Naughty me has not been near the blog for weeks. It has become a sad and neglected space so I'm going to shower it with pretty pictures to make it feel better.
Now let me share with you a gift that came to Pixieland from the lovely Teena. Vintage hankies by Mabel Lucie Attwell. Aren't they sweet? I remember having a set of these when I was a little girl but they must of got lost along the way somehow.
I'm gonna frame these as they are too cute to put in a drawer (or blow my nose on).
I'm signing off for two whole weeks as we are all off on an epic road trip. Sunny California here we come! It's tea time, I haven't even started packing or even got the cases out of the cupboard and we're leaving at dawn. Do I get the prize for the world's most disorganised traveller? But I have downloaded loads of fab Beach Boys/ Mamas and Papas/ the Doors for that West Coast feel. A girl's got to get her priorities right!
See ya soon! Claire xx
P.s Any tips on where to visit will be gratefully received. And any addresses of California purveyors of kitsch, vintage and fancy tat most welcome. I should be checking in on the blog if Mr M doesn't forget to pack the laptop!
What a wonderful day of delights it was at Vintage and Handmade! Here is some of the Pixieland stall which had lots of lovely visitors.
Thank you to everyone who said came and said hello, it was lovely to put names to faces at last.
And I admired Frank who was created by Nicky. Isn't he gorgeous?
And as the pixie camera is generally rather crap, the lovely Sal has let me use these pictures. you can see more at her flickr group.
Firstly, Sal's amazingly colourful stall -what a feast for the eyes.
My favourite stall: Cowboys and Custard. Michele created this wonderful display as well as organising the whole fair with Jayne. They did a brilliant job!
Of course there was much feasting on cakes too. Did you know that tea and cakes were free for stall holders? I was rather worried I would have to be shoe-horned out of the doors at closing time but luckily the busy atmosphere kept me on my feet. And a lovely gentleman brought round dainty cups of tea at regular intervals. Oh yes, we were spoilt.
But do you know what the worst thing was? Not being able to shop because I was on my own. Sigh! But then my fairy godmother arrived in the form of my good friend Jo, who kindly offered to man the stall for a bit while I rushed round buying all sorts of treasures.
And what did I get?
These two tins from Cowboys and Custard. The one on the left was made for me as I am a painter of toadstools, don't you think?
I have no idea what chocolate table violets are, but they sound delicious.
Lots of tiny vintage Chinese lanterns. How I love these! I've put them in a jar so I can look at them every day until Christmas.
Finally it was time to pack up and off for my last night at Jo and Scott's beautiful house. They made us so welcome, it was like being on holiday with the good weather and fine food on offer :-). Alexei and I slept in Finlay's magical room tucked into the roof.
We were sorry to go but looking forward to seeing Roland who had been looking after the furry friends and in our absence, had done a lot of tidying up and had even mowed the lawn. (I normally have to do this and I grumble about it.) It's good to be home but the weekend away was fab! Can't wait for the next one.