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Saturday I'm smitten… with vintage markets

3 Dec

It’s been a while since I’ve been thrifting…
(and I’ve kind of been craving it
if you can crave such a thing?)

So with Christmas on the way,
I got up early this morning to head to a few markets
with the intention of finding some presents
and potentially a cosy coat for me
since for some reason I don’t have one.

(I blame my overenthusiastic
charity clearouts in the summer!)

Here’s some snaps of what was on offer
at one of the markets… I think I snapped
much more than I bought!

img 3567 Saturday I'm smitten... with vintage markets A toy typewriter…
so so so tempting but I resisted!

img 3568 Saturday I'm smitten... with vintage markets I used to collect badges when I was little.
I had a whole pinboard of them from every
exhibit/museum/zoo I’d ever been to.
I still have a thing for them now.
img 3571 Saturday I'm smitten... with vintage markets Love the design of this cookbook…

img 3573 Saturday I'm smitten... with vintage markets Love these angry little owls
and their ‘be wise save’ message.

img 3576 Saturday I'm smitten... with vintage markets A beautiful opera glove holder!
Who knew such things existed…
very Downton Abbey!
img 3579 Saturday I'm smitten... with vintage markets A Daily Mail (!) annual for girls
on a reworked blue chair.

img 3578 e1322923246488 Saturday I'm smitten... with vintage markets Was rather tempted to buy this just as it’s so random…
a book for logging who you got your Christmas cards from!
img 3577 Saturday I'm smitten... with vintage markets Vintage books… I should have bought
the one on coffee for my coffee-addicted husband!
img 3581 Saturday I'm smitten... with vintage markets No market is complete without cake!
How gorgeous are these ice-cream sundae cupcakes?!

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So what did I pick up?
Well, I can’t show you everything as some
are presents… but here’s the things I got
as happy December gifts to me!
cape escape convopieces2 Saturday I'm smitten... with vintage markets A cosy vintage cape… not quite a coat
but it was such a bargain from the
lovely Totty Rocks gals I couldn’t resist.
img 3600 Saturday I'm smitten... with vintage markets Years ago, I used to stalk these 70s German elephant
moneybanks on ebay. But they always, always
went above my price range… so happily
I found one today. In your face, 2007 ebay!
img 3587 e1322923907514 Saturday I'm smitten... with vintage markets A Sergeant Major moustache…
apparently this came out of a 1950s magic box.
I can’t really think what magic tricks you’d
do with a moustache but there you go!
shoeclips convopieces Saturday I'm smitten... with vintage markets A pair of vintage shoe clips…
I’ve resolved not to buy any new party outfits
this year and just update my old ones instead.
Love how these clips transform a dull pair of shoes!
img 3609 Saturday I'm smitten... with vintage markets Oh yeah… and cake.
You didn’t think I’d leave without some of that!

Our kitchen table has a whole lot of craft clutter on it
right now (mostly from my printmaking class)
so I thought it might be easier to snap the cakes
on the floor… I thought wrong!
img 3611 Saturday I'm smitten... with vintage markets Yup, I got one picture before my cake
was in danger of getting licked by a cat!
So in order to save the cake, there’s no more pics!

I’ve also entirely forgotten what flavour
my cake is… so I won’t know until I have it.
Looks rather pretty and festive though.

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So I think that makes for a good little haul
and I got a few presents too…
tomorrow, I’m going to try and get up
for the car boot sales too.

Let’s see if I can get all my Christmas shopping
done without any high street shops!

Happy Saturday everyone xx

Thrifty finds… and a shifty tiger cake

24 Oct

 Thrifty finds... and a shifty tiger cake

I have a cold. The kind that means you can still get on with life
as long as you have a lifetime’s supply of tissues by your side
and copious cups of yucky blackcurrant yuckness.
So if this post makes less sense than normal,
I’m blaming the Beechams or the cold bugs!

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 Thrifty finds... and a shifty tiger cakeAnyhoo…the other weekend, we did a spot of charity shop hunting.
And for a girl who’s technically intolerent of milk, I appear
to be acquiring milk jugs. And the odd sugar bowl.

