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Local Vintage Fun – The War Room @ The Churchill!

Oh my, this is just too exciting!

We have a genuine vintage inspired event here in Alderholt on 23 February at 7.30 – get your dancing shoes on and hit the Churchill Arms for their fabulous Blitz NightThe War Room

Not only is this the fabulous opportunity to break out your red lips and nails and those gorgeous nylon stockings, but it will be a chance to put on your dancing shoes on.  We are incredibly lucky to have breakthrough act Public Service Broadcasting who were recently featured on Lauren Lavernes BBC 6 Music show and will be releasing their debut album on May 6th.  They have also been championed by other BBC Dj’s like Steve Lamacq and Stuart Maconie as well as being named as a 2013 up and coming act by Time Out.  Genuinely not to be missed.

  Click on the poster for a taster of their brilliant track Spitfire!

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They will be supported by Dare to be Charlie who have a great track record, check out their website here.

There’s loads more information as well as fab 40s styling ideas that I’m glued to on the Churchill Arms Website – I’m currently beavering away on a lovely snood especially for the occasion – check out this fab blog to give you some inspiration

Great Blog with links to snood patterns and other 40s ideas.

The Churchill Arms Website will give you all of the up to date information and the event facebook page  is also a mine of information and even if you can’t make it please join and share the event.  Tickets are just £10 in advance,£12 on the door (or £8 if bought in advance in the pub!!) and here’s the link  .  It really is going to be a fantastic night!

It’s so brilliant that something new and different is happening in Alderholt please support it and come and have fun.  I’m so looking forward to catching up with everyone in all their glamorous glory!  Do come along!

Keep the vintage love xx


A New Year!

Happy New Year vintage and handmade fans!  How was your Christmas?  I think it’s fair to say that ours did not go quite as planned given that the dreaded flu bug was rife here.  Nevertheless apparently we had a fabulous Christmas Day – we hired my favourite little historic building for the afternoon as there were so many for dinner.  Alderholt Reading Rooms is more than 100 years old and was built on land donated by Lord Salisbury, paid for by Lady Salisbury and local Squire Churchill provided books and reading material.  There are very few of it’s like still around and should be treasured in my view.


Watch this space for some plans of events to raise funds to preserve this local heritage.

There’s lots of fab Alderholt history and some great photos on this old local plan produced by the local authority.

And here we are enjoying our Christmas Day!

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Most exciting though was my present from my lovely family!  Please forgive the awful photo.

Christmas bear head

Christmas bear head

He was featured in our review of new Ringwood shop The Fox in the Forest which you can check out here.  This is a slightly better photo…needless to say I love him!

My bear at home in the Fox in the Forest

My bear at home in the Fox in the Forest

What did you get for Christmas that you love?  I’d love to hear about any new handmade items or local makers and see some photos.

Keep the Vintage Love xx


Exciting NEW shops news!!

We had a fantastic afternoon recently in our beloved Pokesdown!  The Dorset Scrapstore was having an open afternoon at their new premises in Boscombe and one of my favourite vintage loving ladies was opening her new shop on Christchurch Road.  In short this was a day not to be missed!  The Scrapstore is of course aces and full of amazing bargains for the crafty amongst us  and the free crafty workshops went down a storm with the small boy, but the star of the day was our trip to Emily’s beautiful shop Cotton Candy Designs which at the Pokesdown station end of Christchurch Road.

Photo: Checkout our brand new sign!

Emily is formerly of Poppy Meadows  about whom I have waxed lyrical a number of times and was with us for our first vintage fair last year where her handmade items went down a storm!  She has teamed up with her friend the equally lovely Cara Lloyd-Hopkins of Carara Designs for this venture and the outcome is a pretty and welcoming shop choc full of lovely items for the home and pretty Christmas gifts galore.  Cara specialises in fantabulous handmade items for the home and beautiful handbags all made in the Summerhouse at the end of her garden.

Cara in her new shop!

Gorgeous shop window showing off fab handmade bags by Cara

Emily has recently added upholstery to her repertoire and I was especially taken with the gorgeous floor cushions in the shop which are definitely on my Christmas list!

Giant cushions and reupholstered arm chair just right for a cosy night by the fire.

I’m also hoping that she will renovate my original Lloyd Loom Chair that has been sat in my garage for about 10 years waiting for me to get around to it!  I know commissions are taken.   Other furniture renovations had me drooling too like this 1950s kitchen unit for example.

