Sunday, 11 January 2015

Change....

It has been a very long time since I showed you some Cloth Shed purchases... Miss Ottie and The Bastle seem to have featured more often in recent posts rather than my stock.

So, first up ... a collection of straw filled, handmade dolls with no faces. 


3 with undergarments and little hands 




Worn clothes....


Charmingly simple and naive....
Unfinished, but I like them that way.

NOW SOLD

Continuing on the doll theme,
2 tiny "frozen Charlotte" glazed, china dolls....




Often used as charms in Christmas puddings, they get their name from an American folk tale about a young girl called Charlotte, who, having refused to wrap up warmly for a winter sleigh ride because she didn't want to cover up her pretty party dress, consequently froze to death.... That's the Victorians for you.


An equally tiny lead cat, perfect for a dolls house... NOW SOLD


And a napkin ring with a seated hare,



It would make a lovely Easter gift with a French linen napkin rolled inside. 

NOW SOLD

Finally, love it or hate it..... Vintage Fur.


A beautiful 1950's /60's fur cape. Scalloped at the back with two hidden arm holes at the front allowing the wearer to drop it it off the shoulders for a more daring look.




NOW SOLD

The other a 1930's stole.... Beautiful back and front....




So very Downton Abbey don't you think?

I hope you all had a lovely festive season....and I must say I am looking forward to getting back into the work swing after a long Christmas/New Year break... I think I miss the buzz of the buying and selling!
My next Fair is this Tuesday at Wentworth Leisure Centre, Hexham, Northumberland. Open 9.30-3.30pm

Till next time,
Julie x

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Belated birthday.....



Miss Ottie is now a much bigger girl than she was this time last year.

We have had lots of chewing....


Destroying of garden.....


Lots of play....



Lots of running....



Meeting new friends....


Chilling out with the humans as a grown up girl....
 A Pub lunch at The Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland, Northumberland, beside a huge fireplace.




And of course lots of sleeping....


In her bed.....upside down...


Or on the sofa....also upside down.


Our lives are not the same...this dog has taken over!
A bright, eager to learn, pushes boundaries now and again, shiny, happy dog.
We love her.
Happy Birthday Miss Ottie xxx

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

All done and dusted...


The significant lack of blogging at the cloth shed has been due to work, Miss Ottie and the above. Big apologies...

Safe to say though, we are finally done after 4 years of extremely hard graft. Looking back at the old photos it is hard to believe it is the same house.



The rare 'wrestler' roof is happy now with all the new work below it...




And the huge boulder walls are well supported with the new lime mortar...


Inside....the kitchen is full height to the old beams, dramatic iron chandelier and modern task lights over the cooking/work area. Well equipped with built in microwave, oven, dishwasher, induction hob and big ceramic sink.



The original 16th century bastle doorway that allowed the beasts and horses to be driven into the building for safety is now the backdrop to the kitchen table and chairs. 


The boot/utility room with washing machine, Belfast sink and big squirty tap also has a loo....




Up the glass and timber staircase, lit with low voltage lighting... Perfect at night to see your way ....


Along the landing through an original latch door...


To the bedrooms.


A twin bedded room,



The hare room...with its hare head handles.


And the king size bed room with fox head handles!




Cabbages and roses lavender heart from my gorgeous friend Helen at Busy Bee Studio x

The bathroom is the wow... 


Full height to the beams, another chandelier, deep bath, rain head power shower, limestone tiling on the walls and floors...
I love it.



Outside a raised glass and timber deck overlooking the courtyard provides extra seating on a nice day.


Finally the living room....
Beams, exposed stone walls, fireplaces, wood burner, flagstone floor with underfloor heating, comfy, get your feet up sofa and chairs to watch the smart TV ....play DVDs or read a book on the Border reivers of Northumberland.... Safe and warm in your 16th century fortified farmhouse.




We had our first guests last week... From Belgium. The weather was glorious and they enjoyed exploring the coast and countryside of Northumberland.

So I think we are up and running... The website is under way,

www.thebastle.co.uk

And we have a provisional booking for Christmas too.

If you want a historic house with character and comfort to use as a base exploring beautiful Northumberland, Hadrian's Wall, impressive castles and stunning beaches do get in touch at 
info@thebastle.co.uk

We also offer short breaks... A minimum of 3 nights available ... Midweek or long weekends.
Long enough to re charge the batteries and RELAX ....

Julie x