Tag: Tin Cup

House Sale Snaps

House Sale Snaps

  A few snaps from the house sale, as we were setting up. It was a blisteringly hot day, so we made double sure we had enough orange squash and chilled white wine to keep us going! And just in case our energies were running […]

Procrastination with Biscuits

Procrastination with Biscuits

Am I taking photos of food, eating food, thinking about food, admiring Jon’s wrapping skills and checking my twitter/facebook feed instead of updating postage prices in the Tin Cup Vintage shop? Yes, yes I am. Back to work… Sigh. Java x

Spring Forward

Spring Forward

It’s been nearly a month since I last wrote… apologies. March was a month of many unexpected changes, resulting in Jon and I packing up our pieces and spending some time in and around Barcelona with friends before heading to the UK to spend some time with my dad in Wales.

So far this Spring, Jon and I have been doing a lot of the following: driving along endless rainy roads in our van, celebrating the glorious birthday of dearest life-long friends, taking morning walks to the nearby village to fetch food and a brief internet connection at the cafe on the square, spending time with a very pregnant friend and waving her and her partner off on their Easter holidays before the birth, running the Tin Cup shop from the back of the van, listening to the ringing of cow bells in the afternoon lull, setting up an online shop for our friend’s leather craft business (more on this soon!), re-discovering a deep love for Buddy Holly and endlessly discussing thoughts, adventures, and personal endeavours.

A few things we’re looking forward to doing this coming spring: eating fish and chips on the pebbly Welsh coast, digging up and planting seeds in my dad’s garden, walking in the Brecon Beacons, having crumpets with Marmite and a poached egg for breakfast on Sunday mornings, re-visiting favourite charity shops and discovering new car-boot sales, adding tons more new stock to the Tin Cup shop, seeing friends and celebrating more 30th birthdays, sitting at the table in my dad’s front room (the kind with furniture that’s covered in plastic for when special guests arrive) and spending time doing things I’ve been putting off for too long….

Above all, it is Spring: time to start messing about in boats. Anyone fancy taking a rowing boat around a park pond with me?

`Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING–absolute nothing–half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing,’ he went on dreamily: `messing–about–in–boats; messing—-‘

Rat in ‘The Wind in the Willows‘ by Kenneth Grahame

Java x

 

 

Friday’s Featured Item – Vintage Cat and Mice Ornaments with Oversized Yellow Glass

Friday’s Featured Item – Vintage Cat and Mice Ornaments with Oversized Yellow Glass

  Price: £16 This is a rather eccentric yet adorable set of ornaments. It has sat by the fireplace for many years but is now the prey of my mother’s real life cat, so it needs a new home. The Glass is in immaculate condition […]

Friday Night Cocktail…French 75 (with crushed hail stones)

Friday Night Cocktail…French 75 (with crushed hail stones)

This cocktail is a bit special. One, because it is delicious and a lot of fun, and two because it contains some rather special hail stones. I shall explain. Last August, there was a freak storm over the vineyard. It rained and it hailed, damaging […]

How €15 Can Practically Buy You a Garden

How €15 Can Practically Buy You a Garden

Yesterday Jon and I went out on our favourite weekly expedition: first to the post office to send Tin Cup Vintage items to their new owners and then to the local second hand market/junk shop/Aladdin’s Cave of treasures waiting to be found.

And here’s what we found:

Two 1960’s wicker chairs (all they need is sanding down and lick of paint for summer evenings in the garden).

A large hamster box that, once washed and insulated properly can be turned into a propagator for seedlings.

A gazillion plastic plant pots to start off seedlings

A gazillion more terracotta plant pots for growing herbs closer to the house

A shiny yet battered black suitcase (ok, not for the garden, but it can home my entire sewing kit)

A small vase for when wild garden flowers are ready to pick

Two window trays

Three ice trays that can have holes drilled into them to start off seedlings

(I have never seen Jon so excited as when he has a ‘eureka’ moment. This was one of them.)

A nifty, patterned tin….because one simply can never have enough old storage tins.

