Saturday, 24 March 2012

That car booty feeling is coming on .....

I am lucky in that there is a car boot sale near to me every Sunday morning apart from Christmas Day .... it is under cover in a market so come rain or shine there is always someone there though have to say some days in the winter there are some desperate souls trying to flog even more desperate goods.

Easter weekend can't come soon enough for me, I am ashamed to say not for religious reasons, for my three favourite boots start so let the serious bargain hunting begin!

Ellie and I did pop down to another small one this morning at the Watermill in Barton and we both managed to grab a few goodies.  Ellie spotted a box of Baby Born clothes (I'd missed them so I am quite proud that she is learning fast and she is grasping that she can make her money go much further by spending wisely) and a recorder book.  She has been learning to play at school and on Friday the two classes in her year performed a short concert .... I must admit I was expecting a bit of a racket but they were absolutely marvellous.  They had obviously been practising very hard and hit every note in the right place and all looked very smart and focused.

My goodies were

These little cuties were tucked in the box in the photo below and I didn't realise what they were at first ..... the seller thought they were from the 1930s but although they are dressed in the crinoline lady style I am not convinced that the yarn is that old.  I am thinking more 1950s.  The little dolls all have moving eyes.

From the same seller was this hand made milk jug cover

Fine hand crochet table mat with little cotton circle inserts that have been embroidered

This little crochet dressing table mat has pale pink flowers around the edge

and these two gorgeous little baskets are crocheted in the finest cotton ..... with a little sugar starching they will sit as freestanding decorations

A vintage 1976 Blow Football game ..... only one ball is missing

and some of my favourite Art Deco glass from the 1930s ..... a carnival glass salad bowl

A Sowerby frosted green glass dish in ivy leaf stand

This time next week I will be another year older !    It will be a busy weekend as my daughter is taking me to Hampton Court Palace for the day on Saturday and on Sunday it is the first Buckingham Vintage & Handmade Fair organised by Ann & Trevor. 

Do come along if you are in the area ..... there will be a wonderful array of vintage loveliness on offer from some extremely friendly sellers and of course the event wouldn't be complete without tea and homemade cakes.

I am busy making and popped to the Cath Kidston factory shop at St Neots yesterday for some fabric retail therapy .... much bargains there too as the two floral prints were only £6 per metre

One more week of school and then I have a break until the 10th April ..... much needed I must say.

Don't forget to change your clocks tonight ..... Spring is most definitely here xx

Monday, 5 March 2012

Wow what a weekend!

My first born now lives in Bonny Scotland and as it was his 30th birthday yesterday he came down on Friday for a long weekend to celebrate with his partner and this time her two sons accompanied them.

As there is simply no room at Lala's Inn these days an old friend of his put them up for the weekend and on Saturday we had a big family outing to London.  Neither the boys or their mum had ever been to London before so we set off with the intention of seeing as much as we could.  The weather was miserable as we got on the train ..... grey, misty and drizzling with rain but by the time we got off the tube at Knightsbridge there was blue sky and sunshine above us.

First stop was the Science Museum

There was something for everyone to appreciate here .... my son has always been mad about aircraft and it looks like some of has rubbed off on the next generation ..... Jack loved the mini simulator and the grown ups and older children loved the real thing.

There was even something for Lala

When we left the museum we had a long walk through Hyde Park and Green Park towards Buckingham Palace

and from there to Trafalgar Square

We had dinner in Leicester Square then managed to squeeze in Hamleys and Covent Garden before we headed for home.

What a contrast yesterday was .... we woke to torrential rain and then as the morning went on it turned to huge snowflakes which thankfully didn't settle.  In the afternoon we had a family gathering for the birthday boy and there was only one cake for a aircraft fanatic ....