Tag Archives: quirky

15 days to Christmas

10 Dec

How cute and festive are these?  Some more handmade gifts I found at Belton House Christmas Market last month, made by Heart and Country.

 

What I found handmade at Belton Xmas Market - Decorations by Heart and Country

What I found handmade at Belton Xmas Market - Decorations by Heart and Country

Their new website is due to be up and running any day now, so if you are quick you may be able to order in time for Christmas…

(Original Minnie is not responsible for the content of other websites).


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Visit to a quirky … Garden Centre?!

30 Jun

Q.   IS IT A GARDEN CENTRE; KITSCH SCULPTURE PARK; RECLAMATION YARD; OR A TEA SHOP FROM ALICE IN WONDERLAND?

A.   All of the above, or at least what I imagine a tea shop from Alice In Wonderland might be like…

Garden Centre Teacup and Genie

Giant Teacup and Genie -of course! Photo by Original Minnie

It’s the most bizarre yet brilliant Garden Centre I’ve been to.  Located ‘up North’ in Cheshire, it’s partly a garden centre selling plants – as you would expect – alongside street lights, statues, chimney pots, and when I went, an old Morris Minor.

Garden Centre Huge Lanterns

Some beautiful reclaimed pieces. Photo by Original Minnie

‘Hidden’ amongst the undergrowth are huge kitsch larger-than-life My Little Pony sculptures that were originally used in the Blackpool Illumination displays back in the 1980s!

Garden Centre My Little Pony statue

My (not-so) Little Pony. Photo by Original Minnie

There were also small units dotted around, one of which was a funky little clothing boutique with great retro style dresses.

Garden Centre Clothes Boutique

Clothing Boutique. Photo by Original Minnie

The tea shop is almost indescribable… it was a scorching day when I went, so we sat outside – it was a maze of little booths and ‘rooms’, with tables nestled underneath a gazebo, or maybe inside an old converted fairground stall.

Garden Centre Tea Shop Cup and Saucer

Tea Shop Real Cup and Saucer. Photo by Original Minnie

A big ‘thumbs up’ goes to the tea shop for using real china cups and saucers for serving the tea in!

Garden Centre Pud

Generous Portion of Pud. Photos by Original Minnie

And the deserts we had were not skimpy on portion size – yes that is for one person!

Eat up…

Welcome!

12 May

 

WELCOME  TO THE ORIGINAL MINNIE BLOG! 

This is a new experience for me (a bit of a technophobe), so bear with me as I go…

The aim of this blog is to bring you:

  • the latest photos of Original Minnie products as they come hot off the production line (as I finish making them)
  • up-to-date news on events Original Minnie will be attending
  • and any other interesting quirky / vintage / crafty / afternoon tea wonders I discover on my travels around the virtual and real world…  

So, why not make yourself a cuppa, and enjoy…

 

 

 

 

 

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