Thursday, 10 September 2009
Lavender, Vintage Fabric, Auctions And Pretties....
I am really enjoying collecting and harvesting my own lavender at the moment. I was talking not so long ago to a friend who was saying that lavender by the scoop can be quite costly to buy in shops, I tend to agree. I find there is something very satisfying about drying out ones own lavender and using it in your own handmade pretties, very rewarding. My lavender mostly comes from my childhood home in wales, friends houses and even the lovely MIL has let me help myself to her wonderfully fragrant stash. I found it so kind of the owners at the shabby chic lavender farm I visited here not to have charged me for their lovely lavender, though I am sure the bees would have if they could.
I love making my little lavender pillows using vintage embroidered fabrics, they are right down my little street and I think are very pretty, I like to have a couple of vintage buttons on there too and I always give them a little spray with my Ohooo so gorgeous spray.
How lucky was I then to be given a wonderful array of vintage embroidered linens from my dear friend Sew Hot Mitmot Mary is so dear to me, is forever treating me, never expects anything in return and always chooses the most prefect pretties. I was amazed when Mary told me these beauties and more, were only purchased for a couple of pounds or so.
Perfect for when I make my round cushions as seen in Sew Sunny Homestyle.
A wonderful way of repurposing old loved fabric I think.
Mary also gave me a wonderful crochet blanket, and I have to say the little beauty looks perfectly at home and is now well loved by a certain couple of Poppins and myself of course.
The Poppins also got a wonderful vintage Janet and John Book, from Mary, Through the Garden Gate. Doesn't it look sweet on the little skip find that I made over.
Thank you so much Mary, it was lovely to see you again for our little Bargain Hunt stint, I hope you like your cake stand :) Yes, Mary and I spent a day at the Auction House to see how our treasures faired at auction. You may have to wait a wee while to find out ;)
One treasure that came home with me from auction was a very gutsy little number, and she has quite a story to tell you one day. Her little mate has gone a home with Mary. I really hope you like her. Her name is Dresden and she is quite a lady. I think is a pretty little number. And was very, very and meant in the nicest way, cheap :)
It was lovely to experience the thrill of auction, I even saw a couple of items that I had at home, commemorative tins, which I had thrifted for pence go for £30-£50
Talking of thrifted pretties, aren't these little glasses in the cutest of colours, 6for £1.95 so sweet.
And I have bought some lovely fabric from here Very cheap and very pretty.
Thank you for all your lovely comments on the patchwork quilt. Ms. Crafting mojo did go, again, briefly, but has come back and the quilt is coming along very nicely.
A cheery Mr. Wonnacott who we had the pleasure to work with on BH, and who, I have to say, is a thoroughly pleasant chap :)
Isn't it lovely to see the the sunny skies, I hope the sun is shining wherever you are