Monday, January 21, 2008

More Treasure Hunting.....

It was such a wet weekend again here in the UK, but ever the determined treasure hunter that I am(!), I decided not to miss the antiques fair at Shepton Mallet!
Upon my arrival, I did a quick flit around the outside stands and discovered this beautiful little oil painting on board being sold by my friends, Ken and Jonathan. If you ever get the chance to go to the fair, their stand is scrumptious! When I used to sell at the fair myself, I shared the pitch with them -They always have a large offering of gorgeous French painted vitrines, cushions and lampshades made from vintage fabrics and one-off pieces bought over from France.

I fell in love with the little painting with its reminder to summer days - I think the pink sky sets it off beautifully.

I then headed to another French inspired stand and came away with some stunning fabrics and a handful of tiny ribbon roses, which will be perfect for fairy dolls.

I also bought the handmade sachet for storing handkerchiefs in and some antique braid which I have plans for.... ;-))
It was then time for me to meet up with my friend Helen for a cup of coffee inside one of the halls.
After sitting and chatting for about an hour, we decided it was time to do some more shopping.....
We walked into the main hall where we knew we would find Sue, Liz and Bronia. (You can read more about the trio by visiting Sue's blog.)
Helen very kindly bought the fabulous little boudoir box for me; the blue one with the silk flower on the top - Thank you Helen! x
I bought the Victorian/Edwardian lace pieces and the other little velvet box from Sue. As well as the antique cream silk and lace covered box full of embroidery threads, which I hope to use as inspiration for a new line on my website.
And have you known me go to a fair and not buy vintage costume brooches?!! - I look for them where ever I go, to add to hand made bags and pillows. I found some beauties!

A lovely day, spent with lovely people! - And a great haul to show for it.
I hope you all had a super weekend too!
Niki x


  1. What absolutely lovely finds!
    hugs, bj

  2. Hi Niki

    The lace box looks super in the photo! Thanks for all your purchases. Weren't we a jolly group - I'm so glad Liz and Bronia were opposite.

    You certainly found some other lovely items. No doubt we shall see them 'recycled' soon!

    Sue x

  3. What beautiful finds!
    That gorgeous blue fabric and the braid trim...Oh My! Those are my favorites!
    Can't wait to see what projects you have in store for them.

    Kimberly :)

  4. Well I homed in on those brooches, there are some beauties there. Fairs are great fun but even better when your friends are on the stalls, what a fab day you all had inspite of the weather.

    best wishes Ginny

  5. Hi Niki, well I think you deserved to find all those for braving the storms to get there - just gorgeous!
    Lucy x

  6. I love it all Niki, but I especially love the painting.

  7. hi niki, sounds like you had a perfectly lovely day! what great finds!!! one of these days i AM going to get one of your fairy dolls =) due to the time difference, they are always gone by the time i know you have them listed. hey, do you take special orders by any chance? i would love one done in creams and lavenders. have fun creating! debbie

  8. Gorgeous as always Niki! Too much eye candy for me to take in in one go! Have fun with them all

  9. Now those are FABULOUS treasures! Every haul you show just becomes more scrumptious! And that painting -- my eyes popped and jaw dropped! heehee

  10. I am always in awe of your beautiful finds! Thank you for sharing them with us through your lovely blog photos!

  11. Niki~ Oh, my! What a fruitful shopping trip you had! Makes me want to jet over and join you!!
    Stay warm~dale

  12. Anonymous11:08 pm

    My, what a haul. Those vintage linens and laces look wonderful. And that painting.. ahhhh. I'll have to add 'I wish I'd gone to the fair and bought that painting before Niki saw it' to my blog's 'I wish' list!

  13. Anonymous12:17 pm

    Hi Niki

    I love those ribbon roses and the vintage fabrics ~ so pretty.

    Marie x

  14. Truly truly scrumptious treasures Niki..
    You have a very keen eye for finding beautiful items.
    Once again I missed out on this outing but hopefully will get out to the next one... whenever that is???
    Good to meet up with friends too..
    Sounds like a good day was had by all... Lovely!

    P.s Thank you so much for your pleas on my behalf re: Boni... alas she was not for me but maybe the next one!

  15. Anonymous5:29 pm

    What gorgeous treasures Niki, as Kim says, so much to take in, I shall have to keep returning to study the pictures! I'm intrigued to know what the new line on your website will be? No doubt it will be something beautiful. Jackie Mx

  16. Anonymous7:58 pm

    Gasp! Your finds are wonderful! That French painting in particular! Are you going to sell it by chance?

  17. I found your blog few days ago and stop to say “Hi”! What a lovely collection!


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