Saturday, August 31

my "day at the office"

A lovely, sociable day spent at Devizes Vintage Bazaar

pleasant customers and a reasonable amount of stuff sold

a COLD glass of chammy in the garden

and an Indian takeaway for supper. . .

Its a tough job this vintage malarkey

but I guess someone's gotta do it. . .;)

thanks Lizzie and Clare- it was GREAT! xx
ps next stop the Textile Market in Othery Village Hall 28th September

Wednesday, August 28


I'll be selling at
Another great Vintage Bazaar fair
run by Lizzie and Clare
which promises to be a day of
utter vintage gorgeousness!
Hope to see you there!
(hit the links for up-to-date info & pics)

Tuesday, August 20


just sometimes,
I can't think of a single
to say.

So I won't!


Wednesday, August 14

Pearl Lowe at Vintage at the Village Hall!

 I'm really so SOOOO excited to tell you this news. . .

I'm running my 3rd Vintage Fair
at the Corn Exchange, Blandford Forum, Dorset
on Monday 14th October.
It promises to be a great day, made even greater
by the arrival of
the fabulous Pearl Lowe who is coming
to do a book signing!
(Pearl was also featured on Kirsty Allsop's
Channel 4 series Fill Your House for Free) 
published a great little write-up on the fair
in their latest issue
(get hold of a copy- its such a good magazine
with all the latest Vintage events and listings
plus loads of articles and great photos!)
I'll be telling you lots more about the fair preps
in the next couple of months,
(just try stopping me!)
but it goes without saying
it would be really lovely to see you there,
put some faces to names and blogs
and meet you in person!

Friday, August 9

bowls. . .

this (she says, stating the obvious)
is a Pyrex bowl.
It was bought in 1961 and snuck its way into my
cupboard when we were clearing my mum-in-law's house
after she died.
I have a bit of a thing going for old Pyrex so
can't think of a nicer way to keep dear Bet
in my thoughts than with an everyday family object
that she used and used and used some more.
Mark says he remembers her stirring custard in it
when he was a child, and making jellies,
and beating eggs
and doing all the things you do. . .
with a Pyrex bowl.
I love the scuffs, the fact that its been so well used
its no longer clear.
I love the heavy weight and the beehive ribs
and its the first bowl I select from my
rather large stash of bowls
(bowl lurve is story to be told another day. . .)
when there's bowl stuff to be done.
Wandering around the early morning bootsale this week 
I found three "as new" old Pyrex bowls.
Cleaner, fresher versions of my favourite,
 they just HAD to be bought!
this girl can never have enough bowls
I washed them
and dried them
and stacked them
and wiggled them about (as you do)
wondering what might have happened to the fourth bowl
which completed the set?

And then it dawned on me!

Tuesday, August 6

tea tray noticeboard

isn't it nice when something just works perfectly?
I wanted a noticeboard
I had some cork
and an old wooden tea tray. . .

and hey presto I got my wish!

Saturday, August 3

whats in your car boot?

I have to confess when I set off this morning for the Saturday car boot
I wasn't expecting to come home with 35 vintage cigar boxes
and two bin bags full of old pewter. . .

but hey, a girl couldn't walk away could she??!

Friday, August 2

The Guy in the Glass

 I just love this poem so thought you might like to read it too. . .

The Guy in the Glass
   by Dale Wimbrow, (c) 1934
When you get what you want in your struggle for self,
And the world makes you King for a day,
Then go to the mirror and look at yourself,
And see what that guy has to say.
For it isn't your Father, or Mother, or Wife,
Who judgment upon you must pass.
The feller whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the guy staring back from the glass.
He's the feller to please, never mind all the rest,
For he's with you clear up to the end,
And you've passed your most dangerous, difficult test
If the guy in the glass is your friend.
You may be like Jack Horner and "chisel" a plum,
And think you're a wonderful guy,
But the man in the glass says you're only a bum
If you can't look him straight in the eye.
You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years,
And get pats on the back as you pass,
But your final reward will be heartaches and tears
If you've cheated the guy in the glass.
"The Guy in the Glass" Written in 1934
By Peter "Dale" Wimbrow Sr., 1895-1954

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