I took a trip to Witney with my mum the other weekend and we came across a great little shop called The Old Pill Factory ….
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Tagged Antique, Decor, Eclectic, Furniture, Homewares, Interiors, Oxford, Retro, Shabby Chic, Vintage
I took a walk in the wintry snow around North Oxford and so instead of a Sunday Brunch post this week I thought I’d share a few of my photographic finds ….
Apart from this brief outing I’ve spent most of the weekend tucked up inside with a hot chocolate; I love looking at the snow but I’m not really one for playing in it!
I’ve been using these cold snow days to catch up reading a few of my favourite blogs and think about how I want to get back into sharing photographs with you and searching out more vintage finds and unusual objects. I’ll line up a few posts for later this week.
I was recently involved in a putting on large market event in Oxford where local producers and makers were celebrated. I thought I’d share a few of my photos – there were plenty of foodie and crafty stalls. I loved perusing the wealth of creative talent from Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties.
Have you been to any good local arts & crafts fairs or food festivals recently?
I’ve popped these photos up on my Flickr page.
Welcome to the new week folks! This Monday I thought I’d share with you a few photos I took during my recent visit to Windsor & Eton. All the pics below were ones I took along Eton highstreet. It was a gloriously sunny day and the flags were flying high in anticipation of the Jubilee celebrations.
I recently stumbled upon the chic little boutique Roost Interiors on Eton highstreet and had to share with you some photos of the the store. Co-owner Helen very kindly showed me around …
Roost is full pretty finds – from antique-style glassware to shabby-chic furniture. I usually go mad for colour but I felt really relaxed amongst all the pale and pretty muted tones on display.
Last week I went on a training course to Windsor and each afternoon, at the end of the work day, I got the opportunity to wander around Windsor and Eton in the glorious sunshine before I got my train back to Oxford.
Windsor is a very quaint and typically British city and is widely known as the site of Windsor Castle, one of the official residences of the British Royal Family. As you can imagine, with just a week to go until the Jubilee weekend, the town was covered in Union Jack bunting.
Windsor has a lovely selection of shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as being situated on the River Thames with boat trips available to nearby attractions such as Henley or Marlow. I’ll admit to having a Mr. Whippy (icecream cone to my non-UK readers) out in the sunshine as I soaked up the atmosphere of this very pretty town.
I actually took more photos of Eton High Street than Windsor itself, and I’ll post these over the weekend. I’ll also share with you photos of a couple of independent boutique tours ….
I’m really looking forward to the Best of Britain weekend at Oxford Castle Quarter this Jubilee weekend! One of the events on is the Vintage Village, featuring the Handmade Makers Market on Sunday 3rd June – 10am – 5pm. If you’re in or near Oxford I encourage you to take a look. I’ll be there with my camera snapping away and hopefully meeting some great designer/makers.
“Fairs and Markets for craft superheroes.
We love handmade, independently designed, cleverly crafted stuff. From prints to pincushions, jewellery to jumpers we are proud to support the craft superheroes of the UK!
We also love to get to know our sellers and our customers so if you’d like to show at one of our fairs please get in touch (there’s a link at the top of this page). And if you’ve visited one of our markets and bought something you love we’d love to know.” - Sam and Michelle – Handmade Makers Markets
The organisers of the Handmade Makers Markets have a great little blog that gives advice to small independent crafters looking to sell their work. They’ve nicknamed these people ‘Craft Superheroes’ which I just love!
On Saturday I had a wander around Chiswick and visited the Upcycled exhibition at The Old Cinema on Chiswick High Road.
There were some really fascinating pieces of furniture that featured upcycled elements. I love the above patchwork chair by Kelly Swallow. Kelly’s work featured varying fabrics from the subtle natural tones of the seating above, to quite elaborate brightly coloured textiles. She chooses an eclectic mix of vintage and designer fabrics.
I completely fell in love with the work by Lucy Turner. Lucy specialises in customizing and transforming mid-century furniture with the clever use of laser cut Formica laminate, which she applies on the surface. She chooses playful shapes for the cut-outs, producing quite a retro feel.
The exhibition also featured items by collective team Ines Cole. The wire mesh above has been transformed into a display backdrop for hanging other vintage items.
Above you can see the quirky and fun upcycled tea-towel cushions from Hunted and Stuffed, who I featured in my Etsy Focus post last week. These particular offerings feature the London underground map.
I really enjoyed snooping around The Old Cinema. Along with the upcycled exhibition pieces, the venue sells a wide variety of vintage furniture, decorative arts, jewellery and lighting. They claim to be London’s only department store devoted to selling antique, vintage, retro, industrial and upcycled furniture – sounds like my kind of place! I’ll certainly be stopping by again soon.
* Images by Ellie of Hunted and Stuffed. Thank you for allowing me to use your lovely photographs Ellie!