 Thrifty finds... and a shifty tiger cakeAnd the odd sugar jar too.

The woman in the charity shop did not get
why I wanted this… always a strange one that.

 Thrifty finds... and a shifty tiger cakeBut I think it makes a great new vase.

Even if I do say so myself!

 Thrifty finds... and a shifty tiger cakeNot from a charity shop the next set…

In fact, this is a Japanese tea set that belonged
to my other half’s Aunt. It looks like it’s never
been used, it’s that pristine.

It’s left us wondering though…
did his Aunt visit Japan and buy it there?
We really don’t know. If anyone’s relative
has a similar set, do let me know.

 Thrifty finds... and a shifty tiger cake
 Thrifty finds... and a shifty tiger cake
We also have a second Japanese set from her too.
And again no idea where or who she got them from.

 Thrifty finds... and a shifty tiger cake

Not strictly a vintage find here…
except that we got these cakes from
an old school bakery.

One of the advantages of feeling under the weather
is that you ‘need’ a shifty tiger cake of course.
Its expression makes me laugh so much. Thrifty finds... and a shifty tiger cake

Of course, after this much sugar, I had a temporary high
and put up my new print. Yup, I’ve had enough of the
‘everything is going to be ok’ style prints.

 Thrifty finds... and a shifty tiger cake

Ok, so maybe I don’t feel fantastic right now
but the print makes me chuckle
(in amongst the coughing and spluttering!).

Right, I’m off to watch Downton Abbey
with a hot chocolate and a blanket.
Actually that’s quite fantastic after all!

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Anyone found any thrifty finds recently?
Or have a sensible suggestion for
my burgeoning milk jug collection?
(Or a nicer suggestion for a cold remedy
than blackcurrant bluckness?)

P.S. I will be getting back to the Weddingnesday
and I Do DIY posts when I have half a brain again.

Saturday I'm smitten… with my new sideboard

8 Oct

 Saturday I'm smitten... with my new sideboard

I have a new sideboard.

I didn’t need a new sideboard.

(Actually in truth very few people ‘need’ a sideboard.)

But here’s what happened:

The wonderful little cake shop Auntie M’s
was closing down in Glasgow.

I’d been in quite a few times partly
because of their lovely baked goods,
but also because it looked like
a gorgeous little Mad Men-esque
set of a living room.

I loved the couch, I loved the drink cabinet,
but every time I was there I mentioned
how much I loved that sideboard.

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So when Auntie M had posted
that she was closing down,
I felt really rather sad.

And then she mentioned that
she needed to find new homes
for her vintage furniture…

So we adopted that sideboard.
How could we not?

Auntie M, we will look after him well
(I decided he was a boy!)
and I wish you the best of luck
in whatever you do next…
I know it will be amazing.

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Happy weekend everyone xx

P.S. Thanks for your lovely comments
on yesterday’s post, I was a bit nervy
about posting it so that’s made me
feel much better. You guys rock icon smile Saturday I'm smitten... with my new sideboard

Friday I'm in love… with old suitcases

23 Sep

photo 8 Friday I'm in love... with old suitcases

I love old suitcases.

I love that they’ve possibly had lots of adventures before I ‘met’ them.

We’ve been collecting a few lately for a future little project. And I’m
always taken with how much more attractive the vintage versions are…
even if they’re a little battered, it just adds to the charm.

Through the joys of pinterest, I came across this ace upcycling idea
by the Oh So Lovely Girls (who also have a too cute caravan!)…
little fabric hearts on an old case! I would love
to see that going round on a turnstile!

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And talking of suitcases… life has been a little hectic lately
(still wondering what happened to life getting dull when married!)
so I’m taking a little break to give myself a chance to breathe.

Hopefully I’ll get a chance to pack a suitcase myself…
or at least click my heels together and see where they take me!

124 Friday I'm in love... with old suitcases  See you all in October my dears xx

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Pic 1: skunkboy creatures and Oh So Lovely
Pic 2: From our wedding by Lillian and Leonard

My type of thrifty finds… a new typewriter and more china

20 Sep

 My type of thrifty finds... a new typewriter and more china

We’ve not had much time for car booting lately.

