Monday, 8 November 2010

Candles and Cashmere

Tonight is very chilly and I have wrapped myself up in an eiderdown and lit some candles. This Christmas Cupcake candle is really scrummy as is the Cider Apple Yankee Candle I also bought yesterday.

Over the last week or so Mr C and I have had a few trips out. Olney is a lovely little market town and I found some gorgeous vintage cashmere cardigans in an array of wonderful colours. These were in the newly opened Dodo Antiques shop which is well worth a visit. I treated myself to a gold one and a turquoise one with pink flowers at a fraction of the price you would pay for new.


I also couldn't resist these beautiful Avoca soaps with wonderful names.

We also went to Brackley , another lovely little town with the wonderful Antiques Cellar (more on that in my next post). I found these pretty drawers to add to my collection.

This must surely be my best bargain in ages, I spotted this Jan Constantine wool blanket amongst Carol's goodies at the Northampton Antiques Centre. It had been hers and for some reason she had decided she didn't want it anymore and sold it to me for a fraction of it's original price. It looks great with my Jan Constantine cushion and will be just right for snuggling on the sofa.

These pictures were charity shop finds a few weeks ago. The frames were in a sorry state but Mr C has painted them and put them back together. The pictures are by E W Haslehust who was well known for his paintings used in railway posters. I originally thought I would sell them but I actually really like the sunny colours and coastal views.


We also visited the Discover Vintage Fair in Leamington Spa and caught up with bloggy friends including Jo from Hesta Nesta and Vicky from Vicky Loves Vintage. Mr C bought this reconditioned vintage phone which is now in use and has the loveliest ring. My lovely girl is not impressed and is still struggling to use it ! We have given in and agreed to have the hand held phones in use too.

This weekend was the Hand Made and Vintage Fair in Stony Stratford. It was held over three floors in this lovely building.

Mr C found me this old rag rug. I know it looks tatty but it can be tidied up and I have already given it a gentle hand wash. Close up there is red and white gingham and fabrics of all different types and textures.




The hat box was another find to add to my other two found in a charity shop some months back. It is the same sort of texture as the little set of drawers.

Last but not least, this jewellery box was presented to me by my lovely girl. She made it as part of her GCSE DT last year and got to bring it home a few days ago. Inside is a mirror and perfectly made little drawers. This is something I will treasure and use every day.


20 comments:

Hesta Nesta said...

Lovely finds, especially the set of fabric covered drawers and the hat box. I love Yankee Candles, they smell gorgeous. Must come over your way, you seem to have lots of lovely antique shops that Andy and I haven't discovered yet. The fair at Stony Stratford sounds lovely, I am going to see if I can have a stand at the next one. It was lovely to catch up with you and Mr C, hopefully see you again soon if you can come to Toddington?
Jo xx

Susan said...

Oh all your finds are awesome!! I especially love the jewelry box from your girl!!

jan said...

What wonderful finds!

Vintage Tea Time said...

Ooh, drooling here over your finds! Love the little rug. And the jewellery box from your girl will, as you say, be treased for many years - how lovely of her! The soap names are great!

VINTAGE HEART said...

Lucky you, a weekend full of vintage shopping, we dont seam to have any vintage fairs up here in the North, really like the white cardy with flowers around it, very me!!also lucky find with the love blanket to match your cushion,so fab. but of course the things our children make a real treasures, the chest is lovely, really clever girl, i would be drawing up a list of things to for her to make!! My son made me 10 lovely wooden hearts and i painted them red and put ribbon through and i hang them about the house, they look very sweeedish,but he isnt moving quickly enough through my lists of wants!!! back soon, Linda x x

VintageWantsNotNeeds said...

Goodness Ann I dont know how you have time to sleep let alone even work!!!
Great finds as always.

The Vintage Knitter said...

You've done well, I especially like those coastal prints and the phone. The jewellery box is very special with all the love and care that's gone into it. Definately something to treasure.

delia hornbook said...

O wow what beautiful finds, i love the phone, the hat box's and the pictures ;-) And what a lovely jewellery box that will hold your treasures and also be treasured for years to come what a beautiful gift. Lovely post..Dee x

bellaboo said...

Those pictures are so lovely.I wondered if the second one was of Clovelly in Devon.Wish I could find such 'gems' in our CS's.Aren't Yankee candles great? I love the 'cotton' one.I'm longing to own one of those phones..I would have a red one of course! :o)

sylviesgarden said...

So many lovely things. The jewellery box made by your daughter is truly special.
x

melanie said...

I am in love with your cardies, they are super gorgeous! I absolutley love your home, you have great taste :) xxx

Country Cottage Chic said...

Great finds& what a treasure your box will be!

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

How clever is your girl - what an amzing thing to be able to make for your mum!

I am so mad on yankee candles, i love melting the tarts in burners - heaven!

Alix said...

Love the first cardi in particular, and the jewellery box is a really beautiful labour of love. Lovely acquisitions!

x

Amy said...

The jewellery box is lovely and I absolutley love the cardi x p.s. I think a fair amount of my house mate's and my uni loans went on Yankee candle tarts!

Tabbyroo said...

A lovely blog Ann, the drawers and hat box make a great combination. Linda xx

Mandy said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful day of treasure hunting. Lovely blog. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs
Mandy x

funkymonkey said...

What a great haul of finds. I think my favourites were the paintings - absolutely gorgeous.

Tracey

Janet said...

You have a good eye for stuff- I love your special finds !

Heidi said...

I could have taken Everything and fit it into my happy space....drool,that cabinet though and the pictures took the cake!