Create Vintage comes to life!

20 Feb

After months of planning, plotting and obscenely over-purchasing vintage homewares, one dream has finally come true for Create Vintage. From Saturday I will be selling a few of my treasured finds at Unique Chique in Alton, Hampshire.

Today I’ve been dusting down and sprucing up everything I can find that will bring a spring cheer to the shop. These colourful jugs in various shapes and sizes just about capture the collection I’ve come up with.

An assortment of vintage jugs including Wood's Ware, Spode, Johnson Bros. and Grindley

An assortment of vintage jugs including Wood’s Ware, Spode, Johnson Bros. and Grindley

I’ve chatted about Unique Chique on this blog before, but never said much about its owner, Emma Webb. To put it frankly she was pretty much the person who gave me the confidence to get going on the Create Vintage path. She’s hopelessly modest {so she’ll hate this mention} but her story is a real inspiration…

Emma trained as a commercial pilot and made it to Captain before her 30th birthday. She then moved into private aviation as a pilot for a corporate jet operator. Unfortunately illness led to her losing her medical. But, rather than mope around she used her recuperation time to go along to one of Annie Sloan’s furniture painting courses, start to revamp her own furniture and eventually set up shop selling her pieces.

Three years on, she is moving to bigger premises, expanding her range {which includes Chalk Paint, decorative paint by Annie Sloan} and planning to share her skills with craft courses and workshops run from her friendly back room. She’s still only 36 years old.

I am so delighted to be part of her latest chapter. I’ll be helping out in the shop as well as giving things a bit of a PR push. You can find Unique Chique at 53 High Street, Alton, Hampshire. Her website is


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