Monday, 20 April 2009

How Many Pretties Can I Get Into One Post....

Well here's hoping you all had a fun filled and happy Easter. If you feel anything like me you are probably shattered, we had a glorious holiday by the beach and boy did I find some beauties. I also received a couple of my Giveaways I won and pretties so I thought you would like to see them.

So a post full of pretties, my kind of post ;)

We hadn't been on holiday long when I received my lovely Easter Swap from ggmum over at the SC Cafe.

What a gorgeous swap, a beautiful and special brushed cotton handmade patchwork tote bag with pretty corsage brooch, a beautiful Portmeirion mug, cute ceramic bunny and inside were chocolates galore, a very posh soap Ohooo la la, a wonderful handmade card and the most gorgeous hand towel in the world, so pretty.

Thank you so much A, I love everything, and was so nice to receive on holiday, the tote bag came in very handy indeed.

If you would like to see my Easter swap I sent to my partner have a look at a lovely blog Here

Being Easter I love doing my best to find pretty vintage eggs for my children, alas no luck this year and thought I would never find any. Before Easter was upon us look what came through my door from the wonderful Sew Hot Mitmot a wonderful Easter surprise parcel for me, it was all beautifully wrapped, though I couldn't on this occasion wait to unwrap everything.

What beauties, a gorgeous handmade card and a pretty one with Daisies on, some very special Daisy fabric, a very precious china egg and yes inside were the most delicious chocolates, two of beautifulest Vintage Easter eggs I have ever seen, for the children, these are certainly going to be family heirlooms, again bursting with chocolates inside, some wonderful vintage children's books, there were more though they are in the depths of Miss. Poppins' bedroom and a very, very special gift from Mitmots Mum, a beautiful floral china brooch that she thought I would like. It is beautiful and is very special to me.

Thank you Mitmot, you are a lovely friend, and a very beautiful one at that ;)

A New Year giveaway I had won from the delightful April came my way and it is so pretty, April must know me very well as her delights were so me. A delightful and beautifully handmade cross stitch of a pretty mannequin, a wonderful ladybird book, some yummy chocolate, notice how all the chocolate does not appear in any of my photographs ;) a lovely handmade personalised card, and a gorgeous enamel hanging heart.

Thank you April, means so much especially with your poorly hand I think it was. I love them and are very special to me.

I had also been lucky to win Beki's Giveaway and having a lovely friendship with Beki, I knew any little gift she choose to send to me would be sent with love and kindness and I truly was touched by her thoughtful gifts.

One of Beki's precious handmade button hearts, a beautifully handmade CK bookmark, a lovely scented pillow, a yummy vintage postcard, a pretty enamel hanging heart, some beautiful and sparkly stickers, and the most pretty Gisela Graham butterfly, that is now by my bed.

Beki knows how much her pretties mean to me, thank you so much Beki. I have been so delighted to win my giveaways and thank you to all my friends for putting so much time and effort in sending them to me :)

Well it would be rude not to go to a Car Boot in this lovely weather now wouldn't it. I have been thinking that I may like to sell some of my pretty finds, it shall be hard as we love our pretties don't we, though I really do have quite some now, could do with some extra cash and feel I would like to give them to loving homes.

So here are my Car Boot Bargains, I am being a little more selective now in what I buy which I think suits me well. Please feel free to click and enlarge to see better.

A divine vintage bevelled and oak framed Wall mirror, it stands 4 feet tall and would look wonderful in someones vintage bedroom, couldn't believe it hadn't been snapped up.

When I see a little vintagy box like this, I know something pretty may be in it.

And what a treat I had.

What was this I found in the corner,

A pretty earring, though she didn't have her companion. Mr.Poppins made the suggestion that we go back to the seller, as the car boot was only a few minutes drive from where we were, and ask if the missing earring may be there, and when I turned up and felt somewhat daft asking about it, the kindly lady gave me a big smile and took out the lonesome earring from her pocket, she had found it earlier, not knowing there was one also in the box and didn't think anyone would want one earring. So now my earrings were re united I offered more money, as I had paid for a necklace only. The kind lady refused, though I insisted as I was so happy and gave her more.I think I have a real gem there. My mum seems to think it is very old, possibly not valuable but very, very pretty all the same. Any advice on age would be really helpful.I am afraid my photography hasn't really captured its real beauty, but it really is the prettiest and sparkliest necklace I have ever seen.

