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Lola loves… A crafty way to use crockery

What woman doesn’t love a bit of vintage crockery right now? It’s crazy that yesterday’s car boot sale junk now produces as much saliva as a pair of Malono Blahnik’s, but hell, I’m totally on board with it all!

I use my beloved crockery to store a few of my craft bits and find that it’s a pretty way to store essentials, get my crockery fix, and makes things accessible. It really doesn’t take much to make me happy – a couple of doilies and a pin cushion is certainly enough to put a smile on my face!

Of course, as soon as I’ve got an excuse to make like a five-year-old playing tea parties, it doesn’t take me long to clear the craft junk, give my crockery a wipe and pile on the goodies! Cheese anyone? (N.B: cheese on a cake stand makes me happiest of all. I could have died happy munching on this lot!)

I do love my crockery but I am also at risk of turning my work space into a tea room and my style ethos into ‘Granny chic’. So, (and here’s the crunch of today’s post) what ideas do you have for storing all your crafty bits? Do you hide or make a feature of your supplies and what crafty storage ideas have you come up with? I’d love it if you shared your thoughts with me!

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Lola loves… Drink, Shop & Do – the perfect place for tea and cake

Thanks to Black Cat Originals for the invite to the Linky Party! I really recommend this place  if you’re ever in old London town! 

 

 

As an Easter treat, the girls and I went to Drink, Shop & Do — it’s the perfect place for a tea party without the fuss!  Drink, Shop & Do is a beautiful craft cafe and shop just two minutes walk from Kings Cross station, central London. It sells all manner of goodies from ribbons to boiled sweets and cocktails to cakes. It’s a little bit like heaven, except that I think the cake in heaven would be calorie and fat free!

These three images curtesy of the Drink, Shop & Do website

The lower level of Drink, Shop & Do is a small shop which sells beautiful books, handmade items from local crafters, sweets and ingredients for your  own craft projects. The top level includes a bar, seating area and dimly lit snug room all decorated in a way that makes you achingly envious. (Why can’t my kitchen look like this?)

We treated ourselves to a rather decadent (and decidedly calorie-laden) afternoon tea that included chewy sweets, scones with jam, finger sandwiches, a pot of tea and a cocktail each. I had a coconut something, which to be honest took me straight back to being a teenager – in a bad way. (Did anyone else go too heavy on the Malibu at the school disco?) The other girls’ raspberry and rose flavoured concoctions were both pretty and tasty.

Wowzers, what lucky girls. Especially as the only reason we had to lift a finger was to cram some more scone into our mouths!

There are oodles of lovely  places to go for afternoon tea in London but what makes this place special for me is that encourages its guests to get involved and create. There’s a class or ‘make-along’ almost everyday; have a go at clay modelling, make a lego robot or papier-mache monster , or have your hair styled in vintage pin-up victory rolls (I MUST come back for that one!)

It’s also a great place for hen or birthday parties, especially as you can book a group lesson on how to make cake pops, a fascinator, 1920s headband or cross stitch panties! There’s an early doors disco on Wednesday, or for those more heady occasions there’s its so-called ‘dirty little secret’, Drink, Shop, Dance, which offers DJs, disco balls and drinks in similarly design conscious surroundings.

Somehow not feeling that I’d treated myself enough, I also bought a pretty vintage style ring, which went so well with my outfit I think it was fate. (It was fate I tell you, I had no choice but to buy it!) Here’s the ring and the pretty sweetie bag they wrapped it in, which I couldn’t help showing you too. Can you also spot my newspaper nails? I saw these bad boys on Pinterest, I will post about them soon.

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