A (belated) Happy New Year

Happy New Year!
At last, the very first Fabulous Vintage newsletter. 2012 was such a busy year getting the business off the ground I just didn’t find the time.

Fabulous Vintage Flash Sale – 35% discount
The Fabulous Vintage flash sale is now on! Visit our online shop and enter the code below to receive a whopping 35% discount until midnight Sunday 27 January.  Please note, discount is calculated at check out.
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Discount is for in-stock / website items only and does not apply to shipping charges and custom made / made to order items.  I would be really grateful if you would share this news and help spread the word about the sale. Thank you.

Fabulous Vintage Update
What have I been up to? Buying more glorious vintage fabric and editing the website in the hope that those friendly folk at Google put me at the top of the search pile. I’ve also been increasing my profile on Facebook and Pinterest and promoting the business with free fabric give-away days. I’ve got quite a following on Facebook now and it’s growing all the time. I’ve also had my first big article in our local lifestyle magazine, Northside, which you can read here.

Managing a website online shop, blog and keeping up with the social network is a lot of work but I really enjoy it. When my two boys (Oscar – 4 and Felix -2) are in bed, I find time to get on the internet to source more vintage fabric to add to the stash. I’ve completed four large wall art installations and I’m working on another for the very busy Cafe EightyAte on West Street, North Sydney, where we live. Late last year I sold half of our belongings on eBay to raise funds for a much needed photo-shoot. Claire at Frangipani Designs did a great job and the images can been seen on the website gallery. I have around 40 new items to add to the website after the flash sale, so I’ll be busy working on that for the rest of January. It’s been hectic and luckily I love what I do.

New Things
Lighting: I’m currently collecting some beautiful vintage retro lamp bases to pair with lampshades made from my vintage fabrics. The range will include a few Bitossi ceramic lamps and wooden lamps. Once the range is complete we’ll have another photoshoot. This time I might have to organise a garage sale raise the cash.

Belts: I’ve got a huge basket under my sewing table full of amazing Jacquard ribbons and hand carved Italian wooden buckles. The plan is to make a range of divine vintage inspired ‘cinch belts’ in time for next Christmas. At this rate it might be November 2014 before they are ready as I still need to wipe off the dust and resurrect the sewing machine which has been in hiding for the last 4 years.

Wall Art: In addition to fabric wall art I’d love to get Stone Inspired to make some handmade marble wall art using some of my vintage retro prints.

So ends the first newsletter. I’m hoping to send four a year so don’t worry, I won’t be bombarding you with emails!

Thanks for reading, until next time

Bridget
Fabulous Vintage

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Vintage Fabric Cushions

I’ve been looking on the internet at Australian designers and artisans selling vintage fabric cushions and I’m sharing my list of favourites.

First is the fantastic Funky Fabrix website.  In addition to a great range of ready made cushions they also have a custom made cushion service. You can choose from a huge range of fabulous vintage fabrics from their sister site 100% Vintage. My favourite vintage fabric cushion is this one.

Funky Fabrix Vintage Fabric Cushion

Funky Fabrix Vintage Fabric Cushion

I also love this one from the 100% Vintage website.

100% Vintage Fabric Cushion

100% Vintage Fabric Cushion

I’m pleased to say my website page, Fabulous Vintage vintage cushions, came nearly top in Google’s ranking. My hard work on S.E.O. has at last paid off. My favourite Fabulous Vintage cushions are of course Floppy Poppy and Rhea, both are vintage Sanderson fabrics.

Fabulous Vintage Floppy Poppy Cushion

Fabulous Vintage Cushion Rhea

Sally Campbell’s gorgeous website is also a favourite. Sally has some beautiful vintage fabric cushions made from vintage handmade textiles as well as amazing vintage throws. Sally sources her handmade textiles in India and they are made by artisans. All quilts, throws and cushions are either ‘hand-dyed’, ‘hand-stitched’, ‘hand-woven’ or ‘hand block-printed’. As a result they fade naturally and imperfections are part of their charm. Here is a selection from Sally’s website.

Sally Campbell Vintage Textiles - Cushions

Sally Campbell Vintage Textiles – Cushions

A quick look on Etsy and I find Moth Cushions, a range of one of a kind and limited edition, beautifully crafted cushions. Each cushion is created from vintage and retro fabrics, bedspreads, curtains, tea towels and tablecloths sourced from linen presses around the world.

Moth Cushions (Etsy)

So ends this week’s little blog, I do hope you enjoyed it.

Until next time

Bridget

Vintage Fabric Lampshades

I’ve been admiring the creativity with regards to lampshades as I browse the internet, here is a selection of favourites.

First of course are my own lampshades, expertly hand crafted for Fabulous Vintage by Shady Designs in Balmain, Sydney. All Fabulous Vintage lampshades are produced by Shady Design’s talented and dedicated specialist production team. Each lampshade is made to a high standard with quality testing performed prior to dispatch.  You can select vintage retro fabric from my vintage fabric gallery or contact Shady Designs to see their awesome modern fabric collection.

My favourites are ‘Floppy Poppy’, a vintage Sanderson fabric and Flamboyant Fuchsia. Both are pictured below. I am constantly scouring Vinnies and Salvos for vintage lamps and now have a huge collection of wooden and ceramic bases for sale. Please contact Fabulous Vintage if you are interested in seeing the lamp bases or vintage fabric range.

Beautiful vintage fabric lampshades, custom made to order.

Beautiful vintage fabric lampshades, custom made to order.

A favourite lampshade producer is Retro Print Revival. I love their website home page pictured below, so funky and colourful.

Retro Print Revival vintage lamps are all one of a kind.

Retro Print Revival vintage lamps are all one of a kind.

Retro Print Revival (Melbourne) have stunning Danish style rocket lamps designed to reflect the rare and dynamic floor and table lamps from the mid-century. The lamps are locally hand-crafted from Blackwood, oiled, then waxed to bring out the natural colours of the timber.  Lamps can be ordered here.

Resould (Brunswick Heads, NSW) have a great range of vintage beauties including vintage fabric lampshades. Their eclectic range of ceramic and wood vintage lamp bases is truly fantastic, see below for a few images from the range.

Resould..styling your home and business with existing objects of beauty

Resould..styling your home and business with existing objects of beauty

Across the pond are two brilliant UK lampshade producers. Winter’s Moon and Quincy Lampshades.

The Winter’s Moon (UK) collection is constantly changing and features a quirky range of vintage furniture and homewares. They offer a mix of vintage, recycled and handmade items and have recently launched fabric and table designs.

Winter's Moon handmde Vintage Fabric Lampshades

Winter’s Moon handmde Vintage Fabric Lampshades

Quincy Lampshades (UK) was set up to banish boring lampshades for good. By sourcing gorgeous fabrics and offering a range of sizes, you can have the most beautiful lighting that reflects your style and personality. Contact Ruth at Quincy to order.

Quincy Lampshades Handmade To Order

Quincy Lampshades Handmade To Order

Until next time

Bridget