Monday, 18 October 2010

Weekend Finds And Fair Preparations

This weekend was pretty hectic, with a late night work's event Saturday and getting ready for next weekend's Vintage Fair. Saturday morning Mr C and I popped over to Brackley to the antiques centre and had a wander. Oddly for me the only things I bought were brand new ! The spotty red dog tin above is a replica of an old French tin and came in lots of different sizes.

The large Union Jack cushion was spotted by Mr C and was a bargain ex-display cushion.

I bought the chalk paint in 'Cream' to have an experiment with. It can be layered and waxed to give a distressed effect. It can be painted straight on to any surface with no need for any real preparation or priming and sells itself as 'a paint for girls' ! I tried it out on an old wooden cutlery holder I wanted to give a make over to.

Evenings have been spent making more paper chains to decorate the hall at the Vintage Fair. This is actually quite therapeutic in front of the TV. I bought these spotty ones from the Dot.com gift shop at the last Country Living Fair. I notice they are doing some great vintage ones on their website for christmas.


These are a couple of pressies Mr C received for his recent birthday. The 1930s water colour was spotted by him on Jo's (Hesta Nestas) stall at the last fair in Stamford. I arranged for Jo to send it over for his birthday and he was very surprised and pleased. The book is the new Farrow and Ball 'Living With Colour ' by Ros Byam Shaw. This is a lovely book and I thought it might inspire Mr C to get his paintbrush out again !

The photos are gorgeous and show all sorts of styles from elegant town houses to modern apartments and country cottages.




Finally these were charity shop finds last week. The two saucers were found in a different CS to the sandwich plate and tea plate but they all match.

The Baileys cup was another 50p charity shop find. I have put it up on my dusty kitchen mantelpiece with my old cups and egg cup. The two cups were purchased on ebay some years ago and came from America although I am sure they are English. I think they are from around the 1930s and may also have been made for some sort of advertising purpose. If you know anything about them please let me know. What I do know is that they are quite old and I think the Baileys cups must have been based on them.


25 comments:

Lori Lynn said...

I SOOO love the "cottage" china! breathtaking!
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Thecraftytrundler said...

Not long now!!
Love your husbands's birthday pic & book! Sounds like a good idea!!
Funnily enough, I visited Brackley on Sunday morning. I saw the tins, & the paint.Sounds like a good idea!!
See you Saturday : )

Sharon xx

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

A lovely post. I love all the pics and your buys, as ever, are wonderful. Like the paper chains a lot!

Susan said...

Your finds are wonderful!!

Heidi said...

I have a collection of those smiling face cups too.
I loved that wall of pictures.
You have found some amazing finds and you have been a busy beaver also!

ted and bunny said...

oooooo paper chains, I think I might just have a liitle therapy myself!
xx

tracey @ the vintage bothy said...

Hi there
What a great idea for paint, I always have a job with sanding because of my thumbs!
I love the watercolour, very evocative.
Tracey x

The Vintage Knitter said...

I've never seen those cups before and they're cute - you definately had a bargain with your 50p! I love the I Spy book too!

VintageWantsNotNeeds said...

We went to Brackley last Monday and I picked up a few things but nothing too much either.
The paper chains will look great decorating the halls, we must remember to bring drawing pins this time to put them up with!!!

fee~bee said...

great finds isn't it funny how you found the matching plate set but in two different shops and those paper chains are really pretty and would look nice at Christmas too .I have never seen those cups before they are very quirky
xx fee

Alix said...

I love the painting you got for your husband - very evocative! And that paint sounds like a brilliant idea - the results look very good!

Alix

A Treasured Past said...

Hi Ann, first of all I love your leather chair and the cushions! I can't believe that cute little dog tin is a repo, adorable. Take care, Tamara

delia hornbook said...

Some lovely finds and all so very pretty. The book looks smashing to. I love the paper chains and also your little blue wicker pram thats so cute, dee x

bellaboo said...

I LOVE all your finds,we go for the same kind of things! I must look out for that paint.The thing that's putting me off painting my pine dresser is the thought of the preparation,and all the coats I'll have to do to cover it.Where did you buy it? :o)

sylviesgarden said...

I need some of that paint, I spend far too long sanding and priming. I had never heard of it until now.
Your finds are all lovely. I love the tin and the cup, bargain.
x

miz-bag said...

you have such good taste .....i want it all!!x x x

Tabbyroo said...

Love the cups, I've never seen anything like them before.Looking forward to the fair on saturday Linda xx

Lalabibaby @ Dreaming of The Simple Life said...

Lovely buys Ann .... I haven't been to Brackley for years - we used to combine that with Weedon. Your large blue & white platter is similar to one I have called Oaklands by Wedgwood. I'm really looking forward to Saturday and meeting everyone ... did have a brief encounter with Sharon on St Pancras station last year lol. The new header pics are by Lilian Rowles and I shall be bringing my avi one but it's not for sale as I treasure them too much x

melanie said...

Love everything, especially the Union Jack cushion cover :) xxx

Hesta Nesta said...

Fantastic finds Ann, and I am so pleased that your hubby loved the painting, I used to have it on display when we had a nautical themed bathroom and I always loved it. I do believe it is the River Dart looking towards Kingswear and I am sure the steam train can be seen in the background. Looking forward to Saturday and of course leaving everything until the last minute :)
Jo xx

Country Cottage Chic said...

You have some lovely treasures there!

VINTAGE HEART said...

Hi Annie,thanks for the lovely comments on the green door,i am begining to sound like shakey stevens! PLEASE could you tell me what make is the vintage looking tin with the dog on as I would love one or two ,and the contact for where you bought them, I would be ever so grateful, as always love your posts,Linda x x

Amy said...

Great charity shop finds, and the paper chains are so pretty. Can't wait to see them up tomorrow! x

Pennyblossoms said...

I have fallen in love with those cups. They are so cute!
This is really just a little note to say have a lovely day tomorrow; as much as it's lovely down here, (even if we didn't get to Totnes today), I wish I could be there too!
Z xx

Amy said...

Thanks for a great fair Ann. My mum and I really enjoyed it x