Friday, 26 November 2010

Don't miss the Vintage and Handmade Fair

Well goodness me, I didn't think I was going to be writing this post! Hooray for the broadband-fixer-man who just came and made everything magically work again. So now I can tell you that I've spent my week getting ready for the bestest fair around, the Vintage and Handmade Fair which takes place THIS SUNDAY in Chipping Sodbury, oooh I'm very excited! Now's the time to get all your Christmas shopping done and make sure your nearest and dearest are presented with the best, most beautiful and most original gifts ever. Not forgetting a few well deserved treats for yourself, of course!

On the HenHouse stall, you'll find a selection of gorgeous patchworked notebook covers...

...and some cute patchworked lavender mini pillows with fun coloured bobble trims. Use them to store brooches, scent your drawers, decorate beds and chairs, or for dollies to rest their weary heads as you choose.

Of course, I'm biased but I think I'd very much like to receive one of these on December 25th!

I've also been working on these pretty and practical teacup pin cushions. I had lots of fun choosing the gorgeous vintage fabrics to top the pretty vintage china.

Meanwhile, I've also been at the papercrafts and to accompany my usual selection of popular hand made cards, I have a special Christmas selection.

I've used paper copies of original vintage fabrics as the backdrop and then added detail with lovely vintage festive ribbons and labels which I've been hoarding for a few years now.

I think it's a shame so many people have chosen to forgo Christmas cards, I do love to receive them each day in the run up to Christmas and then displaying them around the house, reminding us of friends and family we can't necessarily be with at Christmas.

But that's not all! Two items which have demanded most of my time recently are these special beauties...

Yes, two most-coveted dolly's rocking cribs, now subject of a full HenHouse make-over with pretty pink paint and rosy transfers and inside, all the gorgeous bedding a dolly can desire...

New clean covered mattresses, cosy flowery flannelette sheets, vintage lace trimmed pillows, vintage satin-edged woollen blankets, pretty vintage embroidered top sheets and finally, proper patchwork quilts made the traditional way with real batting and hand sewn binding. Lucky dollies, eh!

Talking of quilts, special little girls and of course PINK, when my cheeky sister recently asked me "Do you ever make anything without pink in it?" I thought, "Do you know what, I'm really going to give in to my love of pink, let's make something which ONLY has pink in it!"

What fun I had raiding my stash for every pink fabric imaginable. And errrm, there were quite a few. Vintage, modern, floral, polka dotty, they're all there.

This is possibly the pinkest cutest quilt ever, what else could I name it but "Pretty in Pink"?!

Here it is on a king sized bed, we don't have a pretty girl's single bed here at the HenHouse and I didn't think I would be allowed to put it on the Munchkin's bed!

I think I am going to have to make myself a grown-up girl's version of this...

Hopefully, this quilt will find a special home keeping warm a little pink-loving lady.

Ah yes, it's certainly the season for cosy quilts, isn't it and I'll be bringing a selection of fine, handmade ones with me.

Golly, now I had better get everything downstairs ready to pack the car, I still have a cake to make for the tearoom (I think it will be the choc orange loaf cake from Nigella's new book, it's yummy) and believe it or not, I'm also hoping to get the binding on and finish this quilt, a version of the much admired (thank you!) Calico Country quilt, to grace my stall as well.

So, I hope many of you will be coming to join us at this super event on Sunday, please come along and say hello. I hope everybody, fair-going or not, makes the best of the coming weekend.


  1. I been madly making things too do we have both been busy! I Love what you hav made. Everything is so pretty.
    Julie xxxxxxx

  2. Amazing work on your Rocking Cribs! Love the single quilt too - beautiful work as ever! I'm sure you'll see out at the fair! G

  3. Such fabulous things ! hope you have a cracker of a day and return home with an empty car !x

  4. Hope it goes really well - one of these days I shall get to go to one of these! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that you don't get any snow. Just heard it's got to South Wales but none here in Worcestershire, yet...

  5. Gorgeous items as always Helen! Safe journey to Chippers, it looks like it might be an interesting weekend weatherwise... Lizzie x

  6. There are some little girls out there who are going to be jumping up and down with excitement when they receive one of those gorgeous dolls cots on Xmas day!
    Have fun at the fair...wish I could be there. :o)

  7. I ADORE the girly quilt, my little girl would love it! what wadding did you use?, it looks so poofy, not sure I could get that through my machine, was it hand quilted? Dana x x

  8. Wow, you have been busy, these are all such lovely things, I love how you have made the Christmas cards and those cots are amazing! Have a great time at the fair :) Sarah

  9. see you there Hen...lovely things to tempt me..oh dear!!

  10. All your quilts are phenominal Hen, each and every one of them! The dolls cots are wonderful - what little girl wouldn't adore one of those; someone (or 2 of them!) is going to have a very special Christmas receiving one of those. I think when asked 'what do you do'? with out a doubt you can say very proudly that you are a Quilt Maker, because you are indeed. Nothing amateur here. Totally professionally and beautifully made. Every time I see your quilts I just think wow! how does she do it? Wonderful stuff. Good luck with the fair - hope snow doesn't get in the way.

  11. Wow, you have worked so hard! how can you bear to part with all your goodies,? hope you do really well,jennyx

  12. I wish I could go to the fair.What beautiful things you have made and so professional.good luck.Hope it all sells.

  13. What a fabulous cargo you have there Hen.. I just love those little quilts and as for the cards.. oh dear.. I think my own creations have some serious competition! I love the vintagey feel of yours..
    Have a safe journey on Sunday.. hope you've got your sledge ready.

    Michele xx

  14. Beautiful - good luck this weekend - I wish I had a single bed to put the pink quilt on too but unfortunately I think Archie and Hugo would feel much the same way as the Munchkin.

  15. Wow Hen, you've really excelled yourself. Love those cots, some little girls are going to be very,very happy this Christmas.
    Hope lots of people come to the fair and the snow keeps away.
    It is much too far away for me but I'm planning to go the Victorian Christmas Fayre at the Old Hall in Gainsborough.
    Carol xx

  16. Such pretty things Hen! See you Sunday & have a safe journey!

  17. Everything looks absolutely wonderful! Enjoy your craft fair ~Love Heather

  18. Love the patchwork notebook covers!
    And the doll quilts are just too adorable. :-)
    Now that's a blog post filled with pretty.


  19. All of your quilts look lovely. I'm getting the train down from London especially for the fair and bringing my friend from Cardiff along- I can't wait! See you there! xx

  20. Really looking forward to seeing you, your beautiful wares and your lovely boys on Sunday. Have a safe journey x

  21. Wish I was going to be there's all to die clever girl!!

  22. It is just about killing me to live all the way over in the LAND OF OZ, as I feast my eyes upon those COTS! They will be snapped up immediately at the fair. Best of luc, Tracy

  23. Your teacups/pincushions are to die for!
    Hope the day went really well.

  24. Oh my your work is really fantastic, you will make some little girls happy. Great you got the broadband repaired. Good luck at the Fair. I love Christmas cards (sending and recieving). I have to go and create something all your work has inspired me to get up and create. Hugs, Margie.

  25. Hi Hen. I hope you are well and enjoying the snow - even Cornwall has a little for once! Keep warm and have fun x

  26. Hope it goes well Hen, it all looks wonderful.....and pink!

  27. All of your things look beautiful! You are an inspiration to me xox

  28. I've loved pouring over your blog tonight. Wonderful projects that make a house a home!

  29. this is the prettiest blog post i have seen in a while! you have made so much loveliness !


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