All our theories of having a quiet life once married are yet to materialise.

That said, we have picked up a few treasures recently…

My favourite find: our Good Companion typewriter.

In perfect working condition… with its own case

And check out the crest on it!

 My type of thrifty finds... a new typewriter and more china
Somehow it seems more glamorous
because it has a crest on it!

 My type of thrifty finds... a new typewriter and more china
We’ve also been collecting a spot more china.

I actually agreed to lend our china to
a lovely bride for her wedding this week…

Only problem was that some of our china went missing
from our wedding… so we were quite a few sets short.

Thankfully, we managed to source the ones below
(and someone very sweet gave me some too) so we had enough.

I still pretty gutted about some of the things we’re missing though.
Especially my cups with the yellow skirted lady on them.
But maybe I’ll find replacements one day!

Anyway, here’s my favourite of our recent china finds:

 My type of thrifty finds... a new typewriter and more china

 My type of thrifty finds... a new typewriter and more china

 My type of thrifty finds... a new typewriter and more china

 My type of thrifty finds... a new typewriter and more china
Also since I found the Meakin teapot, cups and saucers
the husband has got pretty good at spotting Meakin himself.
So much so that he picked up these coffee pots one day…
at this rate, he’s going to become a better thrifter than me!

 My type of thrifty finds... a new typewriter and more china

 My type of thrifty finds... a new typewriter and more china

Found any good thrifty finds recently?
At car boots or charity shops?

I’m finding it harder and harder to pick things
up at charity shops in Edinburgh.
The other day I saw a tea set in one for £100,
another had one set for £65.

Obviously it’s great for the charity if someone can afford that…
but it’s well out of my budget. Popping into charity shops
used to be one of my favourite spare time activities,
so I feel a little sad that it’s not affordable any more.

On the plus side, I have been out and about discovering
new junk places so there’s hope yet!

(And I’ll just need to donate to charity some other way.)

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A bit of car boot loot…

25 Jul

A typical weekend conversation…

Me: How about we go car booting on Sunday morning?

Him: Ok. What time do you want to go?

Me: Super early… so we can get the best stuff.

Him (knowing my inability to get up in the mornings): Ok.

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A typical Sunday morning conversation before 9am…

Him: It’s ten to nine. Do you want to get up?

Me: Zzzzzzzzz.

Him: Zoë? Hello?

Me: Zzzzzzzzzzz.

Him: Ok, I’ll give you another 30 mins.

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A typical Sunday morning conversation around 10.30am…

Me: Why didn’t you wake me up?

Him: Um, I did try.

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Some days however we manage to drag ourselves (ok, me)
out of bed and head to a car boot sale. And on these days
we very rarely come away empty-handed.

Here’s a few of my favourite recent finds…

 A bit of car boot loot...

A 60s ‘Topic’ teapot by J & G Meakin.

A bit of a departure this one for me…
usually all my china is gold-edged
delicate little vintage numbers but I just
love the colours and that pattern.

 A bit of car boot loot...

This set came with a bit of a car boot sale reminder though…
always check what you’re buying.

As well as the cups, saucers, sugar bowl and milk jug,
there were also some cute side plates. The lady that was selling them
was super nice so I didn’t bother to check them all…

And yup some of the side plates were broken.
Still a bargain but disappointing all the same.

 A bit of car boot loot...

Got ourselves some more glass jelly moulds…
one of these days we do need to try
out our posh jelly recipe book.

 A bit of car boot loot...

Some pretty measuring tape…

Though post-wedding I don’t give a flying fig
about my waist measurements etc.
(As a consequence I think I lost weight
just because that’s how my world works!)

picnik collage A bit of car boot loot...

A big cosy yellow blanket…

This one was a charity shop find rather than booting
and from the label it appears to be rather old… but in perfect nick.

It seemed rude not to buy it.

 A bit of car boot loot...

A polaroid camera for 20p.

I love this camera. I love the stripe.

I love the shape. I love that cheerful big red button.

It just makes me feel happy and that’s definitely worth 20p!

 A bit of car boot loot...

It also looks rather good on my little roll-top desk display.

