<![CDATA[Hare and Hatter<br />Vintage china hire and accessories - Blog]]>Fri, 15 Jan 2016 05:07:56 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[New beginnings]]>Fri, 23 May 2014 20:10:34 GMThttp://www.hare-and-hatter.com/blog/new-beginnings Ok, so it's been three months since I resigned as Assistant Shop Manager in the charity shop I used to work in. I was there for over a year and enjoyed the job and working with the volunteers and getting to know the customers.  
 I loved helping launch and build up the vintage and retro section in the shop and enjoyed teaching the volunteers and other shops staff how to spot the vintage and retro gems in their donation stock.  I also really liked it when I occasionally had the chance to do the window displays and visual merchandising in the shop, making decorations and using props to catch the eye of the passing customer.  But it wasn't all peachy working for a charity....

Time for a change.

For reasons I'm not going to get into on this blog, I decided to leave the charity shop to start my own business Hare and Hatter vintage. At first it was going to be a vintage china hire and venue styling business but my love of all things old and interesting has led me to expand the idea to incorporate vintage clothing and accessories, home ware and handmade vintage inspired pieces. 
I also love rescuing vintage and antique unloved furniture and up-cycling it, giving it a makeover and a new lease of life.  In fact I have rooms in my house which are bursting at the seams with furniture I've collected that are waiting to be painted. My husband has learnt to cope with it over the past few years (he hasn't really had a choice!) 
So, that's where I'm up to now.  In a nutshell  vintage china hire / clothes / home ware / furniture. Currently test trading the business and hopefully Hare and Hatter vintage will be cropping up at vintage fairs and festivals in the future so keep your eyes and ears open for more info.

ta ta for now!  xx

Here are a few of my shabby chic projects. To the left, an art deco 1930's display cabinet painted, distressed and waxed. To the right a vintage Polish wooden chair painted, distressed and varnished.

<![CDATA[Summer is on it's way!]]>Fri, 23 May 2014 13:08:34 GMThttp://www.hare-and-hatter.com/blog/summer-is-on-its-wayWow, what a lovely few days we had of sunshine last week and then Bam! It's back to chilly, wet weather this week. It feels so long since I've been able to go out of the house without my coat and many layers on and I'm craving a bit of sun and vitamin D!
 Is it time to pack away the jumpers and scarfs and get out the T shirts and shorts? I always do this when we get a few nice days of sun thinking 'that's it! I don't need my tartan kilts and winter boots now'... and then a few days later need to get them out again when the weather cools. 
So this year I'm holding off the wardrobe swap over until the last minute.

Anyway, with Summer on it's way I've been stressing on what I'm going to take to wear on holiday. I've not had a holiday for about 3 years so really looking forward to this one.  It might only be for five days but I'm going to make the most of it! The only thing is, I've worn the same  swimwear for a few years running and I'm after something different and a bit more vintage / retro. 

After looking for new vintage inspired swimwear I found that it was mostly 1950's  pin up style everywhere and there's not much in the way of 60's /70's unless I wanted to pay a fortune. So I ended up buying vintage ones on Ebay, there's a lot more choice and I found some very groovy patterns.  I was a bit wary at first buying second hand swimwear so I made a point of washing and soaked in bleach a few times to get them really clean.

The first one I bought was too small in the body so I decided to turn it into a bikini. I cut it in half, sewed elastic into the bottoms to make into pants and used the excess material to create a strap across the back which I then sewed on a bikini clasp. Then I thought the top was a bit too short so added some blue fringing around it. I'm quite happy with the outcome as I'd never sewed with elastic before this, or altered anything like this in the past so if I can do it, anyone can! 

Get that sewing machine out girls! 

<![CDATA[Cress in a cup]]>Mon, 29 Jul 2013 09:15:50 GMThttp://www.hare-and-hatter.com/blog/cress-in-a-cupHere's another use for tea cups. I use any of my china tea cups that have slight cracks in the glaze or have broken off handles.  I hated throwing them away so came up with this, they look really pretty on a kitchen windowsill or even dotted around the garden amongst the gnomes! 
I have used cress in this tea cup but any small flowers such as Tete a Tete daffodils, daisies,  or herbs such as coriander, basil, mint etc can be used too but may need a drainage hole put in the tea cup. 
This is done by using a drill and ceramic drill bit to gently drill a small hole in the bottom of the cup.  Sometimes the cup may crack and brake but that's the hit and miss of drilling into vintage china!

What you will need:

a tea cup 
some compost
cress seeds 
Spray bottle or small watering can.


Clean the tea cup of any debris.
Fill the teacup about half full of compost.
open the packet of cress seeds and sprinkle seeds thinly across the surface.
Cover the seeds with another layer of compost until its about 3/4 of the way up the cup.
Press the soil in all around the cup until flat.
Using spray bottle or watering can add a little water until damp being careful not to waterlog the cup.

All you have to do now is wait for the cress to grow! Continue to water the cress every couple of days until it's ready to cut in about 10 days.

<![CDATA[Vintage tea party and craft fair 20th July 2013]]>Fri, 26 Jul 2013 12:38:40 GMThttp://www.hare-and-hatter.com/blog/vintage-tea-party-and-craft-fair-20th-july-2013On Saturday 20th July we organized a vintage tea party and craft fair at St. Alban's parish centre in Wallasey in aid of the charity Sue Ryder. With the help of local businesses donating prizes for the raffle, the sale of drinks and snacks, and donations from stallholders we managed to raise whopping £301.43 for the charity on the day!
There were stalls selling everything from vintage clothing to handmade jewellery and accessories,  and some soft furnishings and original artwork. I have to say I was really impressed with the quality and range of products available from all of the stalls. Everyone had worked really hard in preparing for the day and bringing along the very best examples of their crafts.

