One of THOSE Weeks

Hi everyone, I think we are suffering from what one could term far-too-many-public-holidays-itis. Don’t get me wrong … the chance to sleep in a little on these increasingly cold mornings is always welcome. However, I would have preferred to be a little more productive than I have been lately. Anyway, I have all the stock packed and ready (well .. it will be soon) and will be popping down to House of Heart Emporium first thing tomorrow. I will literally be bashing down their doors at 9am!


Lots of lovely cutlery sets priced from R140 to R240.

 In an uncharacteristically productive moment I managed to snap a few shots of some of the goodies I will be adding to our stand tomorrow. Please do have a look at what will be in store this weekend. If there is anything you fancy … I suggest you rush along to House of Heart asap tomorrow too.


Gorgeous genuine Enoch Wedgwood plates. So pretty and perfect for any blue-and-white-collector. We are selling them for R70 each

I think any of these goodies would make an awesome and original Mother’s Day prezzie … and how amazing would it be to be able to avoid the mall this weekend?


A charming Wedgwood Duo … we have a few of these selling at R70 a duo. Lovely for the espresso drinker. PS aren’t those flowers pretty? I just love them.


We have lots of pieces from this stunning Foley set. The trios are selling for R165 each. I also have the cake plate, milk jug and sugar bowl available


The milk jug and sugar bowl. This is such a pretty pattern and the colours are just perfect.


Some vintage tins to add some retro charm to your kitchen. These are just R25 each


A glass dish with lid for R65, a patterned dish for R45 and a sweet little EPNS and glass jam pot with a spoon for R75.


These are some valuable pieces. A romantic, French-style plate (selling for R120); a Booth’s Willow sugar bowl for R70; a gorgeous collectable Royal Doulton plate with a dog on it for R225 and a Copeland Spode plate for R195


I adore this Sylvac doggie. If no one buys him he cans always come and live with me … but I do have rather too many of this type of thing already! He costs just R95

Anyway, this blog post was a fair amount of work … so I feel a little less lazy. Hope you get a chance to visit our stand soon!  xxx Ange

Dunrobin Market – April

Don’t you love the newly branded market poster?

On Friday afternoon my sister and I headed down to the Dunrobin Market at the House of Heart Emporium. Their newly branded markets are on the last Friday night (from 5pm to 9pm) and Saturday morning (9am to 1pm) of every month. The market has a strongly handmade feel so I took along lots of my up-cylced china pendants and other vintage-style jewellery. We also stocked up the shop with lots of vintage delights!

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Our stall at the market. Lost of pretty lights and bunting added to the atmosphere.

Photo: Blacksmith Company at Dunrobin Market. We loved it. Thanks to everyone who came and said HI! :)

Some of Blacksmith Co’s lovely range

It was lovely to meet up with old friends and make some new ones. Jessica and Justin from Blacksmith Co were there with lots of very cool metal creations (have a look at their website).

I also met Francis Ridl who makes beautiful jewellery with pottery accents and charms.  After talking to her for at least ten minutes it finally dawned on me that she is married to my dad’s cousin and we have met at a few family functions! I thought I recognised Frances from somewhere!

Erika Whitby was there displaying some of her beautiful photography; Silver Penny was selling some stunning silver pieces; there was stunning up-cycled furniture and loads of other tempting goodies.


All the pendants, earrings and rings … ready to sell!

Apart from all the pretty, crafty items there was lots of yummy food on offer. Maybe a little too much…  There were wood-fired pizzas (made in a brick oven on site); hamburgers, pancakes, curry and lots of sweet treats.


A close-up of some of the pendants.

People gathered around the bonfires, caught up with old friends and enjoyed the music by the group “Minor Adjustments”. Later in the evening some of the visitors took a chance to show off their dance moves. Particularly impressive was an elderly gentleman who seemed to manage to find a different lady with which to dance  for every song!


A close-up of the ever-popular glass earrings :)

As always, it was wonderful to meet the friendly people of Pietermaritzburg (best city in the world!) and it was great to see the beautiful House of Heart Emporium packed with shoppers. My sister is the best market buddy ever … she has been so busy studying for her teaching degree I can’t bother her to help me out as often as I used to.

