Thursday, 28 August 2008

Vintage and Handmade Heaven

There's a buzz of excitement in the air at the moment, thanks to the initiative and efforts of two lovely ladies, Jayne and Michele, who have organised the Bloggers Vintage and Handmade Fair.

This is a special event for bloggers to come and sell their wares, vintage and handmade, and to meet up at last and have a good old natter. In fact, I expect you know all about it by now as I'm probably the last one to post about it.

This event is open to the public and of course we are hoping many more bloggers will come along to meet us and to shop. Admission is FREE and refreshments and home made cakes will be available too - what better way to spend the day and do some Christmas shopping at the same time.

The VH Fair takes place on Saturday November 22nd at Rangeworthy Village Hall (near Bristol), click here to go to the Vintage and Handmade Webpage for more details and see who's taking part.

I am so excited to be part of this, there are some very talented bloggers taking part, plus Vintage and Handmade is the best possible combination. A chance to buy some very unique items for gifts and for yourself.

My own stall will be a combination of vintage and handmade goodies, I have started making a few things and will be making many more over the next few weeks. I know from past experience that it seems a long time away but that time will pass in the blink of an eye.

As you know, the Bloom household has been a hive of DIY activity in recent weeks, and still is, but we did manage a few relaxing days away in Sussex, which I'll post about next time. As the living room is currently under renovation I tackled a job I had been putting off for a long time - making new curtains. I bought this fabric - Laura Ashley's Malmaison which I absolutely love, last year in the sale. I don't like large jobs like curtain-making, but with much huffing and puffing over a couple of days, I got them done... almost.

They still have to be hemmed, but since I've hung them the sense of urgency about that has gone away. They will be finished one day... then I'll show some proper pics!

I must thank four lovely ladies for awards I received recently.

Jeanette at Sincerely Yours for the Artey Pico award

Fitty at Fitty's Pinky Rose Cottage for the Brilliante Weblog award

Jayne at Country Cottage Chic and Kristina at Shabbily Ever After for the I Love Your Blog award.

Thank you ladies - it's lovely to receive awards but I have mixed feelings about them (and tags) so I won't be passing them on - I hope you won't be offended - and for that reason it wouldn't feel right putting them in my sidebar, but thank you very much for thinking of me.

The last roses of summer picked from my garden - there were only two so I added a hibiscus flower - it almost passes for a rose. As every year, the end of the summer has sneaked up before I realised and today in a card shop I saw Christmas cards on display. I know we all have busy lives, but do we really need to start preparing for Christmas 4 months in advance? - well, unless you're a crafter of course! ;-)

Friday, 22 August 2008

On my way...

... a post is imminent...

... have a good weekend!

Saturday, 2 August 2008

Hello, I must be going!

Just popped in to say hello, I'm still here, but Mr. Bloom and I are taking our annual leave so I'm extending my blogging break for another couple of weeks. The DIY is progressing but the house is still in chaos and we need to concentrate on that so we have some livable space. Though we are squeezing in another mini-break - Sussex this time, a part of the country I haven't seen a lot of, so I'm very much looking forward to it.

I haven't got any crafting to show but I hate to post without pics so here are a few things I've acquired recently.

Two pretty tin canisters:

A perfectly preserved rose in a paperweight.

This gorgeous cottage print called 'A glimpse of the lake'. I have just the place for it but I'm on the hunt for a frame first. Mr. Bloom isn't keen, says it's a bit too chocolate boxy - but that's exactly why I love it. Don't you agree?

This vintage coffee grinder - I was most amazed when Mr. Bloom didn't object and even agreed it could go up in the kitchen - which it has. It won't get used as we don't drink much coffee, but I'm sure I'll find something small I can store in the little glass container.

An adorably shabby Italian angel

So it hasn't been all work and no play - but mostly work!

This little gathering of vintage goodness is being put away for a very special event later this year. You've probably read about it on other blogs by now. I'm very excited to be taking part and it will involve lots of making too, but I'm saving it till next time to tell you all about it.

I would like to say a big thank you for all the comments on my last post - I will get back to everyone after my break, and the awards too, which I'll also show next time.

Must go now, missing you already!

Lucy x