Thursday, 26 April 2012

Experts, Queues and Fiona Bruce

I've always loved the Antiques Roadshow. I watched it with my parents when I was little and was always fascinated by the things that people brought along to be valued. "How exciting to go along", I used to think, "perhaps one day I'll take something to show the experts".

Well, today I got the chance to fulfill an ambition! The Antiques Roadshow had a filming day here in Cheltenham and so off I went.

I got to the Town Hall first thing and was surprised at how quickly I made it inside to the initial queue for Reception. I must admit, I didn't really know what to expect and had visions of spending all day in a queue! I was given a 'Miscellaneous' ticket and so off I went to join another queue.

I didn't find being in queues tedious at all. There was so much going on and I was quite happy people watching and expert spotting. Here's Paul Atterbury chatting to someone about their treasure.

Of course, the Antiques Roadshow wouldn't be the same without Fiona Bruce...and here's the lady herself getting ready to do some filming.

I found it fascinating to see what people had brought along. As I queued, I watched what was going on and caught snippets of the experts' valuations. Here's John Benjamin on the jewellery table.

I took a few things along to ask the experts about - a Japanese doll and embroidered chinese children's costume that my Grandfather brought back from his travels in the Merchant Navy in the 1920s and a mathematical measuring instrument, again with naval connections. I saw both Judith Miller and Jon Baddeley (pictured here) and found out all sorts about my treasures. I had a lovely long chat with Judith and came away with lots to tell everyone at home about.

Everywhere I looked there were cameras and people being filmed.
When I'd finished seeing Judith and Jon about the things I'd taken along I wandered about to soak up the atmosphere...and ended up standing behind this lady as she was filmed talking to expert Alastair Dickenson. Who knows, I may end up being on TV as one of those people that you see 'ooooing' and 'ahhhhing' in the the background!

The ever dellightful Henry and John Sandon.

The legend that is David Battie!

The stage in the Town Hall doubled as the holding area where lots of the bigger things that were going to be filmed were kept safe.

It was a fabulous experience and so exciting to see so many of the Roadshow's experts and how the programme's put together. I'll definitely be watching when this episode of the Antiques Roadshow is aired in the autumn!

Thursday, 12 April 2012

All Change

Exciting changes are taking place in the world of Textile Treasure Seeker. I thought it was about time I had a bit of a spring clean and so a whole new look is on its way.

It's been done by the fabulous Happy Harris (from Happy Loves Rosie) and will all be in place tomorrow. So don't be alarmed if things look a little different the next time you stop's just the beginning of a new chapter.

More exciting news on its way very soon...

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Spring is Here

We had a family outing to Cotswold Farm Park yesterday. A lovely day was had by all and we saw lots of new springtime arrivals. Lots of ooooos and aaaaahs ensued!

Happy Easter everyone!

Sunday, 1 April 2012

St Jude's at Tinsmiths

On Friday evening, Mum and I headed off for an exciting girls' night the preview of the latest exhibition at Tinsmiths in Ledbury - 'St Jude's at Tinsmiths'.

St Jude's has a fabulous array of designers and the designs they create are just brilliant. I'm a big fan, can you tell?! Angie Lewin, Mark Hearld, Ed Kluz, Christopher Brown and Emily Sutton are showing some of their latest work as part of the exhibition.

If you've never been to Tinsmiths you really should. There are all sorts of gorgeous things for your home to tempt you, as well as lots of lovely books, fabrics and best of all, a dazzling selection of stamps and inks from Yellow Owl Workshop. Here's a little taster...make your way up this little alleyway tucked in between two buildings on Ledbury's high street...

...pass the letterpress posters pasted on to the wall...

...and hey presto, a mouth-watering collection of loveliness awaits you!

There were so many pieces from the exhibition that I could easily have brought home with me, but my favourite on the night was definitely Emily Sutton's 'C is for Crockery'.

'St Jude's at Tinsmiths' is on until 28th April and well worth a visit.