Thursday, 31 March 2011

Inspiring Our Shop

With around two months untill the new shop opens, I've been searching to decor inspiration to make it look just right.

Our style is a white background with pretty pastels to add colour, maybe with a little vintage thrown in.

Image Source: Decor8

Moving to the new shop will mean most of our products will be made on site. That means I'm going to need lots of pretty and fuctional storage to make organising easier.

Image Source: House to Home

Craft Room...16

Image Source: Just Make Stuff on Flickr

Image Source: House to Home

Image Source: House to Home

Lisa x


If you make homewares or gifts and think you may have the right products for the new shop, please email me at

Lisa x

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Save The Date!

John and I have set the date for our wedding! We will be getting married on Saturday 6th October 2012.

We decided to get married next year due to a number of reasons. We want to get married in the autumn so this year was really too soon what with opening the shop and everything. We want to give us enough time so that we wont be stressed with all the organisation and making various things for the big day. We are going to having a very handmade wedding.

Autumn Tree

Autumn is probably our favourite season. The colours are gorgeous - red... orange... gold... I can't wait to have our wedding photos under trees which will be full of rich coloured leaves. And what with my love for vintage, we pretty much have our theme covered.

So our next step is designing our Save The Date cards. Alot of our family don't live locally and rather than just ringing them to say 'we've booked our wedding', we'd like to give them something pretty to look.

So I've been looking round for inspiration. Here are a few that we like...

Both John and I love typography, so we really like this style of invite alot.

I love that this invite is quite simple in design. I love the rounded corners and I also love the envelope lining.

Another example of using typography, this time mixing a vintage look with modern fonts.

We love this drawing of a vintage camera, I'm thinking of creating my own vintage inspired drawings to use on all our stationery.

It is so hard trying to find something that is just right, afterall, we've got to love it for the next 18 months!

Lisa x

Friday, 25 March 2011

Things To Love

Here are a few things I'm loving right now...

It's starting to get warmer and I'm loving the sunshine and pretty spring flowers.

This litle camera necklace is adorable.

I'm loving this song by Adele. This woman is so talented!

Formula 1 starts tomorrow. Go team McLaren!

Lisa x

(Photos courtesy of Heart Handmade, After Nine to Five & BBC Sports News)

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Super Duper Exciting News!

This has been kept a secret now for a few weeks and I'm so glad I can finally tell everyone...

Altered Chic is going to have a new home...

a bricks and mortar shop!

By the end of May, Altered Chic will be moving into part of the local craft shop - Arcade Crafts.

We will be stocking all our usual goodies as well as lots and lots of new ones.

This will be our new shop front...

As you can probably tell, I am so excited about this news. It has been a dream of mine from day one of my little indie business and now we actually get to make that dream come true.

We have so many ideas for our new little store and we will be sharing our journey with you.

You can find Arcade Crafts, the home of our new store, at 7 Falcon Yard, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1PF.

Lisa x

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Our Brand New Website!

The brand new Altered Chic website is now online. There you can buy all our lovely products including some brand new products. There will also be more new products added every month!

I'd love to know what you'd think of the new design. It was designed by myself and features my own hand-drawn icons. The lovely John spent many an hour building it for me.

Lisa x

Friday, 11 March 2011

Pretty Mother's Day Bunting

Mum Wooden Bunting

Ideal to hang from a shelf, across the mantlepiece or on the wall, this bunting is a pretty way to show your Mum your love, either at Mother's Day or for a birthday.

A set of nine flags strung onto two metres of satin cream ribbon. Each flag is painted in a pretty pastel shade (yellow, blue, pink & lilac). This shabby chic style bunting has the letters MUM cut from the centre three flags as well as two hearts.

Mum Wooden Bunting

The bunting is currently available to purchase from and will shortly be available on our brand new website - coming very soon!
Lisa x

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

More New Products!

I've been busy again this week with more new products available shortly, this time lots of pretty new designs for our Magnetic Note Holders...

Magnetic Note Holders

Baby blue gingham, vintage roses, bright red spots, tiny polkadots, sunshine stripes & country red gingham, just to name a few.

Lisa x

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Week 8: Mushroom & Spinach Lasagne

Lasagne is one of my favourite dishes. I also love cooking it so I thought I'd mix it up a little by creating a vegetarian lasagne with spinach and mushroom.

This recipe can be found on the Good to Know website.

When reading the recipe I wasn't sure about using creme fraiche so instead I replaced it with a traditional white sauce.

The end result was delicious. Other mushroom and spinach lasagnes I had eaten in the past were made simply with a cream sauce. This one is made up of 3 layers - the creamy white sauce, the spinach and then the mushrooms cooked in a tomato sauce. The tomato made a lovely change and really added to the flavours of the spinach and mushrooms.

If you love Italian food, I would really recommend trying this dish.

Lisa x