Where does the time go....I have just realised that it is a whole *year* since my last blog post!
I have no excuse except for being busy with life. I really would like to be blogging properly again....maybe I will be better in 2016?
The V&H Fairs & Vintage Jumbles have taken up my time, they are just as much fun as always & the Jumbles are becoming very popular.
Our next event is the Spring Fair in Chipping Sodbury which we are holding on the Easter weekend for a change so expect all things bunny, chicky & cute!
It will be an Easter
Extravaganza on Saturday the 26th March. Now in our 8th year, the
V&H is a firmly established favourite on the South West vintage
scene. Our fabulous sellers from across the South West & beyond
always make a huge effort to bring along their best stock &
display their wares on attractively arranged stalls. The V&H has
always presented the very best combination of vintage treasures
& handmade delights.
Expect to find everything from vintage home wares, toys,
haberdashery, fabrics, clothing, books, jewellery accessories &
more, plus beautifully handmade hats, decorations & gifts to
suit all tastes. In addition, our favourite vintage publication,
Pretty Nostalgic, will be there & of course our fabulous tea
room will be serving teas, coffees & home baked cakes to raise
funds for local good causes.
So, why not join us on Saturday 26th March at the Chipping Sodbury
Town Hall, South Gloucestershire, BS37 6AD. We are open from 10am -
3.30pm. Entrance is £1.00 (children free) & there will be
special Easter treats for the first 50 visitors of the day.
Blow away the cobwebs this spring! It's time to look forward to
lovely days out....so why not plan ahead and add the fabulous
Original Vintage & Handmade Fair to your diary? If you are a
fan of nostalgic days gone by and perfectly handmade creations
then this is the event for you.
If home decor is your passion then you won't be disappointed as we
have a wonderful selection of soft furnishings, small furniture,
lamp shades, pictures, quilts, china, glass and country style
If you are looking to spruce up your vintage wardrobe in
anticipation of warmer weather or just fancy a little treat we
have that covered too with beautiful vintage clothing, handcrafted
jewellery, heirloom dolls, beautiful cloche hats, brooches and
For those who love to create their own heirlooms we have oodles of
vintage fabrics, haberdashery, patterns and much more.
Vintage toys and games are always to be found sprinkled around the
hall with time worn and well loved bears, rabbits and even rocking
horses awaiting new homes.
After enjoying this cornucopia of vintage treasures why not relax
with a cup of tea and slice of homemade cake and support local
good causes in our little tea room?
We look forward to welcoming you to the next V&H Fair which
will be held on Saturday 23rd May from 10am - 4pm at the Chipping
Sodbury Town Hall, Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire. BS37
If you are one of the first 50 visitors of the day you will be
treated to a free goody bag.
Entrance is just £1.00 (children free).
Many of our readers
& visitors will know all about the fabulous Pretty Nostalgic
Magazine & Society. You may remember that they launched at a
previous V&H Fair where many vintage lovers snapped up
magazines & memberships. No longer just a magazine, Pretty
Nostalgic has evolved into a Society of dedicated Nostalgineers -
those longing for the simple & charming ways of days gone by.
& Handmade Fairs are proud of our association with PN & we
are delighted to announce a fun new collaboration which will
launch at the Spring Fair on the 23rd May in Chipping Sodbury.
The Pretty Nostalgic Society will be taking over the
stage at this event to bring you all sorts of interesting
activities & information.
Just some of the fun to
be had on the day....Nicole & friends will run an upcycling
activity, using recycled haberdashery to decorate Alice bands
and make brooches etc
There will be a make do
and mend exhibition of antique and vintage items which have been
mended and repaired or were used to mend and repair.
They will host a crochet
creation competition with a theme - everyone who enters will be
given a free magazine and a prize will be given to the winner,
so bring along your creations!
There will also be
crochet and knitting advice and a drop in and learn area.
The stage will be set
with tables & chairs so you can sit & try out an
activity, chat about vintage & handmade & make new
In addition, the first
50 visitors of the day will be fortunate enough to receive a
copy of this wonderful publication to take home & treasure,
so do come along & join us & the Nostalgineers for a
truly lovely day out.
I have had a fairly busy few weeks so far this month. Last Saturday I attended the Vintage Bazaar in Devizes with Mr C for company. We had a very pleasant day with quite a number of my treasures going off to new homes including the lovely 1950's Mobo 'Prairie King' rocking horse. As you know, I am rather fond of rocking horses and have several dotted around my home. Unfortunately I can't keep them all as they do take up rather a lot of space so Mr C is always pleased when they canter off to pastures new! Click on the pictures for a closer peek.
I have also been updating my stock at the Gloucester Antique Centre. They always do a great job with their themed window displays & this month it is a nursery window & there I spied my lovely vintage Silver Cross doll's pram which comes complete with cover & a fringed sun canopy. I had one of these as a child which provided hours of fun with my dolls so I am rather partial to them.
