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Crafty Vintage at Holmes Mill.

Well Phew!  I have managed to finish off my Christmas shopping. And how better to complete my Christmas present purchases, than by browsing a lovely Christmassy Craft Fair. The venue was Holmes Mill , a former textile Mill in Clitheroe which has been transformed into a contemporary yet rustic food, drink and leisure space. Crafty Vintage Fairs are renowned for their quirky crafts and collectables and the stall-holders did not disappoint.  Here are only a small selection of the gorgeous wares that I came across.


I couldn’t resist buying a pretty pocket mirror from Kat pearson Designs . Purrfect gifts for the crazy cat ladies amongst us. 🙂


Cacti make wonderful Christmas gifts don’t you think. I love these festive succulents and the stall looks so fetching. For more information on Chris and Judith’s bespoke vintage planters, email  them at info@gardendesigner.co.uk


I had never seen Typewriter Art before so I was surprised that these quirky illustrations were actually done on a typewriter !  This stall is called Oi Doris.  🙂


Ida & Ruby make these darling Top Knot Baby Hats and I couldn’t resist picking one up for a friend. Look out for them on facebook and instagram.


I love the Golden Syrup Tin Candles on this cute stall. Little Tree Crafts  make lots of cute and quirky bits & pieces that are ideal stocking fillers.

.And  Golly Goshingtons ( I love that name) sold ‘Just Gorgeous Stuff’. I found an unusual candle in the shape of a white stags  head. 🙂 Their email is gollygoshingtons@yahoo.com

Hmmmm What should I call him?

Have you been to a Christmas Craft fair this year?

A Christmasy weekend. :)

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  I guess that particular phrase is starting to pop up everywhere at the moment….but in my case ,it felt quite true for me at the weekend. 🙂

On Saturday I met up with a couple of friends in town and we had lunch and did a bit of Christmas shopping. It was Shop Local wknd so it was nice to wander round the little independant shops, small towns like my home town of Clitheroe have in abundance. I’m trying to buy as much as I can from these smaller businesses this year as they really do offer something a little different to the gifts you can find in the more well known stores.


I love the Christmassy drinks you can try in December. A friend and I enjoyed a delicious hot chocolate called ‘The Purple One’ inspired by my favourite Quality Street. 🙂


Just thought I would show you this Frozenesque ( Is that a word? 🙂 ) wedding gown in the window of ‘Orchid Designs’ in Clitheroe. I have walked passed it several times and wondered who will be the fairytale bride. I’m not sure if you can see clearly…but look at the blue snowflakes on the train.

And below is the Crib that goes up near the Castle. As soon as the little nativity figures are put in , the town feels so much more Christmassy.

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On Sunday I went round to my friend Beckys and helped put the decorations up. My niece and nephew came too and we had fun with glitter, glue, crayons, paper, scissors and a singing dancing Christmas tree. Total chaos but lots of fun!

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So the best thing so far about the build up to Christmas has been spending happy times with family and friends. Ho Ho Ho.And to round up this post here is a photo of little Hugo. I really must get him some antlers! 🙂

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A wander round Whalley.

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Oooooh I do love it when I have a week off work. 🙂 At this time of year its got to be spent shopping ! In search of Christmas Pressie inspiration a friend and I hopped on the train to the picturesque village of Whalley. Whalley is only one stop away , yet it is very rarely that I take the opportunity to visit. Today I’m glad that I did…

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The village’s main street is home to some lovely little gift shops and tea rooms. Its also a bit of a mecca for the fabulous fashionista, with several high class boutiques and jewellery stores. We discovered an emporium fit for the social butterfly ‘Precious’, where I found some beautiful yet reasonably priced presents for friends. Whalley Wine Shop has a varied selection of wines and spirits.I bought a portuguese red called ‘Lab red blend’ with a black labrador on the front. Think I know someone who will enjoy that!

A little further up the street is an aladdins cave/junk shop , which I’ve forgotten the name of, but you really can’t miss it. Jam packed full of everything from old milk churns to battered suitcases, art decor figurines to massey ferguson tractors ~ its well worth a rummage. 🙂

Jo is determined to find some Christmas Pressies. :)
Jo is determined to find some Christmas Pressies. 🙂

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For lunch in Whalley you are spoilt for choice. There are plenty of pubs, cafes and delis in the village. A new vegetarian restaurant called ‘Mellings’ has recently opened. I think it may be the only one in the Ribble Valley..so I have plans to try it out soon! Today though, Jo and I opted for a Pumpkin Risotto and a Cauliflower cheese Quiche of the day at ‘Benedicts’ on George Street. The place was buzzing, even on a week day lunch time. The food was DELicious.


The Gate House at Whalley Abbey.
The Gate House at Whalley Abbey.
Whalley Hydro. Can you spy a heron?
Whalley Hydro. Can you spy a heron?

Whalley turned out to be the perfect little place for a spot of Christmas shopping and lunch. I’m sure I will be returning in the near future. :))