Friday, 15 June 2012

Vintage Finds

I hit the Flea market early this morning and came away with a couple of pretty pieces of china, a load of mixed linen and crochet, some vintage cotton reels and some gorgeous mother of pearl buckles.

a beautiful hand painted plate (Tuscan English Bone China)

a lovely 50s Burleigh Ware vase with simple yellow and black sunflower and black leaf design


love the yellow inside

and lots of lovely white work, lace trimmed cotton, linen and lawn,



lots of pretty embroidered pieces, mostly hand embroidered

some quirky kitchen linens


a beautiful crochet table cloth

a pair of hand embroidered tray clothes with London monuments - Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament on this one


several pretty cross stitched traycloths


gorgeous white work - the above is beautifully done on delicate lawn


Westminster Abbey I think

All the linens and crochet pieces I got for £10 the lot, which I thought was pretty good - there are well over 50 pieces.

I also picked up a generous length of rose pink/peach braid

 some sweet little vintage mother of pearl buckles

and some vintage threads on wooden reels

Still on a thrifty theme, earlier in the week I had a trawl round the numerous charity shops in our closest town with a friend, and found three pretty blouses for the grand sum of £8.50

a pretty white cotton Boden blouse with drawn thread work detail

a sweet little white blouse printed with strawberries  ( brings back memories of when I was very little girl, and my favourite "strawberry" dress, very similar to this fabric)

and a pale khaki 3/4 length sleeved linen blouse

And finally, thought I'd just show you the new house sign I painted yesterday onto a piece of wood we found left here when we moved in - perfect for a house sign.

I sanded it first then painted it in Annie Sloan's Chalk paint "Versailles "(sadly it was too badly water stained to leave natural). I then made a simple template using Wordart in Word, (using Harrington as the font), made a mirror image of it, then transferred it to the wood and painted over it.

Just needs a few coats of varnish then hopefully a handy husband to fix some stakes to the back so it can be put in the front garden at the end of the drive.

Just another job for the weekend!

Wishing you all a very Happy Weekend!

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  1. what an beautiful finds pretty that lace and linnen what a lot like the fower and big ben and westminster abby patroon om it if you think that someone in the past have done her best to make it so nice and pretty and its handmade and vintage of course very nice have a lovely wet rainy day leon10

  2. Hi Gill,

    What incredible finds!! I love your boden blouse, and am really jealous about all the London things!! :) Happy weekend!!

  3. What pretty finds. I love your crocheted and hand embroidered pieces and your pretty plate and vase. I hope the sun shines long enough for you to display your lovely house sign in the garden. Have a lovely weekend.

  4. Love your finds - both vintage and charity! I gave a lot of my boden stuff to charity as I'd put on weight and then with the illness I've had I've lost weight! I wish now I hadn't given it away! Those buckle are wonderful too!
    Have a good weekend!

  5. What fabulous finds Gill! Such pretty linens!
    Victoria xx

  6. Fabulous finds! Love the plate and the linens - what a bargain!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  7. Wow that was quite a lot of lucky finds this week!!!
    I love the cotton reels and the little embroideries of London are great. :)
    Your house sign is brilliant Gill, great work!
    Happy weekend (I won't wish you a sunny one as that's highly unlikely),
    Vivienne x

  8. Wonderful buys sweetie just love your linens and cotton bobbins :) the sign is looking great. Hope you have a happy weekend.

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

  9. Such beautiful finds Gill! You found quite a collection of lace and embroidery. My favourite off course is the floral plate :-)

    Wish you a happy weekend!

    Madelief x

  10. Awesome finds, Gill! My favorite is the strawberry blouse- I love it!! You have a great weekend as well :)

  11. I love your new tops, the strawberry one must be worn during Wimbledon fortnight!
    Your new sign is fantastic, so many talents you have!
    Lisa x

  12. Gosh can I go with you next time - I never find gorgeous treasures like these!! Xx

  13. Oh my goodness,what a haul! Love everything!
    Have a good weekend...despite the weather. :0)

  14. Love your sign! It's beautiful!!

    What great finds you had with all that embroidery.
    I so love your little vase too!

    Have a great weekend Gill, and take care.

  15. Hello Gill
    You have done well....what lovely finds....the crochet is very fine and that white work is quite something. It obviously pays to go to the market early. The china...lucky you that first piece is really lovely.

    Have a great weekend!

    Amanda :-)

  16. You certainly have the knack of finding the best bargains at the flea market - £10.00 for 50 pieces - amazing!

    Have a lovely weekend.
    Fleur xx

  17. Wonderful finds at the flea market, I love the London themed linen. I can't wait to see what you create with your lovely purchases.
    Best wishes.

  18. Oh Gill this is the most amazing post! I am so impressed with your fabulous purchases - what tremendous bargains you discovered. I love your new sign - it's beautiful.

    Have a fabulous week hon, see you again soon.

  19. My goodness you have been a busy girl!!! I love all your finds, especially the white/white embroidery linens and the mother of pearl buckles - beautiful!

    You did such a beautiful job on the sign too! I hope you post it when it's in place, I'd love to see it!

    Have a great week!

  20. Goodness, what a haul! Well done; what treasures!

  21. Holy cow Batman! You get things at your thrift store that here would be at the antiques store! What wonderful treasures! I'd be over the moon ecstatic about all of it! And I loved the blouses too and I'm not much of a clothes horse but they were right up my alley! Thank you for sharing. The linens you got were fabulous...I'm so happy for you!


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