Sunday, 30 January 2011

Vintage Fair Plans

I have had a busy few weeks finalising plans for the Northampton Vintage Fairs. We have decided to go for it and have booked four dates for the year with another yet to be finalised for the Summer. Mr C is doing a lot of the work for me this time and we have set up a new blog to keep everyone up to date with developments.We are already fully booked for the first one of the year, and it's great to know that all things vintage are as popular as ever.

The Keep Calm And Carry On sign is rather apt at the moment in the corner house but I am sure things will calm down soon. Mr C bought me this metal sign from Sue and Chris who sadly have had to close their little shop Rags and Roses Vintage. It is destined for my kitchen wall once it has been decorated. They are still selling online though and will be selling at our March fair for the first time. We also bought the lovely E .S Byatt picture from them.

This little chap is the latest addition to my dog collection.

Mr C finally got round to painting the dark pine cupboard in the hall that houses all my vintage children's books. It looks loads better with it's white and green distressed paint job.

This old Minton jar was a recent find, I love the images on the sides and lid.

Yesterday was the Northampton Bicycle Basket Bazaar and after a change to my original plans I decided to brave the cold and pop in to catch up with a few fellow bloggers. Sure enough I managed to catch up with Annie (The Felt Fairy) and her lovely daughter Amy from Blighty Boutique and also Linda from Tabbyroo. All of them will be selling at the March Fair so it was good to catch up.

I found the pretty yellow vase on Linda's stall which matches my green and pink ones.

There seems to be a bit of a yellow theme going on this week, I treated myself to this hand made yellow roses bag last weekend and we found the yellow rose butter dish, needle book and cruet set on Linda's and Amy's stalls.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Belated New Year Wishes

I have been rather absent from blogland this last few weeks but I am now back and with a brand new background. I have had a few technical problems with the blog as well as being generally pretty busy. I thought I would share a few pictures of some of my favourite Christmas pressies. I know it was ages ago now but thought you still might like to see.The little hand painted sign and vintage blue plastic cruet set were from my gorgeous girl along with a gorgeous Yankee candle and a couple of Cath Kidston goodies. I was so pleased because she had found things she knew I would love with no assistance from Dad ! Also she has obviously finally decided to embrace and accept my love of vintage.

This lovely handmade lavender bag was one of the wonderful goodies Debbie gave to me.

The lovely old conker brown gladstone bag and oil painting were pressies for Mr C but I love them too.

Christmas was spoiled a little by my lovely dog Josh being injured. On a walk in the snow on Boxing Day he badly cut his paw on a broken glass bottle someone had thoughtlessly left sticking out of the snow. He was actually very lucky as there has been no permanent damage but the sight of all the blood in the white snow and then all over the kitchen floor was very distressing. After seeing the vet he is ok but it has been constant hard work trying to keep him off it as much as possible and changing dressings.

Mr C and I have managed to find a few new items for our stand at Brackley Antiques Cellar. The yellow frosted jug and glasses and the large Molly Brett picture are two of my favourite finds.

Mr C has also renovated the old stool he bought before Christmas. It was covered in hideous furry fabric and had varnished legs.

He covered the seat in a lovely old Sanderson linen I had been keeping for a project. He painted the legs in a chalky Annie Sloan green paint and overpainted in her chalky white before rubbing back to give a distressed look and finishing with wax.

He is now busily giving my hall cupboard the same treatment and I have lined up my kitchen dresser shelves next !