It sure is chilly in this neck of the woods right now…. even if I do live in the ‘Sunshine State’. I have sourced some beautiful winter pieces for this Saturday’s Travelling Wares market. Mohair blankets (don’t you just love the saffron one above!), thick glass preserving jars, children’s chunky knits, wool blankets, wooden rolling pin for winter tarts (the eating type) and more!
Getting some foliage ready for the tables. I am in LOVE with this stuff right now!
New stock – these plates are fantastic!
A really special old box with original paint and gold gild writing.
More new stock
Cleaning the house after the market, also known as rearranging everything in a delirious state.
Trying to draw energy from watching the flames dance, exhausted after the market (and rearranging the house).
Still sitting by the fire many hours later.
Sunday breakfast at Cirque
Timothy O’s emergency haircut
The drinks trolley.
Washed and ironed the new upholstery for the banquette seating.
Realised that the floorboards in the new dining room are going to be the next job. Ohmy….
New shelves for the linen press.
More rearranging bits.
Weekend in Pictures, here they are. It was a market weekend, which happens to be my favourite kind of weekend! It’s always so great seeing our regular customers and meeting new ones. Catching up with friends who drop by and striking up conversations with strangers. It really can be so inspiring meeting new people and sharing a brief moment in time with them.
The only down side is feeling a bit shattered afterwards. Once we were home I turned into some crazy cleaning person and decided that our house needed to be cleaned and straightened out… right now! So I rearranged furniture and cleaned while Timothy O got the wood fire oven ready downstairs. Then I found a chair in front of the fire and stayed firmly ‘put’ for a few hours…. exhausted.
Come Sunday morning Timothy O and I decided to high tail it out for breakfast to Cirque in New Farm. One of our regular customers Lovely G, humbly mentioned that she had a local cafe and a few of my bits were being used there when she came by on Saturday at the market…. the cafe turned out to be Cirque…(hello…complete and utter hot spot and extremely popular with amazing produce!) I felt very excited when Timothy O spotted some of our plates.
Sunday was slipping away so we dashed to get a haircut for Timothy O, while this was happening I ran into a large mainstream ‘homemaker’ type store and was stopped in my tracks… shocked by their new collection for the home; shocked in a bad way. Completely devaluing and ripping off original antique pieces and even humble bric-a-brac in a way I actually hadn’t seen before. Though ‘double standard’ me actually bought a trolley from the ‘homemaker’ shop…. I put it down to being in shock and forgetting where I was… utter shock!
Came home, decided I really did love my new drinks trolley, no matter where it came from, thought for a second that maybe I won’t tell you guys about it, then I thought, no, I will…. I washed and ironed the new upholstery for the banquette seating….. I realised that I will soon be doing more floor sanding and white washing, I felt sick, ….. made some new shelves for the linen press and rearranged more stuff around the house like a mad woman.
Timothy O and I having some down time as it rains.
Charolais Beef in the oven.
Building a faux wall for a shoot .
Are you sure you like these ‘Weekend in Pictures?’… It’s a bit repetitive I’ve noticed… are you bored? Work and Eat seems to be the trend. Didn’t realise this until I started the series.
Well, it was a market weekend which means a working weekend… an early rise Saturday morning and setting up the trestle tables and making it look as beautiful as possible… (in the dark)…. to the wafting aromas of our site neighbours’ freshly baked Italian bread. We always break some bread together in the mornings while it is still dark with the bakers while the bread is still warm. Their bread is the best.
I was thrilled to see one of my favourite flowers are back in season – Stocks, they have the most beautiful fragrance and it’s always a pleasure when the grower is as excited as you are about a new flower being in season. Lots of hand waving and excitement!
We were very busy with people rattling and rummaging around, on a hunt. I love making people happy when they find something they just absolutely must have.
Then the rain came down; it gave Timothy O and I a good chance to chat about some things and take a break which was lovely.
Then it is the ‘Grand Pack Up’… we are always one of the last ones to leave the market… packing up takes a while….
Then it was home to sit by the fire and make a simple dinner, we were a bit exhausted.
Come Sunday I spent the day working on a shoot I have coming up with Toby Scott this week. Making panels of faux wall with subway tiles.
And that is it. All over Red Rover til next weekend!
Curiosity is a funny thing isn’t it. I have received a few emails recently from people curious as to what the inside of our caravan looks like. I can understand this fascination of wanting to know more; I always want to know what people have inside their handbags or what is inside their desk drawers… so I thought I would share a few images of ‘Frankie’s’ interior for those of you who can’t make it to our market.
Speaking of ‘Frankie’, we will be spending a lot of time in Frankie next week, as we are off on an East Coast seaside adventure!