A garden spade head

Twenty jars for preserving future vegetables

All for the handsome, glorious, life affirming price of €15. I had palpitations and a permanent grin for about 30 minutes after claiming our loot. This must be what certain hard drugs feel like.

I’ll let you know how the planting goes!

Java x

Friday’s featured item – 1970’s Tweed Autumn/Winter Dress Red Brown

Friday’s featured item – 1970’s Tweed Autumn/Winter Dress Red Brown

  Winter isn’t over just yet, so stretch out the joys of wearing cosy winter clothes until Spring arrives! This gorgeous 1970’s button down dress is perfect for winter; wear a blouse or jumper beneath and it’d brighten up a work day, an outdoor ramble […]

“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know” Diane Arbus

“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know” Diane Arbus

My favourite way of spending a Sunday afternoon, and avoiding homework, used to be to unzip my mum’s tartan suitcase filled with photos collected since her childhood. On the hallway shelves sat large, beautifully presented photo albums, containing what were to be considered the ‘good’ […]

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” Goethe

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” Goethe

IMG_3239Cheers!

IMG_3287Lyon, France

Everyone starts a fresh on January 1st, or early September at the start of the school calendar, or simply every Monday after a debauched or slothful weekend.

Recently Jon and I started a new beginning on December the 18th, 2012. We moved from the beautifully wild and extraordinary land where we were living in the Languedoc area of the South of France to the rolling hills of the Rhone-Alpes . We bade farewell to the one room stone cottage amidst the ruins at Les Seilhols, the wonderful friends we have made and shared so many meals with and our walks around the valley with the George Clooney equivalent of dogs. As we drove towards our new destination with a van filled with colourful stock for Tin Cup Vintage and two very stunned yet silent kittens, Jon and I chewed on marzipan logs and discussed our year ahead.

We have moved to Domaine Carret, a small organic vineyard near Lyon, to live with our friends Vincent and Marie, their dog Bramble, and the Tree Cat Troll Zepin. Vincent is French and makes wine, Marie is from the U.S and is a sublime cook: Their favourite hobby is discussing whether humankind ever landed on the moon, disagreeing and then not talking to each other for 48 hours.

Jon and I will be helping out in the vineyard in the mornings and during the afternoon, renovating the barn area to eventually live in. I am focusing more daily time on Tin Cup Vintage and Jon is obsessively bookmarking websites on how to renovate a barn on zero money. We have our work cut out like a pop up book.

Yet… it is a new year and I am hopeful. We have little money, but we have plenty of energy and resourceful minds. I am thrifty and weep at the prospect of wasting anything; which is possibly the main reason for collecting and selling old objects and clothes. Jon is practical and daydreams about building wooden dry toilets and wagon wheel chandeliers. I do think we have hope.

After many years of making what might as well have been a beautifully written short novel on ‘My New Year’s Resolutions’, this year I am trying to simplify. Building one’s own home, expanding a vintage business, establishing a vegetable garden and writing a play may not appear to be simplifying, but by my standards it is perfectly tame. I have erased: learning to knit, becoming a star of stage and screen and being perfect. I mean, if these things happen by accident, I have no complaints, but I am trying to ease the pressure on my fragile ego.

So here is an idea of where this blog will move towards: Exploring how to look stylish when shovelling horse manure, what happens when your social life is three other people and 4 pets, trying to surround yourself with the things you love when you live in one room and all your stuff is in boxes, building a home out of recycled materials such as hay and tyres without looking like a Mad Max set, rooting through the cobwebs and sledges in Vincent’s grandmother’s attic, and then, how do you keep making films and theatre amidst it all?

We shall find out.  It’s like walking into a cold shower when you’ve just got out of bed. All we can do is shiver and then start.

Happy New Year 20% Discount Sale! Dance and Rummage!

Happy New Year 20% Discount Sale! Dance and Rummage!

Merry Christmas and a thrifty New Year! For a 20% DISCOUNT SALE, use our New Year’s Sale Coupon Code: TINCUP2013DELIGHT Valid until 6th of January 12am GMT Time, have a dance and have a rummage here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/TinCupVintage?ref=si_shop