30 March 2007
My half of our room is beginning to take shape although I think I need more space!! In betweeen customers I'm still trying to make it look better, but the more we look at the dark blue walls the more we think we shall have to change them. But the ceilings are 10ft high so there is a lot of painting to be done and I'm not too sure when that can be fitted in! You've seen a similar photo before, but this area is beginning to look a little more coordinated. Still a way to go though!
Shepton Mallet Antiques Fair last weekend was OK. Not my best, but equally not the worst! I was pleased with various parts of my stand and the Toni Raymond pottery was quite eyecatching, especially being set off by the lovely pink curtains I bought from Donna. I took this large selection because of the 3-page article in the AntiqueExplorer magazine - a free publication dedicated to the South-West of England. A few pieces sold, but I'm not too sure if the market is ready for it again yet. It is 1950s/60s hand-painted pottery from Devon and I was rather pleased when I realised that the multi-coloured set matches the colours in my Emma Bridgewater spotty china perfectly.
I'm taking Mum shopping this afternoon - various 'errands', maybe a quick visit to Kelways Garden Centre (clematis £6.49 or 2 for £10), hopefully also a quick 'grandmother of the bride' outfit hunt, and all rounded off with the scurry round Tesco! There's nothing like trying to cram 101 things into the space of about 4 hours. Wish me luck!
Tomorrow is our 30th Wedding Anniversary. Not bad for a 2nd marriage for each of us, is it? I hope the weather's fine as we're thinking of going off on a jolly - on the West Somerset Railway. Paul used to be a trainspotting anorak so I thought it would be nice for him, and I'll get to see the sea at Minehead! One of my cousins is a volunteer on this railway and I think he sometimes drives the train! I don't expect he'll be on it tomorrow though.
29 March 2007
Having told myself I wasn't going to buy much, bearing in mind the wedding is imminent, I ended up with 3 large bags full, and not being one to say 'no more' very often, I added another bag of goodies to my stash when we toured Ilminster's charity shops.
The first 2 photos are of the beautiful embroidery on a kimono that I couldn't resist. The third one is silk on silk embroidery. Superb workmanship and an amazing piece altogether. I'm guessing it measures about 3ft x 5ft. I must measure it tomorrow. These 3 photos look super enlarged.
The crinoline lady is a tea cosy although there is no padded liner. The reversable quilt was a last-minute purchase after I'd thought I'd spent out! How wrong can a girl be!!
Niki and Donna have posted photos from Niki's camera. Here are mine. Debbie is in the middle of the first one.
Thanks go to Donna for showing me how to use the macro button on my camera (must find the instructions!). What a difference it makes!! This is an alstromeria from a bouquet sent to Mum a couple of weeks ago - still thriving. Do enlarge it - it really is fabulous close up.
It's been a busy week so I haven't had a chance to write a post about Shepton Antiques Fair last weekend. I was quite pleased, although Sunday was a poor day. However, once again I bought a few goodies - mainly fabric. I've taken some photos but I'll show you those another day.
I'm contemplating doing a carboot sale on Sunday. There's a local one that starts again this weekend and takes place every Sunday until the end of September. I've never been to it but I understand it's a good one. I tend to be a fair weather carbooter, so it will all depend on the weather. But I have a lot of stock to clear. When I buy 'job lots' at auction I often end up with a quantity of china, glass or linen that isn't really good enough to display at Dairy House or the 3-day Fair. I tend to stockpile it and then take a good load to a carboot. Hubby will be delighted if some of it disappears this weekend!!
20 March 2007
Today I'm 21 again ... again ... again ... again ... again ... and postie is just walking down the drive with a bundle of envelopes (although they may all be wedding invitation replies of course). The sun is shining and everything in my little world is good today.
