Friday, 18 June 2010

Bargain Pretties.

I know it's deemed crass to revel in the cheapness of a thrifty buy from Carboot Heaven, but sometimes the pleasure of a great deal is too much not to share. Isn't part of the fun to find pretties that you love and realise you are getting them for pittence? Well it is to me- when someone is selling lovelies for pennies, I feel as though I am rescuing them from a life of dark cupboards and forgotten drawers AND I'm not cursing at the expense of it all. I so much prefer other people's junk to 'shop-new' - don't you? So, in this post I am sharing my good fortune with you - whether it's crude or not!
BARGAIN 1- Vintage Christmas Decs - 20p each - I think they may be 1950's Japanese? I have seen them on American Blogs, but not UK - so I snapped them up super quick from a woman that was selling lots of coloured crochet needles. BARGAIN 2 - Crochet Hangers - £1 for 30!!!!!!!! - OK so they are not the gorgeous cotton kind - they are this kind of nylon type ribbon material - but does the job. When I reached into the bin bag of all these hangers I asked how much one was and she said a pound - which I winced at (yes cheap-skate I am) - but she meant for the lot! BARGAIN 3 - 1950's Cocktail Mats - £1 for 6 - Anyone for a Babysham? Not sure why I bought these - should be a talking point at my next party? BARGAIN 4, 5 &6 - Vintage Fans - 10p EACH! - They are so pretty, all hand painted and really well preserved. I wish I could pin point an age on them? I just love the thought of women once treasuring these and fluttering them in front of their delicate complexions. With the sunny weather I am determined to use one - and why not? Which is your favourite? So pretty aren't they? Anyhoo lovely people - have a delicious weekend.
TTFN xxxxx

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Appletree Update

If anybody wants to see how my new cottage is coming along - please do pop over to Appletree Cottage! TTFN

Friday, 11 June 2010

When Diana Knew it was Too Late.

It's great how you can make a simple Tea-Towel a talking point if you buy thrifty! I love vintage tea-towels, they encompass so much of the era from whence they came and we use them so much. Well I do unfortunately. This is my favourite.... As a child in the UK, in 1981 - I was beside myself with excitement at the prospect of a Fairytale Wedding. I scoured the papers and magazines to fill my beloved scrapbook my Grandmother gave to me. As the story goes, Diana knew shortly before her Wedding Day that her husband-to-be was not in love with her and had serious doubts about whether to go ahead with the wedding. And so in answer to her fears, Charles, her brother, delivered the legendary line.....
"Well, it's too late now, your face is on the tea-towels."
So when I found this tea-towel, unused, still in its packaging, on the dusty shelves of a Charity Shop - it resonated well, that this emblem of Diana's fate and destiny should survive all these years later, whilst she would not. A cruel fate too that such a pretty face should end up drying dishes (I mean Diana, not me) TTFN xxxx