Yes, it is that time of year again as the charity shops finally put out their Christmas cast-offs! So often these beautiful old glass baubles are chucked together with modern baubles and I find the shattered remains at the bottom of a large bucket or basket.
This year has been a good collecting year even so. And all for 5p, 10p or 20p max! I am particularly pleased with the starburst concave additions - these seem to be the most fragile and I lost a couple from my collection last year so it's nice to find some more.
But the star find of this years festive search is this wonderful box of treasure!
I already have a few pipe cleaner decorations but to find a whole box was very exciting!
There are 3 or 4 of each type, fairies or angels and a rather jolly santa and his friend doing the hoopla! Ooh yes! I'm very in love with all of them!
And did the eagle eyed amongst you spot the background fabric? A scrummy parcel of vintage and antique linen samples from my friend Maud of Beyond France. Maud is the linen queen - she knows so many bizarre and wonderful facts about the history and manufacture of the fabric. I am experimenting to find the optimum weight of weave for some embroidery projects I have in mind.
I am currently working on some little festive bits for the last few fairs of the year. Inspired by my love of vintage baubles and also by this wonderful display of creativity in a Norwich pub window!
Seems simple at first glance but the variety of designs makes me think that either lots of people had a go or one very, very imaginative person made them all - and hurrah to them! I have made snowflakes with the beautiful boy and after a while, somehow, ours all started to look the same!
More press excitement! Thank-you to those of you who flagged up the feature on our market in Sew Hip this month....
We were in very good company on the page with my lovely friend Michele and her Emporium.
And another feature came out today in our local county magazine which was fun. A photoshoot which went on for ages in which we were clearly hopeless since the shot they used was of us noodling around right at the start before we even had to pose! I am trying to find a needle I can actually thread without having to wear my ugly sewing specs - bought for vision not fashion - like science goggles!! HA!
As payback for my vanity they published both our ages for all the world to see! Pass 40, Past Caring.. that's what I say!
Hope you're all getting into the swing of festive preparations and not getting too frazzled with it all. It's a slow build this year for us. I am looking forward to Little Vintage Lover this weekend and then just two weeks to the first Pick n Mix. Much to do. Will get back as soon as I can! t.xx