Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Burst of colour, spring and bargains

Good evening

What a difference a day makes - yesterday was grey, wet & soggy - today was warm, sunny and lovely.

Perfect for getting out and about and also taking pics of some recent CS finds.

My favourite find recently was a huge selection of vintage cotton reels in a range of lovely colours;

Not quite sure what I will do with all of them - I think I might add some to forthcoming stalls - even if they just provide a splash of colour.  The bowl they are in was a CS bargain too - just £3;

I had a great find last week when I was working - I've been after curtains for our bedroom for ages but  its rare to get 2 matching pairs come in. These were on the rails and I had to have them - another bargain @ just £6.50! They need altering and lining but I've got a little while as decorating isn't planned till at least Easter.

My MIL has been sorting out things in her new house - she's been dropping a few items with me that she's thought I'd like - this week its been;

A little vintage leather suitcase - perfect for displaying things at fairs - just needs a little TLC inside first though.

To late for yesterdays cake making but it will come in useful for another time - a fab Tala icing syringe in its original box - I think this was a wedding present many years ago.

As today was so lovely and almost spring like it, I had a look in my garden and was pleased to see plenty of life appearing in the borders;

Lots of the bulbs are ones that were bought last year, that flowered indoors before being planted out in the autumn. I added to their number today - couldn't resist a pot of tete-a-tete bulbs from outside our lovely florists;


I've promised myself that during 2011, I shall endeavour to make as many birthday presents as possible - something which is easier for my female relatives/friends than the men. At the end of the month its a sisters birthday and I've struggled with inspiration until today. I popped in to see my friend in her habbie shop and noticed a new range of yarn which can be felted. So I've cast on 40 stitches and shall knit to the end of the ball - hoping it will produce a shape large enough to be turned into a makeup bag/purse - only time will tell - I shall let you know how I get on;


Thank you for all the comments on little sons cake - I wish I could claim it as an original idea but its not - I 'borrowed' it from an explorer unit party that big son went to in the summer!! Oh and the big portions at the carvery - well apart from meat its a help yourself option - hence the lack of veggies on little sons plate - after all it was his birthday ;)

See you soon

xxx Vicki xxx

21 comments:

Vintage Vixen said...

What fabulous chazza finds! I love the brightly coloured cottons and those pretty curtains. You've got me all excited for tommorrow's trip into town now! xxx

topchelseagirl said...

Love the pretty bowl.

Serenata said...

Lovely wool and fab cottons. I use all the vintage cottons I find. Decided I might as well.

Certainly was a much better day today.

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

OMG! those curtains are amazing! I also love wooden cotton reals x

mother of purl said...

I do love the wooden cotton reels- I wish I had such lucky finds! Lovely to see so many signs of Spring x

Pink Milk said...

Super CS buys and I'd love to see what you do with the case - will you line it?

Hx

Lisa said...

The yarn looks lovely.
I bought some daffs on Monday from the Co-op,nice to have a bit of rbight spring colour indoors.
Lisa x

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

Love the photo of the cotton reels, fab colours. Great suitcase. We've got one in the loft gathering dust. Must liberate it.

Ellouise88 said...

What a lovely colourful post! I try to make as many birthday presents as I can as well, time permitting! Good luck with the knitting and felting.

delia hornbook said...

Goodness you have been busy. Im loving the cotton what a fab display of colours. Wasn't that sunshine lovely today ;-)) I was out gardening this afternoon clearing up from all that snow and pulling up dead plants, i like you was so pleased to see the spring bulbs starting to push through. I love the colours of your yarn good luck i hope you manage to have enough. dee x

Lalabibaby @ Dreaming of The Simple Life said...

It sure was a lovely day ... hope tomorrow is the same. Loving the cotton reels and those curtains ... great CS finds. x

ELEGANCEVINTAGE said...

I also love old wooden cotton reels. They feel so nice and I keep as many as I can so I always have the right colour match for my vintage costume repairs. Have you noticed the names they gave to the colour variations? They always remind me of modern nail varnishes!

Felicity said...

i love your cotton reels and curtains! the cotton reels might look pretty strung into a garland for your stall? fliss xxx

emma bear forever said...

Bargains galore there! We never have anything good in our CS's anymore, I think it all gets snapped up before it goes out. Those curtains look very pretty, roll on your Easter makeover :)
xx

The Vintage Knitter said...

Those cotton reels were an excellent find and I'm looking forward to seeing the bag/purse knitted up.

Rebecca said...

Brilliant shopping! I love the curtains, and the cotton reels are so pretty. I met someone at a vintage fair who said she displays pretty cotton reels on her wall in old printing trays, I thought that was such a good idea!

Pretty at Heart said...

Lovely purchases!! I see that other bloggers are finding great bits in their CS's, but everytime I go in my ones at the moment, there is nothing! Visited a few this morning and still came out empty handed! Very disappointed, especially when there are no bootsales around to visit at the moment either!! :O(

Scented Sweetpeas said...

What fab finds and can't wait to see if your wool turns to felt :-)

Goldie said...

The cotton reels look great in that bowl and the curtains will make a pretty thrifty make-over for your bedroom :) Great finds :)

TheMadHouse said...

Great finds Mrs

Vintage Sea Muse said...

Great buys from the CS, especially the curtains, very pretty. Lovely to see the daffs starting to show themselves.

Shirl x