Sunday 15 November 2009

Time for Treasures

Ooooh the treasure hunting has been rather good over the last few weeks. Going to Ludlow with its beautiful vintage shops and rather decent charity shops definitely helped, but I've picked up a few treasures closer to home too and had some very beautiful birthday presents. And I want to say a huge thank you for all your lovely birthday wishes, thanks ever so much. Blogging friends are a real, real treasure (thanks Anna for your lovely surprise card and gift)!
So first of all my newest find is the gorgeously blue enamel coffee pot, bought from Zani Lady in Ludlow and uncannily you can see it here on a picture taken in this amazing shop by the lovely Hen, who it turns out I share a birthday with and happened to be in Ludlow at exactly the same time - bloggers really do think alike!

I've gathered some wonderfully soft and pretty fabric too from various places. Not completely sure what I'm going to do with them yet but maybe a new duvet cover and if I'm feeling very ambitious, a loose cover for the ancient armchair in our conservatory.
More vintage books which Woody practically mugged me for when I got in from town. The train book is a huge favourite already with the boys and I love the Dandy Wonder Dog cover.
Sorry not to have taken any pictures but my little vintage Ladybird collection is really growing and this week I picked up What to Look for in Winter and Seashore Life, Trees and Hymns & Songs too. I had all of these as a child and they make me giddily excited to own them again.

And more Ladybird again. This is my wonderful present from Woody, a print from a book about Toys he bought online and it made me cry when I opened it. This is the image of our two little boys, shells and saucepans still keeps them busy for hours. My husband is such a precious treasure.

Another bevelled mirror to add to the collection. £3! I'm completely in love with it and I've got plans to put lots of lovely vintage postcards around it for Christmas.

Couldn't resist this little Brixton pottery sponge wear bowl from a Ludlow charity shop - full of conkers for the minute but it might make a home for a few vintage baubles.

Oh and this is the other part of my present from Woody, a book I've had my eye on for quite a while and is just fabulous. Full of everything you ever wanted to know about the countryside.

But I'm not quite sure about this one - a crochet step too far?! Its from Next but I discovered it in a charity shop for £3.50 and thought I could turn it into a cover for the back of the sofa but I tried it on and its not too bad. But I do get a little voice in my head saying "are you quite sure?" when I wear it!

So I'm feeling a very lucky girl. Must buzz off now to sort out Sunday lunch, get the garden into some sort of shape and start to have a think about the jumble of festive plans in my head. More of that next time.
Have a lovely week everyone x


aspiritofsimplicity said...

Oh a lovely day indeed!! I do like the crochet jacket/coat thing. I think it would be very pretty on you and not on a sofa.

andamento said...

More lovely finds, I especially like the enamel jug in the first photo.

I recently had a good old nosey though your blog - I really like your style. Makes me want to get my house in some sort of order again...

Rubyred said...

Lovely finds again! I have that enamel coffee pot in red!Love the jacket, I bet it looks fabulous on!
Th gorgeous picture from your hubby would've made me cry too, I swear I'm becoming more emotional as I get older!
Have a great day!
Rachel x

Hen said...

You have a great eye, Steph, lovely finds. The munchkin would have snaffled that train book in a minute. Meanwhile, I am in lust with the pink fabric with the little hearts and rosebuds. Is it new (ie. available to purchase) or thrifted, may I enquire? Look forward to seeing what you make and a resounding well done to Woody for that beautiful picture.
Hen xxx
P.S. I'd wear the crochet!

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Some lovely finds there especially the enamel coffee pot. I bought the Red Sky at night book a few weeks ago and really enjoy reading a bit of it each night. However, I skipped right past the the rabbit bit though...
Isabelle x

Garden Girl said...

Ah, I too have the coffee pot, but in red, i use it as a teapot though as only drink coffee at work now! (have been spoiled by super duper scary expresso machine!)
The fabric is beautiful, really lovely. And I would wear the crochet jacket as well, it's a fab length, maybe just don't go too wild with your 'under' garments!

Pipany said...

Oh such lovely things Steph. I love all of it, especiaaly the bevelled mirror. Great fun seeing your finds x

French Knots said...

What treasures! Love it all, books, jugs, mirror, fabric and the crochet jacket is fab!

Esther said...

Beautiful buys. I love the enamel pot and the picture books and the bevelled mirror.

bellaboo said...

I love all your wonderful finds.They would be my choices too!


Claire said...

Oh how lovely your things are. I especially love the Ladybird print, you lucky thing.

Take care and happy belated birthday, Claire x

Sarah said...

The mirror is glorious, and for £3 you can't go wrong!
Have a great week.

Sally said...

I've got the crochet jacket! I bought it brand new about 6 years ago from Next, on Christmas Eve in the "January Sales". I'd had my eye on it for ages... But I got it home and it was one of those purchases I loved so much I didn't wear it! And even now I just look at it and try it on every now and then... x

...Nina Nixon... said...

All such beautiful wonderful finds Steph and I love the look of your new book and that picture is adorable - sorry I could probably 'gush' for ages so I will just say (also)'Happy belated birthday' and.....

....have a lovely week,

Nina xxxxxx

Cristina said...

love this stuff
wish I was there to buy some too
remember those places used to live in Kent for 1 year
I must learn to crochet like you
Cris from Italy

Bobo Bun said...

Very belated birthday wishes Steph. I can see why you got emotional over your picture. What a lovely thing to look at over the years as your boys get bigger.

Lisa x

gayle said...

I have a few items in my wardrobe which I know were bought on a hormonal surging day. I think we all have a few things we wear thinking, hmmmm!I love all the finds, but the ladybird print is the best of them all!