What are you waiting for? Through the gate (Mr HH was so impressed by this railway sign!)
Through the rather attractive front door...
Where are we going, Hen? We're going here, to open house chez Donna, doyenne of the most marvellous vintage fabrics.
Hang on a minute. There are even goodies on the lawn!
But I'm too impatient, the goodies on the lawn will have to wait. A girl has to get her priorities right. I need fabric, and I need it now!
But first, Donna is going to tease me with vintage titbits in the hall...
There are lots of vintage clothes here. Loving that fake fur coat!
I remember seeing one of these basket bags (on the right of the photo) at the '40's weekend we went to and all the vintage stall holders were oohing and aahing over it so it's obviously a covetable piece.
In this corner, were some lovely vintage children's toys and all manner of collectable goodies.
I can wait no longer and find myself in what is usually Donna's living room. Who needs telly when you have fabric?! Where to look first? My eyes are darting like action man!
First up though, if a girl's going to fabric shop (for 3 hours!), she needs to make sure her men are happy first (ie. not distracting her from the matter in hand). Mr HH seeks out Donna's lovely cosy kitchen...
The Munchkin is invited into the playroom and doesn't come out again until it's time to go!
Where were we? Fabric? Living room? The bit in the bay window first because it's a big room and there's a lotta fabric!
Divine quilts and bedspreads...
Aaarrgghh, quick, oxygen: I see eiderdowns!
To one side of the "bay window area" is this table groaning with seriously lovely Sylko drawer sets and all manner of dinky and delicious haberdashery bits 'n' bobs.
On the other, is some lovely fabric and printed cloths to get your mitts on. They are atop a lovely patchwork quilt that Donna is making. I spent ages drooling over the fabrics in it!
There are more shelves laden with vintage fabric of the most delectable variety!
On the other side of the room, a lovely vintage screen is home to some gorgeous pairs of vintage curtains and on the table in the centre, are Donna's scrap bags and oodles of fat quarters. Let me at'em!
I have a good armful of larger pieces of vintage fabric before I even spot the fat quarter section. Lucky that Donna's delightful mum is on hand to whisk my purchases to one side, leaving my hands once more dangerously free, though I did suggest to Donna that she might get some trolleys for us for next time!
I know, you need to see them even closer...
It's those curtains again.
Round the room, are other lovely items to catch your eye; pretty frocks and fabby flags.
Through into the "inner sanctum" (Donna's gorgeous home keeps on going!), I am stopped in my tracks by the wall of vintage haberdashery drawers groaning with fabric all beautifully stored away and organised. If you have bought some fabric from Donna online, it has probably come from here. There's also a rail of cute children's clothing.
On the opposite wall, the window is framed by gorgeous rosebud chintz curtains and the bookcase is home to some cosy-looking granny blankets.
How can I convey to you how much I enjoyed the day? To be immersed in that much gorgeousness was a real treat. Add to that that all the things you are seeing and fondling are true vintage pieces, it's a special event. Of course, I also met some lovely people who were happy to wax lyrical about sewing and fabric which was really enjoyable too, and then there was Donna herself, everything I thought she would be; warm, chatty, knowledgeable, dressed in a stylish rose-print floral dress. She even let me into her sewing room, her very own den, and showed me some other goodies. As I remarked to my other half, oh to live round the corner!
So, three hours (truly) later, the cheque book a bit the worse for wear but laden with bags of seriously scrumptious stuff, I collect my boys and off we set. A couple of hours later, back at our cosy cottage, it's my favourite time; that moment where you arrive home from your trip and unpack all your goodies around you to "have a play". And when it's accompanied by Somerset's finest cider and a roaring fire, what more can you ask for?!
If you weren't lucky enough to make it to Donna's open house, console yourself with a trip to her website and the virtual world of vintage fabrics. You won't be disappointed. Thank you, Donna, for a truly fabulous and memorable time.