April hit us like a hammer with a shop full of stock. We had expected to have moved to the bigger shop two doors away but we are squeezed in our little shop expectant of being able to walk around a little easier once moved. It's been a tiring month but we are at the end of it with a light at the end of the tunnel. Having signed the Heads Of Terms we are about to move...phew!
With the move in mind we had hoped to open with a bang and launch the clothing but we have had to stock our shop with the clothing now to make sure the seasonal wear gets to you at the right time. So here we are, a shop full of men's wear and Womens Vintage wear. We certainly have some wonderful pieces of clothing and they have been recieved by you all with delight, had so many wonderful comments about the clothes and lots of purchases already.
We are listening to our customers so if you feel you want us to stock something please do
mention it to staff.
I'll leave you with some photo's of what we have in the shop.
We've been flat out these last few weeks getting new stock ready, doing photo shoots and getting a new shop. OH.... DID I SAY 'GETTING A NEW SHOP'? yes... you heard right...we are moving! we are moving to a bigger shop with a basement and double windows and more room and courtyard and .....we CANNOT WAIT! so the good news is, it's next door but one (so not too far to walk if you forget we've moved) and well there is no bad news, it's brilliant and we are so very excited! We will be upping our stock and bringing you some gems and new pieces and introducing new ranges which is very cool for us as it's nice to see different people and new stock around us.
We will let you know when it happens and will upload new photo's to here so you can see what we look like inside the shop. Much the same just bigger...not us, the shop (cheeky!) in fact some of us have lost weight!
So, here are the latest things we have been making and the photo's we have been taking, just a taster of the photo shoot we had done last week of our new hair products:
FEBRUARY 1st 2013
Well it's been a very busy time in the shop, over Christmas and the New year, we have enjoyed ourselves alot. Sorry it's taken me almost 2 months to update this blog, various reasons, computer died, father was ill and in hospital and the shop was full on in December.
First things first, thank you ALL so much for the cards and texts etc re: my father.
Secondly thank you all for buying over december, we had a lot of fun selling and meeting SO many new customers, it was thrilling to see the shop so busy!
We are well under way into the new year and it's already going very fast. we have been making lots as you can see from the new stock, and we have some exciting things happening in the next few months to reveal.
Hope you all had a lovely christmas and new year!
Here are some of the pieces we have been making inthe shop:
DECEMBER 10TH 2012
We have some fabulous stock in the shop at the moment, plenty of jewellery, handmade and up-cycled in fantastic quality and we've just got more silver jewellery and vintage and antique brooches....WE ARE FULLY STOCKED!
Why don't you come in and get youself a little something to wear over Christmas for your celebration with your family or even something for New Year.
We are now open everyday up until Christmas day.
Mon-Sat 10am - 5pm
Sun 10am -4pm
NOVEMBER 15TH 2012
A year ago this morning I opened the door to my shop for the first time on Queen Street. It's been a fabulous year, great changes in the shop and in me, massive learning and a huge experience. I'm patting myself on the back for going for it even in a double dip recession. It's not been the easiest of years and it's the hardest I've ever worked. (two Saturdays off in a year) We've had good months and one quiet month (summer) but all in all it's going very well and has always run on a profit. long may that continue as I'd never work this hard for zilch! Here's to another year....and possibly another shop in time! Thanks everyone for buying!
and a picture of the shop today:
NOVEMBER 1st 2012
Well we made it to a year!!!
e have been in the shop a year with the date to celebrate on the 15th November we are thrilled it's going well and I personally am happy to have a fulltime job that I love.
A massive thank you to all our customers and friends (and mostly my family) who have helped to get us here.
Some pictures of what's been going on in the shop recently...
A Mod dresser we have for sale in the shop at £150 it has been hand painted and screen written by hand by us.
We have introduced a Homeware section in the shop for the Christmas period....we are loving the change and may keep the section in the shop. (certainly a lot of fun buying for)
Some of the fabrics and eiderdowns we have at the shop.
inlaid ceramic bowls
Buttons from the 1900's
cravats for men.
OCTOBER 10TH 2012
This Sunday we are exhibiting at the only fair we are doing this year. The Roundhouse in Derby. We have some amazing new headbands, tiaras, shoes, bracelets, hats, necklaces and ring cushions for brides and mums...come and try on.We will offer 10% to those buying on the day, just mention you saw this offer on our website blog!
10 am until 4 pm.
