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.

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