Monday, 21 March 2011

Time to Party .....

Obviously here in the UK (well here in Tollesbury anyway!) we are using the excuse of the wedding of  'Kate and Wills' to have a good ol' Royal knees up!!
We (The Loft) have been invited to have a stall at the event, what better way to introduce us to the village ?
Our lovely tea suppliers (Butterworth and Sons) are even making a special 'Royal Wedding Blend'!
There will be bunting, china cups and floral pinnies a plenty.  We did originally plan to officially open 'The Loft' during the same weekend, but, due to Local Council planning rules and regulations!! that may be slightly delayed.  I wont go into detail as I dont wish to bore you but they are not my 'best friends' at the moment, (hope none of them read this blog, I will have even longer delays!).  So I'll just keep smiling and carry on making the bunting.

Friday, 4 March 2011

Local Tea - Part 2

As mentioned in a previous post, I had an appointment with Butterworth & Sons' of Suffolk with a view to using their products at 'The Loft', and, to sample their teas, coffee and hot choc.
Unfortunately technology wont allow you to smell the photo, and it really doesn't do justice to the beautiful colours of the teas (you can actually eat the fruit tea - pictured in the cup on the right)!
Myself and Emma (best friend and business partner - I will give you a full introduction in another post) were quite excited about our first business meeting with a supplier (sad eh), and a great meeting it was.  We were so impressed by not only their lovely range and superiority of the products, but by them too.  A real family business that are dedicated to supplying quality.  We are really looking forward to giving our customers the delicious loose leaf teas (that they can take home too),  as well as a lovely smooth coffee from freshly ground beans (it's gonna smell good), and divine creamy hot choc.  Its really driven us to source as many local producers and suppliers as possible, next up 'Crisps from Essex' and Ice Cream, we'll keep you posted.

Nifty Thrifty

This week I managed to do a little Charity Shop Shopping!!  One of my favourite pastimes, that I don't get nearly enough time to do.  I love trawling through the bric a brac. Found these lovely cups and plates for 'The Loft' this week, and the tins I will use for styling/decor.

My favourite secondhand shop also came up trumps!!
The frame will be used for a blackboard, and I will be covering the seat of the chair with some nice vintage fabric to pretty it up a little.
The lovely apron was a gift from my Mum.
Vintage tins and Sundae dishes, not sure its going to fit in my little ol' shed!! it's already bursting at the seams!!