Sunday, 23 December 2012


 Wishing all my readers a happy, peaceful Christmas & a blessed new year!


Wednesday, 19 December 2012


 Yesterday I was adding lots of little Christmas Fairies & Angels to my online shop when I got to wondering what the collective nouns were for groups of fairies. A Flock? A Flight? A Fancy? A Frolic? A Flutter maybe? I thought any of those would be sweet but I decided to look it up & found that it is a 'herd' of fairies! Now, I don't know about you, but I don't think that fits very well! Horses, sheep & elephants assemble in herds...but fairies? Doesn't sound nearly dainty enough! Suggests a group of fairies clumping around in big boots rather than flittering about in glittery slippers & sprinkled in fairy dust. Which would you choose?

Angels on the other hand are grouped into a Choir, a Host or a Chorus, all of which seem quite appropriate!

Friday, 14 December 2012

Vintage Bazaar

Sadly, Toby will not be attending the super Vintage Bazaar in Frome tomorrow (he is very sad about that), but his friend, Snowy, will be coming along instead.

Mr C & I will be there bright & early to add our treasures to the delectable selection available (me in my Christmas jumper but not sure about the mister!)

Hope to see some of you there!

Friday, 7 December 2012


It has taken me a while to download some photos from the fabulous V&H Christmas Fair...I just don't seem to have much time these days! 

Anyway, it was a wonderful day with around 900 visitors streaming in from opening time to closing time.

There were vintage treasures & handmade delights on every stall as you can see from these photos. Everything looked so wonderful but unfortunately I couldn't post all the photos, so if you'd like to see more we do have an album on our Facebook page here.

The next fair that I will be attending is the fabulous Vintage Bazaar in Frome on the 15th December - 
hope to see some of you there!

Friday, 30 November 2012


I am all ready, the cars are packed & I can't wait for tomorrow's Christmassy extravaganza - the fabulous V&H Christmas Fair in Chipping Sodbury, South Glos. There will be oodles of exciting stalls & a fabulous tearoom.
Hope to see some of you there!

Tuesday, 20 November 2012


Just thought I'd mention that I have a couple of Facebook pages that you may be interested in....

First is the Country Cottage Chic page where I post updates of stock, latest finds & so on, including photos of my unit at the Gloucester Antiques Centre. I have just decked it out for Christmas as you can see in the photo below.
You can find it here:



Then, of course, there is the Vintage & Handmade Fair blog where you can read the latest news & see photos from the fair:

 (Candles for the V&H Christmas Fair)

Finally, I have a brand new page for those of us who love Vintage Christmas - please do join & share your photos, finds, events & Christmassy ideas! 

(Vintage haberdashery stocking fillers for the Christmas V&H Fair)

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

New Country Cottage Chic HQ

For quite some time now I have been longing for somewhere to store my vintage stock where it is easy to get at & to see what I have. I had boxes in the garage, bags in my upstairs room, stuff in drawers & cupboards. If I wanted something out of the garage I had to pull out the lawnmower & move stacks of boxes around to get at what I wanted.

So, finally, I decided to go for it & find a suitable shed to call my very own...after trawling various online sites looking for the right size & shape...(after all, it had to look nice too - no ordinary shed for me) I placed my order! Then I had to decide where to put it. After humming & hahing & much tape measuring with string & pegs,  I decided that the best place would be where this old raised vegetable bed was - after all, the wooden edges had rotted & needed replacing anyway & I do have another one next to the polytunnel. Also, it is flat unlike most of the garden. I had decided on a wooden frame base so that we wouldn't have to cover any of the garden with concrete to create a base.

Soon the big day arrived & all the parts were unloaded - this is the back of the shed propped up against the garage - quite big!

The side pieces were squeezed through the gate but the ends had to be hoisted over the wall by my two boys.

A few days later the construction team arrived & up went my new pride & adorable Dutch barn style shed with double doors at the front.

Of course the next requirement was shelving. I visited the big blue warehouse but nothing seemed strong enough or deep enough for my needs, so back to the good old world wide web I went & found some easy to put together industrial shelving that would hold up to 300kg in weight - plenty strong enough for all my treasure! In went the shelving (put together by the long suffering Mr C.

 The best part was next...putting everything in...and look how nicely organised it looks now! 

These boxes are full of goodies for The Vintage Jumble Sales.

Mummy's little helper!

It is such a pleasure to be able to do a hop, skippety jump from the back door, pop into the shed (now known as The Vintage Barn) & pick out what I want in a second or two.

Of course there had to be a table & a bit of bunting to finish off & a radio for listening to while I sort goodies & admire my new store room!