On Saturday the bride-to-be and I went to Bath to look for my outfit and for her to have a fitting. We bought the only things I tried on but weren't 100% convinced. There was a jacket, skirt and camisole which was the most likely, but there was a dress which went with the jacket, too, which I liked (because it fitted) but H wasn't too keen. I liked the skirt but could envisage seeing nothing but creases across the front of it in the photos, so wasn't too happy with that. Consequently I bought it all for P to see on the proviso that it could go back. All but the jacket are going back! Because ... the wonderful lady making H's dress is going to make one for me to go with the jacket. Between us we decided the other dress was too 'mumsy' and the skirt was too busy with the jacket. I'm busy enough as it is, without having to wear busy as well!! So, I'm off the hook ... no more traipsing round shops searching for the perfect outfit. All sorted (apart from shoes (and hat?))! And the wedding dress is going to be wonderful. I'm beginning to allow myself to get excited now!
On Sunday I had a phone call from Dairy House to say a shipper/dealer was in from Tasmania and he wanted loads (and loads) of my enamelware and other items and what were my best prices. His purchases have boosted the bank balance to a healthy degree which is very exciting (especially as he comes over twice a year).
The carpet fitters started laying new carpet throughout Mum's house yesterday and she's delighted with their work so far, is really settling in next door and is happy. So that's more excitement (and relief on our part).
But best of all ... I've lost 10lbs. How amazing is that. I feel so much fitter already, and have been shifting Mum's furniture like a removal man instead of struggling. I'm amazed at the extra energy, although I had to admit defeat last night and was in bed by 9 o'clock! It's working out at about one pound every couple of days, so in theory I could almost lose the 2 stone I was planning on losing a year ago! At least I won't have time to put it all back on until after the wedding! How exciting is that ...
I needed to share all that with you! Have a happy day everyone ... and why not let me know your exciting moments of the week ...
18 March 2007
Here are the photos of the nursery rhyme pictures I bought the other day. The shading is all due to the position of the pictures (on the floor) and the clouds passing by the sun at incredible speed this morning. Not good photos at all, but at least this rounds off the previous post! The glass in one picture is broken, unfortunately, but the rest are fine although the frames could perhaps do with a facelift. I may take them to Shepton next weekend, unless anyone here feels they can't live without them (email). I intend to price them at £10 each, or £35 for the 4 (plus postage).
14 March 2007
Without measuring accurately I guess the picture book is about 14" x 18" in super condition with a 1951 inscription to "Dear Susan" (so I had to have it, didn't I! It could so easily have been a gift for my first birthday!!).
And what about the tin rabbit toilet roll holder ... I don't know if Shepton Antiques Fair is ready for that, but it will go over to Dairy House Antiques tomorrow, unless anyone else feels they must have it (£5.00 + p&p).
The two oil on glass paintings are pretty, too. The pansies are in better condition than the chrysanths, but they're both nice.
The Jane Churchill fabrics are the result of two separate ebay purchases. Not sure yet whether to sell them on or get out the sewing machine.
12 March 2007
I took this other photo last week when I visited the Bath Antiques and Decorative Fair. I was suddenly aware of all the different sizes and shapes of chimney pot on these properties in North Parade. I can't believe that I'd never noticed them before, especially having lived in Bath for 10 years, but obviously it was a day for noticing things last Wednesday. I hope they enlarge this time.
If I have time later I'll post some more photos - having decided I needed no more stock for about a year I shopped this afternoon on my way back from the bank!
05 March 2007
Because it is so vast people normally 'do' the outside pitches first and then, having spent most of their money, wander into the Showering Pavilion much later. I arrive at 7.30 in order to get a space in the limited undercover parking (always good for carting linen and eiderdowns in and out), the public is allowed in to the showground at 9.30 but don't get to us until towards 11.30. I find I do all my selling in about 2 hours and then have a slow couple of hours before beginning the packing up process.
But yesterday the crowds (yes, despite the rain there were crowds) were in with us by 9.30 am and the selling started and carried on at a steady pace for most of the day. It was a treat to see shoppers with money instead of shoppers struggling in with bags containing articles of all shapes and sizes and empty purses! There was certainly a happy buzz in the hall yesterday!
Niki and Clare came to see me and I'm looking foward to seeing what Niki makes from the fabric she bought! Thank you both for your purchases. I'm sure you'll do well with your goodies!
