Friday, 30 March 2012

Buckingham Vintage Fair

I hope to see you at the fair tomorrow. Buckingham is a new venue for the fair but the ballroom at the old town hall should be a perfect place for lots of lovely sellers to display their vintage wares. Home made cake and tea will be available as always.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Floral Finds

I have discovered and re-discovered some pretty floral bits and pieces in the last week or two. First of all I treated myself to this lovely Worcester Ware tin from Louise Loves. I have long admired these rosy tins with their red lids but frequently the roses are more yellowy orange than red and it's the red ones I particularly like.

This little lamp with it's shade covered in a patchwork of vintage rosy eiderdown fabric has been tucked away in a cupboard. I bought it a long time ago thinking I would probably sell it at some point. I re-discovered it at the back of a cupboard the other day and decided to give it a home, at least for now.

I bought these pretty tea towels from Primark last week.

They cost a couple of pounds which has to be a bargain as they are lovely and soft as well as pretty.

These three miniature butter knives were another recent find. I have never seen any so small before and they are really sweet. They are a lot smaller than usual vintage butter knives you find. The larger green knife is a Cath Kidston knife just to give you an idea of scale.

This little embroidered mat was a 10p bargain I found at a table top sale on Saturday.

The sugar bowl on the right is another recent boot sale find. I already had the other bowl and one odd tea cup in this design. I don't know what the pattern is as none of the pieces are marked but I love it and am always on the look out for more pieces.

Finally more spring bulbs, this time some cheerful tete-a-tete in the old marmalade jar. The basket of white hyacinths was a £4 bargain from M&S reduced from £13. I can't wait for them to flower. I am really not sure why they were reduced as when I have been back since they are back to full price.

I hope you are enjoying the lovely sunshine, sadly I am stuck indoors at work all day but at least it means coming home while it is still lovely and light in the evening. The rest of the week will be busy as Mr C finishes off last minute jobs to prepare for the first vintage fair in Buckingham on Sunday. Hopefully the weather will stay fine and people will pop along and support the fair.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Lots Of Treats

I have been very spoiled over the last week. On Monday it was my birthday and Mr C surprised me with this gorgeous tin I had admired at the Northampton Vintage Fair on Saturday.

Last week a beautifully wrapped parcel arrived from the lovely Nicki of Homebird. I had won her fabulous giveaway and received this wonderful array of goodies.

Whilst I was busy at the fair my lovely girl put some of the baking goodies to very good use. She made me some of the lovely vanilla cupcakes from the Hummingbird Bakery cook book. She used the cute little flags Nicki had sent me and tried out using an icing bag for the first time. These were an early birthday treat and I am afraid were all gone by my actual birthday !

I found some lovely things at the fair

including this gorgeous vintage eiderdown in amazing condition. This bird design seems to be really popular at the moment so it was great to find an original piece.

Sticking with the bird theme, I found this very cute tin too.

On Monday I received some lovely cards and gifts

these pretty Cath Kidston tins and bag amongst other things from my lovely girl.

Mr C and I had a day out and stopped off in the pretty town of Oakham to have tea at a lovely vintage cafe next to the church. There were beautiful flower arrangements on every table using different vintage containers.

Back to the fair, I also found this sweet patchwork cushion

some gorgeous vintage French fabric from Wend of Ticking Stripes

And this pretty 1950s musical jewellery box from Carol of Sara Carol Makes.

The fair was a great success, busier than ever but still great fun and very friendly. It was lovely seeing lots of friends and meeting new people too. There are more photos over on the fair blog.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Hope To see You There

It would be lovely to see you. Please say hi if you come along x

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Spring Has Not Sprung !

I really thought Spring was on it's way but the weather here today is miserable, wet and cold and I hear snow is on it's way again ! Yesterday I was out and about helping Mr C deliver last minute flyers for next Saturday's Northampton Vintage Fair. I found a few vintage treasures when we popped in to a couple of local fairs to catch up with friends. I love this cute 1930s chalk ware lamb, just right to display with pretty Spring flowers.

I have been trying out different containers to plant my favourite hyacinths.

I received these lovely flowers from friends at work along with some other generous gifts as I started a new job last Monday.

Mr C found these old Esso maps and I love the pictures on the front,

as well as inside.

Other finds yesterday included this cute knitted tea cosy, sorbet coloured pyrex ramekins

and a couple of coronation tins.

Mr C has been very busy painting pieces of furniture to take to the unit at Brackley Antique Cellar. The house always seems to be full of half painted pieces of furniture and other projects. I keep thinking that one day we might get back to having a 'normal' house but I am not sure that will ever happen.