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Antiquarian

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  • This is a poem that I wrote some time ago after I’d been to ( yet another) Vintage Fair.

    Antiquarian
    Oh no! I’ve spotted a bygone!
    It came from a life long gone.
    How did it happen? Time goes so fast.
    All those antiques that were made to last.
    My toys long forgotten, up in the loft.
    My Teddy, my dolly all cuddly and soft.
    The boxes of toys for sale at the fair,
    I played with those and Truth and Dare.
    Kick can Lurky was a cheeky game,
    Jacks and Hop Scotch just the same.
    Skipping and tossing against a wall
    Required no effort – not at all.
    Two Balls I played and a hoola hoop.
    Is this why my back has such a stoop?
    Blind Man’s Bluff and Post Man’s Knock
    And I learn the time on a new Tick Tock.
    A monkey money box ate my pennies,
    Golly Wogs and a boy called Dennis.
    Annuals, cigarette cards and penny sweets.
    My life has been full of many treats.
    Oh No! I’ve seen another Antique.
    It was in a mirror! I had only a peek!

    Barbara Taylor (A Vintage Girl from a Vintage World)

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Super Sunday Part Two

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Yesterday’s blog was Super Sunday and the afternoon tea party was, I suppose, technically part two as I had a Super Sunday (morning) which must have been part one. Anyhow,never one to confuse…..

On Super Sunday morning Darling Daughter and I went to the Chester Vintage Fair. This was fab with more than fifty stalls all purveyors of vintage treasures. We browsed and bought and browsed again and bought again. I didn’t spend a huge stash of money but enjoyed my little hoard of treasures. I purchased some old lace, both a Doiley and some meters of narrow trim. It needs a good wash but will look good in my crafting stash. I also found a huge bag of pearl buttons for only £4-bargain!  I’m sure they will come in useful.

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I bought a couple of ceramic flower brooches to add to my collection. These are very attractive and reasonably priced. It is difficult to find them with no damage but yesterday my luck was in. I told you it was super Sunday!

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I also found a delightful Laura Ashley China cup and saucer. It’s really cute with an off set handle at an angle. I love this cup and saucer and only payed a few pounds for it. The lace on which it is photographed is the doiley that I found for £1. Just imagine all that work and only worth £1!! The actual cup and saucer are probably destined to be filled with soy wax and sold on as a candle at some point in the future when I can bare to part with them.

So a very good day all round. I am looking forward to more Super Sunday’s!

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imageimageimageI have been sorting through my stash of vintage textiles (again) and I REALLY need to sort out and move some on. Space in our tiny cottage is at a premium and the situation is getting serious! With this in mind I have been sorting out vintage tray cloths and re-modeling as cushions. I chose two cloths of similar size,stitched them together and stuffed with filling and hey presto a cushion! I used white blanket stitch along the right side to join the cloths.

During my sorting I came across a pair of chair backs which my Grandmother embroidered over sixty years ago. These chair backs were made to protect the back of chairs from a gentlemans hair oil! This hair dressing was Macassar oil and the chair backs were known as Anti macassars. Here endeth the history lesson💚 These Antimassars now adorn chairs in my home -so I do use my vintage collection as it was intended.

All this sorting out has resulted in two tray cloths less and one cushion which I hope to sell at a village craft fair in a few weeks. More about that later.

Cowl

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Yogurt pot Benji

I finished the cowl that I mentioned on the previous post. It is warm and snuggly but there is something not perfect about it. I think it’s the yarn that I chose and the colour. It somehow looks a bit “immature” and amateurish ( which it is!) Ah well, lesson learned. I will now attempt a more sophisticated cowl perhaps more chunky and cables and clever twists!

Gorgeous dog Benji is making me move. I was out walking him at 7.30 this morning. It was beautiful on the country lanes so autumnal and brisk. Benji is settling in well and feels part of the family. I have now got him pet insured, and food adjusted. He loves to lick the yogurt pot, run fast off the lead and sit on our knees!

We are continuing to work on the house and do all the odd jobs that got missed because we’ve been away so much this year. I need to work on some crafts for the craft fair I’m doing in a few week. I’ve made tea cup candles and was thinking about putting some candle making kits together as well. I must stop buying tea cups,wax,vintage lace etc etc…….

Watch this spot as I am off to a vintage fair and might just find more vintage treasures!

Fair Enough!

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ImageInspecting a mini Tear Drop caravan which contained a double bed and a TV! The kitchen was on the end and served a vintage pop up tea shop. Fab!

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Wow! What a week-end, two fairs in one-great! The first was on Saturday and the Cheshire Food Festival at Arley Hall,Northwich. The location was gorgeous in the grounds of a stately home. The weather was beautiful and I went “en famille” which was a delight. Two of my Grand children went with their parents and we had a lazy, foodie afternoon. The children were happy as there were some fairground rides and the adults were happy as there was lots of tastings of local produce- cheese, chutneys, jams, wine, beer etc.

One hungry Grandson enjoyed a Bison Burger which I must admit smelled delicious. One son in law entered the “Man vs Food” challenge where he had to consume Chilli Gin, 12 inch Chilli sausage and Chilli jam as fast as possible. He didn’t win but had a good hot lunch!

The Cheshire Food Festival was sponsored by http://www.onionring.com which is a review web site for restaurants and hotels in the North of England and Wales. It was really well run, had a wide variety of exhibitors and a great day out. I am looking forward to the Christmas event.

The second event I went to was a Vintage Fair. This was billed as ” the Largest Vintage Fashion Fair in the UK” and it was! It was stuffed to the rafters with stalls selling all manner of vintage paraphernalia.There were fur coats, hats, jewellery, lace everything and best of all sewing stuff! I do like stuff!

I managed to purchase some vintage lace, a brooch, embroidery hoop and some tat! I have now smuggled home all of the above including the tat and secreted it away before husband returns home! What I need now is some ideas with what to create with it all! All ideas gratefully considered. I went to this fair with a girl friend and we had a great day out mooching around the stalls having first got lost around Manchester. I often get lost!

This fair was organised by http://www.decorativefairs.com

I had a busy but great weekend. I now need to find some creative time so I am off to my Craft Group!

Work in Progress!

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Hello this is a short introduction to what I hope ( know!) will become a regular,interesting and informative blog.

Noddfacrafts is a blog about the art of collecting, finding and re-using vintage treasures. It is also about everyday crafts including knitting,quilting,sewing and dreaming about what to do next!

My other blog aka damnvan1 is my first foray into the world of blogging and I have learnt so much on a very steep learning curve. It is now time to refine my blog and retain damnvan1 as a travel blog only. This means a NEW blog noddfacrafts which I hope to grow into crafting,vintiquing,make do and mending and hopefully interesting  ideas and discussion. I will always enjoy constructive criticism and comments.

I have included a picture today of “work in progress” a nearly finished quilt. I do have a lot of “nearly finished items” and one day I will make a supreme effort……

I will start a list of my simple pleasures, many of which don’t cost much money, mainly time.

* searching craft shops and car boots for lost gems.

*Quilting

*sewing

*Knitting

*Vintage fairs

*Blogging!

*Travel adventures (and camper vans)

*Baking -and sadly eating the results!

etc. etc. the list is very long so I will add and refine as I go.

Thank you for reading my new baby blog and I will watch up soon.