chairs, the bees are loving them ...
In no particular order I was off on the hunt and trying to get some good photo's for you all to see.
Jenny Jones was there and I had seen Jenny at Cranborne fair. Her set up was very different and in a theme of blue and white. Jenny informed me that the next day of the event she was changing it to green and white and if that looked as beautiful as this one then the treasure hunters would not have been disappointed at all.
Tiddler and Fox were there with some gorgeous antique china on offer all again in blue and
white mainly. In addition there was piles of old lace and some gorgeous old enamel ware as well. It looked beautiful in the scorching sunshine that was streaming through the windows.
CoCo and George were inside as well and by now the place was happily filling up. Not everyone goes the same way as the food vendors were outside on the lawn and some people were going straight there for coffee and Alix's gorgeous cakes. So it was lovely with lots of people but not too many that I could not take photos. This particular stall had quilted hears, cushions, china and vintage eiderdowns to name just a few of the treasures on offer. Stunning!
Then I spied Lizzie Drake and Linda Clift and as always there was some outstanding
haberdashery along with the most beautiful pieces of vintage quilts. Ribbons, lace, buttons and all sorts of stitchery heaven made just for us slow stitcher's out there. I spent a long time here and actually later on I went back for a second truffle session .. It was a feast for a stitcher's soul...
The Apple Loft was next and this is Sally,s stall and Sally organises this fair. Her daughter Becky was looking after it. There are always some beautiful things here on offer. French pots for the kitchen in blue and white, pictures, tureens along with the lovely aprons that Sally makes of which I am the proud owner of two as you know.
Painted Lady was in residence with some gorgeous pieces of furniture and home decor items
, it looked wonderful and if we had already moved I would have actually bought about 6 pieces I loved. I was good and did not though. It is where to keep it all.... But oh boy was I tempted.
Rescue and Revive had a beautiful display of not only stitching bits and bobs but also old spoons, forks, cake forks and pudding and sauce spoons. All of which were silver plated and had been hand stamped with various words or sayings... It was such a beautiful stall and so colourful as well. May have been tempted .. well I will show you what my husband bought us on there, in the show and tell.
My dear friend Jane was there and she is of Kiss the Book fame as you know. With gorgeous
bundles of antique books with ribbons tied around them along with craft bundles of old book plates and old papers and envelops. Great if you love mixed media and great if you journal. It always looks so lovely and the book bundles are so beautiful always.
Now next to Jane was Parlour Plants and I have never come across them before and their work was really outstanding and so beautiful. Succulent plants and with some amazing displays. On with a teacup in a book and it reminded me of a Victorian age ... I am sure that is what they set out to achieve and they did so beautifully.... All you have to do with these is just fine spray them with water and not
Just outside the doors was Little Red Robbin with beautiful flower displays and the much
loved rusty garden art and trellis works. We have lots of the poppy seed displays in our garden.. Five in a cluster in one border and the same in another. We also have 10 of the shepherd hooks that hang lanterns on and of a evening they are full with fairy lights and thanks to this talented husband and wife team our garden looks magical all year round.
The King and I were opposite and there was so many wonderful things to look at and purchase. It was a truly beautiful eclectic stall indeed, from furniture for inside and furniture for out along with some lovely home decor objects as well.
Le Shed was there just tucked inside by the doorway and I love this stall. So much to look at and to tempt you with. You can spend a good half hour or more truffling happily away. If you remember I bought some great old seed packets from here at the Cranborne fair. This stall here this day was double the size though with linens, enamel, china, little glass test tubes in stand with single flowers in and so much more besides. A truly beautiful display.
Also out there was Rosie's ice- cream van selling New Forest ice cream. Then there was an Italian truck selling pizza and other Italian delights. It was called MO and it sold Italian street food it said. Theodore born 1970 was the name of this lovely green and white camper van.
In addition in two different parts of the ground was two Land Rovers selling coffees and cold drinks.
This was a husband and wife team and they had done such a gorgeous job of them. The coffee was so good as well - we found out later in the day.
