Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Pretties

The little plastic birdie looked so happy on the button shelf that I went around the house and found a few china lovelies to keep him company....I am especially fond of the pink parrot! All of these bright little birds are Made in China. This little flock have arrived over many years but they all seem to sit happily together.
and on the lower shelf, amongst my 'iced gem china' there is something a little special - a little pink basket! Well, that really made me smile! I have never seen one like this before!
For those who sent me messages, I have popped a few of the little vintage hair slides into my shop, thank-you for asking!
And the magazine came out! - A lovely mention of our Pick 'n' Mix Makers Market in the Style pages.....
and a lovely write up on our home by Tony Hall who managed to get in so much information and lots of beautiful pictures!
It is lovely to see the work that went into our project put down in print. Tony has really made us happy!
And at the end there was another mention of the Pick 'n' Mix too!
Next article out will be a Craft Fairs feature in Selvedge magazine which is very exciting! Hope you're all enjoying the sunny weather and having a good week! I am so keen to dig out my summer clothes but the wardrobe is heaving as I daren't pack away the warm woollies until May is all done! Is that very British of me?! t.xx

Sunday, 25 April 2010

The art of re-housing treasure!

A.K.A. 'shopping'! It occurs to me that I have not been sharing my thriftiness of late. That in the midst of the cupboard clearing which started last year you might think I had stopped shopping. You might think I had stopped acquiring new treasure to re-fill those cupboards! Horrors! I cannot allow you to be so deluded. So I thought a little update of my most recent finds might be nice....
This HUGE piece of delicious fabric came from my lovely button lady....
Buttons, of course. These are a few of the ones I have added and I really do need to catch up on some sorting - they are beginning to take over the workroom tables in pots and tins!
And today saw me at the Norwich Bead and Textile Fair where I met some old friends and some others whom I hope will become new friends... amongst them Bridget who made me laugh and whose work with felt is beautiful! This little rose brooch makes me think of strawberries and cream and I had to bring it home with me!
With the car boot season well underway my favourite weekly field sale has been a great fun if cold start to Wednesdays. Lots of chalkware this year. This serene statue....
A beautiful large flower urn....
...complete with it's wire flower holders which makes it very useful!
A herd of deer - too many for the Barmy shelf to hold so a new plan is in hand and some de-cluttering may be required!
A whole bunch of roses....
Quite a few cups and saucers - funny how things come in batches.... I never set out to have a cup and saucer collection, but for now at least irresistible cups and saucers seem to be what I'm finding...
This delightful dome was covering a very manky and nasty dried flower arrangement which was soon ejected in favour of the beautiful boy's nature finds....
And this cheery little plastic bird has found a happy perch on the button shelf....
Part of the reason the boy and I were so keen to visit the Shell Museum was that our own shell collection is growing quite well...
We each have our favourites but being fickle as I am....
I find it hard to say which is mine....
as it changes so from one day to the next.....and do you see how many of them are pink?!
And today at the Bead fair, on a little stall selling lace and jewellery and vintage beads I found this amazing little treasure to add to our collection... all made from tinky tiny little shells. It makes me SMILE!And this makes me smile too! I am in the midst of working on a 'Pay it Forward' for two lovely bloggy friends, Penny and Helen. Well. Suffice to say with life as it is this year, I have been very slow to organise myself. I bump into Penny from time to time and I said today "next time I shall have sent your P.I.F.' but I'm not sure when that will be! And Helen. Lovely kind Helen did not wait for me and instead turned it into a PIB - a 'Pay it Backwards'. What a sweetie! I received a parcel full of loveliness including this beautiful handmade bag in the scrummiest pink!
and oh so many other goodies too! Thank-you lovely Helen. The boy and I are heading your way before the year is out and before we do I will, I will, I will make your P.I.F.!!
I am busy busy in the workroom. So much going on that it is not always easy to find the time but time I must find! Our second Pick 'n' Mix Makers Market is fast approaching and I so want to fill my stall with yumminess!
Perhaps we shall see you there on the day? The tea shop is going to be a joy!
Now, tomorrow is making me nervous. We have an article coming out in the May issue of the local county magazine and it's the first time I haven't previewed the pictures before they go to press..... off to the newsagent first thing methinks! I shall let you know how it goes! t.x

Monday, 19 April 2010

Holiday's Over

The beautiful boy was back at school today...
We had a lovely Easter break made special by time with good friends. We even managed a visit here; The Shell Museum at Glandford. I have tried to visit so many times and always either ended up on the wrong side of the river or chosen a time when it was closed.
It is a wondrous place.
Full of cabinets of curiosities.
In fact the whole building is one huge Cabinet of Curiosities.
It is run as a private trust which is probably why it has survived the huge spring cleaning of our museums which seemed to have taken place around the millennium.
Here there are no interactive displays, no key stage curriculum references, not even many explanatory labels.
Just cabinets, shelves, boxes and displays all relating to shells- sea shells, tortoise shells, turtle shells, shells made into flowers, shells polished and shining like the crown jewels!
even x-rays of shells.
I loved it! I loved every bit of every brimful cabinet.
I do love the modern museums too. They are educationally wonderful for little people, but it was so refreshing to visit a place which was just there for no other reason than it is full of lovely things. And if you would like to visit: these are the times. Note to self - check before driving out and be sure to be on the right side of the river!
Sunday saw me spending a lovely day at the Little Vintage Lover Fair at Blakeney,
I didn't take many pictures. Clever Zoe had put me next to Mrs Bobobun and we spent the day chatting and planning - Our next Pick 'n' Mix Makers Market is fast approaching!
I had a few new yummy vintage bits on my stall....
I was a bit sad to sell this handsome chap.....
and the cupcakes were popular as ever even though the ice-creams and beach huts are back in season!
I've a few extra things for my shop although mostly for the next few months I'm busy busy getting ready for events.....
.. a couple of lavender pockets will be in the shop soon....
they are so resonant of summer, I'm loving having them in the workroom.
A couple of new cushions with hand applique onto vintage linen....
I still have another wonderful day trip to share with you and I'm saving it still for another day. I hope you're all enjoying a smooth return from the holidays. A number of children at the beautiful boy's school are enjoying extended holidays which I'm sure they are loving.... even if their parents are longing to fly home! Back soon. t.x

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Happy holidays!

On the front doorstep the Muscari have finally opened...
There have been blustery beach walks with friends and their dogs, treasures laid out to admire....
We all choose our favourites...
Woodland walks give treasures too, some are the memories we share and some will be added to the nature table....
and I have had a little time to make gifts for friends. More lavender pockets stitched on vintage linen....
I use old table cloths for the reverse as I have so many different colours of this type of cloth...
a thank-you to the family friend who so carefully picked and dried all her lavender to add to our own harvest last year....
A thank-you to a friend for a parcel of deliciousness....
and a thank-you to a friend who so kindly gave her time to help....
The fair season starts this weekend for me with the Little Vintage Lover Fair at Blakeney on the coast. I am so looking forward to seeing everyone for a good catch up. I should be sorting out my stock and making sure everything is ready to go... but instead I have become involved with a little cake....
I'm looking forward to sharing one particularly wondrous day trip which resulted in lots of pictures I know you will love! Soon I promise. Two more days of birding trips to enjoy before the weekend then back to the normal routine! t.xx