We had a fab day looking around at all the stalls and having a chat with stallholders and customers whilst serving teas and coffees in our vintage bone china, and providing homemade cakes to the hungry shoppers.  
This was our first organized event and as it went so well, we are hoping to plan more in the near future. Anyone interested in finding out more about our future events feel free to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up to date information. We are also looking for new stallholders to join us at our next craft fair.

<![CDATA[Teacup candles]]>Fri, 21 Jun 2013 17:32:37 GMThttp://www.hare-and-hatter.com/blog/teacup-candlesTeacup candles are easy to make and are great gifts for friends and family.

You will need:
Wax pellets
length of wick
Wick sustainer or Blu tac
A pencil
2 saucepans - one that fit inside the other
Cellotape (optional)
candle dye (optional)
Essential oil / candle scent  (optional)

Most of the items such as wax pellets and wick sustainers, wick etc can be found in most good craft shops.


Fill the larger pan with about 1/4 full of water and bring to the boil. 
Put the wax pellets into the smaller pan and gently heat on top of the larger pan, making sure the smaller pan doesn't touch the water in the larger pan. 
Add a few drops of essential oil or candle scent to the wax if desired.
Add candle dye to the wax at this point if you want a colourful candle.
When the wax pellets have melted take the pan off and dip the wick into the melted wax briefly and then remove.
Using the wick attach to the wick sustainer (or a small amount of Blu Ta)  and stick to the bottom of the tea cup.  Holding the length of wick up tie it around the middle of a pencil and rest the pencil across the teacup. You can cellotape the top of the wick if you like to keep it in place.

Reheat the wax if necessary otherwise pour into the teacup saving some wax in the pan to top up the tea cup later.  Leave to set .
When the teacup has set there might be a dip in the middle, the leftover wax can be reheated and used to fill over the hole so that the candle is flat on top.

Unravel the wick from the pencil and using scissors trim the wick a few centimeters above the top of the candle.

There you have it, a lovely tea cup candle! 
<![CDATA[Sue Ryder vintage tea party]]>Mon, 17 Jun 2013 09:47:40 GMThttp://www.hare-and-hatter.com/blog/sue-ryder-vintage-tea-party

For anyone living close to Wallasey, Wirral.  We at Hare and Hatter holding a stall and also loaning our vintage china and cake stands to a vintage event raising money for  Sue Ryder care. 
This year is the 60th anniversary of the charity and places across the UK are holding events such as tea parties to celebrate.
We would love to see you there, so why not pop down and say 'Hello' and enjoy some delicious tea and cake!

The event details are as follows...

What? A vintage tea party with plenty of tea, coffee and cakes, vintage clothes stalls, records, home ware also and craft and cake stalls.

Where?  St Alban's Parish centre, St. Albans Road Wallasey (opposite the Cherry Tree shopping centre car park)

When?  Saturday 20th July 2013 from 12-5pm

Why? Because it's a charity fundraising and celebration the 60th anniversary of Sue Ryder care.

Entry to the event is free with a small charge for tea / coffee and cake. All money raised is going to Sue Ryder care.

<![CDATA[Mayan's 21st birthday tea party.]]>Tue, 19 Feb 2013 11:18:03 GMThttp://www.hare-and-hatter.com/blog/mayans-21st-birthday-tea-partyHere's a few pics from Mayan's 21st birthday tea party we did  at the weekend.
The venue was the Pettman's family home in Wirral, a large three storey house around 100 years old with lots of interesting original features making it a great setting for a vintage tea party! There were homemade scones and cakes and lots of finger sandwiches to enjoy along with lashings of tea and champagne. We provided vintage china, table center pieces and wire cake stands, we also set up the two reception rooms ready for the party and made some strawberry flavoured cupcakes for the guests. 
 It was such a bright, sunny day you wouldn't think we were in the middle of February but it got us all excited for Spring and we can't wait to plan our next vintage tea party! 
<![CDATA[Collecting.]]>Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:25:20 GMThttp://www.hare-and-hatter.com/blog/collectingFor me, collecting is addictive. I've always collected things, when I was a child I liked to collect stickers and had them all over my bedroom furniture and in stuck in books that I still have to this day.  The thing about collecting is that it's very hard to part with any of your set and near impossible to sell or throw away anything.  I've been jokingly accused of being a hoarder by my sister for keeping hold of clothes for years and I still have a pair of jeans I've owned since I was 17! But I still wear those jeans now and they're still in one piece.
  These days I like to collect things I will use, like vintage clothes and accessories, and vintage china.
 So this month I have been on the lookout for some more tea sets and tea spoons. I have found some lovely pieces I thought I'd share with you. My mum has caught the collecting bug too and bought me a couple of sets with really nice unusual designs on.
<![CDATA[Welcome to Hare and Hatter]]>Sun, 09 Dec 2012 19:03:04 GMThttp://www.hare-and-hatter.com/blog/welcome-to-hare-and-hatterHello,
 My name is Mel and I am the owner of Hare and Hatter.
We are based in Wallasey, Merseyside and hire vintage china across Merseyside and North Wales for events such as weddings, hen parties, afternoon teas, corporate events and much more!
I have over 100 tea sets many of which are matching trios in sets of 5 or 6 and some mis-matched sets for an eclectic look. We have many different makes of bone china such as Royal Albert, Queen Anne, Duchess, Royal Stafford, Paragon, Colclough, Royal Vale, and Richmond to name but a few.
Here is a few photos of some of our newest additions to the collection.