Tales from the Sea Garden
Tales from The Sea Garden
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Sunday, 20 December 2015
Friday, 11 December 2015
Feeling a little bit Christmassy......
At the end of November I made a special trip up to Sussex to go to the 'Country Brocante Christmas Fair' held at Cowdray Park. Oh, it was all so beautiful......My favourite purchase was this handmade mouse by 'Ayres and Grace'. I have made a tableau inside an old glass dome, and she sits by my bedside in front of an old mirror so that I can see her from behind too.
"It's Christmas and Mabel mouse sits quietly with her stocking hoping to catch a glimpse of Father Christmas, but falls fast asleep......"
Posted by A Mermaid's Tale at 6:00 am 3 comments:
Wednesday, 4 November 2015
Coffee, Crafting and Cake
In a quiet backstreet in the heart of Lostwithiel there is a little cafe called 2 Quay Street. Shall we go inside? The windows are quite steamed up...........
Ooooooh, it's lovely and warm in here!
The cafe is run by two friends, Amanda and Jane. They both share a love of vintage haberdashery and handmade crafts, so as well as delicious homemade cakes there are plenty of other tempting goodies on offer too!
Cosy and inviting, with comfy chairs and lit lamps, and so much to look at everywhere.....
Shelves full of fabrics and wool,
baskets overflowing with vintage knitting patterns,
and more wool....
embroidery cottons and sewing accoutrements; bowls of buttons....
reels of ribbon and ric-rac....
and one-off handmade items for sale......
Let us take a break from all this looking and enjoy something to eat and drink,
but which one to go for????
Last time I had the orange and almond palenta cake......
(Someone has knitted this gorgeous tea cosy of the cafe with Amanda and Janes' names above the door!)
this time I went for Jane's homemade Bakewell tart and a mug of hot choc with cream, mmmmmmm.....
On Wednesday mornings an informal get-together of knitters occurs at 2 Quay Street, which is why Angelica and I met up there today, but I confess not much knitting was achieved in between the lively chat and the consuming of cake and the distractions of vintage loveliness everywhere!
My chief distraction was this set of drawers filled with vintage plastic buttons, each drawer colour-coded.
Spotted on top of a shelf - hee-hee!
Well, I could quite happily have vegetated in a corner observing the comings and goings at No. 2 Quay Street for the rest of the day, but alas, things to do, people to see......there will always be next time!
2 Quay Street, Lostwithiel, Cornwall
Posted by A Mermaid's Tale at 12:24 pm 7 comments:
Wednesday, 28 October 2015
Just a little update of how the shop's looking at the moment....
Knitted scarves by Alison Dupernex,
linen toiletry bags with original screen printed designs by Helen Round,
little driftwood boats with vintage fabric sails made by Ruth Browning,
Ruth also makes these delightful driftwood gulls....(so cute)
Wendy's handmade baby shoes...
and her gorgeous bonnets, all lined with Liberty cotton. Patsy's little notebooks have Liberty covers too...
New into the shop today are these Dorset Posy Brooches by Lizzie Moore, which I have mounted onto images of a 1950's Vogue coat pattern...
Some of my cards sit alongside a collection of original dress patterns by Simplicity, Butterick and Maudela amongst others (such stylish illustrations!), and below them Patsy's fun bunting all made from original fashion magazines and patterns from the 50's...
Dare I say it but a few Christmas things have found their way into the shop this week, as it's half-term and a lot of visitors down here at the moment will not visit again before the big day.
Ooohh I love old baby shoes!
Hope you've enjoyed the little tour
Posted by A Mermaid's Tale at 1:18 pm 6 comments:
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