Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Valentine's Greetings

I hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day, I was very pleased to wake up to a lovely bouquet of roses and lilies. They really cheer the place up on a grey and chilly day. I like to display some of my vintage American Valentine cards around the house, they always make me smile.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Vintage Fair Finds

Yesterday's Vintage Fair in Market Harborough was great, it was even busier than the last one in Market Harborough even though we had sub zero temperatures. On our drive over in the morning the temperature dropped to -15 degrees but the countryside looked stunning with the trees covered in thick frost.
Of course I had to treat myself to a couple of things including this lovely jar with it's bright red lid from Helen Storey. I am not sure what I am going to use it for yet but it will definitely live in the kitchen with my other red bits of kitchenalia.

Other things I found were the blue rose curtains from Wend of Ticking Stripes, two sweet little 1930s glazed cards for a wedding and a birthday from Vicky of Vicky Loves Vintage and a pretty jug and picture from Jo of Lost Property Vintage.

I found the lovely roses tin on Wend's stall. The daffodils are the ones we had on the tea tables in the tea room, they were displayed in vintage coronation mugs. I love using this vintage Kilner jar as a vase for spring flowers.I bought it from Acorn and Will at lat year's Country Living Fair.

I found this little wooden doll with a pink dress on Adrian's stall. She has found a home with my other two with their yellow and blue dresses.

This wonderful assortment of 1930s reading comprehension cards were from Vicky Loves Vintage.

I found this gorgeous piece of fabric on Wend's stall and will definitely turn it in to some pretty cushion covers.

This lovely barbola plaque was another purchase from Vicky loves Vintage.

It has survived in wonderful condition and is beautifully hand painted.

I have been avoiding helping Mr C with the unpacking of bags and boxes today and instead have been faffing with pictures. I have finally replaced my christmas classroom print in the hall with this one of ducks which is one of my favourites.

The chickens have cheered up today as the snow has started to melt. The poor things were totally bamboozled by their first experience of snow, they refused to budge from these plant pots until Mr C had cleared them a path.

Thanks to everyone who came along yesterday and supported the fair, I had a really enjoyable day talking to lots of lovely people. There are photos of the day over on the fair blog.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Market Harborough Vintage Fair

It would be lovely to see you here tomorrow,there will be over 30 fabulous vintage and handmade sellers as well as lovely tea and cakes to keep your energy levels up. I really hope the rather chilly temperatures don't put people off venturing out although I get the feeling most of our vintage loving customers are a hardy lot.

Thursday, 2 February 2012


Before Christmas Mr C bought me an old dark wood, glazed cupboard. He could see it's potential and knew I had been looking for something with deep enough shelves for some of my bigger books.

He gave it a coat of Farrow and Ball in 'Lichen' and polished up the old hinges and it has been completely transformed. All I need to do now is fill it !

This very old rustic pine chest was found at the local recycling shop. Mr C has also painted it in Annie Sloan Chalk white, rubbed it back a bit and given it a wax. He will be taking this down to the unit at Brackley Antiques Cellar when it is finished.

This old suitcase also came from the recycling shop and has a lovely blue silk lining.

I recently bought a carrier bag of fabric from a local charity shop for the princely sum of £2. Inside were all sorts of pieces of vintage fabric including an unfinished patchwork bedspread.

At the bottom of the bag were approximately 100 patchwork squares in five different designs. My lovely girl and I are considering having a go at putting them together to make a throw for a bed.