Saturday, 25 June 2011

wedding, weights and weird stuff..

Gorgeous vendela roses, lavender and marjoram.....the scent was lovely...even if the weather was less than beautiful.....
random vintage loveliness in the shop this the weights against the graffiti on the old scout table top and of course who could resist a pram full of herbs...x

Our courses are filling up, the first one is on July 18th from 10-30 to 3pm. Floral Country Living....lots of ideas for using your garden flowers, what works best for a cutting garden, very informal with fun and food!!!

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Independents' Day

One of the things I love about Hungerford is that the shops are mostly owned by independent retailers.
The town has an individuality, the High Street doesn't look the same as any other high street in the country and the people here appreciate that.
Local independent shops give a town it's charm; make it stand out from other towns.
Nowadays most of the high streets in various towns look alike. You'll find the same bookshop, the same music store, the same restaurant, the same clothes shop, etcetera, in most of the towns and cities in Britian. The little independent retailer is seen as expensive and inconvenient.

But why? I know I'd rather go to an independent retailer because he/she gives me quality rather than quantity. I like the fact that I know the shopkeeper and/or staff and that they know me. Ever noticed the big turnover in staff in the well known shops? A new face every week seems to be their motto..
I like the customer service in a local shop; being treated like a human being and not just another number.
I love exploring a town with lot of local independent retailers; to try and find that little gem hidden away in a little alleyway. Really enjoy a day out, buy too many nice things than you could actually afford. But hey, at least you support the local economy and the people in that town benefit from it, instead of a Swiss bank account from a already-too-rich-corporate-so-and-so...

Come and celebrate and support the diversity in your local high street. Buy local on the 4th of July!!!

For more info click here!

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

New Course Dates!!

Pop over to The Magpie Academy for all our new courses for summer  and autumn, there is literally something for everyone, not forgetting lovely food and fun!!

If you pass our door every week you will notice that we have a 'thing' for door wreaths....there will always be one and they differ depending on which of the three of us make them.
Miss Magpie made this one..isn't it beautiful?
Our new mantra is.....
'Door wreaths....they are not just for christmas!!!'

Monday, 6 June 2011


If you had a wish what would it be??

a winner...a lover....a gift.....a breakthrough.....a answer....a heart....a letter....a phone call....
'a bunch of flowers!!!!'

whatever your wish might be we have beautiful wish bracelets for sale this week.....pretty semi- precious stones on cord to tie that wish close to you until it comes true....
each one is unique and handmade right here in Hungerford in brilliant packaging for yourself or give a wish to a friend...
See you soon

Saturday, 4 June 2011

This week has been made possible by...

A rainy bankholiday visit to Highclere Castle.

The love for Hydrangeas

Funky Cape Daisies (Osteospermum)

Homemade Marble Cake

And a shabby chic washstand!

This weekend will be entertained by a barbeque, a lie-in, a bit of gardening, relaxing and ............. (Any suggestions? Please feel free to fill in the blanks!).
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