Wednesday, 21 June 2017

The Vintage Furniture Flea - London - Picture Post

When I saw there was a vintage furniture flea market being held 10 minutes from my house in Crouch End I just knew I had to check it out. 

The Vintage Furniture Flea is run by Judy's Vintage Fair and was held at Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre.

Entry is £2.00 (or £3 for early birds) 

I am currently renting in Crouch End but that won't stop me eyeing up furniture for my vintage home after my inevitable lottery win! 

I'm going to list these photos seller by seller and link their information below the photos so you can look them up. 

Cup and Saucer UK

I love this little guy! 

This foldable  trolly table would be great for a flat. 

Mix and match crockery for £1.00 what a bargain for a quirky table setting. 

Early Bird Vintage 

This beautiful wicker chair was getting a lot of attention. 

& In With The Old

I can't decide if it's cute or creepy but I love this dog light. 

I adore this style of photo frame that can just be seen in front, but also - FLAMINGOS! 

These tables are just gorgeous, I have a soft spot for the atomic style. 

What living room bar would be complete without a pineapple? 

The Nostalgia Exchange 

I find vintage children items fascinating as they contrast so starkly with today. 

Kitchen utensils that have lasted so much longer than their modern throw away counterparts and so decorative! 

I am a sucker for a shelf unit and loved the scalloped style edges on this one! 

Insta: Clou_Antiques 

Who says you can't buy vintage that matches, by coming to dedicated markets you can kit out your glassware cabinet in style! 

Vintage games - I may not know how to play them but I love the idea of learning 

Clou had some beautiful fabrics for sale too 

I secretly long for a no mod cons kitchen with original pans 

Harvest Moon
Insta: harvest_moon_lamps 

This lamp is not origional obviously but it is so funky and retro and wouldn't look out of place in a modern home, which is the beauty of this sellers work. They also sell original lamps too but this one stole my heart. 

Retro Bazaar 

Many of these beautiful old radios have been converted so you can plug an MP3 into them, breathing new life into the old casings. 

This was my personal favourite, the detail on the front making it an ornate item as well as functional. 

Emma Loves

This little dresser was fabulous and would look great in a retro style teens room. 

This bedside table got me going, I love maps and thought the top was such an interesting feature. 

I love that the map was local to London too, a nice touch for a London home. 

I have wanted a plant stand for the longest time, this one was too big for my place but its adorable! 

Patsy's Kitchenalia 

This was one of my favourite pieces from the market, I love the idea of these three little pots taking up the space of one on the hob and cooking a whole meal in one hit, meat potatoes and veg - done! 

The brand is called Judge and I think the colours are so beautiful for a truly kitch kitchen. 

This glass topped laundry basket also caught my attention, I love the colour. 

The sale itself was well organised, the space was a good size so it never felt overcrowded and it was clear whose stall was who's. 

If you are going as a furniture buyer you will want to have the budget for it, this is a serious vintage sale and you won't find any old tat or broken rubbish. This comes with a price point of course. 

However all the sourcing has been done for you by the sellers and you could kit out entire rooms in one hit but you'll have to be prepared to pay non bootsale prices which is something people sometimes forget! That's not to say there are not bargains but you won't be getting a chair for £1! 

Many sellers had card machines but you should always bring cash just in case, some sellers will also deliver. 

These was music playing throughout which kept the atmosphere up and the sellers were all so lovely in letting me take photos of their wares for the blog. 

The next Vintage Furniture Flea Market is in East London on 2 July in Bethnal Green and if you are in the market for furniture or just want to browse some collectables it's worth a visit. 

Until Next Time 

*All opinions are my own, this post was not sponsored or affiliated with the market or sellers. 

Sunday, 18 June 2017

OOTD Summer Cotton Bootsale Find Dress

Today I took myself off to a vintage furniture flea (more on that on Wednesday) and as with all vintage events I decided to give a new dress a spin. 

I picked up this light cotton dress at a car boot sale a couple of weeks ago, although at £11.00 it was much more than I would usually pay but I fell in love with it - I know, I'm cheap!

This dress is very sheer so I wear a slip under it. I decided it was perfect for summer because it is short sleeved and is a little loose on my waist so I don't feel too restrained by it in the heat. 

The pattern of this dress really caught my eye with it's mix of floral and polka dots. It's so bright and cheery, perfect for the warmer weather! 

As well as it's slightly dropped waist detail another feature of this dress is the tie neck which someone complimented me on. I think it's a great feature, it's a nice vintage touch and means my chest is covered from the sun. 

I teamed this dress with these beautiful vintage earrings which I recently converted to posts, I picked these up in a charity shop. 

Of course I had to wear some bakelite so I selected a sunny stack of yellows and greens to coordinate with the print on the dress. 

I loved my yellow Hotter "Sandy" shoes so much I now have them in pink and black so I chose the pink pair to wear with this as I wanted to avoid an overload of yellow and they picked up the pink in the pattern nicely.  

