Tuesday, 11 May 2010

A victorian vintage bargain & some upcycling :)

Good evening from Sunny Suffolk - makes such a change to have blue skies again.

Its been a good weekend so far :)

The charity shops in town were well stocked on Monday morning - I got several items including this set of Cheery Familes cards;
They were a bargain at just £1 - the set is complete & apart from a few scuffs on the box & a tear in the instructions they look like they've not been used.  I was curious to find out more about them - isn't the internet wonderful ;)  They are Victorian and made by a company called delarue who seemed to make lots of cards & games.  This link tells you more about them. I've looked on some auction sites & depending on which one they have sold recently for anything between £5 & £50! I shall be keeping them as they are rather lovely.

I also got a couple more pairs of coloured needles for my ever growing collection - when I added them to the jug - I decided it reminded me of something we've seen rather a lot recently;

The BBC Election logo!!

Lastly for today, I've been busy recycling/upcycling :) Little son volunteered me to finish making a case for a friends brass instrument - the teacher had started but had run out of time/ideas as how to finish it! The main case is made from a vintage wool blanket & an old sheet. I had to add a handle (upcycled 'free' belt from a pair of big sons trousers - not one he wanted), drawstring  (carbooted cotton tape with an upcycled spring clip from an old swimming bag) and lastly hidden inside, a mouthpiece holder (spare piece of felt). My goodness it was a nightmare to sew - had to buy a special leather needle as it was so thick - I stabbed myself several times but eventually got it finished;

Very Tom & Barbara Good ;)

See you soon - I promise next time I'll add a recipe for the Banana bread and hopefully have some swap pics to share too ;)

xxxx Vicki xxxx


elegancemaison said...

Snap! By which I mean the knitting needles BBC election logo - not the pretty playing cards! I was truly puzzled the first time I saw the logo on the BBC website - why on earth had they used knitting needles?! Once I finally 'got it' I thought I would blog my version with some old coloured needles of my own, but couldn't find them and abandoned the idea. So funny that I was not the only one to have the same thought! Well, it won't be long now before the logo disappears as an Important Announcement is due as I type this. BTW - I have a Giveaway on my blog - do visit!

Nearly there Claire said...

Those card look lovely. x

Unknown said...

Oh how funny, I hadn't really paid attention to that logo!

The cards are lovely, what a lucky find.

My Handmadehappiness said...

the card's look great.... looking forward to the banana bread recipe mmmmmm
your fabric arrived today so i shall make a start on the apron tonight.... can't wait to send it to you reckon you'll love it!!!! x

Lisa said...

Hi, I have just found your blog. I volunteer in a charity shop. I'll keep an eye out for coloured knitting needles. Any particular size you'd like?
Lisa x

Unknown said...

Your charity shops seem great. Those cards are wonderful - would look lovely displayed in a frame. I'm quite jealous!!!!
Viv xxxx

Floss said...

Well I am impressed! What great cards - absolute classics. And the upcycled bag is marvellous. I hope your sunshine continues!

Serenata said...

Wonderful cards - what a great find, and a brilliant bargain. Got to love the knitting needles as well.

Very impressed with the upcycled trumpet bag!

Jen Walshaw said...

Love the cards, you have a wealth of cool CS nere by, I am very envious

Mary Poppins said...

Those beautiful cards are adorable well done :0) as as for the case, I am very impressed you clever thing! thanks for lovely comment and good luck for my giveaway :0)

Hugs xx

Kandi said...

Vicki - I giggled when I saw your election logo!! I have emailed you re the CK catalogues I have 2 spare and will gladly post them out for you.
Kandi xx

menopausalmusing said...

Loved the knitting needles, can't get the lovely coloured ones here for love nor money....

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