My NOT ON THE HIGH STREET shop is now officially open!

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It’s here! How exciting!

I now have a very professional looking shop open with NOT ON THE HIGH STREET!

You can find the shop here, which is full of my vintage stamp jewellery….it’s all hand made by me and every piece is totally unique! Look out for more treasure going onto the shop soon though….I intend to launch my treasure charm necklaces there very soon!

Hope you like!

Ems x

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Launching my new online vintage shop…… Under A Glass Star

Well it’s been months in the making, but after weeks trawling car boots and rummage sales, days of photo shoots, and hours of listing, my new shop is now officially open!

I wanted to set up a new shop to sell some of the wonderful vintage and antique finds I’ve been making….mainly so that I still get to buy such lovely things without filling the house up to the brim! Now that I have more storage space, as well as lots of local treasure hunting haunts, I intend to keep buying up the things that take my fancy, so that I can share them with you (and still get the buzz of ‘the find’ without going bankrupt!).

So, I hereby declare Under A Glass Star officially open!

My new shop can be found on Etsy, like my other shop…although the latter is getting a bit of a face lift soon too! There will be a huge range of vintage treasures, and I have already listed a rather eclectic selection…..you’ll find cocktail accessories, home decor ideas, kitchenware and vintage craft supplies. I have more finds to list soon too, including some gorgeous tea sets, costume jewellery and collectables.

Below is a taster of some of my favourites, but do pop along to see the shop and please ‘favourite’ it too! I’m offering a discount to all Under A Glass Sky readers…just enter the code READERS10 to benefit from a 10% discount on check-out!

Ems x

Super cute and kitsch Vintage Deer ornament

Super cute and kitsch Vintage Deer ornament, £12

Cute retro vacuum flask, by The British Vaccum Flask Co. Ltd.

Cute retro vacuum flask, by The British Vaccum Flask Co. Ltd., £7

Beautiful Vintage Paddington Bear

Beautiful Vintage Paddington Bear, £16

Super cute and kitsch 'Little Forks' cocktail picks

Super cute and kitsch ‘Little Forks’ cocktail picks, £8

Vintage TWINCO Knitting Pin Box in Bright Orange

Vintage TWINCO Knitting Pin Box in Bright Orange, £6

Pretty Pastels Colclough Fine Bone China Tea Set

Pretty Pastels Colclough Fine Bone China Tea Set, £30

A little more about me…..

…. I love rainbows and unicorns and fish & chips and crosswords …..

But other than that, well, I thought I’d share with you a bit more about me, as we’re friends now.

  • You’ll find that I have recently updated my About Page to tell you a little bit more about me, what I get up to and what to expect here on my blog.
  • I’ve also added a Shop Page where you can see some of the things I design and make to sell on my Etsy and Folksy shops, and where to find them.
  • And, I’ve added a Weddings and Events Page, where you can learn a bit more about my other day job as a freelance wedding and events producer.

As part of the development of my little site, I’ll be adding new pages and a few more personal posts too, in the coming months. As ever, do let me know if there’s anything you’d like to read about in particular, and do get in touch….I love comments and emails!

Ems x

Something from the weekend…. Saturday morning breakfast at The Wolseley

There were more yummy treats in store on Saturday, as we made our way quite early to the decadent Wolseley on Piccadilly for a posh breakfast. I’ve been wanting to go there for years, and breakfast is a bit of an institution there, so Adam thoughtfully suggested we use the excuse of my birthday to finally go! You’re not allowed to take photos in there, so I don’t have any to share, but you can see just how gorgeous it is in the photos on their website and in this lovely book that I would recommend too. In fact, there’s lots on their shop that I recognise from our visit…. I want it all! (links below for my favourites!)….

