Our Event Manager Norma Smallwood (of Norma Jean Vintage fame) has launched her new jewellery range Arsenic & Old Lace. This venture showcases her own silver jewellery designs, inspired by the landscape, flora and fauna of Northern Ireland, as well as redesigned vintage jewellery pieces, and a gorgeous collection of old Irish linens and lace.
You can find out more by visiting Arsenic & Old Lace on Facebook and Instagram. You will also be able to see Norma's beautiful creations when she exhibits at The Belfast Cathedral Wedding Fair on Saturday 10th March.
We hope all our readers have enjoyed a wonderful Easter break. We're back at work early as we have The Vintage & Handmade Wedding Fair less than 3 weeks away and we have lots of news about our fantastic exhibitors to share before then! In today's MEET THE WEDDING SUPPLIER post we are delighted to introduce you to the lovely John and Annie from Rose Cottage Events. We caught up with them recently to chat about all things wedding, so why not make yourself a cup of tea and sit down to find out what goes on behind the scenes at Rose Cottage HQ?
So John and Annie, tell us a little about your background and how your business started?
We are a small family run business who had initially, for some years, been doing this type of service free of charge for friends and family. It was in early 2015 when we decided to give it a go as a small business. Since going live in September 2015 we have grown steadily, and have had fabulous feedback from our clientele. We are "Event Planners" which means we do more than just weddings. We can cater for any event.
What products or services do you offer that are suitable for weddings?
Our products, where possible are the real thing...the majority of our props are originals, some dating from late 1800's to early 1900's. We can cater from room dressing right down to the finer little details. Some of our props can be hired as a gift for the bride and groom for their special day, for example one of our gorgeous postboxes. We also have our personalised, handmade, bespoke items, which can be purchased from our new online shop, which should be going live for Monday 10th April 2017. The shop will be accessed via our website www.rosecottageevents.com Brides, or guests, can browse for a lovely gift for themselves, a friend or a family member.
Is Rose Cottage Events only available locally or do you travel across Ireland?
We cover the island both North and South of Ireland and have travelled to the Republic of Ireland on a number of occasions, with more bookings being taken for 2017/18.
Where does your inspiration for your styling ideas come from?
Our inspiration usually comes from our our own imagination and creativity. We have a knack of looking at something and seeing what it can become…for example a piece of wood fallen from our trees.
Do you have any wedding planning tips for brides and grooms?
Our wedding tips for any bride would be this.....Make your wedding day your own, don't let others take over your dream...its ok having help and advice or throwing ideas about to get a clear picture of what you are looking for, but don't let anyone take over to the point that its their day instead of yours. But do allocate little jobs to the bridal party so you're not over-stressed trying to do everything yourself. Our other main tip would be.. too many brides end up so nervous and stressed on their special day that it passes them by with no real memory of it....so after all the hustle and bustle getting to and arriving for your special day, take a moment, a couple of deep breaths and look around you, physically make your eyes and mind take everything in around you, so you don't miss out on the beauty of your special day, and how it has all come together....and enjoy it to the full xx
"We at Rose Cottage Events, endeavour to help create your dreams with our ideas and to inspire you, while you still hold the reins."
For more information please visit the Rose Cottage Events website where the Online Shop is now open. You can also follow Rose Cottage Events on Facebook.
And great news for one lucky bride and groom visiting The Vintage & Handmade Wedding Fair at Belfast Cathedral on Saturday 6th May - Rose Cottage Events have included free hire of one of their vintage postboxes as part of our fantastic prize package bundle!
Today we are introducing the first in our new series of MEET THE MAKER posts and we are delighted to be introducing Simon Jay from Twisted Salvage! Simon has been exhibiting with us for a couple of years now and his hand built industrial furniture and lighting is very popular with followers of Frock Around The Clock. This week Julie managed to catch up with him during his hectic schedule to ask him a few questions about his unique, quirky and original designs, all created from salvaged materials.............
Simon, how did Twisted Salvage start?
