It felt like spring for a minute there..

Looking out of the window at the 3″ of snow in my garden, it’s pretty clear that winter is still with us, in spite of the calendar, but I did manage to feel a breath of spring during my afternoon at the Country Living Spring Fair. All the creativity and happy faces made me feel like someday soon the sun might come out..

Firstly it was fabulous to meet Sue of Sewbox in person – I’m a regular customer at Sewbox, and have chatted with her via email now and again over the past couple of years – it was great to put a face to a name. Of course I couldn’t resist buying some of her lovely fabrics! But I also met some lovely new folks too…

Linen Lawn

I couldn’t walk past the Liberty fabrics on display at the Linen Lawn stand, and I’m afraid I couldn’t resist temptation and bought this most beautiful Liberty lawn tunic, which was on sale at a special show price. (This isn’t me modelling it by the way 😉 )  It’s a totally gorgeous blouse, the sewing is top class, and the fit is just right.

Photo © Linen Lawn

You can probably see why I couldn’t resist…

Sophie Pattinson

Another seller that really caught my eye was Sophie Pattinson, whose stand was totally bedecked with the most beautiful Fair Trade embroidered silk homewares, designed by Sophie and hand-sewn by women in Bangladesh. I’m plan to write a more detailed blog post about Sophie and her work at a later date, but do check out her website – the work is absolutely lovely.

Made Pretty

The gorgeous Made Pretty stand caught my eye straight away, because of the beautiful use of fabrics and the wonderfully professional standards of the sewing. Here are a couple of pics that I nabbed:

Little birds by Made Pretty

Lavender bags by Made Pretty

There were also loads of gorgeous bags, zippy pouches, bunting, gadget cases and more… Made Pretty was founded by Gillian Fisher and is based in Northern Ireland. Gillian has plans to launch her own online shop later in the year, but in the meantime you can find a list of stockists on her gorgeous website. Made Pretty is also on Facebook – definitely worth a follow.

Bread and Jam

I was also totally blown away by the gorgeous use of fabrics (Denyse Schmidt! yay!) at the Bread and Jam stand:

Beautiful dresses at Bread and Jam

Check the gorgeous fabrics and lovely styling of these little girls’ dresses! I was in a real rush to go and get my train at this stage, so didn’t have much time to talk to the lovely lady who makes these, but I urge you to check out the website for more fantastically pretty girls’ clothes.

It was such a great day, and I felt so enthusiastic about some of my discoveries that I really wanted to share these lovely designer/makers’ work with you all. I really hope you enjoy exploring the links!

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