Thursday, 31 December 2009

handmade garlands

An early happy new year to you!
Well, I am very much looking forward to starting to do the fairs again (and a first for Michael), and since we came back from Brixham Michael & I have been busy bees.

The lovely garlands & hanging hearts have been handcrafted by Michael (from reclaimed wood with original paint, from skirting boards from a very old cottage nearby, I know because I salvaged them when Michael re-did the bathroom & electrics), the shells are recently collected by me and I have strung them into lovely garlands, (Mum has already bought one for her friends Christmas pressie!) The single hearts are similar & also finished with old buttons & shells.
Michael has taken a few days off work to help me with the jobs that I have had waiting for months. He is now in the freezing cold barn (how I wish we were back in the temperate climate of Devon), converting an old utility wardrobe into an armoire for me to use for display, painted eau de nil & and lined with black chinoiserie paper. He is so handy to have around and as he is one of these chaps that is only happy pottering around, what can you do .....?? (I have some sanding jobs for him, that he doesn't know about yet!)
I am hopeful that Malvern on the 31st January will have lots of romantics searching for lovely Valentines gifts, I have kept away from traditional colours and even if I say so myself think that these hearts will mix in beautifully with the textiles & painted furniture.
If you come to Malvern & see my stand, say hello & let me know what you think. It will be my first fair for a number of years & along with excitement & expectation I am feeling very nervous.
Have a good evening if you are partying!


  1. it all looks beautiful, I am very sad that I won't get to Malvern on the 31st as it is the same day as the Vintage fair in Bath! Happy New year to you both, Lizzie x

  2. Happy New Year Tracey and Michael, too, of course!!

    Love the hearts - all good wishes for a successful Malvern. I won't be able to get there, but shall look out for your post-Malvern-post to read how you got on.

    Sue x