Monday, 31 January 2011


I have just added another two dates and venues to my Diary page for May.  So much for saying I wasn't going to do as much this year!!  I am very excited about these two latest bookings.  One is for the World Textile Weekend Spring Fair at Bisley Village Hall  The second is to be held at Glastonbury Rural Museum.  The dates at 14th and 15th May at Bisley and 20th May at Glastonbury.  May is going to be a very busy month.  On 3rd May I am at Honiton Textile Fair held at the Markarness Hall and then it is all change as Linda and I are going to National Trust property PETWORTH HOUSE  for 6th and 7th May where we will be holding two workshops using vintage textiles.  If anyone reading this is interested in joining the workshops please contact Iain Pearce at Petworth House.  Places are limited.  Linda and I love going to Petworth as we get to stay at the Horse Guards Inn at Tillington.  The coming months are going to be very busy but very exciting.  Next week we are off to France to buy and to sell this time at a 'Puces des Coutouriers' .  Lets hope we don't get snow bound as we did this time last year.  The most exciting trip to come is in April when we take off for the South of France to spend Easter week-end 'Brocanting' at Isles sur la Sourge and nearby Montpellier and Avignon.  I think we are going to be away for nearly two weeks as we will be driving leisurely and stopping off to stay with friends in various departments.  The Hotel is booked at our destination so we are all set.  Lets hope we find some fabulous things to bring back for all our eager customers!!  At least we should have some good new stock for Glastonbury and Stroud.  In the meantime its nose to the grindstone to earn the pennies to spend!!

Saturday, 15 January 2011


Ardingly was successful again for selling.  The weather was foul, very wet under foot.  I was worried our brand new hired van would get stuck in the mud! but managed to keep it on the concrete pathway.  Our little shopping arcade was snug and we managed to keep most things dry and clean until the second day when things deteriorated a bit.  I am now on a washing marathon to get things fresh and clean again.  We have Shepton Mallett 3 day Antiques and Collectors Fair next weekend.  Indoors this time so hopefully there won't be too much washing to do afterwards!!.

Since we got back I have been busy listing things on Ebay and trying to get a little more organised!  I have so much stuff laying around the house in various corners and cupboards that I am determined to make this year my clear out year.  Inevitably some things will be put back to where I found them but there are lots of things that must go.  One of my philosophies is that no matter how long things are kept they will eventually find their correct home!!  I keep things that I think are special for years and eventually their time comes.  One example of this has happened this weekend.  Last summer I sold a lot of Victorian costume on Ebay that I had bought in an Auction about 4 years ago.  Because there was something the matter with all of it, it was put in black bin liners and forgotten about until the summer of last year.  One of the things was a Victorian Bodice with  its skirt, but the skirt had been taken to pieces, for what reason I know not.  It was bought by a lady in France and I received an excited email the day she received it.  She was going to restore it to its former glory.  This weekend I received via email photographs of the finished project.  All I could say was 'WOW' when I saw what she had accomplished .  She has the most fabulous website .  Do have a look if you like Antique costume.  It is written in French  and the photographs are fabulous.  To see what someone has done with a bag of bits makes all the hard work worthwhile and it makes sense of the the times I hear someone (usually my husband) say 'what are you keeping all that stuff for??'.  The trouble is I wish I had kept it!!!

Monday, 3 January 2011


Well it is just three days into a New Year and this is the state of my Dining Table again.  It was cleared for about 3 days when my family were here for Boxing Day lunch.  Christmas Day we ate at my daughters house.  It seemed the ideal opportunity with the table cleared for once to start planning several projects that are in my mind.

As these projects progress things will gradually work their way down to the other end of the room, where at the moment there is a virtually clear coffee table, except for a cutting board, ruler and rotary cutter.  You would have thought by now after living with me for nearly 50 years the man of the house would have taken the hint and built me a workroom.  !!!!!!!  In my dreams ............ 

Saturday, 1 January 2011


My first Blog of 2011 is to wish everyone a Happy New Year.   I don't believe in New Year resolutions as inevitably they will be broken however this year I intend to try to address all the little and large things that have been niggling away inside me for I don't know how long. There is nothing like the news of a dear friend's serious illness and the death of someone who has played a part, no matter how small, in your life to put things into perspective.  I know 2011 is not going to be an easy year, but I shall pour myself into my creative work as this gives me infinite pleasure and is such good therapy!!!!!!!!!!!  TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE  this will be my motto for the New Year.  I intend to spend more time with friends I haven't seen for a long time and what remains of my family.  I still have my Godmother, who at 93 is as bright as a button, she doesn't live a million miles away, but I haven't been seeing enough of her and I need to go back to Lyme Regis more often for my own peace of mind.  I have a quilt to design and make for the Quilter's Guild Annual General Meeting in April.  Lyme Regis is going to be my starting point so a photography expedition is on the cards.  I am looking forward to a more positive and constructive year and maybe a bit of inner peace.  That is what I wish for everyone a Happy, Positive and Inner Peaceful New Year!!   Now back to work!!!!!!