What came home in the blue basket from the West Country this weekend then? Well, there were so many opportunities on this extended break, oh yes, there's one thing the school hols are goods for (more rummaging). First, there was Totnes on Saturday, then the car boot in Yeovil on Sunday and finally, my fave charity shop on Monday.
Well, we have... A couple of vintage patterns, one from the booty, one from the charity shop. Will I ever make these things? Maaaaaybe. But the envelopes are gorgeous, aren't they!
Interesting little knitting and crochet booklets...
Oooh, loving these! These were from my favourite "House Clearance Man" at the Yeovil car boot sale, a set of the most lovely rose print table mats. These fall into the "really don't need these but they are far too nice to leave behind" category!
I had a good natter with the House Clearance Man this weekend. Yes, because we were in the West Country and away from London and, as we discover, people do actually still talk to each other outside the capital. Yes, its true! So I probed, "Are you a House Clearance Man then?" To which he replied, "Well, I was, not any more. Now I'm just clearing out the shedS, all the stuff that's left, like". At this point I nearly faint and am considering batting my eyelashes and propositioning Mr (ex) House Clearance Man for a trip round his sheds. My mind boggles with the goodies that must lie undiscovered, unloved, within...
Instead, I come to my senses and add some china, including this blue and white stripey plate (which matches the jug I got last weekend), and old fashioned kitchen utensils into the basket, all for £2.50. Oh, and the tea cosy came from the charity shop (one of two, everyone needs a reserve tea cosy, don't you know).
A couple of annuals came from a sweet old lady's boot. She let me have the 1949 one for 20p (the other one was 50p) because "oh, that one's older". Hmm, since when were older things cheaper in the land of vintage? Anyway, she was glad to see them go to a good home.
The "Daily Mail" one has some lovely colour plates. Clearly from the era when people were a lot more patriotic...
Some beautiful bird ones, too. Ah, my favourite goldfinches.
Yet more embroidered tablecloths (and 4 napkins and a little tray cloth).
And to finish off the linen haul, a printed tablecloth. I'm very much liking these at the moment. This one happens to be from Devon and I can't wait to have a proper cream tea with this on the table, when the in-laws come over. They are Devonians through and through and always had a proper tea every afternoon at home. Joan's teas are legendary amongst Mr HH's old school friends!
All this thrifting has necessitated a bit of a sort-out. I couldn't remember where all my vintage bits of fabric and things were and I had all those teacups to find a home for, so I set to with the labels and stamps.
Ah, I love organisation, so satisfying! (I know, I'm sad.)
Finally, friends, this Redoute rose print came home, just £1 from the boot fair. I bought it for the cottage really but have since decided it would look nice in the bathroom here in London. We gave this room a bit of a revamp a while ago; took down the boring old tiles and strange shower head thingy, repainted (one of the many rooms in this house which was yet again, blue), added new tiles and hung a new light, basically. I've tried to give it a "modern vintage" look recently with a few thrifted accessories.
The picture, of course...
I also made this simple blind to cover the top unfrosted half of the window. I used a panel of vintage fabric I picked up for £1 in an antiques shop in Chard. It just barely fits the window but I am really pleased with it. This sort of blind is so easy to make and perfect where you just want to decorate the window a bit and don't need the covering to be functional.
This is the vintage mirror I bought from the car boot sale we went to the day after the Spring V&H Fair.
There's also another vintage Enid Blyton/Eileen Soper print from the set we bought at This'n'That in Totnes a while back.
So, there we are, thrifty finds and a bit of organisation and bathroom revamp thrown in. Now, I really must get my violas planted because it's looking awfully black outside. Don't you just love their little faces!