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Fine and Dandy: vintage heaven in Marazion, Cornwall


Update Oct 2015

Please note that the Fine & Dandy bricks and mortar shop is now closed. Please follow Shevie's Instagram account for her online shop details.


I was lucky enough to visit the utterly fabulous Fine and Dandy shop in Marazion, Cornwall, for a second time earlier this month (see my post from last year for photos from my first visit).

The shop is run by the super lovely Shevie, who has such an amazing eye for finding, curating and displaying the most gorgeous selection of vintage items from the 30s to the 60s. There are lots of vintage toys and pretty china and so much pastel loveliness that it's all a bit much to take in! Fine and Dandy has just turned 4, so I'm sending my best happy birthday wishes and hoping it continues to grow and blossom.

If you are ever down in Cornwall, you must pop in and pay a visit - the shop is just packed full of vintage loveliness and the displays are a work of art in themselves. For those who can't make it in person, Shevie has also now set-up an Etsy shop and an eBay shop, so everyone can enjoy a little slice of Fine & Dandy, wherever they are. Shevie also has the loveliest Instagram photostream :)

My last visit was at Easter time as well - the shop was looking so pretty, decked out in easter finery. The displays are always changing - take a look at Shevie's Flickr set for more photos of Fine and Dandy over the years.

I took a couple of Blythes with me to visit Shevie and they looked right at home. I'm sorry there aren't more photos - I was too busy having such a lovely time chatting to Shevie!

Whilst you're down in Marazion, there's lots to see and do - St. Michael's Mount is a must - and I can recommend the lovely Delicious deli/cafe - beautiful, tasty fresh food and lovely tea served in vintage china (some of it from Shevie's shop!).

There are lots of lovely beaches and coves nearby too. We enjoyed exploring the beautiful and secluded Prussia Cove, and the lovely Praa Sands. We wandered up and down the beach at Praa Sands watching the waves crash and roll, with the sun on our face - magical - and what Cornwall is all about for me.

I've got lots more to share about my Cornwall adventures - so expect more posts and pictures soon :)

Friday Favourites ~ Vintage market treasures

Happy Friday one and all! Something a little different today. I thought I would share some of my favourite vintage finds over the last several months via some mosaics of my Instagram snaps....

The first mosaic below shows some of the treasure I have found at the vintage market in Oxford. It is held every Thursday in Gloucester Green and is fabulous! I work nearby and try to manage a quick dash round in my lunch hour most weeks. You will find a wide range of different sellers with everything from china to coins to clothes to books to art.... If you live near Oxford, do go and have a browse! Read more about it at www.oxfordantiquemarket.co.uk

The second mosaic below shows other vintage finds I have sourced from lots of places, including these fabulous shops:

Enjoy browsing and treasure hunting and have a fabulous weekend! x

Sunny Artweeks Sunday

A gorgeous day with friends pottering around the countryside looking at vintage prettiness and art - what could be nicer?

Found and Sewn's beautiful Artweeks show

The day started with a browse around Station Mill Antiques Centre in Chipping Norton, before lunch and a potter around the vintage china at the Applestore in Batsford Arboretum. I had a jolly good rummage through the pick n' mix china and came away with this beautifully mis-matching selection :)

My vintage pick n mix

We then moved on to the beautiful village of Chadlington for the highlight of the day: the Artweeks show by the very lovely and talented Found and Sewn. Vicki designs and makes beautiful vintage textiles and collages. Her show is set-up in an oh so pretty summerhouse and tea and cake is served outside in the garden in a lovely selection of vintage china. You *must* go if you get a chance - the exhibition is on until 27 May.

Found and Sewn's beautiful Artweeks show
Found and Sewn's beautiful Artweeks show
Found and Sewn's beautiful Artweeks show
Found and Sewn's beautiful Artweeks show
Found and Sewn's beautiful Artweeks show
Found and Sewn's beautiful Artweeks show
Found and Sewn's beautiful Artweeks show
Found and Sewn's beautiful Artweeks show
Vintage teapot
Found and Sewn's beautiful Artweeks show
Bluebells

We then had a lovely meander through the countryside in the sunshine taking in some more lovely Artweeks shows along the way and enjoying all the pretty gardens. A thoroughly lovely way to spend a Sunday!

Summer pinks
Wild flowers
Apple blossom

Fine and Dandy: a treasure trove of vintage eye candy

If you are ever down in Cornwall you *must* be sure to visit the amazing Fine and Dandy shop in Marazion. I can safely say it is the most utterly fabulous vintage shop I have ever seen. The displays are just gorgeous. I wanted to buy everything!! It is run by the lovely Shevie, who has such an amazing eye for displaying things - and for hunting out the finest vintage treasures. Toys are her speciality, but there is a fabulous selection of china and other things too. My photos don't do the shop justice, but hopefully they'll give you an idea of some of the treasures that lay within...

If you can't get to Cornwall, Shevie has a selection of items for sale in her Etsy shop. You can also find her on Flickr and Instagram for a regular dose of vintage goodness :) And for more pics of Shevie's lovely shop over the years please see her Fine and Dandy set on Flickr.

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I took a few of my Blythes with me to visit Shevie and they looked right at home :) We spent a lovely few hours having a good natter - Shevie is so friendly and welcoming.

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The Easter displays were just gorgeous...

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And there are shelves of amazingness on display behind the counter of things that Shevie has found or been given (these ones are not for sale) - I could stare for hours...

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Everything is displayed so beautifully - there are vintage cabinets, a dressing table and a cot with the cutest lamb decal on it...

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Eye candy as far as the eye can see...

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