I’ve been having a lovely weekend (I don’t work Fridays so mine begins then) and have been making a few bits and pieces ready for the Vintage and Handmade Fair in a few weeks. So far I’ve made a few rings (using decorative acrylic designs my Mum made a while ago), some tiny daisy studs and waxed Irish linen friendship bracelets with dinky gold and silver tone charms. I also experimented with making some cake stands and smaller cupcake/jewellery stands. Once I’ve bought some cake stands fittings I’ll have ago at drilling plates to make in to two and three tier stands, but in the meantime I have been busy gluing vintage cake plates to vintage glass candlesticks, and turning upturned cups and sandwich plates into cupcake stands. The handles of the upturned tea cups mean you can whisk them into a room rather elegantly too. Today I’m working on more button badges as these seem to be quite popular at the Bicycle Basket Bazaar and I’ve chosen to use vintage fabrics with small detailing on. I’ll also make a few more using old stamps and other recycled bits and bobs.
On a totally different subject, my mum, stepdad and I are attempting to empty the garage, as the garage my mum rents for all our ‘oh my god I love it and have to have it’ larger finds is leaking and we can’t really ask for the roof to be repaired because technically you’re only meant to have a car in there, not mountains of furniture. We’ve also realised that we need to stop buying furniture just because it’s beautiful, because we have nowhere to put it and it’s not that easy to EBay when you have to arrange a courier and have people emailing you with silly questions. So, I’ve been pro-active and upon seeing that my favourite girly gift shop, Aspire, was opening a new store in Solihull, I emailed them with an offer of an art deco dressing table. Their shops aren’t the usual ‘put everything on shelves’ type, they have dressing tables and vintage cabinets adorned with all their lovely wares. The owners loved the dressing table and very kindly offered me a gift voucher, so as of tomorrow the garage will be a little bit emptier and my vintage shoe rack will be a bit fuller. Yes I’ve already mentally spent the gift voucher!