From the sublime to the ridiculous

14 Oct

Thought I’d share a few snaps from last Saturday’s outing to the Harvest Craft Fair at The Herb Farm. It was a good chance for me to dust off a few of my Create Vintage finds.

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Harvest Fair at The Herb Farm, Sonning Common

Harvest Fair at The Herb Farm, Sonning Common

I had various pale blue pastel pieces, which I always think look really fresh and modern, and relevant. They haven’t lost any hint of their charm despite their years of use, which makes this colour scheme one of my absolute favourites.  Just because something’s old doesn’t mean it has to look old-fashioned.

After a busy day behind the stall, I ventured off to a car boot sale on Sunday morning and discovered some more beautiful things. This Swinnertons jug and Johnson Bros. teapot  in sunny yellow both make me smile. I discovered plenty more, but I’m saving up a few pieces for an exciting project, which I’ll share at a later date.

Swinnertons 'Majestic Vellum' jug

Swinnertons ‘Majestic Vellum’ jug

Johnson Bros. Goldendawn teapot

Johnson Bros. Goldendawn teapot

In the meantime, although I’m usually attracted to pieces which are as relevant today as they ever were, sometimes you just have to go with something that has an absurd beauty. Totally impractical, but utterly gorgeous, I give you these vintage apothecary bottles. Once containing treatments for all manner of ailments from Ringworm {really} to Permanganate of Potash {who knows what grim affliction that treated}, as well as Glauber Salts and Nutritive Pomade For Nourishing and Beautifying the Hair, I simply love them.

An assortment of vintage apothecary bottles

An assortment of vintage apothecary bottles

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7 Responses to “From the sublime to the ridiculous”

  1. EmmaSlater October 19, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

    Love the apothecary bottles! Used the pastel blue cake plates i bought from you for my grandma’s 80th 🙂

    • createvintage October 20, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

      So glad you managed to use them, I’ve got such a soft spot for all of the Ironstone china. Going to try to get hold of some more apothecary bottles, let me know if you’d like me to get some for you.
      Is the Pig and Butcher your pub? Looks lovely, will definitely try to pop in some time. x

      • Emma Slater October 20, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

        Yes to the apothecary bottles and yes that’s our pub, we collect vintage glass and stoneware for the shelves x

      • createvintage October 20, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

        Pub looks amazing. I’ll be in touch about the bottles. x

      • createvintage October 21, 2014 at 9:08 am #

        Emma, hi, Zoe (Create Vintage) here – we met at the Herb Farm craft fair around this time last year.
        Sorry I haven’t been in touch before now, but just wondering, are you still interested in the old apothecary bottles? I have just acquired a load more and would happily save some for you if you’d like? Zoe x

      • Emma Slater October 21, 2014 at 11:31 am #

        hi zoe, will you be at the herb farm in nov? x

      • createvintage October 21, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

        Yes, Emma, hoping to be there – not selling this time though, just browsing! x

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