Entries Tagged as 'Vintage Finds'

Homes & Antiques Christmas

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I was thrilled to be asked by Homes & Antiques to shoot their Christmas Style feature this year, it was great working with a new team and a very talented in house stylist Keira. There were 3 themes or looks for Christmas and each of them had something that I wanted to take home to recreate the look, the paint in trend two was a particular favourite, I always wish I had the guts to paint a room in a really moody dark colour but I never have. If you haven’t seen this months issue its well worth taking a look and I’d recommend a subscription for Christmas especially as you also receive a free copy of Kirsties Christmas Crafts.

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Pretty Nostalgic Gathering

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At the end of October, I had planned a little trip to Bristol to see my lovely friends Pete and Sus and their gorgeous little boy, Dan. I follow Pretty Nostalgic on twitter as I love their ethos, even though my life couldn’t quite fit into the ideal and from time to time buy the magazine. So it was a real thrill to find out that the weekend I planned to visit Bristol, they were having their ‘gathering’. An exciting mix of talks, stalls selling and promoting vintage as well as some incredible live music.

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I arrived incredibly early as I really wanted to hear a talk by Susie Parr, who I actually met at the door and rather clumsily said ‘oh I’m here to see you.’  I adore swimming outdoors and although I’ve not written about any of my expeditions on the blog, I’ve crossed the Bosphorus, circumnavigated the Scilly Isles, crossed the Corryvreckan and dipped in and out of lochs and lakes around the UK. More recently though Ive stopped altogether, I got the fear after my race across the Bosphorus. I couldn’t see anyone in the water and more importantly I couldn’t find my friend who wasn’t as good a swimmer as me, and since then I’ve really just dipped my toe in water. I hoped by going to Susie’s talk I might be able to reconnect with water. It was fantastic, covering the social history of water and swimming, our need and connection to water and have since read the book which I bought and I’m happy to say I think I’m ready to dip my toe in the water again. I have to say the photography throughout the book was a big part of its appeal, I hold Susie’s husbands Martin Parr’s photography in high regard after studying his work during my fine art photography degree, a master of social photography and a Magnum photographer to boot.

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It was a great morning and after a pootle around the stalls and a lovely cup of tea, baby Dan had seen enough and we all went off to have some lunch in town. What a great ‘gathering’ Pretty Nostalgic!

Blighty Boutique Vintage Fairs

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It incredible the number of smiling faces you see at Vintage Fairs and Sundays Fair organised by Amy from Blighty Boutique goes down in my top five events where almost everyone from sellers and buyers, the lady at the door, the girls who served me an amazing slice of Coffee and Walnut cake to the 8 year old girl who I saw bartering with her mum for a little more pocket money had huge smiles. It truly was smiles all around, amazing!

There were so many lovely things, especially homewares and fabrics and to died for bed linens which may prompt me to redecorate our bedroom. I particularly loved the reused glass jelly mould candles, they smelt amazing and if I hadn’t washed my jeans which I had put everyone’s contact details in, then I’d provide you with a link but hopefully someone will get in touch as it was such a great idea. I’m looking forward to the next one which I believe is scheduled for November and hopefully at one point I’ll be able to sell a few bits myself as my rummaging has been getting the best of me over the last few weeks and my trips to the car boots with Emily from Berylune and Charlotte are just a little bit of a fixture. Yeah the power of facebook and the candles are from serendipitycandles which will now be on my christmas list!

 

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Vintage love….

 

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Oh I love a vintage fair, almost more than life to be honest, although car boots are pretty much becoming my obsession as of late with a little help from Emily and Amy from Berylune. I drove back yesterday after a manic 3 hours at our local car boot to see some pretty bunting and a large arrowed sign announcing the vintage fair at the pump rooms. It was organised by Vintage in the Shires and looks set to become an event which will happen every two months in Leamington wooohooo! I have to say these people have taste, the stall holders and the venue were a perfect combination and the weather helped as there was good turn out. I lusted after a blue, red and white decanter which I initially thought was £8 but turned out to be £28 which to be honest was a bargain but my pocket couldn’t stretch quite that far after my purchases at the car boot, although I do keep on thinking about it and how nice it would look on my mantlepiece, if its there the next time its mine. If you’d like to follow the fair or find out when it returns to Leamington why not follow their facebook page and get in touch. It’ll definitely be a date for my diary in October.

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Yellow…

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At the start of the week when we all had hopes for the start of Spring I seemed to come across a whole lot of yellow in my home and I thought I’d share it in the hope that we might see the sun once again. Here’s hoping the start of Spring will be just around the corner.

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