About Brits Love Vintage

Not a Midwife anymore. Fabric & vintage treasure hoarder ❤️ to upcycle. Finding #WorkLifeBalance Hut No 18 Whitstable Harbour Market.

I started my working career as a florist apprenticing in various London Shops and floral companies, providing floral decorations for London homes, hotels and clubs. some fabulous weddings and all sorts of functions.  

After having children my life changed and a new passion was found: for my babies, birth, women, caesareans, birth after caesarean and supporting women who had a difficult birth. 

When my daughter was two I started my midwifery training and qualified as a midwife in 1995, I worked with the amazing South East London and Albany Midwives providing continuity of care to women on call for my own named caseload of women providing total midwifery care throughout pregnancy, birth and the first month after the birth.

After leaving the midwifery practice I worked in a number of South and East London Hospitals. Most recently as a Consultant Midwife with Lewisham and Greenwich Trust an award winning Maternity Service. 

In December 2017, I hung up my Pinard, taking early retirement to start career number three.  The plan was to sell up and move out of London, who knew that selling and buying a new home would be such a challenge…..

I had to make my big business plans smaller and more manageable and my vast stash of fabric and vintage haberdashery was the answer, Lampshades! first on Etsy and Greenwich Market and now at Whitstable Harbour ( which is just a glorious place to make lampshades).

I love making lampshades, particularly commissioned pieces. I’m looking forward to finally getting more of my vintage fabric out of storage and then get some more space to start painting furniture again.