Sunday, November 01, 2009


Well here we are in November.  How did that happen?!!

I am very busy this month with 3 fairs to attend as well as the website to maintain. The first fair is on Wednesday at the Meeting House in Ilminster. This is a wonderful fair both to sell at and to buy from with some great sellers and top quality textiles.  The venue is lovely too with a great cafe selling delicious food.

I have been busy painting the insides of vintage apple boxes to use as shelving, using Cath Kidston furniture paints.  I love the colours.  Here they are drying out.

Today I did a mock up of my stall. I always like to change it as much as possible to keep things looking fresh and new.  Here is a preview for you.




I have so much stock to take and I am hoping that the tables are just a tad bigger than my desk!

The next fair will be the Vintage and Handmade Fair in Chipping Sodbury on November 14th, which I am beyond excited about, and then I am at the Cowslip Workshops 3 day Christmas fair in Launceston on 20th to 22nd November.  Hope to see some of you at one of these events.  Don't forget to come and say hi.

Remember me telling you about the Sip and Stitch club I go to now?  Well we were all featured in the local paper. My ripple blanket is now famous in North Devon!
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Clare said...

The stall looks lovely. Can't wait to see what you bring with you to the V and H. I noticed you mentioned in sat. guardian!!

Hens Teeth said...

Looking totally and utterly fabUlous!
Go ripple blanket!

Laura said...

The boxes look amazing and the stall looks fantastic. I am very impressed with how organised you are. Also haven't told you how much they liked the bats. Such a big hit. I had to prise Hector's fingers off the strap when he went to bed. The children were so sweet together and I loved how they all ran around screeeeeeming. Hope you have all recovered. Laura x

Lalabibaby said...

What a brilliant idea for display ... I'm always in a quandary when it comes to setting up and displaying at fairs so may have to pinch this one ;-)

Vintage to Victorian at Dairy House Antiques said...

Gorgeous colours on those boxes. Wish I was coming to Ilminster, but can't. I sent you an email re the blanket but it probably ended up in your spam.


The Devil Makes Work said...

Hey your stand will look brilliant. There seems to be so many creative things down your way. The sip and stitch looks brilliant xxx

Grumpy Old Woman said...

Can't wait!

Pipany said...

Best of luck Doona. It all looks fab x

Carol said...

Pah, wish you were coming 'oop North with your beautiful display. Will just have to console myself with my little fabric order which is on its way from you.
Carol xx

Cally's Cottage said...

Your mock up looks wonderful,I am hoping to get to the chipping sodbury fair- fingers crossed.
Hope to meet you there.
Warm Wishes,
Cally's Cottage

Vintage to Victorian at Dairy House Antiques said...

Hi Donna
Email reply probably in your spam again.

Raggy said...

Great colours on the boxes. Wishing you good luck at the fairs.
Sandie at Rag Rescue

BusyLizzie said...

The stall is looking fab, looking forward to seeing you tomorrow. Are you bringing the lovely grumpy old woman with you????
Lizzie x

tracey @ the vintage bothey said...

I also use apple crates for display, I have one in my bathroom with towels stacked in it and in the bothy for displaying, great minds think alike, although I love your twist of using the bright colours! I wish I could come tomorrow, but since partners blew his van up he uses my car for work! I have booked it for the fair at Chipping Sodbury though!

Charlotte, Cottontails said...

Hello, I am having a blissful evening scooting around following people's recommended blogs, and have just been looking through your blog and shop and had to say hello.

I think what you do is just so lovely. I have been looking through some of the fabrics in your shop, and your descriptions of them just make me want to throw myself into fabric and textiles - even though I really can't sew and don't really have much of a clue.

It's just great that you have turned a hobby and something you obviously know so much about into such a natty business!

I particularly liked the bunny fabric in the kids / novelty section. I love rabbits so that one is perfect for me :-)

Anyway, good to meet you,


Suzie Sews said...

the boxes work out great. Yes the CK paints are fabby, looking at painting my pine kitchen set in them... dare I?

Your mock up looks fab, would love to have a poke through it all.

Hope the fairs go well...

Pomona said...

I love the colours of the boxes - your stall will look wonderful. I am sure that you will do really well!

Pomona x

Amy said...

Donna, the apple crates look brilliant and the stall just looks so inviting. Wish you could come help me organise myself for my first show which is next weekend. Haven't got a bleeding clue what I am doing. Hoping it will somehow come together ok in the end but certainly needs to take some tips from you x
Hope they go really well x

claire Maraldo said...

i can't wait to meet you for real at V &H. i must get my act together and let you know how much flannelette I need .. I keep forgetting.

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Hi Donna,
Lovely to see you and your (far from grumpy!!) Mum yesterday. Your stall looked fabulous and was very tempting - I was so pleased with the lovely Sanderson fabric that I bought from you and my latest rag dolls are very excited about the miniature suitcase, but I've told them only one of them can own it! ;-))

Can't wait for the V&H...fingers crossed for a fine dry day - see you there,
Niki x

BusyLizzie said...

good to see you too yesterday, it was a fab day! Needled to put my feet up today.. fat chance! lizzie xx

Pipany said...

Well done on your ripple blanket Donna. Hope the next fair goes well for you x

Valerie said...

Those painted boxes for the display are such a good idea. I'm taking part in a craft trail next week, and I've been hunting for cardboard boxes I can cover in plain (but handsome) old fashioned brown paper.
Hope you made lots of sales.

Valerie said...

P.S. Couldn't even get my blog address right, could I??!!

P.S. You have the most gorgeous looking house. It looks immaculate.