SEPTEMBER 25TH 2012
I've been reworking some crochet I found in the studio and spent the last week sewing and here we have made a wedding dress. It's a fabulous shape and hangs very Great Gatsby with a tiny trail. We can make these dresses with a colour twist or shorter or longer. they are at the moment in the shop as they are best tried on and altered as they are handmade, but orders will take approx 2 months to make and cost in the region of £400 upwards.
SEPTEMBER 8TH 2012
We've been adding to the Vintage kimono range by making mini hats. They're adorable and can be found here on the site:http://www.sheenaholland.com/hats_headbands.htm
AUGUST 29th 2012
I had the priviledge to be in the paper last week and also on the radio on BBC Radio Derby. For the paper I was in the Business section talking about my career, and on the radio I was talking about failing your exams in school and still having a good career.
Both links are here for you to peruse:
the radio link: please push cursor forward to 1hour and 35 minutes to jump ahead and hear me...
(Link available until 30th Aug)
AUGUST 20th 2012
Having had a quieter month this month with The holidays and the Olympics it's given us chance to launch the Alice In wonderland headband range with the wedding bloggers and magazines, but also work on new stock and give the shop a good work over.
I'll upload some of the shop photo's later this week so you can see how lovely it's been looking recently.
We have also had chance to make a kimono hat range from vintage kimonos and work on finishing the re-worked vintage shoe range. Both are done now and here is a preview of what new stock we are selling in the shop which haven't yet been uploaded on to the web for sale, but will be soon....
We have Suzanne with us now, she works partime on thursdays and fridays, with Victoria working the other days. She runs the shop and has started making stock too, she loves knitting and crotcheting and is interested in lace making.
We are very lucky to have support from wedding bloggers who continously blog about our new ranges and the latest information about us. Here are two that we have been involved with for the last few years, and they have blogged about us in the last week, their websites are full of inspiration and fun for brides so do look if you're about to get married:
We have had a young lady with us for work experience called Lucinda and we did a shoot with her this month as she's so pretty, here are some of the photo's we did with my iphone (bit blurry sorry!) at Derby Cathedral. Lucinda has just been accepted to work for Dior of London one of the biggest fashion houses in Oxford Circus so she's off there to do a 3 month Marketing and Promotion internship in the marketing department. All the best to her!
AUGUST 6TH 2012
We have been busy making a lot more headbands and tiaras and they are for sale in the shop and online (but we tend to have a lot more stock in the shop than online, always worth the visit as lots of jewellery is there too that we don't upload onto the website), by the end of August we should have double our range from previous months so it is well worth coming into the shop and looking and trying on. We also have a lovely range of shoes coming....which we are excited to see in the shop and on the website at the end of this month!
We've been busy with marketing this month and we have launched our new range of 'Alice In Wonderland' antique headbands. They are for sale on line here on the website under 'Alice in Wonderland' in the vintage category and also in the shop: 31 Queen Street Cathedral Quarter Derby, DE1 3DS where you can try them on.
Here is a sneeky peek at them, most are made from antique jewellery or 1930's and 40's Art Deco pieces with hand painted glass detail on hand dyed feathers with tiny insects dotted here and there.
JULY 13TH 2012
Karina Hesketh has written a lovely piece about our work (handbag craftswoman http://karinasbags.co.uk/?r=991
"Everyone needs at least one "Sheena Holland" in their wardrobe, the best thing is her work looks much better than in photographs, is very beautifully made with a great deal of care and attention to finish, I have had one of her feathered hairbands for 5 years and with a lot of wear it still looks brand new, other cheaper products that may look similar, have fallen apart, feathers have "died" and hairbands bent. So price per wear I think Sheena's work out cheaper in the long run..also they are comfortable, have had a few that hurt behind your ears, but these are like wearing fresh air and once on they stay in place and you can just forget about them!"
JULY 10TH 2012
Well it's been a month since I last updated you as to what has been going on at the shop and Online.
Busy as always with lots of changes. We now have two new members of staff: Jay who deals with Marketing and Sales online and in the shop, and Victoria who now works in the shop with the odd day when my father comes in and works. This leaves myself to work from my studio without interruption designing and making bespoke work and pieces to sell.
If you wish to contact Jay regarding Magazines, films, advertising or anything in the marketing arena her email is: firstname.lastname@example.org and she will get back to your questions. I am now working from the studio most days so if you need to contact me regarding bespoke headwear for yourself then do on: email@example.com. and I'll aim to get back to you within 24 hours.
Alternatively follow us on Twitter or Facebook to keep updated...details at bottom of this page.
