Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Late Summer Artisan Fair this Sunday!

I am happy this sunny morning, as I'm beginning to gather and sort for this Sunday's Artisan Fair. There is a special enjoyment to having a stall at a fair run by friends. This little fair is growing and each time I am surprised and delighted by what I discover there. 
It is to be held on Sunday 16th in the village hall at Middle Woodford, opening at 11.00 am and finishing at 4.00 pm. We are lucky in that the valley is a beautiful one, the village hall has a quirky charm and... there's a car park across the road!
Before I give all the exciting details of the fair and the other stall-holders, I'll just show a few of the pieces I have been putting together...

A pretty little collection of plates, cup and saucer

Just a few of my beloved books...

A pair of 1950's curtains- I love the rose fabric!

My favourite advert

I have a selection of sweet little baby clothes, brought from a Brocante market in Paris

The detailed embroidery on this bib is lovely
and many more new bits and pieces I haven't even had time to photograph yet!

However... I'm most definitely not the only person there, so with thanks to Camelia and her blog Artisan Fairs, here are the details of the other stall holders and the fair-

The Artisan Friends gathering together include:

Beulah's Vintage Attic, joining us for the first time with their kitchenalia, vintage inspired clothing and accessories. See web-site for details http://www.beulahsvintageattic.co.uk/.

Camelia with vintage linens, handmade lovelies, vintage objects, haberdashery & gardenalia.

Caroline with her handmade jewellery, using semi-precious stones & more recent quirky pieces.

Elaine Mairis who has shabby chic, pretty antique & vintage items (furniture, fabric & ornaments) for interior decor.

John Gustard with his lovely collection of art http://www.johngustard.com/ He will be doing quick portraits in Conté Crayon at the Summer Fair. We are hoping he will be able to run some more workshops with The Artisans in the future.

Kiss the Book, Jane the English Booklady, with her lovely books, kitchenalia and lovely decorative objects. Her blog has won an award.
Sky Blue- Anne Marie with her own design Sky Blue hand knitted and handmade items, incorporating vintage fabrics, as well as a selection of other vintage pieces.

Tanya Wadey with handmade rabbits, hair slides & broachs. She will be joined by Imogen and her lovely Limited Edition Lino-cut prints, produced entirely by hand.

John & Sue's delicious vintage inspired cakes & teas are available all day and they will introduce their preserves and homemade produce.

If you are out for
lunch with family or friends, in need of inspiration or just curious, you will be made most welcome.

You may wish to combine a day out with Friends & a little inspiration.

Gardener's among you will appreciate Heale Garden http://www.healegarden.co.uk/.

For lunch, The Bridge http://www.thebridgewoodford.co.uk/& Wheatsheaf http://wheatsheaflowerwoodford.co.uk/are open for lunch (you may need to book beforehand).

Together we look forward to welcoming you to make the best of a late Summer's day at the Village Hall, Middle Woodford, Wiltshire, SP4 6NG,


We are all excited and looking forward to a good day for all.


  1. Hello Jane:
    No wonder you are excited. This sounds as though it will be a day of enormous fun and great interest and is certainly the kind of thing that we should very much enjoy. And you have, very clearly, some goodly things for your stall.

    We have many happy memories of Heale House and gardens; alas, sadly, all too long ago.

    1. Hello Jane and Lance- Heale House and its gardens is one of my favourite places.I have a season ticket and I can't tell you how many times I have enjoyed a hour's refreshment and reflection there, often at the end of the day, when all is quiet and empty. Jane xx

  2. A kinda long way to pedal my bike! But I wish you every success with the fair. I love looking round this kind of thing but must admit that I don't often put my hand in my pocket! - which I usually regret when I get home.

    1. Hello John, Wouldn't I get a shock if a dishevelled and exshausted man staggered into the fair, leaning on his bike, just before 4pm?
      I must admit that I tend to be quite extravagent at fairs because I know that I probably won't find the exact item ever again! Jane xx

  3. Sounds such a lovely fair, wish I could be there! You've got some lovely things to sell, hope you do well.
    Jo xx

    1. Thank you Jo, I love putting everything together... once I get started! It is hard work and I do tend to put it off a little... Jane xx

  4. Another! reason to visit you in England. I will in my heart anyway. The fair sounds exciting. You've managed to show everything that I'm attracted to when I go to these events. Good luck and God bless. Diane

    P.S. Thank you, too, for the sweet comment on my blog today.

  5. Dear Diane, I so often wish we could all meet up and then, what fun we'd have and how much we would have to talk about! Have a happy week, Jane xx

  6. All those things look extra delicious - if only we could shrink the geography once in a while to get to everything! I wish you every success
    Best wishes

    1. I do know what you mean- I read of these wonderful fairs and I so want to be there! Thanks for the good wishes- Jane xx

  7. Jane, Everything looks wonderful. I only wish I were near and able to browse your collection of books. Have a wonderful fair. Wishing you much success. Bonnie

    1. Thank you Bonnie- I knew you would love the books! I'm having fun deciding what to take along- Jane xx

  8. It sounds lovely and fun, Jane! Last Sunday, we spent the day in Norwich, going round little antique shops and buying bits and pieces. My husband, who has an enormous library, also bought a very old book. I was lucky, as I found a Colclough cup, saucer and plate I had been looking for, for months. Old things are beautiful and all have a story to tell, Jane.
    I adore your blue cup, saucer and plates... HAVE FUN ON SUNDAY!

    1. Hello Anna,
      You have me intrigued- what book did your husband buy? You can't just drop that tantalising phrase ' a very old book' and not expect a booklady to catch it!!
      What a lovely day out you had on Sunday, it sounds perfect to me.
      I'm glad you like my blue collection, I enjoy putting together things that look pretty but don't match.
      Have a happy week too-
      Jane xx

  9. It's all going to be lovely! I am surprised you can bear to get rid of some of that stuff, though...

  10. Thanks Jenny- I'm looking forward to it. I do sometimes get to a fair, put everything out and then suddenly think 'I can't sell that' and whisk some little treasure away under the table! Jane xx

  11. Hi Jane, it sounds like a wonderful day out, with sensible hours too. I wish I lived nearer! Thanks for your recent visit and lovely comments. It does feel good to be back blogging again. I wish you a successfull and enjoyable day on Sunday. Love Linda x

    1. Thank you Linda- we found that it was just so much more enjoyable having a later start and most people don't want to get up too early on a Sunday anyway! Jane xx

  12. So many lovely things! I wish you were just a bit nearer. Hoping that the day goes well for you and the other stall holders.

    1. Thank you! I always enjoy the day at The Artisan Fair- they are all such lovely people! Jane xx