Sunday, 30 October 2011

Vintage pretties I bought at the fair

In my previous post, I forgot to show you the vintage pretties which I purchased.

Two pretty brooches from "Daisy Darling"

Some Suffolk yoyos from "Donna Flower"

Absolutely gorgeous embroidered border from "Neo Belle Bizaar"

 The mustard coloured flower from "Lucy Bloom"

Really beautiful and individual things which I could never find in High Street shops.
This is the pleasure of buying at fairs such as The Vintage Bazaar.
The next one is on 21st April 2012.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Bazaar fun!

Another successful day at the Vintage Bazaar in Frome. It is an event which I very much enjoy. 
Thank you to those of you who follow my blog and came to introduce yourselves. 
It was very interesting and lovely meeting you.

I've taken a few pictures of my stall. I didn't take pictures of other stalls as my battery on the camera was about to run out...I forgot to charge it up last night! It is a pity as there were many beautiful looking stalls there.

A number of people commented on how nice the the string of lights were. For those of you who asked about them when I was not at the stall, they are called "Maroq string lights". I bought mine online from "Party String Lights". They are also available through other well known online shops whose catalogues are often enclosed in home magazines but are around £10 more than through this company. "The Glow Company" also has them at a reasonable price. It pays to do a search on Google first.

Well, it's been an enjoyable but long day!  

I am looking forward to a relaxing evening. We might go out for a meal at our local cosy country pub - The Strode Arms in Cranmore or maybe just stay in and relax by the open fire...

Have a lovely weekend.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Quilter's delight! More goodies coming to the fair...

It's been quiet on the blogging front but with good reason...
So much to do with the Vintage Bazaar Fair coming up tomorrow, SATURDAY 29TH OCTOBER 2011!
I thought I'd post a few more pictures so that you can see what you can expect to find on my stall. 
I will have French Enamelware, Vintage spice jars, decorative items, painted furniture, pictures, lots of fabrics & embroidered linens and many other pretties.

If you like quilting or sewing, you will be spoilt!

Little quilt parcels

 Jam jar covers

 Quilt cuttings in various shapes (birds, pumpkins, snowmen, gingerbread men, apples etc)


Quilt pieces

I almost forgot...the painted and decorated  fold-able shelves below will be available to buy too!

I hope to have whetted your appetite.

My stall is on the left hand side of the main hall as you come in.The stall is against the wall just two stalls away from where you pay your £1 entrance fee.

For more details about the Vintage Bazaar click HERE.

See you soon!

Friday, 21 October 2011

It that time of the year again, CHRISTMAS SHOPPING!

I've had a bit of an unplanned blog break.

A combination of being unwell and now catching up with the preparations for next Saturday's event...

Please click HERE for more details of where to find me on Saturday 29th October 11.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Afternoon tea in Cerne Abbas

I had an appointment in Dorset today so on my way back I made a detour via Cerne Abbas, better known as the home of the Cerne giant. When I moved from France to Dorset in 1981, I stayed in Cerne Abbas with my parents and my sister for the first night and the next morning we drove to our new home in Affpuddle.

Cerne Abbas is a pretty place with a mix of architecture including many pretty thatched cottages.
The New Inn  shown on the right is where I spent my first night of the move in 1981

 I had afternoon tea at Abbots, a pretty tea room with a wonderful selection of homemade cakes.

After refreshments, we went in search of the giant...

 It is a giant carved on the hill. The history behind the giant is mixed but the first known written reference of the giant was in 1694.

The views in this area of Dorset are particularly beautiful.
Dorset will always have a special place in my heart


Isabelle X

Monday, 10 October 2011


Opposite my house is a barn, it has been left untouched for decades. Our house was built in 1870 and we think that the barn was probably built at around the same time. It is likely that the barn has not been used for at least 50 years. It has a magical quality to it, almost as if time had stood still. The area where the horses used to be fed still has hay in the troth and we have found horse shoes and parts of leather reins.

I have mixed views about buildings such as this barn, part of me likes them being left just as they are and another part of me feels they should be restored. Having said that, would it be the same if it was restored. Would it still retain it's magical feel? 
We don't own it so it is not a decision we will be making. I can't help feeling quite protective over it though. It holds a special place in my heart.
Now it gives a welcome home to owls, bats and mice.
What I would not want to see is having it turned into a bungalow or holiday home...that would be sacrilege! 

The barn is at its most magical at the end of the day, when the sun sets it is filled with a golden glow.

I try and visualise how the barn was used, what he daily routine was like. I'd like to find out more in time.

I have added some NEW PRODUCTS over on 


Isabelle X