Tuesday 4 May 2010


On Saturday I finally made it to
a handmade and vintage fair.
This was the much talked about fair at Chipping Sodbury.
In the excitement,  a belly full of cake   and a head full of lavender
I took some dull photos not worthy of posting.
You just have to use your imagination, which should include.
fabric,cakes,(obviously the two most important) necklaces, baskets, tins, dresses, china,
haberdashery, books.....
Above is the best photo and not the least bit dull.
For this was my blog-friend Sals colourful table.
Actually truth be told Sal was a big reason for going to the fair.
I wanted to meet the lady that inspires me so, and to purchase some of her vintage fabrics.
Thanks Sal!
Another purchase was this patchwork bag from
(can you see the theme for this post) 
Later seen parading about in Bath!
50 pence bargain of the day.
I can never resist a good rummage box!
Thankyou Jayne and Michele and all for making such a lovely day.
I can only imagine all the work that goes into it!

Last week I posted my give-aways off to Sal and Diane.
I made some patchwork notebook covers, something which I have never done before.
I do like making things for someone special.
  It was my patchwork versus crochet theme.
I am still a novice to the eye of a skilled crocheter.
I just like how you start with a ball of thread and create something new!
fiddly diddly.
( I made this heart for Diane at heart shaped and in return she kindly sent me some lovely chocolates
and a Rob Ryan card, which I shall show later. Thankyou Diane!)
So now with the gifts finished I have my hands back to myself and time I got on with making some stock for my shop which I have yet to open!
I've made a start on this patchwork piece.
I'm calling it 'cottage garden' due to the randomness of the colours.

Did someone mention garden?
Here are the latest blooms.
These lovely lilac flowers are camassias.
I have fallen totally in love..


Hen said...

Hi Clare,
Nice to meet you on Saturday. Glad you had a good time and made some lovely purchases. I came away with quite a lot of fabric too!
Hen x

VintageVicki said...

Lucky you - the V&H Fair looks great - I've seen so many pics on lots of blogs. Wish it was nearer.

Country Cottage Chic said...

So pleased you enjoyed it - it is always such a fun & friendly event!


Bobo Bun said...

Sounds like a great day out and some good buys too. I love Sal's fabrics. All very tempting.

Lisa x

Lisa said...

Oh you lucky Mrs Summerfete! I hope you bring your bag along on Thursday for me to drool over!
I spotted the shop on your toolbar. That's very exciting!
Lisa xx

Sal said...

It was wonderful to meet you, Clare!!
Glad you enjoyed the Fair and were able to put some names to faces!
I have yet to blog about the gorgeous goodies which you sent to me but it is on the list!

Have fun! ;-) xxx

Anonymous said...

Your patchwork is lovely, it's not something I do myself so I'm completely in awe of those who do!
Vivienne x

Attila said...

Your crochet looks a bit more than novice level to me! And I say that as someone who's been crocheting for quite a few years. It's lovely, as is your hexagon patchwork (such a lot of work but you can watch telly at the same time!)

Diane said...

What a great day out Clare - I would have loved it - and what a bargain brooch!!!
I absolutely love my patchwork note book and you have given me inspiration to get going with a bit of patchwork of my own! SO thanks. xxxxxx

Vintage from the Village said...

Hi Just discovered your great blog and will follow you. Love all your things
Sue x

Floss said...

It must have been great - thanks for filling us in on your side of the story - it's so fun to read about it from different bloggers. I thought of you when I discovered a few more pieces of unfinished hexagon patchwork in a bag today! Very pretty fabrics - I really don't remember how they came into my possession...