Friday, 14 August 2009

Au Revoir

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
Mark Twain

See you when we return!

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Shop Update

Just thought I'd let you all know that the shop has been updated this weekend - it's long overdue so some of the pretty goodies that I have been accumulating & enjoying have now been listed.

Such as the cute poster above - it's actually a big full sized poster. It is one of a selection of child education posters from the 30's & 40's - it's interesting to note the different paper used in the war years. They can be found in "Second Childhood".

Below are photos of a few more items dotted around the shop.
I have two new categories - "The Potting Shed" which houses vintage gardening books & "Bits & Bobs" where you will find quirky items that don't quite fit anywhere else!

I do hope you'll pop in for a browse!

Friday, 7 August 2009

Books & Old Dresses

As I am going on holiday soon I have been deciding which books I will take with me to read - I love books & I love to read - always have & always will!

For a confirmed bookaholic like me one of my favourite sites besides Amazon & Persephone Books is "Read It Swap It" which is a simple but brilliant idea. It's like the old fashioned "swap shop" but online - for just the cost of postage you can swap books you have read for ones you want to read. You simply make a list of the books you are willing to swap, browse through the thousands of books that are on offer & if something catches your fancy ask to swap.
I have acquired a nice selection of books this way including the one above which I'll be packing into my suitcase.

"My Mother's Wedding Dress" by Justine Picardie is a book about what we wear & their effect upon us.

It reminds me of my friends Lizzie & Bettye, both of whom rescue, cherish & rehome lovely vintage clothing.

Of course I still have my wedding dress, but the oldest item that I still have is also a dress - one that I made to wear to my sister's 21st birthday way back in 1986.
I dyed all the fabric & then cut out all those little triangles & sewed them, layer upon layer on an underskirt.

When I look at it now I wonder about the fact that I once fitted into such a tiny dress & why do I keep it?

My mother has a suitcase full of clothing from the 60's & 70's with everything from minis & formal full length gowns to gold platform shoes!

Do you have any old clothes & what are they? Why do we keep them when we'll never wear them again (or fit into them!!).

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Car Booty

I haven't posted any car boot finds for a while so I thought I'd better make up for it & show you what I found this morning.
When I awoke I was surprised & bewildered to see that above us was blue stuff...whatever could that be? Why! It was a blue sky!! ;-)

So Mr Cottage & I set off nice & early & this is what we found....

Lovely vintage books, a gorgeous pink pressed glass vase & a knitted tea cosy....
(Notice Toby peering around the corner?)

Gardening & Enid Blyton books.....

A Terry's chocolate box & a sweet puppy picture.....

An unused hand mirror & brush, a printed cot sheet, a comical tea towel & in the corner you can see a crocheted granny square scarf (never used).....

A collection of vintage baby congratulations cards from 1937 & a set of unused coffee wrappers which would look fabulous in a frame.

There was also a boxed set of assorted kitchen knives, a baby gown & a couple of vintage wooden coathangers - one from an hotel & one from Harrods - which I seem to have missed out on the photos!

So, all in all, pretty good pickings!