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

Friday, 30 July 2010

Once upon a Fairy Tale Favour Box...

No matter how grown up we become on the outside, we at Vintage Twee strongly believe there’s a little girl still nestling inside all of us. Which is exactly where the inspiration for the latest Vintage Twee product has been drawn from. For who can resist a Fairy Tale…. Romantic and enchanting, it’s the perfect way to tell your very own love story!

Joanne has created these stunning Enchanted Fairytale Pillow Favour Boxes, ideal to add the finishing touch to a special and memorable occasion. Each box has been hand crafted in to the shape of an adorable little pillow, notice the gold tassles embellishing each corner! Decorated with excerpts from a classic book of English Fairy Tales dated early 1900’s, the boxes are vintage in style and depict the words associated with this genre that we have all come to know and love. Traditional fairy tales are chosen including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty and quotes such as “Once upon a time…” and “Happily ever after…” are shown in a beautiful vintage font. Bringing the enchanted forest back to life, a touch a decorative reindeer moss and a deep green gemstone is added and finished with a sprinkle of vintage gold glitter and a small pearl heart (gold glitter on loan from the Fairy Godmother of course…) Complete the love story by filling them with confetti, candy or even some magic beans! Your guests will be transported in to a world of romance, heroism and imagination… you may find they start requesting a ball gown and handsome Prince to accompany them to the ball!   
Priced at an extremely reasonable £2.25 per box, you CAN afford the favours of your dreams! Of course, they can be custom made to your requirements so choose your fairytale script, colour and quantity and they will be magically winging their way to your wedding or party!

Monday, 26 July 2010

Give your tea bags the display case they deserve!

As promised, the creator of Vintage Twee, the lovely Joanne, has been busy crafting away this week on the design of the latest vintage-inspired product! We are pleased to introduce the beautiful Vintage Tea Jars and Table Name Holders, perfect for weddings or that all important tea party.

Each jar is carefully altered using the finest vintage lace and material in stunning shades of ivory and white. Providing a fantastic excuse to display your tea bag needs in the kitchen, the front of the jar reads “tea” on a gorgeous lace-decorated label and strings of pearls add that complete vintage feel. Whilst they wouldn’t look out of place on a glamorous 1940’s sideboard….bring them in to 2010 by displaying them in neat rows on the windowsill!

As we at Vintage Twee like to ensure that all our hand crafted items have more than one use, these unique jars work not only as the perfect gift for a special friend or a treat for yourself, but also as amazing centre pieces for a either a tea party, English Garden or Vintage themed wedding. They could be filled with rose petals and placed in the centre of the tables, use 4 of them grouped together to give maximum effect! The labels can be customised to read words of your choice… how about reflecting the theme of your wedding in the words by using them to display your table names? Or go for simple classics such as “Love”, “Honour”, “Cherish” and “Respect”. Maybe you’d prefer to stick with the tea theme and label each jar with a different flavour of tea? Of course, it would only be right to fill the jars with the corresponding tea bag and ask guests them to help themselves! (Approx Size Per Jar: Height 5.5 inches x Diameter 12inches)

It would be lovely to hear your feedback on our new items, feel free to comment on the blog post or to email Joanne for any further information. We welcome any special requests- if you would like your jars custom made in particular colours, embellishments or wording, just email with your ideas and we will do all possible to help!

Monday, 19 July 2010

Fabulous Forties, Fun and Frolics!

If you’ve ever watched “Goodnight Sweetheart” and wondered what it would be like to step back in time to the 1940’s…. then you should have been at the Meltham Memories event this past weekend! Vintage Twee had a stall in the Tea Rooms and had the most amazing experience reliving those war time days. From re-enactors dressed as American and British soldiers through to elegant ladies in their fox furs, this event had it all. We were delighted to be surrounded by treasures from this memorable era, even including being served corned beef hash at the local café! Organised by Pam Howarth (see left) from the vintage shop, Oh La La, there were tank displays, parades, singers… and not forgetting the brilliant make up artistry of The Vintage Beauty Parlour who recreated that 40’s look for so many women. Pam and her son Adam certainly had their work cut out- they served tea and cakes to over 700 people during the course of the weekend!   
Vintage Twee’s top selling products of the weekend were the Heart Posies, Recipe Cards and Tea Bag Holders. These products just keep on proving to be a hit with our customers and it re-assures us to know we are doing exactly the things you like! A top use for the Heart Posies is to fill them with pot pourri and hang in the living room or bedroom for a sweet scented experience!

On the hunt for the next live event… keep checking back for regular updates!!

The gorgeous and glamorous Joanne, working those fab vintage gloves!

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Remember the 1940's with Meltham..

If you love all things nostalgic and beautiful just like us Vintage Twee girls, then you can’t afford to miss the fantastic “Meltham Memories” 1940’s event this weekend, Sat 17th and Sun 18th July at Meltham, Huddersfield. Situated in the historical county of Yorkshire, this incredible event will have you blinking back 70 years in a heartbeat. Think vintage vehicles, parades, performers, dancing and a huge sense of community spirit. This year they also have a vintage fair in the Town Hall, selling all manner of hats, shoes, uniforms and jewellery. And guess what….? In the Vintage Tea Room you’ll find Joanne, displaying and selling the latest and greatest products from Vintage Twee! This includes our current top selling item, the cute and unique Party Picks! From 10am-4pm, come along and we’ll raise a mug to the live music from up and coming star Natasha Harper, daughter of the famous Paul Harper. If some reason none of the above convinced you to swing by, then how about getting your hair and make up done vintage style? Bethany Davies will be on hand to give you that 40’s starlet look and in case you want to remember it forever, there will be a professional photographer present so you can get your portrait done!

