Thursday, 29 March 2012

Meet the Stall Holders No. 8.........................

Another stall holder today......

Sara Jane of 
Home Front Vintage

“Really lovely vintage stuff, rescued and revived”

Home Front Vintage was born out of my obsession with 
rummaging around in junk shops finding vintage 
treasures to rescue and revive. 
I particularly enjoy rescuing items that are no longer
 wanted and turning them into something new.
 My ethos is that if we can 'make do and mend' 
(or recycle as it is now known) 
and stop things going in to landfill we can
 continue to fill our homes with beautiful things 
whilst doing our bit for the planet and our pocket. 
I have recently acquired a rather lovely stack of vintage mangle cloths.   
They are made of beautifully hard wearing linen and I am in the 
process of making them into aprons, bunting 
and cushion covers in time for the Kitsch and Stitch Fair.  
I also rescued some fabulous original
 silk ‘escape and evasion maps’ from the 
1940s, 1950s and Cold War period.  
Pilots and Special Forces would keep these maps
 inside their uniforms in case they
 were shot down over enemy territory.
I have turned them into lovely cushion covers 
(as modelled by my darling dog, Ellie, below!),
 bunting and notebook covers
My bestseller over Christmas was some amazing 
strings of fairy lights made with oyster shells.  
The light looks really pretty reflecting in 
the pearlescent shells.  
I think they would be equally pretty out in the
 garden this summer, so Mr Austerity will be busy
 making some more for me to bring to the Fair!
I look forward to seeing you in Cranbrook 

Austerity Jane of Home Front Vintage

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Meet the Stall Holders.................No 7.

Two more today.

Suzie Sharp and Adrienne Fitzwilliam. 

Both feature lovely vintage items and 
beautiful handmade products on their stalls.

Suzie is co-organiser of the Kitsch and Stitch Fair.

Suzie Sharp
"I love the patterns, colours and textures of vintage fabrics
which led from just collecting them to making and
creating my own bags and accessories.
I also use them to cover notebooks and sketchbooks.
As many people who love vintage will tell you it quickly
becomes an obsession and to compliment my handmade items
I now sell a whole range of vintage homewares, jewellery and textiles.
I exhibit at fairs in Kent and around the south east – the Kitsch and Stitch Fair
is the perfect place to show my handmade and vintage wares.
To see more of what I do and sell please take a look at my blog:"

Adrienne Fitzwilliam
“Now and Then Vintage” 
is a mixture of pretty hand-made items 
with a vintage theme 
blended with original vintage pieces.
Now and Then Vintage 
At the Wealden Times (above)
"Here are some of the knitting needle cases 
that I make from vintage fabrics. 
 These include 3 pairs of vintage needles and 
a simple scarf pattern designed by me.

Ideal for novice knitters, as a scarf is a great item to learn 
and practise how to knit; everyone wears one, 
it allows the novice to get their tension 
correct and you can choose
 any yarn as long as it is consistent. 
Another of my quirky hand-knits. "

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Meet the Stall Holders................No 6.

Three more stall holders for you today...

FREEBIRD COLLECTABLES - Sue Daniels - has been trading 
for a year now from delightful, local fairs such as Kitsch & Stitch. 
We’re very much looking forward to offering you 
some of our stylish vintage homeware.
Fun, retro accessories

And a few vintage classics.

We look forward to meeting you on 31 March.
(For sourcing requests and information please contact:

Julie Ann’s
Love Nest
I have always adored country print fabrics.  
Just admiring the neatly stacked piles of materials 
on the shelves in  my workroom gives
me the greatest pleasure.  
Thanks to Cath Kidston, Vanessa Arbuthnott and Tilda,  
always have plenty of beautiful pieces 
to inspire me and each item is created as
a ‘one off’ with heaps of love and attention to detail. 
You will often find me at vintage fairs and markets 
rummaging around for interesting old
buttons and trimmings  - It’s a hard life,
but hopefully my work will help
to spread a little love within your own little nest!

House Martin

by Keeley Martin

House Martin create hand stitched
designs, characters and scenes
in a variety of themes, from carefully selected
vintage and modern fabric and buttons.
These are incorporated into
a wide range of products.
 Each one is totally unique,
no two are exactly the same.
The ever expanding range of products
include greeting cards, pictures,
bunting, soft toy characters, brooches,
cushions, key rings, purses and bags, 
decorations, pin cushions and more.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Meet the Stall Holders..........No 5.

