Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Roll up, roll up, get on yer bike !!

Please feel free to copy and paste the quirky , handmade and Vintage fayres details, from my article  below, where ever you can--- so that we can make this a fun day for all :0)
The more the merrier !!
go, go, goooooooo !   and thankyou !

Come to the fayre this sunday in melbourne.........

Please come and support local people at this non profit making event. Its free admission, with a free kids craft table and scrumming tea rooms with free tea or coffee with every purchase of a piece of cake.

 The exhibitors are, fantastic MiMi's quirky kitchen handmades and peg rails, the gorgeous Hesta Nesta and her vintage wares, the fabulous potter Paul Young with his superb slip ware ceramics, folk artist extrodinaire Steve Handley, myself and my bits and bobs, Sue Clews and her amazing wire work, hearts, jewellery and sculpture. Bramble Magic and all her lovely hand made and one off collectors bears, Jackie Quinton and her range of vintage and antique toys for sale, Diana Shepherd, famous for her animal portraits in charcoal, Dunleavy and McIntyre will be showing their vintage welsh blankets,hand made goodies and more. Felted with Love, will be showing her beautiful bags and scarfs, Hattie Startin Kits , will have her stunning array of nordic knits and accessories, Marcus Holmes will be there with harrington terracotta, showing his handmade table ware and green men,  Mark Gordon the artist is there, hot from calke abbey with his paintings. Miss Ladysmith and her jewellery, Miss Sammy designs and her quirky makes, Mollies Mum, derbyshires answer to poppy treffin, will be showing her textile loveliness. Queenies Bakehouse with her fabulous cakes and refreshments. Deborah Oppong-Saol and her mic matched vintage china and tea for sale. Ticking Stripes and her fantastic array of vintage finds and wares, the Time Travellers with their vintage xmas hampers, vw accessories etc. Sallys classy lavendar bags , sleep pillows  and xmas decorations, using antique french fabrics. David Williams whacky sculpture and ceramics, Folk art from the forest, Sock monkies from Belle for the children, hand painted childrens toy chests and height charts from Graheme Read,  Bonkers vintage knitted tea cosies from Lady Cicely, Megan Crooks dinamic knitwear and many, many  more !!!
Top quality, vintage arts and crafts only, at this happy Local Event. Do you xmas shopping in the warm, inside the melbourne assembly rooms, this sunday the 2nd december 10am till 4pm ( or when you have finished shopping ! ) lol !!
I hope to see you there,
hugs and squeezes to all !
Debbles xxx

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Christmas is coming and the pugs are getting fat......

Well its all go go go, here and only a few more days to go till our super christmas fayre on sunday in melbourne, free admission,all goods from top quality local people, lets support local people instead of buying into the rat race, we aim to make this the best local show this christmas and I look forward to seeing you all there. There will also be delicious refreshments by Queenies bakehouse, who will be making her large and delicious cakes and be running a special for all ,of only charging three pounds for a scrumptious piece of cake with tea or coffee--a great winter warmer !! There will be a free art table of makes for the kids too :0)

Monday, 26 November 2012

Compliments from the Heart ........

Heres one of, if not the biggest compliment I have ever had, from my lovely and beautiful friend, the artist Jude Harzer, please visit her blogg and read all about her work and life and inspirations here, you wont be disapointed, she really is a very exceptional human being :0)

If you want to read about the painting, look for me , Deborah Darling, to find the portrait and all about it.

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Bless You and Thank you...............

Bless you and thank you, to those dear people who managed to climb aboard their Arks and set sail to Goltho gardens yesterday.... Despite terrible weather conditions and flooding, we all arrived bedraggled, but happy. Stalls were set up and only the brave , who owned their own ark came to see us, so thank you :0)  although not many people, I managed to do some swops with the other stall holders and thus some xmas shopping was managed :0)

So this coming weekend I will be at the national trusts museum of childhood in derbyshire, thursday, friday and saturday and the   fayre  on sunday at the weekend 2nd december--- so dont miss that, as its a free event--non profit making, plus I will make sure that theres a free craft table for the kidlets, whilst you shop :0)

Have a super day !

the photo above is me sat at my stall on sunday .........    ;)

Saturday, 24 November 2012

GoLtHo GaRdEns......

