Morning all! What a beautiful morning it is too! The sun is shining in that clear, bright way it does early in the year and the house is cosy and warm.
I'm just stopping by after a hectic half term break to show you my latest treasure trove of charity shop finds.
I have grown up scouring charity shops - long before the word "Vintage" and mostly in the days when it was distinctly Uncool to find your latest outfit amongst the things other people no longer needed. I am so glad it has become not just acceptable now, but actually quite fashionable to shop in these shops.
Donating clothes to charity shops is such a great way of supporting them - and buying there too - well, it's an obligation, isn't it?! I heard on the news the other day that private companies are collecting clothes much more now and charities are losing out. The traditional "Rag and Bone" has turned into businesses that will buy your unwanted clothing by the kilo and then sell it on for profit. The charity worker on the news pointed out that this trade was costing charities millions of pounds in much needed revenue. It's just a thought, but I reckon I will be delivering my clothes to my local shop door next time.
Anyway - I had the rare treat of visiting some shops without any children in tow the other day. Bliss! And this is what I found.....
A lovely drawer tray in a beautiful shade of teal....I think I may fill one of the compartments with a little pincushion and use it to take on shows with all my essentials in. Oh, and the curtains underneath - a gorgeous rose pattern in the dusky pinks, browns and greens I love. And - if you look closely at the top of the post - the pink and cream crochet blanket was another find - to add to my growing collection of Snuggle on the Sofa blankets.
Some Anchor embroidery thread, which I have been looking for ever since I saw this tutorial for miniature crochet bunting.
A whole load of needlework and crochet books....should keep me going for a while - it's amazing what inspiration you can find in these dated pages.....
Love this frog pattern...
Not sure any man I know would appreciate this, but it's fun!
This looks more useful though!
What a lovely lot of bargains, eh?! I knew you'd like them too. (well, some of you!)
Oh, and while we're on the subject of giving things a new lease of life - One of our chests of drawers finally gave up the other day - the runners just wouldn't stand any more fixing.
The drawers however were firmly intact - so they have now become part of my new office. The blackboard is a place to remind me of all the things I have to do and the other has a hanging space for me to pin up my commission briefs. I love them!
By the way - I've been getting into Pinterest recently - if you haven't come across this site yet, be warned, it's seriously addictive. You can follow me there too if you like, on my very own pinboards!