Thursday, April 02, 2009

Talent for Textiles

The Talent for Textiles fair yesterday was a great success. It is always a lovely fair to both sell at and to attend as a buyer. The atmosphere is always so nice with a great mixture of people. The venue is gorgeous too. Lizzy was there with her wonderful selection of fabrics, clothes and delicious vintage finds. I always spend a good bit of my takings with Lizzy, even before I have started selling!! It was great to see so many people that I knew. There were a few bloggers there including Niki, Sue and Isabelle and many of my customers came who I have never met before, dealing with them only online previously, so I was happy to put a face to a name with so many.

One of my customers was a lovely old lady in her eighties who told me that she had written many books about needlework in the past. She was a great font of knowledge and was absolutely adorable.

I also got to meet 2 old school friends which was such a treat. One of them I was expecting to see as we chat on Facebook but the other was a complete surprise to me. We screamed with delight and confirmed that neither of us had changed in the 30 years since we had seen each other! She has just opened a shop in Ilchester called Haven, selling vintage and handmade items with vintage fabrics. If you are in the area pop in and say hi to Jo.

I managed to get rid of lots of textiles but came home with a few goodies too.

A pretty quilt, Union Jack and vintage French floral bias trims

some gorgeous floral fabrics

1950's stars, silk spots and jazzy notes fabrics

Beautiful duck egg floral curtains, linen buttons, broderie anglais trim and two sweet handerchiefs

This wonderful box from Bon Ton cleaners of Eltham, where my Grandparents hailed from. In fact my Mum remembers them well. My Grandfather was a barber and all his towels and bibs went to Bon Ton's to be cleaned.

and................. my favourite item was this vintage French hand embroidered smock with sweet little chicks and eggs. This is for Lizzy to wear tomorrow at preschool along with her Easter bonnet that we have decorated for her Easter bonnet parade. Isn't it adorable?

Thank you for all your lovely get well wishes for Lizzy last week, they worked and she is now back to her naughty, lovely self!

Sadly I came home from the fair to find a crying Alfie sat on the sofa. He had been sick just before I got home and is now in the same position that his sister was in last week. It's a familiar sight round here! That crocheted blanket of mine is getting some good use that's for sure.

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Bobo Bun said...

Oh Donna - poor old Alfie. It's gone through all my friends three kids and now she's exhausted. It's a really nasty bug. Only little bun and Mr Bun have gone down here. Give him good well wishes from all of us.

Lovely lovely things. I could lose myself for ages in that room.

Big hug Lisa x

Thecraftytrundler said...

Lovely fabric/vintage fair!! Looks like heaven!!
Hope everyone feels better now. This bug is awful, Callum & I had it last week, it really knocks the stuffing out of you!!
Enjoy the rest of the week, and have a great weekend : ).

Sharon xx

Vintage to Victorian said...

Hi Donna

Super to see you and your lovely helper yesterday. So sorry to hear that Alfie succumbed to the bug. Hope he'll be feeling better soon. Let me know if Tuesday is a problem.

Sue xx

Pipany said...

Poor little souls (and poor you Donna). My Isaeblla was sick last night and it is already feeling a long day today! xx

grumpy old woman said...

Gorgeous photos Donna, reminding me of a lovely day.

Poor Alfie - I feel so sorry for him!


Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Hi Donna,
It was lovely to see you last week...
Glad that you had such a good fair...and catching up with old friends is indeed a special treat.

You found some lovely things too...I could have gone on and on, but seem to be on more of a budget these days...

Have a great week - Hope Alfie is feeling better,
Niki x

Vintage to Victorian said...

Hope Alfie's better now. Liz has no B&Bs in so is hoping to pick me up by about 9.00 am. Looking forward to seeing you. Feel free to show me anything you think I might need!!

Sue xx

Kayla coo said...

Beautiful smock and those vintage fabrics are amazing.

vanessa said...

Poor Alfie, and poor you! To come home to a sick baby boy................. I do hope he feels better soon.
The fair looks wonderful............... Those goodies!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Vanessa xxx (do you mind if i knit)

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Hi Donna
Thank you for your kind and thoughtful comments. It is very much appreciated! I enjoyed the Textile Fair in Ilminster, so many beautifuls things to tempts me...It was lovely seeing you again. So pleaed with all the fabrics and buttons I bought from you.
I hope that Alfie is much better!
It's obviously a comforting blanket.
Have a lovely Easter
Isabelle x

claire Maraldo said...

poor Alfie. He looks adorable wrapped in that bIanket. hope his tummy is well enough for Easter eggs a-plenty!

and i love the smock too -lucky you finding it in time for Easter!