Sunday, 17 April 2011

Dreaming Spires and Vintage Fairs

This little lady arrived in the post this week. She was very grubby but after a gentle clean came up looking fine. She has now joined the rest of my little bisque dolls.

We have had a lovely extended weekend which included a trip to Oxford.

This time the sun was shining and we had a tour of the city on an open topped bus followed by a relaxing lunch in Jamie's Italian.

We always love wandering around Oxford, peeping in to the colleges and exploring the narrow little streets.

The mellow stone looked lovely in the sunshine although the sun seems to have disappeared behind a cloud in this picture.

Yesterday I somehow managed to squeeze in a small boot sale and two vintage fairs in to the space of a couple of hours !

The first fair was a lovely little vintage fair in the church hall at Earls Barton. The tea and home made cake was delicious and there was a lovely atmosphere. Sharon from Clover Cottage had a stall and it was great to catch up with her.

This gorgeous linen , embroidered table cloth was one of my favourite purchases this weekend.

The gorgeous pink eiderdown was a purchase from the second fair we visited and I couldn't resist it although I know I don't need another one ! As soon a I got it home I gave it a gentle wash in the machine and got it out on the line in the sunshine to dry. The two little hand painted glasses were found at the same fair.

The lovely yellow Jasmine Ware jug was found at the Earls Barton fair and the Tala cake tin and rolling pin at the second fair in Northampton.

The rolling pin is really pretty, I think it dates to around the 1930s and is hand painted with flowers and butterflies.


Liz said...

Love the tablecloth and the little glasses!

Hesta Nesta said...

Oxford is so beautiful, did you go to the Turf Tavern just under the Bridge of Sighs down a little narrow alleyway to the left? Love your purchases, especially the eidy (you can never have too may) and the rolling pin. Did your Percy Thrower get his raised bed finished....mine has got to buy more top soil for his!!
Jo xx

ted and bunny said...

Mark and I had some lovely weekends in Oxford when we were first married- I really love it there.
The rolling pin is divine- I had a similar one many years ago which I sold (and regretted instantly) and it had been painted as a wedding gift
Lovely things you've bought as always- your colours are my colours!

delia hornbook said...

ooohhh great finds love the eiderdown, glasses and the rolling pin that's so very pretty. So much work goes into embroidery i really like the tablecloths to so pretty. Have a lovely week, dee x

A Blessed Life said...

Love the Eiderdown I think they ones over there are so much thicker and look so cosy compared to ours,guess they have to be lol and all your other goodies just lovely especially the linnen.

Susan said...

My favorite is the rolling pin. I don't think I have ever seen a handpainted rolling pin.

A Treasured Past said...

Of course you need another eiderdown, I say the more the merrier. Love the chocolate box too, Tam x.

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

ooh I soooooo love the jasmine ware! Your photos are amazing!

Tilly Rose said...

Oooh I LOVE that rolling pin and that beautiful gorgeous lucky girl!
Glad you enjoyed your day
x x x

Tabbyroo said...

Oxford is one of my favourite cities, lovely photos. Never seen a painted rolling pin, very unusual and pretty Linda xx

Ticking stripes said...

Great finds again - love the tin. Car boot and two fairs in two hours - my kind of heaven!

melanie said...

The rollingpin is fab!!! :) xxx

VintageWantsNotNeeds said...

I lived in Oxford when I was 10 my dad ran the John Menzies there and I have lots of great memories of being a child there. I used to float my dolls in the river - the boat club was a the end of the road - so much freedom for a 10 year old - wish my grandchildren could have the freedom I did.
Great finds as always, love the embroidered tablecloth, very pretty.

Thecraftytrundler said...

Love Oxford , was there Saturday! Beautiful tablecloth, and love the eiderdown too : )
Thanks for the mention, and for looking after my stall, while I got a piece of cake!
See you soon & happy Easter to you too! : )