Nostalgic Mix Fair and Christmas Geese Softies

I had a wonderful time at the Nostalgic Mix Fair in Totnes on Saturday.  This is always a great day with a very friendly atmosphere, organised to perfection by Lesley of This n That  – thanks Lesley for such an enjoyable event!  I took lots and lots of samples – and very nearly sold out!  Here’s my stall at the beginning of the day:


You may recognise some of the patterns from the last few months’ issues of the Bustle & Sew ezine.  It’s a great opportunity to empty my cupboard – though I love some projects too much to part with them!  If you’d like to see more images of the fair and some of the other beautiful stalls piled high with goodies, then just pop over to my friend Sal’s blog – that’s Sal’s Snippets.   I’m afraid I wasn’t very well organised so didn’t manage to get around the hall with my camera – but Sal’s pictures are brilliant – and yes, I did sample some of the wonderful cakes on offer in the tea rooms!  

If you look closely at the photo above, you’ll see a little goose softie – in a woolly hat!  I have revised and added to my original Little Geese Softies pattern to include woolly hats and scarves.   The geese up at Coleridge Farm popped their heads over the wall to say “Hello” while Ben and I were out and about a couple of weeks ago ….

Autumn Walk (3)

 They were very interested in us, but not completely sure that we were harmless.  And I thought – wouldn’t they look great in hats and scarves!!  And then I thought …. 

Little Christmas Geese

 Christmas Geese!!

 If you’d like to make your own, you’ll find the pattern in my Christmas store.  Both the little softies above found new homes on Saturday.  And finally … having mentioned the large black furry one, and realising that I haven’t posted his photo for quite some time,  here is a totally unrelated picture of him out on our walk today.  It was very windy, hence the slicked back  fur-style!!



Lovely to say hello to everyone on Saturday. You, Sal and Lizzie (Washerwoman). All your goodies look great, love the geese.
Julie xxxxxxx
PS I wonder what Ben is looking at?


Oh wish I was there!! Not enough money in the coffers for that trip! 🙁 But maybe some day!! Loved the pictures of the Fair and all the lovely things to see and eat!! Drooled over the Tea Room!! I also wanted to say I will take 1 of those and 2 of these, and so on!! 🙂

Jan G.

Rachel Kemp

Hi Helen, ooh!! I am mad that I missed the fair in Totnes!!a. I would have loved it and B. I could have met you in person!! Never mind always next time!! Xxx


Hi Helen, everything looks lovely on the stall. I just love the hats and scarfs amazing what a new look it gives them. Keep up the good work!! Diane x


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