I recently spent the day with some lovely ladies learning about photo styling vintage finds
In January I was inspired by Makelight to choose a word to guide me through the year, instead of or as well as New Year’s Resolutions.
My word for 2017 is Explore.
To me, Explore means meeting new people, learning new things and visiting new places. I find exploring in this way really opens the mind, allows creativity to blossom and creates a great work life balance.
Today I’m talking about my day at a Vintage Styling Workshop.
When I arrived at Eridge near Tunbridge Wells a pretty row of quintessential English cottages appeared before my eyes next to the beautiful Eridge Village Hall.
Tamsyn (@tamsynmorgans) and Katie (@thevintagehousethatcould) had obviously been busy setting up the garden ready for cups of tea on arrival.
The painted and mismatched chairs were set around a trestle table laden with pretty cups and saucers. The centre piece was a rustic wooden box filled with pots of pansies and pink candy striped goody bags.
I couldn’t help but take lots of photos before even venturing into the village hall. It was a glorious day and the surrounding countryside looked it’s very best.
Once everyone had arrived we sat down for tea, introductions and chat before heading back inside to play with a hall full of Tamsyn’s and Katie’s vintage finds. Both ladies were on hand to provide help and styling ideas.
Below is my table mat and coaster set. Tamsyn provided some really useful tips for photographing it.
Roses, vintage tins and books with pages that had been turned many times over the years.
After considerable amounts of faffing we were presented with a delicious afternoon tea served in china tea pots and on pretty cake stands.
We made posies in jam jars. This is mine, photographed on a white painted wicker chair with vintage fabric seat.
We squeezed in a little bit more faffing.
It was sad that the day had to come to an end. I could have done it all again.
For now I have said au revoir to the lone balloon that looked as though it may have escaped from a children’s party and was hanging around on the ceiling with clouds. I may be back though!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and it’s inspired you! There are so many wonderful places to see — whether it’s something local or far away. There is so much to learn and so many new people to meet.
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Stay safe and cosy until the next time.
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Originally published at www.onepurlrow.co.uk.