I didn’t get a chance to post regarding the A Very Prairie Christmas Fair at the beginning of the month mainly because I didn’t know I was going to be there until a couple of days beforehand! However it was the most gorgeous fair in Chris Myers’ beautiful home and I loved the selection of stalls she had there, a wonderful combination of makes and vintage. It will definitely be on my list for next year and well worth making the journey to Gerrards Cross.
So, now a little lull before Homeworks Christmas Bazaar at the Queens Park Farmers Market, Salusbury School, London NW6 on Sunday 7 December http://www.thisishomeworksblogspot.co.uk and then on Saturday 13 December I will be at the Vintage and Handmade fair in Chipping Sodbury Town Hall BS37 6AD 10-3pm http://www.vintageandhandmade.co.uk
Hope you can make it along!
As usual at this time of year we are starting to think about Christmas and seeking out some unusual presents to give to all members of the family. We have also been stocking up on quilts and blankets, dishes for the festive table and gorgeous vintage decorations.
I have a trip to America planned this month so I hope to be bringing back some patchwork quilts too.
Love Dorothy x
Hello everyone, hope you have all had a great summer! I know lots of you have been taking the chance to visit fairs and sales in the UK as well as those of you who have sought out those interesting places abroad to feed your Antiquing habit. In France this summer I heard a few British voices at the brocantes I went to, all enjoying the chase, haggling over prices and then wondering how the heck the were going to get that rather large armoire back to the UK!
For those of you who can make it to Queens Park Day (in North West London this Sunday 14th September from noon) you will be able to see what I managed to squeeze into the car next to a very patient spaniel. Lorna and I should be in our usual spot near the bandstand, but if you can’t find us look out for our white gazebo and our chequerboard flooring. We will have our usual mix of painted furniture, linens, paintings, china, lots of sweet childrens’ things, quilts and textiles
Love Dorothy x
I can’t believe that another year has gone by and tomorrow Lorna and I will be back at the Barnes Fair on the Common. Please pop by, we are in our usual spot, 233 on Crocus Path. Look out for our white gazebo and black and white chequerboard flooring.
We have some great new stock including American quilts, painted furniture, pretty tea sets, pictures, doll’s cots and much much more!
The Fair opens at 9.30 and closes at 4.30. Hope to see you there.
We are just back from the US and returned with cases bursting with textiles, pictures and other cute bits and bobs. I love searching out typically American things, quilts of course but also china ‘head vases’ which were used by florists in the 1950s until the 1970s to hold flower arrangements. These lady’s heads are SO kitsch and getting harder to find so it’s always a great challenge to hunt them out.
I am also always on the look out for embroidered sampler mottos, evoking memories of my childhood as most homes in Scotland in those days seemed to have one on the wall.
I’ll be taking some of these treasures to the Vintage and Handmade Fair at Chipping Sodbury on Saturday May 31st, so please come along and savour them too! More details at www.vintageandhandmade.co.uk . Hope to see you there. Love Dorothy
The only good thing about the long winter months is that we can go out foraging for things for our upcoming fairs. In anticipation of some good weather ahead we have lots of stock for outside… including garden chairs and tables, plant pots and garden urns. For inside we have some lovely American quilts, some very useful pieces of painted furniture and lots of pretty pictures. You can, of course, see a good selection at our stand at the Station Mill Antiques Centre in Chipping Norton. It’s open seven days a week and a great place for a good browse followed by coffee and cake.
Love Dorothy x
Happy new year to you all! I hope 2014 is treating you well so far. Already this month we’ve found some great things at various (rather chilly and wet!) fairs some of which are already on the stand at Station Mill. We have lots to keep you warm, my favourites being some very treasured handsewn quilts. I particulary love this one, a Welsh one cloth quilt c 1910. The fabric is just stunning and it’s in excellent condition. Of course I can hardly bear to part with it…
We moved our stand at Station Mill late last year and I’m really pleased with the position, if you’re visiting we are now upstairs, turn left and then into the section on the right. You will see my http://www.dorothystiven.com labels on the stock if you aren’t sure exactly where we are, or ask a member of staff and they will be sure to direct you. Hope you can make it along, stock is always changing and we’ve some gorgeous things at very good prices.
For now wishing you a very fruitful year ahead! Love Dorothy