Monday, 30 March 2009

Tons of tins

Well that's another weekend gone hurtling by. Even with the aid of the pretty marvellous "Wonderful Weekend" book, sometimes they just whizz by don't they?
In between comforting poorly boys though (both adult and child) I did manage to squeeze in a visit to the Friday vintage market in town and found some wonderful treasures (more of those next time), a bit of gardening, a trip to the hairdresser (the one with chandeliers, delicious coffee and stylish homes magazines - joy!) and a family walk along the valley. Not bad really.

The sun was shining here beautifully yesterday and I made the most of a lovely hour pottering about first thing, enjoying the bits and pieces we've got about the house, when I realised what a collection of tins I'm gathering.

Enamel versions are my favourite but anything with a pretty shape or pattern grab my eyes and make my purse jump out of my bag straight away!

Round tins for cakes, tins for headache & indigestion tablets, hay fever remedies & vitamins, tins for biscuits, tins for pegs, tins for pens & paintbrushes, tins for seed packets, old birthday cards, notes and treasured, scribbled pictures drawn by tiny hands, and to be honest pretty much anything else I find/can't bear to throw out and just have to squirrel away!

The Matthew Bridgewater lunchbox tins have to be my favourites and really cheer up my dull, desk-bound lunch in the office. There's something extra delicious about munching salad or sandwiches wrapped in greaseproof paper from a tin painted with allotment gardens. Much cheerier than Tupperware if you ask me!

28 comments:

LissyLou said...

Great great tins, i love them all but really love the russian doll one, thats on my bday list!! x

julia said...

I'm totally obsessed with tins but now it's so bad that I actually spend longer looking for things because I've decanted them into a tin and can't remember which one!
Have a lovely week, roll on the Easter hols.
Julia xx

claire said...

What a fab collection :)
one of my little chaps has the EB men at work lunch tin...I love it!!! Thinking of getting another to use as a first aid tin..
I agree - weekends fly past - our major decorating is very close to being finished so we have decided that from now on only half a day doing pooey jobs the rest is for fun!!!

Lucy said...

Oh I love your tins!! So gorgeous! Lucy x

twiggypeasticks said...

Lovely tins! I'm getting terrible now and think more about the tins than the contents when I'm buying things.
Twiglet has the Men at Work money box and lunchbox, it's fab!
Twiggy x

skippinginthemeadow said...

Hi
Lol my partner David was peering over my shoulder as I was reading, - he got to the bit about your hairdresser just as I did and told me that there are country living magazines in our doctors waiting room and he was enjoying one just before he went in!! I thought he had been converted until I realised he just doesn't get the tin thing. oh well, you can't win them all ;O)
Sumea

Mandy said...

Oh lovely lovely tins...... they are beautiful. I too have quite a number of tins!

jessica daisy said...

What a lovely collection, I think we all have a tin thing!
My favourite is the floral one in the last picture.
Jessx

Tabiboo said...

Ahhhh enamel tins, you can never have enough, that and shoes, bags, coats...

Lovely post hope everyone feels better soon or is it just the dreaded 'man flu'?

Have a lovely week,

Nina x

ps. said birthday may be later in the week!!!

Pipany said...

Hello Steph. I love your tins and am a big fan of Matthew Bridgewater's work myself. I had a wonderful calender of his last year and loved it for the spelling errors as much as anything!. Have a lovely week xx

Pink Feather Paradise said...

Tins are very useful and pretty to boot, Daniel had a tin of cadburys choc fingers for christmas.... guess who snagged the tin that is in the shape of a van? yep... I am a bad mummy! lol

Beautiful collection you got there though, I wish we had a local antiques market!

X Alex

Pixiedust said...

You have some really pretty tins. I have a small collection, but always feel the need to fill them with homemade cakes and biscuits which do nothing for the waistline. xxx

thriftymrs said...

I love tins and your are utterly beautiful.

Cathy said...

I love tins too, and have had to promise not to buy any more until the ones we have are full! I'm working on it!
Cathy XX

funkymonkey said...

O.K. I admit it! I'm a tin addict too. I love the Matthew Rice tins too and have a lovely one with hearts and another lovely one with a union flag. There is the odd occasional sigh when I return home with another one for the collection.

Tracey

Miss Marple said...

So many fine tins =)

MelMel said...

I love your collection of tin ware...lovely, they are so bright and cheerful..xxx

Diane said...

Hi Steph, I too have loads of tins. I was going to get them together and do a post on them so i'll let you know when so that you can pop over. Most of mine belonged to my grandparents and were full of things (that I have saved) like buttons, needles etc.

Summer by the sea said...

Sounds like a great weekend! - I bought a lovely first aid tin recently (I posted a pic on my blog about a week ago) and I've currently got my eye on the set of 4 Cath Kidston ones - Have a good week - Natalie x

bekimarie said...

What a fab collection!
I love the russian doll one, actually, I love them all. I have tin envy lol!
Enjoy the rest of your week.
Hugs
Beki xxx

Our Back Porch said...

I have collected tins for years! When we moved to our current house, I just had soooo many, that I decided to get rid of some of them. However, I have started adding more to the collection...just bought a wonderful red one yesterday! I'll post at my blog soon. Enjoy all of yours, and I'll do the same.

Back Porch Blessings,
Rebecca

Tabiboo said...

Hi Steph I forgot to reply - sorry. The CK brochure is the latest edition of the magazine she now produces. Hope that helps,

Nina x

Ali @ Betty and Violet said...

A great collection of tins! I'm a late starter when it comes to collecting tins (collect everything else imaginable!) but now I have got the bug too it seems...
You have such a lovely selection, the Russian doll tin is adorable!

jodie@cherrymenlove.com said...

Your blog is lovely and I love the vintage tins you have collected. x

Country Cottage Chic said...

A fellow tin addict! I can't have enough either!

rachel the krafty girl said...

hey,
im new to your blog

i love your collection of tins so pretty!
tins are a real weakness of mine too

rachel
x

OhSoVintage said...

That's quite a collection you have there.

Devon Dumpling said...

Dear Steph,
Thank you for the beautiful comment that you left on my blog. Your words of kindness really mean a lot to me and I am grateful to be a part of this special blog community.
Best wishes
Hannnah x