Monday, 15 December 2008

Christmas at Buttercup & Roses started sometime ago,
at the beginning of November...
We spent nearly three days pinning twinkling fairy lights to the widow frames,
hanging glittering snowflakes from the ceiling
and stocking the shelves with gorgeous goodies.
When I look at the pictures now they really don't show quite how pretty
and festive it really looks, although I'm sure you can imagine.
Well, as they say " A picture speaks a thousand words'"
I'll let you have a look for yourselves...
With little over a week to go until the big day,
I'm sure you are all busily decorating your homes and wrapping your gifts...
I'm yet to do either, so I think I'd better get busy untangling
fairy lights and finding the gift tags!...
Love and Hugs
Jennifer xxx

Monday, 1 December 2008

I must be mad to be parting with this!

Hey girlie's!
Just a quick post to let you all know I'm parting with my large collection of Cath Kidston china,
If your interested in any of the pieces check out my eBay shop,
which you can find via my posh new website,
you might just get a bargain!!!

But you'll have to be quick as the auctions finish tomorrow evening! (Tuesday).

These plates are so pretty...

I will be posting pictures of the shop all christmassy next week so don't
forget to pop back and have a peek...

Love and Hugs
Jennifer xxx

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

The Nettlecombe court christmas fair...

For those of you who managed to make it, I hope you enjoyed the excellent array of festive goodies and gorgeous gifts, I think it was probably the best fair yet, with lots of new stallholders and more stands then ever it was a shoppers delight!
Buttercup & Roses only had a small stand this year (mainly due to my lack of organisation and leaving it to late to get a larger space) but we tried to make the most of what we had by arranging everything in the prettiest and most christmassy way we could.
The Friday evening was a great success for us, we made plenty of sales, in fact we sold out of many items within the first couple of hours, and Saturday brought a steady flow of customers all of whom were very complementary about our things, and promising to make a visit to the shop before Christmas.

Here is a piccy Clive took of the stand on the Saturday,

There were so many fabulous gifts to choose from, the selection was huge, from yummy jams and chutneys, cashmere scarves and handmade Christmas decorations you certainly couldn't leave this Christmas fair without an armful of carrier bags.

To give you a little taste of the some of the other stalls here are a few more pics...

Hand painted furniture and fabric hearts from
'The Clotted cream furniture company'

Beautiful Italian leather handbags and silk purses

Hand thrown terracotta pots being sold by the lovely Liz straw

Absolutely beautiful handmade Christmas decorations and gifts by the gorgeous and talented Lou and Karina (who also sell there goodies in my shop!)

And the prettiest hand crafted little treats by a local textile designer.

I'm sure that after looking at the photos your all going to be eager to visit the fair next year, it marks the beginning of the festive season for me so I'm really starting to feel christmassy, I'm going to visit Hestercombe gardens on Sunday where they are running there own Christmas fair, so I get my chance to be on the other side of the table!...

Love and Hugs
Jennifer x

Monday, 3 November 2008

You are all invited to...

I hope to see you there...

Love and hugs Jennifer xxx

Monday, 13 October 2008

Where is this year going!?!...

Am I the only one wondering where this year has gone? It seems like only yesterday I was folding away the winter woollies and putting them to bed for their spring/summer hibernation.

Having the shop, I have to think about the changing seasons long before they arrive, With the gorgeous weather we have been having here in Somerset for the last couple of weeks I have quite forgotten that we are fast approaching the festive season, and only realising at the weekend that we are already half way through October, my Christmas stock ordering for the shop should of been done by now!
Having lay awake most of the night on Saturday worrying about this, I thought it essential that I spent today putting together the last of my orders.
So today has been mostly spent sat here, at my desk at home, flicking through catalogues and searching through websites picking out gorgeous gifts to fill the shop...

I have recently found a new company that sell the most scrummy scented candles, soaps and bath salts all made in the UK, I thought it would be great to introduce the new range into the shop in time for Christmas, so today I placed my first order and I cant wait for it to all arrive, here is a little taster of the things I'm having...