And here's the back too.

Well could I be lucky and find a pretty in this plain looking vintage box too.

I almost squealed with delight.

A beautiful baby's or young child's hairbrush and comb. It really is so sweet, in excellent condition, wonderful cross stitch work on the brush and the metalwork is very intricate, there is even a little indentation where you you can place your thumb comfortably whilst brushing the hair. It says Handmade in England on the brush.

Could I have an original Vivienne Westwood bag here.

One of my favourite Car Boot purchases is this beautiful 8 day clock, with its own dome. It works, and is so,so pretty to look at. I love it that I can see the movement, of course it is the pretty flowers on it that delight me and would love to know more about it.

And the little key at the back to wind it up.

So some lovely Car beautiful's and now for some CS ones.

Lovely Ikea lampshade to go with the cushion I have.

Some wonderful jigsaws, you can even make out the Woolworth's sticker 2/9.

I loved The Darling Buds Of May.

Lovely foreign doll for Big Sister.

Vintage beads.

A very important sign for our bedroom :)

Some beautiful and colourful plastic glasses, and never been used.

And a pretty took my eye in the cabinet and I had to have it a Lucky Horseshoe brooch, reminded me of one of my favorite programmes too, a certain Carrie Bradshaw starred and she had a Lucky Horseshoe necklace I really took a fancy to.

So methinks I have a many-a-pretty to keep me going for a while here at Home Sweet Home, though you know me I shall most probably be out there looking for more as I really sometimes cannot resist a pretty pretty ;)

And I couldn't resist the kind offer from my lovely In Laws for some beautiful door knobs they no longer had use for, aren't they sweet and shall be perfect for home Sweet Home, need some doors now ;)

Now aren't these the prettiest dishcloths in the world, I cannot imagine me ever using them, they were delightfully handmade by Raspberry Grace and she has some really pretty beauties in her Shop please have a little look.

So I am off to do something pretty ;)

Like prettying up Miss. Poppins' Attic Bedroom. The CK Paris Rose wallpaper is now up, needs some tidying up and new carpet. The pretty wicker stool was a lovely skip find, the friendly householders said I could dive in and take what I wanted, I took two lovelies, the stool and a pretty wicker bookcasey thingy, recyclying at its best, and hopefullly gives you an idea of what her bedroom looks like up to now.

I love the little ribbons on her curtain pole :)



  1. Beautiful finds Mary P. Utterly gorgeous gifts and swaps too.


  2. What lovely gifts you received Mary and i'm so pleased you like your giveaway. I was so pleased when Jess picked your name out of the tin especially considering what day it was.
    Wonderful car boot finds too! The necklace and hairbrush set are gorgeous and the foreign doll bought back so many memories. I used to collect them as a child, my Nan would always bring them back for me from wherever she went. Sadly, my Mum through them all away when I was in my teens (long story and i've never really forgiven her for it).
    Have a good week hunni
    Take care
    Beki xxx

  3. Almost forget, great to find another Sex and the City fan xxx

  4. Too many pretties there, I am very jealous!!! You have some beautiful goodies.

    I would sell the eiderdown and things like that for as much as you can get, if you sell them at the sort of price you bought them then it might just attract a dealer who will then sell it on higher anyway. Why not make a bit of cash?

    Mel xxx

  5. You are so lucky to have recieved / bought such lovely things. I love the horse shoe pin. I too am a huge S and C fan.

  6. You have a fabulous eye for hunting out the pretties :) xx
    And I am LOVING miss p's bedroom - I want to move right in xxx

  7. WOW what a haul!! really lovely lovelies esp your swaps and are one very lucky lady xx

  8. When can I move in, Miss Poppins bedroom is the most prettiest bedroom I have seen, you have done an amazing job!!! Master Poppins looks so adorable toddling along!!
    What beautiful finds, I love the polka dot box as well as the pretty jewlellary, you definatly have the knack!!

  9. You certainly have got a lot of pretties recently!

    And Miss Poppins bedroom is amazing. I would love to have a room like that now!!!

    Victoria x

  10. Oh my goodness what a lovely post. All those lovely gifts and then the lovely finds from the boot sale. Miss P's bedroom is beautiful.