So, if you see someone doing a rain dance in Somerset prior to Easter Sunday (the next Giant Flea Market) you'll know the reason. I know some of you will be hoping for beautiful sunshine for Easter Egg hunts and happy family days, but I'd like some rain please!! Could you just make do with a scorching hot Easter Monday? I'll be forever in your debt!
03 March 2007
Awful photos, but 2 pairs of children's curtains - the farmyard pair look in tiptop condition but I'm not sure of the date (probably 1970s fabric), but the other pair have the sort of wear you would expect from a pair of early 1960s used curtains. I can't decide whether to use the fabric for another project (when?) or sell them as they are. Meanwhile I'll find a space for them at the Dairy House.
Then there's this lovely set of an embroidered tablecloth, large traycloth, napkins and teacosy. It looks really pretty, but there is a fair-sized pink colour-run mark on the cloth.
And finally a pair of Sanderson screen print single bedspreads. Again, do I sell as is (not perfect) or make some wonderful items with the fabric. Decisions, decisions. Still, I won't be doing anything with any of it today. Too much to do ... too little time!
02 March 2007
I picked up a copy of the new antiquexplorer magazine today and it looks as if I shall have some good bedtime reading. It is full of kitchenalia articles! And from a quick browse I know what I'll be displaying at the next Shepton 3-day Antiques Fair on 23-25 March. (Unfortunately, I don't have time to sort through it all in time for this weekend's Giant Flea)
01 March 2007
Liz left at 5.00 but I still had too much tidying up to do before I could leave. I took these photos just before I left at 6.30 to show you how much I've done (the room was empty on Tuesday morning) and how much I still have to do. Two walls are pegboard which is useful for hanging up a lot of the enamel, but all I've done so far is hang things to get them off the floor. Please be assured that what you are about to see is not a display. It is panic tidying and there is an absolute chasm between the two. I need the stepladder in order to make full use of the pegboarding, remove the paintings belonging to one of the other dealers and make a good display. As you can see this is just the kitchenalia. The linen is piled on two sets of free-standing shelves behind me and most definitely couldn't be photographed. The eiderdowns and quilts are lurking in Liz's pitch off to the left behind the pegboarding. Some are in a French iron cot and some are piled haphazardly in her wardrobe. We're not talking colour-coordination here, but I'm hoping to pop over on Saturday to make everything look a little more respectable and to load up for Shepton.
Bath or shower? I don't know about you, but I'm a shower person and this last 8 months showerless has been purgatory. But yesterday everything was connected and I was in my element. The rest of the bathroom is functioning as it should - bath, basin, loo and heated towel rail - and we're pleased with the tiling.
However, the plumber has to come back to fiddle about under the bath and put the panel on, but wants to wait until we've sorted out the flooring. Rain is coming in through the window frame where the dividing wall was knocked down so that needs to be made watertight, and the end of the ugly old overflow pipe has been left sticking out of the wall in the bathroom. Not a pretty sight, but obviously one job too many for the plumber. So we'll have to contemplate that for a week or two and decide how best to remove the offending item. I'm not overly confident about the basin taps as they seem a bit wobbly, so when he returns I'll get him to check them.
My website is progressing, too. I've seen the front page today and I like it. If I can find enough hours in the coming weeks to photograph everything and write up the descriptions it should be up and running by the end of March.
Further progress this week is the removal of all my stock from Somerton Antiques Centre. This has all gone to Dairy House Antiques. I spent several hours there yesterday unpacking boxes, and shall be there all day tomorrow sorting out the vanload that was dropped off for me today! I knew I had a lot of stock, but I'm amazed at actually how much there is. Once I've unpacked it all I shall be re-packing some of it to take to Shepton's Giant Flea Market on Sunday.
A new association has just been formed - launch date 28 March - for antique dealers in the West Country, and Dairy House has become a member. WEADA - the West of England Antique Dealers' Association - covers the whole of the south-west. They are producing an informative booklet giving the names of all the member dealers, totalling in excess of 70. Further information can be obtained from their website (currently under construction).
And finally ... the wedding invitations have gone out and the first reply is back.
I've just noticed the time - it's 1.17am and realise I'll never be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in the morning if I don't switch off this machine NOW!