So, last week, having spent what I decided was an unreasonable amount of time cooped up indoors avoiding the snow, I decided to do something new. Crikey! So on Wednesday morning, I collected up the quilt I was working on and set off to a local town to do something I'd always meant to do but just never got round to. Do you know the feeling?
I was headed here, a crafty shop called Stag and Bow, which opened up a couple of years ago and I've previously dropped in for a natter now and then but never been to their open crafty morning on Wednesdays. Why not? I really do not know!
Well now I'm in the swing of things, so today I packed up my bag again, and my cake this time, and off I set.
Inside, the shop is lovely with a definite vintagey feel. There's a large table in the middle where crafty folks can sit and chat and well, craft, obviously.
A most inviting scene awaited, the tea warming in the pot with a hand knitted cosy atop, vintage china and cake and biscuits.
The surrounding walls are filled with lovely haberdashery and craft items and also, the work of talented local people which is for sale.
What a treat, to sit awhile with like minded folks, partake of a little Victoria Sponge, and chat and make all things crafty, whether your poison be knitting, beading, patchwork or quilting (and anything else besides). I've finished the quilt I was working on last week so I took my trusty hexys. The never ending project!
Once I'd eaten my cake (priorities and all that), I did manage quite a bit of sewing but I couldn't help looking at all the loveliness around me.
The owner, Pascale, is clearly a very capable crafty lady and the shop offers a whole array of workshops taught by various other talented individuals. As such, there is much on offer to buy here, from yarn to pom pom trim, fabric to bias binding, feathers to buttons. Bias binding was what I needed today and it was so nice to be able to buy it locally.
There's a shelf very high up which looks to be full of Liberty Tana lawn so I am saving that for a future visit.
I LOVE these old shop counters. Even more so when they are full of haberdashery, quite a bit of it vintage.
Around the shop, every available surface is attractively and thoughtfully decorated. Always something to inspire...
Beautifully made things...
Wednesdays shall never be the same again...
P.S. Charlie Boy was quite overwhelmed by all your lovely messages on his guest post, thank you so much. His furry head is really rather large now so fitting through the cat flap might pose a problem!