27 June 2011

Loving you MHOR each day…

After a few hectic months, Me and Mackay decided to give a little back to each other – part of being husband and wife and all that - so we took off on an impromptu night away to Monachyle Mhor.  I say impromptu, but to be honest,  I have dreamt about going here for years! I constantly go on their website and obsess, I’ve enjoyed a show round without staying once, and I’ve even driven up the long windy road to just show it to Jenny one time. 

Monachlye Mhor ExteriorI mean, I’m pretty obsessed.  SO, you will understand that this was years in the making and more a heavy persuasion than impulse! So for your viewing pleasure, and for the sole purpose of marking this momentous occasion and tenuously bracketing it under possible “vintage honeymoon” location for the benefit of this blog- here is an introduction to my weekend of Monachyle Mhor.

Fish n ChipsOur first stop was in Callander where we stopped to enjoy probably the best Fish and Chips in Scotland at Monachyle Mhor’s sister Fish Restaurant in Callander: MHOR Fish.

We then enjoyed a stunning drive along the Loch Lubnaig and Loch Voil to the hotel – where we checked in to this stunner of a room…


Country Style City Chic BedroomWe decided that in order to fully enjoy our 5 course meal cooked by Tom Lewis (award winning chef); a walk was in order, so off we went in the drizzle to build up an appetite. 

En route, I was excited to come across LOVESTUCK in the flesh – a vintage holiday rental through Canopy and Stars on MHOR’s farmland!  With Me and Mackay being lovers of homes on wheels; we couldn’t resist a peek and decided we needed to get closer.  And wow!  Honeymoon-tastic!  Vintage Vacation alarms ringing all around!  We loved it!Lovestruck Vintage Vacation

  Lovestuck SignVintage Pot PlantLog Burner

Lovestruck Vintage Vacation

We then retired to a game of scrabble and some refreshments here in my dream living room before eating ourselves stupid for dinner followed swiftly by a viewing of Bridget Jones’s Diary in our room!

Monachlye Mhor Stylish Living Room

We will most definitely return (once we’ve saved a lot more pennies) and thoroughly recommend any of Mhor’s beautiful eateries and stays

MHOR Fish, MHOR Bread, Monachyle MHOR Hotel, Lovestruck at Monachyle MHOR, MHOR Tea.

Its worth noting that our stay was prompted by one of their Facebook last minute deals – so be sure “like” them to keep tuned!

Claire x

19 June 2011

Give us a twirl!

Claire and I are very excited - this week we spent an evening with designer Cassandra Belanger Macindoe, discussing personalised dress designs.

Both Claire and I would like something vintage-inspired and if possible, made from vintage fabric. Cass has given us homework - we have to submit some style ideas to her by the end of the week and then she will start the design process!
I spent the morning looking at old 40's and 50's patterns for inspiration....

Sailor collars, huge pockets, oversized buttons, ribbons at the neck, bows and belts, the ideas are endless! We will keep you updated on how the garments are shaping up. 

If you fancy making your own dress Cass will soon be starting her own classes, we will give info on these as soon as we hear the details.

In the meantime you can check out these links to find out more about hiring sewing machines and other workshops in Scotland -

The Life Craft 

Make it in Glasgow
(Merchant City, Glasgow)

Leah Halliday
(wonderful shop and workshop space in Dumfries)  

When in Edinburgh check out this new gem of a shop in Howe Street -  Homer sells mainly one off vintage furniture pieces and homeware items but yesterday I spotted vintage ribbons (you know I love ribbon!) and delightful mini sewing kits called 'Sewing Susan', just the thing to get you started!

Ok I am now off to research Peter Pan collar dresses....

Jenny x

13 June 2011

Will I meet Don Draper?

Has anyone else seen the film 'Six Degree's of Separation ' directed by Fred Schepisi? The idea is that everyone is about six steps away from any other person, so that a chain of 'a friend of a friend' statements can be made, on average, to connect any two people in six steps or fewer. 

So you can imagine my excitment when yesterday my Dad told me that his friend James has a friend in New York who is friends with Jon Hamm who plays Don Draper from Madmen! This makes me only 4 steps away from meeting Mr Draper and him fallening madly in love with me! Don't worry my boyfriend Tom is ok about this as he does not think it is likely to happen!

Can anyone out do me with their connection to Don Draper? or anyone else equally famous and exciting for that matter?

If you are not a fan already of the hit US drama Madmen I say jump on the bandwagon, the story lines are fantastic and the 50's and 60's  fashion and interiors always inspire me!

Here are some photographs of some of Don Draper's best moments so far!

Don if you are reading this you can get hold of me here on the vintage lassies blog or on our Butler and Taylor facebook page!

Jenny x

6 June 2011

You make me feel like dancing!

Spring has been a busy time for Butler and Taylor, around Scotland our tea cups have been full of good cheer - from school teachers' tea parties (with no pesky pupils of course!) to wedding tea tables where a cup of tea or coffee from a fine bone china cup is a great addition to that special day.
We hope to show you more images from these events soon but in the meantime have a snoop at these pictures sent in by Sarah Cowie from East Lothian Museum Services. 

Using Butler and Taylor's china, the Museum Services held a 1940's tea dance in May with lots of cakes and tea and dancing!

This is one of my favourite action shots of our cake stands and tea cups in use.

The couple in this picture are called Susan and Gary from the Fly Right Dance Company, they are a professional dance performance and education company based in Scotland. Check out their website as they offer lots of fun dance packages for events, these range from 1910's Titanic style to Palm Court Charleston theme. Love the white gloves Susan!

Sadly we have no photographs of the museum crowd dancing, but we imagine there were scenes similar to these!

All this talk of dancing makes me want to go to a Tea Dance, anyone know the Foxtrot?

x Jenny