Saturday, 28 January 2012

New Year Clear Out

For a very long time the spare bedroom has been a junk room full of 'stuff'. Last weekend I decided enough was enough and spent a couple of days having a good sort out. I got rid of bags of rubbish as well as stuff for the charity shop.

By the time I had finished it still looked like a store room but at least you could get to the bed !

I sorted all my remaining bits and pieces out and put them in the old kitchen cupboard which for now is residing in the bedroom and everything else was hidden away in old hat boxes, suitcases and baskets.

This morning I managed to cram in visits to a small car boot sale and two fairs.

I came away with this cute tea pot and tea cosy and yet another Horlicks mixer,

a very sweet trug, some vintage ribbon , a little deco lady pepper pot and yet another tin!

The knives and the belt buckle were bargains from the boot sale. The buckle was black but it has come up a treat with a bit of a polish.
Finally it feels like Spring isn't far away and I can't wait to get back in to the swing of weekend boot sales and flea markets.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012


I have been very lucky over the last few days, receiving a number of lovely unexpected surprises. January can be such a miserable month, it has really cheered me up receiving these kind gifts.

First of all I was lucky enough to win the giveaway on Maria's great blog, 'country style living'. I won this fab book that I had been reading about in the latest edition of Homes and Antiques magazine. It is full of great ideas and lovely pictures. I was really excited to win this as I never win anything and have never won anything in a giveaway before, so thank you Maria very much.

Today I received a surprise parcel from my sister in Scotland. She has recently started sewing and crafting and I had sent her my much loved Cath Kidston cardigan that Mr C had unfortunately put through a hot wash. I thought she might find some use for it at her craft group. She has turned it in to this lovely cuddly cushion for me and I love it. The photo really doesn't do it justice and the colour is actually much brighter.

On Saturday my mum left me a bag of bits and pieces that had come from my grandma's house. Amongst the things were lots of pieces of ephemera including the brochure for her old Rolls Rapide twin tub and her copy of ' The Big book Of Needlecraft' which I thought had been lost.

This original Lloyd Loom 'Lusty' linen basket , upholstered in pretty vintage fabric was a present from Mr C after he saw me admiring it at a vintage fair before Christmas.I fell in love with the faded fabric and original worn paint.

Saturday was The vintage Jumble organised by Mr C. It was a great success and amazingly busy considering it is January. It was good fun and really nice to catch up with so many people.

There was an amazing array of goodies on offer but I was incredibly restrained. I did treat myself to this cute egg cup from Jo of Hesta Nesta.

I bought this pretty bolt of fabric from another Jo although I have no idea what I will use it for.

I also found this old wooden scoring board that for some reason appealed to me.

On a sadder note I lost one of my lovely chickens just over a week ago when she suddenly became unwell and died. I had only had her a few months but I had already become quite fond of her. Happily my other two are still as lively and inquisitive as ever and laying lots of lovely eggs.

Friday, 13 January 2012