So who is Minette?
and well you might ask. Lots of people do when they walk in the door of the shop.
Probably because I plastered a huge banner with those exact words on it across the newspapered front window in the months leading up to the opening.
I wasn't sure exactly how long it would take to finish up at work, get all the permits and licenses required and turn the space into a shop so I wanted to give the locals something to talk about while they waited.
I needn't have worried, my furry little friend scratched away the bottom sheets of newspaper on a daily basis in an attempt to improve the street view of his new pad so we had to make a compromise - a proper window.
You think that didn't cause a stir on the street, little poser. I think the locals were expecting a pet shop by the time we opened.
In fact a local blogger Chrystalovevintage wrote a piece about the shop right after we opened which you can read here
Minette is my middle name, the same as my Mother and we are named after her paternal Grandmother. I was teased endlessly for it as a child and so I didn’t learn to love it until my teens when I was studying French and connected with that side of my family only to realise that's where my Gypsy tendencies came from!
Mum has a school case full of all Minette’s love letter postcards from the early 1900’s and as they are such treasures I copied a selection and used the beautiful images to decoupage an original 1940's chalk mannequin I had been dragging around with me for years. It was the first item I had ever attempted to decoupage and it was quite a challenge with all those curves and that tiny wasp waist, but I’m really pleased with the result, she’s beautiful and now I have Minette's essence with me in the store which is only appropriate since she is my muse.
So Minette is me, my Gypsy Great Grandmother's essence, a naughty little white cat and a passion for all things vintage, inspired, upcycled and reloved.