I started Twisted Salvage in 2014 as a bit of a hobby to use up some bits of old stock and scrap that would otherwise be going to the dump. It turned out they were hugely popular so I decided to continue and its been continuing from strength to strength ever since. I started making lamps of my own design but now a big chunk of my work is commissions - people come to me with a brief or an idea and I do my best to make it happen.
How would you describe your business and the work you do?
I make quirky furniture and lighting from salvaged, recycled and unusual parts. I try to create a one-off piece of functional artwork, something that can be great focal talking point in your home. Some people call it found art, some people call it assemblage art, but the outcome is just the same.
Have you always been interested in using vintage items?
I have a background in buying and selling vintage, antiques and collectables and the interest first came from my grandfather who was a keen collector, verging on hoarder! Twisted salvage was an alternative branch of that which really appealed to me as I LOVE making things (that part I got from my dad!)
Do you have a favourite piece so far?
One of my main rules i work by is ‘if I don’t love it, then it won’t go on sale!’ that might sound a bit backward but I genuinely believe you can get a sense of the passion that has gone into making a piece or artwork, whatever it may be, and people can pick up on that! So if I don’t love it, I don’t finish it! That said, my favourite piece to date was actually a piece that now has pride of place in my parents conservatory. It's a space themed lamp made from old car and tool parts!
What influences your designs at the moment?
I love anything industrial whether it be old or new. I love engineering and I love to see how things work. that has always inspired my pieces.
What plans do you have for the future?
I hope to have continued success and my ultimate dream is to one day be able to do this as my full time job.
Simon and his Twisted Salvage creations will be appearing with Frock Around The Clock at the following events:
4th March - The Marvellous March Vintage & Handmade Fair
2nd April - The Spring Into Summer Vintage & Handmade Fair
9th September - The Splendid September Vintage & Handmade Fair
COMPETITION ALERT!! One lucky person will also soon be able to win the fantastic industrial pipe lamp shown below as part of our April Prize Package - more details on this will be coming soon!
Love is in the air! In honour of Valentine's Day we have picked out some of our favourite love themed creations from just a few of the fabulous exhibitors who will be taking part in The Marvellous March Vintage & Handmade Fair at Belfast Cathedral on Saturday 4th March.........
We're very excited to be holding our first wedding event of the year at the stunning location of Belfast Cathedral! The Vintage & Handmade Wedding Fair will be taking place in this amazing venue on Saturday 6th May and we are delighted to have a great line-up of fantastic & creative wedding suppliers and designers. Here are just a few of them.....................
What better way to cheer you up on a cold winter's day than ogling some pretty vintage handbags from Norma Jean Vintage!
It's been a busy year for Frock Fairs, and to thank our loyal exhibitors we are giving away the chance to Win a Free Stall in 2017!
To enter the draw all you need to do is have booked and paid for a 2017 event by the end of November (anyone who has already made a confirmed booking for a 2017 event will be automatically entered into the draw). What's more you will receive one entry into the draw for each 2017 event you have booked, so the more 2017 events you book, the more chances you have of winning.
If you would like to book a place at any of our current 2017 events to enter the draw (or increase your entries into the draw) you can easily do so by clicking on the event images below.
Not long to go until our next event! The Wonderful Winter Vintage & Handmade Fair is back this Sunday 6th November at Malone House Belfast and we have a fantastic line up of 50 exhibitors - here are our favourite vintage finds of the week from just a few of them................
This week's favourite vintage finds are a lovely mixed collection including jewellery, furniture, fashion accessories and kitchenalia, but they all have one thing in common - all the sellers will be exhibiting at our next event, The Wonderful Winter Vintage & Handmade Fair. An event definitely not to be missed!
Ooooh have we got some vintage loveliness in store for you at The Wonderful Winter Vintage & Handmade Fair! These are just a few of the beautiful pieces we are lusting after from some of the fabulous exhibitors who will be at Malone House Belfast on Sunday 6th November......