A couple of weekend’s ago we enjoyed some very lovely weather, so I went to Capesthorne Hall to browse the Craft & Gift fair being held there and to enjoy a picnic and stroll through the Bluebell Woods.
I hope everyone else has enjoyed the spells of nice weather we’ve been having!
In other news, my new Not On The High Street shop should soon be up and running! I’ve been working so, so hard on it the past few weeks – hence the lack of blog posts and Etsy listings – but things should be getting back to normal now I’ve got through the bulk of new listings, photography and product descriptions!
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Sorry I’m not blogging as much at the moment. I’m working really hard to get my new Not On The High Street shop up & running but I should be back on track with regular posts again by the end of the week. In the meantime, I thought I’d share with you some photographs of my wedding invites, as I’m really pleased how they turned out (we handmade each one ourselves!). Each one was a library card within a different Agatha Christie book, to fit in with our ‘book’ theme for the whole day!
This year seems to be flying by so quickly! It’ll soon be August…
I hope you’ve all had lovely weeks!
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As you’ll know by now, since I’ve not-so-subtley kept mentioning it, it was one of my goals this year to focus on my art and illustration, and I’ve developed a range of new products featuring a collection of characters from the British countryside.
What you won’t know, is exactly why…
The reason I’ve been so excited about this new idea, and about developing it further, is because I’ve been accepted as a seller on Not On The High Street!
This feels like a big step forward – I know they only accept a small percentage of applicants – so I’m feeling nervous, excited, and hopeful all at the same time!
My Not On The High Street shop shall be purely for my new range, which I’m pleased to announce, is named ‘Great & Small’! It felt an appropriate title, tying in the animal aspect of the range, as well as it’s ‘British-ness’.
I’m working on setting up my shop at the moment, taking new product photographs, finishing off new items, and getting them all listed and ready! There’s pocket mirrors, post cards, greetings cards, gift tags and notebooks. I’m also offering large prints and customised pieces, and some exciting seasonal items!
My existing jewellery and accessories will remain on Etsy, & in Afflecks!
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It’s been a very quiet week at Goodnight Boutique (for various not-so-fabulous reasons), and as such, I thought I’d dedicate today’s post to introducing you to a wonderful new Etsy shop, that you simply must have a little look at!
RebeccaArnoldArt is a brand new Etsy page showcasing original Fine Art paintings and limited edition Giclee prints all centred on horses and horse racing, from last year’s Grand National winner, Neptune Collonges, to champion jockey AP McCoy.
Rebecca states on her page that she “…uses a variety of media and methods such as pencil work, gouache, watercolours, and ink drawings, (and) is continually looking for new ways to develop her art and will soon be developing her skills in print-making.”
Rebecca recently had her work featured in the Royal College of Art’s annual SECRET show, and is now trying to publicise and promote her work online. (She’s also my next door neighbour so be sure to say hi!) If you’re a fan of riding, the races, or simply love wonderful artwork, then I really recommend having a browse of her page!
P.S Goodnight Boutique received some very exciting news this week, which I’ll be sharing with you very soon! In the meantime, head over to Handmade Monday to enjoy a browse of their fabulous craft-y blogs!
Recently I’ve been re-watching the opulent, but not-so-historically-accurate, TV series The Tudors starring Jonathan Rhys Myers, Henry Cavill, and Natalie Dormer. Though the facts maybe be blurry, the fashions and sets are delightful, and I’ve put together a collection of 16th Century inspired goods!
1. Tudor Inspired Charm Bracelet
2. Anne Boleyn T-Shirt
3. Katherine Of Aragon Journal
4. Anne Boleyn Pearl Earrings
5. Tudor Cats Painting
6. Boleyn ‘B’ Necklace
I also have the six wives of Henry VIII as cabochon necklaces, available for £6 in my shop!
For the past four years I’ve gone up to Scotland each April to spend a weekend with a friend for their birthday. During that trip, we’ve always gone to St Andrews and I thought I’d share with you one of my favourite places that I visit whenever I’m there!
Tucked away on the main street, beneath a brown awning, lies Bibi’s Bakery, one of the most fabulous cupcake shops you’ll ever come across. The walls are adorned with wonderful retro wallpaper and the counter is filled with countless flavours of cake and macaroons.
I always get an After Eight cupcake – often a Chocolate Orange one too – and this year I tried a lovely Vanilla creation topped with a flake and strawberry sauce. The cakes are well priced at only £1.75 each.
There are other chains of Bibi’s open in Aberdeen and Edinburgh (I visited this one in December and it was just as lovely!) It’s definitely worth a visit if you ever find yourself up in Scotland!
Yesterday, it was six months since Goodnight Boutique opened for business on Floor 2 of Afflecks, in Manchester. I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone by! It seems like no time at all since I was frantically finding furniture on eBay and painting it in the kitchen!
Thank you so much to everyone that has visited, helped, and supported us during the past half year! I really appreciate it! The shop has developed so much already, and I’m always getting new ideas for stock and layout!
Why not pop in and have a browse yourself!