Tuesday 4 June 2013

Vintage by Nina ~ Coming Soon!

I am very excited and proud to announce that Betty & Violet has been selected as the exclusive distributor of Vintage by Nina books within the UK.  

Collected and admired around the world, Nina Hartmann’s books will now be available with English text in the UK for the first time!  Nina is an internationally renowned interior stylist with an established business in Sweden specialising in sourcing beautiful goods in the French Nordic style.  The books reflect her love of authentic vintage & antique pieces and are exquisitely photographed capturing every last detail of Nina’s style and the unique patina of the past.

The books will be available to purchase from Betty & Violet and selected retailers across the country.  If you have a shop and are interested in stocking the books for your customers, please do contact me! 

The original Vintage by Nina book is now in stock ready for immediate despatch, available from my website at www.bettyandviolet.com

Nina's new book 'Among Vintage & Friends' is due for release in September 2013 and will shortly be available to pre-order.  

Until next time...

Ali x

Friday 31 May 2013


I do hope that Summer might have finally arrived ~ we have a lovely sunny day here today...

The new Jeanne d'Arc Living magazine, June issue has just arrived in stock from Denmark and is full of inspirational photographs to cheer me up after all the horrid weather in the UK over the past few days!

Here is a little taster...

Available from my website at www.bettyandviolet.com.

I shall be attending the Vintage Festival at Farnham Maltings in Surrey for the first time this Sunday ~ really looking forward to this busy fair, lots of fabulous stallholders!  It would be lovely to see some familiar faces if you can make it... 

Ali x

Thursday 7 March 2013

Hospital camp beds...

are not at all comfortable...as I found out last week when my gorgeous girl was admitted to hospital...

Five nights later with lots of care and the right medicines I am very glad to say that she is home again and well on her way to recovery ~ her smile has come back!

I wanted to say a big thank you to all customers, friends and people I have never met before for such kind emails, texts and messages over the past week and for your patience if you were waiting for an order to arrive!  I am just about catching up with packages so if you haven't received it yet, it should be with you in the next couple of days and I do apologise for the slight delay in despatching them.  Normally, I am the fastest shipper in the West!

I must admit I feel a bit shell shocked and am gently easing myself back into normality...

I had to cancel my space at The Vintage Bazaar at Devizes on Saturday, sorry that I missed you, but I will be out and about next month in Hartley Wintney and Frome ~ and I am glad to say that there will be another at Devizes later in the year and I will be there!  

So, in the meantime I plan to catch up on a bit of creativity, making lots more stock for my website and fairs, alongside some tidying up and sorting out!  I am planning a workroom declutter and will be making up some 'Betty & Violet Special Vintage Selection Packs' with scraps of antique and vintage textiles, buttons, ribbons, ephemera etc.  

I also have re-stocked my online bookstore with Jeanne d'Arc Living books that were previously out of stock, so if you were after a copy of 'Fairytale Easter', 'Amazing Retreats', 'Best Recipes' or the original 'Christmas' book I have limited quantities available here.

The March issue of the magazine is also available ~ with lots of gorgeous inspiration for Springtime....

Looking forward to catching up with you all again soon...


Wednesday 27 February 2013

Beautiful books...

Due to popular demand, I will have back in stock a small selection of books from the Jeanne d'Arc Living range including 'Fairytale Easter', 'Amazing Retreats', 'Best Recipes' and 'Christmas'.

There will be a limited quantity available only...copies can be pre-ordered here.

Ali x

Monday 18 February 2013

Catching up...

Gosh, where does the time disappear to?  Busy bees all of us....

Looking forward to my next fair on Saturday 2nd March 'The Vintage Bazaar' which is taking place at the Corn Exchange in Devizes, Wiltshire.  The first time for this new venue which looks great!

Have been busy with some new stock, stitching, painting, gluing & writing to get ready for a nice display for the occasion!  I love putting my 'pop up shop' together for the day and the girls at the VB always organise such lovely events ~ and so looking forward to catching up with the vintage gang (sellers and customers!)

Here is a little taster of what I shall be bringing with me...

Lots of gorgeous trims & lace ~ I have recently acquired quite a lot of beautiful collector's lace pieces including a Victorian Honiton veil, stunning Maltese lace Bertha collars, whitework embroidered cuffs and some shorter lengths of rare lace including the small piece of 17th century Venetian needle-lace known as Rose Point.

I have also been making some pretty Easter decorations like these ~

I will also have the March issue of Jeanne d'Arc Living magazine with me...

In the meantime, I am a very lucky girl as I am going to Venice this weekend (wellies or waders at the ready as it is mostly underwater at the moment!) and am hoping to take some photos to inspire my next collection of hand-made designs.  I've never been and it is somewhere that has been on my wish list for years...

Ciao until next time!

Ali x

Friday 15 February 2013

And the winner is....Liz at Shortbread & Ginger!

Please email me your address ~ there is a link to my email on the sidebar of my blog on the right hand side.  I can then pop the magazine in the post for you!


Ali x

Wednesday 30 January 2013

Jeanne d'Arc Living Magazine Giveaway

The new Jeanne d'Arc Living magazine ~ February issue, is so wonderfully, gorgeously covetable and joyful ~ perfect for this gloomy time of year to lift our spirits and provide us with pages of inspiration and glossy loveliness.  

Giveaway.....simply post a message before midnight on Valentines day 14th February and one name will be pulled out of the hat to win a copy!

 Good luck!

Ali x

Friday 14 December 2012

Fairy dolls looking for good homes...

I shall miss them...the last little gathering of hand-made fairy dolls has been added to my website today.  These are the last ones available and are looking for trees to adorn, and loving homes ~ for Christmas and forever...