There was much china tidying (or do I mean admiring?) going on in the den...
Lots of packing away of china because I have errrm, quite a lot. But it all needs me to rescue it, obviously!
And rescue them I am, (you too, of course), into the vintage teacup candles. Here are the latest ones.
However, whilst the reality of my Saturday sees me knee deep in newspaper, cardboard boxes and melting wax somehow all over my kitchen floor, I really rather fancy myself like this, a la the Joules catalogue!
(In my dream, I am also a size 8, please note.)
Cute dog but I draw the line at the teapot on my head though!
And I got seriously unhappy when I saw these little rugrats dragging pretty eiderdowns through the fields! Quick, report them to IER, International Eiderdown Rescue!
Sunday, oh deep joy, a peruse of the local 'paper revealed that the car booty was on. Off we go, 8am sharp, basket ready, shopping bags ready, bubblewrap ready, Mr HH to carry all my purchases ready! Oh yes, I go prepared!
First up, one stall had the loveliest things, really nicely arranged too. Sometimes, these are the ones to steer clear of, the prices being more shop-like than car boot-like, do you know the ones? But no, really quite fine and so into the basket go the two flowery prints for £1.50. No idea what I'm going to do with these but couldn't leave them there, could I?
Was even more chuffed with the little embroidered picture for £1. You know, I may even have this at the cottage, I can't remember or maybe Adele (my sister) has it but I think I've seen it. Ah well, one or the other of us will find a frame and a home for it.
Linen now. My first purchase actually, was this lovely cloth. It had a few marks on but nothing a bit of elbow grease couldn't handle. The man on the stall wanted £3 for this (and the little traycloth I'm going to show you in a minute) but a chat with the lady on the stall meant we agreed £1 was more like it! What do these menfolk know about such things?!
Would you mind humouring me for a minute while I just play house with my tea cosy as I think the colours are rather similar...
And here's the little traycloth. Hmm, this needs to be "upcycled" into something new, I think.
Yes, quite pleased with those goodies.
I also bought a selection of books of old tea cards, there were two whole boxes full of them, many duplicated, so I didn't feel too bad that I had a project in mind for these and so an hour yesterday saw me pulling out all the cards and chopping up all the printed text.
More on those another time when the other bits and pieces I need arrive so I can get on with that little project.
On a completely different note, I also picked up this kitchen clock, real '50's vintage there, it had belonged to the lady seller's nan, and is now mine for £2. I'll probably take it to the cottage. Unlike modern clocks, you'll notice that it actually plugs into the mains so I'll have to think about where I can put it. It's great though and there was a sigh of relief when I plugged it in and it worked!
Outdoors, two large embroidered cloths are drying in the breeze under the decidedly grey skies. These had quite a few water marks on them which proved surprisingly stubborn to remove (think the bathtub and some weak bleach). The one on the right was £1, the one on the left is folded over. Oh my! This is my pride and glory! This was £5 but I think you might agree that it was worth it...
Can you see how huge it is? It's probably about 6' square as it's bigger than me and it's really heavy as it's made from a heavyweight linen. But look at the work in it, isn't it just beautiful?
I'm going to end there and go and iron my cloth!