Friday, 14 December 2012
Friday, 2 November 2012
Monday, 29 October 2012
You have won a copy of the October edition of Jeanne d'Arc Living magazine! Please email me at by using the contact me link on my sidebar with your address details and I will pop the magazine in the post for you!
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
For a chance to win the latest edition of the Jeanne d'Arc Living magazine, simply leave a comment on my blog before midnight GMT on Sunday 28th October.
Sunday, 14 October 2012
Madeleine can be found at her interiors blog, home & fashion blog and also her cooking blog (very busy lady!)
Friday, 5 October 2012
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Friday, 28 September 2012
This week has been a whirlwind without much time even to take a breath. I am just about to pack the car in preparation for tomorrow's trip to Chipping Sodbury for the Vintage & Handmade Textile Fair. This is a lovely, friendly and jolly fair brimming with vintage goodies ~ really looking forward to it.
Hope to see some of you there...
The Vintage & Handmade Textile Fair
Chipping Sodbury Town Hall
Thursday, 13 September 2012
A lovely new venue for this event at the Victoria Halls in Hartley Wintney, Hampshire. It promises to be just as good as its established sister event in Frome ~ I'm really looking forward to it and it's not too far from home either!
I will be there with some lovely new stock ~ lots of buttons, trims and other haberdashery perfect for getting creative along with my usual array of pretty textiles, handbags, ephemera and a few sparkly bits...
I will also have the latest issue of Jeanne d'Arc Living magazine which features one of my favourite items to collect and display ~ vintage mannequins. The home photographed for this issue is full of them!
Please do come along to the fair if you can ~ Saturday 22nd September. Full details of the event can be found here.
Friday, 31 August 2012
I shall be attending this lovely fair for the first time this weekend on Sunday 2nd September. Held at The Guildhall ~ a beautiful building in the centre of Windsor, it has a vintage style tea room open all day and a great variety of sellers.
More information can be found at www.windsoremporium.co.uk.
Hope to see some of you there!
Thursday, 23 August 2012
There will be lots of fabulous vintage stock and artisan made goods ~ everything from the tiniest button to larger pieces of furniture. Homewares, kitchen & gardenalia, fashion, textiles & haberdashery, ephemera, jewellery ~ something for everyone. We take pleasure and pride in displaying our goods and hand~made wares at our pop up shops for the day. Expect high quality, with creative displays to inspire....
Lavinia's Tea Party will once again be creating a vintage style tea room and we shall have seating outside on the terrace (let's be optimistic about the weather!). Home~made refreshments will be available all day.
We also have Sheunique with us who will be offering mini vintage style makeovers for hair and make up ~ don't forget your cameras!
Lots of free parking opposite the hall (thanks to the local farmer!)
Wednesday, 1 August 2012
In case you hadn't quite got the message by now, I thought I would say it again ~ I love vintage...and I love Christmas....
So, a new and unique event has been created to combine these passions...
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
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Friday, 20 April 2012
Friday, 23 March 2012
There were more fashion/clothing stalls than I remember from last time; I started to lose the will to live after one too many rails of scarves ~ many of which were made overseas, and quite a bit of bought in product that actually was repeated on a few of the stalls. Hmm, so that was the bad....
Now here is the good...
Wonderful handmade cushions, bunnies and lavender sachets from Chloe Vintage, handmade ceramics from Amanda Mercer, vintage ribbons from Rosie's Armoire. The Sea Garden had created once again a fantastic stand, with so much detail in it you didn't know where to start! Kitty's had a glorious, colourful display of Easter decorations and vintage treasures and Caroline Zoob's stand was so perfect I could have just moved in!
Hopefully see some familiar faces there...
Until next time
Monday, 19 March 2012
From April, the magazine will also be published monthly!
As always, print runs are small and quantities are limited but I will continue to offer the magazine for pre-ordering via my website to avoid disappointment.
I have for a limited period only a special offer of a year's subscription (12 issues) at £12 per copy delivered to your door.
The next issue as pictured will be released on the 2nd April but can be reserved here.
The fabulous coffee table book 'Amazing Retreats' is now also in stock again...
Monday, 12 March 2012
Very recently I was watching something (I'm a closet Oprah fan) and a similar question was raised, but instead of asking 'what do you want to be?' a subtle, yet important difference was requested ~ 'who do you want to be?' I had one of those light bulb moments she often talks about.
At the recent Vintage & Handmade Fair a customer made a lovely, sincere comment. She told me that the things I make are obviously made with a great deal of love and care as it shows in the quality and detail. The way in which she spoke to me really touched me as it was so genuine and spontaneous.
I know who I want to be ~ someone who does things at work and in life with love and care. Much more important than a job title on a business card....
Until next time...
Friday, 10 February 2012
I am always looking for something new to try and am totally won over by gorgeous photographs of mouthwatering temptations, which is why when the clever girls at Jeanne D'Arc Living in Denmark announced that they were compiling a recipe book no less ~ I had to add it to the inventory at Betty & Violet.
Here is what they say about the book; 'It contains more than 180 recipes with appealing images and inspiring dishes. There are no gourmet recipes with mysterious ingredients. Just simple dishes everybody can do, but with a great love for good ingredients.'
The book will be 160 pages, measuring 21.5cm x 30cm (the same as the Christmas book). This is the English text version translated from the original Danish.
Official date for release is 1st May 2012 and copies ordered in advance will be despatched immediately after.
Off now to see what burnt offerings I can conjure up out of half a used can of baked beans, a suspicious looking bit of lettuce/cabbage/spinach? and a whole still sealed pot of very low fat natural yoghurt with a use by date of 2nd January (I am certain the same fate happens to every pot bought) purchased when I thought I might start a diet and then reconsidered....
Until next time,
Wednesday, 1 February 2012
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Thursday, 26 January 2012
The current, most lovely and inspirational issue of Jeanne D'Arc Living magazine!
This is a really inspiring issue. Sometimes I look at beautifully styled photographs of interiors and feel that they are unachievable in our real, often less than perfect lives and homes, but this week I decided to experiment and tried to re~create some of the ideas in the magazine. OK, I know my house is not on the same scale and I probably don't have the same budget either, but I wanted to prove to myself that I could take just a little inspiration from the pages and bring the concept to life. I used items that I already had in the cupboards or in stock ~ here are my interpretations of the photos...
I have this Edwardian silk bodice already hanging on hooks in my dining room and just moved it to an old grey painted cupboard for the photo...
Photo ~ Ali (the fireplace in my dining room)
Finally, I loved this feature on how to transform a printer's tray. I have a couple of these that I use in my workroom to separate beads and buttons. Before Christmas I reworked this smaller modern wooden tray and used old wallpaper, book pages and white paint.
My own effort!
The giveaway closes next Tuesday 31st January at midnight and the winner will be announced on the 1st February.