Tuesday, 26 March 2013

In which I spend £1.20 and skip off into the sunset

Imagine my crushed and disappointed little face when I pulled up outside this on Saturday afternoon:

All my hopes of jumble sale largesse cruelly dashed.

Rewind to a few weeks ago on a Saturday afternoon (when the sun shone and the temperature was in double figures) and I persuaded Mr and Little Miss J and P that they'd like to go for a walk in the wilds of Hertfordshire.  As luck would have it *cough* what would we chance upon but a jumble sale at this very same place.  How fortuitious! *cough*.

So, what did I get?  Well, I got this little lot for whole one pound.

A pair of fabulous polyester brown curtains with orange and yellow flowers:

A pristine towel:

Some yummy fabric:

A funky NEXT bag:

Have you noticed how I've taken to draping my buys over my latest freebie? Yes!  I spotted this little Ikea rocking chair outside the house of a near neighbour and when I asked him if I could take it off his hands, he was more than happy.  Whoop whoop!

Anyway, where was I?

An apron which looks remarkably like one of my vintage pillow cases.  Which is a good thing in my book.

There was nothing much doing on the bric-a-brac stall but I did manage to find this cute little print for 20p:

It's by Archie Dickens

Total spend - £1.20.  Jumble sales, don't you just love 'em?  Where else could you spend £1.20 and come away away with such random tat and then toddle off for a lovely walk in the countryside *sigh*.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Nobody's perfect

Recently, A Thrifty Mrs wrote about making things just for the fun of it and not worrying too much about it being perfect.  As she says "Ditch perfection and get excited about crafting again.".  Well I've literally taken her at her word.

I've always liked a bit of gluing and sticking.  So when I found this dull looking photo frame recently at the jumble sale (50p),

I remembered my vintage sheet fabric scraps which I couldn't bear to throw away (I know, I'm a nutter)

and started gluing them onto the frame like so.

Until the whole darn frame was covered.

I wrapped the ends and glued them down at the back, varnished and added a teeny tiny pompom trimming

and a picture of Little Miss J and P.

Lo and behold it's an imperfect, slightly cack-handed vintage sheet embellished photo frame! 

As Somerset Maugham once said:

Yeah, too right bruv.

Ta-dahing with my homies over at Lakota's.  Yo!