Friday, November 21, 2014

Final Days...

Just three more days left to go at my shop, before I close the doors...
I'll be open on Saturday 22nd, Thursday 27th and Friday 28th. 
(On Saturday 29th November, I shall be at the Vintage Christmas Bazaar, Devises.)
Next year I hope to have more time for crafting and shall be offering my wares for sale at various vintage and handmade fairs, which I shall list on my blog and website as I book them. 
Have a lovely weekend,
Niki x

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Trove of Treasures

Yesterday I spent the day with my friend, visiting our local antiques fair. Just to give a flavour, these two photos show Sue's lovely stall inside one of the halls. 
Although it was day three of a three-day event, (I was working Friday and Saturday) I was pleased with the goodies that I was able to come home with...
Still can't believe that this fabulous flapper head, which was displayed on one of the inside stalls, had gone unsold during the trade day. Lucky for me Lizzie had spotted it on day one and had messaged me to say I needed to see it when I got to the fair! 
As soon as I saw her I knew she had to come home with me. She's dressed in old pleated crepe paper - My guess is she's a carnival piece very similar to another one I own, which I bought in 2007...They don't turn up very often! She'll need some careful cleaning, as she's not been stored very well in the past, but apart from that, I may just try and make-good the old paper again, rather than replacing it...She's a keeper for my collection anyway.
My other purchases from the day were foraged from several of the other beautiful stalls there. 
Some items take a bit of uncovering, as they are often amongst a jumble of fabrics, boxes and unsorted baskets full of treasures from French Chateaus. I found a gorgeous length of satin fabric woven with roses, sequined motifs, a velvet pansy and other precious pretties...

Two lengths of metal thread lace, feather hat trims, glass beads and more sparkling motifs. 
Items like these always end up costing me a small fortune(!), so realistically, I will need to put up the price of my handmade fairy dolls next year. 

I was also on the hunt for small items to display on my own stall at the upcoming fairs. This little metal box lined in tattered silk was perfect for the look I want to go for. The tiny hand painted floral tin holds hair grips. 

When surrounded by such wonders, I find it difficult not to be tempted myself...This quirky chick, the like of I have never seen before, would have been an Easter egg container. He's going to live in my glazed cabinet with some dolly friends that I showed here recently. 

Lovely antique shells and coral are something else I always like to look out for. The coral came from Belinda 'Ginger Rose'...
as did this spelter figure. I want to try and reinvent him as an angel somehow...

And fairy-sized vintage glass baubles are always a 'must-buy' :) 
- Loved the box they came in too! 

Not a bad day's hunting...Lots of projects to get on with now.
Have a great week,
Niki x

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Everyday She Would Sing...

I'm still working hard repurposing lots of the stock from my shop. I've made a variety of decorative pieces using the original photographs that have failed to find homes...
This collage artwork I have called 'Everyday She Would Sing...'
I've used rare C19th French fabric to create the stage curtains and her embellishments, as well as antique sheet music and glitter to finish. 
A flight of angels have flown in...
I printed cotton fabric with butterfly images, which I then stitched to antique sheet music. I made paper dolls of the original old photos and attached a pair of wings to their backs - Which makes each Butterfly Angel a one-off piece.
Colourful glitter powders decorate their wings and shoes...and a few other sprinklings where necessary! 
These could be hung from the Christmas tree, or enjoyed all year round...

I made another collection of standing/sitting dolls too. 

I've decorated some more old tins to hold items of jewellery, as unique Christmas gift ideas. 

(Handmade Deco button brooch.)

Vintage cigar tins for diamante necklaces. 

A c1920's china dressing table tray had a nasty chip to the edge...

I cut out Lilies from an old Sanderson fabric and glued them in place. I shall use this as a display item on my stall, as it wouldn't be practical for much else.   
And I've started on another box frame...A work in progress that will have a fairy dress trimmed in red blossoms added very soon. (I have several of these frames with very tiny apertures - I plan on making these into display boxes for you to add your own favourite miniatures).
I'll be working on some new fairy dolls for Devises too.
Lots to do...
Have a lovely week,
Niki x