I was very restrained during my shopping trip to the CL Fair, although looking back at the photos I could practically fill a shopping trolley with items that I didn't spy while I was there. I do find there is a slightly panicked atmosphere there especially when the crowds start turning up which does not lend itself to shopping potters (I am definitely a shopping potterer, I like to mull over prospective purchases and think about it a bit - I am not good at the smash and grab style of shopping; I would be a hopeless shopping companion during the crazy Oxford Street New Year sales!) My first purchase of the day was a sweet little brass bell with a lovely olive green and cream grosgrain ribbon and it makes a very pretty tinkling ring sound.
Next I found a lovely fabric covered box in beautiful French fabric. I am trying to build up a collection of these to stack on the shelves in our sitting room. The pretty eau de nil shade of the fabric matches perfectly soft pastel green sitting room walls.
I did find another fabric covered box, this time it was an old glove box with lovely faded floral fabric. It doesn't quite go with the French fabric box so it has gone up to the second bedroom and sits on the bedroom shelf.
On the weekend my husband and I drove all the way to Lincolnshire for the Decorative Country Living open day. It was held in the Decorative Country Living shop - a pretty little chapel built of creamy stone. Everything was beautifully laid out and Amanda was there to welcome everyone. I bought this gorgeous quilt, I love the blue-grey shade of the fabric and the pretty pink roses are divine! It has found a home in the old French linen basket on the top of the wardrobe in our bedroom (although I doubt it will stay put for long!)