Friday, 24 June 2016

Alternative Christmas In Hebden Bridge

Tomorrow marks the six months since the Boxing day floods and in true Hebden Bridge style the town is all set to celebrate an alternative Christmas.
It will bring together people from around the country who came and gave much needed help to many businesses and families.
It's good to have something to smile about as many more shops re open, although there are still quite a few with work still on going or awaiting work to begin.  
There are many events planned across the weekend so if you are able to visit do come into town and get involved.
I have a few flowers from the allotment which is lovely and hat making continues in the new workroom with lots of new orders for weddings, which is fantastic and heart warming.

Have you spotted the Snellgrove & Marshall hat box ? It was given to me by a lady in Halifax which was a real surprise and a much loved gift. I think it belonged to a family member and they wanted it to go to a good home. I've found a blog that gives a few details about the department store and a picture of an original label too.
I made a quick alternative Christmas tree with wine glasses, baubles and a little greenery.

Lets celebrate the good of a little town full of creative people.
Chrissie x


Friday, 17 June 2016

Emma & Jobi's Wedding

Emma came to look for her wedding headdress whilst my shop was waiting to be renovated after the Boxing day floods.
So that nothing should happen to her vintage gown I laid towels down on the floor and she stood in front of the mirror trying on different styles.
As my stock was being stored on several levels of my house she waited whilst I found my vintage petersham ribbons and made her an example of something I felt would be the perfect partner for her gown.
Her dress was incredible, floor length, beaded and fringed. The dress was still in perfect condition as was the label, in fact it looked as though it had just been taken out of it's tissue for the first time.
All she knew was that it had been made in the U.S.A. possibly early 1960's.
However finding a headpiece that worked with it was tricky, but once I suggested the rich nutmeg Emma knew straight away it was what she wanted.
Emma and Jobi were married just a few weeks ago and here are a few images of their special day.
Fab isnt it?

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Saturday, 4 June 2016

Getting Back To Normal

These last two weeks have flown past since I re opened. It's been a while since I had a moment to blog but I just kept taking pictures to document progress and be able to share them. 
After much cleaning, painting of furniture, sourcing of new items and making decisions about 'everything' the shop and workroom are really shaping up. There's still a few snagging jobs to finish and a set of lights to buy for the workroom, but basically it's FINISHED !

With lots of new products and gorgeous new fabrics to cut into it's a joy to come down to work,even though I'm not quite sure where everything is yet.

Thank you to everyone who came and helped me celebrate and of course if you couldn't make it you are still very welcome to pop in anytime. Sadly all the pimms has long gone but there's always tea or coffee.

I hope you like the new look of the shop. It feels like an entirely new space,the workroom is now more visible so you can see what's being made and has a new layout too.The need to keep tidy is alarming !

So now it's back to making. cutting and shaping with the odd bit of baking!
Let me know what you think.
chrissie x


Wednesday, 4 May 2016

I Am Ready To Re Open

Sorry for the lack of blog posts in the last few weeks, it's not like me not to post a little news but things have been fraught, with building works, sourcing items for the shop, whilst trying to work from the kitchen table. Also family life has been confined to the kitchen only, it will be great to regain some space and have a beautiful new shop and workroom to operate from. I really can not wait and just in time for all the summer weddings.

So I now need friendly faces to visit on Sat 14th May, anytime between 10am and 5pm when I shall be serving pimms and fresh pink lemonade to get you in the celebratory mood and you will be able to have a good look around the new look shop and workroom. You're in for a surprise ! There's a little teasing picture to give you a little taster of the new interior.

It's very exciting now it's almost ready but the journey to get here has been nothing short of mammoth.

Chrisse x

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Printed Teasels And A Few Treasures

Setting off late to start my screen printing at the egg factory in the pouring rain last week, I wondered what am I doing setting myself a whole new task whilst trying to work from a very small space at home!
However the results were great and so far I've only managed to print one of my designs, but I'm really pleased. The grey on the calico and ticking looks lovely (well I think so)
There's much much more to do but I feel better now that I've got a few 'pulls'under my belt and sometimes printing can not always go to plan.
I love the teasel, or 'Dipsacus' for it's architectural character and have always doodled them for years.
I've made a few little aromatherapy sleep pillows to pop by your own pillow and bath bags to fill with fresh herbs.

Millinery wise I have finished a few lovely bridal pieces but can't show them yet as the weddings are a little later in the year.
The shop is now being painted and I will be hoping to re open towards the end of April or early May.
I hope lots of you will be able to come and celebrate with me. The shop and workroom will look very different once it's all finished. I will let everyone know in good time, once I set a date.

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