Friday, 10 May 2013

The Vintage Bazaar

I really have neglected the whole blog thing for quite some time now. As usual work takes over and I'm finding it more and more difficult to keep up with everything. The Vintage Bazaar has taken off in such a super way and as I'm responsible for the PR I'm spending much more time on the FB and twitter pages rather than my own blogs. The Vintage Bazaar has been going now for about 3 years and we have spread our wings to Devizes and Hartley Wintney and met lots of new customers and talented stallholders. We've also been lucky enough to be featured in The Telegraph and The Guardian!
I'm also very excited about being a runner in The National Vintage Awards under 'Best Fair' and would be so grateful if you could pop over and give us a vote
The next event is one of my favourites...The Giant Vintage Rag Market on Sat June 29th at The Cheese and Grain, Frome, Somerset from 9-3pm. The reason its one of my favourites is because our stallholders have a jolly good clear out and bring the most amazing fabrics,trims and fashions but price them cheaply so everyone can grab a bargain, its like the fun and flurry of a jumble sale but with vintage goodies!! Not that I need to buy any more fabric!! I hope you can all make it x

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Pretty Nostalgic Magazine

I was really chuffed to be asked by the lovely ladies at Pretty nostalgic magazine to do a short write up about my millinery and what inspires me, but where to start....

The story of Daisy Darling is a personal one that began with me making cloche hats for my daughters, Eleanor and Martha and it grew from people stopping me in the street and asking where they could buy them. At first I just produced childrens millinery but I soon realised after watching customers trying to squeeze their heads into them that it was time to focus on adult designs!

For me, millinery is a real labour of love; hard work but artistically fulfilling. It takes upwards of two days to manufacture each hat but my clients know that the end result is unique. The art of bespoke hat making is a skill which could so easily have been lost without the support of customers wanting something unique and understanding the importance of something being handcrafted.

The felts themselves are sourced from British supplier Baxter, Hart and Abraham, a Luton-based family business who have been trading for over 200 years. Britain has a huge history in millinery. Places such as Stockport were once home to over 100 hatting businesses and now even boasts a museum dedicated to millinery.

The hats themselves are blocked on antique blocks in the traditional way. I don’t use a pattern, preferring instead for each piece to be individual. The smaller pillbox style felts are more difficult to shape but can be piled high with wonderful vintage flowers. To me they are like the cupcake of the millinery world, a small base topped with delicious looking flowers and trims. They are always worn at a slight angle and further forward on the head making them ideal for occasions like weddings.

The cloche is my favourite style as it looks great on most people and can be made in felt or straw. It frames the face and gives the wearer a slightly coquettish look as they peer from beneath its brim. It’s a classic 20’s style and became popular due to the fashion for shorter hairstyles and drop waist dresses. It gives me lots of choice with trim from simple felt shapes with vintage buckles to antique silk flowers and vintage French ribbons.

I source original trims from antique fairs, dealer friends and The Vintage Bazaar that I run with my friend Liz Van Hasselt. Originally designed to showcase the most eclectic and inspiring of traders and designers in the UK, the VB has grown to become a real celebration of the best of British vintage and chic recycling. I have built up quite a collection of vintage ribbon, silk flowers and other embroidered trims although parting with them can sometimes be a bit of a wrench as I know it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find them at a reasonable price!

 In the past few years I’ve seen hat wearing grow from a niche fashion into an increasingly popular trend, perhaps in part thanks to Angelina Jolie in The Changeling, the women of Downton Abbey or Baz Luhrmann’s hotly anticipated new production of The Great Gatsby. Personally, the roaring twenties have always fascinated me. It seems that women really found their voice during the period with changes in fashion reflecting their newly acquired role in society. ‘The Bright Young Things’ were gadding about London, Dorothy Parker was beguiling and offending in equal measure and the era just oozed decadence, wit and elegance. I hope that in some way my work reflects this mixture of style and  joie de vivre.

--My work can be found at The Vintage Bazaar events in Frome, The Original Vintage and Handmade Fair event in Chipping Sodbury and the vintage haven ‘Poot’ in Frome, Somerset.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

The Vintage Bazaar heads East....

This Saturday see's the first venture into Hampshire for Lizzie and I with The Vintage Bazaar. As you can imagine we are both very excited and nervous in equal measure. The hall itself is a stunning Arts and Crafts building in Hartley Wintney ( recently voted best place to live!) and this Saturday it will be packed to the rafters with some of the best vintage and antique textiles, fashion and homeware as well as beautiful handmade delights. The doors open at 10am and close at 3pm. There will be some of our regular Frome stallholders as well as some new friends. We are lucky enough to have Lavinia's Tea Party doing delicious cake and tea so it promises to be a fantastic day. Here is just a small taster of the lovelies that will be on offer! Do pop along if you can

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Friday, 20 April 2012

A Quick Reminder

Don't forget its The Spring Vintage Bazaar tomorrow from 9-3pm at the Cheese and Grain in Frome. There are some amazing vintage and handmade things coming....dont be late!

Thursday, 1 March 2012

The Textile Rag and Remnant Rummage

This Saturday is the first ( but perhaps not the last!) Textile Rag and Remnant Rummage at Trull Memorial hall in Trull near Taunton form 9-2pm. We have a hall full of vintage dealers who are having a spring clean! What could be better...tons of fabric and trim at sensible prices! One of the many stallholders is Donna Flower who, as you can see is getting some fab stock ready to take. Be there early!

Friday, 13 January 2012

Dates for Your Diary!

This year is busy, busy, busy with lots of fairs on the horizon.
Feb 25th- The Vintage and Handmade Textile Fair in Chipping Sodbury
March 3rd - The Textile Rag and Remnant Rummage in Trull near Taunton
21st April- The Spring Vintage Bazaar in Frome
26th May- The Original Vintage and Handmade Fair
30th June- The Giant Vintage Rag Market in Frome
22nd Sept- The Vintage Bazaar in Hartley Whintney, Hamps
29th Sept- The Vintage and Handmade Textile Fair
1st Dec- The Original Vintage and Handmade Fair
15th Dec- The Christmas Vintage Bazaar in Frome
There are these and other events are listed on the wonderful Washerwoman blog. I hope to see you at some if not all of them!

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Only 4 more sleeps......

This Saturday sees our third Vintage Bazaar in Frome, Somerset. There will be tons of dealers selling quality vintage and designers who use vintage fabrics to create stunning items. You can buy the most wonderful and unique Christmas presents and of course its chic recycling! The doors open at 9am and Lizzie and I have been planning for this event for the last 5 months so it promises to be fab. I really hope that you can all come along but if you cant please follow us on our blog 'like' our FB page http://https//!/pages/The-Vintage-Bazaar/168134483206175 and follow our tweets under VintageBazaar1

Hope to see you all there x


Friday, 30 September 2011

The Original Vintage and Handmade Fair on in Chipping Sodbury tomorrow, Sat 1st October please pop along to see all the wonderful stalls