Friday, 18 February 2011

All donations gratefully received + Giveaway winner

You may remember my post about a very kind and generous lady who passes lots of useful bits and pieces on to me?   Well, I didn't get round to posting photos of the bundle her husband brought round to me a couple of weeks ago, as she is unwell and unable to get out much.  So here it is...

What an enormous haul it was!

Pretty Laura Ashley bedding, all faded and washed to softness...

Several books of coordinated samples, from pretty pastels to zingy, springy palettes...

Evidence that I'm not the only one with a penchant for Vanessa Arbuthnott  and Ian Mankin fabrics...

I'm going to have fun with that lot!  I'm pleased to say that she was enthusiastic about the book I sent her - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which I have to mention time and again 'cos it's such a lovely book (in my ever-so-humble opinion) and because it always feel like a challenge to remember the title!

Then, at The Maltings, a fellow stall holder brought me a carrier bag full of old linens.   This is at least the third lot she has brought me!  I haven't managed to get round to soaking them till today, so here's just a little glimpse - I will reveal them in all their glory another day!  There are some real pretties in here...

And then there's my lovely Mum, who is always on the look out for things I might find useful, or nice to have about!  Amongst recent gifts are this box...

...And these old books, which are now firmly installed on the old desk (which you may have seen before)...

 I love the fabric covers, the embossed lettering, the beautiful endpapers and the dedications... well as the illustrations, be they black-and-white, or colour...

So, what else?
Well, true to my word I piled names in the felt hat this morning...

And, under the watchful eyes of my ancestors, I pulled out a paper slip.

Et voilà!

The winner is...

Jenny at Winnibriggshouse!
 Just let me know your address by emailing me at and I'll send the labels on their way.

Thanks to everyone who left a comment, and those who 'follow' my ramblings - it means a lot to me!

Have a lovely weekend!


  1. Hi Alix, love those fabrics - you lucky devil you! Have a good w/end. xx

  2. Lovely fabrics and bedding. I'm so sorry to hear your firned is ill and send my warmest wishes to her.

    I love the box your mum gave you. I love old books too and have little piles of them tied with black ribbon in different corners of my house!

    I'm really enjoying your blog and always find myself smiling as I read your posts. Thank you. Em x

  3. Hi Alix, what a super hoard. You must be thrilled, as I am to win your giveaway. I have emailed my address. Thank you for organising it.
    Jenny x

  4. Wow, it's like Christmas with all those wonderful things!!!I love everything...xxxxxxxxxxxx

  5. What a haul ! Have fun with it all - love the box & books your mum found.