Friday, 22 April 2011

Happy Easter!

Hope you all have a very vintage Easter and don't eat too many chocolate eggs.  I never do - there is no such thing as too many chocolate eggs is there?

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

A Vintage Garden

Sadly this is not my garden; that would be more like a vintage Steptoe's Yard.  This is a local walled garden; which may date back to Tudor times (definitely vintage!)  It is lovingly cared for by volunteers; who plant it up beautifully and always have it looking wonderful.  So instead of pictures of vintage china; I thought I would post some of the photos I took there:

Today the brilliant sunshine and blue skies of the last few days have gone, so it's back to searching out more vintage treasures...

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

A busy vintage weekend

On Saturday, eldest daughter became my faithful assistant at the Think Vintage and Handmade fair in Wolverton, Milton Keynes.  We had a great time there; it was busy for most of the day and we must have grown some new muscles packing and unpacking our stall!

It was great to see Ann and Trevor from the Northampton Vintage Fair and Linda of TabbyRoo.  As usual, I forgot to take any photos until nearly the end; and even then, they were at a very strange angles:

I must improve my photographs; although I have said that before!

On Sunday, my assistant and I went to our local football ground, to a new antique fair and flea market.  I think she was hoping she might see some nice footballers; but no luck!  However, I bought a shoe-box full of old postcards, which I can never resist.  There are hundreds like this:

Then there was a busy Monday, scouring charity shops.  Not too much about, but I did indulge my liking for blue and white stripes and jugs:

Off to enjoy the sunshine now, while it lasts...

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Spring? It must be time for car boots!

Once the daffodils are out; you know it's time for the car boots to re-start.  I haven't been able to get to the local big one yet; as it is on Saturday morning, when I have been attending fairs.  Cue panic mode as I want more stock for a  number of forthcoming fairs! So I was pleased to find a car boot on Sunday; where I was kindly indulged for my Mother's Day treat.  Sadly, not too much for me there; but I did get a few things:

An old gardening book which was a sunday school prize in 1932, a Penguin book on birdwatching, a couple of vintage tins and some handpainted china.

So I've had to fall back on my trusty charity shops and flea markets for vintage treasures.  Luckily, I have found a few:

A gorgeous Margaret Tarrant nativity print (better put that one away for Christmas!)

A lovely old dinner plate with blossom pattern.

A 3-tier china cake stand.  Strangely, I already have cups, saucers and plates in this pattern!  Isn't it funny how similar things crop up once you have got one.  It's like they find you.  Most recently, it has been china dogs:

And then there is the barbola.  After the fire screen which Ann kindly bought at the Northampton Vintage Fair, I have bought a round dressing table mirror; with a lovely barbola decoration on the top.  But can I photograph it?  Can I heck!  Has anyone got any tips on how to take pictures of a mirror?  My reflecton in it did not improve it's looks.

Hopefully, I will get some of these things up to the Think Vintage and Handmade Fair in Wolverton on Saturday (see the flyer on my sidebar for details).