Saturday, 26 February 2011

Successful Market for Farleigh

Wow!! what a lovely day  I've had................ It started at 8 o clock this morning when i arrived at the hall slightly nervous, but full of excitement to have a go at  my first time ever fund raising.
Shelia, (chairwomen of Farleigh) kindly showed myself  and Cherry, my partner in crime what to do.

These two ladies setting up their stall with handmade items made by the Farleigh craft team.

This is me selling jewelry, haberdashery, and some of my handy work. I was quite pleased as i managed to sell some of my hearts as well.

 Cherry is such a great organiser. I don't know how i would have managed without her. Our stall all ready for the punters...........

Cherry just doing the last minute touches. She is such a perfectionist!!!

 It was so lovely to see Andrea Farmer (artist) turn up. Cherry and i had only seen her on her blog so it was so nice to see her in the flesh.  Shelia trying hard to convince Andrea that she could do something artistic with ZIPS.......

 Here we are again, like two in separable twins

 I don,t know who won the raffle prize, but i bet they were pleased with their prize.

 Lots and lots of  lace and jewelry displayed in a vintage vanity case, just to add a bit of taste to the stall.

Farleigh helpers sorting out their wares 
 Look closely and you will see some hat pin cushions for sale

 Remnants of material saying " come and buy me"....

This lovely lady came and gave us a hand to display our jewelry.

Getting ready in the kitchen for the great rush of teas, coffees and cakes.

The day ended on a happy note with Shelia announcing that the Farleigh craft group had managed to reach its target of £100,000,00 in the ten years that she had been running it, along with a very very committed team of helpers....WELL DONE EVERYONE   !!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Farleigh craft market

Hi it won't be long now, the big day is soon approaching and i am all ready to go. Just some last minute things to finish.
The note at the top is to remind me to take the milk for the coffee and tea. Hope to see some of you there. For those who are unable to come i will keep you posted.

Friday, 18 February 2011

Favors for Farleigh

I have been looking out for small inexpensive gifts to make for The Farleigh Hospice next Saturday A friend of mine gave me the idea of how to make these favors. I made them using a triangle template, some pretty linen material. ribbon and a Ferraro Rocher chocolate for the center. How yummy.......

The favours were then finished off by pinning all 3 corners into the center of the triangle then machined a quarter of an inch from the outside to allow the ribbon to be threaded through.

 The chocolate was placed in the center and the ribbon pulled tightly to secure it. The gift tag then threaded on the ribbon.

This favour is sitting on a round stone. I think it looks good!!!!


 This one sits on my old pine table.

This is my favourite display. I found the stone in my garden, I love the different colours and shape of the stone!!

 I took photos of these sitting on my granite worktops

 Finished favours ready for the bazaar.

Monday, 14 February 2011

Love is in the air.

Keep love in your heart.
The consciousness of the loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.      Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Love should reach out to meet love with open arms.(  Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach..........
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)


For a very special friend................

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Lacey Dolls

Over the years i have made lots of lace, from Torchon to Bedfordshire. This Lace has been kept hidden away in a journal in my spare bedroom until Cherry also a blogger saw it and suggested i displayed it on some calico dolls. These i had already made to dress in hankies. Seer my Angel for an Angel post.

These three dolls have different types of lace displayed on them.

My lace pillow displaying some of my bobbins and lace books i use to make my lace.

The doll on the left displays some lace I made on my travel pillow. I think the button finishes it off.            The little grey rabbit book  is a favourite book with lace makers.

This is some of the lace that i kept in my journal. The patterns are hidden underneath.

I made this pin cushion from my making lace with little grey rabbit book. It has a silver gimp going though it.
I'm glad my lace is now being enjoyed and not left hidden away.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

A thankyou gift

I wanted to show you this post, Georgia Coote from Patterns, Print and Play sent me some lovely gifts from her online shop to celebrate her 100th post. Visit to see her collection of beautiful handmade things.
 Georgia!!! thank you for sending me these lovely gifts, Its nice to know that you appreciated my comments.
This is my daughter modelling the button necklace. Doesn't it look lovely, perfect with any outfit !!!!

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Old Delft figurine

On my last post Trash or Treasure i  posted some photos of a blue and white Delft figurine which i found at a rummage sale. I paid just fifty pence for it. A friend of mine kindly researched the Internet and to my surprise found one similar. See

Although it states that the seated lady is either sitting on the toilet or washing her feet. I still think it is an early saucey finger bath. All pieces were signed with the initials of the maker. My lady is dated 1750, Just think she was made when young babies were left by their mothers, who were in absolute povety, at the Foundling Hospital in London. How nostalgic is that!!!!

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Trash or treasure ? ? ?

This Saturday i went to the scouts jumble sale. It 's held every February at the headquarters in Wickham Bishops to raise funds for the scouts. As usual there were  lots  of people  rummaging around  looking for that one special thing to take home. I was lucky enough to find several bits of treasure, but to others it could be trash.

Entrance to the jumble.

 Books! Books and more books!!!!

 Sue helping with the fund raising.

 Lots of pictures to choose from.

The biggest rummage in Essex!!!!

 A large selection of  bric a brac.

This is MY  treasure that  i found at the jumble. A  paper weight, old books, pictures, small dish, basket, bag, heart coat hangers trinket box and figurine. I paid fifty pence for each item. DIDN'T I DO WELL!!!

One of my  favourite things was this piece of blue and white pottery. I was intrigued by this figurine as she has no legs.

This is a back view of the figurine showing what looks like a factory mark.

The holes were just right for two fingers to go though. I think it is Delft and used as an ornamental finger bath.If anyone knows what it could be. Please let me know.

As i was going though a box of pictures i came across this black and white print.. I just had to buy it as it was of Maldon were i was born. The church on the hill was where i was christened. I can remember my grandad buying winkles on the rivers edge from the fishermen and taking them home for Sunday tea, which was near the church. My gran boiled them and he ate them with bread and butter. The thing i remember most was seeing him get them out with a pin.

This black and white pen and ink drawing i chose  because it reminded me of the lovely work Andrea Farmers is posting at the moment. I just love her pen and ink drawings. I paid just twenty pence for it. 

For all you football fans this was my husbands treasure for fifty pence