I started with a pot of their delicious Earl Grey tea (which was presented with this highly covetable strainer) whilst Adam tried there Noisette coffee (seriously impressive!). Then to eat I chose the Kedgeree as I never have it, and Adam went for the French Toast with creme fraiche, blueberries and compote. My dish came with a perfectly poached egg on top and was absolutely gorgeous…. the fish was super tasty and the whole thing beautifully cooked and seasoned. Adam’s was rather impressive too, in fact he said that it got better with every bite! I finished up with a delicious double espresso as I was pretty full, but Adam took on their Wolseley Imperial coffee which is made with mandarin Napoleon and Cognac, long espresso, hot milk, cream and chocolate….lush!

The service is reputably impeccable there and I wasn’t disappointed…. all the staff were very attentive despite it being very busy. I was also lucky enough to be brought a chocolate brioche birthday cake, complete with a little plaque to wish me happy birthday…. I was really too full to do even half of it justice, but between the two of us we yummed it down as it was too tasty to leave! I left the little garnish and plaque, so our waiter kindly offered to pop it into a box for me and I happily took away a very posh doggy bag! You can also pick up a postcard next to the cloakroom, which if you write at the table the staff will post for you free of charge! All in all it was a wonderful experience and I hope to be able to go again!

From there, we took a wander along Piccadilly and then Jermyn Street…. Adam is in the market for summer blazer and there’s nowhere better to shop for that as far as I know! After he’d tried a few on and started up a short list, we walked to Trafalgar Square where we took in a little of the West End Live performance of Wicked….. I do love the song Defying Gravity and would definitely recommend going to see the show itself!

Then we popped into the National Gallery to see their new Titian acquisition and to have a little snoop about…. I’ve not been for ages and after my trip to the Musee d’Orsay in Paris the other week, I was in the mood to see more. It was fun to go there for the first time with Adam and show him some of my favourites…especially the Turners which I am very passionate about.

It’s nearly here!….. Ideas for your weekend…..

In London this weekend? Here are my recommendations for passing the time in the capital……

A film:

Martha Marcy May Marlene is an eye-opening, thought provoking phycological thriller and well worth a look. You can still see it this weekend at The Everyman Cinemas.

Some shopping:

Shoe hero Manolo Blahnik is back at Liberty this week with a new shop on the second floor of the store. Manolo has collaborated with Richard Nicoll for his spring summer collection, and to mark this year’s Olympic Games he has designed shoes that echo Greek architecture and include metallic medals colours.

An exhibition:

Catch the wonderfully intriguing Miracles and Charms exhibition at the Wellcome Collection, before it ends next week. Actually two exhibitions, ‘Infinitas Gracias: Mexican Miracle Paintings’ and ‘Felicity Powell: A Charmed Life’, it’s free to get in, and you can enjoy a well earned coffee and cake in their Peyton and Burne cafe, or a stroll around their brilliant book shop.

Enjoy the rest of your week and have a wonderful weekend…..it’s not far now!

Ems x

Wednesday Wants…. Part One

I have a new Pinterest board that’s becoming increasingly busy….. My Want! board is full of pins that I couldn’t really fit anywhere else, but simply just had to pin them because I want the things so much!

So, ever the fan of alliteration, here I go with my first ‘Wednesday Want’…..

I have a serious need for this tiny skull bracelet. Yes, I do mean NEED. For I have nothing like it! I adore the tiny details, and skulls have become a bit of a thing for me lately (perhaps due to my recent obsession with Mexican Day of the Dead). What I like best I think about the very best skull jewellery I’ve seen is the juxtaposition of prettiness with, well, the rather less prettiness of a bit of a human skeleton.

And this bracelet by Iwona Ludyga from Les Mini Bijoux perfectly encapsulates this with its teeny tiny gold skull on a pretty pink string. So dainty! (And also comes in red!)

Looking for something similar and just as pretty from a UK shop, I happened upon this gorgeous skull link chain by Sturgis Jewellery…..

 

But I really haven’t been able to find anything like the one I really want in the UK, although I do love these charm bangles I found in my search, by BOUTIQUE by Jamie on Not On The High Street…. The bangles are really rather reasonable starting at £22, although I would want to add extra charms which would take it to a still reasonable £32 (my choice: skull, hand and cutlery).

Do visit my Want! board…. and let me know if you need a Pinterest invite.

 

Ems x