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Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Ain't got no time ...


Just a very quick post to touch base and say I haven't disappeared! Everything here at the moment is just busy, busy, busy ... I'm sure it's the same for all of you at this time of the year.  The last two weekends I've had vintage fairs, both were very good, particularly the last one, when I returned home with hardly any stock!    I forgot to take photos of that one though, but here are a couple taken at the previous one ...


I found this little gonk in a box of old Christmas tree decorations, Millie took a shine to him, and he came home with us!

These are two of the lamps I've been upcycling ... they were very popular so my front room is now full of old lamp stands and shades awaiting a makeover ...


A recycled, upcycled Christmas wreath ....


And I still have this to look forward to next week ... eek! I can't wait!


I was overwhelmed by the volume of comments on my last post, I think the majority of us are in agreement about what makes a vintage home ... it's something we've all done for ever and don't really need to be shown what to do ... I thought the second programme was a slight improvement, but really don't understand the concept of the dipped baskets.  Will anyone be trying those or any of the other makeovers?

I might not be around for a week or so, but will still be looking at all your lovely blogs, just not posting one myself ... but hope to have lots to show you after I've been to Harrogate!

A warm welcome to my new followers ... it's really lovely to have you here.

Take care lovelies!

Love Claire xxx


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  1. Hi Claire

    Lovely to see your vintage fairs are doing to well. I'd forgotten all about gonks. I think we may have a couple hiding in the attic. Oh I am so glad it wasn't just me that didn't get the dipped baskets. I thought they looked terrible and a waste of a perfectly good basket. I hope you have a wonderful time at the Country Living Fairs. I'm sure there will be lots of lovely things.
    Take care.
    Ali x

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    1. Get your gonks out Ali, they're making a comeback! I thought the basest were a terrible waste too, why was K thinking of!

      Love Claire xx

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  2. Hello Mrs Thriftwood!
    Soo pleased you had a super duper day Claire and sold out of most of your vintage loveliness!
    I took a few photographs from the tea room as Olivia and I relished,'The Cream tea'!
    Always a lovely atmosphere at these doos....
    Aww am dead envious of your Harrogate trip, I want to come too!!!I will borrow you the DVD of The Velveteen rabbit it is just lovely, but alas it does make you cry!
    Sending 'Twinkles' ****
    Love Maria x

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    1. Hi Maria, I've already got the DVD, thank you, was saving it I a cold winter's day, like you!

      Xxx

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  3. I quite like the dipped baskets but I thought they should have either been dipped in the whole way to completely cover the basket or a line of ribbon or velvet or lace or something should have been stitched around the line where the paint stops and the basket begins to kind of finish it off. I think that would look quite pretty. Have a lovely time at the Country Living Fair, I've always wanted to go, maybe next year.
    Kay x

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    1. Hello Kay, lvely of you to drop in! I agree, the baskets needed a little something, they just don't look right!

      xxx

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  4. Glad your fairs have gone so well! I'm looking forward to the Harrogate fair too! :)

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    1. Ooh Ada, might bump into you ... Am very excited!

      xxx

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  5. Hi Claire this is funny i asume you was talking about Kirsties vintage home, I have not had time to read many posts I will have a look now. Its all old news you are right we have been doing this for a long time. So excited for you and the show I so wish I was going. Take lots of photos and spend spend spend. Tracy x

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    1. Hello Tracy, where have you been, I've missed you! Shame you can't make the fair, but you'll be saving for your lovely new home so it'll be worth it .... maybe next year? xxx

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  6. I agree about the dipped baskets, it seemed almost as if she was desperately trying to find something to do with them to make them 'different'. Though what's wrong with a lovely wicker basket I want to know. Why not just line it if she had to muck about with it? I thought the dipping did nothing to enhance them at all.
    Love the lamps, been doing that myself over the years, latest one was a shade covered in squares of fabric to give a patchwork look.
    Well done on the fairs, enjoy Harrogate. Not my cup of tea but I know many bloggers love it!

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    1. Hello Maggie, I've just done 2 patchwork ones tis afternoon ... From the Granny Chic book ... I love them!

      xxx

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  7. So glad that you did well at your Fair!
    xox

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    1. Thank you Sarah Jane ... Lovely of you to pop in! xxx

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  8. Well done at your sales, I must admit I have never ever nearly sold out. I wish!
    Fiona x

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    1. Hi Fiona, it is lovely, but also a bit worrying as I ave 2 big fairs coming up, so am frantically treasure hunting and upcycling! Thanks for dropping by xxx

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  9. Love the lamps!
    You go and have a good time ...

