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Fun, Fun, Fun….

Teenager was off with Meg for her birthday on Saturday so we hit Bristol and the Soma Gallery in Clifton to learn to make funky tape measure rosettes

Workshop Table

Workshop Table

My Rosette with a Hetty and Dave Pussy Cat

with Harriet and Rosie from Tatty Devine.  Needless to say I was beside myself with excitement.

Although I was a bit less dexterous at making the rosette than I would have liked I seemed to muddle through and produce something more or less ok!  Mr M made one too and his was perfect of course..

Mr M's immaculate version

Soma Gallery is really cool.  We got free Earl Grey and Lemon Drizzle cake while we waited for the session before us to finish so we got a good chance for a mooch around.  Obviously I had to pick up a copy of the ladies new book How to Make Jewellery with Tatty Devine and get it signed – not cool I know but who cares!

Mr M liked the posters by Andy Smith especially this one…

and we also picked up a new copy of the absolutely fab kids magazine Anorak and got to check out the Amelias Magazine in the flesh rather than just on the, admittedly lovely, blog.

Right opposite Soma was the Clifton Arcade

 

complete with Gorilla which is jam-packed with great shops including a lovely yarn shop, a vintage and vintage homeware shop and a really lovely crafty shop called I love Crafty which had handmade things from lots of local artists and craftspeople.  We also had the most fantastic tea and cake

Tea Infuser at Lahloo

in the Lahloo Pantry round the corner and brought home some very lovely Chai mix to boot.

Tea Heaven

On Sunday we were on the beach as usual enjoying the sunshine and walking the dog before heading to Sixty Million Postcards for Rumble in the Jumble.  We picked up some absolutely fab fabric from AppletiniTiny  which is going to be a pressie so more of that later!  This is her fab stall though…….

AppletiniTiny stall at Rumble in the Jumble

and also a brill 70s over shirt for me and new hat for Tommy who danced around to the great vintage tunes he loved it all so much.  Happy days!

Tommy's New Hat

Keep the Vintage Love xx
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Craftastic Tales

Last night saw the inaugural meeting of the Alderholt sewing/crafting group in the village Reading Rooms.    I love this funny little building, it’s got real charm and character, even if it is a little tired round the edges!

Despite a very late Facebook event invitation sent out by me there were 8 of us for the first group and hopefully there are a few more promising to come along next time.  This was a giggle and cake filled night although a little light on actual crafty achievements – there was everything from hand quilting to beautiful glass work and I managed a tiny bit of crochet and a lot of chatting and browsing magazines!  Next time we will be excitedly making gingerbread houses for Christmas – someone joked about the WI – apparently that’s pretty cool these days – watch this space….

In more crafty fun I’m ridiculously excited to be heading to Bristol’s Soma Gallery for a book signing and jewellery workshop with Tatty Devine – I bloody LOVE Tatty Devine !  Event details below.

Tatty Devine book

Tatty Devine Workshop Saturday 12th November 2pm – 4pm

Rosie Wolfenden and Harriet Vine, the ladies behind Tatty Devine will be coming to Soma on Saturday 12th November to host a rosette making workshop! They will be signing copies of their new book, ‘How to Make Jewellery with Tatty Devine’ and teaching you to make a classic Tatty Devine rosette, one of the projects in the book. We will be holding this workshop in our first floor space.

There will be tasty cakes and refreshments to keep you going provided by Lahloo Tea! Plus some extra special cakes provided by Bristol’s biggest Tatty Devine fan, my sister!

keep the Vintage love xx

Things for the kids….

We’ve got kids which means we completely understand how sometimes they are not quite as keen on browsing around the vintage and the sparkly as we might be!  As a result we have tried to ease your day by providing some free activities for the little ones.  This is taking the form of a free craft table and half hourly story reading of some old favourites.  We would like to thank Sarah, Owain, Nathan and Liam for their help with this and especially Trevor of Paperview in Ringwood who has kindly given us some prizes for the best craft work on the day.  Hope that all the children that come along to the fair will come and join in and make some fun things and enjoy the stories.  You won’t be able to miss the table and story corner as we’ll have it all decorated with bunting and bears.  To make life easier as well there will be free squash available for children and there might even be some wartime style cake for them to try!

Story Corner line up!

Exhibitor Focus – Kiss the Book

Pretty things and Baking Books from Kiss the Book

Next to knitting there’s nothing to beat losing yourself in a great book.  You can even combine the two and collect amazing 60s and 70s craft books if you like (or is that just us?!).  The smell of old books is so evocative too.  We are welcoming vintage book and homeware seller Kiss the Book to the fair on Sunday with her fantastic eclectic range and will be rummaging immediately for some ‘Golden Hands’ books just in case there are any out there that are not already weighing down our bookshelves!  The book lady also has a really lovely blog to look at, it’s been inspiring to read about all of the adventures on there over the summer.  Come along and meet the book lady on Sunday!

more more more!

Exciting times, a lovely range of sellers are now on board with a beautiful range of the eclectic and the handmade!

We are away for a couple of days inspired by Vintage Life magazine, so have a look at this lovely blog to keep your vintage juices flowing and feel free to contact us via the site – we’ll get back to you as soon as we are back xx

The Book Lady comes to the Fair

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