Monday, 26 June 2017

Fridays at Portobello Market

I can now be found every Friday at Portobello Road Market selling all things vintage!  My stall is packed with vintage homeware (bone china trios, vintage glassware, '80's Unigate milk bottles and more), vintage linens, small furniture pieces and collectable books.

My stall is situated near the Cloth Shop towards the Golborne Road end of the market.  Open 8am - 5pm come rain or shine.

Ladbroke Grove or Notting Hill are the nearest tube stations.  The market makes for a great day out. Fridays and Saturdays are the days to come for antiques and vintage wares.  Great food stalls too.








Friday, 30 December 2016

Tenterden Christmas Market November 2016

This year I joined the Tenterden Christmas Market, held over 3 days - 25-27 November run by the Market Square Group.



For the 3 days Tenterden High Street was transformed into a traditional Christmas market with a great selection of stalls including artisan local food producers, gifts, vintage and crafts (the mulled cider kept me going when the cold set in!). All the shops and cafes stayed open late and with an appearance from Santa and live street music, the atmosphere was very festive.

I braved the cold for 3 days but had a fantastic time.  Everyone was friendly and the Market Square Group ran the event faultlessly.  My best sellers were the fab elephant floor cushions and my ceramic West Highland Terrier which I had grown to love sitting in my kitchen went to a new home!






Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Peckham Salvage Yard



Just spent an amazing weekend selling in the sunshine at the Copeland Gallery, Peckham.  Check out the October event, 1st and 2nd 11-6pm.  Fashion, furniture, homeware, jewellery and curiosities. Free entry.

www.hackneyfleamarket.com



Thursday, 14 July 2016

Handmade Decoupage Beano Letters

Wow - busy few days completing my latest Beano order from my Etsy shop.
No prizes for guessing who this one is for!!   I decoupage the paper mache letters and numbers with vintage Beano comics mainly from the 1970's.  I love receiving pictures from customers as to where they have put the letters in their homes.  They are popular wedding and birthday gifts too, lots of orders recently for wedding tables with the bride and groom's names.

For custom orders please see the listing in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/155084469/handmade-vintage-beano-decoupage-letters





Thursday, 7 July 2016

Good to be back

I am so enjoying being back in Soho for a couple of weeks - temporarily returning to my old job in PR.

Liberty London never fails to delight - the flower stall outside their Regent Street store is so stunning and smells so good too!

Looking forward to sampling the delights of Gelupo later on today - the sun is shining and I feel a sorbet is needed!





Friday, 15 January 2016

Trip to Fortnum and Mason

On a freezing cold January day, my trip to Fortnum and Mason was the only thing keeping me going!  My trip coincided with the London Lumiere - a dazzling light festival.  The atmosphere around Piccadilly was amazing with soundtracks playing out against the light show.



Fortnum and Mason, founded in 1707, is a piece of history, located in the heart of Piccadilly.

The history page on the shop website makes very interesting reading.  I especially enjoyed the pieces on the creation of the Scotch Egg invented for travellers in 1738 and in 1886 Mr Heinz brings Baked Beans to Piccadilly.



www.fortnumandmason.com/information/our-history




Personally, for me, the store conjures up images of hampers, tins of biscuits, gentleman's relish, tea caddys and delicious afternoon teas!   Especially wonderful at Christmas time.







Friday, 6 November 2015

Liberty London

I spent a wonderful evening in Liberty, Regent Street last night www.liberty.co.uk. The most prestigious store in London dating back to 1875 and originally opened by Arthur Lasenby Liberty.  

I spent most of my time on the 4th floor in the Christmas shop and the homeware department.  

I was very tempted to add to my Burleigh collection - I'll be adding these to my Christmas list this year!  Stunning Blue Calico and Blue Regal Peacock.



I came across a wonderful French company www.astierdevillatte.com known for their scented candles and handmade pottery made out of black terracotta clay.  The pottery is created on the Rue St. Honore in Paris and each item is crafted in a traditional pottery style passed down from generations.





Wonderful plates, ideal for pigeon pie!












Stunning scented candles




















The Christmas department looked stunning with a ceiling lit up with magical fairy lights and a vast selection of beautiful tree decorations.