Monday, 31 January 2011

Weekend finds

We've had a busy, but good weekend.  After a trip to the dentist's on Friday Hubby found lots of vinyl & cds touring the Charity Shops (lucky Hubby).

Saturday we had a good rummage at a couple of vintage stores, but nothing grabbed me, however at Oxfam I did find some sheet music from one of my favourite musicals, Gigi (hopefully one day I'll get a piano again)


On Sunday we walked to an "Antique, curios and craft fair" at our local social centre - whilst sadly there was very little there (& certainly no crafts), I did find a couple of cool things...

some vintage dice, for another project

a cute dish, perfect for holding soap


This'll probably be for our bathroom as it's blue & white, but small dishes like this with a yummy soap make lovely gifts, so I'm always on the look out for something pretty or different.  Oh, yes, and Hubby took the little stand for this dish - to sit his mobile phone in when watching sport!

I've got lots of craft/vintage fairs in my diary for this year & hope to get to many of them (pleeeeease Hubby x) - and eventually participate in one.  Hope you had an enjoyable weekend. x

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Cracking antiques

I've been enjoying a fab programme this past week, 'Cracking Antiques', another BBC programme from last year, but being reshown on Home. 

Basically interior designer Katherine Rayward and antiques expert Mark Hill help people to design a chosen room - they first show them what their room could look like using high-street buys (and usually WAY over budget) - then they take them antique shopping and furnish the room to the same style but at a fraction of the price.  Finding some gorgeous items in the process...

It's been very inspiring especially for someone like me who adores vintage (and slightly frustrating as we don't have ANY large antique places near us anymore).

If you love vintage-style design, I'm sure you'll enjoy this programme. x

Friday, 28 January 2011

Keep Calm?

I certainly am in need of these lovely coasters right now from MableMae ...

Got to love this from KeepCalmShop

But I have to say, am also loving the sentiment on this card from Earmark

Have a lovely weekend x

Couple more days for discount

Just a reminder, thanks to Kate at, use the 10% off code at  before 30th Jan - just quote FUNKYLAVENDER at checkout!

Still loving the cute owl tape measures...

and the fab Laundry sign
and the Kimono bird purses

and sooo much more. x

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Home Vintage - part 2

Following on from my first post about my home, here are a few more 'vintage' pieces from around the house...

This fab pine chest was a gift from my parents when they downsized - it's lovely having a childhood piece that we can use (although it's still half full of Mum's linen)

I just love the brass key holes and the detailed glass knobs

This lovely narrow, "hallway" wardrobe (so called because it's not very deep so would be used to store coats etc) came from Hubby's late aunt (and before her, his grandmother).  It's such a beautiful rich colour...

...and fabulous detailing

This was a good find last year - an old G-plan chest which someone had already started to paint (I forgot to take a 'before' photo) - painted a vintage white, with its cute brass knobs, it now holds all my crafting supplies :)

Another great find late last year, a cute little 'oriental-style' cabinet (something has to hold the dvd player & playstation)

Whilst it by no means fills up our 10 foot high ceiling, I love our bargain dresser which we found at a local 'antiques' warehouse - it was covered in chicken poop!!!

This fabulous jug and wash bowl was another 'hand-me-down' from my childhood (Thanks Mum!) - it's soooo heavy and prettily dusted with gold accents

Whilst this is reproduction, I LOVE it.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE art deco and the shade casts such a beautiful light and colour, a diffused aqua, like being under the Caribbean sea on a sunny day I imagine

I found this lovely vintage eiderdown last year, which now, washed and plump, sits on our bed - I'd wanted one for years, they really do make for such a warm bed and look beautiful

We're still on the constant look out for various furniture - we have two recesses in our lounge that desperately need filling, it's just difficult to find something that's right, that's big enough, AND at the right price of course.  I'm hoping that this year, may finally be the year to fill those gaps, here's hoping! x

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Vintage handkerchiefs

I have a bag FULL of vintage handkerchiefs from my Mum.  Some were Mum's and some were my Grandmother's - most of which they both embroidered themselves.

I've decided that, with the exception of the really delicate ones, I'm going to make Lavender Sachets from them as I think this'll be a really lovely way to use them.





These ones are sooo delicate and pretty

Once I've made some I'll post about it, hopefully they'll make lovely gifts (in addition for some for myself and Mum). x

Monday, 24 January 2011

Rings and things

Well, here are a few of the things I've been making recently with those great dominoes, bingo and scrabble tiles....

Domino badges

Scrabble rings

Bingo rings

and hair grips

I'm quite pleased with them - although my nails clearly need some attention :D  x

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Difficult week

It's been a difficult end to the week as I've been poorly yet again.  Can't say what it is this time, probably some sort of virus, but it's left me in bed for a couple of days, and rather low spirited.  I hope you'll bear with me....

After all the illness of last year & especially over Christmas I saw the Doctor who is convinced this is down to that dreaded word S T R E S S.

And that stress is down to my job!  The Doc's told me to get a new job, ah if only it were that easy, but I'm sure many of you can appreciate, when you're not doing what you want, but need to keep money coming in, it's pointless going from one situation to another of the same.

I'm still working on doing something different, but I've never been one of those people who's known what I want to do.  It must be wonderful to be able to do what you love AND survive on it.

I'll never be able to be stress free, I tend to worry about everything, but my job is very stressful and has become more and more so in the past 12 months, with an ever increasing workload & very little help.  I'm also one of those people who becomes invested in what they're doing, I'm a perfectionist and have a very strong work ethic - so all that, and a job that's all about perfection and deadlines, well....

How do you deal with stress (when it's happening rather than when you're home)?

Thanks for listening and I hope I'll be back up and running soon.  I've got a few finished crafts to share with you shortly which I hope you'll like.  Hope you're all having a lovely weekend. x

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Vintage books

I purchased a couple of cool, vintage sewing books from Folksy recently.  One is from the 1950's and the other from the early 1970's.

I've also rediscovered some of my old childhood books...

... an Esmeralda annual (from before I was born so must be a hand-me-down) & a couple of Twinkle annuals - I used to LOVE those as a little girl

I don't know if you've every seen Camberwick Green or Trumpton (or even Chigley), but they were stop-animation from the 70's which we all LOVED - in fact I have them all on DVD :)

and of course the requisite Ladybird books (I have some more somewhere in the loft)

It's been so much fun re-reading these, they may all be for children, but they're still enjoyable.  I have so many favourite childhood books in the loft, I really must try to get them out sometime.  I remember a wonderfully illustrated fairytale book, a book about a Boggitt (?) and many more.

Do you have any favourite childhood books? x

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

More cool post

Hee hee, more yummy post came today.

I got another couple of cheap cd's from ebay from more of my favourite films...

so I've been singing and dancing my way through the housework : D

I also received some craft supplies...

and a whole bag of old dominoes

and the wonderful printers' blocks from Sage inspired by life, as I mentioned in my previous post 'Things I'm liking right now - part 2'...

Don't you just LOVE getting this kind of mail? x