Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Kirstie's Handmade Britain Christmas Specials

We are back in Kirstie Allsopp's Devon home for the 'Kirstie's Handmade Britain' Christmas episodes.

If you watched the first episode on 19th October you will have seen Kirstie entering the cake competitions at the Devon County Show and using a couple of our cake stands. We have had another request to send her two more cake stands to use in her Christmas shows and at the Cornwall Christmas Fayre. Now there's a lady who recognizes quality when she sees it *winks*!

You can find us in the Baking Suppliers List

A small selection of our very popular vintage cake stands.

Check back in store soon for more gorgeous cake stands and tea sets. New stock added daily.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Our British China Heritage

A must see for any vintage china lover is the BBC Four ‘Ceramics: A Fragile History’. The first two of three episodes ‘The Story of Clay’ and ‘The Story of Wedgwood’ can be viewed on the BBC i-Player until the end of this month. 
Ceramics A Fragile History: The Story of Clay

The third episode ‘The Art of the Potter’ can be seen at 9pm, October24th.

This fascinating series explains many of the mysteries of china manufacturing, who the innovators were and the sad decline of the Staffordshire Potteries.

There is also a programme presented by Lars Tharp called the ‘Treasures of Chinese Porcelain’ from the Handmade in Britain: a BBC and V&A Partnership which is a year-long season exploring the history of British decorative arts.

It is no wonder that beautiful English vintage china has become so popular considering that there are now so few manufacturers producing their products in the UK and that there is a limited supply of vintage china.

If you only have one or two pieces of vintage china it isn’t easy to incorporate them into your everyday dining service but if you were to collect a mismatch of china you could create a beautiful and unique china tea set for daily use.

It makes sense to me to re-cycle pre-loved china and to bring it back into the dining room. A tiered cake stand is a thing of beauty and very likely will be cared for and passed on to the next generation.

Today’s vintage is tomorrow’s antique.   

Friday, October 14, 2011

Cake Stand Heaven and Kirstie's Handmade in Britain Programme

Back in April we had a request from Kirstie Allsopp's production team to supply two of our cake stands for Kirstie to use in the Devon County Show baking competition.

Wedgwood Queens White 3 Tier Cake Stand

Kirstie's Craft Show will be broadcast on Channel Four, Wednesday 19th October at 8pm and we are looking forward to seeing the show and of course our china creations in action.

Kirstie Allsopp returns in a new series entering some of the toughest craft competitions across the country. In the first episode in the series she enters a cake show in Devon.

Collectable Teacups and Vintage Teapots

If you are creating your own unique vintage mismatched tea set we have a collection of gorgeous teacups and tea trios in store. Choose from the best of British vintage fine bone china made in the world famous Staffordshire Potteries. These pretty teacups would look equally beautiful in a display cabinet. Complete your set with a vintage teapot, cream jug and sugar bowl availabe from the china boutique. New stock is added daily. 

Royal Albert 4365, Shelley 'Dubarry', Paragon 'Georgian', Shelley 'Melody', Collingwood Bros., Royal Albert 4362, Shelley, Royal Albert 4364, Royal Crown Derby, Coalport, Tuscan China and Royal Albert 'Forget-Me-Not'

Colclough 'Wayside', Paragon 'Tay San', Royal Stafford, Colclough 'Braganza', Paragon 'Majestic', Paragon 'Country Lane', Colclough 'Enchantment', Sadler and Sadler Crinoline Lady.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Mismatched Vintage China Gift Sets

If you have viewed the latest arrivals at Cake Stand Heaven you may have noticed our new collection of gorgeous mismatched vintage china boxed gift sets. We have selected the prettiest floral china teacups, saucers and tea plates together with a sandwich plate to create a tea for one gift set. These gift sets also include a hand made artisan soap on a floral china saucer. These make very attractive soap dishes. We think that these lovely boxed sets will make perfect gifts for busy gardeners and will delight those of you who appreciate vintage china and like to take their lunch in style.

We will include a gift card with your message should you wish to send one and some sweet little touches such as a sprig of lavender, a mini bar of organic chocolate, a ribbon bow on the teacup handle, a mulberry paper rose and a sealed green tea teabag with lemon.

For the refined gentleman we have created a tasteful boxed gift set in muted tones of red and brown with a touch of gold. Why not take a nice cup of tea from a china teacup rather than a large earthenware mug?

The gift sets are placed in a custom made rustic box and filled with rose coloured shredded kraft paper, tied with string and finished with a Cake Stand Heaven tag. To ensure that they reach you safely this is posted in a double walled outer postal box ready to send directly to your recipient.

In these times of making every penny count it makes great sense to send a personal gift that will last for years. All of our pre-loved vintage china is in excellent condition. We pride ourselves on good customer service and attention to detail. Recycling beautiful china is eco-friendly, fashionable and great fun too.

Available through Cake Stand Heaven's Gift Shop now.


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