Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Hello little blog...

I am sorry that I have left you abandoned and alone for so long!
I have been busy.

There has been a little bit of helping some of the youngsters (including the youngest and cutest member of the family)...

... move into their new house, which strangely and completely coincidentally you have already seen as I took a snap of it when I was looking at nice front doors, gates and paths.  It is number thirteen.  They have named it 'Lucky'.  It is a lovely house and we hope they will all be enormously happy there!

There has been 'Vintage' at Farnham Maltings.
We - that's me and my new assistant, Miss U-t-B - had a great day, though we were right by a door and it was a wee bit nippy that day! 

I wore the dress I'd made, and those sandals I was waxing lyrical about a few weeks back.  

I can now declare them the most comfy, presentable looking footwear I have ever owned!  

I had bought a 1940s hat on ebay to try and complete the look, but once it arrived, it became clear that it and my head/face were not a match made in heaven, so I tried to sell it instead!
Failed though!

Since then, there has been a bit more work on the garden next door (the fence now being complete and another area cleared, ready to plant up); several days in school having fun with the Year 3s and 4s (which continue this week too) being amazed by their ability to soak up new language; and a couple of car boot sales, one helping my Mum sell stuff, one buying.

And look what I found!

A fabulous old typewriter, with a little inkiness left in its ribbon.  I nearly died lugging this across the muddy fields of Guildford!  But it was worth it, even if I do seem to have bruised my hand with its enormous weight...

It was rather grubby, but some TLC and WD40 worked wonders.

The rest of the haul was pretty good too.

There was a book of retro knitting patterns.

Dare I knit these trousers for Sophia?  

Perhaps not!

But I do rather like this sweet dress (though maybe made a little longer)...

I won't be going the trouble of knitting this ensemble either, though I do admire the way the cream, brown and orange of the outfit complements the colours of the roll-along duck.

My Mum gave me this unusual necklace, as she thought it would go rather well with my 'vintage' dress on its next outing.

There were more bargain, damaged Ladybird books, to turn into bunting (Mrs Cheese - I haven't forgotten!)...

This cute little chap is a pepper pot.  I think his rather forlorn look may well be because he has lost his young lady.  Awww!  And he has flowers for her too!

In a similar Dutch vein, I couldn't resist this guy, with his voluminous bloomers.

Brings a whole new meaning to the phrase 'thunder thighs'!

From my Mum's stall was this frosted glass dish, whilst the glass jug with sweet flower transfers and gilt edge was a bargain at 30p from a different stall.

I have one of these tins already, which I thought was old.  But this one is in such good condition, I think they must have been reproduced, and the one I already have just had a tough life.

Some more frosted glass found its way home...

And a sweet little rosy teaset, along with a basket that has lost its handle...

Another thing I couldn't resist from my Mum's stall...

And a set of shot glasses from the stall where I stumbled upon the typewriter.

Last, but not least,  a little wooden tray with fold-up legs.  The peculiar corn decoration is on its way out already, and a coat of Annie Sloan paint, plus a revamped top surface is planned.

We have a French university student coming to stay for a month-and-a-half on Sunday, so my sewing room, which is really the spare bedroom, needs quite a bit of packing up and re-siting, to allow her somewhere reasonable to rest her weary head.  It will take a bit of doing (especially as I need to be able to sew somewhere in the meantime), but it will be a useful opportunity to re-organise and tidy.  If you do not hear from me again, just picture me buried under a heap of fabric, lace, ribbon and other notions, and you'll probably be right...

I do so hope I can be more attentive to your needs very soon, little blog, and more importantly, that time will appear in my days to visit my bloggy friends, who I have been missing... 


  1. Gosh...you have been a busy bee!
    Your stall looks incredible....so tempting to my eyes.
    That is a gorgeous front door and path...i hope they will be very happy there.
    lovely finds and good luck with that sorting out and your new house guest :o)
    love jooles x

  2. What a haul of fabulous finds! Love the new blog header. You will have to find the lonely little pepper pot boy a wee friend - he looks so sad!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  3. Wow what a busy time you have been having! Your stall looks wonderful, hope it was a successful day. I have car boot envy too, we just never get to go to them anymore... You picked up some treasures, espcially the old typewriter! Good luck with the sort out, hope you have a good time with your visitor :) Jenny x

  4. You sound as if you have more than enough on your plate at the moment. Your stall looks wonderful, so sad I am far far away. I am very envious of that little typewriter. I can only type with two fingers but I would love to have a retro model like that. Your grandaughters new home looks very smart.God luck with the student.

  5. You have done lots! When I was about fifteen (in the seventies) thinking of my future I asked for a typewriter which I duly got that year can't remember if it was birthday or christmas anyway...I received one just like that mmmmmmm.........needless to say I wasn't the happiest bunny but I accepted it graciously as my parents went to the trouble of getting one from the "proper" shop that sold typewriters. I duly learnt shorthand and typeing. So your picture of the typweriter bought back memories!
    Love the shoes by the way!
    Julie xxxxxxxxx

  6. Some fabulous finds Alix. I love the pretty jug and saucer and I can't believe the old Royal typewriter as I learnt to type on exactly the same as that many moons ago! Patricia

  7. OH you have been busy,lovely path leading up to your families home I hope they will be very happy.You have collected lots of lovely things,I had the princess and the pea book just the same as yours when I was a child I read it over and over loved it.Love Jill xx

  8. Wow you've been a very busy lady.
    I love all your new finds too (especially the typewriter!)
    I would dearly love some of your fabulous bunting
    I'll email you now
    Happy sorting and clearing

  9. My goodness what a lot has been happening at U-to-B's ! We get a lot of vintage patterns at the shop & very popular they are too.
    How I wish I still had my grandfather's typewriter I used as a child to play with when he went electric !
    Your stall looks fab & wishing well for number 13 x

  10. É lindo seu blog!
    Amo esses pisos que aqui chamam " ladrilhos"
    Beijoca Nilda.