I am sure the Saturday market was equally entertaining. I had a another market to attend this time but I will try to make it next month. Hope to see you there!

New Stock for May



My Dad and I have lots of fun finding new stock for the House of Heart Emporium . This month we have lots of lovely goodies lined up just for you … I usually stock the shop on a Wednesday or a Thursday (sometimes Friday when the week has been crazy) but I will make an effort to let you all know when I am going. I recently realised that people like to be the first to know when there is something new!


Here are some snapshots of what I am delivering today (and after a getting stuck in a nasty truck backlog at Town Hill I managed to get all there and on display)!




Cups and Saucers Galore!

tcupI have recently managed to find a lot of very pretty cups and saucers. This means we are able to have a bit of a teacup theme to our House of Heart stall this month. I hope the pictures below will tempt you to pop into the House of Heart Emporium to see the selection for yourself.

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What’s New?

I know I have been awfully quiet of late … I think I have been finding my feet in the midst of the back-to-school madness. Although it may be a little late… it was my new year’s resolution to keep my customers more up to date with news and info about what is new. So although we are a good 6 or 7 weeks into 2014, here is my first attempt at “better blogging”.

We have lots of lovely new stock (well.. new old stock ’cause we do sell vintage items) at the House of Heart.


Charming Piggy Bookends … R250 for the pair.



Gorgeous Oriental Teaset with Dragon Design R355 for the set. Includes 5 trios. a teapot, milk and sugar and a large serving plate. When you hold the cups up to the light they have a woman’s face on them. See the next pic.


The marking on the teacups (seen when you hold them up to the light)


A selection of pretty porcelain. Includes Royal Albert, Royal Doulton and LImoages


Wooden items and a beautiful bronze horse bookend


Stuart Crystal sugar bowl and creamer — R70 each


Collectable Teddies

Wonderful Willow Pattern

The Willow Pattern (or Blue Willow) is a well-loved classic blue and white china pattern. It was originally designed by a Thomas Minton, in England in 1790. The pattern was inspired by similar pieces which the English imported from China in the 1700’s.


One of the broken willow pattern pieces I had. All the elements of the story can be clearly seen here.

In order to promote Minton’s original design, stories were invented using the various elements of the pattern. These stories were English in origin and were not true Chinese fables. The most popular story was as follows (this is an extract from a Wikipedia article on the subject:

Once there was a wealthy Madarin, who had a beautiful daughter (Koong-se). She had fallen in love with her father’s humble accounting assistant (Chang), angering her father (it was inappropriate for them to marry due to their difference in social class). He dismissed the young man and built a high fence around his house to keep the lovers apart. The Mandarin was planning for his daughter to marry a powerful Duke. The Duke arrived by boat to claim his bride, bearing a box of jewels as a gift. The wedding was to take place on the day the blossom fell from the willow tree. 

On the eve of the daughter’s wedding to the Duke, the young accountant, disguised as a servant, slipped into the palace unnoticed. As the lovers escaped with the jewels, the alarm was raised. They ran over a bridge, chased by the Mandarin, whip in hand. They eventually escaped on the Duke’s ship to the safety of a secluded island, where they lived happily for years. But one day, the Duke learned of their refuge. Hungry for revenge, he sent soldiers, who captured the lovers and put them to death. The gods, moved by their plight, transformed the lovers into a pair of doves (possibly a later addition to the tale, since the birds do not appear on the earliest willow pattern plates).

A charming collection

This design has remained popular for more than 200 years and has been re-produced by almost all of the major porcelain and china manufacturers in England. The pattern has been made in all sorts of different colours but the classic royal blue and white remains a favourite.

I have been fortunate to obtain some beautiful Willow Pattern plates (and some other classic blue and white china) in the past week. These will be for sale at the House of Heart from next week. Any damaged pieces I find I make into pendants and the Willow Pattern pendants are always popular with our customers.


Here is a pendant I made a while ago with the two birds.


