Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Spring open house this weekend

I'm busy preparing for the first open house of the year. Its been 3 months since my last sale here so plenty of time to sew new designs and collect some lovely vintage finds
On this occasion I've several pieces of furniture as well as the usual smaller items, hope they'll find new homes.

This set of shelves is beautifully painted and is the perfect size to easily display some treasures.

 Particularly like the yellow theme that developed as I arranged my wares

Its a beautiful sunny day here complaints but makes photographing the sitting room more tricky..I've a lovely old French table for sale next to a standard lamp with white linen shade.

A very pretty enamel coffee pot with tulips. Its a good time of year to decorate with flowers;

hyacinths in pots and as cut flowers

I picked up a pretty little French mirror, these are perfect for propping on shelves or in a small corner

This small cupboard is so pretty..would be a perfect bathroom cupboard or placed on a table as here.
Another larger mirror seen behind is also for sale

Some lovely French toiles made into cushions
Do come if you can between 10-9pm on Friday and 10-4pm on Saturday
On Saturday evening I'll be packing the car for Manchester the following day where I'll be standing at the textile society fair in Fallowfield.(more details on the left)

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Isolated in a desert

First, apologies to those of you who struggled to follow my last post with its enormous images. I was feeling pleased with myself as I downloaded an app which promised to allow me to blog and upload images from my new fabulously stylish i pad, that was until I viewed the results.
I was reminded of my grandma's words; "if it sounds too good to be true it generally is" and so this week I'm back to my much less flash laptop with pictures resized hopefully to fit
But first a link to another blog. My younger son who now earns his living as a journalist began his writing career with an inventive music fanzine, Shadowplay, which morphed as technology emerged into a blog of the same name. His latest cyber venture is this desert isolation disc blog, no relation to a long running similarly named programme, in which he quizzes friends, family and music acquaintances on their choices for listening whilst isolated in the desert.  We spent a fun afternoon during the Christmas holidays recording my choices but you can find lots more on the blog. Hope you enjoy!
My return to the vintage fair circuit last weekend went well and it was lovely to meet up with the many lovely people I've got to know in the Wisborough Green area.
For once I didn't want to swap my Midlands home as I passed flooded fields and overflowing rivers but was lucky to have an easy journey there and back
Just a few images of my stall last Saturday

I'll be back in Wisborough Green on March 8th and nearby Cowdray Hall on Friday and Saturday 4th and 5th April

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Time to wake up!

I almost feel like an animal emerging from hibernation as I contemplate my first fair of the year on Saturday. Moreover it's miles away in West Sussex so it really will be an early start in the deepest dark.
I do however realise how lucky I've been to enjoy a full two months break, albeit involving some sewing, but time to earn some money me thinks. I've been doing a little stocktaking and pricing so feel ready to fill the car, indeed think I'll have to restrain myself and remember it's only a 6 foot table that needs filling
I've just planted these  lovely auricula in toning cafe au lait bowls and think they will bring a taste of spring to my stand.

A larger group fill this bigger bowl which has a beautiful floral design
I found this brilliant French desk lamp which I think dates from the 60s,; it's been carefully rewired but the original matte finish and lovely old switch are untouched
I'm rather addicted to the Indian nandis, a wooden bull intended to represent the bull which carried the god Shiva. This is a lovely example painted and decorated in turquoise with lovely details
I always try to have some French plates or bowls for sale, I love using them alongside new white or cream plates as they bring real character to the table. I think this design is loosely Art Deco and matches beautifully with a very pretty French jug I also have to sell
Blue seems to be something of a theme as I've got a lovely selection of blue stripe Hungarian linen sacks. They are all lovely but I particularly like the denim blue stripe which tones so well with French ticking
Hope to see some of you at the Country Brocante in Wisborough Green village hall this Saturday 8th Feb where I'll be displaying as much as possible of the gorgeous things I've found over the last two months