Today it's the turn of

Linda Steward of Cusp Crafts
with an eclectic and lively mix of 
 vintage, upcycled and handmade goodies.
 "Camp Clobber... Items of clothes I've worn, loved and lost (like grown out of?)
 I sell to enable me to make more wardrobe room."
 "Retro Relics...  With an eclectic eye for the weird and wonderful, 
I do sometimes get the urge to clear out and start afresh. 
 Passing on much loved family members is what I enjoy doing. 
 Hope Husband doesn't read this!"
"Appliqued Apparel... started when a friend asked me to repair her much loved Levis.  
With a little artistic license I added my own take on the running repairs!
Since then commissions have featured hugely in my craft work.  
100% denim frays beautifully, giving my 'steamy seams' attitude; which I love.  
Demure is NOT what I do!!! "

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Meet the stall holders......No 4

A couple of our stall holders for you today.

Firstly, one of our regular stalls........
Judy and Stephen Newman of All Things Vintage and Beautiful.
It all started with Judy’s love of buying vintage things for the home from the various antique and vintage fairs she loved to visit. 
Now, almost 3 years later, together with her husband Stephen, her passion is now sourcing and selling the vintage goodies she loves.
Judy and Stephen sell a wide variety of pretty vintage items, including homeware, china, pictures, soft furnishings, fabrics, books, toys and more.
Do have a look at our ‘Gallery’ page on our web-site

Next up is another regular.....

"I shall be showing a range of newly stitched pieces 
reflecting my passion for hand embroidery. 

Recently I have been inspired by old English smocks and have been translating their essence into accessories for today. 

Cottage gardens and herbaceous borders continue to influence the things I make including brooches, bags, cushions and quilts."

Monday, 12 March 2012

Meet the stall holders .....No 3

Maygreen Fairies – Altered Art by Amanda Howard
Amanda is a self taught Mixed Media & Altered Artist who enjoys creating beautiful art from vintage photos, materials and findings.  She lives in the Sussex Countryside with her husband and young twin boys.

Her creations include unique Greetings Cards, Beautiful Luxury Gift Tags, Whimsical Bookmarks and Cute Fairy Magnets.  She also designs magical Jewellery pieces, using vintage images and fantasy storybook characters.  Her home décor items are very unusual and include Vintage Inspired Cushions, Decorative Collages using old images, vintage findings, lace and buttons, as well as Altered Books that make intriguing displays and Upcycled Picture Frames covered in vintage ruler and tape measure prints.  You can adopt a Fairy from Amanda either in a Fairy Jar or Cage, these make wonderful gifts for any fairy lovers out there.  Amanda also offers a bespoke service where she can “Bottle” a loved one as a Fairy or Mermaid in the form of a collage image or Greetings Card and her Events Design Service helps create Wedding and Party Décor for those special occasions. 
Maygreen Fairies is a magical place where you can delve into the fantasy world of Amanda Howard and her whimsical creations.
Amanda's work has been published in Somerset Life, Doll Magazine, Piddlestix Zine, Flapperology Zine and more recently in the new Art Book by Lisa Kettell; Art Circus, available on Amazon!   She has been voted Froudian Artist of the month back in July 2004 and her work has been exhibited at the Arison Gallery in Manchester.
For more information please visit Maygreen Fairies website at:

Meet our stall holders........No 2.

Sally and Hannah Miller of Anchors Aweigh Vintage

Anchors Aweigh Vintage was born from an equal love for Frank Sinatra and living in our little home, ‘The Anchorage’, by the sea! 
We aim to sell a range of lovely affordable vintage, from clothes, to linen, to kitchenalia, and handmade cake stands. We aim to provide everything you could need for your vintage lifestyle!

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Meet our stall holders.....No 1.

Over the next few weeks we shall be posting
some information and pictures from the stall holders
who will be at Kitsch and Stitch on March 31st 2012.

First up is.....
Kent based artist, Gilly, handcrafts each piece of artwork using a mixture of surf tumbled beach pottery, sea washed glass and shells. 
Incorporating  jewels, beads, charms and swarovski crystals to make 
each piece unique and individual. 
Her work can be viewed at

Thursday, 1 March 2012

30 days .....

.......until the new Kitsch and Stitch Fair.

All the stalls are fully booked, with new faces as well as some of our regulars.

The Friends of  the Hospice in the Weald
will soon be busy baking and making for the lovely refreshments.

Details of our stallholders will be posted , here, soon.