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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

Harvest festival

4 Oct

While blogging may have taken a back seat for a month or two, the Create Vintage stocks have been gradually swelling. I managed to sneak a few precious moments of treasure hunting among the holidays and hectic work schedule this summer.

Just as well because I’m busily preparing for a Harvest Fair this weekend. Held by Milly & Jo at The Herb Farm in Sonning Common, it’s a celebration of all things craft, vintage and artisan.

I don’t know whether it was the influence of all the glorious summer heat, but my discoveries have taken on a bit of a French country Brocante feel. I came across some adorable ancient cups and saucers, which set me on the path to a more rustic vibe than usual. There’s something about the beautiful and serene looking slightly bashed and bedraggled that really appeals to me.

Ridgway Pottery teaset for two

Ridgway Pottery teaset for two

 

Brocante assortment ready for the Harvest Craft Fair

Brocante assortment ready for the Harvest Craft Fair

Harvest Craft Fair, Saturday 5th October, 10am-4pm

The Herb Farm, Peppard Road, Sonning Common, Reading, Berks, RG4 9NJ