Tuesday, 30 October 2012

The Artisan's Christmas Fair

The Artisan's Christmas Fair a date for your diary................. Sunday 2nd December

This time we are in a different venue for our fair. As a result we will have more space and a more prominent position by the A36. Along with more space we will have more stalls with a greater choice of vintage and handmade pieces. There will be gifts to suit all pockets which, unlike items on the high street, will be unique.

The Artisan Friends gathering together include:
Beulah's Vintage Attic, with  kitchenalia, vintage inspired clothing, painted items and accessories. See web-site for details http://www.beulahsvintageattic.co.uk/.

Camelia with vintage linens, handmade lovelies, vintage objects, haberdashery & small decorative items. She now has a space in The Vintage Quarter, Wilton (within the Shopping Village complex).
Caroline with her handmade jewellery, using semi-precious stones & more recent quirky pieces. Caroline started beading 3 years. ago, when her Grandchildren were staying with her  and she needed to do something with them. Since then she has become interested in
semi-precious beads, and the ideas are humming in! She makes a great variety of jewellery to suit all types, and whilst making variations on a theme, will not repeat herself. Colour and texture are very important to her.
She will be selling at stall at the Godolphin Christmas Fair, Salisbury on 10th November
10th ( 10 a.m. -4 p.m).

Jo & Margot with their lovely cards, gift tags and vintage items.

John Gustard with his lovely collection of art http://www.johngustard.com/ He will be doing quick portraits in Conté Crayon... perfect for Christmas. 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 decorative objects. Her blog has recently won an award.http://thelifeofaneccentricenglishbooklady.blogspot.co.uk
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 & broches. She will be joined by Imogen and her Limited Edition Lino-cut prints, produced entirely by hand (pictures & cards).

John & Sue's delicious vintage inspired cakes & teas are available all day and they will introduce their preserves and homemade produce. (Buttercup Cottage Farm, as seen on Facebook).

& many more stalls including a £1 stall.............something for all

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 or family and be in need of a little inspiration for Christmas.
The Artisan's Christmas Fair at South Newton and Great Wishford Village Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP2 0PJ, just off the A36 with plenty of parking.

Free entry.

Together we look forward to welcoming you.

With many thanks to Anne from 'Camelia'- I've snaffled all this from her- so she, wonderful woman, has done all the work! Only the photographs are mine.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

When a best friend marries

There was a time when I was younger, when our weekends were filled with weddings. Now it is a more unusual event, therefore a particularly special occasion.
When my dear friend Pippa married Andy this Summer, I felt so happy for her. This picture, taken on the beach just after the ceremony, shows the sense of fun and love they share-

I'm certain she has chosen wisely

After all, who can resist a Pirate?

I have to admit however, it is hard when a good friend moves away and starts another phase of their life.
Pippa has lived 'just down the road' from me for 18 years and several times a week we would be around each other's houses catching up on the vital minutiae of life. In fact, she is actually part of my house, having carved our hearth stone for us when we had the grand redecorating

Not a great photo but I had to include it!

She is a stone mason, a sculptor and artist

Pip's Polar Bears just before they were sold

Egg Lady (I was the model)

One of my favourite lino cuts
We have shared each other's highs and lows over the years. Our children have grown up together and there was rarely a party or a meal that Pippa was not part of

And Beetle is always a part of everything too!

And goodness, we have had some great parties! The most recent being our ' Saints and Sinners' party at a local church

Pippa, one of her twin sons Adam and me

Pip looked fabulous as a bad fairy!

We have been on so many adventures and holidays-

In Yorkshire for the Andy Goldsworthy exhibition

Cut off by the tide in Devon!

Pippa took me to Spain last winter to celebrate my 50th Birthday. We had the most amazing holiday in Granada and Cordoba

It's such fun to go away with a friend who shares the same love of art and the unusual. Although I have to admit, that meant we spent quite a lot of our time enjoying wonderful meals in beautiful surroundings...

I know she will be happy together with Andy in her married life and I also know that I will always be a welcome visitor to her new home in Devon. After all, life may bring many changes but good friends remain!