Wednesday, 5 March 2014

The Vintage Bazaar, this Saturday, 8th March!

The Vintage Bazaar is this Saturday 8th March at Devizes Corn Exchange.  Doors open at 9.30am and it promises to be a cracker full to the brim of beautiful, eclectic vintage, collectibles, antiques, fabrics.  Just about everything you could wish for in a vintage fair.


 As you may have realised I like this fair, I like it a lot!  This will be my third time standing here and I can't wait.  The atmosphere with the other stallholders is just so friendly and once the public come in, it takes it to another level which is fun and exhilarating.  I love chatting to people about my wares and I find Devizes is just the place to do that. people are genuinely interested in the history of the pieces and that makes selling even more of a pleasure.  I am taking slightly different stock with me this time as I have gone back to my roots and managed to find some beautiful french, faded pieces that will hopefully go down well.


What every girl needs, a pretty fan box to store her fan when she's not using it to communicate with her intended!  Over the centuries women have communicated in a 'secret' sign language using their fans to allow a potential suitor to know if they are taken or available for some flirtations. There are a whole lot of different moves that would be used but the one I would find most useful as its a word that I use quite often at home is letting the fan rest on the left cheek. This means that the answer is NO!



An amazing French writing bureau to store your love letters.  I've never seen anything like this, so unusual and a real collectors piece.



Still on the faded fabric theme, beautiful antique fabric drawers to store your handkerchiefs, gloves, lace and veils.


More fabric drawers, a letter rack, old boxes


This will be hard to part with. An old sedan chair to display jewellery or an old doll.  Rare and unusual.



Finally showstopping pieces in the form of Globe de Mariee.  These were cushions used by a french couple to display their wedding bouquet, tiara etc.  The couple would commission the piece and all the different elements such as the bird or mirrors, flowers were symbols that meant something to them.  Very interesting and a real talking point.  I would love to have seen inside the houses of the people who would have had one of these!


This is just a small array of the items I will be taking with me on Saturday.  If you would like to see who else will be having a stall then just click here.

If you can make it then please do come and say hello :)

Monday, 3 March 2014

Parkinson's UK Charity walk.

On April 6th Mark and I are taking part in a 10k walk at Wilton House Wiltshire to raise funds for Parkinson's UK. This is a charity close to my heart as my mum lived with Parkinson's Disease for 17 years so I know first hand how debilitating this disease is. People often think that Parkinson's is something only elderly people suffer from but my mum was only 49 when she was diagnosed and whilst I am unable to help her now, I hope that by taking part in fundraising events I can help to raise awareness and funds for the many thousands of people who face the challenges of Parkinson's every day. My mum was an inspiration to me and I am doing the walk in her memory.


I am hoping to raise at least £250 and am asking my lovely blog readers and Facebook friends to help me reach that target by giving a donation to:

http://www.justgiving.com/Fiona-Newman

Thank you so much in advance for your support, it really is much appreciated :)

I will keep you updated with any news. I have already started training as apparently it is quite a demanding walk and the result was me caked in mud as you can see from the photo of my boots, I'm praying for a dry day on the 6th April!




Love Fi.xxx

Friday, 14 February 2014

There's been a murder!

I love reading Agatha Christie books and have done ever since I was young.  I still enjoy reading them to this day and despite reading them several times I never remember who the murderer is!  I also enjoy the Poirot and Miss Marple adaptions on the tv and wouldn't mind starring in one even if it was just as an extra.  I could be one of the old pussies in the tea shop gossiping when Miss Marple overhears and because of my innate ability to understand the human psyche, my gossiping helps solve the case.  I could maybe have a walk on part where I'm in the village doing my daily shopping before stopping in the Post Office and asking for two first class stamps and a packet of envelopes.  The possibilities are endless but because I've never acted before I'm thinking my appearance would be more from the Mrs Overall school of acting rather than RADA.

Being fairly pragmatic, I know that it is highly unlikely I will ever be cast in a Miss Marple adaption so I decided to create my own miniature diorama depicting a scene from one of my favourites, The Body in the Library starring:

Joan Hickson as Miss Marple


                                                 Gwen Watford as Dolly Bantry


                                           and Astra Sheridan as Pamela Reeve


The complete diorama can be seen here:



 

Checking the body for clues before the police arrive.


The scene is my interpretation based on when Miss Marple and Doll Bantry inspect the body in the library before the police officers arrive.

This was so much fun to create and I got the idea when I happened upon a Poirot minikin doll made by Sarah and Elizabeth from the USA.  They create a range of wonderful figures and you can see them here as well as their Etsy shop.  I tried to think how I could use a Miss Marple doll in a scene and as I happened to be flicking through a dollhouse brochure at the time when I saw a library wallpaper the light bulb came on and The Body in the Library diorama was born!  I emailed Sarah and Elizabeth to ask if they could make me a Joan Hickson doll and they came back with all three after I told them what I was planning on doing.  I was blown away by the detail as everything is exactly as it was in the film and considering they are only 4" tall, I think they are fantastic.  The rest of the scene I created using doll house miniatures and found that I became quite obsessive over the smallest detail but those details are the ones that make all the difference!

A really great project for me and I can't wait to start the next one :)