Sunday, May 31, 2009


Oh dear, its all over.  All those weeks, even months of thinking up stuff  for the vintage fair and then getting on and making it and it was all over in the blinking of an eye!  I would like to add my voice to the throng of bloggers at this moment blogging away about the success of The Vintage and Handmade Fair on Saturday.  
As usual for me I left too much to the last minute and I had some late nights and early  mornings last week but by 2 o'clock on Friday I was all done and ready to pack up my wares and travel up to Bristol.  I was lucky enough to share Christine, from The Sea Garden's van and we trundled up the motorway to stay at her brothers for the night.  Early start Saturday morning on the road by seven and arrived at the venue at 8 o'clock. Already there were fellow bloggers unloading and from then on it was a whirl of activity till about three in the afternoon!  Of all the shows I have ever done this was the first where there was not a lull in the proceedings all day!  It was terrific and I enjoyed every minute even though I was finding it hard to keep my eyes open from about 2.30,  not having eaten all day or drunk much I was beginning to flag!  Then I had a bit of Spiced Apple cake, whoever bought that one thankyou!!!  Wow what a cake it just about saved my life!  
It was so good to meet all you people who follow my blog and very touching, if a bit weird, to have complete strangers coming up and asking how my dog Midge was!  
Im afraid I did not take a camera with me, not that I would have had time to use it, so I have no pictures of my stand.  So I hope you will enjoy some photos I took today in the garden, it was good to be home again.

Out of the front door, look left.....

Sitting under a tree, I love this bit of the garden.

Look right out of the front door...

From under the apple tree.

Ian made this chair, its about 9ft tall!  All made from reclaimed timbre and bits we found.  It looks great here outside the barn he uses as a workshop and it will have to stay there as it weighs a ton!!

And all know who this is, and boy was she happy to see my I wont need a wash for a while!  I sat and played ball with her all afternoon, it was so lovely outside.
This morning I managed to drag myself out of bed to go to the car boot sale.  Glad I did as I got some nice bits for the shop including these books and Britains metal animals, I love the little road sign best.

And this basket is in lovely condition and we all love baskets dont we?

I also found, a lovely mirror that needs a lick of paint, some silver (not real) boxes, a silver plated roll top butter dish, some little china bits, a desk calendar and another basket. Quite a good haul.

It was a lovely lazy day and nice not to have to do anything in particular rounded off with the treat of a Chinese Takeaway that E drove the 18 mile round trip the get!  So now I am sitting with a very full tummy writing this to say THANKYOU all you folks who liked my stuff enough to buy it and for all the lovely comments made about my stand.  I am hoping to get the time this week to list a load of new stuff onto my etsy shop so if you saw something you liked and didnt buy maybe I can tempt you again some time soon!

 Hope you all had a great weekend doing whatever makes you happy,  Lot of love.


Clare said...

Hi it was lovely to meet you on Saturday. The little boat I bought is sitting here on the sill looking very beautiful,thanks. I don't know if you remember me rambling about a papier mache dog from the last fair but I came onto your blog and there he is standing on the left hand side of the page!!!

Rose&Bird said...

Glad you had a good day, sadly I couldn't make it as I was at another fair.

Cowboys and Custard said...

Hi Jane..
I must say .. your stand was a great success and magnet!
I am determined to have more time and money at the next fair to do some shopping..
Thank you so much for my little cowboy.. I hope the terrier is happy in his new home..
Gorgeous house you have.. would have to be top of my list for des res homes!
Michele xx

Vintage to Victorian said...

Hi Jane

Super day, wasn't it. Despite being opposite you we could hardly see one another all day, could we. I don't think I've ever seen so many happy, smiling faces in one place for such a length of time!!

I took the spiced apple cake (see my post dated 23 May). NOT made by me, but by a lovely lady I met recently who makes cakes for a super walled garden tearoom near to Dairy House. I had the last slice - wasn't it gorgeous! I think I'll ask her to make one for the next V&H!

It was super to see Christine again, too. I miss seeing her at Shepton now I don't do that Fair.

Sue x

hens teeth said...

It was so great to see you again.
Oh your home,,,,,,it's magnificent!

Carolee said...

What a lovely post!

Your fair sounds like such a wonderful event, and makes me wish I weren't so impossibly far away! Glad it was a success. :)

Your home and gardens are absolutely gorgeous too, and that chair is amazing!

And such a sweet photo of Midge. Isn't it wonderful the way dogs always welcome their humans home as though they'd been gone for ages? It's always the best part of returning from a trip. :)

~ Carolee

A time to dance said...

Hi Sweetie, I love Ians chair...I shall lok forward to sitting in that garden in October...I cant wait to meet you....I will measure the bags...I also have a winter felted blanket one with some cath K fabric and some lovely vintagegingham from Bruge... its the nices one with hearts and vintage is on a previous post ...they are quite big and sit very nicely on the shoulder...the ones on the post are summer slings..perfect for hot days...will be in touch...

Country Cottage Chic said...

It was lovely to see you & your lovely wares again, just not enough time for leisurely chats though!


BusyLizzie said...

Good to see you again. I am with you, that spiced apple cake was something else!!!!
Lizzie xxx

Helen said...

Glad you had a great day, It takes lots of time and effort to do an event like that, so it's great to be busy!

Kim said...

It sounds like everyone who went to the fair had a most excellent time - it almost makes me regret living in the north! I love your garden pictures, especially the one looking out of the door with the vast canvas of blue sky.
Kim xx

Tracy said...

Hi I am thrilled to have stumbled across your blog and find the papier mache courses and Mad millington to boot I love her work I will deffo be attending those this year.

Corinne Phillips said...

What a fantastic chair! And your house and garden look amazing. What a lucky girl you are! I shall now visit your etsy shop - just in case I missed something at the weekend!!

Vintage to Victorian said...

Hi Jane

Whatever it was, I'm sorry it went before you had a chance to nab it! I was going to email you to see if you wanted the photo. Has it come out OK from the blog? If not I'll send you a copy straight from the computer.

You stand looked lovely and likewise I didn't get a chance to have a proper look. Wish I'd looked at your boats properly. They look super on the photos!

Have already asked Glenda to make another spiced apple cake for November!!!

Sue xx

Niki Fretwell said...

Hi Jane,
Can you believe it was almost a week ago now?? I still think back to the fair with a big smile on my was such an enjoyable day.
Like many have said, there was so little shopping time for us stallholders and I would have loved to have bought one of your angel you think you will be listing one on etsy soon?

Glad you found some goodies at the car boot sale last Sunday...I did the same thing and took my Mum to our local sale...glad I did too as its always fun to seek out MORE vintage treasures ;-))

Have a great w/e

Julia said...

Hello there

The fair sounds amazing, I wish I could have made it but a little too far for me in the landlocked north!
Your home is so pretty, Im glad you are getting in some R&R after your hectic time!

Have a good weekend

Love Julia xxx

Julies Knit Stitch Corner said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time at the fair wish I could have been there. Midge is looking very alert now, what a handsome chap. best wishes Julie.C