Friday, October 29, 2010

Vintage Bazaar - Frome

The Vintage Bazaar, Frome, will take place tomorrow from 9am until 3pm, at The Cheese & Grain. More details can be found on the website here.

There promises to be a wide range of stallholders, so hopefully there will be something for everyone, from vintage goods, costume, handmade crafts, to festive delights. (Just to confirm, my shop will be closed on the Saturday, whilst I attend this fair with my ever willing assistant - Hubby!)
I've not had time for a mock-up of my stall beforehand, but hopefully I shall get most of the items that I'm taking, somewhere on the table!
I shall be going for a slightly festive feel, alongside some of my usual handmade items that would make ideal stocking fillers.
I have a lovely painted over-mantle mirror...I'm not sure how I shall use it on my stall, so it may end up propped up on the floor!...eek!...I've hung from it, the two WWII hand knitted socks that I found this month, as festive stockings with a twist.


I've made a few bottle/brooch pieces, in Christmassy colours...

And some handbags from antique fabrics for the party season.

My rag dolls include Joy...

- She is a Guardian Angel. I created her wings from a wooden French cupboard pediment, which I bought a month or so ago from friends who regularly travel to the French markets.

She's dressed in pure white lace and linens, with a few vintage sparkles.
Next is Unity - A patriotic girl in her red, white and blue ensemble.

Hollie is patiently waiting for Christmas in her party gear...I made her skirt from one of my precious antique Scheurer fabrics! ;-))

Her angora jacket will keep out the winter's chill.

There's a noisy gaggle of fallen angels that have been causing all sorts of mischief in my basement workroom!...As each one was completed, they were hung from the branches of my twiggy tree.

I've come up with 10 unique girls, each one is dressed in antique lace and trims, and are a labour of love.

Just hope I can get them to the fair safely, as who knows what they'll get up to together! ;-))
Would you like to meet them?

There are two very well behaved angels amongst them, of the non-fallen variety(!), who will hopefully keep the rest in line...

Moving on...Last count, I'd made twenty two brooch pillows - That's a lot of vintage brooches I've had to find...
There's a few with a Christmas theme...
I was so happy to find this little gilt holly leaf brooch last Sunday...Don't you just love it when exactly the right thing comes along for your creations?
There are several with gorgeous glamour girls printed from old French postcards, that I love to use in my work...
And I thought I'd try a few using photographs that I'd taken of transfer printed Victorian china...Complete with crazing in the glaze.
Posy brooches finish off this sweet selection.
I used larger china posy ornaments to create this swag of flowers across the top of a dressing table mirror...
I shall be wrapping this up well for its journey in the car; these take about a month for the putty to dry out, so I've been waiting a while for this one to be finished.
Other dressing table accessories include this china set that I made-over with antique lace.
And I made the little bags by recycling a piece of antique quilt.

Flowers trim an old perfume bottle and a c1930's cocktail glass.
I've had a lot of fun making some large flower hair clips from antique velvet and tulle, and smaller hair or lapel pins using a variety of vintage millinery flowers, net, velvet ribbons and diamante buckles.
The dressing up continues with some fancy stands for your favourite hats. I've used c1930 doll faces to make them, and added velvet cloche hats and appropriate vintage adornments to give them an authentic look inspired by the original boudoir hat stands of the flapper era.
Again, each one is unique.

A variety of cushions include a Barkcloth floral and a C19th French quilt fabric example.
Smaller stocking filler gifts are packed and ready for the off...
There are antique/vintage china cups filled with an assortment of old buttons...
Vintage fabric rag ribbons wound around wooden bobbins...
Sewing repair kits, complete with handmade pin cushions...
And chapel candles wrapped in bags made from antique lace.

Lavender sachets filled to busting...

And chandellier charms to hang from your Christmas tree, around your neck on a length of ribbon, or from a key in a pretty cabinet perhaps?

They come in a choice of French fabric backed, or fine white lace.
A few other items that are in my shop at the moment may also find their way onto my stall...
I realise there is more than enough here though...I know I've got a lot of stock, but this coming week is a very full one. After the Vintage Bazaar, there is the Victorian evening in Shepton Mallet, to celebrate the premier showing of the BBC history based documentary. (I shall be open late on that evening). Belinda has been regularly adding lots of info to her blog about the programme if you are interested.
Then on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th November, I shall be at the Compton House Shopping Event at Axbridge, (more details can be found on my website) with a little help from my Mum, who is coming to stay for a few days.
All this, and I need to keep my shop stocked for the run up to Christmas too.
Hope to see you at any of the above if you can make it.
Niki x


  1. Niki, my admiration for you knows no bounds! Have a fab. financially fun time. You certainly deserve it. LLX

  2. Lots off beautiful your works. You are a true inspiration.....

  3. What a huge amount of work you have done. You have created so many lovely things. Hope it all goes well for you tomorrow.

  4. oooo see you tomorrow!

  5. Anonymous12:31 pm

    Niki, you really are talented. You manage to beautify everything.

  6. Niki
    I am so glad that I don't have the stall next to me, yours will be looking exquisite.
    T X

  7. What a fantastic stock, Niki! I am so sad that I can't come in the near future. I wish you buoyant sales in Frome and plenty of happy customers! Love, Anke

  8. I love all your "stock"! Your angels are wonderful and so individually different. Where do you find all the time? It looks like you never sleep, yet create such lovely items. You should do well at your sales. <3 Terri

  9. Anonymous6:35 pm

    I love the stocking and pillows!! Wish I could go!

  10. Hi Niki!
    Your creations are a dream!
    Very compliment! ;o))
    I dream tomorrow of being in Frome with you ...sigh!
    A dear greeting, Maria.
    (With translator)

  11. I enjoyed the Bazaar very much this morning and I thought your stand was the best one! I wrote about it on my blog as well. Sorry, did not buy anything, too busy around you, but I will come to the shop, as I am not too far away:)I love your dolls!

  12. You are SOOOOOO talented and imaginative! I have been collected broken flower ornaments for a while, with the dream of surrounding a mirror - but now I have enough - PLEASE tell me how I chip them off without breaking them. Durr Fleur - shudda though ahead...



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Niki xx