Friday, 9 July 2010

Cause for Celebration ...

They say there is no peace for the wicked which makes me think I must be a very bad girl ..
I naively thought that after the vintage textile fair last Saturday, that life might just slow down a bit.. but NO.. not a bit of it.. and no sooner had we washed up the last tea cup and swept away the remaining cake crumbs.. than Jayne and I were busy chatting about the next fair in November and ticking off the days already!

Last Saturday was a grand day.. a great gathering of kindly folk bringing their beautiful vintage textile wares and purses to the event. The sun shone, the people smiled and the tea flowed, lots of cake was consumed (not just by me) .. in fact a bit of a cake fest was going on in the kitchen as you can see..

It was a cosy affair.. make that Fair... where our wonderful team of ladies and gentlemen, set up their stalls laden with a fine display of vintage textiles, haberdashery, French linens, knitting paraphernalia, vintage clothes, cushions and a lot more besides...

We welcomed new members to the V & H family and opened the doors to new visitors.. and when Jayne and I closed the door at 5.30 p.m and heard the door click behind us.. we felt a great sense of contentment, that a good day had been had by all !
To capture the mood and sights of the day, go and see the photos at Vintage & Handmade blog.

In fact this last week or so has seen a lot to celebrate and there is more to come..

On a particularly sublime summer day in June ... Mr Custard and I set off to meet a new friend and customer in Abbotsbury.. a place I had only ever seen on the map and coincidentally on BBC Spring Watch that week.
We arrived in the chocolate box pretty village to be greeted most warmly by Rachel, her husband and their very bouncy, four-legged friend, Martha. In fact we really felt like we were meeting up with old friends.. the conversation flowed whilst we sat in Rachel's beautiful kitchen and I tried to resist..(but failed) the plate of freshly baked scones sitting on the table ..winking at me!
An hour or so later we had to drag ourselves away.. but it was a painful extraction.. to leave these lovely folk and this scene behind us as we turned our car home..

The whole purpose of this visit was to deliver some of my greeting cards to Rachel for her brand spanking new gallery .. Lazyhill Gallery located just a hop and a skip from the coast in Abbotsbury and beautifully furnished with some of Britain's finest artists and makers merchandise.

If you are heading south to Dorset this summer.. please, please go and say hello to Rachel in her beautiful new gallery. I can guarantee that you will not come away empty handed!

She would love to meet you and is a bit of a blog lurker on the sly so probably already knows you! Forgive me Rachel.. but I have nicked your photos as they are so much better than mine..

We are definitely due another visit.. and hopefully next time we won't have to leave in such a hurry.

One more excuse to crack open the elderflower bubbly (which incidentally is very,very bubbly and threatening to explode all over my utility room) is Milly & Dottie's appearance in the pages of Vogue magazine this week.. Yes.. we have finally made the catwalk as vintage models!!!
Joking aside.. Milly & Dottie have made it onto the Sewing Guide pages and we are tickled pink.. as you can see!

The emporium is full of lovely new, or should I say old.. vintagey old, items.. and Haberdashery is just one of the departments with new stock on the shelves..

This gorgeous little dressing table would be a perfect home for all your buttons and beads!

So as you can see, there have been many reasons to be cheerful this week.. with just one more to come.. when my darling boy turns sixteen this Saturday! Now that will require some bubbles!


Josie-Mary said...

wow you've been very busy!
The fair looked great, I really take my hat off to you & Jayne. How have you still remained friends??!!!! It's very stressful. x

Bobo Bun said...

...and stop to take breath. Wow Michele busy isn't even the word for it. It all sounds very exciting and fulfilling - what a great post.

Now 16 that sounds a good age to be. Have a wonderful celebration all of you.


Ragged Roses said...

Mmmmmm I spy custard creams but not a meringue in sight .... Reasons to celebrate indeedy! Crack open the bubbly darling will be over in the balloon in half a tick, us catwalk models need our liquid diets!
Big birthday hugs to H

Anonymous said...

The far looked like it was a success!!! Can't wait to join you at an upcoming event!

Sadie at Flea xxx

KC'sCourt! said...

I am definitely going to try and get to one of these Fairs!
Julie xxxxx

The Little Vintage Company said...

I hope Milly and Dottie don't indulge too much into the celebrity lifestyle!!

Well done M!!


whitney-anne said...

Ah yes - " no peas for the wicked, no carrots for the dammed"! Wonderful that you are so productively busy.

Vintage Fairy Tales Rebecka said...

Bring on the bubbles, you deserve them!
Have a great weekend

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

WOW! look at the fair! so many pretty goodies to see and the cakes were sooo delish! but one thing I like about your post is the signate at the door, where it says where there is tea, there is hope.. i think the saying were super!

Clare said...

fantastic Michele!Your post on my blog sounds exciting about the hats..what a shame about the moths..were they unsaveable? Loved the fair although I spent far too much!

Lyn said...

What a lovely looking fair-and those cakes.....mmmmmm

jane and the happy crow said...

What a lovely gallery, I bet your wonderful cards will sell well in there. I am so pleased that the textile fair was such a great day you never know before long you may be running a fair every month!! Well done Millie and Dottie you catwalk queens! Your emporium is a delight to browse. I love the little dressing table I have on to sell too, saving it for Homespun. We will have some postcards soon, would you like any? Lots of love Jane xx

Vintage to Victorian at Dairy House Antiques said...

Hi Michele

So sorry I couldn't be at the Fair but it was obviously a brilliant success - how could it be anything else?!!

How lovely that you've 'found' Abbotsbury. I love it there, having visited so many times over the last 30-odd years. Next time you go you must also visit the Dansel gallery and if you have enough time, the Tropical Garden is a joy.

Shall certainly make sure I say hello to Rachel on our next visit.

Sue xx

Gemma Mortlock said...

I hope you had a great sweet sixteen celebraton!
and i love that little gallery my idea of heaven.

Lucy@Corset Laced Mannequins said...

congrats with making!! Those cakes look soo good and I'm trying to be a good girl and not let anything that tasty pass my lips....will resist! Lucyxx

Garden Girl said...

Where for art did thou get thou Where ther's tea there's hope poster??? I need one!

Louise said...

I must say I've always been rather taken with Abbotsbury. I'd imagine it sees its fair share of visitors. A display of your cards will look just the ticket in the gallery. x

PS. I hope H had a very happy 16th birthday.

A Time to Dance said...

The Gallery looks lovely, I bet I would spend a fortune and a lovely blue sky, its pouring down here...time for blankets, sofas, tea and a good film...hope you are H

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Ah Michele ~ Voguetastic! how brilliant is that?

So glad the V&H Fair was a triumph once again, never in doubt mind you!

I am nursing my ache for my just departed loved ones..... still mustn't dwell as there are peas to pod. I used to love sitting on the step shelling peas with my Granny....

Love Sarah x