I promised you some of my secondhand finds from the summer so here we go.
Whilst we were in York at the beginning of the summer hols we passed a shop that was being stripped out. The builders had put a pile of junk on the footpath with a sign saying, 'Please take.' It was a used and grubby washing up bowl and some mismatched mugs. Nothing worth having at all.
But then I spotted these...
They were the letters for the shop sign. I took C for Connie and E for Emma. I wish I'd taken the lot. Wouldn't it be just lovely having 'Cheque Cashers' on your wall? Haha. Perhaps I could have made an anagram out of that.
Anyway they're made from aluminium and have deadly sharp edges so we'll have to decoupage them or something. Anyone got any better ideas? They're hollow on the back.
First of all this gold lurex 'English Lady' dress. It's a perfect fit and the third English Lady item of clothing I own. I'm a size 14 in this brand in vintage sizes but a modern day size 12.
I'm going to make it above knee length...
I'm not normally a gold lurex kinda gal but I tried it on and it was sooo flattering.
Here's my other English Lady dress. I've had it about 10 years and it's my favourite dress. Again, it fits perfectly and is really flattering.
This perfect fit is why my heart skips a beat when I find this label in a 14...
The label in this one is 'Leygil' of London. It has a wildly voluminous skirt and I plan to chop it off above the knee and take it in so it's a lot more slinky.
It gives me an actual bust!
So my almost empty sewing basket overfloweth once more...
One more from Devon...
It has a button up belt at the back I need to adjust.
I love this print!
And one more handmade vintage dress I found at the local car boot sale...
Again, it's too wide so needs some tweakage.
I also found china...
a little french gravy separator.
Would you believe I found the missing numbers for my Church hymn board? And they fit!
Yay! I plan on using this in the kitchen to hang things on.
Over a hundred pounds worth of new pure cotton bedding for £20 at the boot sale?
Yes please, thank you very much. It's been years since I got new bedding!
An R Whites crate for a fiver? That'll do nicely.
And last of all, my new love...
This was my birthday pressie. He's called bespectacled bloke and hangs on the living room wall. A boot sale buy found by me to give to my husband so he could give it to me. He's got it pretty easy hasn't he?
So, didn't she do well?
Next time I'll be getting down and dirty, attempting to sort out our ugly kitchen window by fitting a proper sill and framing it out. Or perhaps not. I've never done it before. But I did watch someone do it once so I'm sure I'll be fine.
Wish me luck!
Oh one last thing before I go, if you have £50,000 to £500,000 to spend on an extension and want to be on telly, take a look at this...
Not for me sadly. I'll just plod on with my brand new kitchen for £300.