Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Spending ages doing not a lot!

Welcome dear readers, it's Wednesday afternoon and so half way through the week.  I suddenly realised that, although I have spent ages at this computer so far this week, I don't seem to have produced anything concrete to show for it!

I've been to the backend of to make some changes and additions, though nothing you would notice from the front end! Much to my chagrin I have not managed to add any new lovelies to the site - part of the plan for the week was to get some pretty brooches and handmade vintage Christmas cards for you to look at - bit late for those Christmas cards now eh!

As you might imagine, I have a wonderful excuse which can be summed up in two words : Pretty Nostalgic!

Now I must say immediately that I do not think I have been wasting my time in any way by devoting some of it to this wonderful cause - if you want to find out more about Pretty Nostalgic and haven't read my previous blog, then pop over to to discover what you are missing.

I've been trying to think (not helpful to my little brain as some of you might know!!) about how I might get more involved, what I might do to help etc. I am meeting with Nicole at Bristol on Saturday and hope I will have something more to report next time.

I really do not have an excuse for not uploading some pretty jewellery, almost all my brooches and other jewellery has been photographed and the pictures are just sitting here ready for use.  The actual jewels are here, next to my desk, in my traveling jewellery case - here's an example or two :

A beautiful porcelain brooch with gold an bronze coloured metal surround from Limoges, France

And a pretty brooch made from pale and dark blue coloured glass stones set in gold coloured metal.

So, the next thing which took my time space today was looking at the landing page of the website and trying to think of some improvements. Hence, long email to Rhys, my long suffering website designer with all my ideas.  As usual, he can do exactly what I think I want and so the changes will be made very soon.  I trust that will mean it's more welcoming and really make you want to browse.

Today's work time is up now so I'll say goodbye.  I'll be back soon with more ramblings!  Thanks for reading, please feel free to write a comment, your thoughts, anything you like really - I am not offended easily, honestly!

See you again soon!

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Saturday morning -

It's so lovely to have a few minutes just before Saturday lunch to write about something really important to me and which I hope you will love:

As you all know, I am passionate about vintage lovelies and have been for a good few years now. I try hard to look after my website, not very successfully at the moment I agree, however, I have been giving some of my time and passion to a new venture in which I believe wholeheartedly and am trying hard to promote.

I am a pioneer for Pretty Nostalgic which you will find here : www.prettynostalgic  I urge you to pop over as soon as you can!

So - what is it?

The original Pretty Nostalgic was a monthly magazine based on the following :

It was and still is, an independent publication, edited by an amazing lady called Nicole, helped by her art editor, Rae and supported solely by its subscribers.

Life became difficult for Pretty Nostalgic due to hitting a funding wall, so Nicole went to Kickstarter to try to raise the funding needed to keep going.  After this success, the next edition was published with the Goodwood Revival as its main theme.  Following this many amazing people joined what has become the Pretty Nostalgic Society. 

Is the Pretty Nostalgic Society for you?

Only you can answer that so here is some information to help you decide:

The Pretty Nostalgic motto is : Spend Wisely, Waste Less, Appreciate More

This can be interpreted in any number of ways but we pioneers generally yearn for more civilised times where life was less commercialised.  This means we believe in and try to live in a creative, sustainable way, enjoy crafting, baking, growing, sewing, preserving, upcycling etc. and love sharing our skills with others.  Personally I enjoy baking, growing, preserving and upcycling because these are things I can do and love; in another life I could sew, craft and brew but hey, sometimes it's important to choose to leave behind some things and indulge in others yes?

Having said that - we aren't all about living life without computers, mobile phones etc. - without modern technology it would be so much harder to communicate and so I wouldn't be able to write this nor you read it and comment.

If you think this might be you or something to which you aspire then have a think about joining us.  To help you make the decision and to give you more of an idea of what the magazine is about, then you can buy one of the back issues as a starter.  These are available via

If you know it is for you then a subscription costs just £40 each year and there are special subscriber offers on the Pretty Nostalgic website at the moment.  You can also tweet @pretty nostalgic or email to

Hope to talk to you via Facebook soon.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

-and along came the shop!

