We had such a wonderful and relaxing Bank Holiday and I can not believe it was now a week ago either. Well what did I purchase I hear you ask.
At the Dorset Brocante held at the Larmer Tree I bought some really beautiful pieces. Lots of stitchery bits as well and I was spoilt for choice. So many gorgeous things there and the day with the warm weather is was a pleasure to take your time in the sun and then inside in the shade and just wander at your leisure and have a good look at every thing.
In no particular order this is what came home with us....
Lizzie Drake and Linda Clift had such a beautiful array of haberdashery and stitchery goodies that I went fairly mad here. I went back several times and made purchases ... I could not believe that there was such beautiful and unusual pieces of antique quilts.....
As you can see from the photos I got the most beautiful piece of old quilt and it is a star with old threads of time hanging from it. At the moment I am doing some embroidery on it.
Then on the left there is a pile of antique quilt pieces and they really are stunning. Along with some antique cotton/linen tape ( the kind you might use in bunting only this is very old indeed)
Rescue and Revive as you may remember had some lovely haberdashery along with some
silver plated cutlery that has been hand stamped with words and phrases. Well we bought a few one being your pudding spoon and the other my pudding spoon ... but this is my favourite and my husband went and got it for me without me knowing. I love it and he smiled at me when he gave me this little brown paper bag and said .. saw this and thought of you!!
It is a sauce spoon and goes perfectly in our sauce jug and saucer... if you can not read it, it says 'Saucy'...
Artichoke had some really lovely and very unusual things on their large stand. They had a stone table with stone chairs and it looked like it might have been owned by Bilbo Baggins as some point in time. I however loved these fire tiles and I am collecting ones I love for our forever home as I have some ideas.... get them while you see them and what you do not use well being antique it is fluid and you can sell it on again.
Also I loved the hanger made from old wood and cotton reels along with some cotton real papers .
. This is wonderful and so well made. It is not for coats you understand although it would take the weight as they are screwed in from behind but I think to hang pretties from ... well its just the thing.
The Shed at Tenby had some of the little french Chemists hangers that used to be used for prescriptions. They were on a roll around system and the medicines were hung on there when made up. When someone came to collect they pharmacist would flip through and find the right one.
In addition there were two large antique keys and these have so many uses - no not unlocking our doors we do not live in a castle! but believe me they will be used as I have stitched so many things and used these along side ...
The last purchase here was a very old coal scuttle galvanised bucket with a lovely lavender plant in it
and now it sits with pride in our garden along side our table and chairs. When it is warm the smell is divine and it will not be long before the honey bees will be collecting it nectar from the sleeping buds right now ...
Black Dog Vintage has an eclectic mix and I bought a few bits here ... Mostly it was antique book plates from old book. They are great for staging to take photos, mixed media projects and of course journaling or sending to pen pals ... Also a tiny old clock face and these are wonderful to add to embroidery pieces as well.
In addition I saw this dear little cotton real and it is a Coates make and of course in memory of my much loved and much missed neighbour I had to bring it home to my collection. I wonder what he would make of it. He would say if he felt is should have never been made or indeed it was good quality... It makes me smile and I am sure it would him as well.
That was all on the Sunday, then we went out and about on Bank Holiday Monday, the weather was even hotter. We roamed around the countryside and went to Tisbury to their vintage street market . I loved the day but it was a day off for me so I did not take photos. It was the whole village, outside some houses on greens and along the streets and in village halls... it was vast.
Well we parked in the Station there and there was a wonderful shop called Station Antiques and we had a wander in there and I came across this simple beautiful carved mother of pearl spool holder and it is Victorian. It has now come home with me and will have a spool of thread put on it for display purposes. The intricate work is simply stunning.
In addition I found some more fire tiles and there were six of them and so they came with us too. They blend perfectly with the ones I bought at the Dorset Brocante but there were five in that bundle only.
Then I saw Jane of Kiss the Book fame and she had a little stall in one of the Church Halls. I purchased a old map of Lyme Regis and Taunton ... great for seeing how things were and also for using in mixed media depending what condition it is in. Great for journealing as well. Also a little antique Italian hand stamp with the letter H on it ... well for obvious reasons!
Then I came across a little stall with lots of different bits on it and some haberdashery and bits of old
linens. There was also a very old flour sack and on the back there are recipes. This of course will be stitched on to something and I am thinking one of my dresses in the making ... I love it and think it would be fun and of course it would be seen by the world once more and not in a bag or drawer....
We bumped into Emma of Little Wren Vintage fame and had a warm drink and breakfast together. She was there helping and opening up halls etc .. from 6.30 am !! It was lovely to have an hour or so together chatting and laughing with out her being behind a stall herself. The weather was so wonderful and sat chatting and catching up with the beauty of the country side behind the town of Tisbury was a lovely way to spend a few hours.
We said our goodbyes and walked back along the high street and found this most gorgeous shop. The things are sourced from all around but the two bits that I fell in love with came from Italy and it was the best ever garlic jar I had seen with stunning colours to its glaze. Then the most unusual and pretty bowl. It is a red cabbage leaf and I think with a lot of homemade coleslaw in it at a gathering at our home it will be a fine display.. I think its beautiful on the kitchen table with nothing in it as well.. what do you think? My groaning dresser is in the back ground with lots of antique and new china pieces on there. Everything is used on there and not just for show. I love my dresser and I do say sorry when I walk in with something else for it to house... I am sure I can hear it sigh!
We decided to go on home with all our loot and with a drive through the Dorset villages and road
It is still very much alive and well and loving its sunny corner. When it goes over I will be stopping and cutting another big bunch.... all the summer long.
When we got home I cut the stems again and put it straight in the jug with fresh water to drink. We then sat in the garden with some wine and had our supper... such a lovely end to a truly relaxing and wonderful three days together...
Well that is it from me today I hope that you have enjoyed the read and a look at my treasures from May Bank Holiday weekend.
I will be back here tomorrow and all that is left for me to say is...
Happy Stitching1 XX