These patchwork style tiles were £5 apiece, but I know some of you shabby chic and quilt lovers are drooling! They are beautifully made by Welbeck Tiles in Cornwall. They did garden birds in addition to the florals, and have many more designs on their website, but my favourites were those copied from vintage postcards.
Postcard style tiles £10 each
They had virtually every British seaside resort you can imagine, and I think one or two would look lovely just propped on a shelf. Some were the back of the postcard, so you see the 1/2d stamp and read the message. I enjoyed Archie's card to Mum and Dad that he was having a lovely time, and had "got all burnt up!" They will even make you tiles from your own postcards if you can't find what you're looking for.
There was also a presence from interiors magazine favourites such as Jan Constantine. The ladies on the stand were a bit dubious about my camera - but as Jan's new designs are already available in the catalogue and on-line, I think I managed to convince them that I wasn't planning any kind of industrial espionage! Of course, if anyone is inspired to get their felt stash out after seeing this picture I can't be held responsible...
I guess my willingness to buy helped as well! I've always liked her cushions - yes, I know they're everywhere, but hey - although the hefty price tag of around £60 for a small union jack design has put me off up until now. But at the fair I found this 'make your own' kit - everything you need to stitch one at home, and for the special 'show price' of £20.
So, watch this space, surely even I can manage this?
On to some other stalls I visited:
Lovely thrown porcelain by Linda Bloomfield.
Everything is hand made and dishwasher and microwave safe.
I spent a lot of time ruining Beyond Fabrics' display by unfolding
all their gorgeous materials, but the stall holder was very patient and I did buy!
Totes, trugs, plant holders made by recycle-recycle
Everything is made from recycled rice bags as part of a fairtrade project in Cambodia
Rice sack washbag with carved coconut hook
Reverse of their waterproof fold-up picnic rug
I have seen these kind of products before but the quality was excellent, and everything looked extremely durable. The bright colours are lovely too.
I of course went to Plum and Ivory's stand to thank them for the tickets and to check out their new range of 'affordable luxury gifts'. They have something for every budget - from delectable cashmere ponchos, to hair slides and book marks made from vintage fabrics.
Wrap around leather bracelets
Pashmina style pure wool scarves
Vintage fabric bookmarks and hair accessories
I'm excited to say that I'll also be posting about a Plum and Ivory giveaway in the next couple of days, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
I am beginning to collate all the prospective swappers details now so apologies if I haven't been commenting on your blogs as much as usual. The swap seems to have generated a lot of excitement and I will do my best to make sure that everyone gets to take part, but it will depend on numbers and of course countries of swappers involved, so please bear with me! I will try to let everyone know their swap partner by next weekend, but as the numbers are getting quite large it may be the second week in June when I return from my holiday - will keep you posted!
If you'd like to take part, please ensure your blog is linked up to your profile so I can find you when you comment - and active bloggers only please.
Opinions on the fair are my own. This is not a sponsored post.