Thursday, 28 October 2010

ARDINGLY UPDATE and The Calm before the Storm!!

When we arrived on site Tuesday morning it was still dark - 6 a.m.  and we quickly set to work to prepare the shopping booth for the next couple of days trading by laying ground sheets on the grass and adding a few rugs and door mats as the weather forecast for the next couple of days was not good.  When the sun started to rise the sky was an unbelievable mass of fire.  A lot of shepherds must have been filled with fear and trepidation but I rushed for  my camera!!

Just a few hours later the sky became dark and ominous and it started to rain and continued so for most of the day.  The temperature dropped and the wind got up, but we were as snug as bugs in a rug.

In spite of the weather we had lots of lovely customers who had lots of nice things to say about our cosy little encampment .

We met lots of lovely new customers
 and re-acquainted ourselves with valued old ones. 

We had a great
 time and have booked our space for January next year.   Our next trip away is to Cowslip Workshops for the Christmas Craft Market on 19th and 20th November.

Friday, 22 October 2010


On Monday Linda and I will be loading up the Van ready to travel to Sussex for the Ardingly Antiques and Collectors Fair on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th October.  We will be in Shopping Arcade no. 58.  If you are in the area come and say hello.  We have looked out the thermals and woolly jumpers for standing around in a field for 2 days.  It is not supposed to rain, lets hope they've got it right.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Food for Thought!

Words have always had a profound effect on me even though I am not a great reader.  I was as a child but that changed when I was at Grammar School. I found the books we were set to read in English Lit. difficult to get into and boring most of the time and therefore didn't do my homework !!!  I used to fly by the seat of my pants and read a few paragraphs before class. I found it impossible to make myself spend time reading something that  did not interest me. This has stayed with me to this very day.  I know almost immediately I start reading a book whether or not I am going to finish it.  If it doesn't get me in the first chapter then I can put it down and not pick it up again.  On the other hand if it does get me then I will become totally anti-social and read until it is finished.   This week while reading my local paper and checking out the Birth, Marriages and Deaths colums I was captured by an anonymous entry in the Memoriums column.  Without meaning to be morbid I am writing it here as I am curious to know about the Author.  Was it written by a published author or was it written by just someone with a way with words ........  does anyone know??

"Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; sunward I've climbed and joined in the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds  -
and done a hundred things you have not dreamed of ........."
Simple words that convey so much feeling.

Friday, 1 October 2010


Early hand made Bodice

Early hand made Bodice
Here are a few things that Natalie and I bought in Auction the other day.  These beautiful things emerged from a box full of tangled textiles.  Too tangled to fully explore for fear of doing some damage.  We knew it held four or five treasures but when it was tipped out and gently sorted my mouth started to open wider and wider.  It did not come cheaply, but was worth every penny.  Some things are on their way to Italy to collectors and the others will be sold the usual way.  The two bodices shown in the pictures are hand made from cotton lawn with a date of 1820/1830.  Every stitch in their construction and embellishment has been done by hand.
Hand printed chintz panel
This panel is a very early hand printed chintz.  I have seen panels like this placed at the centre of a Frame Quilt - now known as a Medallion Quilt.  The panels are placed in the centre and the quilt is built frame by frame by adding a series of squares and triangles along either side with a defining block usually in the same fabric at each corner.  These are my favourite type of quilts.  They are a grand showcase of all the fabulous hand printed fabrics that were available in the early 19th century.  These fabrics were brought here by the East India Shipping Company and were known as 'Indiennes'.  As well as this panel there were also a lot of other pieces of hand printed chintz.  Highly glazed and with a papery feel.  The previous owner had been an accomplished stitcher as many had had small motifs cut from them to be used in Broderie Perse.  Some examples of her work were also in the box.  All of these things are for sale and if anyone reading this is interested in purchasing something then please get in touch with me.  There are more photographs on my Flickr site.  To access these just click on the Flickr badge in the sidebar.  In the meantime there is a lot of work to be done with research and processing these things.  Some things have been sold already but there is a lot left and I shall be adding some to my website