  11. Gorgeous finds Mary, you really do have a wonderful nack of finding things :) And you know I think Miss Poppins room is absolutely stunning. Wonderful makeover xx

  12. What a bumper pretty post, Mary.Love the first pic of Master Poppins.Can't help with any dating I'm afraid, but I love the pretty necklace, and how lucky to have found the lost earring. So many gorgeous swaps/pressies too.Thank you for showing us xx

  13. i don't think i have ever seen so many lovley things in a single blog post :-)

    My thoughts on buying for £5 and selling for £50 is go for it! - think how many more pretties you could get for £50!

  14. Would you mind popping out and buying me a lottery ticket. I think with your ability to win giveaways and find car booty you should definitely buy some lottery tickets!

    So glad you have been enjoying yourself. Glad you are at the top of the rollercoaster ride at the moment rather than one of those nasty dips!

    Love Emma xxxxx

  15. Oh my, Mary you have so many lovely pretties.

    Miss P's room looks gorgeous and you are totally deserving of any and all loveliness that comes your way!

    April xx

  16. i think you should be crowned queen of thrifting after that little haul !!!
    lovely swap goodies as well :-)
    and of course I love Miss P's room its utterly gorgeous !
    lesley x

  17. What pretty things and what a lovely bedroom your little girl has - she is very lucky!!

  18. Lovely finds! Very sweet picture of Master (?) P, reminds me of some of the husbands' childhood photos! Miss P's room looks wonderful - I'm sure you could get that in a magazine!

  19. Well I think you did it Mary!!
    I'm sure I've never seen so many beautiful things in one blog post before.
    My favourite has to be the necklace and earrings. Apart from being stunning, the little story is nice too.
    I'm pleased you had a good holiday, and pleased to have you back blogging too.

    Love and blessings

  20. I've so enjoyed looking at the photos of all your beautiful goodies - I especially love the sparkly necklace and the child's hairbrush set! And, what fantastic giveaway prizes you won - isn't it lovely to recieve things from special friends, who seem to know exactly what you like?!

    I have itchy feet to go to a car boot sale now - although I should be selling, not buying ... but who can resist?!

    Willow xx

  21. Wow!!! I love all your pretties!!!! and the little pink room is adorable!!!! I adore Cath Kidston but is next to impossible to get without paying a fortune in shipping over here. Beautiful goodies!!! Have a super day!
    ♥ Teresa

  22. Oh wow, that has to be the most impressive range of pretty things I've seen anyone find for such a bargain! Love the clock, the bedroom sign, the plastic glasses ... very impressive. And what great gifts too. *sigh* ;)

  23. What a great post! Loads of eye candy. You have some great finds! SueX

  24. You obviously have the eye for hunting out good bargains - they are all fab.
    The swap gifts are lovely too.

  25. Hi Mary, WOW, so many lovely pretty things all in one post!
    One of my favourites has got to be the necklace and earrings, gorgeous!
    I think you should have a job as a personal shopper! ;0)
    Take care of yourself…love Lou xxx

  26. Love your blog!

  27. You deffo win on the most pretties in one post!!! I adore that lampshade!

    Could you please thank the littley for her name ideas - they are very good ;o)


  28. Wow!! Great post!! Fantastic eye candy :) The necklace and earrings are simply stunnings! Love the story about the missing earring too. And i LOVE the coloured plastic glasses. And just about everything else, lol. And you have received some AMAZING swaps and giveaways. Delicious goodies :) And your daughters bedroom...... {sigh}........ how pretty. Thanks for sharing such a delightful haul of pictures with us :) :)

  29. Hi there, I hope you dont mind, but I've added your blog onto my blogroll on my site.

    I too love the Darling Buds Of May and have that book, it is lovely.

    Take Care

  30. I just love your blogging! I have the same red polka dot table cloth as you. Isn't it so cheerful? I would be a very happy person if I had found that extremely gorgeous necklace and earring set too. How wonderful to have such a treasure. I can't imagine finding anything that special in our NZ boots - probably just some gumboots! I'll be back to check on your blog soon.

  31. Wow look at all the pretties you got !! I have been so busy i haven't got much thrifty treasure hunting done !

    Thanks for the comment and yes i am hoping to add things for boys !
    I am making waistcoats for my boys for our wedding ( a while off yet ;0) ) so they are something i am looking at !

    Sara x


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