Saturday, August 31, 2013

Thank You's...

Firstly, thank you to all who visited my shop on Friday - To those who found it for the first time and those who regularly visit. It was a fabulous day, with a flea market in the town organised by some of the independent shop keepers, that brought crowds flooding to the High Street. The story even made it onto BBC's Points West News at 6pm.  
A fantastic event for Shepton Mallet to build on. 
And secondly, thank you to all who visited my stand at the Vintage Bazaar, Devises today. I'm grateful for all the purchases made! 
The next fair I shall be attending is the Vintage at the Village Hall, Blandford Forum, Dorset on Monday 14th October. Otherwise, I'm always happy to welcome you to my shop on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday, 9.30am to 4pm! 
Enjoy the rest of your weekend,
Niki x

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Devises and a Friday Flea!

I shall be offering my wares for sale at the Vintage Bazaar, Corn Exchange, Devises on Saturday 31st August 2013, 9.30am to 3pm - Admission £1.
(My shop will be closed whilst I attend the fair - Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.)
Some of the items coming with me include...

A flapper style hat stand that I've made using an old doll's head that I bought at an antiques fair over the summer. I combined this with a 30's wooden candlestick, vintage fabrics and a variety of trims to make her as authentic looking as possible.

I've made a collection of 6 fairy dolls, who I have named after British wild flowers this time. Each is accompanied by a page from a damaged (beyond repair!) Observer book...
Wild Celery

Lady's Smock

Red Campion

Germander Speedwell

Sweet Violet

And Lesser Celandine.

This is Octavia - a one-of-a-kind large rag doll. I have dressed her in a patchwork skirt made from vintage Sanderson chintz samples.
And her cosy jacket was created from 4 pure Welsh wool tapestry place mats! 

These two shabby divided boxes needed some help...
I thought they'd make sweet little display shelves in a child's room, so lined the back of each in pages from an old damaged Noddy book.
(So cute!)

The smaller one I gave a coat of paint to first.

The little illustrations left over became greetings cards. 

Sorry, no 'before' photo, but this was one of the c1930's filing drawers. Sadly it was missing one of the drawers, so I lined the inside to create the pigeon hole. I used another damaged book from my supplies for this project, again an old Observer book, this one with beautiful illustrations of British freshwater fishes.

I thought it would make a great storage item on a man's desk.

Next, two mirrors awaited their fate! ;-))
I used scraps of rare antique French fabrics to cover the tatty wooden frames.

A summery cushion is packed ready for the off too...
I used a piece of vintage hand embroidered linen as the main feature, combined with vintage fabrics and a pretty woven ribbon trim.
(The reverse.)
A flowery Sanderson fabric for a handmade hand bag...
with mother-of-pearl button.

I'll have lots of pocket-money priced items too, including these tiny kits, ideal for card making, or just to inspire.
Hope to see you there!

Before all of that, there is to be a Flea Market in Shepton Mallet on Friday. My shop will be open as usual and I'll have lots of pieces on offer both inside and out. Starts at 12 noon. 
Have a lovely weekend whatever your plans,
Niki x