Dear hubby has gone to Germany for a motorbike rally this weekend. so I've been left to amuse myself :o) (I don't think you know I've been a pillion rider since I was 8 years old on my Dad's motorbikes).
Yesterday, a miserable 'moist' day - I decided to go to TK Maxx to see if the two things I'd liked were still there - pah! should have got the blue and white Chinese pottery stool and the 'seaweed' candlesticks when I saw them last week :o( Both gone. So to cheer myself up I called and had a carvery lunch at the pub we go to in the week for a meal. ( I'm so boring, it's with either with a pot of tea or a diet Coke). After a lovely lunch I toddled off in the car for a mooch around. Back through the village to the charity shop. There I found - two topiary frames.
and a squirrel.
I have some small box plants - these may fit over them to train.
3 books of sheet music total £1
just in case I find inspiration to use it in crafts.
I thought this one was apt though.
The original price was 2/- each, (that's 10p)
Then, just as I was leaving - AND I nearly missed it...
I found this, I couldn't believe my eyes.
an ORIGINAL Staffordshire 'flatback' figurine spill vase!
(Okay, it's not too pretty...) 10.5" tall.
I love the basket of fruit though.
not the handsomest couple either!
The gold lines are rubbed just enough too.
I've REALLY studied these, my friend and neighbour has too and we both conclude they're genuine.
I haven't told you the price yet have I? Believe it or not £1.50.
Truthfully, I have to find the 'right' place for it yet - but I will!
Then, I fancied a 'ride down the lanes'. Brewood, the village I went to see Henry Sandon in had a few signs out for 'open gardens' so off I popped, though by now it was raining quite hard. I drove to the car park and passed a private garage that had a few things for sale, got out the brolly and found another haul!
A Portmerion Christmas Candle, unused.
A couple of Quantock Pottery cats,
A funky 'crown' mirror approx 12" tall, and a couple of Good Homes magazines all for £1
Then, just as I was leaving... (do you notice the pattern here?)
I spotted this.
A heavy wooden kitchen stool!
Okay, not exiting I know - but when you suffer occasionally with a bad back it's just the ticket at the kitchen sink :o)
Oh, another pattern here......£1.50!
It was rather dirty and a bit rickety, but a good wash down with Pledge Wood Wash and tightened all the screws soon sorted that out. I may get daring and give it a coat of paint, who knows?
By this time it was raining SO hard I decided to go home and have a nice cuppa.
Now, for my admission. Last week I returned to David Austin Roses. I was over half way there and realised that the camera was still on the kitchen worktop :o( I know you'll all scream as most of the roses were in bloom. It looked and smelt astounding too.
I'd had those puffins playing on my mind....
to the left of centre.
I'll be honest, I was dreading looking at the cost, but I'm happy to say they were only £3.99.
Then I saw another tile I liked too - they're actually pot stands. 6"x 6"
Now they hang in the entrance hall - by the doorway.
We have a seaside theme going on here, I found a couple of other things there too that I just couldn't leave behind.
The first was the 'oyster' painted sign.. (36" x 5") £12.99
That hangs over the beautiful boat tile (14" x 11") that started the whole theme off.
And lastly, I've been after a Monkey Fist knotted door stop for some time, but the cost has been astronomical for what they are - the cheapest I'd seen was £30! I spied one in their (new) display, and tentatively looked at the price tag. I was astounded £14.95 :o)
So now it sits, waiting to hold the door open :o)
I'll have to show you more of the hallway and downstairs cloak another day.
Hope you forgive me forgetting the camera.
Have a great week everyone - hope the weather stays good (but a little cooler)
Best wishes to all.