Thursday, May 29, 2014

New Faces

A faded beauty lay amongst the tantalising treasures displayed on Lizzie and Jack's stall at the Shepton Mallet Antiques Fair a few weeks ago...
She would have experienced better days in her past, without doubt, but now lay a little forlornly on the table, with her sawdust filling falling from the torn muslin which partially covered the back of her head...
Her wig was gone...(not to mention her body!)
But her pretty blue eyes still shone bright...
So with this glimmer of hope, I purchased her from Lizzie and took up her challenge 'to do something with her'. (In case it isn't clear from my photos, she is almost life-size.)
I made her a royal blue velvet cloche hat to match her eyes, trimming it with an antique metal-thread braid, authentic beaded motif from the flapper era, and some antique dyed feathers salvaged from an old hat.
I gave her blue silk thread curls and finished her with a collar made from c1920's wired ostrich feathers and a diamante rose clip.

I then attached her to a wooden Deco ashtray stand, which I had bought on our last visit to Exeter from Otto's.
She makes a true statement piece hatstand, standing at approx 85cm tall and would look fabulous on a dressing table or as a decorative feature in a millinery shop. 

Greta Nissen - Source
More faces now...
I've been making some new 30's style powder puffs using vintage velvets and authentic trims...

Two sizes; large...
and small...

All will be coming with me to the Vintage & Handmade Spring Fair, Chipping Sodbury,
on Saturday 31st May.

I have lots of vintage faces looking for new homes too! :)
My summer fairy folk include 5 new gals...



And Apple Blossom.

I'll have plenty of 'smalls' on offer too, such as these handmade greetings cards. 

All made from fragments of antique French fabrics and lace. 

Cute little wool pincushions.

There will be lots of big cushions...

And an assortment of vintage treasures such as this original watercolour painting from the Deco era. 
Hope to see you at the fair!
Niki x


  1. Great transformation, Niki! I look and look at that face and cannot find of whom she reminds me. But the blue around her suits her well and she looks stunning on her stand!
    Have a successful fair - wished I could be.

  2. I love what you did with the head.
    She does have beautiful eyes.

  3. Everything is so pretty! Your's is one of the few blogs I have to look through all the photos in the larger mode to make sure I don't miss any details! Because every detail is so very charming! :)

  4. What a feast for the eyes!!
    Your fairy creations are just wonderful
    Louise xx

  5. How beautiful she is now. Oh how I wish I could come to your fair, for I would grab up some of your dollies! Sigh! Will you ever make your lovelies available for shipping to the U.S.?

  6. I love the little pincushions and cards,my favourite is the watercolour painting of the Pansies.Wishing you a good weekend,Pam

  7. You certainly did give that poor forlorn head a new and stunning lease of life! I knew that you were the girl for the job! Have a lovely week. Lizzie x


Thank you for finding the time to visit me...
Niki xx