This is a pendant made with the boat scene

Pretty Porcelain

I am not sure why, but as you may have guessed, pretty porcelain has always been a great passion of mine. There are so many beautiful styles and designs — I must confess to “falling in love” with far too many of them. This week I have come across a few appealing items which I have listed on bidorbuy. You can also buy directly from me by emailing me at or contacting via the facebook page. So without any further ramblings …. here they are:

1. 27cm Minton “Haddon Hall” Plate (Designed by John Wadsworth) (R180):

I know I shouldn’t have favourites but this is my favourite of the week! (and one I was sorely tempted to keep). This exquisite plate would look beautiful on display. In excellent condition, this is a must for any collector of English porcelain.


2. Tiny 8cm Wedgwood Pin Tray/ Plate (R30):

This is a small 8cm plate/ pin tray made by Wedgwood. In good condition and a very appealing little piece.


3.Antique Booths Lovesoft Border” 25cm Serving Plate (R130):

From what I can work out, this plate would have been made between 1906 and 1912 — making it a very old piece. It is in good condition. There is just one small imperfection on the back of the plate which looks to be a manufacturing flaw rather than a chip. The piece is beautifully detailed, complete with gilding and raised sections on the handles. Would look stunning on display.


4. Booths “Lovesoft Border” 17cm Plate (R40):

From what I can work out, this plate would have been made between 1906 and 1912 — making it a very old piece. It is in good condition. There are a couple of small brown stains on the plate — it is an old piece


5. Wedgwood “Metallised” Bone China Vase (R40):

This elegant bone china vase is in good condition and stands 13cm high. Perfect for a single rose.


6. Royal Winton 12cm Vase (R90):

This elegant Royal Winton china vase is in good condition and stands 12cm high. A stunning, collectable piece.


7. Copeland Spode 19.5cm “Wicker Lane” Plate (R55):

This pretty plate is in good condition. It has a wire plate hanger with it which I will include as it does make hanging it up easier.

8. Royal Albert 15.5cm “Celebration” Plate (R65):

This beautiful plate is in good condition. Would look stunning on display. Definitely one of the prettiest plates you could find!


9. Enoch Wedgwood “Asiatic Pheasants” Blue and White 17.5cm Plate — 6 Available (R40 each):

I have 6 of these gorgeous blue and white plates available. The price  is PER plate — you can buy on as many or few as you like. All of them are in good condition.

10. Royal Warwick “Lochs of Scotland — Loch Awe” 22.5cm Plate — 2 Available (R45 each):

I have 2 of these gorgeous blue and white plates available.The price is PER plate — you can buy on one or both. Both of them are in good condition.

11. 13cm Brown & White Alfred Meakin Pudding Bowl (R20):

This little bowl is beautifully detailed — it is a hand engraved pattern applied under the glaze. The bowl is about 3cm deep.  It is a small pudding bowl size.


12. A Pair of Royal Vermont Snack Dishes (R35 for the pair):

These elegant hand-painted black and gold piece are each about 15cm.  With lovely “leaf stalk” handles.


13 A 9cm Gouda Jug (R45):

This charming little jug is in good condition.



New Goodies for Sale

I am busy listing some new goodies for sale on bidorbuy (which is currently my main selling platform). I find people enjoy the fun of bidding on my listings (especially since I always start the prices nice and low!).

We have a bit of a quirky mix of items for sale … so hope you enjoy the variety!

If you are interested in buying any of these items directly from me please email me at or you can bid on them on bidorbuy :) Prices are in brackets of each title. Postage costs will depend on the size and weight of the items and will range between R25 and R50 per package.

1. Denby Pottery Jug (R35):

This charming little pottery jug is a vintage Denby pottery piece, made in England. It is 8.5cm tall and in good condition.


2. Swiss “Bopla” Coffee Mugs (Pair) — (R90):

This unusual and “arty” pair of coffee mugs are in good condition. From what I can see these mugs sell for about $40 each in Europe they are clearly quality items. The price I am asking is a real bargain! The name of the design is “Rhinophant” . Each mug is about 10cm tall and both are in good condition. The mugs are stackable.


3. Crown Devon Dog Ornament (R220):

These adorable Crown Devon dogs are highly collectable. Made in the 1930’s they are full of “retro charm”. This little chap I’m selling is in good condition and he stands about 14cm high. Perhaps he would cheer up a little if you would give him a home in your collection?

