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September 2009

This pretty little sewing box came from a recycling centre and cost just £5 (though I did try and get it for less). It does need a little TLC though so I’m thinking of sanding it down and applying a little matt varnish. Then it will be ready to be stuffed full with cottons and vintage patterns.

Behind closed doors

Behind closed doors

March/April 2009

I’ve been having lots of fun with the camera taking pictures of some of my latest finds:

Hornsea Geometric pepper pot (part of a cruet set) used as a cocktail stick holder. 3op, RIO; Handpainted Swinnertons – Majestic Vellum floral jug as a vase. About £1, RIO; Glass dome for cheese or cake (has a name but what is it?) 20p, charity shop in Crystal Palace; The Sunday Telegraph Cookery Book from 1965. 80p, charity shop; cupcakes from Fortnum & Mason; Poole Pottery cream jug and sugar bowl – part of a complete coffee set. £10, charity shop in Devon; embroided tablecloth. From Jo’s mum. Free.

And the most expensive thing on the table are the cupcakes!

Poor posh cupcakes hanging out with the riff raff

Poor posh cupcakes hanging out with the riff raff

February 2009

I haven’t yet picked this up but I am so excited about my new china as it belonged to my nanny. My mum is currently looking after it for me and I can’t wait to put it in my china cabinet.

I want it now!

I want it now!

January 2009

I’ve had this picture for a while now and I absolutely love it – it’s my mum and her best friend, my ‘auntie’ Lesley. I just think it’s so them and exemplifies their personalities beautifully. I’m not sure who is taking the picture or why they are looking away from the lens but it always makes me smile. They are the kind of people who wave to everyone and I know for a fact that my mum used to wave at people she didn’t actually know. She found it funny when they would wave back and slowly realise that they didn’t have a clue who she was.
I don’t do this but I might start.

If they were a girl band they'd be called The Waves

If they were a girl band they'd be called The Waves

OK-JO found this Poole Pottery jug for less than 50p at RIO in Ottery. How I love that place!

Pour me

Pour me

And at the same time, I found this dainty Japanese tea set from Noritake…

Lift me up and pour me out...

Lift me up and pour me out...

…and this blue and white 50s cup and saucer. The little G-Plan-esque table was also from the same trip and my book, The Diary of a Provincial Lady (with Cath Kidston cover) was a gift from my friend Sally.

Me old china

Me old china

2008

Thanks to the lovely Cath for this excellent Stag chest of drawers which she gave to me. Cath is my new neighbour and decided she didn’t need this anymore. Well, only one place for it then…

stagchest

Get it off your chest

It’s just what I’ve always wanted! Another tea set – can you believe it cost me just 50p? It’s Royal Stafford and I think it’s pretty pretty.

You don't get many of those in a bungalow...

It's always time for tea!

I’ve just picked up this bangle and bag in a charity shop for £6. It’s a funny little charity shop – but after a little rummage around I found these and walked off happy (after paying of course).

A match made in gold heaven...

A match made in gold heaven...

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