Monday, 12 April 2010

The Dairy House and The Artisan Market

This is the Liz's (washerwoman) little corner..and behind me is all her gorgeous vintage clothes and lots more fabric I only managed to get this pic before she got lost under a sea of fabric, her space was packed all morning, was amazing how she kept going!

I have been out and about since my last blog. On Sunday I was lucky enough to be at the first Dairy House Vintage Costume and Textile Fair.
Just as everyone had finished setting up the crowds poured in! The picture above was taken just before 10 after that you could not see the stalls for the rest of the morning.
This is the lovely Donna Flower's stall she has the most amazing vintage fabrics from 19th century to 80's and beyond. I loved the childrens vintage fabrics made me go all nostalgic.
These pics are a little glimpse of what was there, apart from the stalls outside the Dairyhouse is packed with little collections from a variety of dealers..vintage heaven!
Above is Sue's corner as you go in the door there are drawers to search through full of buttons and fabrics along with haberdashery and lace..some of my friends have been known to go missing in there for hours! I loved the Mannequins that Sue has covered with vintage fabrics, excellent way of showing off her crocheted button necklaces and lace :)
More glimpses of little corners..
This was my little corner I took this pic at the end of the day, the display had been a bit destroyed ;) I had a great day sitting making button necklaces and actually sold one of the pearl button ones before I had finished it. People could sit down and learn how to make brooches and necklaces from buttons. I am very grateful to Sue for inviting me to be part of the Fair. I had a fab day and feel really inspired to carry on making and teaching :)
The Dairy House is also packed with some lovely furniture..think the above would look great on our patio..
Last Sunday we went to the Artisan Market in Catherine Hill Frome. I am hoping to do the next one and wanted to see how everyone balanced on the Hill and get an idea of how I would set my stand up. It is full of designers and makers a fab atmosphere and some delicous cakes..which kept Arthur happy :)
The shops on the Hill are all open as well, great if you also like making Millie Moon stocked with scrumptious fabrics and yummy coloured buttons. Make Do and Mend full of Vintage bits.
It felt a bit like Portabella Market, I am looking forward to being part of it :)
The shops are all independents so if you like a bit of individuality its well worth a visit :)

Reading through I notice I have missed a lovely pic of the Washer womans stall I will add it later as Arthur is demanding breakfast!

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Happy Day :)

Easter morning the Easter bunny visited the garden...really! was quite difficult though as Arthur was looking out all the time from 6.30. It was only when I woke George and Harry could we distract him. He went into Georges room to watch Dr who on the computor. We actually all watched it together last night, a nice family moment.
Eggs were hidden and sweets hung from the trees.
Arthur was out on the patio waiting for his big brothers...
Who were very useful when it came to reach for the sweets, that bunny must have jumped high lol :)
The most amazing thing I thought was the sun shining after a couple of weeks of grey and rain.
Tony discovered this cheeky gnome the other day while digging the veg patch.
'thanks for guarding the eggs'
At the bottom of the garden they made a big discovery..
Arthur was so excited that the bunny knew he liked cars and had put a mini with his egg.
The boys wanted a video of Arthur with all the eggs...they were not all for him, and amazingly none were eaten as they collected them. Tony actually slipped up on the way down the garden..he went flying, it was one of those slow motion moments when you realise there is nothing you can do to stop the fall. Luckily not to injured, camera went flying through the air and landed in a tree, hopefully it is ok.
Breakfast was boiled eggs which everyone decorated, apparently thats my egg with the purple hair, (which is the colour I have gone after not finding bright red in Gillingham hee hee)
The morning was topped off with hot chocolate in George and Harry's new mugs :)

It felt very special to have the family all together, we had a nice meal last night too when Arthur was in bed, great to talk to the teenagers as they are so often hiding in there rooms, and so soon will be starting there journey's into adult hood. George got into Falmouth rto do his Art Foundation with an unconditional place. Ya!!! and Harry is having his army fitness test next week. I treasure these moments they are so precious and it so nice to be able to record it in this way. The teenagers have gone to there Dads in Bath so its a peaceful couple of days to follow :)

I hope you had a fab day too!