Country Living Xmas Fair review

Sunday 15 November 2009

Well I finally made to the Country Living Fair on friday, the event was packed, so many people...They went mad shopping...Well that is what we all want!! I have missed this fair for a few years, so I didn't know what to expect this time. As soon as you walked in, it was like a big Xmas tree, decorations, garlands, impossible not to get into the season mood. Apart of all the Xmas goodies there were plenty more on display. One thing that surprised the most was the amount of product being mass produced and the luck of handmade/craft/design I was used to see, that is perhaps the reason why each time I spotted a handmade products stand was so refreshing and exciting!! Overall was a positive experience, I met lovely people, chatted about their work, and realised I share with all of them the same passion for vintage, recycling and handmade!!
Enjoy this talented designers/makers selection of work, I admire them all for their creativity, drive and passion!!

Petra Boase has got a talent for collage and mix match fabrics and patterns, my favorite the Owl print!!

Acorn and will run by the lovely Daniella, it is all about vintage and quirky finds.
"I wanted to create a range of products using vintage fabrics that are beautiful, practical and eye catching. The acorn & will collection consists of jewellery, hair accessories, cushions and a collection of vintage essentials all of which are handmade using vintage fabrics and finds. To this core range I couldn't resist adding some of the gorgeous things I find on my travels".

The angel Bill Trading Co. is a small, family-run business based in Hertfordshire. All the products are designed by Kate Toms and hand-crafted in various parts of their home!
"Our range of quirky decorative items are often inspired by my long-standing love and ever-expanding collection of mementos of times past (and present!)."

Dee Puddy is a eclectic shop full of handmade pieces, decorative pieces and vintage finds, selected for their uniqueness, aesthetic materials, pleasing nature and practicality.

Calon Company is a Welsh based company run by Catrin and Liz.
"We put a lot of time and love into everything that we create so that the finished product is of high quality. We also aim to set reasonable prices that are fair to everyone. We strive to create pieces that are unique; and our products constantly evolve to reflect changing trends and styles".

Rosie's Armoire, Helen Ashworth is the designer/maker behind this gorgeous work.
"I love sourcing old fabrics and haberdashery, then giving them a new lease of life within my work. My textiles are mostly one-offs, having slight variations through the detailing. I think my customers appreciate that they are buying something which is completely original."

Vintage Inspiration is a beautiful shop run by 3 sisters, Amelia, Louise and Amanda.
"We are offering hand-crafted vintage style goods all made by ourselves, as well as unusual vintage items including china, glass and small furniture items. Our intention is to encourage and inspire others to create a personal style with a “green” emphasis, as items are not just made or bought, but also reclaimed"


  1. Why thank you oh stylish one. How did I miss some of these. You make things look so lovely. I think I got overwhelmed and couldn't concentrate!!

    Look forward to speaking soon.


  2. Yes thank you for seeing the genuine in the sea of mass production, the whole thing was a bit overwhelming, but we did well!

    all the best.

    Louise x