The table in my den is looking like this...
Did you spot the papers in the foreground. The other day whilst I was fondling all my new (old) fabric whilst having a tidy/sort out (more of that later), I was struck with the idea of copying it to make pretty paper. Off I trotted to the room where the printer is and here is the result...
Now I think that's pretty darned good. Not sure what I'm going to do with it - yet - but that's all part of the fun, errm maybe!
Did you spot the pretty little crocheted mat under the vase of flowers? I bought a pair of these from the car boot sale last Sunday. The car boot was pretty rubbish to be honest and I only bought a few bits, mainly from a lady who was selling her parents bits 'n' bobs, they'd sadly passed away last year. I was able to assure her that they would find a good home with me. How can I phrase this correctly, delicately? My favourite stalls at car boots tend to be either house clearances or people just like this lady, as that's where I find "granny treasure". Will anyone want my granny treasure one day, I wonder? And what are we buying today that will be the "granny treasure" of the future? Hmm, I'll ponder that sometime when I'm having a sleepless night!
I also bought these two lovely embroidered tea cosies from the same lady. She said her mother had probably embroidered them about 50 odd years ago.
From my fave house clearance man with the red van, I rooted about in a bag of sad Christmas decorations (naff, modern plastic ones) and came out with these. How delightfully kitsch! I think the red van man thought I was a bit nutty but I've given them a good wash and am very much in love with them. Yes, the colours really are that mad! Anemones on acid!
Do you recall I bought a little bit of fabric from Donna at the weekend? This necessitated yet another tidy up in the den. Not that it was untidy, I simply do not do untidy, but I needed to "reorganise", rather than tidy I suppose, in order to find space. Several months ago, I bought this wire rack from a lovely shop in East Dulwich. At the time, I intended it for the kitchen at the cottage but in the end, it wouldn't fit in. It has been languishing on the floor in my den for a while. So, once Mr HH came home from his daily grind yesterday, I taxed him to get the drill out (always a popular request with the boys, I find) and pretty please put up the wire rack for me. I had to iron five shirts for the pleasure but it was very worth it! We're a good team.
Sorry the photo is rubbish but it was about 8pm by this time and I wanted a "before" shot.
Well, rubbing my little hands in glee, I couldn't wait to put some goodies on it. I decided to transfer what I could from my ribbon/trimmings/tin shelf to free up the space for fabric. I'll do my best to dispel today's gloom with my bright haberdashery bits.
Might you indulge me in lots of shots of the bits 'n' bobs?
Did you spot this card which I've fixed to the wall behind the shelves? I picked up this button card from a car boot sale a good while ago and I love the colours in it. Now I can see it and enjoy it all the time.
I moved the tins over to my shelves on the opposite wall, shifting out a load of videos which had been dumped in here since we moved in. Don't videos seem ancient now we have DVDs?
So, I was left with a couple of free shelves in my stash corner. Hooray! I wasted no time in getting some stuff on them, of course.
On the ex-ribbon shelf, I placed the large pieces of vintage fabric I bought from Donna and Clare. They need re-folding really but that can wait for another day so I have an excuse to get them all out and fondle them all over again! There's even some more space in which a little tin, one of my favourites, is currently residing. It looks a tad lonely!
Oooh, luscious fabric!
The other tin corner is looking ship shape.
I moved a large stack of fabric from this shelf so that I could house all my smaller bits of vintage fabric and reproduction 1930's style fabrics together. I see space for more!
So that's how the den is looking today.