Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Christmas Craft Fairs

I'm busy working hard, sewing up more items for my stall, in between teaching and making a set of commissioned loose covers. 

I had such a good day last Sunday in Lamberhurst, Kent, at their Vintage Christmas Fair. I sold loads of lavender sachets, make-up bags, some aprons, peg bags, needle books and pin cushions, and the lovely 1950's barkcloth handbag that is pictured in my blog shop.

Here's my stall just after setting up:

Below is the stall next to me, belonging to Julie Anne of 'Love Nest'. 
Although we were selling very similar items - cushions, scented hearts, bags and decorations, we were both very busy and sold well. Julie Anne uses modern designer fabrics from Cath Kidston, Vanessa Arbuthnot and others, whereas most of my items are made from vintage and pre-used fabrics.

Across the hall from me was Sarah of 'Cotton Kiss', with her fabulous and fun hobby horses, children's bags and aprons, and some really lovely kits to make a felt stocking. This was Sarah's first fair, but I think she did well - her products were lovely.

Sadly I didn't find the time to take more photos of other tables, but others included painted furniture and wooden home accessories; handmade cards, really lovely ones and for Cancer Research too; vintage clothes and bric a brac; real foliage wreaths and several jewellery stalls.

Next weekend, on Saturday and Sunday I have a table here:

The Great Dixter Christmas Fair
Sat & Sun, 27th and 28th November 2010
Great Dixter is delighted to announce our Christmas Fair which will take place in the Great and Yeomans Halls, surrounding barns and out buildings. With an opportunity to see the garden in winter then warm yourself by an open fire in the house.

Our diverse stalls will include products from our own shop and nursery including potted bulbs and unusual gift ideas, as well as stalls hosted by local craftsmen such as vintage tools, seeds, and stalls for all gift needs: including cashmere knitwear, jewellery, scented candles and handmade gifts for all sized pockets. The Gardens, Nursery and Gift Shop will be open to the public for the weekend of the fair. Fresh, hot food and light refreshments will be available.
Time: 10am to 4pm
Entrance Fee: £5.00 (Under 16 free)
Coaches parties welcome if pre booked - call 01797 252878
To book a stall please email

I'm really looking forward to doing this one. It will be my most prestigious fair yet! 

If you are nearby do drop in and say hello!

Monday, 15 November 2010

My Recent Makes for the Christmas Fairs

Pretty make-up bags made in vintage barkcloth (do you recognise the fabric from my last post?);
recycled Sanderson's 'Little Chelsea'; denim and vintage cotton print. All lined with waterproof fabric.

Vintage linen and Edwardian lace lavender hearts and sachets.
 All filled to the brim with lovely lavender from Kent.

 Vintage fabric covered and padded coat hangers, trimmed with vintage satin ribbon bows. Tiny lavender hearts hang on matching ribbon to make the wardrobe smell beautiful and keep the moths away.

A couple of woollen checked stockings, trimmed with embroidered silk and some vintage fringing to match.

A selection of vintage linen stockings, trimmed with vintage printed cotton from Germany, recycled gingham, or old ticking. Vintage picot lace or new scarlet bobbles decorate the tops and vintage buttons secure the hanging loops.

Small stockings for little presents....

..........bigger stockings for bigger presents!

Some of these items will be for sale in my blogshop soon!

And lastly just a little picture of my stall at the recent Christmas Fair held in Goudhurst Parish church.

Not a great picture, as I think my camera is on it's way out, but you can see better pictures of the fair on my dear friend Lin's blog - LetticeLeaf
We had a good time and I actually did very well in the three hours we were there. And then Linda invited me back to her absolutely delightful house for a lovely, scrummy, home cooked lunch. 

Monday, 8 November 2010

A Seaside Brocante

My lovely friend, enthusiastic sewing pupil, and shoulder to cry on - Letticeleaf - and I, had a lovely day out in Whitstable on Saturday taking in all the lovely shops; Tapas for lunch; cappuccino's and Bakewell tart, and this:

..... a delightful vintage and designer/makers Brocante

Rather foolishly I didn't take my camera, so have no images inside the hall, but I can show you my purchases and link you to some of the stall holders.

From all the delights on offer I chose these vintage buttons from amongst several baskets on one stall.

I love the label on the back of the linen buttons,

especially the care instructions at the bottom! I've never thought of buttons  suffering 'injury' before!

Then I bought some lovely pieces of fabric from Stephen and Judy at All Things Vintage and Beautiful.

A pretty vintage cotton print.

A single vintage Barkcloth curtain.

A little strip of some vintage textured rayon.

Some pieces of vintage Barkcloth, that look as though they were originally from a sample book, with a lovely Chrysanthemum and Parisian landmark print.

 And a vintage linen cushion cover with a gorgeous floral print

Then Lin and I spent a while talking to Jane Bourne, of The Cloth Hall, who produces absolutely beautiful scarves, shoulder capes and shrugs from her own sewn and textured fabrics made from swirls of yarns, silks and threads. Jane also prints and paints lovely designs onto woollen fabrics and mohair.
Such a talented lady with a rich and varied history of working in textiles and with famous designers - you must have a chat with her if you ever meet her.
I just couldn't resist buying this fabulous scarf from her - I just love the muted colours...

Isn't it just beautiful?

While we were at the Brocante, Lin and I did a bit of networking and made some contacts for a fair that we are hoping to organise later in the New Year - dates, venues, etc are a work in progress at the moment, but keep a look out for the Sellers and Buyers information when everything has been confirmed.

Monday, 1 November 2010

My shop is here.....

After setting up a blog shop on another blog, which meant I had three to manage, I have been working hard this evening to move the whole caboodle over to this blog! Are you still with me?

I worked out how to make pages for the previous blog shop, so why not make some pages here and add my shop to this one?

So....Pretty Goods Market Place is available here.....NOW!
(and the pretty goods market place blog is no longer!!)

Click on the pages above and take a look....