it was a dangerous ...
Yes there are flowers in a jug on my work table in the garden but really they are there for when I pack up for they day and we sit and eat our supper outside. They are white and lilac tulips and they have the lace edge to them. The bees come along and collect pollen and a butterfly perched on them yesterday so it brings the wildlife to me and of course Miss Mud's ....
Then from Archemilias Nest my husband bought two of these galvanised large buckets to put flowers in around our table and chairs outside, first one has a gorgeous foxglove in residence and the other has to be decided on at the weekend. I love them and they were a surprise for me. I popped and got the foxglove and it almost came with a honey bee... we had to rescue out of our car before we actually drove off. He was a little cross but he needed to stay in that county not ours and go back to his hive...
Su Mason had some gorgeous linens but I was interested in some rather fine antique French
papers and these are fabulous for mixed media pieces with the old writing and rather old dates on them. I love to water colour softly over them or add fabrics and embroidery. Three more pieces for my little stash and I will design something lovely for these very soon.
Little Wren Vintage well the list kind of goes on. I bought some pieces of absolutely stunning antique quilt pieces. I am not sure the camera has done full justice to these because actually too much sun does not give a great photo but I tried my best. I will be using them very soon and have lots of ideas for them already.
Then we bought this most lovely old mirror. It is in mint condition and has the carving of flowers around it. We have put it in our guest room on the wall right now and it is so beautiful I keep going in and looking at it. Of course when our lovely friend is here I will not be creeping around in there ... Although he totally gets me and I guess that is why we are best friends for life. He would be laughing if he were reading this but I am typing whilst the house still slumbers... soon to be coffee and breakfast time and the laughter begins then!
Then this was the large item, a chair. It is Edwardian and a small chair, probably for a boudoir originally but Emma has had it re sprung and it is covered in antique cream linen .. that is except for the back which is in a antique red and white check fabric and I am in love. It fits in so well and we both are really pleased with it Emma. You are a star!
Now do you like the chair. The reason I have the blanket over the top right now and a cushion on the seat is because Emma is making me a cushion out of the same fabric as the backing for the chair and I am going to make a little something for the top save any soiling from hair rub etc. It is not a removable cover and so I want to protect it when sat on it but for now this is how it is to protect it from any dirt. It is so very comfortable and because I am short my feet actually touch the ground and that makes it a great chair in the winter or colder days to stitch in. Next to it on the pictures left is a little table with a lamp on it and some family photos. Then the other side of the table is a red and white check chair which is a little large .. they look perfect together and both my husband and I are over the moon with it.
Lastly we bought home with us a light blue and cream quilt. We have not actually paid for it yet. Emma had hung it on the marquee wall as a backdrop and there appeared to be water marks on each edge. We looked at it, discussed it, bantered about what else it could be as they were not there when she hung it up. So I have taken it on to wash it this weekend and see if they come out. Depending on the out come as to whether its a keeper as a quilt or it goes to cut up for cushions by Emma or some such. It would be a crying shame if that is the case but we will get together and see. If all is well then I will photograph it for you to see another day.
The bluebird of Happiness was the stall with all the gorgeous epherma and book plates and as I said to you yesterday it was a mixed media or journaling paradise indeed. I was there around 40 minutes and I am not kidding. I was leafing through and wondering at the antique papers there for purchase. I was restrained but will go and see this lady again for sure.
At Will and Bea I bought a good sized piece of French Linen and it is the slubby kind so it is
more rustic in texture and that is wonderful to cut up and embroider on. Happy was I when I found it for my ever growing linen stash in my armoire.. It will be used as I have a project waiting for some linen like this. Then I spotted some very old French maps in a fold out book form and again mixed media work and will be fun and great to work with... They are dear little things and I love them.
Then of course as I told you yesterday Kate was there of Oyster Bridge and her ribbon words were there. I picked up some great ones and of course I still have to make my order with her. These however will do nicely in the meantime and you will see the words in due course over the next few weeks I should suspect..
Rebecca's I bought that piece of linen that I told you about yesterday, the one I could not
believe anyone had not walked away with. It is red and white and it has strawberries around the edge and a monogram in the middle with embroidered little strawberries as well. It will not be cut up but will be a much loved cloth in our home on one of the tables this summer and I love it. I am always drawn to red and white so it will come as no surprise to some of you .. well Dawn at least! lol.
The Cranbrook Iron stall had all the outside rusty metal work magpies and hares and chickens and we stood and we pondered and we discussed. I love Hares as you all know by now the boxing hares were outstanding. Then of course their was the magpie with shiny keys in its mouth and you know my fondness for the Chuckle Brothers that come visit us most days and hang around the pear and elderflower tree. Throw peanuts at each other then finally eat something and lastly they have a bath and a drink ... so what to choose. Then we saw the chickens and well Mo you know how I love those as you do ... So yes you guessed it we had some of each.
A pair of boxing hares that look like they belong under our huge holly bush and behind our parsley growing there .....
Then well the Magpie we fell in love with and my husband was insistent one came home with us along with two chickens and a cockerel as well. All are happily in situ and it was all that we could do not to go out in the garden when we got home that night with a flash light and put them in their place. We had discussed it over dinner so we knew where but hey it was 1.20 am in the morning and I am sure if one of the neighbours had seen lights would have called the police and we
The chickens under the pear tree on the lawn and in front of a shepherd hook that has glass jar full of twinkling fairy lights on at night when we are sat out there look amazing, well everything does. The boxing hares we can see from out table and chairs as we can Magpie with the poppy seeds that we bought last year. There are twelve jars with fairy lights around the garden on the shepherd hooks and it looks so very pretty.
Now lastly but not least at all I told you that my husband found the mantique stall .. the vintage tool people called Rustic Garden Things and he bought an arm full of some great tools which are lovingly being stored in his garage. He also saw this Victorian Boot Scraper and he found me and asked if I minded if it went outside the door.... No I said it was beautiful and if he loved it then so did I ... so my last photo you will be pleased to know is the said Boot Scraper ... it sits happily and is again something we can take with us when we make our big move ...
Well that really is it and I hope you have enjoyed our very expensive treasure hunt ... We had lots of the things like the chair and mirror on our list for a very long time and finally we found them. It was such a wonderful day and we enjoyed it thoroughly. I hope you did bring your warm drink along to this one as you will have needed it ...
It is now Bank Holiday and so there will be no blog next Monday I am afraid. I am having a long weekend with my husband and our great friend. It is our friends Birthday too so we are out to dinner on Saturday night and have lots of things planned.
I hope the sun shines for us all and that you have a great Bank Holiday weekend if you are in England and a fabulous weekend even if you are not.
Leaving you with one last photo and that is the gift given to us by the lovely Emma of Little Wren Vintage as a gift for us for helping her pack up. A stunning hydrangea bush that is is a pot now and with gorgeous pink, huge flowers.
See you all back here next Tuesday and as always Happy Stitching! XX