‘Dear Dahlia’ Journal ~ A nod to Wednesday Addams!

Oh I’ve had so much fun creating this journal. Along with echoes (from 13 years ago) of dum de dumming the old Addams Family tune while bobbing a little ‘un in my arms to get those gorgeous baby smiles and chuckles!

Anyway, I digressed a little there! Back to this journal.

It is a nod to the character Wednesday Addams but I wanted to pull out a few elements which fascinated me. The typewriter, the black dahlias, the absolutely gorgeous black cello and of course the Raven dress.

Of course, the colour theme had to be black, hence the black ruffle frame and signature edges. There is a hint of a dark burgundy, faded, but it is there.

This called for my new toy…a swivel stapler!!! Oh my , it’s brilliant but a normal stapler will do (I’m just fascinated by the thing!)

You see, I don’t do well when it comes to sewing. A button, name tag and the odd rogue seam is my limit. I wanted a ‘stitched ‘ look along the ruffles, so I turned my trusty stapler upside down and stapled along the centre. Perfect. The cute gold tone staple pins really set it off.

When you don’t sew… staple it!

There are 3 signatures .The binding is with a black satin ribbon to compliment the organza ribbon found through out the journal.

The inside of the front and back cover, each have a concertina/ file fold. Closed with the organza ribbon. They contain extra journalling cards which could also be used as photo mats .

Throughout there are tags and hidden paperclips decorated with lace and torn doilies.

The writing pages are a mixture of plain and some with the imprint of a half doily on the edges.

Here’s the flip through.

Where to find it.

If you would like to add this OOAK journal to your collection or gift to someone you know will fall in love with it, you can find it in my Etsy shop. Click the button and it will take you right there.

Until next time, take care.

~Louise. x

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The Golf Lady ~ Inspirational Journal

This inspirational journal has been made for Norah’s first and eldest granddaughter & my big sis.

Last month she turned 60🥰 .

Golf has been her main stay for years & I wanted to create something that captured her passion and the encouragement she has humbly passed on to others. She will be the first to encourage and be by your side to work through any difficulties. She continues to smile, laugh , have silly moments and grabs life with 100% vigour, whatever it throws at her.

The Golf Lady Handmade journal By VintageNorah.com

I knew the look I wanted to achieve and as always when you begin to create a journal, there is that element of curiosity as to how it will ‘speak to you’.

It’s a very beautiful moment and once you capture it; for me; I just go with the flow.

The lace edging fits so well with the style as ell as bringing a bit of sturdiness to the pages. Just goes to show ‘delicate brings strength.’ The little bit of pink lace towards the back, is from Norah’s very own stash/sewing box/bits n bobs box, extra special and a personal touch.

On the inside of the front and back covers, there are concertina pockets/file pockets, which are tied off loosely with pastel seam binding. in each of these pockets are extra tags/cards.

So there you have it, another OOAK and a very, very special one.

See you next time,

Louise x

The POPPY DAISY WEEKLY PLANNER

I was going to start by saying how much I love this planner…then I realised I would say that about any of my Vintage Norah makes! You do what you love, right?

However, I really am in love with this cover design . Delicate poppy and daisy, clean and fresh.

With the soft matte cover you have the option to decorate it and add you own lace decoration ( just an idea) or enjoy it as it is.

POPPY DAISY WEEKLY PLANNER~ A4 100 PAGES. LINED. UNDATED

  • Paperback Soft Matte cover.
  • A4 size.
  • 100 pages.
  • White & lined

This weekly planner is simply for you to scribble your day to day goings on!

  • A week to a page.
  • Space for each day Monday – Sunday
  • Undated
  • Space for your week goals.
  • Priorities
  • Notes/Little reminders.

A lovely gift for :

  • Yourself!
  • Birthday
  • Christmas
  • Bridal / Wedding plans
  • Valentines
  • Mothers Day
  • For the lovely Grandma’s (just like Norah!)

Enjoy your day everyone.

~Louise.

What An Incredible Year!

I always love to give an update around this time of year for a couple of reasons…

1. It’s Norahs’ Birthday month .

2. Good things happen around this time.

Last year , 2021, Vintage Norah gained recognition by winning SBS ( Small Business Sunday Award) which is ran by a young gentleman ‘Dragons Den’ Theo Paphitis on his Twitter and now Instagram page. you can find out more here and I would encourage you to enter and let everyone see how incredible you are.

This year, well,it has been quite insane here at Vintage Norah over the last few months and all in a good way!

It has lead to a few tweaks here and there to make things a little easier this end and to extend to other marketplaces.

NEW SHOP FRONT

Simple and straight forward for all the adorable handmade delights.

NEW ETSY SHOP REVAMP

Where it all began and after a little break, it has had a little flick round with the duster. All aimed for those of you who prefer to shop around Etsy because lets face it, it is full to the brim of incredibly talented artisans!

VINTAGE NORAH ON AMAZON

YES! It was only a matter of time for printed journals, notebooks, planners and scrapbook paper pads; all designed by Vintage Norah; to hit the Amazon bookshelves. Very exciting times indeed.

ALL THE GOODIES…

  • WAX MELTS & WAX SACHETS
  • HANDMADE JOURNALS & HAPPY MAIL
  • INSTANT PAPERCRAFT PRINTABLES FOR YOUR OWN CREATIONS
  • PRINTED NOTEBOOKS
  • PRINTED WEEKLY PLANNERS
  • PRINTED SCRAPBOOK PAPER PADS

There we have it… the little update. I’m off for a mince pie now & I’ll catch up with you soon.

~Louise~

Bespoke Wax Sachets & Melts.

