Yesterday, Mr C and I had a little trip over to the beautiful Stamford to check out the 'Discover Vintage' Fair. I was not disappointed and by far the star of the show was HestaNesta's stall. Jo was lovely and was selling beautiful eiderdowns , hand made vintage fabric cushions and lots of other wonderfully tempting goodies. Her stall looked amazing and I made a bee line for it. I didn't come away empty handed of course, the lavender filled eiderdown fabric bag being one of my purchases. I also found the jug on the left on another stall , it goes really well with my Coronet Ware jug.
Outside the weather was sunny and warm and the church next door was preparing for a wedding.
I love this 1930s chalk ware anemone wall vase, it went straight on the wall as soon as I got home.
Mr C bought a number of prints from Jo. They were all supplements in the 1934 'Amateur Gardening' magazine . The first two he framed in some pretty vintage frames and hung on the stairs . The others are awaiting the right sized frames.
I bought some remnants of pretty vintage fabrics to put away for a future project, maybe some more lavender bags when I harvest the lavender from the garden in the summer.
Here is my new furry friend, a vintage mohair nightdress case. Josh wasn't too impressed when I took him out of the bag and I think would have chewed him up if I hadn't put him safely out of doggy reach. The fabric covered box was another purchase from Jo,
as was the lovely 1930s fabric bag.
These vintage hat boxes really were my bargain of the day. I spotted them being used for display in the Oxfam shop in Stamford. First of all I thought they must be modern reproductions until I looked at them closely and realised they were lovely old boxes covered with faded roses. I have put them to good use as storage already and have stacked them on top of my old suitcases. The butterfly fabric covered knitting needle case was also from Jo and is probably the only one of my purchases which may find it's way in to my shop.
On the way home we stopped off at a lovely tea room at the side of the road. It was an old village shop with a thatched roof and a pretty tea garden so we were able to sit outside.The blossom petals were like confetti on the ground and the air was heavy with the scent of stocks.
At home the garden is coming to life at last. Our yellow peony 'Molly The Witch' is in flower and all the different coloured lilacs are out. I love this time of year in the garden , there are some lovely scents in the air and lots of lovely pastel colours.