Wednesday, May 20

. selvedge . spring fair . stroud .

i'm sitting writing this with nervous anticipation of attending my first ' creative meetup ' tomorrow . as someone who works from home it's easy to miss the buzz of being around likeminded creative people . you miss that opportunity to bounce ideas off others . you miss that feeling of shared inspiration . of sharing new finds with others . & . discovering new things through others . i'm hoping that tomorrow will bring a little of that back to me . 

in a way this blog allows me to do this . but sometimes it can feel like a one sided conversation . not that it's not nice to be able to chatter on & on to you all after spending the day in the peace & quiet of my little creative space . so let me share with you some lovely new finds that i spotted at the selvedge spring fair at the weekend . 

i went to my first selvedge fair last year . the winter fair was held at the usual venue of the lovely Chelsea Town Hall & was a delight of design, haberdashery, textiles, & lovely inspiration . disappointment at not being able to make it down to the spring fair in april soon turned into delight when the fair became a travelling one with stop overs in bath & in stroud . which just so happens to be not a million miles from me .

slightly smaller than in london it was still busy & with some familiar faces . & . others not so . it was a lovely break away from my desk . 

i don't think i will ever get tired of looking at the beautiful handcrafted works of others . the time, the attention to detail, the creativity & the love that goes into each piece of work never fails to amaze me . so here are a few of my favourites . 

. the sweetest wooden dolls dressed in dresses that you'll be coveting for yourself .
. in the cutest dolls house that you'll be wanting to live in yourself .
. with beautiful stationery & she is currently working on a series of books .

. i've long been a bit of a fan of charlotte's beautiful work .
. the simplicity & quality of line & subtle colour palette she uses is just lovely .
. was so incredibly tempted by these gorgeous linen cushions .

. fashion . embroidery . jewellery . all made by a girl who hates the sun . Yuka Maeda .
. beautifully intricate & darkly fascinating .
. if you have the time take a look at her equally fascinating website

. handmade & hand stitched from vintage finds . 
. her work has a wonderful wistful & whimsical quality about it . 
. almost like discovering & delving through a victorian ladies sewing box . 

i'm already counting down the days until the next fair . 4th & 5th december . pop the date in your diaries now .

. have a happy & creative day .

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