Thursday, 29 November 2007
Sunday, 25 November 2007
Thanks to all the new visitors to my blog over the last few days, I will be replying to your comments shortly.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a visit to Marlborough. This is part 2 of that day when I decided to go into Pewsey as well. It’s much smaller than Marlborough but does have a couple of charity shops.
The first is a fund-raising committee shop for the Pewsey Carnival, and it’s always overflowing with stuff. I found this lovely big mirror, which someone had kindly already painted white for me (I added the flowers).
They didn’t have any fabrics, they always pass them on to the hospice shop, they told me. In the hospice shop there were no fabrics out but when I asked they brought out this huge piece of Laura Ashley fabric. It’s a lightweight cotton so didn’t feel that big but when I got home I found there were over 7 yards! I think this will be great for using as a lining or in patchwork. I also bought this marmalade jar girl because she was so cute.
Lastly I went into the haberdashery shop which doubles as the bric-a-brac shop through a connecting door - it’s quite odd really. Amongst the usual bric-a-brac there were piles of fabric offcuts, sewing books, old patterns and bags of trimmings. Disappointing though, after a good old rummage I only found this fabric and some trimmings.
On the way home I saw a sign for a garden centre which I hadn’t noticed before so decided to go and take a look. After driving for what seemed like ages, I nearly gave up, I found it miles out in the middle of nowhere. Next to the garden centre there were some shop units and an antique shop selling lovely brocante-style treasures.
After a good look around I had a chat with the owner and asked if she had any vintage fabrics.
“Oh I had loads until a couple of weeks ago, then Cath Kidston came in and bought them all”
WHAT? CATH KIDSTON?? OUT HERE???
It’s funny, I hadn’t imagined Cath Kidston as going to little out-of-the way places looking for treasures, not now that she’s made her fortune anyway. But thinking about it, that’s how she started and why would she have stopped now. Apparently she has friends in the area and that’s how she knew about this place.
Anyway, whilst I stood there feeling miffed that Cath had bought ALL the fabric (she might have left a little bit for the rest of us) the lady went to a drawer and found some pieces tucked away she had forgotten about.
So I got these (Cath’s rejects – not wonderful but I had to come away with something!):
But I’d love to know what CK went away with.
I gave the nice lady my phone number and she kindly said she’d look out for more fabric and phone me when she had some. And one thing’s for sure, I won’t be telling Cath Kidston!
Have a great week everyone!
Wednesday, 21 November 2007
Saturday, 17 November 2007
Thought I'd show what I've been doing lately (as opposed to what I should have been doing!)I bought some glass jars in a charity shop recently. I wanted to decorate them in some way as I didn't want the contents to be visible. I wanted fast results and decided on paper, but rather than decorate on the outside I chose to decorate from the inside.
For these two I used a wallpaper border cut to size. It was so simple, I just rolled the paper and slipped it into the jar, then spread it out into place, a strip of sticky tape inside secured the paper and will stop it curling up again. Of course, jars with straight sides are best for this. Some ribbon tied around the neck of the jar finished them off. They can be kept simple or more decorative as this pink one. I used a pretty scrapbooking paper here, and some ribbon, lace, flowers and beads to decorate.
Well, this one can go here...
On a roll now, I went hunting in the kitchen for some empty jars but only found 2 (unfortunately the recycling collection had been the day before).
As these had rather ugly lids I made some matching paper covers. I used a decorative punch to give a lace effect edge, but a pinked edge would look good too.
The good thing with decorating them this way is that you can easily change the design as nothing is glued on. You could make some to match your decor using left-over wallpaper, or use Christmas paper and fill them with treats as a gift. I wouldn't recommend using them for food storage unless the items are wrapped, e.g. sweets or stock cubes, as it could get rather messy.
I was quite pleased with the results. Now - where am I going to put them?
These 2 can go here...
Ok, what shall I do now? (Something I should be doing I think!)
Wednesday, 14 November 2007
Sunday, 11 November 2007
Friday afternoon I took myself off to Marlborough and was pleasantly surprised to find my shelves rather depleted. After a re-stock they looked a bit better.
