Saturday, 4 September 2010

Bizarre Bazaar and ....the 'Tempting Edibles' ;-)

I suppose you could say that today, I was in heaven!
I could also have come home ten pounds heavier... and a few hundred pounds poorer!

On one side of me there was the most beautiful selection of homemade cakes!
And opposite me...

So what more could a gal want???!!

(Don't answer that!!)

And no, I wasn't in Totnes but I will forgive you for thinking that with all this shabby,vintage
and deliciousness in abundance !

I was in Ashburton for Biz Baz...or to give it its correct name Bizarre Bazaar.
And as you can see my friend, dear Amanda, was there too!

Biz Baz is a new event to the town and one which I think is just what Ashburton needs to complete it.

Biz Baz is organised by two incredibly lovely people, Birdie and Chris.

In fact, Ashburton is full of incredibly lovely people and there's such a thriving community spirit .
But you already know how much I love this little town as it has featured on this blog rather a lot!

Today's event took place in Ashburton Town Hall.

I took along my ever growing collection of vintage fabrics.

I managed to quickly race around with my camera .
Savour the was quite a mix!

And of course...the 'tempting edibles'!
Sounds like a name for a new rock band! ;-)

I enjoyed the day; there was a lovely calming atmosphere within the hall.
We finished at 4pm and so I was able to manage a quick whizz around the town too.
I especially wanted to see what Sarah had in her ' Vintage Emporium' , having heard about her ad in Antique Explorer.

But that can wait til next time... as I have the supper to cook right now!


Thursday, 2 September 2010

If you knew Susie like I know Susie...!

Many years ago, back in the late 1970s, my mum discovered Susie Cooper.

It was then that we, two gals on a mission, would trapse around the antiques markets, flea markets etc, searching for Susie.

My mum thought it would be fun to collect as many different designs as we could find.

And thus began a love for Susie, until my mum's cupboard could take no more.

Every visit to see her would inevitably mean 'Let's get Susie out!'

And out of the cupboards it would all come.

We'd admire the designs , reminisce about where

we found each piece, lovingly stroke it... and then back into the cupboard it would go.

Until one day...

my mum put it all into auction! ;-(

I say 'all' ...but not quite all!

She gave me this bone china tea set


This occasionally comes out of the dresser as I do like to ring the changes on my dresser.

And she let me keep this lustre jug, which I do know has value.

I found it at an antiques fair at Haytor on Dartmoor, years ago.

The seller had three lustre jugs and I could only afford one, I remember.

So I bought the middle sized jug.

And I went proudly, back down through the Devon lanes to show my mum,who was

gobsmacked at my find.

It was one of Susie's earlier pieces when she worked

at Grays pottery

And so it was with great interest, when I went to see my mum today, that I read the article in

this month's BBC Homes and Antiques mag.

And so I came home and got out Susie!

I only have a sprinkling!

This set is more modern and entitled,

' Wedgwood Women Designers of the 20th Century'

Susie Cooper 'Recumbent Deer'

Limited edition of 5,000

So the backstamp says.

This set...

...was actually given to me years ago as a gift and it commemorates the 25th anniversary of the

coronation 0f Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11
Limited edition of 500

And this one,I was given today...!

I rather like the design


And my mum's words this morning:

I now wish I had not got rid of it all !!


So that's Susie, one of the 'pottery ladies' who has given my mum and I a lot of fun, over the


Cheers Susie!