Friday 14 March 2014

Vintage Jumble

I will be here next Saturday - hope you can come along.

Monday 24 February 2014

One down - lots to go!

My first fair of the year under my belt and I had a lovely day.  It being February and given the recent weather conditions, no one was very sure how the day would turn out.   But the weather was good and lots of visitors came through the doors, many more than expected I think.
Trusty friend Jane and I managed to set up my stall in good time, but then as usual I was faffing about with it and ended up running around with my camera at the last minute.  Most of my pics came out blurred, so just a few here that were useable.

My stall had a very spring-like theme to it, not intentionally but I was pleased with the way it turned out.  I've really missed the buzz of the fairs and hope to do lots more this year. 

Thank you to everyone who admired and made purchases from my stall, it made for a perfect day.

I did snap a few pictures of the other stalls - this was part of Niki's display, which are always stunning.

Clearly everyone had worked very hard to produce some wonderful displays, all very tempting.

Thank you too to Jayne and Michele for organising another wonderful fair, looking forward to the next one already!

(love that jewellery display box in the bottom right corner!)

My next event will be the Vintage Jumble at Rangeworthy on 22nd March.  All events organised by Jayne and Michele can be found on the Vintage and Handmade website here.

Tuesday 18 February 2014

Vintage and Handmade February Fling

This Saturday 22nd Feb, I will have a stall at the Vintage and Handmade February Fling Fair in Chipping Sodbury.  I have really missed doing the fairs over the last year, I did a few Vintage Jumbles but none of the main fairs.  Things are more settled at the shop, we have a work routine which leaves me time to engage in more vintage activity so I am hoping to get back on the 'fair circuit' this year.

It's a bit embarrassing that I haven't blogged for such a long time, I think the best thing is to gloss over that fact.   Below are a few of the things I will be taking on Saturday.  Hope to see you there!

Friday 3 May 2013

Painting Projects

It's been lovely to see some sunshine this week - trade has picked up a bit in the shop and we are seeing more visitors.  I've had a busy week, we are selling a lot of plants now which means more trips to the nursery.

I love these little book racks, you can still sometimes find them at a reasonable price at the usual thrifting haunts.  I always pick them up when I see them, quite often they are home made.

A bit of distressing and some rose decals as a finishing touch. 

They don't need to be just for books, depending on the slope, you can use them as mini shelves for any knick-knacks and they are good for adding height at the back of a display.

I haven't decided yet if this one will go to the shop or not, I love it a bit too much at the moment. 
These lavender sacks did make their way to the shop though.

With the better weather it's great to be able to paint outside, I have some larger items in the pipeline.  Indoors I don't have much room and have to keep to smaller things.

I mixed my own shade of pink for this card holder and wooden storage box.  These I decoupaged with floral cut-outs and vintage paper doyleys. 

Several coats of varnish are required to protect the paper.  Also, it is not recommended to have these items in strong sunlight as the cut-outs are prone to fading.

This is my weekend off, I have nothing much planned except pottering around the house and garden  which are in desperate need of attention.  Oh and staying up late tonight to watch a film as I don't have to get up early tomorrow!  Hope you all have a good weekend.
Lucy x

Saturday 27 April 2013

How not to dry roses

Of course I love fresh roses, but it always seems a shame once they've wilted and I try to dry them whenever I can.  These are drying on the radiator (suitably covered and with props!)
It's not the recommended way to dry them (I think hanging upside down in a dry, warm and dark place give greater success).  However, these were in an arrangement I had been given which I forgot to water.  They had already started to crisp up so just needed finishing off.

I was surprised they dried so well, I don't usually have success with paler colours.  Drying them is one thing, but then what to do with them.  Usually I snap the heads off and put them in a jar "for future use".  Not having a jar to hand, I popped them into the paper roll.
I rather like how they look there.  The vintage toilet paper is not "for future use"!