Also there was the Cracking Rib Co. And they had slow roast ribs and then it was served off the bone and on rice with sauce. There was something for everyone
With all of this outside in such gorgeous weather it was wonderful to wander about. The peacocks had their noses in the air too and one cheeky chap actually tried to get in to Alix and her her cakes .. They had to make a
I have to tell you that the cream Land rover is a series 3 and is called Arthur and his brother a 130 Defender is called George... if you see them going along give them a toot!
It was time to go back to truffling and I came across Faded inside, if you have never been to the larmer tree then the room inside is split from a glass almost like a very large conservatory to other rooms behind.. it flows and it makes walking around each turn an adventure... I digress ... Faded was opposite Le Shed at the back and there again was some most beautiful and unusual pieces on offer .. I fell in love with the large sign and the painted glass door dresser .
Artichoke was there and that is someone I had personally never come across them on the vintage circuit before. They have a shop in Sherborne if you are ever around there in Dorset. They had such a wonderful display of beautiful and unusual things and I bought two things here ....
Wayward Rose was there in the front and I had seen her when I walked in but she was very busy so I came back a little later. So many beautiful things there including so lovely monogrammed linen sheets but I was looking for one in particular for my Mother in Law and I was told she thought she may have what was needed but not with her. I have to contact her later on... If you are reading this Mum you might just have your backing for your quilt very soon...
Marina Jane Wrix was there too and I had not seen Marina since before last Christmas at a
Dorset Brocante Christmas fair in fact. We had a little catch up and I had a quick look around. There were people trying to look to buy so I did not manage many photos I am afraid but you can see from what I did get .. there was treasure to be had!
The Dolls House was outside at the front and she had an enormous stall filled with so many goodies it was unreal. I am so pleased I took photos earlier in the day because it was depleted when I actually went back to say hello... It was a warm day and people were not cold and loving the sun. They took their time looking and they had been buying too. I kept seeing men going to cars with hand fulls of goodies... well my husband always says that is why we bring them! Noooo ladies its not true is it :))
The Shed at Tenby was there and again I had not seen them since last Christmas and it was
so nice to chat and catch up. Whilst browsing and taking photos along with a few little purchases as well...
Spools of cottons, linen nightdresses, hand stamps and so much more ... it was delicious.
It was coming to 3pm in the afternoon by now and we were about ready to leave the heat of the day and go back to our garden at home. The last stall we visited was Black Dog Vintage and lots of goodies to look at too. Book plates with flowers, china, stitching bits and bobs, old maps, gorgeous butterfly prints and so much more. Eclectic and charming and a great half an hour I had truffling here too.
Whilst this gorgeous fair had been going on and in the shade of the trees was a large table all set out with fabrics and linens, cottons and threads. There was a lady giving sewing classes and I think her name was Nicki ... I am sorry if I have this wrong and I am sure someone will point it out to me if I have. She was very busy and I did not get to have a chat with her. Everyone there was smiling and stitching and it was the perfect day for stitching in such gorgeous surroundings...
Every little thing at this gorgeous vintage Brocante had been thought of and put together perfectly. I would like to thank Sally and her team of helpers for bringing to us, on our doorstep such a wonderful vintage event. I look forward to the next two that Sally is organising ....
Also in the gardens was the Shaftesbury ukulele band and they were playing and singing and going down a treat whilst people were sat on the huge lawn with ice-creams and there lunch... I managed to film a little and that is what I will leave you with. I would also like to say thank you all for your messages about my Mum. She is doing well after her little incident. It was not any ones fault but the resident who grabbed her from behind startled her and Mum re-acted with a slap... oops. When I got there she was dressed for summer and was sat on her sofa in her room. I walked in and thought oh well she looks OK .. when she saw me however she jumped up and tried to tell me all about it. I calmed her and we had a cuddle. I gave her a kiss on the cheek and she asked if she could have another one! She was OK and I spent a lovely day with her and my sister. I had some stitching with me so all was well.
Well all that is left to say is have a wonderful weekend everyone and I will be back here on Monday with a show and tell. I hope the weather stays beautiful for us all and as always...
Happy Stitching! XX