    Vicky x

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    1. Aww thanks Vicky, I'm sure I will ... Will sare with you when I come back xxx

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  10. the fairs sound fab :0.I love Kirstie, but i think she is making a fortune out of doing something that like you say..we have all beed doing for forever. Dosent stop me watching it though!

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    1. Hi Claire, I know what you mean, it's. compulsive viewing ... I'm scared of missing something! xxx

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  11. I for one won't be dipping any of my baskets thank you very much Kirstie!!!

    : ) xx

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  12. Hiya Claire
    just a wee note to say hello from a new follower (from Switzerland). Living on an island of the coast of England sounds like bliss to me! Looking forward to reading you!
    Heidi

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    1. Hello Heidi, a warm welcome to you ... Funny but living in Switzerland sounds blss to me!

      Thans for dropping in xxx

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  13. So glad your fairs went well Claire. Have fun in Harrogate.
    Victoria xx

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    1. Hello Victoria, always lovely to see you! xxx

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  14. Well done and how exciting, it must feel so good to come home from your fairs with not much left. Have fun at Harrogate :) x

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  15. Hello Cheryl and thank for dropping in ... You're always welcome! xxx

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  16. Hello Lovely Claire
    Who has been a busy bee then? It all looks lovely well done...
    The Kirstie thing is so funny...not sure what planet she is on sometimes...I too thought the last one was a bit better, fingers crossed for this week..
    I bet you are so excited about Harrogate C L , tell us all about it after your visit
    Happy week
    Thea x

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    1. Thank you Thea, will share eveythng when I get back! Lovely of you to drop in

      Claire xx

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  17. No dipped basket cases here. Enjoy Harrogate.

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    1. Aw thank you ... I certainly will!
      share all when I get back

      Lovw Claire xxx

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  18. Glad to hear your fairs are busy :) No dipped baskets here either...... I think it's really odd that these people need to be told what to like/buy! Not for me, I've been buying vintage for the last 20 years & I won't stop when the fashion changes! :) x

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    1. Same here ... I can't help thinking that those rooms Kirstie's just done will be completely different in a couple of years time ... and where do you put all life's stuff? xxx

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  19. I am happy to hear the vintage fairs have gone well..those lamps are just fab!
    Have a great time at the country living fair..enjoy :)
    Thanks for your comment on my blog..pleased to know I am not the only one. Your jammie Dodger story made me smile..
    Magie x

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    1. Hello Magie, thanks for dropping in!

      It is a true story, sadly xxx

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  20. It is so good to know I am not the only one with a collection of lamps waiting for attention!

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    1. You show me yours and I'll show you mine! Will share all next week xx

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  21. Hello Claire

    Great to hear that you are doing so well at the vintage fairs. I bet that makes you feel so good that you've sold all your stock. Hope you do as well at the next fair.
    I very much like the make over of the lampshades.....I've been thinking of mending one of mine that has spilt. Sr P wanted me to buy another lampshade but I think I'll enjoy doing the makeover more.

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

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    1. Hi Amanda, I've been Granny Chicing my latest lampshades ... am very pleased with the results. Have you read Granny Chic yet? Can definitely recommend!

      Love Claire xx

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  22. You're so right Claire, the dipped baskets were nasty!

    Love the lamps you've been upcycling btw!
    @mrsmarsa x

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    1. Oh thank you ... love checking up on Instagram, very addictive!

      Love Claire xx

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  23. Love what you did to the lamps, no wonder you did so well, such lovely stock!
    Have a lovely time at Harrogate!
    Rachel x

    P.S Didn't like the dipped baskets either!

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    1. Hi Rubyred, thanks for dropping in!

      Have done some more lamps and will share all next week when I'm back from Harrogate xx

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  24. Hi Claire ...glad you did so well at the fairs with all your lovely vintage stuff....mmm the 2nd programme was an improvement but dipped baskets ??? potty if you ask me ....have fun at the country living fair can't wait to see the photos !!! Gail x

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  25. Hello, new follower here and I’d like to invite you to join me at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/12/clever-chicks-blog-hop-15-vetericyn.html



    I hope you can make it!



    Cheers,

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

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I love to hear what you think of my ramblings and value all your comments ... I will try and get back to you, but am sorry if I don't always manage this ... sometimes real life just gets in the way! Claire xxx