27 October 2010

Nostalgia Meets Design


This weekend we are off on an adventure in our VW campervan down to the Lake District to take part in an exclusive Nostalgia Meets Design fair at Rheghed.

Nostalgia Meets Design

We’re excited to be involved in this vintage inspired event – and I am particularly impressed with Gwen for pushing this forward in the rural lake district, to showcase some of the local talent.  It’s a real privilege to be involved, so if anyone fancies a trip out at the weekend, Penrith is a scenic 1 half hour drive from Glasgow and Edinburgh…

There’ll be designers/makers inspired by nostalgia, alongside vintage clothes, jewellery, accessories, homeware and furniture.  There will also be plenty of cake in their very own tea room (vintage china included).  Scrumptious homemade cakes, vintage china and music from a bygone era.  Sounds good to us!


Aside from easting cake, we are setting up our own vintage stall and will be sharing some vintage ware and kitchenlia that we’ve picked up on our own vintage travels!

We have a feeling we may come back with more than we take though, especially when I saw this little red number from Vintage Revival:

little red dress 

and these cute fabric 50’s inspired illustration mugs

Emma Dolan
… We’ll let you know how we get on!…

p.s. Happy Halloween for Sunday

Love Claire and Jenny x

14 October 2010

Mirrorbox, Teacups and Project Vintage!

So we know its been a while since the last blog. 
Claire’s busy planning the wedding …
which I decided to do this year!  Nice one me! Three months to plan “our perfect day” is a challenge (but an exciting one at that) – add to that an overexcited mother and a winter day date to contend with, and I’ll be a happy lady if I come out the other side with my head in tact!
Jenny on the other hand has been busy quilting away (vintage fabrics of course!) between art projects and Zumba – quilt display on here soon, we hope! :-)
But more importantly we’ve both been brewing up a storm of vintage tea cups and we’re very excited to share it with you!
Us excited!
So. Butler & Taylor is our new vintage china hire venture! We’ve been collecting vintage treasures all year and our plan is to unleash our lovely tableware and vintage accessories to the vintage vixens of Scotland and beyond!
Weddings, photo shoots, product launches, events, hen parties, tea dances!  You name it and we are ready with a scary amount of teacups (and cake stands, tea pots..), a lovely paced campervan and our smiley faces eager to deliver and create an event with a difference!
We feel the best way to share our love of vintage tableware is to give you a glimpse into our recent photo shoot which took place in the beautiful house and garden of Bob and Anna situated in Glasgow’s west end – who kindly opened their door to us for the day! 
Open Doors
None of this would have been possible of course, without the experienced click of shutters from Sam and Sequoia of the amazing Mirrorbox Photography! Love love love their stuff – so be sure to check it!
Mirrorbox we love
We had fun assembling cups in bike baskets, teapots on radiators and linen on stairs….
Cups in Chopper
   Teapot Treasures Linen on Stairs
And compliments of course also goes to our 50’s housewives extraordinaire:
Lindsay on soup and helpfulness (and provider of bike)
Anna on cakes
Lindsay on soup Cakes by Anna
None of it could have happened without them – so a big thank you to all!
If anyone wants to know more about Butler & Taylor, get in touch with us here:
info@butlerandtaylor.co.uk / 07525 813 865 / 0784 931 5531
and Mirrorbox for the photos here: info@mirrorboxphotography.com
More pictures to come when our website is up and running…. so we’ll be sure to keep you posted.  Until next time folks!
Love Claire and Jenny!

