I've been having a very lucky time lately with my treasure hunting, perhaps it's the good weather we're having that's making people want to clear out the glory hole, but whatever it is, the universe is sending lovely things my way!
How about this pair of gorgeous red vanity cases?
They're a great size, perfect for storing all your makeup or accessories and the interiors are in really good condition which is always a bonus with cases I find...
If you saw last week's post you'll have seen the lovely large green glass bottle I found, it was much admired by, amongst others, Supercrafter from the US. Hi there!
I was amazed to pick up its big brother this week, giant sized and so decorative….
Now, this next item may seem a bit of an odd one, two orphan drawers, but these will be the basis of a new project - watch this space!
I also picked up this little chest of drawers to restore, I think it will turn out really well.
Finally, I found this lovely large basket. Perfect for the beach or to store your knitting or quilting project
That's all for now, let's see what next week brings!
Met a couple of contacts yesterday who source brocante from France and look what I came home with…
A gorgeous pair of hand carved sabots, they look child sized but may have been for a very petite woman I suppose...
They really are adorable…
And just so you know you're getting value for money from your reading… here's a little known fact to use at your next dinner party… did you know the words 'saboteur' and sabotage' come from the practice of French workers jamming factory machines by throwing their clogs into the mechanism to stop production?
Next up is this gorgeous and very heavy picture frame. So ornate, I can't decide whether to add a mirror or simply fill it with antique fabric or paper …ideas please?
Then this lovely bottle arrived, very large and heavy and such a beautiful colour
And then, this little key cupboard shaped like a terrace of houses,
All this and a pretty French coffee pot which I can see filled with wild flowers
I know it's easy to be wise after the event, but why didn't I realise quilting and patching would be so addictive?
Of course I can't be lugging around a whole quilt to work on all the time, but there are always scraps of fabric to use up and no piece is too small to be useful. That's why I'm addicted I think, it appeals to my hate of wasting resources and love of creating something out of nothing.
So here's a little beauty I just made. About 6 by 4 inches and embellished with a scrap of fabric on which I printed the first line of "Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier. The quote is about dreaming because the pillow is filled with lavender which I picked and dried from last years garden. I keep it under my pillow to send me off to sleep...
and here's the reverse...
I went on to make a couple more of these for friends to use as sachets for their linen cupboards or as sleep inducing pillows.
For the sleep pillows I also mix dried hops into the filling for their soporific effect.
Well, things have changed yet again, I can hardly keep up!
I Love My Home is still available at Brackley Antique Centre in all its unique, ever-changing, vintage glory but now on an even bigger scale!
We have moved into a new unit (no 82) which is twice the size of our previous home
Loads more room for furniture and easier for customers to see and touch all the beautiful items on display
Over the winter I've sourced and worked on a whole barn full of wonderful pieces and can't wait to show you more!
If you get a chance to visit I Love My Home at Brackley Antique Centre, you'd be so very welcome - and don't forget we are open 362 days a year (so great for a rainy day!), with plenty of parking and a tea room, not forgetting approximately 190 dealers with a huge variety of items for sale.
Check my SHOP page or the panel on the top right of the HOME page - see you soon !
Now, I'm going to say something that may shock you...
I'm not a big fan of Christmas
I know, people in my line of work are usually big on decorating and being festive but, for me, there's too much cynical emphasis on consumerism and spending money to create the 'perfect Christmas'.
I find it hard to square all that with the number of JAMs (people Just About Managing) out there and the amount of people without even a home or food.
However, before I cry "Bah, Humbug!" let me say I can't deny MLH his Christmas tree and this year I bypassed all the dusty crates and bags of decorations in the loft and went for a very simple design...
It's just candle lights and angels' wings...
All aboard a vintage wooden sledge with hessian around the base of the tree...
and an antique French cherub on the top.
Simple, pretty, everyone's happy!
(especially the fur babies who are intrigued by all the little 'birds' they can just pick off the tree!)
I took this photo on a trip to my favourite National Trust property Snowshill Manor near Broadway in Gloucestershire.
The C16th house was bought by Charles Wade just after the first world war. He saw the property advertised in Country Life while he was at the front and promised himself that, if he survived, he would buy it.
But he never intended it to be his home, in fact he converted a tiny building in the grounds, the Priest's House, to live in. It's said to be haunted by a monk and a young woman who was forced to marry in one of the upstairs rooms in 1604.
Wade kept the beautiful country manor simply as a repository for his amazing collection of STUFF.
I can't describe it any better than that because the variety is staggering: Samurai armour (26 suits), a collection of scrimshaw, toys, musical instruments, Oriental carving and furniture, bicycles, looms…the list goes on and on. He was an inveterate collector and almost every item came from large houses in the UK at a time when many old family properties were selling treasures because they were struggling with death duties and the lack of labour after the war (very Downton Abbey).
Thank goodness he saved so many wonderful things for us to enjoy now. You can see why it's a place I enjoy so much, It speaks to my wish to save and care for old things and enjoy them today and in the future. His motto was "let nothing perish" and so his quote below is my Thought for the Day:
Have a wonderful day and keep saving and enjoying wonderful things x
I Love My Home has settled in to its new home at Brackley Antique Cellar. The first couple of weeks have been really good for sales and I've already had to restock so I'm a happy little camper!
The staff are all lovely and so helpful, I worried that moving from a lovely intimate place to a much larger one might mean it was a bit clinical but not at all. Of course, it may have helped that I took a large box of chocolate biscuits for them when I went in this weekend!!
Here are a couple of photos to give you a slight idea of how HUGE the place is:
Even these don't really do it justice as it's impossible to capture the whole building and there are other areas which are separate from the main one, it just goes on and on...
Here are a few items in my humble little unit (I can see I might be upgrading to a larger one sooner rather than later)
Some of my larger items have already been sent off to new homes so I added a few more this weekend...
I think my favourites were firstly this lovely vintage double desk and bench, can you imagine the kids doing their homework at this while you cook dinner? and secondly, the gorgeous vintage Imperial typewriter. Don't they look great together?
I showed this to the lovely Alison from Stylish Shutters of Tring who's helping me with some new window treatments at home, and we were off down memory lane with our experiences of manual typewriters, telex machines etc, God I feel old!!
Just for the record, I don't remember machines as old as this one!
You know how it is, you've got books, DVDs etc etc stowed all over the house, you can't get at any of them and you end up not using them. This is my magic storage solution.
It looks like an ordinary cupboard, I bought it for a song and shabbied it up a bit...
Heere's how it ended up, I added an old handle, replaced the back panel and wallpapered it, and it fitted into a space in the garden room…
here's the magic bit, it takes almost no floor space but all my books DVDs and so on have disappeared inside with no trouble. Some are stacked two deep, but even so I couldn't believe how much stuff this little cupboard swallowed up!
Here it is empty...
and here it is full!
I can find what I want easily and then shut the door on it again so the room stays tidy - like I said "Magic"!