It has been very busy here at Betty HQ the last few weeks.  I have been busy creating ways to earn some money to fund my vintage sewing pattern/book addiction, had a Twitter masterclass to help me learn how to promote my business, sort out ordering bits and bobs for the production of Betty Blue’s Loungeries’ FIRST ever outfit!!  And to top it all off I had to try and decide what to give my Daddy for his 65th Birthday (as well as organise my time so I can celebrate his Birthday without things falling into disarray in “the office”).

So to the first item.  A few Sunday’s ago I attended a Car Boot Sale in Verewood, Dorset.  I had loads of old clothes and shoes that I have not worn for aaaages, so I was ruthless and got rid of them all.  The weather was a bit chilly but luckily the rain held off and I managed to make £45!!!!  AND I bought this rather cool pin cushion

Sausage Dog Pin Cushion!!!!!!

A SAUSAGE PIN CUSHION!!!!!!!!  It was only 50p reduced from £2…………I would have payed the £2 haha.  For those of you not in the know, I have two Miniature Dachshunds and ever since I got them I have collected novelty sausage dog related things.  It started with a friend of mine giving me a sausage dog Christmas decoration, then I found a Dachshund shaped salt and pepper shaker set, tea towel with all sorts of sausage dogs on and now my pin cushion has been added :).

With my newly flushed purse, of £45, I also bought this rather exciting catalogue of inspiration and lovelyness

Aren’t they scrummy pictures!!!  And with the remaining money I booked myself in for a Twitter session with the lovely Ree Ree Rockette of Rockalily.

So I went up to London to meet with her in a Starbucks near Green Park Tube Station (I just happened to exit the tube station on the Ritz side and stared longingly at the Ritz!  Maybe one day I will be rich enough).  Ree Ree is the master of Twitter and has forced a few of her good friends into using it as it is a really good tool to reach a wider customer base, that otherwise you may not have reached.  I am a techniphobe and have long resisted social media as I don’t often have a lot to say – but with me now being my own boss I am forcing myself to learn as no one else is going to do it for me!  If you too don’t ‘get’ the whole twitter thing, then I can highly recommend booking a session with Ree Ree.  She managed to explain things to me clearly and helped me to understand all of the little quirks of twitter, how to use it and gave me heaps of tips on how to get myself out there in hopes of securing future customers for my brand.  She also gave me tips on what to tweet when I feel like I have nothing to say.  So hopefully now I will be a regular on twitter, updating you on things I find inspiring, up to the minute updates on product launches and hopefully making a few new friends along the way.  I also purchased one of Ree Ree’s lipsticks in Rockette Red which I will be reviewing in a later blog.

And so to the last exciting thing I have done recently.  On 9th June it was my Daddy’s Birthday and he was 65 (I’m sure he won’t mind me saying this).  It strikes me that 65 is a milestone age so my Mum, Sister and I wanted to do something special for him.  So we went to Afternoon Tea at a local hotel The Elvetham, in Fleet.  The house and grounds are beautiful and the sun did come out briefly for us.  I have never had a proper Afternoon at a posh establishment so I was doubly excited, and it did not disappoint.

The Elvetham Hotel

I indulged in an Earl Grey tea, which is my tea of choice when out, and went on to devour the yummy sandwiches and cakes.

Everything looks so much yummier in miniature!

I never really understood why everything is so small in a cream tea, struck me as kind of stingy when you are paying so much for it, but I now understand why………because they are SO filling!!!  I felt very sick and stuffed by the end of my many cakes – especially as we were going too have birthday cake later that evening!!!  But all in all I think it was well worth the money as we had a lovely time and the view was beautiful.  One slight criticism is that the tea was from a tea bag.  Call me old fashioned but I think Afternoon Tea should always be loose leaf as I could have just had Twinings Earl Grey tea from a tea bag at home.  But other than that I could not fault it.

And so to finish this blog post I shall give you a little teaser on what is to come in Betty Blue’s Loungerie.

Not the best picture for colour but I can tell you it is a sunny sunny yellow and gorgeous and floaty 😉

Lots of Love
Betty xxxx