1 September 2010


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Well, this is us. 
This is Me (Claire) and Him (Mackay) (…“meant for each other.  Sent for each.  And likin’ it so…”)
and Betsy.  Of course. 
She is our vintage vehicle of choice.  Our daily work horse, our shopping trolley and most importantly, for this blog’s sake;
Our Vintage Vacation on wheels.
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In the three years we’ve had Betsy (a VW 1971 early bay low light Transporter with Dormobile conversion, if you’re interested) we’ve travelled from Dunnet Head right down to Lands End (where we broke down: the story of which I’ll save for another time; but involved a vintage cornish steam show and local radio encounter with a “rocket man” dedication)
This blog is an introduction to my love of my vintage vacations through the eyes of our recent trip to Wales. 
But first of all…. let’s take a glimpse at some other vintage vacations you could enjoy (courtesy of www.vintagevacations.co.uk)…
…Meet Doris
(I heart her pert stance & the deck chairs waiting patiently outside for me)
… And the Airstream Overlander 1954 interior with quilted glory and tiled floors to boot!  YUM!
I adore these retro touches!…
see more here
But I understand the great outdoors isn’t for everyone, so just imagine tucking yourself away in a cosy bungalow on the Isle of White like this one. I can imagine cranking up the gramophone, settling on this old sofa, pipe in mouth and cocoa in hands…
But what am I talking about? Our Wales trip was vintage vacation from start to finish in the great outdoors.  From our suit cases and shopping bags …
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…… through to our retro junk finds in a field near our campsite Cae Gwyn.  Mackay even went back to get me more whilst I chopped dinner, and came back with these items to assist with our culinary creations… (Blue Tin Kettle and Orange Frying Pan)
I gave them a good wash in the nearby river, and we had one amazing meal after the other…
Morning……………………………………… Noon……………………………… and Night……
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In retrospect, taking pictures of all my meals is a little odd; but my, my do you feel proud with the creation of a slap up meal in the pocket sized kitchen (which is the passenger seat-come-popup kitchen in our campervan)!
But it wasn’t just our food that made this holiday special.  It was our experiences together exploring parts of Wales we wouldn’t necessarily stop for if it weren’t for the slow and relaxed pace of our 39 year old van..
We watched fishermen at sunset from the Gower Dunes…
… explored the medieval ruin turned Garden project at Aberglasney House
… discovered unchartered meadow territory to glimpse (and catch on camera) this Snowdonia outlook.
…and it took all these moments including 8 sunsets, 1 wild swim, 500 miles, our first helping of rain all holiday, 2 passes to the Greenman Festival (courtesy of Sparrow and the Workshop), the most amazing dish of Spaghetti Bolognese, 2 bottles of cava, and 5 years of waiting for Marcus to ask me to marry him.
I said yes.
And he even had a ring to offer me. 
It is perfect.  All of it.
… We already can’t wait for our next vintage vacation and maybe I can hint towards that bungalow for our honeymoon…. but open to suggestions of anywhere else?…
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In our next blog we are going to tell you the story of how Jenny and Claire met in the Glasgow coffee shop scene in 2005 and what lead us to our new vintage project Butler and Taylor, centred around vintage teacups and tableware.  We will be sharing our hopes and dreams of sharing them with the vintage hostesses amongst you in Scotland and beyond…
See you next week….
Love Claire x

7 August 2010

Ready Steady Blog!

And so it begins - Jenny and Claire will no longer be licking stamps before posting our scribbles. 
Blogging it is from hence forth. 
This is our new hub of vintage obsessions on the world wide web. 
Together, we are here to bring you what we both love: all things vintage.
Vintage to us means - of the past; inspired by the past, articles of beauty, beauty in the old.
We are obsessed with vintage china, shabby chic home interiors, vintage weddings and handcrafted articles of beauty.

We love and live in Glasgow and are forever getting inspired by what the city has to offer by means of vintage imagery. We want to share what we see and hope you enjoy what we have to say and show....

So this is us.

... My name is Claire. I love the sound of a distant waterfall, the crackle of a fire and waft fresh bread.  I hate silk bed sheets.

... And my name is Jenny.  I love quilting, eating delicious cakes, finding old umbrellas and a beautifully styled photo.  I dislike modern technology. 

This is the start of our online vintage journey and we hope you will come back to join us, contact us, follow us, comment on us, share us and speak to us.

See you SOOON....