Thursday, April 02, 2009

A Springtime Jaunt

Once again the springtime Ilminster Textile fair has come around again. I visited the beautiful old Meeting House yesterday with hubby. He headed straight for the cafe and a bacon bap(!) and I was left to enjoy the fair.

Inside was a tantalising array of vintage loveliness! Our friends Lizzie and Donna both had beautifully presented stands there, with antique and vintage fabrics and notions to tempt the buying public. I also met a fellow blogger for the first time; Isabelle was chatting to the sweet Ros from 'The Snug' in Ashburton and I was eavesdropping(!) - I thought she must be Isabelle so said hello! Sue was there finding some beautiful stock too - definitely a blogger's playground!

This is a small part of Ros's stand with all it's deliciousness!

After making some purchases, I met up with hubby again for a quick cup of tea, then we left Ilminster. We had been invited to lunch at my Aunt and Uncle's house, who live less than 15 minutes from the town centre.
They live in a beautiful stone house, converted from an old coach house. They have just decided to put it up for sale, as they wish to move to be nearer family in Essex...if all goes ahead, they will be a lot further away from us next time, so it was wonderful to catch up with them over lunch.

When we got back home, I unpacked my purchases from the fair...

French fabrics and monogrammed tapes, velvet strawberries and millinery flower, as well as the lovely lady looking very Marie Antoinette. (Talking of which, have you seen the wonderful giveaway that Ginny is offering everyone a chance to win on her blog, in honour of Marie?)

Silk and velvet ribbons, lace and trims, a sweet velvet trinket box and

Victorian Valentine cards.

Yes, a very productive and enjoyable day...
Back to the sewing machine for me now - enjoy the rest of your week,
Niki x


  1. I would have loved to go to this, especially as it's only a few miles from our cottage. Sadly, they always seem to be on Wednesdays, grrr! I've enjoyed my "virtual visit" via your pics, thanks very much. Lovely goodies you found.
    Hen x

  2. Hi Niki
    Thanks for you your lovely comments on my blog which I have just replied to. I was so pleased top be able to meet you at last! It was a lovely venue and the selection of items for sale was all so very tempting as you say. I could have spent a LOT more but had to stop somewhere! You have bought some beautiful things! Really like the cards which I saw outside and of course the lovely lady...:-)
    Glad you had a good afternoon with your Aunt & Uncle.
    Take care
    Isabelle x

  3. What a lovely time you had and thanks for showing pictures, all the things look lovely. I would have gone if it was a bit nearer, I like the comment about hubby leaving him with a bacon bap and a cuppa. That is just what I do with mine when I go to the craft show. best wishes Julie.C

  4. Oh what a fab day!
    I would love to have gone too.

    But I can nip down to Ashburton whenever I that makes up for it...almost!!


  5. Sounds like a wonderful day for you. Love what you brought back with you, especially the gorgeous flower and Marie.

  6. Such gorgeous finds!! Sounds like you had a lovely day!!

  7. Hi Niki I love the roses around this post ... gorgeous!

    thank you so much for your comment on my Marie Day post and to me mention me here:0) x

    You have picked up some beauties at the fair.

    I look forward to catching up with you in May ... can't wait!!

  8. All such lovely finds, Niki! I do love those Valetntines; how romantic!

  9. Sounds like you had an amazing day..I love all the pictures...There were so many beautiful things... Everything you picked up is just BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!

  10. Wonderful finds Niki. Looking forward to seeing what you make of them.

    It was really lovely to see you yesterday x

  11. MAN! The sales going on around the country!!
    They look like they are successful too...wondering though- are the prices going up for items, or going down?

  12. Such beautiful finds, as always Niki! I especially love the strawberries. ;) Looks like it was a perfectly lovely day!

  13. Nicki you always find lovely pieces and it must have been great to catch up with family,by the way i am having a give away you might want to stop by best wishes Pat

  14. Yes, very productive and fun! Pinkie

  15. Ooh, lovely vintage treasures. Everything looks so tempting. I will definitely try and get to one of these events at some point in the future, when I can have a day to myself. Can't wait to see what you create with all of your purchases!

  16. Oh I do love that pink French fabric with roses that you purchased - and - those lovely tapes, too!
    One day I will be able to attend more of these fairs and then we will need another room at the house!

  17. Sounds like you had a wonderful day. Love the stone house. Was it once part of an estate?

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Niki xx