We've had brides coming from afar this month, Bristol, Swansea, Goucester and Buckinghamshire. It's been lovely to have people make the effort. We have so much more in the shop that certainly is worth the trip. We are about to have a lot more headbands in stock in the coming month, so do pay us a visit and browse.
JUNE 12th 2012
We've noticed a nice blog about wedding veils and headresses and we've been mentioned, here's the link: http://wigglekitschbride.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/is-wedding-veil-dead.html
MAY 30th 2012
I was on the BBC radio this morning talking about what we are selling in the shop and the commeorative mugs in the window display. Here's the link for the next week, I'm on speaking at :16:12
MAY 25th 2012
With the jubilee fast approaching, The Cathedral Quarter Derby asked it's shops to make their windows themed. I did my part with what I had and made it a commemorative mug window. Here's the latest pictures of our window.
MAY 17TH 2012
We had a great celebration this week for our half year anniversary. I even went out and bought a till! It's a very old antique one that weighs a ton and is sitting in the shop like it was meant to be. When you turn the handle round, the bell rings and a drawer shoots out like Awrights till in Open All Hours. It's out to get my blood...
MAY 11TH 2012
We have had a great month in the shop with our 6 month anniversary next week on the 15th May we are pleased to say it's going really well and we couldn't have done it without the help of friends and customers. I'm so grateful to everyone for supporting my new venture, it's been really exciting. Here's to the next half year! *raising a glass of bubbly to you*
The wedding fair with a difference went very well and we've seen the results with orders coming in (thanks to the Save The Date Magazine and blog).
Following our best and busiest week to date in the shop we are off this Sunday 22nd April to Nottingham to Save The date's wedding fair with a difference.
All the information you need for it is here:http://savethedateevent.co.uk/
Hopefully see some of you brides there! It is by far one of the best in the Midlands if not the country.
March 27th 2012
Today I was just reading an email I wrote in 2009 to a friend and noticed how times have changed for the business and how it's managed to make magazine features, and a great e-commerce site plus now the shop. We hope that this continues.
The shop goes from strength to strength and we have moved fromnot just the bridal but also to more vintage accessories, for men too.
We ran our first fascinator Making Course last month and it was a success, with two on it booking for the floristry course coming up. Tonight we have our second course being held in the shop.
THE NEXT FASCINATOR MAKING COURSE IS BEING HELD ON 25TH APRIL 2012 6-9PM AT THE SHOP PLEASE BOOK IN STORE AND IN ADVANCE TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT THANKS, ONLY 6 PLACES AVAILABLE. £35 pp.
THE FIRST FLORISTRY COURSE WILL BE HELD ON 2ND MAY 2012 6-9PM AT THE SHOP PLEASE BOOK IN ADVANCE BY PHONE OR IN THE SHOP TO AVOID DISSAPOINTMENT. ONLY 4 PLACES AVAILABLE. £35 pp.
I managed to get hold of an unusual early 1900's silk coat this month which I've had in the window of the shop and it has attracted lots of attention for it's beauty. Here are some pictures of it:
I also came across a set of cases, but to see these in the flesh you'll just have to visit us in The Cathedral Quarter Derby DE1 3DS.
26th February 2012
Some photo's from the fair I did at the weekend in Bristol:
I've been shortlisted for The Wedding Supplier Awards 2011 with The Bridal Magazine. I'm one of five suppliers shortlisted. If you'd like to vote for me my category is: ACCESSORIES, would be nice if you did vote. x
You can vote for me here:14th february 2012
A lovely blog written about us by the wonderful Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair people. We will be selling at this fair next sunday, it's in Bristol Zoo which is damn fine as you get to see the animals, which is very special and it's free to get in to the Fair!
31st January 2012
So it's been a month since the last post and things are moving forward. Had a great month in the shop with lots of brides visiting and buying their headbands and tiaras and combs. I will be selling at Bristol Vintage wedding Fair which is at Bristol Zoo and absolutely fabulous! in February 2012, here's the link:
if you are based down south and need to come and try on pieces or discuss your wedding requirements it would be lovely to see you there, the fair is free to get in.
Other than that I had some good news from Vanity Fair in NewYork, stylist Ryan Hastings got in touch as he was doing a shoot with Annie Leibovitz photographing. They needed 10 x tiaras for a shoot they were doing last wednesday. So I'm hoping to get some lovely photo's from that..if it happened...and went to press. Fingers crossed as I love the magazine and the sylists work and photographer!
I'm attaching the latest photo's of the interior of the shop..you must come and visit at some point...