A job which I have been meaning to do for a long time is to have our headboard recovered as I fancied a change of colour scheme in our bedroom. Some time ago I bought a roll of this beautiful 'Doves' linen fabric when Lewis & Wood had a sale. I finally had it done & it was returned this week looking so fresh & pretty. I think the upholsterer did a great job of placing the birds to their best advantage. I have plenty more fabric so curtains are the next project.
I have just realised that this Mother's Day will be the very first in 25 years that I have had without one of my children at home....The Boy is away at university & The Girl has gone off on a jolly to Edinburgh.....the joys of your children growing up!
This week will see me gathering together some vintagey bargains to take along to the next Vintage Jumble in Rangeworthy on Saturday 21st March which runs from 10am to 1pm.
It is held in the village hall (BS37 7LZ), entrance & parking are free & there are always lots of lovely goodies to be found at bargain prices, not to mention the delicious cakes served by the WI in aid of the senior citizen's annual village party.
Tomorrow is the first of the Original Vintage & Handmade Fair events of the year - so why not join Michele & I for a
fun day out at the V&H Vintage Jumble Sale in Box.
Saturday 28th February 2015
at the Selwyn Hall, Box, Wiltshire
10.00am - 1.00pm
The Vintage Jumbles have become a firm favourite with bargain
hunters locally & further afield. Some of your favourite Vintage
& Handmade Fair dealers will be having a clear out &
offering vintage goodies at bargain prices starting at just 50p.
There will be everything from china & glass, textiles &
toys, books, ephemera & much more....something for everyone. The hall will be full to capacity with tables piled
high with bargains galore, so come along & relive the days of the good old village jumble
Free admission & plenty of free parking.
Home made cakes, teas & coffees will be available.
This week I had the 18th visit from an Aga engineer. In human terms, 18
is an auspicious number - the number when you become an adult, it
represents independence & freedom. Sadly, for my Aga it just
means yet another rescue mission. Since this baby was created &
delivered to my home it has been a very poorly child indeed with
constant visits from the engineer to resuscitate & revive it.
Now, while J the engineer is a very fine fellow I would prefer
to not see him quite as often as I do! This past Christmas the Aga
has once again been out cold in a coma awaiting J's expertise in
the New Year. This is not the first Christmas that the poor thing
has been dead & in need of a 'heart' transplant (or burner as it
is known in Aga circles). It has been purely decorative!
This particular Aga (3 oven oil fired) has been such a troublesome
child that Aga have stopped reproducing them & abandoned them.
Now, you'd think that Aga, that great icon of the British country
kitchen, would be concerned about the welfare of their offspring,
but no, they have washed their hands of all responsibility &
told us poor adoptive parents that it is our problem, not theirs,
but we could have a complete change for a mere £5000! After spending a great deal to adopt this beauty & many more pounds to repair it, I
somehow think not!
In the Aga publicity materials we are told that besides cooking, we
will no longer need an electric kettle, a toaster, a tumble
dryer...which is true when the Aga works. What they failed to
mention is that we would need an entire other cooker to use when the
Aga is out of order once again or else the family would starve!
Currently it is working after yet another new burner having been installed, but I fully expect it to give up the ghost again within the year.
So come on Aga...take pity on this ill conceived offspring of yours
& come up with a proper & final solution for this problem
Wishing everyone a happy, peaceful & fun filled 2015! I do hope to post more often in 2015 even if it is just to update you about fairs etc. Life seems so busy that time just runs away & 2014 was over in no time! Jayne x
What do you want for Christmas this year? Santas & fairies?
Angels & reindeer? Vintage decorations? Unusual handmade gifts?
A unique vintage item for that person on your list who has
everything? A special Christmas or New Year outfit? Whatever it is,
you have an excellent chance of finding everything you need for a
perfectly vintage Christmas in a jolly, festive atmosphere at the
6th annual Original Vintage & Handmade Christmas Fair in
Chipping Sodbury on the 13th December.
Firmly established as a Christmas favourite, this popular event is
always full to bursting with delightful stalls brimming with
wonderful ideas for Christmas.
Carefully selected vintage dealers, artists & creative
designer-makers from the South-West & beyond will be displaying
their wares for your shopping pleasure.
Entrance is just £1.00 (children free) & there will be free
Christmassy goody bags for the first 50 visitors of the day.
Our popular tearoom will be back with lashings of tea & coffee
& scrumptious festive treats served on vintage china by the hard
working ladies raising funds for local charitable causes.
So, bring along your friends & family (children are warmly
welcomed) and join us for a fun day out and an enjoyable start to
the 2014 holiday season.
My name is Jayne - I'm an avid collector of all things vintage. I live in a 1930's farm cottage at the end of a muddy lane.
I love my family, pets, horse riding, decorating, cooking, sewing, reading, gardening, car boot sales, auctions & fleamarkets.
I have a passion for vintage which has lead to me starting an online shop & becoming a vintage fair organiser which keeps me busy!