This morning, having woken up horribly early at 5.30am, I'm treating myself to a "power smoothie" to try to give me some energy. Hmm...
It's basically the very ripe contents of the fruit bowl with some oats and milk thrown in, whizzed in a blender. Yummy actually. As for the power, well we'll see!
Thanks to all those of you who took the time to comment on my last post all about our fabulous weekend on the Severn Valley Railway. The railway runs this 1940's themed weekend twice a year and the good news is that if you fancy it, the second weekend starts tomorrow so don your best frock, dust off your hat and head on down to one of the stunning stations along the line. We stayed in Bewdley which is a charming little town. It's looking rather lovely here in the evening sunlight as we strolled along the river after a very big and fab dinner (at The Little Packhorse).
As I say, it's a very picturesque spot, we have never had the chance to look at Bewdley much itself as our jolly on the railway inevitably takes up the whole weekend.
We have promised ourselves another visit, maybe over the holidays when we can have a better look round.
It's fair to say though, that even on a gentle stroll to the pub, you pass really gorgeous sights.
I think Kaffe Fassett would like this window (the photo doesn't capture the gorgeous colours).
I also spotted this shop which declared that it has 800 rolls of fabric. Yummy! To my dismay (and Mr HH's relief) it was shut. It was 9pm after all.
And the best bit is the fantastic place we have found to stay. We have been lucky enough to stay here for the last two years. Just the most stunning Georgian house...
Mmm yes, pick your chin up off the floor!
The house is also surrounded by the most beautiful gardens.
The interior is equally as lovely and immaculate and the hosts very amenable indeed.
I cannot recommend highly enough that if you ever visit the area (and you should), you stay here. Just don't pinch our room!
And now, the reason for all this exhaustion (aside from that fab but tiring weekend on the railway). Well, it's about as good a reason as there is and of course, tomorrow is finally the long awaited first-ever Textiles Fair brought to you from the original and best Vintage and Handmade gang.
So I've been a busy little Hen. I haven't mocked up a trial stall this time as I find it so exhausting! I did however, take a few snaps to show you what I have been up to...
My guest room has been looking rather fetching (until everything was packed away yesterday!) I'm thinking I should rename my little enterprise "Cushions Galore"! Well, you can never have too many cushions...
This little lot are now all ready to find new homes. There are two large square vintage fabric patchworked cushions along with two rectangular versions this time. They would look so fab in this room, actually, in front of either pillow on the bed. Hmm...
I've also had a go at a new patchwork technique. As you can see, the cushion front below is made up of traditional hexagons but they are machine pieced in half hexagons, a bit of a quicker take on English paper piecing. To be honest, it was still extremely time consuming and I kept losing track of which half to sew to which other half! Ah well, got there in the end and the result is rather pretty in all these 1930's style fabrics. It is hand tied with perle cotton to quilt it to natural cotton batting.
I found a tutorial for this in blogland and a lovely (and clever) lady on Flickr was kind enough to email me the required templates. Thank you very much indeed.
And these... oh this little (big) pair have been giving me headaches this week. That's what I get for trying a shape other than a square. In fact, I have made bolster cushions before but a verrrry long time ago so it was an effort to get the grey matter working! But I delved into my stash to cut into two gorgeous vintage floral cottons I've never used before and am so pleased with the result...
Now please excuse the light in these next few photos as it was rather dark when I was packing away last night. There's more lovely bunting available, this time in possibly "pretty rather than flea market" fabrics, hence I didn't take long to come up with the title "Pretty Chic Bunting"!
Also time-consuming little labours of love, are these mini heart samplers. Each heart is "fussy cut" from gorgeous vintage fabrics and hand appliqued with a variety of beautifully coloured perle cottons to vintage cotton backing (and batting). The whole piece has been hand quilted too and finally placed in a vintage frame.
I decided to make the last one (of the three) into a little wall hanging. It is made up just like a quilt, with a rosy backing and hand sewn binding with a little vintage velvet ribbon hanging loop to finish.
Now possibly the piece de resistance. Do you remember this sorry little item? Well it has now been treated to a full HenHouse makeover.
Yes, the double dolly beds are now looking decidedly more lovely, with their mattresses covered in rosy print fitted sheets, gorgeous vintage fabric top sheets (taken from a French child's duvet cover) and of course, there are embroidered pillowcases for dolly to rest her pretty little head! And no dolly bed is complete without its very own 1930's style patchwork quilt, all patchworked and hand bound with love! Times two, of course.
So, with the help of the ever-capable Mr HH, the car is packed to the gunnels. Hmm, I think we're going to have to get a van!
So, just to remind you, the Vintage and Handmade Textiles Fair is taking place in the lovely Cotswolds town of Chipping Sodbury tomorrow, in the Old Grammar School from 10am until 4pm. Plenty of free parking, other lovely shops in the town and of course, if that's not enough, there's always the vintage tea room for which I will be contributing these (and a few more!)
We really hope to see you there tomorrow...