Kitchen cupboards have never been so stylish!

Check out the ladies facebook page for more photos, or even better take a trip to Pokesdown for your Christmas shopping this year.  There’s just so much to love on our doorstep!  You’d only be putting cash in the pockets of Amazon otherwise afterall!

Keep the Vintage Love xx

Nostalgic Christmas Fair – gallery and stuff

The fabulous Katherine from homegrown originals has done this little piece with some lovely photos 🙂

Nostalgic Christmas Fair – TODAY 10am – 3pm Alderholt Village Hall!!

 Over 20 Crafty and Vintage and

Food Stalls, lovely vintage style teas,

licensed bar and free craft for kids.

 Come and see us today between

10am and 3pm!

Keep the Vintage Love xx

Nostalgic Christmas Fair – Exhibitor Focus – Lovely Local Heroes

We’ve just finished decorating the hall with the help of fantastic local company Banquets Bowls and Buttonholes – it really does look lovely!

Our fair is about supporting and promoting local businesses as well as raising money for the Village Hall Refurbishment.  We have a wealth of local talent on display again this year.  Check this out!

Natalie and Sandra King will be bringing a range of lovely handmade items.  Nat was a huge hit last year and have a look at this fab assortment that she’s bringing along this year

Photo: All my crafty creations ready for the Alderholt Nostalgic Xmas Fair. Everyone should come along this Saturday 10-3 at Alderholt village hall :)

Jenny Clemas and her daughter Jo Kear will be selling wonderful antique and vintage fabrics, patterns and trims for charity. Look at this beautiful lace!

Photo: Preparing for the Vintage and Craft Fair - washing and ironing vintage lace and sorting vintage sewing patterns.  Every penny of our stall (that's mum, Ellen & I) will be donated to the Medaille Trust.  Please come along and support us; support the fair; share the link below and tell your friends - thank you! :-)

On top of all of this we have Pam Clarke with us from the beautiful new shop Home at Seventy One in Fordingbridge.  Pam refurbishes and upcycles unloved items as well as selling fantastic gifts.

Sarah Jackson will be with us again with her fabulous range of handmade cards and one or two other surprises.  Come along and see her!

Last but not least we have our friends from Sandleheath Knit and Natter who will be raising money for charity again with their beautiful stall and also sharing knitting love with anyone who would like to listen.  Here’s just one fun example of what they will have on show!


All of this and we will have free craft for the kids and the bar and some fab motorbikes to distract the less interested in shopping leaving those who are to enjoy themselves to the full!

We hope to see you tomorrow between 10am and 3pm!

Keep the Vintage Love xx

Nostalgic Christmas Fair – Exhibitor Focus – Food glorious Food!

As it’s Christmas (well soon anyway!) we have some lovely food and drink goodies for you this time!  We have some local favourites of course and some of them are actually joining us!

From Dorset With Love

Although Chrissy only started From Dorset With Love a year or so ago, she’s been earning rave reviews for her products, winning Taste of Dorset awards and supplying her lovely jams and chutneys to some of the biggest foodie names in Dorset. She recently been developing new lines and if they’re as good as the five spice we marinaded our tea in the other week we’re all in for a treat. Hopefully she’ll have been up all night making some more mulled wine spice too. You can keep in touch with From Dorset With Love here on twitter.

New Forest Preserves

We’ve told you all about the people behind New Forest Preserves already as they are also Betsy’s Shed. We love the beautiful things they produce so we can’t wait to see what they can do with tinctures and cordials.

James’s Cheese

Straight out of Child Okeford comes James’s Cheese. Everybody loves a good cheese and James’s is amongst the best we’ve tasted. He recently received ‘Best New Cheese’ 2012 for his magnificent Frankie. We’re looking forward to stocking up.

Banquets, Bowls & Buttonholes

These lovely people not only run a bespoke vintage flowers and china package, but they’ll be coming along with a fantastic selection of cupcakes too. Yum yum!

The Barrel & Bottle Co.

Simon opened this great independent off licence in Fordingbridge earlier this year and provides a great service. Beer or Cider can be bought straight from the cask and he always has a good rotation of real ales from exciting local or upcoming breweries. He also has a great range of wines and spirits, as well as a great choice of American or European beers. Simon will be running a bar at the fair, so make sure you pop by.

Keep the Vintage Love xx

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