Lily Maud's retail presence came via Kay's Eclectic Vintage (KEV) via a Pop-up shop in the High Street Arcade in Cardiff one Christmas a number of years ago (probably 5!).

KEV was invited to join by the lovely ladies (who Bryn calls 'The Dreadfuls'!) from Joie de Vivre and had a great time in the upstairs gallery.  It was amazing how many people came to Cardiff for a shopping weekend and Bryn met so many people from all parts of the UK and beyond.

By it's very name, the pop-up shop had limited life, but The Dreadfuls managed to lease a shop in the Royal Arcade in Cardiff and KEV joined them, leasing the small first floor.

Precious things in cardboard boxes arrive in the Royal Arcade Shop

Cardboard boxes arrived first, closely followed by larger items to be used for display - you can just see the edge of a 1930s dressing table in the top left hand corner of the picture above.

Here you can see the dressing table without its mirror and, if you compare this picture with the one above, you will get an idea of how small a space Bryn had! 

Yet more 'stuff' to be organised!

Surprisingly, Bryn didn't take too long to sort out her vintage lovelies :

A beautiful up-cycled vintage dresser :

The same dresser :

now with vintage china and some Victorian/Edwardian jelly moulds in the bottom right hand corner.

Then the 1930s dressing table dressed with vintage items :

note the mess at the side still to be sorted!

And here's the 1930's wardrobe which goes with the dressing table, along with a shelf, just being sorted! Bryn's still has this wardrobe if anyone is interested!

Of course it did all become a quite cosy vintage shop and Bryn loved working there for three days each week for just over two years.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Hello Dear Visitors and Welcome

Hello Dear Visitors and a very warm welcome to Lily Maud's blog!

I thought it was about time I began this blog, aimed at telling you a little more about my alter ego - Bryn - who looks after my shop, adds my lovely items to it and puts pictures of them all over my pages on Facebook and Twitter.

Of course, I realise you don't want to know what she does with her time when she is not looking after my website, so this will tell you more about how it all came about, the lovelies you will find and their history if it is known, especially when new items appear.  So, here goes:

Bryn was born in Cardiff to my daughter which makes Bryn my grand-daughter.  Sadly, Bryn and I didn't ever meet as she was born some years after I had passed away, but she knows a lot about me from her mother.  

Bryn has a daughter who began a business making and selling extra special candles, wax melts, candles in cups etc.  It was a mainly web based business at first but then the business expanded into a small shop and Bryn and her daughter also became involved in the up-and-coming craft market scene in the west country and Wales.  
A craft fair stall
Bryn's talented daughter was ahead of her time - everyone you meet these days knows someone who makes candles, puts candles in cups, does wax melts and bath melts etc., all from soya wax and natural products. As one of the first, it was hard for Bryn's daughter to make ends meet and she had to stop making candles and get herself a job which paid real money! However, I can report that she has a lovely job which she enjoys and where she can use her creative side, though she still hankers to get back to her candles!

Bryn could often be seen around the craft markets and fairs in South Wales, singing the praises of her daughter's handiwork and meeting many lovely, talented people, some of whom had old/vintage items mixed in with their crafts and this began a train of thought which led Bryn to re-awakening her old passion for vintage things - linens and china in particular!

So began a new phase in Bryn's life as a vintage trader, running her fledgling business called 'Kay's Eclectic Vintage', selling at Vintage Fairs in South Wales and Bath and sourcing items from Vintage shows, Vintage Markets etc. Kay's Eclectic Vintage became a little more permanent over one Christmas as a 'pop-up' shop within a shop in Cardiff and then traded on the first floor of a shop in Cardiff's Royal Arcade for almost two years, leaving in February 2012.

A corner of the shop not long after opening.
That's the first part of Bryn's vintage story - the next blog will continue towards Lily Maud's Vintage:

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