3rd January 2012
Happy new year to one and all! hope you all had a fabulous time either away or at home with family. I did both, went away and stayed in Derby and it was lovely. Now back in the shop, the feel is definitely bridal and brides and coming in and making choices as it's their year or they are planning for next year. Exciting times, please do visit if you wish to chat about your headwear and match your dress to the head piece, I'm always avaliable to talk ideas and thoughts through or help you decide on colours to go with what you are wearing to a wedding or at your own wedding. I can also design you something and make it from totally antique or vintage pieces. don't forget all my pieces are ONE OFF, so you aren't going to look like another bride, you are going to look very special on your day and feel special. I can even match the headpieces of the bridesmaids too if you wish so you feel there is some continuity to the whole day. A lady was in today and decided on a net piece in black and diamante for walking down the aisle and then chose a stunning diamante fringe tiara for the evening reception and because of her long black hair both were so striking on her. I'll post the photo's if she sends them and put them in the Clients Gallery (under header 'Contacts') for you to see.
Well have a fabulous time over the next few weeks and seize 2012, I've a feeling it's going to be a good one!
20th December 2011
With the shop in full motion now, life has changed a lot for Sheena Holland retail. The shop unexpectedly has taken a vintage view on sales and we are selling many vintage things and seeing a different aspect on the shop. we will be selling a lot more vintage bridal in the new year for all you brides so do please visit as we will have beautiful vintage dresses from the 1940's - 1980's (one off's) which are lace and satin and netted. I am making many more headbands in the weeks to come for you brides to peruse and try on with thoughts of your big day ahead.
Do please come and visit us in the new year, we really do sell lots of lovely things and many pieces of handmade vintage and antique jewellery that have nothing to do with weddings. I'm hoping to get stoles and lace pieces for those of you that are getting married and need something over your shoulders.
I'll leave you with some photo's of the shop over the last few weeks...
28th November 2011
The new shop opened with lots of fun and many people visiting, thanks to all who came that first week,it's been an exciting time. Wedding dresses are arriving this week, and handmade jewellery is for sale in the shop aswell as vintage pieces and mens accessories, so there's plenty to buy for your man too.
24th October 2011
Welcome to my first blog, I'm sitting here wondering what to write about, some would say give up now. I've been asked by a few clients to write a blog about my inspirations, facinations and general makings that aren't for sale so this is where I will be posting such things on a weekly basis.
Right now here at Sheena Holland we are preparing to open a shop in Derby Cathedral Quarter which is very exciting. It should be open in the next couple of weeks and will go under the name of sheena Holland.
The shop will sell the usual Sheena Holland handmade wedding pieces, tiaras heabands, feather pieces, hats, jewellery, but there will be added pieces of art for sale hung on the walls, the odd bit of vintage beauties and the general sort of thing you'd put in a Hope Chest or Trousseau. For those of you that don't know what a trousseau is, it's a place, ususally a box or in Victorian times was a chest that kept a hopeful brides' belongings for her special day and her Honeymoon and the years after. So we will have handmade garters made from vintage and antique lace, earrings, vintage cases for honeymoons, feather boas, feather capes, vintage bridal veils...you get my drift. We will also have available for you to buy a range of old haberdashery lace, feathers, glass buttons and beautiful ribbons for that special occasion.
The shop will host small courses (day and evening) on art (drawing and painting), felting, Victorian Tiara chair making, Tapestry Art, Fascinator making, Jewellery, Applique, Basic Sewing on the Machine, Gouache painting, Art and 3D making, Talks onÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Design,Women in business and Public Speaking, these will start in the new year all taught by teachers who are in their chosen art profession. You can buy a course for a friend or yourself (as a christmas present) or a group of friends can book a 'friends only' course (min 4 adults) for courses due to start in the New Year. Tickets for courses will be for sale in the new shop.
So, first up in my blog, is Triona Doyle. A prolific photgrapher come artist/stylist who I have been working with for the past few months on photos of my work. Here is her blog link: http://trionadoyle.blogspot.com/Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â we first met up at the lovely photographer Ewan Mathers studio in Banks ' Mill Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â http://www.ewanmathers.com/Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â (my old studio space) and chatted about similar interests and design and a love for antique quirky things. I asked her if she was able to photograph my work and after stylingÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â the headbands in her lovely unique way she has posted me the final work, Here they are and I must say, I adore them!
I hope you enjoyed the first post and I look forward to spilling more beans on the shop soonish.... to contact me please email: