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Monday, 1 August 2011

French Finds & Box Files

Hope you have all had a great weekend.  We have been experiencing a mini heat wave here in Derbyshire.  I love this weather although I find it quite draining.  The Pugs insist on laying in the sun even though it is too hot.  We have had a lovely weekend.  I did a vintage fair in Matlock, The Peak District on Saturday with Discover Vintage.  It was very well attended and we were busy for most of the day with only a couple of quiet periods.  On Sunday we decided to take a trip to The Old Pill Factory in Witney.  Tracey from The Vintage Bothy has a lovely stand in the attic space crammed full of wonderful antique and vintage textile treasures.  The whole place is a real treasure trove and very reasonably priced too.

Lovely monogrammed French Linen tea towels and a rusty set of Château keys.

Lovely bundles of vintage French books dating from the 1930's.

I absolutely adore this beautiful French earthenware glazed jug, I think it may be staying for a while! I also found some lovely mother of pearl buttons held together on a length of old string.

We then went onto Station Mill Antiques in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire on the recommendation of the ladies at the Old Pill Factory.  It was two floors of pure antique and vintage heaven and I would recommend a visit.  There is also a delightful cafe that serves the most heavenly toasties.  Apparently it has just reopened after a devastating fire which damaged large parts of the building.
My favourite find of the day was this beautiful 19th century French wire work basket.  It cost a small fortune but it had to come home with me.  I have grand designs for this as a centrepiece at Christmas...watch this space....... Andy isn't really sure about this one!

Box File now sold!!

This is my latest creation...a covered box file in vintage pink paisley eiderdown fabric.  I covered one recently in Kate Forman blue roses linen but forgot to photograph it and sold it at a fair.  I decided to have another go but this time with vintage fabric.  I'm afraid I cannot take all the credit as Andy helps with all the technical details like measurements, cutting the base out and attaching the ties at the front of the box.  I'm rather pleased with it...what do you think?
Have a great week.
Jo xx


  1. Looks like you visited two lovely places. The box file is gorgeous - don't think I would have the patience to achieve such a neat finish. M x

  2. Well done, Jo, everything looks beautiful and you've had a nice mooch, to boot! Sweltering here too, it's too hot to quilt???
    Hen x

  3. I love the Mill Centre, and the cafe too! The box project is fab - poor Andy! lol!

    Are you at Market Harborough this saturday hun? Will grab you for a gas if you are! x

  4. I used to live in the Peak District way before all the vintagy things got going such a shame, looks like you found some lovely pieces.
    cate x

  5. Hi,love the jug and box,I have a few boxs and that one would look lovley with them.Love Jill xx

  6. HI Jo
    Did you get my message?
    Next time you are coming let me know and we can meet up! I always seem to miss you.
    I can't wait to see the wirework.
    T x

  7. Lovely finds & makes Jo! I always forget that you are in Derbyshire...did I tell you that I was born there?


  8. Love the French wirework...I want it!
    The last time I went to The Station Mill it was closed for refurbishment, so I will have to pay it a visit again now it is open.
    You have done a great job with the box files Jo (and Andy !)....I have some Kate Forman fabric so might give it a go.
    Julie x

  9. You have lovely box files over there my friend! If I have some of that, I would really use it for special files.


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