The weekend before last, I had the opportunity, due to a work free Saturday, (which is very rare for me, given our vintage craft workshops and various vintage events), to travel up to the outskirts of London and go to renowned interior stylist Selina Lake's "Handmade & Vintage Summer Fete in the gorgeous market town of Kingston Upon Thames.
I kid you not, I was a tad excited! You know... the sort of excitement you felt when you were little and you were told you were going to a birthday party...well walking towards the Market House, where the craft fair was being held, I felt almost giddy with anticipation and excitement as I knew Selina Lake would only want the best of the bunch of "Handmade & Vintage" businesses and I could not wait to muse around all the gorgeous stands.
Gorgeous blooms by Wild Willow Flowers
Once inside, we decided to start at the top and work our way down....and this had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that the vintage tea rooms were up there too!
The first stand we came across was Gil Fox Hat Designs with her gorgeous original hats
Opposite this lovely stand was Belle Epoque from which I must admit I did purchase one or two items!
Also, as I happened to mention above, the vintage tea rooms were on this floor...whoops, but who could resist the giant slices of cake and lashings of tea and coffee.... you would have to be a saint not to!
It was lovely to meet the faces behind the name...and Nicholas & Steele's stand was just as gorgeous as it is on Facebook!
Some beautiful crochet floral corsages
fabulous hooped wall hangings from Vicky Trainor
I have quite a collection of these gorgeous signs, and also bought one at the fair too!
One of the beautiful illustrated cards by Vicky Trainor
Myself and Vicky
Vicky's stand in all its glory...a fusion of floral colours
Some lovely props and items from Vintage Style Living
SIMPLY LOVE VINTAGE is absolutely delighted to be working with Pippa at Latimer House, in Christchurch in putting together an extensive range of 'vintage' inspired craft workshops for beginners.
If you haven't visited Latimer House yet, then please put it on your shopping list. It is unlike any other shop you will ever come across. Vintage, eclectic, relaxing, (and with browsing encouraged) together with the added excitment of never knowing what you may find, from one visit to the next!
Above the shop, a large room is being refurbished into a lovely 'vintage classroom' from which all our workshops will be run.
We have put together some wonderful tutors who will hold some very interesting workshops, to include sewing, knitting, crochet, jewellery, floristry, various textile projects to painting and distressing furniture just to name a few.....the first of which is with the lovely Jo Parker Farmer. Jo's first class is "Beginners Heirloom Cushion" on the 20th April.
Jo is a freelance designer with a wealth of studies and experience in fashion, costume design, textiles, soft furnishings and interior design.
Jo has always had a love of antique and vintage linens and loves nothing more than to browse antique and vintage shops for those special pieces to turn into wonderful gifts and soft furnishings.
All the courses, include expert tuition in each subject, together with cake and coffee or tea, (with your morning break) a lovely lunch at a local Deli in the High Street, and tea and biscuits in the afternoon together with all materials used in the Workshop.
Jo's class (Beginners Heirloom Cushion) is for the 20th April (Saturday week) and is from 10.00-4.00. Anyone interested please call either Carrie on 07825 216599 or Pippa on 07976 123678 for booking details. We also offer gift vouchers towards classes too!
Book soon to avoid disappointment! We look forward to hearing from you.