Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Floral throw

Found: Porte D'Orleans Flea Market, Paris, July 2009
approximately £3

I saw this beautiful throw poking out of an open suitcase whilst browsing around a flea market in Paris. The stall holder must have been impressed with my excellent French, as I got this and a huge collection of old photographs, cards and postcards for 10 euros!
The throw is about 2 metres squared. I brought it with the intention to wear it as a shawl in the winter, but it really is rather big! Think I will use it as a throw on my armchair instead.

Floral top

Found: Oxfam, Oadby, Leicestershire

This top is actually a size 18, but when on, it looks just like one of the oversized tops that are everywhere at the moment! Hoping that it will look good with a pair of skinny jeans or a high waisted skirt.

Monday, 21 September 2009

1986 Fashion Extras Book

Found: Oxfam, Oadby, Leicestershire

It will soon become apparent that I have a small obsession with 1970's and 1980's craft books.
What convinced me that I needed this particular book in my life was the "Fun Fox" stole (above).

1920 The Little Girl's Sewing Book

Found: The Watermill Saturday Car Boot Sale, Barton--le-Clay, Bedfordshire

My Dad found this beautiful little book for me, whilst buying himself some equally old books (including a very dusty one entitled "Twilight Stories" and a song book, which includes the music and lyrics to some sea-shanties (which I have currently 'borrowed').

Rose Fabric Panel

Found: Saddington Sunday Car Boot Sale, Leicestershire, 20/09/2009

I spotted this beautiful fabric in a cardboard box underneath
someone's stall at a car boot sale. I have just used it to make
a tote bag, lining it and making handles from some white cotton.

Cherries and Polka Dots Tablecloth

Found: Saddington Sunday Car Boot Sale, Leicestershire, 20/09/2009

I initially thought I would use this tablecloth for fabric to make something new, but I have now decided to keep it in storage to use as it was intended (once I have enough space for a dining table).

1980's floral cardigan

Found: Saddington Sunday Car Boot Sale, Leicestershire, 20/09/2009

I stumbled across a lady who was selling loads of her elderly mother's clothes (she tells me she is a hoarder), and everything was £1. Along with this floral cardigan, I came away with a 1980's black Dorothy Perkins dress with a low scolloped neckline.

Dressing Table Mirror

Found: The Watermill Saturday Car Boot Sale, Barton-le-Clay, Bedfordshire

I have wanted a mirror like this since I was a little girl but could never really justify paying the £20+ that I have usually seen them sold for in charity/vintage shops. So I was very pleased to find this one for only £5 - and it's in great condition. Just need an equally beautiful dressing table to place it on top of now...

1960's Paris notebook cover

Found: The Watermill Tuesday Car Boot Sale, Barton-le-Clay, Bedfordshire

This was a bit of an impulse buy, as I purchased it a day before going to Paris. I don't regret it though, as not only is it practical, but the illustrations are beautiful too.


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