a great little cove we found just outside of Illfracombe.  The trip was finished off with some classic fish and chips by the sea...we really didn't want to come home inland!



My heart really does belong by the sea I am sure!


Friday, 1 July 2016

Vintage Home Decor

Constantly sourcing goodies for our etsy store takes us all over the country looking for goodies, our Vintique Tree Etsy store is growing daily with new finds and lovely things for your home, thought I would share a few of the new bits that have been added recently!! For more details and if you fancy a browse click here! 

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/VintiqueTree?ref=hdr_shop_menu













Antiques in the Park

Grey skies, a bit of monsoon rain and a English country house make for a wonderful weekend of selling at Antiques in the Park at Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire. 

We had a stand and were all set up for three days of selling, it really is a stunning location for a fair, you cant predict the weather though, and unfortunately Saturday was one of the worse weather days I have ever had selling! But the location more than made up for it even if we were packing stock up in a thunderstorm!!











Thursday, 17 March 2016

Rolling Fog




It has been a while since I have last posted anything on my blog.  Life has changed completed for me and my family since the autumn when my lovely dad who was healthy and fit suddenly passed away out of the blue of a heart attack at only 59.   We are still reeling and the hole in our hearts he has left behind seems cavernous and vast, he was my partner in crime, my mentor and my best friend and I love and miss him dearly.

No one tells you that grief is so debilitating in all physical, mental and social aspects. People who are lucky enough not to have walked this path have no idea and expect for you to be okay by now. Unfortunately I have found out that it doesn't work like that, that the more time goes on and reality starts to sink in the more it bloody hurts.

I always remember a quote from the Queen that was documented at the time of her father's death 'Grief is the price you pay for love'.  The depth of your grief is as deep as your love, that is why it hurts so damn much I guess.

The rolling fog of grief doesn't seem to have lifted much at all yet and the prospect of the future seems frightening. My dad would have wanted us to try and rebuild and regroup and keep living.  My dad helped me build my Vintique Tree business and it has been the one thing that through this burning grief has helped to distract me, for a while at least.

I was unsure if I would do a blog post mentioning my dad's death but he was such a part of my journey and always will be that it felt wrong not to.  I think death in this life isn't the end of our journey just a transformation that the human mind cannot grasp in a world of materialism and 'we only believe what we see'.

A bit of a rambling post but to anyone else who is on this awful path too, I hope we all can get 'there' wherever 'there' is soon and in the meantime who knows where life is taking any of us, all we can do is breathe and take each day as it comes.