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Monday, 21 March 2011

Phew! Manic week or so - now it's back to blogging ;o)

Firstly, I know I haven't posted but my thoughts are with the families in Japan after the terrible devastation and losses they have suffered.

I've been everso busy, health check-ups always seem to be crowded into the same couple of weeks.  I've also been hunting for stuff for our dear daughter Vicky's house - the big move is coming up at the weekend.  She asked me to get mirrors..
(Before you view, you know I'm no photographer and mirrors are awful to snap!)

This is a lovely bevel edged one, solid wood frame approx 24" x 20" £10
I do not expect it to stay in dark wood finish though!

This birch framed beauty 18" X  20" £4

This silver framed one is roughly the same size as the birch frame - £5
I suspect they may all end up silver coloured.

Vicky also asked me to look for curtains - for tall Victorian windows..

The colour is actually cream, 86" wide x 88" Drop fully lined £6.50
I think they will end up either in her guest room or craft room.  I also go a pair of brand new curtain linings for £3 for some other curtains she already has.
(I can't promise photos from her new home - I've missed the befores and I'm not too certain she'll be struck on me posting finished rooms - but, you never know.)

Now, on to my bargains.

A pair of boxed Prices Willow Pattern candles - certainly vintage pre 15 February 1971
as they have a price written on the back of the box 2/6, they cost me £1

Woods Ware jug, I love the unususal shape £2.75 I'll probably use it for mint sauce :o)

4" Burleigh 'Arden' pattern dish £1

Now, this WAS a perfect little toille trinket box for my dressing table
£1.50 but, the lid had been taped on to save breakage...but they hadn't counted on me removing the tape!
I pulled it off, the lid took flight and landed in two pieces on the floor :o( - Oh well, never mind.  I've glued it and without close inspection it looks fine!

It's blue and white, it's a duck money box, it was £1.
I like it anyway!

These autumn leaves...

2 x orange (first photo is true colour) and 2x yellow drifted down into my hand for 50p the lot.

Then I saw this lovely Debenhams plate

I liked the gold highlighting,  was a snip at 25p
I've put them away for an Autumn vignette.

I hope you've all been enjoying the lovely Spring weather, and maybe like me have also been busy in the garden.

Best wishes to all!

Monday, 7 March 2011

Last weeks bargains, oh and an unexpected prize!

Sorry, a day late posting :o(

Anyway, back to the post in hand.  I do have a few bargains to show you, but I'm certainly 'slowing down' with the buys - wonder if it's something subconscious as I've been trying to sort out 'stuff' at home?  I've also been homing in curtains and fabric for our lovely daughter who has just taken over the lease on a three story Victorian house.  Much decorating and sorting to do, but we were there all day Saturday filling holes and cracks and generally preparing for decorating.  Sorry, I had got her two pairs of curtains and miles of voile and heavy fabric for more window coverings but I forgot to take pictures before I took them over there.
I HAVE been keeping to taking stuff into the charity shop on most visits, and have also been leaving empty handed!  Quite a change for me ;o)

I'll start with an item I forgot to show you from a couple of weeks ago when we went to Dagfields
This stainless Royal Daulton ladle costing just £5 - to use
  with my Spode blue Italian soup tureen, I've searched all over and can't get one.
It'll do until I can find one :o)

Now a quick question for you good photographers out there...I've got a point and shoot Kodak Easy share camera, when I set it to close-up the photos are sometimes out of focus...why?
Here's a point in case!

2" Peter Fagin 'Happy Birthday' bear 40p
and sitting next to him....
4" Peter Fagin reading bear 60p (photo taken on the same setting)
I have quite a few small bears - I'll have to show you some of them one day.

A dozen hanging Easter eggs (hens egg size) £1

Now, when I spotted these beauties my heart skipped a beat!

A lovely (two cup size) tea set.  £5.50
I fell for the beautiful birds...

The petite size and lovely shape, and the bonus I didn't realise..

Made by WADE.
It has been used,which I think adds to it's charm :o)

But, it's in perfect condition
I think the little lids have such unusual knobs too!
Did I mention I love it!

Now on to my unexpected prize.  I only subscribe to one magazine - Period Home, and as a member I enter prize draws on the internet.  I received this email on Saturday....

"You recently entered a Period Living website competition to win a pair of chintzy floral porcelain dog bookends from Alexander & Pearl.  Congratulations! Your name has been selected as the lucky winner."

Today a parcel arrived.....

Sorry, the sun was streaming through the window at this point
£100 worth of 7" high Chintzy Pug Dog Bookends!

The tassels and stringing are made of ormalu

and from the back..

Ah, clearer now the sun has gone behind a cloud.  That's better!
Hubby's just come home and said they're 'puggin' ugly :o(  he has no taste, honestly,  how dare he rain on my parade!

I think I'll find a spot for them in our guest room as I always try to put appropriate reading matter in there when we have guests - they'll look SO much better between these bookends :o)

Hope you have a great week, look forward to reading your comments as always - I do read everyone.

Best wishes

Friday, 4 March 2011

Taking a walk

I have been with out my car this week, so I've been using Shank's pony to get about! 
This morning I had an appointment at the doctors  for my regular blood test and walked the 'scenic route' there, which involved taking a short cut through our local  (ancient) grave yard.  As I'd already walked through there earlier in the week I remembered to take my camera with me.....

Aren't the snowdrops and crocuses amazing?
Then I spotted the bluebells in another area getting ready for their show too...

The modern extension to the grave yard was opened a couple of years ago
The powers that be (local council, not 'im upstairs) have added a pond and seating near the entrance over looking the fields and farmland
another view of the pond and seating.  The doctors surgery medical centre is the building in the background. 
I'm really not being morbid, but my family have their instructions - this is where my place of rest will be, but I'm more than happy to enjoy the peace and views for a good many years yet!

We're off to Nottingham tommorrow to help our daughter with some decorating, so I'll post again with a few bargains on Sunday.

Have a great weekend!

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