Monday, 29 March 2010

Recent booty

Well, would you like a look at my recent booty? Go on, take a peak.....

A small amount of 1950s material - enough to make a cushion cover or two - £3 at car boot sale. A bit pricey for the quantity of material but I couldn't resist.

Some vivid florals (who said "gawdy"?) - the blue from Oxfam - a sizeable amount of material for 99p and the yellow from a jumble sale for 10p.

A rather fine cushion cover (1950s/60s?):

I bought this 1960s clock from ebay for £4. It has an inscription on it "Presented by the Management and Staff of the HLB 6 November 1964".

Yummy red enamel tea pot and coffee pot (I have rather a collection of coffee pots - must show you some time) - £7 from Oxfam:

Tea towels

I go through phases of avidly searching charity shops and jumbles for certain things (like my jars, have I shown you my collection of jars? Don't worry, I will!) and at the mo, I'm rather obsessed with.....tea towels. Yes, I said TEA TOWELS. "OMG!" I hear you cry and "I've heard it all now" and from the more uncharitable readers of this blog (and Mr Jumbles and Pompoms) "Get a life". But really, just take a look at these beauties:

Lovely piccies of traditionally dressed Spanish people with their local food and vinos.

And these two bright beauties from Gibralter and Malta:

However, the piece de resistance has to be this one:

Little horsey worsey - so sweet don't you think? (A little more enthusiasm if you please).

And the thing is that they all mean something to me ie. I've been on holiday to all of these places. Plus they've all got blue in them - yes there's some sort of theme going on here. And another thing, they were 29p each and all in pristine condition. You can't say fairer than that can you?

Thursday, 25 March 2010

A whole 3 followers....

Yes, you read it here first. A whole 3 followers......although one of them is me!! How did that happen?

Saturday, 20 March 2010

A jumble sale

Hurrah! A jumble sale. Not the world's greatest but a jumble sale nevertheless. It wasn't very well attended and we were third in the queue which is a never before happening (mind you there were only about 10-15 people in total). Still, it was good to have a virtual free run of the place with no jostling or having to squeeze in amongst the crowds to have a rummage. Well do take a look at what we bought..

This is my daughter proudly posing with her purchases (she also wanted to show off her fab t-shirt) a Tracy Beacker DVD (brand new, cellophane wrapped) and a brand new Jacqueline Wilson diary for next year (it's not date specific - so perfect for the Jacqueline Wilson obsessed girlie). All for 60p.

A bright orange Manic Street Preaches t-shirt for a mere 35p which looks as if it's never been worn. I really like the colour and I also like the Manic Street Preachers but it's XL so I'm going to have to think about what to do with it (give it away probably).

The green top on the left is from Per Una. It's not really me and I might give it away. The cotton white smocky affair is really quite nice (Primark) but a little too small - size 10 - what was I thinking! But I know the very person that I can give that to. 30p for both. A bargain.

Two packs of birthday cards for 20p and top buy award, this week, goes to my dearly beloved who spotted the Pass the Pigs game (box a bit battered but contents in perfect nick) and got it for 10p.

Vying for top buy award this week is this pretty embroidered table cloth ("a work of art" declared the dearly beloved)for 35p. Doesn't fit any of our tables and we don't use table cloths but will add to the pile of table cloths we don't use and gaze at it lovingly now and then.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

My attempts at crocheting

I'm learning to crochet and have decided to start on granny squares but not the full-blown granny square creation with lots of different colours and rounds. Oh no, that would be too scarey for a beginner like me. I've been crocheting the first round of a granny square rather like these little mini lovelies which Do You Mind if I Knit has put together so beautifully in this lovely scarf of hers here. Except... mine don't look very square...

Yes, almost perfectly round....And then there's this one...

And as for this...(brace yourselves):

After much trial and error, joy of joys, look at this! A vertible plethora of granny squares and, dare I say, they're square, more or less.

I'm going to try and make them into a cushion cover and will post the result when I'm done (which might be some time, so don't hold your breath). Wish me luck.