Thursday, 30 June 2011

The Latest Addition To The Stable

This week sees another vintage horse joining the Country Cottage Chic stable.
This is a 1950's Mobo 'Prairie King' rocking horse.

The black blob on the old wicker chair is Purdy....we have two of these old chairs outside & the cats love to sleep on them & use them as scratching posts too.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Vintage Finds: One Eared Pony

When I saw this poor pony at the auction I had to leave a bid....he has one ear, half a mane & tail & is somewhat 'pre-loved' but adorable nonetheless.
As luck would have it I was the high bidder (probably nobody else wanted a One Eared Pony) so I collected him & brought him home today.
Despite his advanced years he still has a lovely 'outline' & stands nice & square - Dylan could take a few tips from him!

Click on the photo for a larger view.

Speaking of Dylan...he has pulled a ligament (we think it is from cavorting in the field with the other horses) so is currently on anti inflammatory medication & on box rest - also known as Happily Standing In Your Stable All Day Eating Hay.
Hopefully he should be OK in a couple of weeks time.

As promised...drum roll please...the winner of our caption competition is Sue at Dollytub Cottage - Sue please let me know your address & your (little) prize will be on it's way!

Sunday, 12 June 2011

V&H Textile & Fashion Fair

A super article about the June V&H Textile & Fashion Fair appeared in the local paper this week.
The next one is on the 1st October & will be even bigger!

Friday, 10 June 2011

Happy Birthday Lucy

This cute little "Millennium Baby" is 11 years old today. Who knew when we brought her home that she would be such a wonderful dog - my doggy soul mate.

She truly is the best dog I have ever had & I am honoured that I have the pleasure of sharing her life & having her unconditional love & hope to share it for years to come.

Lucy likes:
Carrying things - toys, slippers, socks, blankets, bones....
Chasing balls & bringing them back
Her bedtime Bonio
Riding in the car
Mud, snow, water, puddles, rain, sunshine fact any weather!
Other dogs, horses, cats
Cheese & strawberries
Lying in front of the fire or Aga or by my feet
Her basket


Lucy dislikes:
People putting things in our letterbox
Vacuum cleaners

"My little dog-- a heartbeat at my feet." -Edith Wharton

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

The Cat In The Pot - Caption Competition

This little scene really amused me - both Dylan & Dolly (the stable dog) were fascinated by the cat sitting in the plant pot....any suggestions for a caption?
Best caption will win a little prize!
Dylan is very fond of small creatures, whether they be dogs, cats, chickens or little children.

Here he is in working mode last Sunday with Tamzin doing a bit of jumping.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

A Grand (Vintage) Day Out

As you can see from the first photo, the Chipping Sodbury Town Hall was filled almost to the rafters with Vintage & Handmade loveliness on Saturday morning. The stallholders were ready to welcome our eager shoppers at 10am & eager they were - they filled the aisles "Oohing" & "Ahhing" over the wonderful displays of vintage clothing, haberdashery, accessories, fabrics, trimmings & more. Happy shoppers took a break in the tearoom, quenching their thirst with a lovely cuppa served in vintage cups & partaking of a slice of delicious homemade cake then returning to the fray to find more treasures to take home.

I think pictures speak louder than words on these occasions so I have posted quite a few here - if you wish to see more please pop along to our Facebook page.

Everyone said what a lovely day they had & can't wait for the next one - roll on the 1st October!

Thanks go to all of our fabulous stallholders & visitors, to our trusty Tea Team, Mr Cottage & Mr Custard & of course my dear friend & fair partner, Michele.

Friday, 3 June 2011

V&H Textile & Fashion Fair Tomorrow!

After the success of last year's fair we have moved the fair to the larger venue of the Chipping Sodbury Town hall so that we could accommodate the demand for stalls & all of the visitors too.

This year we will have over 30 stalls brimming with lovely goodies. Stallholders include vintage fabric & haberdashery dealers Donna Flower, Liz van Hasselt & Sal's Snippets (see photo above), textile artist Viv Sliwka, knitting expert Suzie Johnson (from the Kirstie's Homemade Home TV series), fabric designer Sarah Hardaker, the sewing kit company Clothkits, Handmade Living Magazine & many more including dealers in vintage textiles, vintage fashion & accessories & re-purposed clothing.

Entrance to the event is free and refreshments will be available all day in our Vintage Tearoom with teas, coffees & home made cakes served on pretty vintage china.

Free parking is available all over the town.

For more information please visit our website at

The following exhibitors will be attending:

Jayne Soule
Michele Chivers
Louise Taylor-Bowen
Viv Sliwka
Gertie Strahl
Sally Hall
Marie-Clare Blyth
Lizzie van Hasselt
Donna Flower
Katie Powell
Heather Lawson
Suzie Johnson
Jo Ross
Rebecca Engels
Stephanie Milburn
Maud Lomberg
Judy Denton
Camilla Metcalf-Beavan
Sarah Hardaker
Jill Patel
Jenny Dadd & Louise Mee
Handmade Living Magazine

Sarah Dinsmore
Beverley Jones
Jane Adams
Gill Oakley
Ali Hocking
Lisa Lipman
Philippa Bowes
The Makery