Picture courtesy of Haworth Vintage Fairs

Almost time to go, but if you haven’t yet ordered your copy of Vintage Life.. don’t delay! We received our copies yesterday, turned straight to page 44 and there we are! The column looks great, big thank you to Vintage Life Magazine for the opportunity.

Monday, 12 July 2010

Discovering talents in Vintage places!

July is certainly proving to be the month where potential brides and party-throwers decide to choose their table décor! Vintage Twee has barely the time to make a cuppa in between replying to all the lovely and encouraging emails we are receiving from our fantastic customers! Some of the ideas our ladies have for their orders are truly beautiful – coming soon will be pictures of the stunning table plans, favour boxes and place card settings Joanne is busy crafting!

Like little girls on Christmas Day, Vintage Twee absolutely cannot wait for the soft thud on the carpet indicating the arrival of Vintage Life magazine! Out today both online and in print, it houses our first ever column and we shall be thumbing the pages excitedly until we see our name in lights! We have already received some feedback from the lucky few who were sat down by 11am, tea in one hand, Victoria sponge slice in the other and Vintage Life propped up in between! They love our article on how Vintage Twee was born, what we do and what they can expect from future issues. This in turn has led to some interest from other independent companies wanting us to write articles and possibly blogs for them! The conversational style of writing seems to be proving popular….after all, who doesn’t like reading something that reminds you of a cosy chat with your best friend? So, this week I will be working on setting up my very own blog which will track the growth of my seedling writing career, upcoming nuptials and everything else in between! Of course I shall still be in charge of blogging, press releases and any articles for Vintage Twee – it’s the old adage of women and multi tasking again! Joanne and I have lots of ideas for future products which will hopefully be able to combine both of our strengths – unique hen party memoirs and souvenirs to start with….

Further updates to follow along with the blog address once I’m up and running. In the meantime, pop online and order yourselves a copy of the entirely retro and energetic Vintage Life for some true vintage inspiration!http://www.vintagelifemagazine.com/

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Where there's tea, there's hope!

Despite the on-going heat wave, sales of our Tea Bag Favours are rising along with the temperature! If you haven’t had the chance to check out one of our best sellers, read on for all the information you will ever need to know!

Inspired by the thought of finding a wedding favour that was special, unique and useful; Joanne was enjoying a warming cup of tea and had her Eureka moment! The Tea Bag Favour was born there and then, originally formed from a scrap piece of card and scored, cut and stuck until it was just perfect. Then came the fun part of finding the beautiful patterned card to create the base, poring over reams of lace, pearls and embellishments for the decoration, and finally, searching through hundreds of famous quotes about tea to adorn the front! Recent themes for the quotes have included English Playwrights/Authors and Alice in Wonderland…. who can forget the infamous Mad Hatter quote of, “ Clean cup, clean cup, move down!”. And for something altogether more sophisticated, how about the Noel Coward quote of “Wouldn’t it be dreadful to live in a country where they didn’t drink tea?!” We couldn’t be more in agreement Noel.

Each favour comes complete with an English Breakfast, Herbal or Fruit tea bag and is encased carefully in a dainty cellophane bag to preserve it. They really are something different to give to your wedding guests and will certainly raise a smile and a nod of agreement around the tables!  We’ve also found they provide perfect presents to pop in to a birthday or get well card as something to really cheer someone up. Postage cost is kept to a minimum as they are light as a feather… recession proof gifts for everyone!

Watch out for some stunning new designs coming up for the summer and don’t forget to ask if you would like them custom made in colour, design or quote for your wedding, party or event!   

Monday, 5 July 2010

Take a peek at the enchanting Emporium...

There's nowhere better to go for a taste of true Britain than the capital itself, London. This week the Vintage Twee girls are united in the leafy suburb of East Finchley, north London to promote our products to the greatest tea lover of all... Her Majesty the Queen! Well, ok, maybe we haven't quite gotten to Buckingham Palace just yet, but we're sure if we did Her Royal Highness would love the ethos behind our work- unique, vintage and providing something special to decorate even the most prestigious of tables!

In our search for the perfect place to launch Vintage Twee south of the border, Joanne visited the very welcoming Lucinda Cooper and Helen Hodge, owners of the Emporium Tea Rooms, close to the beautiful Muswell Hill. The Emporium Tea Rooms is an astounding and nostalgic step back in time to a place where the tea is sipped, homemade cakes are on offer, and the atmosphere is entirely retro! As well as serving delicious food and drinks, classes and parties are on offer for both adults and children and encompass a range of the most fantastic ways to spend your days that we can think of! Events such as the “Storytelling and Pudding Evening” and “Traditional Afternoon Tea” party packages are available, not to mention indulging in crafts such as knitting, painting and crocheting! There's even an option for the Hen Parties- fancy group tuition in cupcake decorating complete with a Strawberry Cream Tea? Lets face it, who doesn't? Then contact the team and book yourselves in for some guaranteed giggles and gorgeous girly fun.
 The ladies wholeheartedly support local talent and sell handcrafted jams, sweets, toddler clothing and toys – most of which have been made by the craftspeople of the surrounding areas. Joanne took along a selection of our goods and we are now pleased to announce that Emporium Tea Rooms are official stockists of our popular Tea Bag Holders, Eat Me Party Picks, Recipe Cards and. Tea Pot Gift Boxes! A visit to the Emporium is an absolute must whether you live in London or not so don't miss out on this fabulous little gem of a shop!!