Monday, 28 March 2011

A humble jumble

So it is a known fact I love a bargain or two, second-hand shopping is the best kind and the thrill of finding something I will go on to treasure for many a year beats anything else in the world.

Well I’m quite partial to a mid-week charity shop spree, a Sunday morning boot sale, a check in at the Wednesday flea market and the occasional drift on and off eBay, but crucially missing on that list is: Jumble Sale

I remember going to jumble sales when I was younger, especially around the time of the Blue Peter ‘Bring and Buy’ phenomenon. But that is my only recollection, I haven’t stepped foot at a jumble sale for over a decade.

So when I spotted this one advertised in the local newspaper, I jumped for joy (literally) and knowing it was for Cats Protection, a charity very close to my heart, there was no stopping me.

Now I am forever enchanted by Vix’s jumble sale finds, in fact she regularly visits jumbles and finds the most amazing bargains. I am a girl forever in awe of her magnificent treasures.

I spotted this cream bag first, the label inside is Weymouth American, I like the plastic handle and gold clasp. I soon found myself going back for the black and blue ones from the same stall. I have wanted one of these style of bags for a while, longing for a piece of time gone by. I can’t help but instantly feel a little bit ‘posh’.

My Mum’s already claimed the patent black one, which label inside is Ackery London, so it looks like I will be drifting between the navy and cream ones.
All bags were 40p each.

I think I got a little caught up in the jumble sale madness, and ended up with this in my arms. The psychedelic print enticed me and it wasn’t until I got home I realised how tacky it actually was. Probably not the best bargain afterall.

The books were altogether on one stall, so I was instantly drawn towards the children’s books. I picked up two more Disney classics to add to my collection costing 20p each.

And then these two, I adore Janet and Allan Ahlberg books but this must have escaped my childhood, so I snapped it up at 10p.
Then another copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, I just couldn't leave it behind, it's a little older than my other copy and is from 1979.

Then as I was handing over my change, I suddenly spied a very tatty spine, so I flipped it over to discover this. Instantly I added it to my pile without a second thought and paid the gentleman an extra 20p.

It was when I got home I discovered it was from 1935! Probably the oldest book I own and more than three times my age!

I was thrilled to read all the little snippets referring to ‘the good housewife’ and this will most definitely be a book I will treasure for years to come.

Clothes-wise I’m still a bit of a novice, I haven’t quite got to grips with the heaps of clothes piled up on tables. And those elbowing bargain hunters amidst the chaos. I did find one thing that interested me though, this coat...

Admittedly a little granny-ish and no actual size did make for an unlikely purchase, but at 40p I saw it’s potential. If I just use the gold enamel buttons then it will be a worthwhile purchase.

And finally how can I resist a vintage tin. Well not so vintage, it’s only from 1990 and it’s old exterior is probably just down to use. But I liked the quirky illustration and at 20p I’m sure I will find something suitable to store inside it.

All in all my experiences at the jumble sale were good. There was queuing to get in (which I didn’t expect) and there were a few folk stood exactly where I wanted to look! But with prices so low and a good selection of stuff, you can’t seem to go wrong when visiting one.

Friday, 25 March 2011

Handwritten with love...

I’ve been catching up with my correspondence today, writing letters and organising my stash of stationary. I keep most of my bits and pieces in this plastic set of drawers, bought from Homebase. Never underestimate the home aisles of a DIY store.

I love clear drawers, solely because you can see everything you have and it’s easier to find stuff that way :)

So I’ve sorted everything out into drawers: stickers, tags and random bits and pieces...

I love nothing more than cute stationary and pretty tags, an obsession I seem to have never grown out of.

My other aids in letter writing include my trusty DYMO machine, a little bit dated now, but still works like a treat.

A stash of miniature pegs because there far too cute, and of course the final touch to a handwritten letter...

I keep all my addresses stored in here...

It's something I picked up in the January sales in Marks & Spencer, the box had been damaged, so this was knocked down to a £1. It sure does come in handy.

I was tagged in the Handwriting challenge by Nicola from Giddy Little Miss, and had been hoping to get tagged, as I love anything like this...

The rules were to write the following:
1. name and blog name
2. url
3. write 'a quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog'
4. favourite quote
5. favourite song
6. favourite band(s), artist(s)
7. anything else you wish to say..

I tag-

Georgi from Little Dream Girl
Kat from Legs Eleven
And Little Rose Petals

Monday, 21 March 2011

I can't find any breakfast

I visited my favourite two charity shops last week, spending little less than £2.00, I came away with this delightful lot…

Yet another copy of Alice in Wonderland, but this time Disney’s version. I couldn’t resist for 10p.

This is the first interpretation of Alice I knew, so this was a complete must, in what seems pristine condition and probably sadly never read before.

This tan leather satchel was 50p, it’s smaller than most, but is kind of quirky in it’s own way. I’ve always had a soft spot for a traditional satchel, I may just find a way to use this one.

It’s funny I had been in a different charity shop earlier on in the day and was so tempted by some old Enid Blyton’s, but priced at 70p each I decided to leave them behind.
I think it was meant to be, because when visiting the two charity shops I favour the most, all children’s books were priced at just 10p each...

Another Disney classic in Pete’s Dragon, I like these old covers, and think I’m going to go on to collect the rest in the collection.
I was delighted to see a Ladybird classic hidden behind a pile of old encyclopedias; these are always ones to lookout for. And let’s face it who doesn’t love a story about an enormous turnip?