(We think we hate our flip clock though. No-one warns you
that these make a god awful noise when they flip round.
Loudest, most heart-attack-inducing noise ever!)

 A bit of car boot loot...

And of course after a hard (ok not that hard) morning
car-booting, it is essential that you treat yourself to ice-cream.

Irn-bru and tablet ice-cream of course.

Well, you need a reward for getting up early on a Sunday.

(Look at the concentration!
That’s how good tablet ice-cream is!)

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Anyone else found any lovely booting
or charity shop finds recently?

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P.S. For all those asking, the ice-cream came from
the ice-cream van opposite the John Hope Gateway
at Edinburgh’s Botanic Gardens. Thoroughly recommend!

Meet my new typewriter, vintage china… and, um, butter churner

18 Apr

 Meet my new typewriter, vintage china... and, um, butter churner

Last Sunday, I spotted an army green typewriter at a car boot sale,
decided not to buy it and then regretted it as soon as we left.

This Sunday, the other half went ‘booting’ on his own and bagged
this lovely blue (and still working) typewriter. The boy done good!

 Meet my new typewriter, vintage china... and, um, butter churner

We’ve also (for reasons some of you might guess) been collecting
more vintage china – from car boots, charity shops and junk places.
 Meet my new typewriter, vintage china... and, um, butter churner

These little beauties came from a charity shop… the insides of them are so pretty.

 Meet my new typewriter, vintage china... and, um, butter churner

 Meet my new typewriter, vintage china... and, um, butter churner

 Meet my new typewriter, vintage china... and, um, butter churner

 Meet my new typewriter, vintage china... and, um, butter churner

A little yellow lady… me in another time perhaps?

 Meet my new typewriter, vintage china... and, um, butter churner

The fox-owl-cat guards some of our new finds…

 Meet my new typewriter, vintage china... and, um, butter churner

We’ve also been acquiring some vintage suitcases of which my favourite
is this Spartan number… I think we should use it for our mini moon.
 Meet my new typewriter, vintage china... and, um, butter churner

And we found a little 3D view master… Meet my new typewriter, vintage china... and, um, butter churner

With a reel of brilliant bird images.
Love this one so much!
 Meet my new typewriter, vintage china... and, um, butter churner

As well as the car booting, I bought us this rather gorgeous drinks set
from Thrift-ola… if you haven’t checked out Leona’s new shoppe, you should! Meet my new typewriter, vintage china... and, um, butter churner

I also came across this yellowy vintage teapot in Curiouser and Curiouser.
I’d only gone in to get some baker’s twine but how could I resist?

 Meet my new typewriter, vintage china... and, um, butter churner

And in a junk shop in Glasgow, I found a vintage butter churn!
A crazy looking thing that  I just fell in love with…

 Meet my new typewriter, vintage china... and, um, butter churner

No idea if we’ll ever try and churn butter with it of course! Meet my new typewriter, vintage china... and, um, butter churnerBetween now and the wedding, we’ve got quite a few more booting
mornings planned, I do wonder what we’ll come home with next?

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Found any lovely thrifty finds yourself lately?

Tea cosy (and cupcake) love

21 Mar

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Recipe for a relaxed Sunday morning breakfast…

1. My new Robin and Mould tea cosy. Isn’t he pretty?

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2. Daffodils (my favourites) bought for me by the other half.

prettyplate cp Tea cosy (and cupcake) love 3. The pretty plate I found at Saturday’s flea market.
How cute is the cross-stitch detail?

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4. A rather delectable lemon meringue cupcake.

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5. A too good to share (but I did because I’m nice) chocolate orange cupcake.

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6. Some green tea. (Even if I do love Kusmi’s packaging more than the tea.)

teapot cp Tea cosy (and cupcake) love 7. My favourite teapot… and it holds a proper amount of tea.
(I always feel cheated if a pot holds less than three cups.)

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8a. A nice teacup or two.

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8b. Well, a nice cup for me and a more
macho coffee cup for the other half.

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Put it all together and you have a very happy Sunday morning indeed…

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… especially when I discovered just how warm my new cosy keeps my tea.

I am truly a tea cosy convert!

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Have a lovely Monday everyone xx

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