Saturday, April 18, 2015

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who stopped-by my stall today to say hello and make a purchase. 
It was a very efficiently run fair by Liz, Clare and their helpful hubbies! 

Hoping to add some new stock to my on-line shop later next week - it's been a while! 
Enjoy the rest of your weekend,
Niki x

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Spring Vintage Bazaar, Frome.

Just had to check that I have enough stock to display on my stall at the Spring Vintage Bazaar, Frome on Saturday...
Yes, think there's enough there! 
I've been collecting some special items for a while now and have amassed a nice variety...

Here's a closer look....

Lots of lovely vintage details...

A print of local landmark - Glastonbury Tor.

Lots more will be coming besides...
Including some handmade items that I've not shown previously on my blog....
A vintage hand worked tapestry of a cottage and garden, which I've combined with some lovely old Sanderson fabrics to make a cushion. 

The back.
Another cushion with hand worked tapestry panel, this one featuring a bowl of anemones, which I've surrounded with a variety of vintage floral fabrics and unusual hand embroidery. 

The back.
This is Betty Blossom, one of my special one-of-a-kind handmade fairies. I bought the c1930's embroidered fabric which I've used for her skirt, whilst in Guernsey last month. 

I've been covering various little boxes in antique papers to present a variety of vintage brooches. 

These ones hold handmade brooches, which I created from the ends of old wooden cotton reels, with a brooch bar on the back. 

Other boxes contain collections of vintage buttons or sequins. 
Always a very special fair - Hope to see you there!
Niki x

Thursday, April 16, 2015

I Was Once a Centrefold!

This week I have been busy clearing out our attic...
And I came across this old copy of The Sun newspaper. Not a tabloid I would normally purchase(!), but this one from 1970 holds some memories for me...
Turn to the centre pages and I am featured as part of a story about children's first day at school.
 As you can see, I was not at all happy to be there...and I still have some very vivid memories of that day (and of the bearded man taking my photo as I sobbed and sobbed.)
I knew from day-one that school was not a place I wanted to be and there were many more mornings that followed just like this one. I was coaxed and bribed with toys and I remember asking that if I were to play with them, would I then be allowed back home?! 
This morning my daughter heard which primary school has allocated a place to my granddaughter from September...
Thankfully she has been given a place at her first choice...
With her confidence, I'm sure she will settle a lot better than I did! 
Hope it's the same good news for any other Mums out there waiting to hear this morning...
Have a lovely day,
Niki x