Isn't the packaging just gorgeous, and they smell just delicious! I know I would definitely be happy to have one of the candles or soaps in my stocking on Christmas morning!

I'm really looking forward to getting the shop ready for Christmas this year, I want to turn it in to a little winter wonderland, with twinkling fairy lights and the scent of cinnamon in the air as you come through the door...

Love & Hugs, Jennifer x

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

The only problem with having a shop full of beautiful things???... not keeping everthing!

Its a major problem, being surrounded by all these beautiful objects in the shop all day...
sometimes the temptation just gets all to much!

Every now and again it happens, I just have to bring something home with me,
and this time it was a gorgeous french inspired mirror.

I had the perfect spot for it, with a beautiful duck egg blue
Laura Ashley wallpaper back drop
and a pretty original
Victorian fireplace below I knew it would look just perfect.

I hope you'll agree that it looks pretty good,
I do have another one the same for sale in the shop,
and at a mere £75 I think its quite a good buy!...
How could you resist!!!xxx

P.S Soz for disappearing for so long again, I have had a hard time over the last few weeks and have been supporting a friend through a really difficult time, it is to personal to be posting about it on line,
I hope you'll all understand.
I'm hoping I really am back for good now! I Hope you have all been well, I have missed you all!!!x

Sunday, 6 July 2008

Has it really been that long????!...

Hello All!
I cant belive how long its been since I last did a post! Thankyou to all who have sent emails regarding my whereabouts (its very nice to know I have been missed!!)

Well, all I can say is that the last couple of months have been a little busy to say the least, I wont go into detail but lots of things have happened, some good, some bad, but hopefully all is back to somekind of normality now so I should be back on form and begin to blog more frequently.
.......I thought, seems as its been so long you might like to see some recent pics of the shop,
I had been thinking for a while that I ought to spend some time (and money) on the look of the shop, there were several things I had meant to do when I first took the shop on, but I was so desperate to open that I put certain things on hold.
I decided that the time had come to do these things, so we closed the shop for a week so Clive and I could work like crazy to get things done and have it re-opened a week later.
We had the floor sanded so the whole place seems brighter and lighter, we have painted all the walls in a gorgeous Laura Ashley chalk pink which beautifully compliments the new ranges of french inspired furniture that Im now selling, and Clive built me a fabulous new counter which he covered in a beautiful wallpaper...Anyway, enough talking about it here are the pics so you can see for yourself!

I hope you all like it, its been hard work but Im sure it was worth it.
The next job is to re-decorate what was the store room out the back of the shop, its a tiny space but Im hoping to use it as a (small) studio for my interior design. We've just had the floor redone, its been re-plastered and we have had some beautiful french doors put on which allows the light to pour in. Im itching to get out there and give it a transformation from dingy (and a little damp) storage space to a bright, airey and inspirational work space.

.........Jennifer xxx

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Better late than never...

I hope you'll all forgive me as I'm running a little behind with the post that I was going to do over Easter...But I thought that you would of all liked to see the Easter window that I did in the shop, even though its probably a little over due!..Hence the 'better late than never'!!

I have had a great time in the shop since Easter, there has been a constant flow of customers, it has given me back my enthusiasm and people have been so nice, making lovely comments about the way it looks and how much they love everything, it has given me a well needed push and confidence boost to start putting in a bit more effort (I always become a little sluggish over the winter months).
I have been working non stop trying to keep the shop well stocked and looking pretty, so please do excuse my absence as I don't seem to of had a chance to get to the computer!
I'm positive this absolutely gorgeous weather we seem to be having has had a huge effect on everyone, it seemed to turn into spring over night, I hope your enjoying it as much as I am!!
I hope to get the chance to have a catch up with some of your blogs over the next few days, thank you so much for all the lovely comments you made about my new chest of drawers, I have been feeling incredibly smug!

well girls, I'm going to have to go...I'm afraid this post is going to be short and sweet, lots of things to do....I hope you are all well and happy, I'll leave you with some pics of the 'Easter' shop window.

With love and hugs...Jennifer xxxx