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Friday, 20 May 2011

Back on Track again.

Apologies for the unusually long time between posts but I haven't been well all last week after returning from Dorset.  Normally I bounce back pretty quickly from being poorly but this time I have felt really low.  Thankfully now I seem to be returning to normal, well, normal for me!  Sadly we had to let Betty go which I don't think helped my mood as she was beginning to pick on Pinkie.  This was the reason my friend rehomed her with us in the first place as she was being dominant over her other little dog.  I didn't say anything to my friend but I don't actually think Betty was a full Pug as she had many terrier traits in her.  She has now gone to a lovely couple and their teenage children and will be an only dog which I think is what she needs.  Our Pugs have been much calmer since she went.

I have recently purchased some beautiful eiderdown fabric and also a large double eidy that could not be salvaged so hence the garden is covered in feathers and so was my black car and I now have some more beautiful eiderdown fabric to add to it.

I think I will keep some and some I will sell on for projects.  I love eiderdown fabric but trying to de feather an large eiderdown is horrendous.  I do keep all the feathers though and make my own cushion pads so nothing is wasted.

Have also just bought some beautiful used ballet pointe shoes.  In the copy of Jeanne D'Arc Living magazine that Ali from Betty and Violet very kindly gave me was a pretty display incorporating some ballet pointe shoes so I  pinched the idea.  I am sure the lady I bought them from must think I am very strange wanting her used ballet shoes so I will have to explain!! They are surprisingly heavy and I can only imagine the damage done to ballerinas poor little tootsies!!

My lovely Mum also managed to find me two little needlepoint evening bags at her local market.  They are so sweet and the needlepoint so beautifully executed.  I would estimate they date from the 20's or 30's.  I am going to save them for the V&H Textile fair on the 4th of June. I am busy getting ready for the Northampton Vintage fair being held tomorrow.  Please pop along if you can.  Have a lovely weekend and it is nice to be back.
Jo xx


  1. Hi Jo ~ sorry to hear that you have been unwell, you have been working so hard recently with your schedule of fairs!
    You have got some gorgeous goodies ~ especially the eiderdown fabric, I like you, often find myself in the field at the back of our garden shaking feathers out and getting covered! I will be at the V&H also on the 4th June with a stall so will make a beeline for you and those goodies!
    Speak soon, Ali x

  2. Sorry you haven't been well, Jo - hope you're feeling better by now. Sounds like you've been very busy; sometimes we over-stretch ourselves! Lovely little bags - really pretty. Look after yourself and have a good Fair at the weekend. Abby x

  3. Sorry to hear you have been poorly honey! Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow! xx Your mum has a good eye, the bags are gorgeous!

  4. So sorry you have not been well and I hope you pick up soon. It is a shame about Betty but you have done the right thing if she was upsetting the other dogs. Your latest finds are lovely (such pretty fabric) and I hope you have a good day tomorrow.
    Thanks for your nice comments on my post, and I agree with your thoughts on working with people and animals, it is such a rewarding job.
    Take care, Abby xx

  5. I'm sorry to hear you've been poorly Jo :(
    And doubly sorry that poor betty has gone, but she's gone to a nice home where everyone will be happy and that's all that matters at the end of the day :o)

    Those needlepoint bags look gorgeous!
    Good luck at the fair tomorrow.

    have a great weekend Jo,
    Donna xx

  6. hi Jo, so sorry to hear you have been poorly and that Betty had to go also. But i think you did the right thing your other little friends have to come first ;-)) Being an only dog sounds like its just the life she needs so you did a great thing. Love the eiderdown fabric so pretty..wow all those feathers i can imagine the mess that must make just think if the pugs got involved ;-))beautiful evening bags so much work has gone into them. Have fun at the fairs and have a lovely weekend, dee x

  7. Sorry to hear that you've been unwell but glad you're feeling better. It must have been hard to part with Betty but I'm sure you've done the right thing for her and your own dogs.

  8. Sorry to hear you've not been well. So pleased that you are still doing the fair!
    As I type I guess it is the calm before the storm...an hour to go until the doors open. See you there!
    Z xx

  9. Hi Jo
    Many thanks for your kind words. Poor you.. so sorry you have been under the weather.. Hope you feel tickety boo again soon and very much looking forward to seeing you again.
    I remember my ballet classes many many years ago.. I desperately wanted to wear points but so glad I didn't.. my wedge platforms did enough damage to my feet in the 70's.
    See you soon.
    Michele xxx

  10. Hi Jo
    Hope you are feeling better soon. I adore those ballet shoes. A couple of years ago I found a box full of pale pink ones at a brocante and sold the lot. I really regret not keeping a pair here.

  11. Sorry to hear that you have been under the weather Jo. Hope you are feeling 1000% very soon. Lizzie x

  12. Hi Jo

    It was really nice seeing you and Andy at the fair and having a good chin wag. Good luck with the V&H Textile Fair I will be thinking of you as I wander around the antique malls in the US..... Enjoy the box by the way.


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