Monday, 20 September 2010

Lovely Linens

On Saturday I had planned a little jaunt with a friend - tea and a spot of window shopping, but an unexpected bonus came in the form of an Open Weekend & Tea Party at Beyond France in Cirencester. 

I hadn't known about this event but someone saw it in a local paper and thought of me, so of course as it was just down the road a visit was compulsory.

Beyond France is run online by Maud Lomberg who travels across to Hungary and Eastern Europe to source beautiful vintage linens and occasionally hosts open weekends at her home in Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

Fortunately it was a beautifully sunny day, stock was set up outside and in marquees in Maud's large garden.

Oh such temptation all around.  Not pictured are the bins full of remnants - rummage heaven!

Not just linens - handmade items and ceramics too.

These painted tin stars would be lovely for Christmas.

Tea and cakes were available to enjoy in the garden, with vintage chairs of course. 

Afterwards we popped into Cirencester town for a mooch about.  Want to see what I bought (very restrained!).

Cute terrier figurine, a couple of picture frames - especially pleased to have found the Laura Ashley fabric frame.  From Beyond France I bought a gorgeous piece of embroidered linen, it has a scalloped edge which I will make into shelf lining, the rest can be used for sachets or cushions.  Plus some red and gold striped ribbon for Christmas bows, after all it's only 96 days to go!