Saturday snap shots


Oh I nearly missed posting my Saturday snap shots.... We went up to our little caravan in Suffolk last Wednesday and I've now completely lost touch with what day we're on (kinda the whole point)! So this will probably ping up on Bloglovin on Sunday. Going to pop to Southwold tomorrow for coffee at my favourite bakery The Two Magpies. Have a fab bank hol everyone.

                                                         Emma x


Styling The Seasons.

Styling The Seasons, August.

Hello lovelies,

Welcome to my August Styling The Seasons post!
I'm so chuffed as I grew this, this year from a tuber.
I love this time of year when we're between seasons, i'm calling it 'summtumn', it's when summer hasn't finished but autumn is sneaking up and you can feel it!

Now I usually prefer pastel shades but I think this time of year calls for hot colours!

I've styled my bedside table quite simply by just laying the mirror down to reflect some light upwards, and just keeping out my favourite bangle and lippy!

I think the shade of this dahlia (called Avignon, in case you were wondering) looks absolutely stunning against my walls painted in 'Arsenic' by +Farrow & Ball 

I love joining in every month with lots of fellow bloggers and IGers to celebrate the seasons.
#stylingtheseasons is hosted by the talented duo Carlotte from Lotts and Lots blog, and 
Katy from Apartment Apothecary blog, and anyone can join in. Hop over to their blogs to see how.

Enjoy the rest of August everyone.

Emma x


Whimsical Wednesday.

Welcome to my 'Whimsical Wednesday'.
I've still an abundance of sweet peas blooming in my garden!
I'm picking them every other day to encourage them to keep going, they smell gorgeous!

I grow them from seed every year, this year I think I grew thirty plants so it's no wonder I've still got loads.

I love having them all around the house, brightening up the rooms and filling everywhere with beautiful scent.

Have a lovely week!

Emma x


Watercolour labels

I've done it! I've finally mastered a snippet of code and designed my own labels for my blog! Guess what? They work too! lol


I'm thrilled to bits! Ok I went a bit nerdy for a while and had my head stuck in a book, and lost nights  upon nights of sleep, but it was so worth it!

As an artist/designer I thought it was crazy that I hadn't actually designed my blog, alright I had all the input, but I had to get a lovely lady to do it all.

I find it so frustrating when I can't do things and will not rest until I've achieved what ever it is (call me crazy).

I'm now going to work on getting some of my original watercolour paintings adapted for web use.
Wish me luck on that one.

Emma x


Saturday Snap Shots

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend!
Here are my favourite snaps from this week!

Emma x


Choosing a name for your blog

Choosing the right name for your blog

Sorry, no pictures in this post.
I want to talk about choosing the right name and when to let go.

For quite a while now I've been thinking of changing my blogs name. People tell me I'm crazy as I have built up a good reputation with 'The vintage good life' and why change something that works...

Whilst the above is true, and my name has been part of my soul for the few years I've been blogging, I now feel it no longer reflects my actual blog, and the direction I want to take my blog in.

I've been considering my posts, my hobbies, what I'm really passionate about and what makes me tick.

A really helpful resource has been the bookazine that +Mollie Makes  produced on Blogging. I've read it that many times it's starting to fall apart. It's insightful and inspiring.

When I chose 'The vintage good life' way back, it did reflect my personality, it still does, but I didn't consider its longevity... Giving the blog/my brand room to grow.

I have some tips for getting it right (now i've learnt the long way round), I hope you find them helpful.

*Think of what you are really passionate about (this is probably what you will blog about).
*Break that down into fragments- (examp Photography: styling, whimsical, light, modern, bright)
*Try writing down some words that reflect these things on pieces of paper and play around with them.
*Think of branding, will your name evolve with you? will it always describe what your blog (you) are about.
*Sleep on it for a while, does it still sound as good a week later, maybe you can elaborate on it more.
*finally check your name is available. Don't worry if it isn't, this just means you go back to the drawing board and have a play on names a bit longer.

I have chosen a name, it's sitting there waiting to see if I'll use it or not.

I'd love to know your thoughts and opinions on this subject. Has anyone changed theirs, or thinking of doing so? Is anyone sitting there agonising over choosing the right one? Let me know.

 Emma x

Watercolour Blogger Header

Hello everyone,

I just love learning new things to improve the look of my blog (I'm trying to learn code at the minute.... Uber hard).

Anyway, i've recently set up an Etsy store where you can purchase some of my stock photos, and I'm also producing some designs that are easily adaptable for blogger.

Shown above is my 'Mint Watercolour Blogger Header' image which you can buy and download from my Etsy store Vignette & Violet.

It downloads as a jpeg without the watermark, and you can add text over the top.
It looks really good on Bloggers 'Simple' template.

I'm also going to be producing some dainty watercolour pictures for web/blog design too.

Emma x