Once again I will be selling at the ever so gorgeous Goltho Gardens in lincolnshire....... do come along if you get chance to do a little xmas shopping, its all indoors so you wont get wet, and there are scrumptious refreshments available ! So pop along tommorrow, sunday the 25th of November, if you can and have some festive fun, in a beautiful setting. I LOVE GOLTHO GARDENS ! :0)

Lovely terracotta tiny doll 400 bc

Heres the oldest doll at the museum, shes a handmade terracotta doll, who appears primitive, but has articulate arms and legs, and the sculpting on her face is quite breathtakingly beautiful. Shes a real rarity and quite a treasure, shes also about 6 inches in height.
I am particularly impressed with her hairdo and have been practicing all day with my mop of hair , but have yet to master it !
I hope you enjoy looking at this special doll :0)

Monday, 19 November 2012

Tiny Calico doll 1785...........

 Here is the sweetest little callico doll, no taller than 6 inches and her head is smaller than your thumb. She is a homage to the hand made and beautiful in every way.
 She was made in 1785 and given to a little girl called Martha, look at her beautiful hand drawn prim features.
 Her clothes are stunning too, heres a beautiful pin tucked translucent ensemble to die for.
You can see her at the Museum of Childhood, the national trusts, at Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire--she is one of many dolls donated to the museum by Betty Cadbury. I will be photographing and featuring many dolls from the museum and using them to inspire me further in my makings, so stay tuned and have a happy Monday !

Wednesday, 14 November 2012


Heres a Craft and Vintage fayre where you wont be finding any tatt. Myself and my good friend Linda decided to organise this event, to bring to you 30 of the best that craft and vintage have to offer, amongst them will be the wonderful Steve Handley and the fabulous potter Paul Young, there will also be a vintage tea shop for refreshments :0)  (That means cake ! ) Enjoy !

got to for further inspection :0)

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

help ..............

Always an inspiration, Dixie Redmond, artist, mother and creator and mentor for many, visit her amazing blogg at you wont be dissapointed, she is a real treasure :0)

Coraline with clothing :)

Here she is , in her clothes, before she left for her new special home, with a special girl called, Lily :0)

(Coraline has emailed me and is very, very happy in her new home !!)

Monday, 12 November 2012

My studio-Shop at the Museum of Childhood.....

Heres a wee glimpse of what it looks like in the museum, but if you are coming over, please email me first on to make sure I am there :0) It all looks very tidy at the moment, but I am sure it will look more interestingly jumbled as time goes on !

Happy Days--plus I will start popping photos up regularly of interesting items from the museums superb collection !!


if you love old dolls and or making them-- then you really need to look here !!

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Coraline....waiting for her clothes....

Heres a quick snip of my latest commission for a very special little lady named Lily. Heres the Coraline I have made, waiting patiently for her clothes to be made..........

Friday, 2 November 2012

and the Winner is........

I am delighted to say that this months winner is Janet  Carol de Forest Fish, and Miss Dolly will be packing her suitcase and getting ready to fly !! :o))
and watch out for the draw I will be doing at the end of this month as it will be for a special ted--so look out and have a super day !!

this is one of my nosey dogs called Peanut .

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Medieval Inspiration of the Heart...............

I found these two beauties today on ebay and arent they just delightful, medieval buttons in the form of hearts, they are circa 1400 and so inspiring. The heart has been used as a symbol through all time. We havent just thought of the idea, these buttons would fit in easily today, and steal the heart of anyone who looks at them :0)

Paper Play !!

Heres a sweet old thing that you can print out and make at home for yourself or with children, I love paperclips--lets get his arms and legs moving !! :0)