Saturday, January 12, 2008

A Fair, a Fairy and a Fantasy Frame!

I have been hand making stock for my website all of this week - I felt the need to catch-up after the Christmas break and so worked hard and achieved quite a lot. Today I needed some time off and what better way to spend a few hours, than at a Vintage Fashion & Textile Fair?!

This one was held in Bristol, only a 20 minute drive from my home, so it was an opportunity not to be missed. The stand above belongs to Bronia, whom you may have read about on other blogs. And below is Liz's stand. It's always a joy to rootle through their lovely vintage goodies!

I was quite restrained with my purse this time(!), but found these lovelies....a swansdown powder puff on a chiffon hanky, some French buttons perfect for my handmade bags, two pretty brooches....

and the gorgeous hatpin with handmade presentation box.
This week I received a stunning collage made by the very talented Dale of 'Sea Dream Studio' that I purchased from her Etsy shop, just before Christmas. The base is a rusty tin tile from an old American farmhouse, to which she has encrusted pale blue millinery flowers and trims.
I adore it! And Dale very kindly sent me one of her soldered brooches too. Thank you!!

During the holidays I decided to make myself one of my fairy dolls, as I didn't own one at all. As I handmake these for my living, I always find it very difficult to justify making things for myself, thinking that I should be making items to offer for sale...If you handmake goods to sell, then I am sure you know what I mean; or is it just me?!
Anyway, I took a few hours to create the doll, dressed in antique lace, jewels and millinery flowers. She now hangs in our living room from a French mirror frame.
A friend of mine gave me the pearl heart decoration as a Christmas gift, so I hung this from the fairy's arm.

Now to get back to some more work!......
Hope you are all having a great weekend,
Niki x


  1. Niki~ I'm so glad the collage arrived and that you like it! Thanks so much for mentioning it here in your charming blog!
    Wish I could have gone to that marvelous fair with you. What wonders you found!
    I love your beautiful fairy doll! She is enchanting!

  2. Hi Niki,
    Lovely finds at the fair, I thought of going to it but even a 1hour drive in weather like this is was too much for this lazybones, plus my purse was telling me not to go! Your fairy is gorgeous, I'm the same with making stuff for myself. One good thing about starting a blog is I'm getting my house in order and making things for myself, so that I'll have something to blog about. Hope you'll be making more fairies for your website some time, I have never been quick enough to get one so far! Yes, the hat was a very fortunate find, wish it was always like that. I don't get to the car boots as often as I'd like due to other Sunday morning commitments, we do have a lunchtime boot sale in town but it's usually genuine rubbish.
    Enjoy your creative weekend,
    best wishes,
    Lucy x

  3. I know what you mean about making items for yourself, I made an apron for my Mum this week as a belated Christmas present, I was tempted to put it on to my website. I did not! My Mum loved it

  4. niki that doll is GORGEOUS! one of these days i am going to own one of your beautiful dolls... =) looks like you had lots of fun shopping at the fair. i can't wait to see what pretties you create from your purchases there. debbie

  5. Jackie M9:47 pm

    You really deserve to have your own fairy doll Niki, you work so hard to give everyone else pleasure, and she is a really gorgeous one. I have the 2 I bought from you hanging in my living room and they make me smile every day, they are so lovely. Enjoy your weekend and don't work too hard. Jackie mx

  6. I love your doll,
    She is so precious!
    Love the collage too...

  7. What! Vintage fashion/textile show, not fair! I didn't get to go and we never have those around here. I'm stompin my feet mad! Oh well, I'm glad you got to go for us and you have some lovely purchases. Your fairy is so pretty and what wonderful presents too! xo, suzy

  8. What fun attending a textile fair! I would have needed to keep my purse strings cemented shut or else I'd spend every penny I had! Your treasures are lovely, as is that stunning collage. Your fairy doll is too sweet for words (I LOVE my two)!

    Thank you for your compliment regarding my photo collages! I did indeed make a few purchases at the antique shop (including an amazing old rhinestone bracelet, and what else, but more vintage photos)! =) Have a lovely weekend!

  9. I love your doll, she's so pretty!! Im the same, so many things I make, I'd love to keep,but I have to be strong!! Some things accidently hang themselves on my wall!!
    I love the collage, it is gorgeous!
    I stopped in at Bristol a couple of years ago, but the only place we visited was the huge cathedral, it was stunning and I'll never forget it,

  10. Your fairy doll is just beautiful, how clever you are.
    I know what you mean about keeping things for yourself, it is just weird isn't it!
    Hope you have had a great weekend
    Alison x

  11. Hi Niki,
    What a great fair!
    Love the collage and charm.
    Your doll turned out amazing.
    Thanks for sharing,

  12. Hi Niki
    What a beautiful fairy. I'm pleased you managed to make yourself something. She is delicious! Love your new finds too and the collage is beautiful. Hope you're enjoying your crafting

  13. A textile fair???!!! Why isn't there one around here? It's better that way because I'd spend way too much money. Looks like you found some wonderful things.

  14. Your doll is lovely and I think it was time that you have one for yourself!

  15. Oh Niki! treasures indeed! and again I am astounded at your talent, that fairy doll is just stunning, clever you!

  16. I am so glad you found Sea Dream, her work is certainly dreamy wonderful. I love what you bought too:).

    Well .... sigh .... what can I say about your fairies. Well I must be close to being your number one fan, though I won't say how many I've got.... not enough LOL!. They are completely enchanting and I still have not changed my blog post cos I like my Christmas fairy so much.

    Your lastest fairy just for you is gorgeous and the heart makes it complete.

    best wishes Ginny

  17. The frame and fairy are Fantastic!
    Sandra Evertson

  18. That is too darling! You do fantastic work.

  19. Anonymous9:44 am

    Hi Niki,

    I love the doll, just beautiful. And your finds at the show, especially those buttons. Lucky you!

  20. Your new fairy is beautiful. You deserve to have one for yourself for sure. But I know what you mean about feeling guilty making items for yourself when you normally sell them. I am desperately trying to finish off some patchwork for myself at the moment but I keep choosing to create items for sale instead as I feel guilty spending the sewing time on something for myself. Very silly really.

  21. Such beautiful things - especially the doll you've created! xo

  22. You make such beautiful dolls and it's about right that at least one stays with it's creator! I'm about to do the same ;)
    Have a lovely year! x
    p.s. would you pass a little kiss to Sasha ;)

  23. She's very very beautiful!


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Niki xx