Tales from the Sea Garden

Tales from The Sea Garden

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Thursday, 13 April 2017

A lovely day....

I thought I would share with you a few photos of our Homespun Fair last Sunday; the weather was kind to us and the hall was brim full of lovely things for sale......

 Cornwall Vintage

The Sea Garden

 One of Wendy's handmade dolls

 Sarah Drew Jewellery

Homefront on the Road

Little Creative Home

Liz Lynch

 Dolly Daydream

 Love Mia

Windswept Girlie

 Teresa Dunne

(Apologies to those stands I didn't manage to photograph, there wasn't enough time in the day!)

Sarah and Emma made the tearoom look so inviting with vintage tablecloths and fresh flowers

 Scrumptious home-baked cakes and all the pretty teacups all in a row.....
All in all a lovely day with fellow enthusiasts gathered together, and visitors and locals alike enjoying the wide mix of vintage and handmade goods on offer. Thank you so much to everyone who took part: we couldn't have done it without you!

The next Portscatho Homespun Fair will be
 Sunday 22nd October

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Homespun Fair

Calling all vintage lovers : Homespun is back! Only a week to go.....What nicer way to spend a Sunday than come to the seaside village of Portscatho on the south Cornish coast, soak up the sun (hopefully!) and visit a lovely Vintage Fair to boot!
Here's the lovely line-up of stallholders we have coming to take part:
The Duchy's Vintage Party
Dolly Daydream
Angelica's Table
Little Netty
Sarah Drew
Cornwall Vintage
Homefront on the Road
Vintage on Sea
Mirage Emporium
Windswept Girlie
Liz Lynch
Love Mia.Co
Relit Kernow
Wading Bird
Emporium of Illumination
Little Creative Home
Cute Kitten Vintage
Needhams Textiles
Cornwall Painted Furniture
The Sea Garden

Wendy, Patsy and I will be sharing the Sea Garden stand between us, with a mixture of handmade cards, books, bunting, lampshades, vintage lace, fabric, haberdashery and eclectic household items.

Sarah and Emma from Duchy's Vintage Party will be hosting the pop-up tearoom, serving delicious homemade cakes on best vintage china.
The venue is Portscatho Memorial Hall; there will be signposts on the day directing you to the car park adjacent to the Hall. More free parking can be found at the top of Gerrans hill. There is free entry to the Fair, so feel free to come and go as you please and enjoy the day.
The Sea Garden shop at the bottom of the hill will of course be open too;
from 10.30am - 5pm
So come and say hello!

Saturday, 4 March 2017

So, here is my new bag collection thus far!
 All made using 100% recycled fabrics, and all featuring a little row of Suffolk Puffs which I have unpicked from a 1930's bedcover.

 The majority of the fabric is old French linen sheets dyed different colours, and also original mattress ticking and mangle cloth. Some of the bags have long straps to be worn across the body......
 and others have short straps to be held in the hand.

 The floral piece used in the bag below came from a very exciting find; the fabric length has 'Morris & Co' on the selvedge; so although not actually one of William Morris's own designs it was printed by his company and could therefore be well over 120 years old! I love the colouring of it; I wonder how much the blue and the grey-green of the leaves has faded over the years.....
All these and more will be on my stand at The Bedruthan Mid-century and Vintage Fair on the 11th and 12th March (see side bar). Hope some of you can make it; there will be retro furniture, lighting, vintage clothing and accessories, home collectables, glassware and textiles. Something for everyone!

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Homespun is back!

 I am very pleased to announce that the Homespun Fair will be returning to Portscatho on 9th April! The lovely ladies Sarah and Emma from Duchy Vintage Party are organising the event, and there are still places available, so if you or anyone you know deals in vintage or retro items or hand-makes things from vintage materials and would like a stand, then please go to the following link:

In just two weeks time Sarah and Emma are also playing host to The Mid-Century and Vintage Fair at Bedruthan (also here in Cornwall), and I am having a stand in the 'Vintage Makers Room'.
To that end I've been busy making map cards with some wonderful old 1920's photographs that I found in an album in a second-hand bookshop:

and with the little offcuts of map left over I made some smaller cards with boats and bunting:

I've also started a new range of bags, but I will blog about them in a couple of days when I've finished enough to make a little collection.
See you again soon!

Monday, 23 January 2017

 Over the last couple of weekends I have been making new arrangements in the shop; it's nice after the removal of all the Christmas paraphernalia to get some fresh Spring colours going on. Alongside the old glass bottles with the vintage flowers sit simple bracelets and necklaces, fashioned from beads made from recycled wine bottles, in beautiful sea greens and blues.

There's a bit of a 1920's theme going on in the front window, with Patsy's handmade books and  bunting, and my fabric-scrap cards with sepia photos.

 There are drawers full of colourful ribbons, packs of fabrics and Suffolk Puffs.....

 I love this time of year because it gives me a chance to re-energise my batteries, and develop new ideas. I've just treated myself to a new sewing machine which can do all kinds of pretty stitches, so that could take my work in a different direction. Manning the shop only at weekends means I can fully immerse myself in creativity, and spend more time with J, who is playing his guitar beside me as I write.
I've noticed that blogging seems to have gone a bit out of favour lately, and Instagram is the new go-to medium of choice for posting pictures, but I shall continue to write my blog dear friends in the hope that you will carry on reading. I just don't relate to all this need for instant gratification and interaction. I know doing a blog post takes time, but I guess I'm just one of those that prefers to live life in the slow lane.....

Sunday, 15 January 2017

 Old bottles are a great way of displaying single flower stems; in this case I've chosen some vintage fabric flowers and added a touch of ribbon. I put these into the shop today as my way of encouraging spring to arrive. The daffodils are already out and the first snowdrops. Is it really only two weeks since New Year?