– My Little Soldier

I love this little fella, I bought him for my daughter, honestly I did, but when he arrived he looked so cute that I am now on a mission to get my very own section of soldiers for the cupboard so we can all have dippy eggs in style. He’s from the late 60s early 70s and I think he’s just fabulous.


– Retro Flower Power Tea Service Ceramics – “Dolly Days”

Yet again I’ve been very busy on ebay and have taken possession this week of a lovely retro flower power tea service called Dolly Days by Hostess created by in the 70s. Unfortunately, the majority of the set arrived in bits due to poor wrapping, or lack of it, but with some negotiation on the price paid, I’ve ended up with a quarter of the set at a quarter of the price paid. Unfortunately the most coveted pieces such as the sugar bowl and the jug arrived in a very sorry state, but I did manage to salvage a set of four afternoon tea trios. Here is a pic of one of the trios. I just love the simple design and the bright colours. Now to finish the set with four dinner plates and that elusive jug and bowl.

Dolly Days Tea Trio by Hostess (John Russell)


Dolly Days - Sugar Bowl, alas arrived in a sorry state


Dolly Days Side Plate - 😦

– Retro Vintage Brabantia Cannisters

I’ve been a very busy bee on ebay lately and found these over in the Netherlands, from a very nice Dutch seller. What is it about the Dutch, they are all so polite, well when it comes to retro vintage sellers. These are spanking new in condition. I want the matching breadbin / box  I’ve seen many moons ago. So that’s my next mission. I was delighted she had packed them so well and arrived in pristine condition and with a lovely note and gorgeous paper. I love getting letters and parcels. It’s like being a child again, really excited when the postman brings you something other than junk mail or a bill. Hope you like these, I think they are fab and can’t wait to have them  out on display when I can find some room.

– Vintage Fabric Baby Dresses

I’m having a real drive at getting ready for the Spring and busy making more baby dresses using vintage fabrics. The simple A-line shift seems the best choice. I played with the design last year but have gone back to the original as I think I over complicated it all adding extra unneccesary pieces. Will have some for sale on etsy, folksy and MISI by end of March and hopefully will  have the fabled Heiress Apparent website and shop complete by then!

Here is my beautiful little poppet modelling a lovely pale daffodil one from 1970s poly cotton fabrics. Retailing at £30. Available in sizes 12 months to 3 years (very generous sizings by the way). Interested? email me at Heiress Apparent. I can almost smell Spring in the air now, or am I just being a little too hopeful with inches of snow on the ground still.





Interested but not sure what size you need, see the size guide …

12 months – to fit chest 19 3/4 inches / 50 cm. Height 31 1/2 inches 80 cm
2 years – to fit chest 20 3/4 inches / 53 cm. Height 36 1/4 inches 92 cm
3 years – to fit chest 21 3/4 inches / 55 cm. Height 38 1/2 inches 98 cm

Other fabrics available, just drop me a line with your requirements.

Hello world!

heiress apparent logoWell here it is, my first posting on my Heiress Apparent blog. For those of you who are interested, here is a short bit about Heiress Apparent. Heiress Apparent the company, was born on 09 09 09 – it seemed like a good date choice at the time. It’s a small designer maker studio based in Worcestershire. 

I am an artist/designer specialise in utilising and reworking vintage fabrics, screen and Gocco printing and custom creations. The items range from the small stocking filler gifts that won’t break the bank to custom furniture pieces that take considerable man hours to produce.

Sum Heiress Apparent up in a nutshell = Quirky, beautiful things with a vintage twist for the eco-conscious style minded.

Sum me up in a rather larger nutshell = I love anything vintage. I spend an inordinate amount of time trawling ebay for vintage finds, car boot sales at unearthly hours, flea markets, jostling with the elderly at jumble sales and sitting patiently in auction houses for that dream lot. I’ve worked in the creative industries for the last 18 years – i’ve been a graphic designer, a director of music videos and TV commercials, a film-maker, an animator, an artist and have settled with utilising my love for vintage and making things, oh and i’m currently writing two books … slowly.