Monday, 19 March 2012

A sunny Mother's Day in The Woodford Valley at The Artisan's in Spring Fair

We had the Artisan's in the Spring Fair, our third fair and had a very sociable time with some returning visitors. The cold start did not deter early visitors with the bright spring sun soon lighting the valley. This fair we were joined by two new stall holders, Elaine with painted furniture and lovely objects for interiors and Tanya with button inspired brooches and rabbits and Imogen's lino cut greetings cards. Here are a selection of photographs from the Fair:

Camelia with vintage linens, handmade and a pretty collection of objects

John Gustard showing his portrait skills (one to be shown later), lovely cards from paintings and talking about his art classes around the Salisbury area

Anne-Marie of Sky Blue showing her creative knitting and sewing skills and vintage accessories

 Elaine with hand -painted furniture and ceramics

Jane from Kiss The Book with beautifully co-ordinated items and books

Caroline's lovely jewels with semi precious stones

Unfortunately I don't have any photographs I took of Tanya's stall and the cakes but will try to find one and include later. I have a brooch which I bought and will photograph and include later.

I was delighted with my finds and something very special to me which can be seen on Camelia's blog later.

Most importantly it was lovely to meet so many lovely people and we all have our stories. One delightful lady who bought a pretty initialled handkerchief, was educated in a former Suffragette founded school in Edinburgh and told me about the laundering and starching of the school uniforms and how the girls were educated in laundering. Another lady who bought a tablecloth talked about the pride she took in presenting linen at its best and removing stains, I can identify with this. I could go on, we have so much to learn from others.
Perhaps for me, the most memorable moment was when a lovely lady arrived with her elderly mother whose memory was fading. She was very caring and compassionate towards her mother who was very spirited. My husband commented that he was sure she could tell many a story.
I hope everyone had a Happy Mother's day.

A rest now and a few more sleeps to the Artisans fair in September. Have a good spring and summer from at the Artisans.


  1. You are clever, your photographs really captured the stalls. We did have a happy day didn't we? Jane xx

  2. Hi Jane,
    It is lovely to hear from you. I thoroughly enjoyed myself as it was a very friendly get together with some lovely things & could not believe it was 4pm and time to pack up.
    Are you going to have a stall at The Vintage Nostalgis 25th-27th May? It looks very interesting from the web-site.