Old Lace and Laudanum

On Etsy since 2014


Old Lace and Laudanum

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OldLaceAndLaudanum is taking a short break


Note from shop owner Hello Dearies
The Fae and me are off on a little holiday at the moment so will not be able to come for tea and cakes.
Hope you will come and visit us when we return.
Cheerio :o)

Note from shop owner

Last updated on 23 Mar, 2020

Hello Dearies
The Fae and me are off on a little holiday at the moment so will not be able to come for tea and cakes.
Hope you will come and visit us when we return.
Cheerio :o)

Mistress Celia

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Mistress Celia


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About OldLaceAndLaudanum

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On Etsy since 2014

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I began creating dolls and their wonderful worlds when I was a small child, my grandmother made dolls and their costumes for pleasure in her very short, spare time, she would play piano with a whole chorus line of dolls watching her...she has always been my inspiration.

Somewhere a love of costumes, entered my own world, a world where anyone was welcome to perform.
I created a make-believe theatre where everyone got to play a choice part; the misfits and the awkward, the lonely and forgotten, the miss-shapen and the beautifully grotesque, all play a role in this company.

I love beautiful cushions, bags, hatboxes and dolls of all shapes and sizes and also love making them...but my house is not large and there is little space for more creations, so to satisfy my desire to create more things and to be kind to the dolls who decide to emerge from my clays, and any fabric creations, I send them out on an adventure around the world, a sort of traveling theatre show, to other collectors who can give them a happy home.
I always tell them this before they leave !

I also felt the hypnotic lure of beautiful, sumptuous antique and vintage fabrics and trimmings at a young age, hoarding them away for that special creation, this is something which can take over your home if you let it...naturally I do :o)
These vintage items speak to your imagination, they help to guide your hand to create something beautiful.
And, as I have already admitted, my house is just too small for my dreams.
So, to justify my having this collection of vintage opulence, I create items for others to enjoy and indulge themselves.
This also makes me happy :o)

I have designed and made many items over the years; costumes, clothing, quilts, lampshades, bags, purses, hat boxes, cushions, toys, miniatures and Art Dolls...if it calls to me, then I have to create it.
I never like to repeat an item, everything must try to be an original, making the same thing over and over would not satisfy my muses, it would also be boring for me and for you.
I am always happy when someone loves something made from my imagination, I am also very honoured that they would chose to wear or use an item which I have created.

I spend part of my time as a painter and sculptor and change from artwork to dolls to fabric creations throughout the year. I also sculpt my dolls quite slowly and make all of the costumes and interior items from scratch without any patterns.
I do not like to rush things and prefer them to evolve at their own pace, this means that I do not create lots of items per year. (Which I suppose makes them more collectable? *wink*)

I like to paint in oils and watercolours and paint the world of the Faerie and witches under the name, 'Oberon's Wood'
I also have website which shows some of my more recent creations which can be found hiding here - oberonswood.com

I make miniature items too, for smaller dollies and Faeries to play with, these can be found hiding here

...I think that's about it ;o)

As the curtains are about to open, I will leave you to enjoy the show ....feel free to lounge if you wish, plump up your cushions and have some dainty chocolates :o)
Thank you for visiting, you are always welcome!
No matter how miss-shapen, beautifully grotesque or shy you may be :o)

Shop members

  • Mistress Celia

    Owner, Creator, Understudy

    Shy children are often sent to acting classes to get over their shyness...in my case, I turned to art. Creating my own worlds and populating them with weird and wonderful things became my stage, the performers, though imaginary, are very real to me.

Shop policies

Last updated on 13 January, 2019
Old Lace and Laudanum welcomes you, please pull in your corset and have your smelling salts at the ready!
We have a fainting couch available, should one be needed.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Return items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept exchanges or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
The boring but necessary bit...
If you are not happy with any purchase please contact me straight away to sort the problem out. It does no one any good to be unhappy!
If you wish to return an item please contact me within two weeks of receiving the goods, once the item is returned to me, I will refund your payment minus the postage which I paid to ship to you originally.
I cannot refund postage, sorry, I am just one person trying to get by, I am not a huge company with unlimited funds.
If any item is offered for sale with free shipping, then the amount paid by me to ship the item will be deducted from the refund given when the item is received back here to me. This may be high as I always get full insurance for expensive items and I keep all receipts for postage.

As all of my dolls and artworks are OOAK please ensure that any item is returned in the safest way possible to avoid any problems in transit and I would advise some form of tracking for the parcel.
If an item is shipped to you with insurance and tracking, then it must be returned to me by a similar method.

I hope this sounds fair to everyone.
*If you wish to use the lay-away plan please contact me before buying and I will work out the deposit and payments and then reserve the item .
The item will remain listed but will be reserved for you :o)*

I offer a lay-away plan for more expensive items £75.00. and over.
This will require a deposit from you, which will then reserve the item (or items) in your name (as initials or nickname if you prefer). The deposit is non-refundable (sorry but it helps prevent time-wasters )
I will reserve the item for 8 weeks (unless we have worked out other arrangements) and if no further payments are made within this time the item will be relisted and no longer reserved in your name and you will forfeit your deposit :o(
The further payments will be paid through PayPal invoices which will be sent to your account for whatever amount we have worked out previously together.
I cannot say how much these payments will be here, as most of my items are priced differently and will need to be worked out individually.

I will require your email address for the PayPal invoices but for the invoice requests only, I do not and will not spam you!

If you have any problems or need any more information, please contact me...
I don't bite...much ;o)
Mistress C
I will try to post your item within three days of payment but I do live in the countryside so sometimes there may be a slight delay.
(Rural Post Offices have strange opening hours.)

Delivery will be either recorded within the U.K. for all items over £50, or Royal Mail or Parcelforce Worldwide...which offer compensation for loss...but can be horrendously expensive for other countries!
This will obviously take longer to arrive.
Many larger items are charged by the 'volumetric weight' system which is a charge for the size of the box or package and not the actual weight, this means that we all get charged well over the odds for sending anything overseas :o(
With insurance added, these costs mount up but I will only use recorded delivery with insurance for my more expensive one-of-a-kind items as I could not replace them should anything go astray...this is obviously more expensive...but is much safer.
I do not charge for packing materials or travel costs, just what it actually costs me to ship the item.

Sometimes the postal charges (including full insurance) are so horrendously high that I realise no one would want to pay that much, so I ship free and take the costs on myself.
Please remember this would mean that any returns would incur the same postage costs for the purchaser to return the item and the 'free post' would be deducted from the total refund given by me to the buyer, once the item has arrived safely back here.

Any customs or import charges are the buyer's responsibility and not the seller's (me). These are separate charges which a country imposes on some items and are not part of the item's postal charges. (Your country will get the money not the seller :o) )

I ship my dolls in sturdy cardboard boxes and parcel my other creations securely...I also tell my Girls that they are going to a new home :o)