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A Perfectly Vintage Weekend

Rocking Dog Loves A Bit Of Domestic Science!, Rocking Dog

Rocking Dog Loves A Bit Of Domestic Science!

After a very difficult week it was lovely to have the most perfect weekend. On Saturday morning there was the sudden and delicious realisation that a Vintage & Handmade jumble sale was happening at Rangeworthy Village Hall. I have a feeling that there are plenty of women like me who attend these events. We certainly don’t need any more textiles, bobbles, ribbons or braids… but we simply cannot resist! My haul this time included some tapestries which had never quite made it to a frame or cushion pad. I have a feeling they will be heading for cushions of the “make it up as you go along” variety. On another stall I picked up a pretty embroidered cloth for £1 which is destined for another Rocking Dog quilt. More contemporary was a stash of small remnants including fabrics by Celia Birtwell. Small whimsical cushions, patchwork squares, appliqué they will await their fate on Material Mountain. My favourite buy of the day was some jolly 70’s Sanderson nursery print. I quite fancy making a pair of dungarees for baby Doug’ (hope not too “Sound of Music”!) and there’ll be plenty for some fab’ Christmas stockings.

After a lovely vintage trawl, and alas no time for delicious WI cake I headed back to the kennel. I then went with lovely vintage friend (we have known each other for over 20 years) to Tetbury. Domestic Science was our first port of call for a sandwich and then a gander over four floors of vintage, domestic, wearable, smellable loveliness. My friend MADE me buy a lovely electric blue linen dress…she’s very persuasive! The honey coloured town was buzzing with people and a throng of noisy vintage convertibles. There are wonderful things to buy in the town but you need deep pockets, especially in one of the many antique shops. A cup of tea, and then it was time to head home. On the way back we passed Westonbirt Arboretum the colour of the Acers were truly spectacular. Autumn has arrived despite the welcome warm daytime temperatures.

Sunday we ate lunch with more gorgeous vintage friends (25 years). I was so pleased with my Yorkshire pud’s. Why is it that when I weigh everything out they are a disaster and if I simply chuck everything in without much thought they are belters!

Vintage fabrics were laundered, dried in the sun and folded. Tomorrow I will sew. It is a lovely prospect and my way of being kind to myself.

Have a wonderful week and I hope the autumnal (or not) colours are glorious in your part of the world.

Love vintage loving Rocking Dog x

Vintage Tapestry,Rocking Dog

Vintage Tapestry

Vintage Nursery Print,Rocking Dog

Vintage Nursery Print

£1 Vintage Stitches,Rocking Dog

£1 Vintage Stitches

I Love Celia!,Rocking Dog

I Love Celia!

Make Space!,Rocking Dog

Make Space!

Awaiting A Sewing Day,Rocking Dog

Awaiting A Sewing Day

The Colours Of A West Country Autumn

Daring Charlotte's Locks, Rocking Dog

Daring Charlotte’s Locks

Ahhh! the Colours of a West Country Autumn. Over the weekend I have bravely, or some would say madly brushed some autumnal cheer to the Rocking Dog Kennel!

Oh! when I opened that F & B tin I rather did think “what are you doing you stupid woman!” I really didn’t have very much time to contemplate, as very soon I was having a lovely phone call with a friend. I managed to paint the entire staircase from floor to low dado rail, with phone balanced on my shoulder. We talked life patchwork, sewn patchwork, children, vintage stuff, dogs, holiday, garden etc… Thank you Stephanie for your valuable life coaching- how much do I owe you?!

Being preoccupied with phone chat I had no time to dither, stand back, or sigh heavily about the hallucinogenic paint decision. I think it will possibly be one of those jolly colours which will have a brief moment of autumn/ winter glory, before being forsaken for something a little more conservative. I sincerely hope it is more 70’s vibe than being reminiscent of that nasty 90’s phase of terracotta. I was quite amused that Andyman on his return from a weekend in Dartmouth took a little time to notice the change from white to orange!

It was such a glorious weekend, cold dewy blue skied mornings and still star studded and full mooned nights. In between, welcome warmth, sun, trees laden with fruits to be harvested and the changing colours of hedgerows, fields and woodland. It really is something worth cherishing.

As we head from September into October I wish you a very happy autumnal week.

70's Party Vibe!, Rocking Dog

70’s Party Vibe!

Pumpkin Plot, Rocking Dog

Pumpkin Plot

The Apples Are Ripe, Rocking Dog

The Apples Are Ripe

Autumnal Blue, Rocking Dog

Autumnal Blue

Bountiful Crab Apple, Rocking Dog

Bountiful Crab Apple

Pick Of The Crop, Rocking Dog

Pick Of The Crop