I love when people find some old vintage goods in their homes and give them on to me. I love having the reputation of looking after things and cherishing them. (hoarding, ahem). And I am always so thankful to have them to add to my collection. So when I got a bag of napkins, tablecloths and aprons I was squealing with joy! I should probably sell them on like a savvy business woman. But I am a softy and can’t seem to distinguish between the blurred line of personal items and business items. So for now, I will love them always. And maybe tomorrow, I might sell them. (don’t count on it!). x
The studio is pretty much finished! Yippee! I am so pleased it is finally complete and I can stop living out of different boxes. For a while all my stock was all over the place and even getting crushed (which made me very anxious everytime I saw the boxes) so I am overjoyed that there is a place for everything and everything is in its place.
Above is a little snippet of the studio thus far. It has been a real challenge to get any natural light these days. We live in a cottage with little windows and the weather has been gloomy and dull. But today, a burst of light came out and my Mum shouted to me “Is that sun?!”. Which meant I had to dash and get my camera, but also laugh at the shock in our voices at the sight of Sammy sunshine.
I didn’t want to spend too much kitting out the craft room, as it seemed an awfully big business expense. So I made do with anything I could get my hands on around the house, from charity stores and ikea. The centre table is actually a cheap painters table from B&Q! Disguised with a lace table cover that was given to me by a sweet old man down the street. Cameron and I also managed to get oak effect tables from Ikea for 15 pounds each..
Everything has a story and has all been nestled together as a big family in my workshop. I hope my work blossoms from being in a spacious and creative environment!
Collecting milk jugs is something my mum and I are fond of doing. Hoarding has become our ‘thing’ – although ‘hoarding’ has such nasty connotations. ‘Collecting and appreciating’ sounds better.
Big and small, milk jugs make their way to our little thrifted shelf along with their matching sugar bowl. However, we don’t discriminate..sugar bowl or not, they make the shelf and are loved each day. All are thrifted, won at the auctions or even from within the family.
We use a milk jug every morning; our breakfasts are always china-tastic and colourful. I just love using all our pretty things rather than them catching dust bunnies on the shelves. Their sizing is something that interests me. (I know, I sound mad.) It seems the older the teaset, the bigger the sugar bowl and milk jug. Isn’t that fascinating? One of the sets we won at auction has a cereal sized sugar bowl! People must have needed a lot of suga’ in those days.
I think we need another shelf unit..hehe.
What do you collect? x
This week I had a lot of orders to round up and package away, but on Friday my mum and I went to the auctions! My mum and dad had gone previously to check out what was going to be for sale on the Friday and noted down all the things that they thought I would like.
The auctions were a strange place. Full of old smelly men and eager shop-keepers plotting to make huge profits on these beautiful teasets. I am very guilty of pointing or using my hands a lot when communicating, so I found it extremely difficult not to nod or wave my hands when the bidding wars were going on.
The bidding was fun! My mum did it on our behalf and she played it cool, calm and collected. Whereas I was nearly having heart problems and covering my ears with distress. I can’t even handle the stress of eBay bidding, so you can imagine the state I was in at an actual auction with real china that you would trade in your dinner for.
We came away with a delightful amount of winnings! My favourite is the blueish greenish floral tea set called Shelley Melody and we also got a chair with matching linen basket. All in all it was an adventurous day and I am anticipating my next auction..all the while fine tuning my poker face. x
Happy Saturday! I hope you are all having a lovely weekend whatever it is you are up to.
Today I had the rush and excitement of my first real thrifting adventure. It was the local Jumble Sale and I have never seen a bunch of people so wild before! Manners didn’t matter anymore. Everyone ran and grabbed and threw and elbowed and tugged until they got what they wanted. My mum, dad and I were the perfect team and managed to walk away with lots of cups, saucers, teapots, a welsh dresser and a bike!
I was over the moon with my buys and the fact that it cost next to nothing was a huge plus. A very happy bunny I was indeed. Today I thought I would have a little outfit post on what I was wearing to the Sale. A little spotty dress with a shirt tied over the top. Some brogue like shoes and a cat.
I can’t wait to paint up my welsh dresser. I am thinking a pale pastel pink would be lovely for it! Displaying my cups and saucers will be a dream. I feel like a grown up now, with all my china. Off to the cinema, speak soon!x
Today was one of those really productive days that I long for every day. I visited the shops I stock in the West end, shopped for supplies and managed to squeeze in a little bit of thrifting. I saw some beautiful things that I would have loved to have snatched up! Pink dial phones, teasets, little tables, hats, bags and lots of lovely shoes.
I then hit the jackpot! An old bush radio with a wooden effect and cream edging. Its so pretty, and in full working order because it has been tweaked. I was so pleased with my find and can’t wait to take a picture in my lovely new room.
I almost took something that wasn’t for sale too..
a little cat. which I decided should be called Vinny. (Vintage for his full name) because he hangs out around all the vintage stores and snoozes on anywhere he things looks comfy. I’m in love!
Striped Shorts – Topshop.
Striped Top – Zara.
Tights – Topshop.
Blue Shoes – Clarks.
Leather Jacket – H&M.
Orange Crochet Flower Brooch – Messy La