So this time, I thought I had better have a trial run of my stall for tomorrow's Vintage and Handmade Fair as I had made some different items and had some new "props" and wondered how it was all going to work. It's a fairly exhausting exercise, putting everything out to pack it all away again and then do it all tomorrow but it takes the guess work out of things on the day so I have longer once I am finished setting up to "make myself smart" (after that early start) and mooch the other stalls. Never mind, it's my twice yearly chance to play shop keeper!
So the patchwork cushions turned out rather nicely, such a wrench to pack them away! The patchwork cover is tied onto cotton quilt batting and I have hand quilted round the heart appliques using pretty perle cottons. All the fabrics are vintage. Scrumptious! Perfect for a bed or armchair as a focal point (dahling!)
You may have spotted a pink-painted item just in the corner of that last photo. I have managed to get one pink crib ready for the fair. Never say never, but each time I do one, I say "never again"! This time especially so, as I was outside painting when it was seven degrees the other day. When I came in over four hours later, I couldn't feel my hands. Awwww!
There was no way I wanted to alter the lovely original paint finish on this duck egg crib so I have concentrated my efforts on making gorgeous bedding with vintage cottons and woollen blanket and a traditional patchwork mini quilt and it looks a treat I think. It's also smaller, if space is of a premium in little lady's boudoir.
Continuing a cute theme, there are plenty of owls and bunny teds coming along for the ride.
Of course, plenty of brooches too. I find it hard to sit still and do nothing and brooches are the perfect answer. Never can understand why I get so many funny looks on the Tube!
On a glamorous note, I've very much enjoyed making these "ball gown" clutch bags; I call them that because their pleats remind me of 1950's ball gowns. And so I decided that I would make them using vintage fabrics too, many very reminiscent of the '50s. Mad Men eat your heart out! Perfect to jazz up that perennial fave, the LBD. I agonised over choosing a complementary vintage brooch from my collection to enhance each one but then I realised it gave me the perfect excuse to go out looking for more. Winner! It also gave me the chance to use some fabrics which wouldn't sit well in my regular patchworks, those with darker hues which are so beautiful and striking.
On the pink shelves, there are the favourite vintage china cups fashioned into pin cushions and delightfully scented candles. Behind them you can hopefully see my latest covered notebooks, this time with crazy patchwork covers made using vintage fabrics. There are also some cute dinky pin cushions, perfect stocking fillers maybe, mainly in divinely pretty Japanese fabrics.
Up on top, a pair of feedsack felines (the black one is my absolute favourite, eek) is keeping a collaged applique picture company. A lady bought one of these pictures at the last fair for her grandaughter's nursery, who was yet to be born back then; I hope I get to catch up with her tomorrow. There's a lovely green vintage plates cake stand, too. We have three available with various patterns and colours.
Finally, most of today has been spent on these little peg dollies, fashioned as fairies resplendent with silvery wings, along with ditsy patterned dresses, net underskirts and a final flourish of vintage lace and paper millinery flower. So cute! I have painstakingly hand painted each one but had the most fun today, deciding on their frocks and accessories! Ah, you can never take the girl out of me.
The afternoon drew in so quickly and I was still adding things to the shelves!
Until I finally had to admit defeat when Mr HH came home to pack up the car for me!
I hope to see many of you good folk at the fair tomorrow. One really important point of note is that you will not find us in our usual position. This time, you will find our stall still in the main hall but at the end of the left hand wall, in the corner. Opposite I suppose, where you may have visited us before. Do say hello, it's what really makes the day! I know that so many people will not be able to come; I hope you've found a little inspiration and visual pleasure in this post anyhow. I will be stocking my Etsy shop next week to allow virtual shopping wherever you are. Sales plug over!
And now, glass of wine in hand (that's why my typing was so dodgy!), it's time for a little rest, a spot of Foyle's War on the telly and goodness knows what to eat. Ahhhh, lovely. Have a wonderful weekend, whatever you get up to...