As it is so hot there was only one option today and that was an updo. I decided to wear my peach coloured headscarf to keep the pastels theme going. I threw some victory rolls in the front and just did a french twist in the back which is covered by the scarf. 

 I hope you enjoyed this OOTD post and look forward to writing all about the gorgeous furniture finds on Wednesday.

Until next time

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Cupcake Day - Raising Money for the Alzheimers Society

It is Cupcake Day for the Alzheimers Society today and I decided to do a cake sale at work. I made chocolate, lemon and vanilla sponges with buttercream toppings (vanilla and lemon)

A lady I remember very fondly from my childhood is my great Auntie Helen. Auntie Helen was always immaculate and as a young girl I remember thinking when I grew up I would be just like her and only ever wear suits and would have my hair done every day, my fond memories are always of her well put together look!

Sadly dementia took Helen a few years ago and that's why I decided to try to raise a few pounds in her memory.

Cupcakes (makes 12)

110g plain flour
110g caster sugar
110g butter
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 eggs
Vanilla/Lemon essence depending on the flavour sponge you want

*For chocolate cupcakes I substituted 10 g of flour for 30 grams of coco powder and added 2 tablespoons of water to the mixture

Icing sugar
(colours and flavours can be added to make any combination you want)

Cupcake cases
Cupcake tin

*Preheat the oven to 175 degrees

1. Place the butter and caster sugar into a bowl and mix together until fluffy

2. In a separate bowl gently whisk the eggs and essence

3. Add the flour and baking powder to the butter and sugar

4. Add the egg mixture and mix thoroughly until smooth

5. Place cupcake cases in a cupcake tin and equally divide the mixture between the cases

6. Put the tin in the oven for 18-20 minutes, avoid opening the door whilst baking

7. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and allow them to stand in the tin for a further 10 minutes

8. Buttercream - I do this by taste so start by sieving icing sugar into softened butter mixing as you go, just add enough icing sugar to create a stiff buttercream, tasting as you go. If you are adding essence or colourings do this a little at a time and taste along the way to avoid over flavouring.

I hope the Alzheimers Society raise lots of money for the cause this year 
Happy Cupcake Day to all! 

Until Next Time 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Felt Flower Fascinator - Craft of the Month

This months craft is a handmade felt fascinator.

Fascinators are currently known to be small headpieces often on clips or slide combs which are decorated and these days are very popular for weddings and celebrations instead of full hats.

However historically a fascinator was actually a snood type garment, often knitted or crochet which women wore in the 19th century and went out of fashion in the 1930's.

I'm making the more modern understanding of a fascinator this month since my knitting skills are slim to none!

I wanted something to go with my Seamstress of Bloomsbury Brenda dress that incorporate the lovely mix of colours, since that's quite specific it made sense to make my own. Fascinators can reach pricey money on the highstreet considering what they actually are!

Making a fascinator 

You will need:
  • Fascinator base, I got mine on ebay cheaply, you might also find things in charity shops that can be deconstructed 
  • Comb or clip to attach to the base
  • Felt 
  • Pencil 
  • Scissors 
  • Needle and thread 

1. Draw out your templates on to the felt, I like to get all the cutting done first so I drew out my flowers and cut them out. I decided to do some double petal flowers and some single.

Since the pattern on the dress doesn't have every flower a uniform shape I just drew the flowers free hand but you can easily find templates online to print out.

I also cut out some green leaves to tie in with the green in the dress and some blue strips of felt to make a kind of berry shape to put in between the flowers. If you look at the print it has these sort of aqua coloured berries. I tied the strips of aqua felt into knots and sewed them behind the flowers. 

2. Once you have cut out your flowers, play around with the placement on your fascinator base before deciding final placement, you want to work right up to the edge of the base so there appears to be some overhang and you cannot see the edges of the base.

3. Start to sew your design into place, if you go wrong there is nothing in this craft that cannot be easily undone! I am using a thick thread since the base of the fascinator has large holes in the mesh.

4. I sewed my flowers into place with a simple cross stitch, you could just as easily use a sequin, small bead or some lovely small buttons instead.


5. On the underside of the fascinator I decided the placement of my clip and carefully sewed it on.Be careful to make sure you are sewing the clip the right way. It might not be the neatest sewing in the world but as it's just for me I don't mind!

6. When pulling through the thread for the clip you have to be careful to avoid the flowers. However doing this process the other way around would make sewing the flowers much harder as you'd be working around the clip.

7. There you have it, a completely unique fascinator, you could make these to match almost anything with a little imagination for only a few pounds!

This project is easy to undertake and only requires very basic sewing and could be done in front of the TV!

I hope you enjoyed this post and look forward to next month when I'll be bringing you a 1940's felt brooch that you can make from the leftovers of this project, waste not want not!

Until Next Time