Hurray, it’s November 9th and I’m off to the Country Living Christmas Fair. Travelling on the high speed from Ashford with much anticipation, I haven’t been to the show for a few years even though I have had my subscription to CL for more than 10 years!
I was met by my friend at St Panaceas and with my notebook tucked under my arm we stroll down to the Business design Centre, arriving at 11am and although there was a queue we were in fairly quickly. As soon as we entered the hall I was hit with the aroma of Christmas amazing arrays of citrus, pinecone and cinnamon garlands. This was going to be a great day!
The Bennett & Barnes Antiques stand was full to the brim of exquisite French treasures. How do they find such an collection of perfect selected vintage pieces? The display is superb using vintage cupboards and sideboards, I was very taken with an array of silver tea and coffee pots, glassware and a delicate antique sugar shaker.
My first purchase was from Parkers Cufflinks a perfect combination of style and function. The lovely gentleman on the stand was an excellent model for the cufflinks. I couldn’t believe my luck the hardest person to buy for and I already had the Christmas present in the bag before lunch!
The stand which drew me in was Simply Vintage Designs which had a perfect combination of vintage finds and handmade in a gorgeous eclectic display The lady at the stand said it had taken ages to set up and it did look absolutely wonderful. This was the stand that I seemed to find myself back at throughout the day always finding something new to look at as they scooped more treasures out from underneath the tables which were stuffed with bags more vintage finds. I bought a beautiful piece of vintage fabric which I will make into bunting and some lovely vintage cotton lace to make a trim.
I spent the next hour or so moving from stand to stand there was such a great selection of crafts, clothing, home ware, gifts and decorations to satisfy every Christmas wish. My bag was beginning to bulge with a selection of Christmassy stamps from the English Stamp Company , Christmas candles, advent calendars, artisan olive oil and decorations too many to count! The Food hall was full of delicious individual and artisan stands my favourite was the Toffee Vodka from Kin Vodka and The Truckle Cheese Co which were perfectly placed opposite each other, and the toffee vodka was smooth and went very well with the rich creamy cheese. Grandad will love the cheese gift set and Grandma will love the vodka!
Kate Toms stand showing her stunning needle felted dogs and fabric mice was for me the best in show! Each of her works of art are so beautifully crafted each animal having such an individual character… I was mesmerised. Take a look at her website you will fall in love as well… http://www.katetoms.co.uk
I arrived home exhausted but brimming with ideas and completely ready to get all the Christmas decorations out and sing a few carols. Well done to all the exhibitors for all their hard work creating such wonderful displays which made for such a memorable day. Thanks CL!