Days later, while we were there, items from the market stalls were still being washed up on the beach.
One thing I did before the flight to Spain was to treat myself to two "home/style" magazines.
Now, I very rarely buy mags. I find that there's never anything particularly interesting to read in them but I do like a good ogle at decor and beautiful things that I don't need.
Flipping through the mags, I quickly realised that I'm completely out of touch with how much things in the "real" world of retail cost (it's buying from charity shops and jumble sales what does it).
I found myself gasping with horror at the prices.
Take this rather glorious knitted pouffe (click on the pics to take you to the websites, if you so desire):
I love it. But not the price - ranges from £470 for the small size to £1395 for the large. Ouch!
Loving too this hand knitted cushion:
|It's yours for £75.|
More gorgeous knitted things in the shape of lightshades:
These granny pendant light shades are to die for are they not?:
|£305 for the small & £715 for the large|
Boo hoo! Sadly, they are all out of my price range.
Never fear, dear readers, blogs are at hand with patterns so that you can knit or crochet your very own. Yay! Well, I'm talking about one blog in particular that I like to stalk on a regular basis. You crafty types may already be familiar with Pickles but, if not, check out their rather wonderful patterns, all for free.
Fancy being able to crochet your own pouffe? Well now you can:
This gorgeous pouffe creation is knitted. Both versions are stuffed with old duvets.
This crocheted light shade fits round one of those ubiquitous paper shades:
While we're at it, you can even crochet your own knobs (get your minds out of the gutter right now). Look at these cutesy coverings for boring old knobs:
Anyway, I digress.
I can't vouch for how easy any of these projects are but I'm sure some of you clever crafters out there could rustle up a pouffe or two.
I might just be able to muster a knitted cushion cover thanks to my "Wendy Odd Ounce Book" that I picked up from the charity shop recently:
Yummy square cushions and the rather lovely yellow round one:
Back to my magazines. A stone doorstop anyone? Yes, I did say stone.
|Yes, it's literally a stone with some sort of loop attachment. £55.|
Luckily, I've got my very own stone doorstop. And it was totally free from the beach at Lyme Regis many moons ago.
Complete with fossil too:
Finally, I've got more picture frames than you can shake a stick at but it still doesn't stop me from lusting after even more.
These swept frames can cost a pretty penny:
Woohoo, I do love a freebie, don't you?