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The Infamous Banana Bread

Those of you who have visited me when I run the tea room at Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair will know about the banana bread that I bring with me. The secret is to add lots of chocolate chips and really overripe bananas. I must confess that it’s not actually me who makes it, my boyfriend [...]

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Lydia’s House

Lydia’s House is an interior design consultancy that sells beautiful, hand-picked antiques and vintage furniture. It’s also a social enterprise offering  training in recycling and upcycling of furniture to adults who are socially excluded.   I met the lady in charge, Catherine Trillo, back in November 2013 just as she was about to open a shop [...]

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Mr. Kringle’s Vintage Emporium

On Saturday I’ll be at this delightfully vintage fair at Castlegate in Newcastle city centre. Pop along and say hi and take a look at all the vintage wares. I’ll have a range of teacup candles, cake stands, vinyl cake stands and plate clocks with me.        

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Great British Bake Off 2013

If, hypothetically, Great British Bake Off had called and asked Ruby’s to add the vintage pretty to their marquee this year, what might the pictures look like? The BBC do, of course, make any suppliers sign a confidentiality agreement on pain of death so if this had happened I certainly couldn’t say. However, a picture [...]

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Living North Christmas Fair 2013

I’m really excited to attend this year’s Living North Christmas Fair at Newcastle Racecourse as an exhibitor. I feel like a little Christmas elf at the moment, working round the clock to make lots of lovely vintage gifts. I’ll have teacup candles and tea stands for sale as well as some beautiful vintage plates upcycled [...]

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DIY – 3 Tier Cake Stand

People often ask me where I get my cake stands from and sometimes they’re amazed when I say I make them myself! More recently a lot of people have asked me  how to make them. It’s actually a very simple process that just requires some accurate measuring and a bit of nerve!   You will [...]

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Elderflower Cordial

After another gloriously sunny week I wanted to share this recipe.  My girlfriends gave me a book for my birthday full of homemade drinks recipes and I’m working my way through each one with relish.  This week I made Elderflower cordial using flowers from the giant elder bush in the back garden of my new [...]

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Wear Your Sunday Best 2013

As part of Newcastle Fashion Week 2013 you’ll find me and my china at this delicious fashion show on Sunday.  The House of Seduction, Pearman Photography ND Make Up Artists & Louise Doyle Events have teamed up to bring a very vintage fashion show together. I can’t wait but I am struggling to think what to wear!? [...]

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Maiden Voyage

Sunderland Marriott have been working very closely with a group of students who are putting on a fabulously vintage Maiden Voyage event on Friday 24th May. Maiden Voyage 24th May The organisers have exceptional taste as one of the delicious courses in the 5 course tasting menu will be served in Ruby’s Tea Party china. [...]

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Newcastle Does Vintage

Monday 6th May – 10.30am – 4.30pm Theatre Royal Newcastle   The trend for vintage fairs has grown into a big movement over the last few years and this means that there are some people doing really bloody good ones!  Britain Does Vintage organise both vintage fairs and vintage wedding fairs and they’re coming to the toon [...]

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