A hard week so far and I'm ready for the weekend. So let's chat about shopping.
We had a bit of a spending frenzy on Saturday - first of all we went to a vintage fair in Northampton. I had arranged to meet a seller there to pick up a couple of bits of china and I'm so glad I went, it was lovely! It was only a small event but every single stall was worth a look. Every spare surface in the room had something pretty or interesting plonked on it. Tea and cake was available, served on mis-matched china, and 40s music played in the background. Everyone was super friendly, in fact there was a very festive atmosphere, and it was the nicest way to spend a Saturday lunchtime. The next one is in Olney on 8th October and if you live nearby it's worth making the trip. I bought a few vintage goodies - a pressed glass jug, an etched glass bon bon dish, two little jugs and a bird cage.
Then we popped across to Olney to check out the Food Fair (love this town, would move there if I didn't like my house so much) and from there to Brackley Antique Cellar. (Brackley Antique Cellar is another lovely way to spend a couple of hours. Relatively quiet, loads to look at and a sweet little cafe.)
By Sunday we were ready to veg out on the sofa. My MIL invited us over for lunch again (well we invited ourselves really) and we had another lovely big feed up. Have I told you that my MIL does the most amazing roast parsnips? I don't like them ordinarily but she does something funky with proper fat and a big glug of maple syrup. They go all sweet, sticky and crunchy on the outside... delicious.
Anyway.... she gave me some china! So chuffed. Having listened to me waffle on about utility china she was reminded some bits that her MIL gave to her years ago and dug it out for me:
It's so pretty. There are dinner plates, bowls, side plates, cups and saucers - four of everything. I let out an embarrassing little squeal when she unwrapped these for me though:
They are cute little spoons (tiny coffee or egg spoons really) with floral ceramic handles. She'd polished up the silver and they look perfect - even prettier in real life. She told me that she had a jam spoon and butter knife to match at one point but can't find them... I had to sit on my hands to stop myself rifling through the drawers. Hope she unearths them some day!
Speaking of china, I had fun on Saturday displaying my (now rather large) collection on the new dresser.
Until Saturday the china had been displayed randomly, with all four colours mixed up (I do have yellow and green, just not as much). It took me ages to dust it all and put back in colour order - I can't decide what to do so I'll keep playing until it looks just right.
I have to tell you, I'm very excited. I've found a huge job lot of vintage china (again pink and blue!) on ebay. It was a good price but collection only so Andrew and I are making a road trip to somewhere in Somerset on Friday to stay in a B&B and pick up the goodies. Cannot wait! Andrew thinks I'm barking - we are talking about A LOT of china here. It has apparently been sitting in their loft for years unused. What a way to spend your anniversary weekend. I will have a lot of surplus china so I think I'm going to do a little giveaway to share the love in a couple of weeks time.
Finally, I really must dash but I had to show my latest crochet project. It's a custard jug cosy.
Yes, I know it looks like a mug cosy that went wrong.
I used a pattern but it just wasn't the right shape for any of our mugs. So I tried to adapt it, frogged it about five times, swore quite a lot and ended up with this. The cosy turned out the oddest shape and the only item of crockery that it fits in the house is this dinky jug. I learned loads from attempting it though and won't be defeated - you're all getting mug cosies for Christmas :-)
Have a great week!
PS Thanks so much for all the lovely comments about our wedding photo. I love any excuse to get the wedding album out so I promise to share a few next weekend to celebrate our actual anniversary (I'm milking this anniversary somewhat aren't I...). We got married at an amazing venue so the photos are lovely.
PPS Hello to my new followers and I'll see you at yours soon xxx