Tuesday 25 March 2014

Country Living show goodies

Good morning

Well today apart from fighting a dreadful cold and cough that will not go away I am going to be doing some hand embroidery.

Firstly I am going to show you some of the bits I picked up at the show last Friday.

I wandered about looking for vintage goodies, some stall holders make from vintage fabrics as I do and when a project is finished they sometimes sell little packs of bits and bobs and also some good size pieces of vintage fabrics too.

My first find was some stunning vintage ticking and a whole reel of vintage cream silk ribbon, 18 meters of the beauty...... It had to come home

So I have the ribbon ear marked for Wedding and Baby samplers of the future, it is in great condition and was made all those years ago in Switzerland.

Next was three packs of vintage bits and bobs, buttons, lace, crochet bits, embroidery cuts, ribbons and all sorts of goodies to attach to future projects.....

As you can see some adorable bits and bobs to adorn some samplers and other ideas.

Then I wandered to Mandy Shaw as I told you yesterday and I bought some stunning felt from her.  I thought some different colours inside my needle cases would be nice.  Her felt is pure wool as well and very good soft quality......

Then after our lovely chat I said goodbye to Mandy and went around a few more stalls near her and found a lady selling fabric paints dyed with natural things and some hand carved stencils made in India out of wood and they are treated with olive oil.... All you need to do is iron over your design  to make it permanent and you can put them on any fabric.  Make tea towels or on ribbons or designs for wall hangings.....

So I will be giving this ago and think I may do a table cloth for Christmas ??

Then it's the goody bag made from fabric and there was all sorts inside including some green and blacks chocolate, a magazine, body lotion, a jar of piccalilli made by the truckle company, a show guide which is normally £3, hand lotion, Eco liquid, 3 meters of Jane Mears ribbon and lots more!

I also bought a few presents for people for Christmas there!! yes I know but when you see it and it is not on the high street, then you must snap it up......  I have a lot of arty friends and family who love bespoke and handmade goodies.......

I left the show to meet my Husband and we wandered slowly along the Thames back to Waterloo station.  Along the way we saw the Globe Theatre, which is amazing and almost breath taking.  We also saw the Golden Hinde galleon which was Sir Francis Drakes ship.

We continued along the river and went to borough market where they had the most amazing selection of tomatoes that you can imagine, all on the vine and the smell was wonderful, well a few bundles of all colours had to come home with us as we both enjoy a tom salad.  We also bought some olives that are the size  of 6 normal olives put together!! we bought a few more bits and then set off to Waterloo, where we had our evening meal before we set off back to Bournemouth.

All in all it was such an amazing day!

  The Globe

The Golden Hinde

Borough Market ....

Well I hope you have all enjoyed sharing my day out in London and I hope you all 
have a wonderful day to day..... 
Happy Stitching......

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