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.


Protector of Vintage said...

I love how your sweater has been transformed. Very cute!

Anonymous said...

Lovely goodies. I'm so glad the vintage jumble was a success and sorry we couldn't make this event, but hope to be at the next.

Hesta Nesta said...

Congratulations on winning the giveaway. It was lovely to catch up with you all last weekend, we really enjoyed it, the atmosphere is always so lovely.
Jo xx

Josie-Mary said...

Sorry to hear about your chicken :( I have that book, it's one of the best craft books I have. Some lovely goodies there x

bellaboo said...

That sweater cushion is super cute!
I would LOVE that book too,and very sad to hear about your poor chick,so sorry. :0(

Thecraftytrundler said...

Sorry to hear about your chicken, and I hope all the other creatures are ok.
Lovely giveaway win, and great idea for a cosy cushion by your sister! At least you can enjoy it again!
Great finds & will see you next at Market Harborough : )

Sharon xx

Country Style Living said...

So pleased to hear you are enjoying the book. Thankyou for the mention. Love your cushion, so pretty and what a great idea! Really sorry to hear about your chicken..........