The Vintage Suitcase






Today I met up with one of my besties for a wander round the vintage fair in Buxton. As I’m currently saving for a deposit to buy a house it was Katie’s job to make sure that I stuck to  budget and she did a fantastic job. I could have come home with loads of goodies but instead I managed to be sensible and just bought a few pieces of fabric and then went for lunch at Pizza Express. Katie kindly bought me the mirror as an early birthday present and at £5 for 6 large off cuts of liberty fabric, £4 for a meter of the dog fabric and £10 for around two meters of the peacock fabric it would of been silly for me not to invest in my stash. I’m really pleased with my purchases and have already started to think about the bags that I’m going to make with the fabric. The liberty prints are going to be turned into pockets on a series of iPad cases and the dog print is going to be made into a laundry bag.

As you can see from my pictures there were loads of stall holders at the fair and plenty for me to buy, the home wears section was amazing! As the fair was run by The Vintage Suitcase who are based in Derbyshire I will definitely be keeping an eye on their websites for future events.

The Dome is part of Buxton College, which is an area that I look after for work, I am lucky enough to spend a few days a week working in this magnificent building. It really is an inspirational place and I feel lucky every day that I drive there. Myself and Katie are returning in two weeks time for a spa day and I can’t wait!



Country Living Fair

As promised here are a few photo’s of the items that I bought at the Country Living Fair in Harrogate. Spring Lark were a new discovery  but I’ve been following Ruby Spirit Designs and Charlotte Macey Textiles for a while and am so happy to finally own a few of their pieces. I’ve worn the Ruby Spirit necklace quite a lot this week and have had loads of compliments. I love it! In fact I love it so much I’ve asked a friend to buy something else from them for my Christmas present.

Ruby Spirit Designs

Charlotte Macey

Spring Lark

Country Living Christmas Fair

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be sent two tickets for the Harrogate Country Living Fair by Charlotte Macey Textiles. I was really excited about the event; as it was the first weekend after pay day I’d set myself a generous budget for buying and I expected the standards of crafts on offer to be really high. Although there were lots of lovely stalls I found the standard of the fair didn’t live up to my expectations. Quite a few stalls were either over priced or the goods on offer just weren’t that good. I did find a few new designer though and it was nice to see a few brands that I’d been following on the Internet first hand. A few ‘new to me’ companies to keep an eye on include the stationary brand Dear Prudence, All the Little Things printed textiles and Spring Lark who produce beautiful gadget cases.


All the little things

Spring Lark

In my next post I’ll introduce you to a few  of the companies that were at the fair who I’ve been following for a while. I also brought a few wonderful pieces that I’m looking forward to showing you.

*All pictures were sourced from the companies that are shown.