Thursday, 30 June 2011

Buried Treasure

Having managed to make it to a boot sale and a jumble sale over the last couple of weeks, I have a few things to share with you. First up, the boot sale, which was about as busy as when I was visiting back in the winter. Another, more well-known bootie has started it's season, so I suppose the sellers had gone there instead.

Butterfly pot 50p, floral dishes 20p each. This table was run by a couple who I'd guess were around my parent's age and I spotted so many things that I remember from my childhood. In fact one buyer actually said 'this stall is my childhood' and she was just a couple of years younger than me.

 Wooden bangle £1, ring 30p

 Wooden bead necklace 50p

Last saturday I actually went to a jumble again. They seem to go in fits and starts around here - there's none for ages, then you get 3 or 4 the same day. I only went to the afternoon one in the end as I just didn't feel like going to the others after my usual early start at work.

60s 'Justine' crimplene mini sundress, Per Una cotton cardi and 70s housecoat/overall 20p each.

Modern silver brocade hotpants, 80s LARGE pedal pushers, 
70s? St Michael pleated skirt, also 20p each

 Crochet beret, 70s/80s crinkly striped scarf, 70s Pippa Dee scarf 20p each, belt 10p. 
I did some googling and found out that Pippa Dee was the clothing 
equivalent of Tupperware back in the 70s.

 Patent bag and leatherette briefcase, 25p each. The briefcase is a bit tatty, but should look better with some tlc. It had a piece of chalk in the bottom - I wonder if it belonged to a teacher once upon a time?

The yellow sundress from the first picture is my best jumble find yet. Sadly I haven't got a hope of fitting into it, so it's for sale as are all the clothes. If you're interested in any of the items, please get in touch via my email (on my profile page).

Have fun, whatever you're doing today x

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Taking The Plunge

I've been fiddling and faffing about and have finally opened an Etsy shop! There's just a few items to start off with, but I'll be adding more as I find them. I thought I'd share a few pictures to give a flavour of what's to come.

Sidgreene of London maxi dress

Susan Small wrap dress

Lurex maxi skirt

Poole Pottery breakfast cups and saucers

Here's the link to the shop and there's also a link on my sidebar. Looking forward to seeing you over there!

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Hold The Front Page!

Ha! Yes! It's an outfit post!

70s Lerose dress  - £3.20 (ebay), brown cutout belt - 30p (jumble sale), silver shoes - 99p (ebay), 
earrings - £2 (charity shop), 60s necklace (Vix), silver-coloured ring - 33p (jumble sale), 
gold tone ring with stone - about £1 (ebay joblot)

Better picture of the beads

Not the greatest of photos. This highlights to me how much I need to improve my photography skills. No wonder I never made it as a professional!

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Five Minute Fixes

A little bit of drama here yesterday - the car failed it's MOT with corroded brake pipes! £230 of your English pounds and it's back on the road for another year. I can't complain too much as this is the first MOT it's failed since I bought it 4 years ago.
Dear Vix wanted to know more about my new job - well, it's really not that exciting, but I'll tell you anyway. I'm starting on the deli counter at a supermarket next week. A little daunting as I've not had a paid job since going on maternity leave last year, but I'm sure it'll be fine.

On to the fix-minute fixes of the title. I made myself do some mending (there is a huge pile) on Sunday and it came to me that by actually getting up off my bum and doing something, I find myself more motivated to do other things - it's a case of keeping up momentum. I'm sure that it's no great revelation to most people, but it takes me a while to get these things into my head!

Anyway, apart from mending a frayed sleeve on a blouse and sewing a button onto a cuff, I finally got round to jazzing up the Brora cardi I found back in February . All I did was cut off the old buttons and sew on some funky new ones, but I like the change.

I also did a bit more cooking today. Again, not anything special, but I have to do things when the mood takes me.

Lentil soup - adapted from a recipe for weaning food but really nice
cooked with more stock and blended down.

Wholemeal bread - I have a breadmaker, but I only use the dough setting and then I cook it in the oven. 
You could build a wall with the stuff that's baked in the machine.

Have fun everyone!

Saturday, 4 June 2011

A Little Creativity Goes A Long Way

It's been a fairly quiet week since Monday, although BB and I managed to get out for a picnic with one of his little friends in the lovely weather we had yesterday. Then this morning, the washing machine decided to pack up and we can't get an engineer to look at it 'til Friday. Not good when you have a baby in washable nappies! Coupled with that, my car goes for it's MOT on Monday and I start a new job on Thursday. Time to focus on happy thoughts!

This is one of the projects from my Creative Heart and Soul weekend. It's a make and take we did with Tracie Hudson. The bird and cage is cut from foam board, I believe the die is a Tim Holtz one.

I also finished another shirt for Baby Bird, complete with vintage buttons from my collection.

Tonight's dinner: Iman Biyaldi, from Vix's recipe. It was very nice, although neither of us fainted, 
so it may have lost something with my cooking!