Monday, 13 February 2012

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Good evening peeps,

It's holiday time at last and we are down in Falmouth visiting Ben's folks for a week by the sea. We made a lovely purchase today in St Lukes charity shop, a delicate 12 piece china tea set. The story goes that it was a wedding present given to a pair of happy newly weds back in 1903! It is fitting that we are going to use it at our own wedding this year- 109 years later! We also purchased two gaudy, golden gilt mirrors in another charity shop which we will be giving a french - style makeover with some grey paint ready for the Nostalgic Mix fair on 31st March

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Tara and Ben

Friday, 3 February 2012

Elegantly Wasted goes live!

Very exciting times at the moment as we are gearing up for our first ever vintage fair! We are going to be hosting a stall at the Nostalgic Mix fair in Totnes Civic Hall on 31st March.

Ben is going to have to pull his socks up for his paintbrush will be on fire over the next few weeks! We will be selling the (finally finished) school desk, some Edwardian folding chairs and chapel chairs complete with prayer book holders. We are also selling a 1930s deco style painted blanket box and a sideboard all of which have been given the 'Elegantly Wasted' treatment.

I have also been busy making banners out of old playing cards, gift tags and scouring ebay for lovely objects to suplement our furniture. We will be selling a selection of our Enid Blyton nature plates illustrated by Eillen Soper, these look gorgeous framed and are perfect for a nursery/childs bedroom.

So all in all, its going to be very exciting. I shall leave you with my latest purchase, a kitsch-tastic 1950s ballerina print tray. The question is, will I be able to part with it come March 31st..?

Monday, 23 January 2012

Save the Date!

Good afternoon!
At the moment we have been neglecting our restorations a little as we have had another little event on our minds- our impending wedding!

We are getting hitched on 22nd December 2012 and have just completed our Save the Date cards which have been featured by the lovely Charlie on her wonderful blog at The Natural Wedding Company.  We love anything rustic and natural so are going for a 'woodland' 'vintage' 'Edwardian' feel, there is no theme as such we have such eclectic tastes so are just choosing elements from all the lovely things we like and combining them together into a kind of 'vintage/rustic' vibe!

We are currently scouring ebay for china robins and deer to contribute to the look whilst squirreling away things from Ben's Dad's Shop! We have also purchased some vintage board games to keep guests entertained, celebrity masks for dressing up and some beautiful 1930s photo mounts to display photographs of our own relatives weddings!

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Laters Lovelies!

Friday, 30 December 2011

Lazy Bloggers!

Yes. We have been lazy bloggers of late and work at Elegantly Wasted headquarters has slowed to a stop. This is mainly due to a little event we are currently planning- our wedding for next Christmas! However, as we have now secured the church, venue, our awesome photographer, caterer, band and florist; we can now turn out thoughts back to our business venture again. Exciting plans are afoot, Ben has been asked to collaborate on a vintage fair/vintage wedding fair project scheduled for sometime in February in Plymouth (early days: more news to come soon!) and we are in the process of sourcing tired furniture that is just crying out to be elegantly wasted. We are also looking forward to the Nostalgic Mix fair in Totnes on 31st March so we  have plenty of projects to keep us busy! 

Yesterday we aquired a lovely pair of cups and saucers from Ben's Dad's shop- Old School Antiques in Penryn, Cornwall. I was drawn to the Union Jack handles and the typical 1930s shape. They commemorate King George and Queen Mary's silver jubilee in 1935 and look fab displayed with red roses in. Let us know what you think!

A belated Merry Christmas!
Tara and Ben

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Draw up a seat and read about our latest transformation!

We have just finished painting and waxing some beautiful chapel chairs, which we decided to premier in our local park! The chairs are Edwardian and previously spent their lives in a cornish church-so they are well blessed!

Above: The base coat.

Above: The finished results!

 We have painted them in Annie Sloan Greek Blue and think they would be ideal in anybodies kitchen , conservatory or garden. We have put the chairs onto eBay at the jolly good starting price of £50. So what are you waiting for? Grab your mouse and click your way over to eBay!

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Divine Intervention

We are very excited tonight. We've just won a 19th century french benitier and vignette on ebay which we think will look divine (literally!) in the hall way. Benitiers are found inside Catholic churches, they hold Holy water for Catholics to use to make the sign of the cross upon their foreheads when entering the church. We can't wait for this heavenly parcel to arrive!

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

I'm Wasted!

Yay, excellent news, today we sold the monks bench for £90 - our very first sale!  Check out my hand stamped tags with our stag motif. Next up, the 1940s school desk. Ben has been busy sanding and tomorrow the first coat of Greek Blue goes on. Continuing with the 1940s school theme, we have recently purchased a complete boxed set of  Eileen Soper school prints on Ebay. If like me you went to a primary school that was built during the early fifties, you may remember seeing some of these charming relics still hanging about on corridoor walls.

Eileen Soper illustrated many Enid Blyton books and also created some Nature Plates to illustrate Blyton's lesson plans for use in infant schools (a world away from the lengthy planning I have to do now for literacy!) They are totally gorgeous and we are thinking of selling them alongside our furniture, framed. They would look amazing in a nursery or make gorgeous birthday/christening gifts.

We have decided to keep number 60 (the Christmas tree scene) for ourselves which will look just great at Christmas!

Inspired by the 40s school theme, I'm planning on rocking a Miss Jean Brodie (in her prime) look tomorrow-i'm thinking horsey-tweed-jacket-with-elbow-patches and sensible shoes. Excellent.