Vintage fabric mini garland in my shop. I love making these so much as every piece is different and beautiful. There is old embroidery of hyacinths and patchwork in this one and I’ve cut out some flowers too.
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These are some of the stalls which caught my eye last Saturday.
Above is the most amazing cross stitch by Emma Congdon http://etsy.me/194kKdp This photo doesn’t do it justice at all. Emma sells the kits for people to do themselves and this Muswell Hill one is brilliant.
Look at these beautiful dresses !!! https://twitter.com/Yarnsulike
There was a stall run by a mother and daughter from Margate who sell postcards and little mirrors etc of photos they’ve taken. I bought some of the ice cream and flake cards which are absolutely adorable. http://www.curlabouttown.com/
Frances Cronin makes these sweet and lovely little rabbits !! There were lots of them but I like the ones in dresses best. I love taking pictures of people’s things for my blog because I like chatting to the lovely people who make things. It’s something they do because they (and me) love making things. It’s for love, not money. https://twitter.com/franwen
Annemarie Fearley had a stall outside and makes bright colourful owls and other animals with vintage fabric. Lovely for a child’s room or anywhere in the house. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shes-Got-it-Made/158449937537923
There were lots more stalls and it’s a lovely atmosphere but it’s never as busy as it should/could be. It’s quite a new market so hopefully word will soon spread http://muswellhillmarket.com/
I received my copy of Selina’s brand new book a couple of weeks ago and was completely overwhelmed to find so many pics of my house in it. I’ve taken photos of the pages and I’m not going to write anything with them because that would make me feel silly, like when an estate agent shows you round a house saying “this is the kitchen, this is the lounge” and you just want to ask him to please go away so you can look round in peace. The photographer is Catherine Gratwicke and the words are by Joanna Simmons.
Thank you SO much Selina Lake, Catherine Gratwicke, Joanna Simmons and publishers http://www.rylandpeters.com
It’s a beautiful magazine and the front page and the styling was done by Selina Lake. The floral heart (top left) and the moustache cushion are by Thimble & Bobbin, the Aunty card is by Abigail Warner, the little floral note books are by Emma Wilson, the LOVE postcard is by Cassia Beck, the lavender card and vintage lavender pillows are by Sesame and Lilly and the vintage embroidered hoop, lavender bag and yellow floral lavender heart are by me !!
Blimey that took ages, I’m not a natural at all this copy/paste/link business but I wanted to acknowledge all the other artists on the front cover with me.
Amongst all the beautiful pages is a six page spread about stylist/maker Torie Jayne who’s well known for her amazing blog.
I met Torie at Selina’s book launch a few weeks ago when she came to my stand and introduced herself. I was quite taken aback because I didn’t know she’d be there. She gave me her card and I’ve kept it safely because it’s SO lovely. One of the nicest business cards I’ve ever seen.
In fact one of my boys is sitting in the front room with his football shirt on watching a game shouting at the top of his lungs every time the ball goes near the net. God knows what the neighbours think.
The other son has just this second phoned me to say he’s on the train and can I fetch him in ten minutes…. errr no I can’t. He seems to think that I sit here with my car keys in my hand all day and night happily waiting for his call. I don’t. He’s 21 !!!!!!!!!!!!
Here’s a stork on the pond in the park where I take the dog. I think it’s a stork. I know that to people who live in the countryside it’s no big deal but for me it really is something special. It was absolutely freezing on that day last week and it just stood there completely still. I see it quite often.
Prima Magazine (March) came out a couple of days ago and I thumbed manically through the pages as the stylist Selina Lake had borrowed a vintage fabric patchwork throw and three cushions from me.
Page 81-83 they’re on !! I was quite exited standing in the magazine section of Tesco at 9pm, my new shopping time which is quite relaxing as it’s not busy and the crying babies and fed up toddlers are all at home. I think that after about 9pm they should put out a few comfy chairs so that those so inclined could read the mags in comfort instead of leaning heavily on our trolley.
I could quite happily spend a whole day in Tescos. I usually spend about half an hour in the magazine section anyway and sometimes meet a friend upstairs at Costa for a nice uninterrupted hour or two of quality catch up time.
Then back downstairs to meander round shopping leisurely, reading labels, peering at calorie contents, noticing how it’s all so expensive these days and wondering if my kids will notice that I’ve bought Tescos own brand of Special K. (They did and declared it inedible so I gave it to the birds)
Then I’d go and buy a couple of news papers, go back up in the lift to Costa and have a nice cake or two which I didn’t have with my friend as we’re fiendishly slimming (not)….
Then I’d go back down and maybe browse through the ‘colds and flue’ isle wondering if it’s actually worth buying vitamins and then maybe saunter (wearilly, after those two cakes) around the electronic isle looking at phones and ipads.
By this time I would hope that at least one of my children would have bothered to phone me to enquire as to my whereabouts….but probably not.
If my local Tesco had a bed and breakfast area for tired shoppers, like a little rest stop with own brand sheets, cheap slippers and mini tubes of toothpaste for those of us who couldn’t face the inevitable job ahead of unpacking the shopping and putting it away then I’d book ahead. As long as I got tipple club card points.
My throw featured here was £140 but to celebrate it being in Prima it’s now the amazingly good value of £95. The cushion was £45 and is now £38.
Stylist Selina Lake is launching her lovely new book ‘Pretty Pastel Style’ with a wonderful fair with fantastic designer maker stall holders. I went to her last one nearly a year ago and it was so beautiful and quite exiting. It’s in Kingston West London on Friday the 22nd March 2013 and everyone is welcome. There will I’m sure be lots of cake.
The photo here are by Sussie Bell
I was a florist for about 10 years during the eighties in our family business which was a Dutch/continental flower shop in London so I’m no stranger to flower arranging.
I’ve always loved hot, strong clashing colours and where as most of our customers preferred the safety of elegant white bouquets and arrangements, when they saw the wonderful, vibrant clashes of carefully selected orange, pink and red flowers flown in straight from the growers in Holland, they gradually loved those colour combinations too.
This fabric is from the thirties and forties and I cut out the flowers by hand. It’s much warmer than working in a busy flower shop and I don’t get rose thorns in my hands.
These pictures can be found in my on line shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/NickyGrace
Last weekend I went with a friend to Pitfield Cafe and shop in Shoreditch.
We had the most delicious lunch in the lovely cafe
I didn’t take any pics of the cafe because it was full and it didn’t feel right pointing my camera at strangers.
It’s a very large space and about three quarters is the shop.
Blury pic of a bit of the food counter.
Lovely old watering cans
Nice isn’t it.
They also sell gorgeous tea towels by Barbara Chandler
Cabinets full of vintage glass
Beautiful huge old prints
Cosy corner and lots of fifties crockery exactly the same as my grandma used to have.
The waitresses were very friendly and actually wiped the crumbs from the tables into their hands and not onto the floor like some places (drives me insane).
What I loved most of all though was the wonderful frontage which I think is outstandingly amazingly beautiful. Just Ahhhhhh
Old Street Tube London.