Friday, 24 October 2014

Vintage Forever!

Rumour has it that the love affair with all things vintage is on the decline but I beg to differ, m'lud.  I don't give a hoot if other, less discerning flibbity jibbits have jilted collecting all things vintage in favour of some new fangled hobby, it's Vintage Forever for me.

The upside of any supposed decline in those who collect vintage goodies is that there will be more little lovelies for me to discover and bring home (much to the joy of my current husband).  Although, saying that, I have become a great deal more discerning about what I buy on my charity shop jaunts over the last few months.  I try not to part with my cash without some thought and consideration. Oh yes, we've all been mesmerised by the sirens call of a vintage wonder that turns out to be some tatty tut on closer inspection.  Sometimes the over enthusiastic managers of charity shops put such silly prices on things and I simply bide my time until eventually they see sense and reduce things to a more sensible price.  The lovely teapot above had to wait a few weeks on the shelf before she got reduced to half price and became mine. 

  These days, when out hunting in charity shops, I have started looking for things to sell as well as buying things to keep. I loved the green goddess vintage teacups and saucers above but sold them on for a very good price at the last Kitsch and Stitch Fair.  I miss them, but it gave me pleasure to send them on to a new home to be admired and cherished.

I found this picture for a mere £2.50 last week and this is most definitely a keeper.  As far as I can make out it's an original watercolour by a South African artist called Johnnie de Kock (behave!).  It is signed and dated 1979 but honestly, I wouldn't care what it's provenance was, I just love it; the blue hues are wonderful. It needs reframing as the glass and frame are grubby but I like the moody, seasonal atmosphere of it.  Notice the not-so skillful photography with the beams of my dining room ceiling reflected in the glass! What a slovenly old gal I am.

BTW, I am currently fiddling with my blog (ooh err missus!) so please 'bare with' whilst I titivate it using my limited bloggy skills.

TTFN. Galx

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Crafty Foxes

October is one of our favourite months here at Saucy Towers not least because the month kicks off with a certain Giddy Aunt's birthday.  This year, I decided to spend my birthday at the local Kitsch and Stitch Vintage and Makers Fair, selling some lovely gubbins.  This was my second time as a seller and I really enjoyed myself, chatting with the other stallholders and looking at the wonderful things they had for sale.  It requires a huge amount of restraint not to spend all your profits on the goodies being sold by your stall holder chums.

For the first time, I made a couple of things to sell alongside my vintage wonders and I think this went really well.  The Foxy Friend Pillows above are made in a lovely soft brushed tartan fabric, with some vintage fabric for the nose and ears; a cosy and cheerful little addition to anyone's sofa I think.   The snuggly foxy scarf above is a prototype for some faux fox stoles that I am making to sell at the next Kitsch and Stitch.  This little chap never made it to my stall as he was snaffled up by my curly girly to warm her own little neck but that was all fine and dandy as the pattern needs a tweak or two.

I've seen these felt autumn leaves everywhere on Pinterest and decided to make some to decorate my stall; really easy and very effective.  I used this leaf template and got some felty inspiration from here; I used a sewing machine to make the vein detail in my leaves as I was too impatient to hand embroider something fancier, but they still came out well I reckon.  I added them to a long length of brown ribbon, draped them across my stall and although I hadn't intended to, I ended up selling them to a lovely punter.   

I wish I had taken some nice pictures of my stall in all its glory but I was cream crackered after setting up and needed to pop out for a frothy coffee and a bacon roll to gather muster before things kicked off!  I honestly had no idea before I did my first vintage fair, just how much effort is involved in the preparations; the ironing of fabric and vintage table linen, the washing and careful packaging of glassware and china, the label writing and not least, the lugging of very heavy boxes up the huge staircase to the hall!  But in the words of Penny; Such fun!

October has been a fab month so far and it's all set to end in a spectacular way with the arrival of my son and daughter in laws first baby.  There is much excitement at Saucy Towers as we anticipate his arrival and we can't wait to trundle down to Somerset to meet him.  

Hope you are enjoying your Autumn and keeping chipper;  Galx

PS: This post is linking up with Claire at Clarina's Contemplations for her Savouring the Season Linky :) 

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