Tag Archives: Vintage Fabric

A lovely Selina Lake feature with a few of my things included.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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)….

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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.

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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

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Pitfield Cafe London

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Last weekend I went with a friend to Pitfield Cafe and shop in Shoreditch.

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We had the most delicious lunch in the lovely cafe

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I didn’t take any pics of the cafe because it was full and it didn’t feel right pointing my camera at strangers.

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It’s a very large space and about three quarters  is the shop.

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Blury pic of a bit of the food counter.

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Lovely old watering cans

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Nice isn’t it.

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They also sell gorgeous tea towels by Barbara Chandler

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Cabinets full of vintage glass

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Beautiful huge old prints

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Cosy corner and lots of fifties crockery exactly the same as my grandma used to have.

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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).

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What I loved most of all though was the wonderful frontage which I think is outstandingly amazingly beautiful. Just Ahhhhhh

Old Street Tube London.

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Pop up vintage fair in Hampstead, London NW3

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Last Sunday I went to the Vintage pop up fair in St Stephens church hall in Hampstead. Many years ago the place fell into disrepair and became home to a few squatters and their barking dogs. I walked past it to and from work every day and was so intrigued and curious, I’d have given anything to have a peak inside. They were lucky to be residing in such an amazing, huge and stunning church, quite medieval and haunting at night, all dark as there  was no electricity. The dogs barked, heavily tattooed   shadowy figures came and went and I imagined the place to be candle lit.  It must have been freezing. Roll on a couple of decades and it’s been repaired at great cost and is now a most beautiful church.

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It’s a huge, imposing place with tons of atmosphere and there are always lovely stalls. I never come away empty handed.

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I bought some gorgeous notebooks from www.retrofromscratch.co.uk who use the front covers of vintage books to make into note books and diaries.

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There was a lovely vintage china stall called MadAboutPots  by Jane Murphy who also had a plate stand full of very delicious tiny cakes for free.

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I fell in love with this beautiful little jacket and it took all my will power not to buy it. If I had I would have hung it on the wall as it’s not something I’d get away with wearing but it was just so gorgeous.

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If it’s still there next time I know it’s meant for me.

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A lovely quiet day cutting out vintage fabric animals and shapes

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It’s so therapeutic doing this and it’s a lovely way to use some of my fabric which isn’t suitable for other things.

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I iron interfacing on the back so the shapes aren’t floppy ans are easy to hold. I’ve made little groups of different ones and put them on my Etsy Shop

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Children love them as I saw from the fabric workshops I did a few weeks ago. They can be put on the wall,  glued into scrap books,  played with in make believe games……..

Make a picture to take home

they can be used for making cards or pictures with, you can decorate a mirror, a cupboard, the fridge, a window……..

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the possibilities are endless and most of the fabrics are vintage so they are truly beautiful and original. A lovely little present for children to play with on these cold winter days.

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My very first sale in my new Etsy shop ! So exiting

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What a lovely surprise to wake up to. My little vintage fabric pin cushion with pink bobbles is going to America. I wish I could take it there myself.

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A few nice pics

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I’m missing my flowers in the garden as it gets colder so I thought I’d post a few on here. Just the orange ones as they’re my very fave.

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three strands of mini vintage bunting

I’ve been making bunting for my Open House Sale in 10 days. I mainly make it in 2 meter strands which is £12.  Not bad eh.

Nasturtiums

The joy of orange nasturtiums from seed

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and bright pink sweet peas from seed

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The blue and white florals were made by hand in France in the thirties. The  pinky purple rose fabric was also made by hand in the thirties but in America. It’s all so precious.

The blue and white polka dot is from a damaged fifties dress.

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Fabric Workshops for children at my next Pop Up 27th & 28th October 2012

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