I bought a sewing machine in January with big ideas about the things I could make with it and so far it has remained in its box. I have plenty of time on my hands so no excuse not to be using it so i got thinking about what i would like to make first and have decided on a patchwork quilt. it's going to take me a while to collect enough fabric but I will post my progress on here. To start with here is some lovely quilty inspiration.
I have a small obsession with Vintage style Bicycles and own a Victorian style Dawes diploma so I was excited to discover the new British Bicycle company, Beg.
Their classically designed sit up and beg Bicycles are something to be admired and for those of us who don't need another bike, they sell lovely accessories that can be added to your current ride.
On Saturday my boyfriend and I went to St Albans. I had never been so I did a bit of research and found something very exciting. Fleetville Vintage Emporium and Scally Dog antiques and collectables. Basically they are two different warehouses full of everything old, in the same place with different names but owned by the same people. Slightly confusing!
Of course we had to go and have a look so we parked up in their free car park and had a good browse. We both found Scally Dog's had the most covetable treasures but Fleetville Vintage emporium housed its fair share of vintage beauties too.
Sadly I didn't take my camera because it is a behemoth but here are a few pictures from the interwebs.
Fleetville Vintage emporium
Sadly we walked away empty handed as the things we wanted wouldn't fit in our flat. In Scally Dog's we found an incredible but huge metal trunk for £55, a gorgous 1920's art deco dressing table for £70 and a 1950's television but I don't remember how much that one was.
If you are in the St Albans area then I urge you to go and have a look.
I have discovered something very rare indeed and I am practically drooling. I spend a lot of my life browsing the Internet for decent sewing patterns and kits that aren't outdated (in a bad way) or age inappropriate. My dreams have quite literally come true with Merchant & Mills. They are a drapers from the beautiful town of Hay-on-Wye and these are the reasons I have fallen in love with them.
Number 1: beautiful Patterns.
Number 2: Brilliant bag kits.
Number 3: Unbelievably good packaging. (check out that typography)
Number 4: Lovely dressmaking fabrics (so difficult to find)