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Sunday, 28 August 2011

I Have Wings!!

We are coming back to earth with a bump after a very busy couple of days!  It all started on Friday...first the Beast had to go in for a service and MOT (very expensive) in between getting ready for the Cotswolds Vintage Fair.  Firstly the most gorgeous and eagerly anticipated parcel arrived for me.

The most gorgeous antique feather angel wings all the way from Denmark!

I have long coveted a pair of these extraordinary things.  I found them through the Jeanne D'Arc Living magazine purchased from Ali's website Betty and Violet.  Looking through the back pages there are many Danish antique dealers and Interior stylists.  I picked out one called Butik Sophie.  Her website is stunning and the array of unusual antiques really appealed to me.  I decided to take a chance and contact Lene to see if she would ship to the UK and I am pleased to say one bank transfer and two days later they arrived...very quickly I might add.

The wings were beautifully packaged and Lene also sent me the most beautiful sepia photograph, an antique calling card and a card with a letter 'J' on it...how thoughtful.

My little French man was just the right size for them.

Yesterday was the Cotswolds Vintage Fair.  We had packed the van in readiness on the Friday and left early Saturday morning.  There was hardly any time to look around and once the doors were opened at 10am the crowds poured in.  I don't think I have ever been to such a busy fair, it was jam packed for most of the day.  Lots of other bloggers were there with the most amazing stalls but we really had very little time to catch up with one another.  Alison did an absolutely fantastic job of organising the fair down to the last meticulous detail.  There were flowers in the entrance hall and lovely jugs of country flowers on each of the outside tables for people to sit and enjoy a cup of tea and the wonderful views. I also got to meet Lauren a friend of mine who works for interiors magazine 'Period Ideas'.  She was en route, with husband to be Rob, to see family in our neck of the woods, and it was great to finally meet them both.  Ali's family were also on hand and did a wonderful job of helping out so a big thank you to all of them and to Alison especially who really went that extra mile to make it such a special day for everybody. Also a big thank you to all the lovely customers who visited my stand and made a purchase.

Now I couldn't come away empty handed, now could I?  Lovely tiny gold 1920's shoes from Alison.  They are so tiny and absolutely exquisite and in such wonderful condition.

A pair of handblown antique glass bell jars from Chloe.

Andy actually purchased these.  You can see all the little imperfections in them as they are hand made and surprisingly very light...stunning! Chloe deals in the most exquisite and decorative antiques.

A gorgeous little EPNS purse also from Ali.

I can never resist ostrich feathers.

The most exquisite glass beaded fringing dating from the 1920's...also bought from Ali.  The problem is when I buy anything like this I can never part with it.

The last purchase of the day was the most beautiful coffee table book I have ever bought.  Ali managed to get her hands on some copies in English text and they have now sold out on her website although she is hoping to try and get some more because the demand was so great...and I can see why.  The book is called 'French Atmospheres' and is by the same people responsible for the Jeanne D'Arc Living magazine.  It is by far the most expensive book I have ever purchased but it is worth every penny...I can guarantee you will want to paint your house white inside and buy into the whole ethereal look.  I am certainly a convert to the Nordic/French look.....I can promise you will not be disappointed.  So after a very busy couple of days I am going to enjoy a lovely glass of wine later and devour this gorgeous book...well, once all the dreaded housework is finished!  Have a fab Bank Holiday.
Jo xx
PS Please click on the photo stream link to view photographs of the day.


  1. Those wings are truly beautiful.

  2. WOW... for Wonderful Old Wings! They are amazing Jo, and they look so good displayed on your French man too. I would have also purchased the beautiful shoes had I seen them.
    I am so glad you had a good fair.... enjoy your well deserved wine and lovely book. Abby xx

  3. Good to see you yesterday Jo.
    Oh those wings!!!
    Wasn't it a great day and all your purchases are divine.
    Thank you my friend. xxx

  4. Your purchases are stunning. This will be a day to remember.
    I would love to see more of the book.
    Wishing you a week full of goodness
    Helen xx

  5. It sounds like you all had a lovely time. I wish I didn't live so far away!SueXX

  6. Wow heaven must be missing an angel !! Sounds like a great fair and some lovely purchases there x

  7. Hi Jo, you didn't do bad on the shopping front considering the crush! Love, love the wings, got a vision of you painting your house white and fluttering around!!xx

  8. Wow those angels wings are stunning. Love all your buys those shoes are delighful. Enjoy your wine and your book, dee xx

  9. Beautiful wings and i adore those shoes,what a feast of pretty pictures,enjoy your wine and your new book

  10. I love the wings, I have a massive set of feather wings in my loft, they are about 4fy hight and just gorgeous! I love how you have displayed your set!

    See you soon hun x

  11. What a most fabulous day I missed! Pleased you had fun though, and those wings look in gorgeous nick!

    I love those little gold shoes Jo, they look equisite!

    have a great week Jo, and take care xxx

  12. Wow you have found some gorgeous things Jo, the wings are amazing.
    Ann x


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