I'm not entirely happy with the way my shelves look, not "shabby" enough but there are limits on what I can do regarding display. I can change the backdrop on my section, it's rather dark, but I can't do anything with the wooden shelves.
That price tag at the top of the picture sadly is not one of mine!
The craft centre is in a redundant Church which is really pretty to visit in itself, it also has a coffee shop.
Afterwards I had time for some thrifting. There are only three charity shops in Marlborough, so it doesn't take too long. The first two are local hospices and quite sanitised. My favourite is the Thrifty Orange where they are not so fussy about what they put out.
But Oh No - what's this?
Oh well, one last chance for a visit. I had a rather embarrasing experience though, as at the entrance I spied a small old wooden handled spade propped againt the window. No price so I picked it up and went inside to enquire.
"Oh - that's not for sale, it's that man's for his dogs"
I had picked up someone's pooper-scooper - did I feel just a little bit silly? Not deterred I went in for a rummage. There were quite a few people inside, sitting around a table laid out with crisps and cakes having a party. I heard the shop lady say to the man -
"Oh, someone just tried to buy your shovel - ha ha!"
My rummage only yielded a book and a fabric remnant, so I went to pay.
At the back of the till I spied an old photograph album and some loose photos, from around the 20s I would have guessed. I asked if they were for sale and the lady started to tell me that they had come in with some donations and she thought they had been left there by accident. She started to hand them to me when another woman came up and asked to have a look. They seemed to know each other and before I knew it she said
"Oh I'll buy them"
"Well, I would have bought them" I said. She didn't even look at me, just said
in a very off-hand way, and the deal was done. I wish I'd stood up for myself, but it felt a bit clique-ey in there and I don't like to make a fuss, so I paid for my purchases and left.
But I won't be going back there again - ha ha!
I had a bit of time left to check out the Antiques Centre which is in a disused chapel. It's more antique than flea-market but sometimes I can find a bargain there.
There's also a lovely "shabby chic" shop called the Cat's Whisker's which has lots of vintage and vintage-style goodies. Need quite a big wallet here, but there is a really good selection of vintage quilts and eiderdowns.
There are lots of pretty gift/home shops in the town, and a Laura Ashley Home. It's worth a visit if you are in the area. Here's what I came home with.
A french print of some delightful Crinoline ladies, the Oxford Book of Birds, some cutlery and knife rests, a tiny Victorian teacup and saucer, some china roses and a fabric remnant.
I love the print - it is exquisitely detailed.
The book is full of beautiful colour plates (I might put this in Mr. Bloom's christmas stocking, he kind of likes birds).
Well I'd better get off now and do what I'm supposed to be doing. Have a good week!
Thursday, 8 November 2007
One of my purchases was a clock for Mr. Bloom for his birthday. He chose it himself, as he is very particular in his taste. We had it packed carefully and put it in the car with our (my!) other purchases. When we got home we carefully unloaded the car and brought everything inside. As I was excitedly rummaging through my treasures, one of the bags slowly tipped over and fell on the floor. I heard a sort of tinkling noise and my heart sank. I picked up the bag – it was the clock which had fallen onto its face and the glass broke into 4 pieces.
Mr. Bloom was very philosophical about it, I wanted to cry.
It is standing in our front room. Mr. Bloom winds it up every few days and it has a lovely ticking sound, but each time I look at it a wave of guilt washes over me. Instead of “tick-tock” I hear “you-broke-me-you-broke-me”.
They are in perfect condition and will complement my dinner plates really well.
They have pretty mottled pattern when you look close up.
So now Mr. Bloom’s clock is restored and I can look at it without remorse.
I’d like to say Thank You to everyone who has commented on my posts so far. I’ve appreciated them very much and also enjoyed looking at your blogs too, which have gone into my favourites list. I’m not sure if I should be replying to each one individually, I’ll have to look up on blog-etiquette, but for now I’ll thank you all here.
Sunday, 4 November 2007
I don’t specifically collect pink glass, but have picked up the odd piece here and there that I found pretty. I had them dotted around all over the house but they never looked quite right wherever they were and didn’t really go with anything else. Recently I decided I would display them all together and what a difference it made. Individually they were nothing special but placed together I think they look rather attractive. I have grouped them on a shelf in my bedroom.