Have you guessed correctly yet?
Yes, the one and only, very first Vintage and Handmade Fair in Rangeworthy, South Gloucestershire. I have to say, we nearly didn't make it as our car is having a seriously bad day and we had to come off the motorway as it would not get into gear and drive fast enough (ie. more than 40mph)! Not lightly put off and lured by the promise of vintage and handmade goodies (and cakes!) we finally made it. We're holed up in our hotel now which luckily has wi-fi so that I can share the day with you. Whether we get home tomorrow is another matter!
The village hall in which the fair took place was just a nice size to accommodate an interesting array of stalls with lovely goodies. There was a very nice atmosphere at the fair and it was easy to chat to the stall holders and, I am thrilled to say, they were happy for me to take photos for you (so long as they were not in the photos themselves, it seemed!)
Lavender House had a lovely eye-catching display right near the front doors. Luckily, the lady who runs Lavender House lives near the sea in Sussex so was undaunted by the cold air from outside blowing in through the front door! The Munchkin was an eager customer once he spotted the Enid Blyton hardbacked books on sale.
My apologies that I have inadvertantly lost the card for Lavender House so cannot put a link in here. I'll add it if I find one/if anyone can let me know the link.
The next stall we visited had a yummy display of vintage goods. This stall belonged to A Little Bit Vintage. I love those lampshades...and the pansy box...and...
Now I think you might recognise this next lady?
Of course, it is one of the main organisers of the fair, Jayne of Country Cottage Chic. This stall looked lovely. I picked up some very nice items from Jayne, I can't say what exactly as one is going to be a Christmas pressie and I don't want to spoil the surprise. I'm still feeling wistful about Paddington Bear... The handmade cupcakes were also really cute.
Onto the stall of Dairy House Antiques, hmm such gorgeous things on here. I'll let you see for yourself and we had a lovely chat with the owner, too. We shall go and visit her antiques centre near Shaftesbury in Dorset, soon.
Next there was a stall which I believe belonged to one of the ladies who has written the recently published book Sew Fabulous Fabrics. Lots of pretty applique on here.
This stall was very popular with our Wild West loving member of the HenHouse.
This was, of course, the stall of Michele of Cowboys and Custard who along with Jayne, was responsible for organising the fair. The Munchkin couldn't wait to open his little package of cowboy goodies!
Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Time to take a breather? Oh go on then...
There was a selection of gorgeous cakes. I can highly recommend Jayne's tiffin, we bought four pieces to take away with us!
Back to the stall belonging to The Little Wren House Factory. The lady and creator behind this stall was lovely to chat to and obviously very talented. I just loved her felted pieces.
Look at the adorable felted cat on the middle doll's knee...
A pretty cushion...
A gorgeous little blue tit, one of many birds Annie had made.
Well, what can I say? I wasn't the only Hen there!
Can you tell who was responsible for this lovely array of clever papercrafts?
Sal from Devon of course. We enjoyed a good old natter with Sal and her other half. The Munchkin declared Sal's stall to be one of his favourites; praise indeed!
Sal was kind enough to give the Munchkin this lovely pot. Thank you, Sal, that was so kind and he is treasuring it and feeling very special to have his own goodies from the fair.
Onto the stall of a very talented lady. We were so pleased to discover Joanna Twinn's work, it is so fresh and she is very talented. She was happy to chat with us and show us the painting she was working on. We bought lots of her cards.
I also loved this stall which from memory, belonged to/was called "Lucy Bloom". It was a divine mix of vintage pieces and handcrafted items. I bought a lovely tablecloth. I was quite restrained!
Last but not least, the gorgeous bunnies crafted by Nicky of The Vintage Magpie. These are truly beautiful, crafted from vintage fabrics with handknitted and crocheted clothes and accessories. A very talented lady makes these lovely furry friends.
All in all, we had a marvellous time. Well done to Michele and Jayne for organising the fair, a tremendous idea and effort on your part, I hope you feel really proud (and I hope you now have a good rest)! To all the very talented crafts people, thank you, we really enjoyed admiring your work, buying your work and having a chat with such friendly people. Once I'm back home (fingers crossed!) I'll take some snaps to show you all the lovely goodies we bought. Sadly, I'll have to eat the tiffin before then, it's a chore but someone has to do it!
Here's to the next fair...
P.S. Don't forget you can click on the photos to see them a bit bigger and in more detail.