Friday, 2 June 2017

Country Castle


The entrance to Amberly Castle

If I ever need some inspiration for my art or design  I like to head for country homes and castles with their beautiful architecture, gardens and finery. I am  lucky that right on my doorstep I have a couple of Castles that never loose that appeal.

There is Arundel which towers over a quaint town filled with antique shops and interesting little shops and is the obvious tourist stop off but not far from there is Amberley Castle, nestled in the little village of Amberley. Amberly Castle is my favourite, only because its got a cosy feel and you can walk around the gardens and feel how it might have been to live there once upon a time. It's a hotel and the other week I visited for afternoon tea. It was a delightfully sunny warm day and the white doves and peacocks were out in force, a truly magical place.
With a croquet lawn

A lovely long driveway

The inner wall




The inner court yard


The view from a balcony on the far side of the castle



Beautiful old windows

Peacocks around the castle
Posing 
Shaking his tail feathers 

Afternoon tea - sandwiches devoured, making our way to the cakes.

Friday, 14 April 2017

In an English Country Garden

The Larmer Gardens Brocante 
My next fair is at the most stunning venue of The Larmer Tree Gardens near Salisbury in a beautiful part of the English country side in the South of England. Not only will it be a jam packed fair filled with great sellars who search out some unique Brocante gems  but the venue itself is completely magical with an open air theatre, beautiful grounds and peacocks wandering around oblivious of all. 

 

I will be bringing along my beloved vintage quilts and French linens collected over many years.

Spring bonnets and millinery are some of my favourite things.


Thursday, 16 February 2017

Everything is coming up Roses

Everything is coming up Roses this season,  firstly I was totally spoilt with Roses this valentines. They were all so beautiful.


Then planning ahead for my next fair.

Opening up my cupboards and searching out stock for my next fair I realise that roses r us, they are everywhere ! 
I'm looking forward to my first fair of the season with Vintage Bazaar Events in Devizes, South England, and I will be taking along many beautiful fabrics, linens  and quilts that I have collected over the years. I particularly love roses and have a few quilts and fabrics with a rosey theme, one being this beauty.

A beautiful Welsh collectors piece, gorgeous fabric and hand quilting incorporating hearts and leaves, cross hatching and much more. Most likely a marriage quilt and a quilt that was truly cherished as it is in excellent condition.
Need to sort out some more roses.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Christmas and Homemade, my favourite combinations.

I am heading of for my last Christmas fair of the season to ✨✨✨✨Grayswood Village Hall, Surrey. ✨✨✨✨ Saturday 10th December for the Home and Vintage Christmas fair. A beautiful fair with Christmas carols, homemade cakes, mince pies and mulled wine. I'm taking with me my homemade Christmas Decorations using antique curtain brass curtain rings, millinery and ribbons, lavender filled Ballet sachet ornaments and lots of worn and preloved quilt scraps and fabrics, vintage quilts and lots more. It's so nice to be wrapped up in vintage pink creativity. 💝










Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Finally Christmas is on its way

I'm attending 3 fairs before Christmas, the first one will be 19th November in Lewes near Brighton.
A new fair for me but Lewes town is a lovely place with a great atmosphere and I look forward to taking part.


The next fair I will be attending is in Devizes, Somerset, this fair has an excellent reputation and I look forward to being part of their Christmas fair.

The last fair of the year will be back on home ground again, this is the 3rd fair I have done with Home and Vintage, I love their fairs, beautifully organised  and I can't wait to emerse myself in all the Christmas magic of this fair.

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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Autumn Brocante

A lovely fair the Autumn Brocante is taking place at Guildford Cathedral on Saturday 29th October 2016 - from 11 till 16.00



Thursday, 25 August 2016

Looking ahead ... Let's start sewing

I'm just back from selling some of my beloved quilts and textiles at a lovely fair in the Cotswolds. Such a beautiful place near Stow on the Wold and Burford. We had a 2.5 hour journey which wasn't too bad but the  wind was awful and we missed a falling tree within an hour of passing it eek.Thankfully no one was hurt.
There were quite a selection of lovely stalls there, a few of my most favourites who feature at fairs near to my home town. So I felt in very good company.

The Cotwolds is definitely quilt country, such lovely people came and visited my stall and they certainly love quilts like I do.

It was just lovely to find  so many people that are as enthusiastic as me for scraps and love to sew. I had a few quilt scraps and remnants which went done very well, and my last 2 remaining sample quilt bags that I have been coveting for a few years were snapped up within seconds of each other. I thought it's time to let them go ( I've been saying that about a lot of things really).
So it's goodbye to my heart bag, but I'm off to make some updated versions and maybe one for me.
While I'm at my old faithful sewing machine I need get ready for Christmas. Yes I said it. But fail to prepare, prepare to fail.