Friday, 3 April 2009

New Things

It's the first day of the Easter holidays and for obvious reasons I've not been able to get to the computer until two o'clock this afternoon. Josh has finally got off X Box Live, into his Guns N Roses t-shirt, jeans with holes in the knees and took himself off to the park with friends. I've done the usual trawl around the shops this morning and for the first time in ages the charity shops have been really exciting.

These cups are so pretty and springlike that I really couldn't leave them in the shop.

These little plates will look great used with them and they only cost one pound twenty -five, what a bargain.

This little cup cost almost as much as the other four - it seems very lady-like and refined rather than cottagey like the others. I can imagine Jane Austen drinking from something similar in an elegant Bath drawing room.

I love books, I work with them and I've had a book by my bedside for most of my life and there are occasions when I do judge them by their cover. This was so attractive and its spine was just as lovely that I knew it had to come back home with me. The book plate inside says that the book was presented in 1897 to Harriet Hinton by Lye Primitive Methodist Sunday School for 'Early and Regular Attendance'. I would love to have have seen dear Harriet in her Sunday best off to church and I wonder if she fidgeted whilst she sat in the church pew just as my son did over a hundred years later. Josh won a trophy for regular attendance at church from his Beaver troop several years ago. As an seven year old he was very proud to see his name engraved on the trophy, just as I imagine Harriet was when she received her Sunday School prize.

This week has been a good one for buying things. I bought a camera case

and a funky tote bag, both from Jo over at Jojo Designs. This is me with it on Tuesday evening just as I've arrived home from work to discover a parcel packed with this piece of scrumptiousness.

The camera case is so lovely compared to the usual black cases we see and I shall look forward to using it on holiday in a few weeks time. I intend using the bag on our wonderful trips to my favourite towns but I couldn't resist using it today - well it is magazine day - and my Period Living and Country Homes deserve better than a plastic bag.

Mandy at LiveLaughLove at Jo at JoJo Designs have both given me awards this week. I've just tried to upload both of them but either Blogger or Picasa doesn't like them at the minute. So thank-you ladies very much for your awards, I really appreciate them. I will try to upload them another time when the computer isn't frustrating me.

We're off to the folk club this evening to see Flaxenby and then if the weather's o.k. we'll spend the weekend tidying the garden. Have a good one everyone.


Devon Dumpling said...

Love the camera case; very bright and colourful! x

Kitty said...

My two finished school today ... two different schools, two different finish times. Tsk. I can't wait to switch off the alarm when I go to bed tonight - two weeks of morning bliss.

Your buys are all fab. x

bekimarie said...

What great finds, I love pretty teacups!
Loving the bag also, must pay JoJo's shop a little visit.
Have a great weekend.
Beki xxx

Tracey said...

Wonderful bargains! Love that book, wouldn't it be fantastic to know more about the little girl!
Tracey xxx

Simone said...

You have bought some lovely things. I particularly like the cover on the book. The bag is great for holding new magazines! Have a lovely weekend enjoying the garden. x

Sal said...

Very pretty china!
I love your new bag too!
Have a great weekend ;-)

Country Bliss said...

Very pretty china, I have the cups in the top picture. I can't resist old books either.
Yvonne x

LissyLou said...

Love everything!! x

Curlew Country said...

Snap! I've got just the same cups and saucers on my dresser. Ever so pretty and they seem to mix and match with other floral china really easily.

And what a bargain your pretty plate is - very seasonal.

Have a smashing weekend.

Cowboys and Custard said...

Oh Happy Hols... I hope you have a lovely Easter break.
It is extraordinary.. I used to have that very same book Queechy and bought if for the binding. I was an bookbinder of Antiquarian books for several years and still love the covers of books more than the contents most of the time despite the old adage.. Never judge a book by it's cover!

Michele xx
P.s If you do decide to go to The Laundry.. email me for the directions. It is not in Lydney itself and would be hard to find without an address.

Gill at Lucy Locket said...

Gosh you had some lucky finds, I'm looking out for china like that and only seem to see cheap and nasty stuff that I could buy on the market for the same price :)
Never mind the car boot sales start next week so hopefully will find some bits and pieces there.

Anonymous said...

Such a lovely post and such beautiful things. Your teacups are delightful and your camera case is so pretty, much nicer than the usual type. Your sunflowery bag is amazing too. I just followed your link and listened to Flaxenby, I like them :o) Hope you had a good evening and hope too that you have a lovely weekend.

Ali @ Betty and Violet said...

Great charity shop finds ~ love the floral cups and saucers!
Have a great weekend!

This Vintage Life... said...

Lovely finds...especially that very spring-like bag.
I'm always fascinated to see bookplates. They give you a little glimpse of it's past life.
Deb x

louise said...

Pretty rosebud cups and saucers, perfect to be served with a cream tea! Some lovely finds, especially the information on the bookplate. x

Tabiboo said...

Hello, I've just seen your message 'thank you'

Love all your pictures and vintage finds - they are the best and most satisfying!!

take care,

Nina x

Mr Lee said...

So much prettiness!Your colours are wonderful.Hope your all doing well.Welcome to our blog

Ragged Roses said...

So many lovely things, what great finds. Have a wonderful Easter

Anonymous said...

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