It’s been such an exciting time this week creating these wax sachets.

Delicate ‘wax rose and shell’ fused on a heart background.

The raspberry shade of delphinium petals has added to the romance of it all.

Wax sachets are wonderful if you don’t have a wax burner or maybe, you just don’t ‘do’ wax melts. As long as you hang or place them in a coolish spot, you will be able to enjoy the scent , without having to rummage for a tealight !!! We’ve all been there right?!

I’ve had one hanging in my office for about 6 weeks now and I am pleasantly surprised with how long it is lasting.

When the cold throw of the scent weakens, I will ‘snap’ and place in a burner as you would a normal melt. Two in one eh!?

4 Rose  £3.00

Rose & Shell £3.00

 

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Blooming Flutterbys!

vnI absolutely adore the new floral theme at the moment and in true Norah style, it was through a good old rummage around that I came across these flowers. A bargain and very effective.

They certainly bring out the beauty of this Pink shell Butterfly Brooch.
Goldtone.
1980s.
Working roll clasp
4cm x 3cm.

 

 

The Christmas Post

Just a quickie to let you all know today is the last day for anything brought from Vintage Norah , to get to you before Christmas…miseltoe crossed!!!

Anything after today over the Christmas period , will still be sent but please understand if they dont get to you as quick as normal.

(May look into the Santa Post service…he manages it all in one night! What a guy!

 

Happy Birthday Our Norah

11th December is a very special day. Its Norahs birthday

Had she still been with us she would’ve been 98.

‘Vintage Norah’ is for her and quite simply because of her…my Nan.

newborderThe items you come across in the shop have mostly belonged to her with  additional items from other loved ones within our family.

This is what it is all about…

Vintage Norah….a lifetime of gathering.

In the beginning around 1918 in the suburbs of Birmingham, England, a little girl came into the world. Her father was a cooper, her mother helped out and raised the family.

When Norah was six, her mother died and in diaries left by Norah which were found later, she recalls her mothers funeral with great detail. A sadness she carried with her through out her life.

Norah loved to rummage, to find a bargain and over the years she was able to ‘store’ many, many, many things!!!!

She had a soft spot for hats….we came across nearly 230! Bags, gloves, oh my it goes on!!
Many of her ‘gatherings’ have been spread around to help with fundraising and even for others to earn a ‘bob or two’.

Some of her jewellery have been recrafted into new pieces. You will find them among the listings here. (She sure knows how to keep me busy!)

For me, a grand daughter, she has given me a chance to enjoy ‘being a little girl again’ sorting through all of what you see here in the shop…it is an ongoing process.

All what you see have a story to tell, like all vintage, but on this occasion I know where and who they came from.

Please enjoy as much as I enjoy bringing this all together.

(Nan, 93 years to gather,another 93 to sort out!!!!) x

Update 2016: Since the opening of Vintage Norah, you will be glad to know her items are spreading worldwide…yep she is everywhere, right down to New Zealand. Some items have gone to museums, TV studios, galleries or revivals.
Some have been the finishing touch for a wedding oufit,a birthday gift and even a ‘must have a go with these’ gift!!!(Hair grips.) xxx ~VINTAGE NORAH on Etsy

Fresh face and ready for Spring!
Fresh face and ready for Spring!

Norah loved Christmas Time. Special for her because of her own strong faith and special for us , as small grandchildren, having the presents in a black bin liner…more on that HERE along with a few more memories.

One of the many things she enjoyed ( apart from singing really LOUD and wearing a hat ) was writing her poems.

Many keep turning up, even now. I’ve mentioned before about keeping one of them in my purse and thank fully, just a couple of days before she passed, I knealt beside her and we read it together. It was one of those moments  you know you will keep tucked away.

Her poems , often reflected her faith and here I would like to share with you , a beautiful poem she wrote called ‘Step inside’.

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With much love Nan from me

xxx

A Victorian Treasury.

Today is a colllection of six stunning hats available from ‘Victorian Trading Company’.

Victorian Trading Co.

 

 

 

Victorian Trading Co.
Louise Green Serendipity Cloche (369)
Festooned with a magnificent hand-formed bloom to the side, a sassy bonnet is timeless and exquisite. Created in the renowned milliner’s Los Angeles studio. Arrives in a keepsake hatbox. USA. Designer Louise Green.

Victorian Trading Co.
Louise Green Primrose Picture Hat (358)
A magnificent bonnet is hand formed using age-old millinery methods. An inner silk elasticized casing ensures a custom fit. Arrives in a keepsake hatbox. USA. Designer Louise Green

 

Victorian Trading Co.
Louise Green Bronze Beauty (2820)
An epic silk bloom from France rests upon a sumptuous wool felt cloche. Arrives in a keepsake hatbox.

Victorian Trading Co.
Midsummer Nights Bonnet (344)
Miss Austen would revel in this milliner’s delicacy, created from a lovely mix of lace and vintage-inspired blooms, embroidered chiffon and weave. Arrives in keepsake hatbox. Made in USA of imported materials.

 

Victorian Trading Co.
Sweetheart Roses Hat (450)
Perfect little ivory rosebuds are nestled upon dupioni silk band beneath illusion netting. Cream. USA from imported materials. Arrives in a keepsake hatbox. 13″.

 

Victorian Trading Co.
Louise Green Santa Barbara Hat (343)
Who couldn’t appear beautiful in this poetic tuned up sisal? Created by the noted designer in her California studio, the brim is hand formed from a fine-woven sinamay straw with subtle platinum fleck. The generous silk millinery bloom with sinamay leaves