Thursday, September 30, 2010


On my bookshelf  at the moment is this little pile of inspirational reads.  There simple aren't enough hours in a day!

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New Fabrics

Thank you to all of you who came to the Talent for Textiles fair in  Ilminster. It was great to see you and have time to chat to a few of you.

This week's fabrics are on the website already. Here is a little preview for you. Don't forget that there is still 10% off all stock until the end of September so if there is a special piece you have had your eye on then now could be the time to buy it!

Pretty Florals

All sorts of wondrousness!

Isn't this a wonderful fabric?  It's the fabric I bought at Bonham's auction when I went to Vintage at Goodwood.  It was designed by Tibor Reich in 1964, and was commissioned by the Shakespeare Trust to commemorate Shakespeare's quatercentenary year.  Titled ' Age of Kings', it depicts a stylised procession of medieval soldiers in shades of green, brown, black and gold. The design was used for the stage curtains in the Stratford Room.

Although it would not look right in my home, I think it is rather fabulous!

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Talent for Textiles and a Sale!

The car is all packed up and ready to go to the Talent for Textiles fair tomorrow at Ilminster. Here is a little sneak preview of my stock for you.

For those of you who are unable to make it I have an End of Summer sale over on my website.  There is 10% off all stock until the end of September when the new Autumn stock will be added.  Just put the word SUM10 (in capitals) in the coupon code box on checkout to benefit from this discount.

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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

A Century ago!

100 years ago today my Grandfather was born.  Sadly he is no longer with us and I do miss him.  I would still like to mark  this occasion.

 Happy Birthday Poppa x

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Vintage at Goodwood

For the first time in over 10 years  Mr Fabric and I had 4 days together, without our darling children. So we packed up the camper van and set off for West Sussex and Vintage at Goodwood.

Now, anyone who knows me knows that I don't really 'do' camping. I'm far too high maintenance these days!  I was assured that this festival would not be like other festivals and that I would have all my home comforts. Not totally convinced, and having a slight panic that I would be spending time with my man in a space no bigger than my pantry, I bravely decided that I would make the best of it.  I LOVED it!!  There were flushing toilets and showers (albeit freezing) and I had electricity in the camper van so I could dry and straighten my hair. The horror of the chemical pits at Latitude were nowhere to be seen and the toilets remained clean and had plenty of toilet paper, joy!

So, to the festival itself.  This was the first event and I can only say how brilliant it was, sure there could be some improvements but overall it was great fun, well thought out, had a wonderful atmosphere and was everything and more that I hoped it would be.  There was so much to do that I didn't do half of what was available.

I met Hen there and she did totally different things to me!

What did I  see and do?  Come and have a look ...................

The Grand Entrance

You are HERE

The High Street

Cool Caravans

Peter Blake's Art Bus
The Bar
Here come the Mods
I loved this concept
Make up girls
Clothkits workshops
There was always filming and photo shoots to watch
Met up with old friends
Watched and danced to great music
Paula Reed from Grazia
Pearl and Daisy Lowe
Roller Disco
Drank cocktails

and Pimms!
Felicity and Jess make corsages, fascinators, hairclips and jewellery and were my first port of call every morning to find accessories.  Visit their fabulous website here

Bonhams auction on the Sunday was such fun and I managed to win the only textiles in the auction, some beautiful Tibor Reich curtains, titled Age of Kings.

The stalls were jam packed full of vintage loveliness and I was spoilt for choice.  I bought 3 1950's dresses, a 1960's dress and a new Celia Birtwell dress, some to sell and some to keep.

Other highlights for me were dancing to Norman Jay in the Soul Casino until 2am, Watching Tony Hatch and orchestra play in the Leisure Dome, The Damned rocking the house in the Rock and Roll tent, Heaven 17 playing the entire Penthouse to Pavement, Marshall Chess dj'ing, Pearl and Daisy Lowe's fashion show complete with Matt Smith, the latest Dr Who in the front row watching his girl, Earth Wind and Fire and just generally hanging out and not having to be mummy for a few days.

All in all it was a really great festival, I had such a brilliant time and cannot wait until next year's event.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Home Spun

I had a day pass, a day without children, for the first time in weeks!  So what did I do?

That's right, I drove down, with mum,  to the Roseland Peninsula and Portscatho, home of the lovely Home Spun fair.

The village is so pretty and we had great weather luckily.

The fair was lovely and I came away with some goodies and got to meet some bloggers and stall holders that I hadn't met before.  I forgot to take pictures of the fair as I got too excited as usual when inside and didn't take out my camera. There are lovely pictures on Kirsty and Sal's blogs though.

These were my treasures from the day:

Pretty fabrics from the 1920's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's!

Some sweet little children's wooden chairs

An adorable sewing box from Gertie

Some pretty fabric boxes

Some nostalgic ephemera

Pretty French embroidered cotton camisoles
(and just underneath you can see one of Kirsty's lovely lavender fish)

A beautiful silk 1940's tea dress

Some lovely vintage shoes (which are ridiculously high!)

We then took a stroll in to the village and visited Christine's delightful little shop 'The Sea Garden'.  

Such a treasure trove and packed with all manner of goodies.  It was also very packed full of people so after a quick look around I left with a pretty pin cushion jar made by the talented Gertie.

We had lunch in a pub sat outside in the glorious sunshine and thought 'this is the life'.  I had the most delicious mackerel salad.

Sadly it went a bit downhill from there as by the time I had walked back up the hill to my car and to say goodbye to some of the stallholders I felt decidedly unwell. My head felt as though it was about to burst and my face was bright red and hot.  I really needed to get home so after a couple of painkillers I drove home, some 2 hours, feeling very very poorly.  Despite having all the windows open in the car my head felt like a furnace.  I'm not quite sure what happened but I think that I may have had a reaction to my lunch.  The effects were so sudden and I felt toxic for the rest of the day and most of the next day.  Very strange!

Anyway, I am better now and busy preparing for the weekend.  The tickets have arrived, the childcare is  all taken care of and now all I have to do is decide which dresses I am taking.

Yes, Paul and I, (and NO kids), are off to Vintage at Goodwood.  See you when I get back!

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