Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Fabrics and Flowers

This weekend involved two of my favourite things.

On Sunday I, together with my lovely Mum, took a trip to Somerset and home of the lovely Washer Woman who was having an Open House.  I buy from Lizzie regularly and often see her at various fairs but it is always a treat to visit her lovely home that she shares with the charming Mr Mangle and various cats!

She had set up  a tempting emporium of lovely goods in one of her barns and I was spoiled for choice as to what to buy

After I had made my selection I sat out in Lizzie's garden and drank coffee and ate cake, delicious, and enjoyed the beautiful view.

Lots of other lovely dealers turned up and we sat in the sunshine (oh yes, we had sunshine!) and chatted.

I then went on to visit another lovely fabric friend and bought some French fabrics that she had bought back for me from a recent trip.

Beautiful bolts of voiles, circa 1930's!

I also bought some other treasures while I was there.  These are some of my purchases from this weekend.

One of my favourite purchases was these beautiful French vintage paper shelf liners.  I have over 100 of these and they are £1.50 each.  Do let me know if you would like any  as I am not sure if I am going to put them on the website yet.

After our little fabric buying we travelled to a village called Stogumber where the NGS were opening  6 gardens, with teas in the village hall.  Stogumber is a pretty village and the gardens delightful and inspiring!

I was so busy being inspired by the gardens I forgot to take photos, sorry.  We just about managed to do all 6 before they closed!

My overriding inspiration, both from Lizzie's garden and those of Stogumber, was of pots of red geraniums, which I love, so I have bought some to plant in our earthenware pots,  in between listing fabrics of course!

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The Devil Makes Work said...

Looks like you had a great day and what a fabulous name for a village too!!!!!

The voiles are gorgeous.

BusyLizzie said...

Thank you Donna for your compliments, so glad you approve of the "man garden" which is what we call the area with the pots of geraniums! Can you believe it? I have never been to Stogumber!! Lizzie xx

Country Cottage Chic said...

What a lovely day out....wish I could have gone toLizzie's too.

I do like the shelf long are they?


Elegancemaison said...

One day I shall make it to Lizzie's (and your)Open Day. What a lovely garden and setting she has.

Also interested in the shelf trims. Shall email you.Cx

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Hi Donna,
Sunday was a perfect day...It was lovely to see you both and have a chat over cake...What could be a be better than fabrics, friends then flowers?!
Niki x

Sandra said...

What a truly lovely blog post, I could view it again and again

Mumxie said...

Oooh what lovely pictures Donna. The one with the tea and cakes is a classic. We were lucky enough to go to one of Liz's open days last year, but had camera trouble. It sounds like you packed a lot into your day. I hope your geraniums flourish.

ted and bunny said...

friends, fabric, and cake!
sounds like a perfect day to me- did you stop anywhere for a cream tea?!

photos are lovely, as are the fabrics you bought

Miss Magpie said...

I love the scottie dog fabric! What lovely things you got.

Nattie said...

Love your new 1930's fabrics, and the French shelf liners......I could think of a few projects for those!
Nattie x

Hen said...

Oooh you lucky lady, what a fab weekend. Lovely finds, too. Wish we could have made it. Love the name Stogumber!
Love Hen xxx
P.S. Hope you found some Tanya lawn...

August Paddock said...

What a lovely day out....all those things look heavenly! x

tracey @ the vintage bothy said...

I love that last shot of Lizzies garden, the last time I saw that space Michael & I were taking tea in it!
T x

Grumpy Old Woman said...

Ahhhhhh! This brings back that lovely day - I enjoyed it so much xxxx

BusyLizzie said...

Hi Donna, thank you for your comment.. those photos were taken after 2 days.. you should see what I found on day 3!!! xxx