Then this kitsch-tastic book from 1983, with glow in the dark eyes. The Mr was quite alarmed by this one, but hey I love a bit of tackiness.

The deer illustrations are just splendid, I was not leaving this one behind.

And this ballet book from 1972 is just so lovely and full of gorgeous illustrations, I must admit I am growing fonder of ballet by the day.

A title I didn’t recognize but the illustrations swayed me again. Each animal dressed in suitable attire, I can’t wait to read this one!

Then as I was at the counter, I noticed a bulging basket full of fridge magnets, curiosity got the better of me and I was soon emptying the basket all over the counter, much to the assistant’s dismay.
Priced at 5p and 10p of course I couldn’t resist sneaking a few home with me...

The Coca-Cola ones were instantly favourites.

The Pooh bear ones were just charming and ever so delightful. (The post title says it all)

These ones I thought were quite unique in their own way, I especially love the Bugs Bunny one, he’s one of my all time favourites.

Barbie was an impulse of course, though she’s already had a few nasty remarks from the Mr. And then lastly I was delighted to find this magnet of a cute little girl in a patchwork skirt.

She’s far too cute to put on the fridge, instead I think she will probably find a proper home in my craft room.

Holly Hobbie? Do enlighten me who she is, because I think she's pretty cool.

Friday, 18 March 2011

Fabulous Friends

I have been thinking a lot about my blog recently, and how much of an impact it has had on my life. I have always seen it as my personal diary consisting of second-hand finds and nostalgia, but I believe there are two fundamental parts to blogging. The side which lets you express your thoughts, opinions, creativity through any subject you desire.

And the second part is significantly the people you meet along the way and the friendships that you go onto form. And I strongly believe this is a huge part of the incentive to keep blogging. I think it is wonderful that we find it easy to be able to connect over shared interests and passions in life.

I wanted to take this post to say thank-you to everyone who gives me that courage to post about my life and my interests. And a special thank-you to these five wonderful people. I have been overwhelmed by their generosity and kindness♥

Jazmine sent me this little package just before she went on her holiday, and I kept meaning to post about it, but was saving it for a special mention. She knows my love for Beatrix Potter like no other and spotted this keepsake miniature collection at her local car boot, I didn’t even know this existed until it arrived on my doorstep.

And as usual it came in the most beautifully wrapped package, I almost felt I didn’t want to open it and ruin it. It was wrapped in an old music sheet and white lace ribbon, such perfection.

I was lucky enough to win a prize in Amy’s giveaway a couple of weeks back, and again I was truly overwhelmed when my package arrived. Such delicate packing and such beautiful goodies. She even included a little extra as well as a cute postcard I will go on to display on my heart shaped note hanger.

Nicola sent me this beautiful postcard earlier this week, I am a girl who will treasure something like this forever, I just love the idea of a box full of old letters and fond memories. The hummingbird bakery card is from my letter writing friend Gemma , who forever inspires me when it comes to correspondence.

And last but certainly not least, Sam recently contacted me and asked if there were any Jacqueline Wilson books I was missing, as she had recently stumbled across a huge collection at her local charity shop. I am of course a massive Wilson fan, and Sam knew this so instantly thought of me. It’s funny the one book I hadn’t been able to track down for years was Cookie, so was absolutely delighted when Sam said she had found it for me in the charity shop!

When my parcel arrived this morning, I was so overwhelmed by the beautiful packaging, and delicate wrapping. I am a girl who loves decoration and this parcel was completely after my own heart. She even included some of her homemade delights, which I have been admiring on her blog for a while now.


Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Display and Storage

For as long as I can remember I have had an obsession with displaying things, be it ornaments, craft materials or postcards that I simply cannot part with, I am a girl who appreciates d├ęcor.
I love to have all of my most treasured possessions on display, for me to see and admire.
What would be the point in having them all hidden away?

My tin obsession has got out of hand, but that doesn’t seem to matter.

I could find a use for practically anything if I thought it was cute, most of my possessions are second-hand and usually have a story behind them.

Remember this quirky tea pot? Well much to the Mr’s distaste, I decided it better to be used in someway than hidden way.

My somewhat fragile deer, restored back to his glory, alongside a ladybird stapler, duck pencil sharpener and a ball of string.

This was something I bought a while ago, in Tkmaxx, and I finally seem to have found a use for it. It now homes my to go to craft essentials, Pritt Stick and ink, as well as masking/cello tape and embroidery hoop. Also the obligatory Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Hello Kitty and Olive Oyl from Popeye for good measure.

And finally my lovely heart shaped note hanger has had some new additions added in recent months, as well as finally getting a few other bits on the wall alongside it too.

Including these Winnie the Pooh postage stamps, far too cute to use of course!

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Picture Perfect

Remember my second-hand frame from last week?
Well I was completely inspired to get on with making a collage to go inside it. I had a few ideas in mind, but literally just put it together as I went a long...

I used a Cath Kidston tissue (ironed out) to make up part of the background, then added a stunning illustration of The Owl and the Pussycat, a piece of red gingham ribbon and a couple of other snippets, including a hand stamped tag.

The two butterfly postage stamps were last minute additions, that happened to be on a letter that came through the post this week.

So all in all a cheap little project, that I can't wait to get hung on the wall.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

There are some book titles that will instantly transport me back to childhood, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar is certainly one of those.
I never had a copy of this book as a child, but it was always one of those books that would be in and around the school classroom.

So when I stumbled across this copy for 25p my heart skipped a beat. The hardback copy, with all the cut out holes (where the caterpillars been of course) was simply meant to be.

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