Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Wedding Invite Delights

For those of you who are long term readers of my blog, you'll know that I have a very talented illustrator sister, Sally Leach. She recently designed and hand screen printed the most gorgeous range of wedding stationary for her oldest friend's wedding.

Depicting the happy couple as love struck owls, she created everything from the invite to the reply cards and made matching pin badges too. She also used calligraphy to hand write each envelope in a matching pink ink. I can only imagine the delight on the faces of the guests when they received these pretty parcels in the post. I think they are just stunning. Don't you think she should set up a wedding stationary business forthwith?

All images by www.sallyleach.co.uk

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Upcoming Fairs

If you live in the South West, here are some fun fairs and markets on the horizon to whet your crafty, vintage appetites ...

Shepton Mallet Flea Market
17th July

This gigantic flea market is mecca for the vintage magpie and well worth the trip. Open from 9.30am until 4pm and costing £3 to enter, there are hundreds of stalls alongside refreshment stands. Take cash as there are no cash points near by.

Bath Vintage & Antiques Market
31st July

Imagine my delight when I found out that Bath's Green Park Station will now be hosting a monthly Vintage and Antiques Market. Whoop whoop. The next one is on 31st July from 9.30am until 4pm, but unfortunately I don't think I'll be able to get along to that. Ah well, they're going to be held on the last Sunday of each month.
Image from www.vintageandantiques.co.uk
Image from www.vintageandantiques.co.uk

Frome Flea and Artisan Market
7th August

A double whammy of markets in the lovely town of Frome, with craft and food stalls lining the cobbles of St Catherine's Hill and vintage vendors on the Cheese and Grain car park. A lovely way to spend a Sunday, the markets run from 9.30am until 2pm, and can highly recommend lunch in the Black Swan Arts Cafe.

Vintage & Handmade Jumble Sale
13th August in Rangeworthy

The lovely ladies behind the fab Vintage and Handmade Fairs at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall are hosting a vintage jumble sale at Rangeworthy Village Hall. It's on from 10.30am until 2pm, free to get in, and the WI will be serving tea.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

A Wedding Quilt

Mr B's fabulous best friend Mr Baird got married a year ago to the loveliest of lasses and their wedding was the most wonderful two day affair. After a beautiful service in an old English church (during which Mr B sang Nick Drake's Northern Sky) the vintage-inspired reception took place in magnificent teepees with a roaring fire and some of the most stylish decorations I've ever seen. This picture doesn't do it justice but you can just see the flowers of whites, blues and thistles, the over sized circular balloons, the sheepskin rugs and the pretty pale blue and white lace bridesmaid dresses.

The next day, the teepee tables were re-set for a relaxed buffet lunch with live jazz and guests lounging on cushions in the sunshine. It felt like being a character in The Great Gatsby, especially with the groom now dressed in a pale blue pinstripe suit with floral Liberty print bow tie and the bride in a gorgeous coral coloured jumpsuit.

So for the first anniversary of Mr and Mrs Baird I created a quilt inspired by their wedding, from fabrics of blues and corals. I decided to try a more elaborate design than I've attempted before which took some fathoming and mathematical planning.

I absolutely LOVE the fabrics that went into this quilt, with this Kokka Fairground from Fancy Moon my favourite. I also adore the Liberty floral print from the V&A shop. Here's how the quilt came together.

I made most of the quilt pre-baby and finished hand stitching the binding after his arrival during a nap. Unfortunately I didn't manage to get a decent picture of the whole thing before giving it to the happy couple but these should give you an idea of how it turned out.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Wild Flowers & Fruits

Is this not one of the prettiest bunches of flowers ever? From my friend Miss Lawton ... they make me think of English summer meadows, flowing vintage Laura Ashley dresses from the 70s, soft focus Mills and Boon covers and crisp, cool glasses of cider.

And our raspberries have started coming through in the garden. Oh I blooming love raspberries. They are my favourite fruit. So what a delight to be able to pop out and pluck them from the bushes. Yum.

Friday, 1 July 2011

Worcester Wedding

Last weekend, the Biddle family made our first big post-baby trip to a friend's wedding in Worcestershire. The sun shone down on the ceremony which was held in a pretty, rustic marquee next to an olde English village hall. It was a ceremony filled with so much love and joy, and beautifully combined all the many aspects of the couples lives and heritage.

Our friend, the bride - the new Mrs Kabia - looked absolutely stunning in a strapless dress of red fabric with an african print, complemented by gold embellishments and jewellery, and dainty cream roses in her hair. Although she was almost upstaged by the incredible father-of-the-bride outfit ... see below! What a pair of bobby dazzlers.

I was given some lovely vintage 70s African print fabric earlier this year by my friend Mrs de Korte, and I'd been saving it to make a couple of cushions as gifts for the newly weds. And I was very chuffed with myself that I managed to run them up during one of Biddle Junior's afternoon naps last week. My first bit of post-partum crafting, and it felt so good to be at the sewing machine again. Here's how they turned out.