Happy Birthday, Dad!
We drove up to my parents' home on Friday night to spend the weekend. On Saturday, we were up bright and early and headed out into the Cheshire countryside (place of my father's upbringing), to Whitchurch.
Hardly a shopping mecca but rather quaint it turned out to be...
Oooh, what did I say about the shopping?
I didn't actually go in the Little Shop but its window was quite enough for me. Add Bagpuss and it would be pretty darned near perfect!
I could not resist going into this shop, however. Did somebody say "house clearance"?!
Loving the script on that sign.
The first thing I spotted was this amazing dresser full of jugs. The lovely lady who owns the shop told me she bought a whole collection, over 300 jugs and somebody had bought 26 from her just the previous day!
Did I buy anything? You'll have to wait and see! Further down the street, there were more lovely shop fronts (if they could just lose the tacky sticker thing in the window)...
Even the bank is lovely!
However, surely the best shop name I've seen in a long time has to be this one! We could put this over the HenHouse's front door!
Back at the ranch, I can share my spoils with you, if you would like. I seem to have brought back quite a lot of china. Most of it was from the "Age of Elegance" shop and the super 10p charity basket though my mum did yield up a few of her own cake plates; my mum is great!
My prize buy was this set of 6 plates. Oooh, I just lurrrrve them! Will they make it into cake stands we wonder..?
There was much unpacking to be done in the Den too as I always manage to track down the odd haberdashery wherever I go!
My sister was away most of the weekend but had sent me a letter to say I could go round to her house and rifle in her sewing room and help myself! Golly, was she feeling ok?! I came back with these goodies...
I have a treat for you later in the week as I took lots of photos of the "Del Den" which I think she will let me share with you.
A lot of what I had amassed still had the "flea market-y" vibe I mentioned on Friday but it was also predominantly blue.
So today turned out to be the day to make something blue, something flea maket chic-y and blue, perhaps...
Last night, I was going through an old sewing book my Mum gave to me at the weekend and it showed a patchwork cushion in a design similar to this (in horrendous '70's colours, of course!) I straight away fancied making one...
There in the background you can see my flea market bunting and do you know my friends, if this weather continues, I think one day soon I'm going to be stringing it up in the boughs of the old apple tree outside!
Steady on, Hen!