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4. Rhodesian Copper Tazza (R40): 

This is a beautifully made little tazza. It is solid copper and in good condition. The top section is about 13cm wide and it stands 8cm tall. I got this with a lot of other Rhodesian copper so I am almost certain is also a Rhodesian piece.

5. Minton 9cm Trinket Dish (R40):

This beautiful piece is in good condition. Bone China, made in England by Minton. Would make such a charming gift.

6. Royal Vermont 9cm Trinket Dish (R30):

This beautiful piece is in good condition. Royal Vemont Porcelain.  Would look so pretty on your dressing table.


7. WMF Honey Spoon (R50):

Although this item is secondhand it looks like it has never been used. It is still in its original box. The exact same item sells new on Yuppiechef for R220

8. Grindley Sandwich Tray (R45):

This lovely sandwich tray is in good condition. It is 29.5cm x 14.5cm in size. A very elegant way in which to serve your cucumber sandwiches!


9. Cute English Made Shoe Vase (R25):

This cute little vase stands just 5cm tall. It is marked as “Made in England”. In good condition.

10. Devon Pottery Minature Vase (R40):

This collectable vase is a lovely Devon pottery piece. It is in good condition and stands about 5cm.


11. Leaf Shaped Trinket Dish (Vertex) (R25):

This pretty little trinket dish is in good condition. It is 10cm long.


12. Set of four Pewter Cat Tablecloth Weights (R100):

This set of four lovely table cloth weights is in good condition. Each is marked copyright HOA. The pewter section of each measures 55mm from the cat’s back to the end of the mouse,

13. A Pair of Antique EP Knife Rests (R140):

Each knife rest is about 8cm long. Both are in good condition. The markings on the pieces are hard to make out but it would seem most likely that these are EPNS pieces.


Introducing Our Up-Cycled Pendants


As you may have guessed, we are always buying in job lots of vintage goodies. For time to time these “lots” include broken, cracked, chipped and damaged porcelain pieces. Call me sentimental, but it just seems wrong to throw these pretty pieces from the past into the rubbish bin.


This dilemma, therefore, led to me thinking of what could be done with these lovely pieces. The result? Lots of planning and hard-work which has ultimately culminated in Lollapalooza’s very own range of up-cycled vintage porcelain pendants.


I have called the range “The Weeping Willow” — partly because it describes how someone must have felt when these lovely pieces were damaged and partly because I seemed to be making lots of pendants out of damaged “Willow Pattern” china — which is a classic blue and white design.


The pictures in this post are of the pieces we took to the recent “I Heart Market”. Most of these have been sold but, have no fear, more are being made and these will be listed very soon on the “Hello Pretty” website and our facebook page.


Pendants cost R60 each or R100 for two! Postage is just R25 for as many as you would like to order.


They come complete with matching chains and are packed in pretty boxes. All items are marked with a label stating the origin of the porcelain inlay.



Every piece is unique and hand-crafted, making them the perfect gift. It was lovely to hear people at the market saying that they recognised a certain piece as being like something their mother or granny had :)

To Market, To Market


Its nearly August which is great news because it means that we are just  “6 sleeps” away from the lovely “I heart market”.


We have loads of pretty cups and saucers.

Its nearly a month since the last one and I have since had a serious hunt for stock to bring down to “Durbs”. It only seems right to share a little of our countrified loveliness with the friendly beach-loving -metropolis-dwellers! I have been packing my crates for a few weeks so I have actually loss track of exactly what I have in store for the market. Its going to be like Christmas for me when I finally get to unpack it all this weekend.


Do any of these “ring a bell”?

Here’s what I do know… I have lots of gorgeous glassware, elegant EPNS items, pretty porcelain, wooden items, ornaments, cutlery and a lot of other “Lollapaloozas”. Not to mention a collection of new up-cycled porcelain pendants too (hopefully I will be able to do a separate post about these later this week).


More pretty porcelain


Pretty plates just R20 each!

I only thought to take pictures of the stock once half of it was safely packed in the crates (with lots of bubble-wrap). So here are the few pictures which  I did manage to take. The rest? Well that will just have to be a surprise for you  too.


Unusual or ugly? Well, these are real Lollapaloozas!


Loads of lovely EPNS ware. This is just a very small sample!

Hope to see you at the market… its going be AMAZING!