Wednesday, 8 July 2009

i'll be back...

i miss my little 'showing off', and have decided to reintroduce it ... as soon as i come back from london...look out for a new weekly posting :-)

Saturday, 20 June 2009

that's all for now folks...

i have decided to stop this least for a while, i have enjoyed parading my things across your screens but i feel it is becoming less interesting as time goes on... i leave you with the mangle that has been in my back yard since time immemorial ( i should have swept before taking the photo...just another example of my standards slipping, unfortunately) and my favourite espresso cups from majorca (part of a set of 6) ... thanks for watching x

Friday, 19 June 2009

No. 72

a rather splendid box of lace bobbins, which are not especially special individually but, as a whole, with the cigar box, rather delightful...

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

No. 70

an arrangement of collected importance on a kitchen cupboard; includes a rock stars phone number, postcards from Bronwen Deane (love 'em), photos from a day out in sunderland (!), etc...

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

No. 69

an asparagus jar... to put asparagus in.

Monday, 15 June 2009

No. 68

a handmade, crude cupboard... well i should say, 'crudely handmade' as it doesn't tell disgusting jokes.
bought at auction for a mammoth £40, but it was full of watch parts so selling some means i have made my money back a few times over... and got some gorgeous watch hands and a tiny ancient cuckoo from a clock; most likely a cuckoo clock.

Sunday, 14 June 2009

No. 67

my sweet collection of ameretti tins...mmm...delicious.

Saturday, 13 June 2009


a beaded receptacle for...crucifixes. have seen a few of these victorian things, they seem to be for hanging on the wall but i have no idea what they are supposed to be for, suggestions welcome!

Friday, 12 June 2009

No. 65

draped jewels....

Thursday, 11 June 2009

No. 64

lace and tape...i have left the camera flash as it looks like a glowing diamond...o i shouldn't have told you, you would have believed it was a glowing diamond.

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

No. 63

bits of fluffery and finery...

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

No. 62

a plastic basket...
from the frankfurt flohmarkt last year... used for taking my lunch on days out.

Monday, 8 June 2009

No. 61

a christmas present if i remember rightly, from my mother, or maybe it was an anytime present, in other words just a present, although one should never say 'just' a present so disregard that word. it's actually worth money, especially as his cane is intact...his legs are a little short though (for my liking).

Sunday, 7 June 2009

No. 60

the charity shop staple...the souvenir boxed glass set, but a lovely example...spanish if you hadn't guessed, passed on by my lovely sister Alison.

Saturday, 6 June 2009

No. 59

'joan of arc' plaster head; some say it's scary, some say serene, i say chipped...from gay paris...

Friday, 5 June 2009

No. 58

some tinyish cups and saucers, i think i have 5 or 6 altogether (don't know where at the moment) but these were the nicest colours...

Thursday, 4 June 2009

No. 57

clogs...a pair ...2" long...someone's souvenir from bruges and then... my souvenir from the antique shop, ... battered, bruised and quaint...

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

No. 56

one of my chandaliers...have had this since about...well years...but still stocked in ikea, has been sprayed and adorned over the baubles abound.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

No. 55

not an old thing but delightful all the my defense it has a 'vintage' look although it was in fact 'found' in a shop...croft interiors, stokesley.

Monday, 1 June 2009

No. 54

i don't know what these are called... it's a brass pole fixed horizontally... upon which you can drape muslin seductively over your bedhead or in this case (my case) a branch of silver wired jingly bells from joanna...

Sunday, 31 May 2009

No. 53

underneath the 'stuff' , a 'part' hat stand, wig stand or...knob on a stick...

Saturday, 30 May 2009

No. 52

a totally hand embroidered all over, vintage bag bought for £15 in a little vintage shop in a vintage shop street in Glasgow, a strange/interesting/unusual opening mechanism...

Friday, 29 May 2009

No. 51

a tiny keyhole surround 2" high...naturally verdigris...sent to me by Séan who... 'found a pock marked, filigree key surround, tumbled out of an old cottage, lost in the rubble strewn around the skip', and who attached it perfectly to a sweet note...(below)

thank you...

Thursday, 28 May 2009

No. 50

my 50th post...shall i make the hundredth? i am not sure...
this one should be something special i feel for my little anniversary...mmm
, lets go with a shelf.

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

No. 49

a pile of pink, ecru & taupe quilts...most aquired cheaply due to fraying edges, huge holes and threadbare fabric...o to be rich what sumptuousity i should have...

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

No. 48

a terrible photograph i know...but practically impossible to get right (for me anyway) and yes, i should have removed the bowl of lemons...and the chair...and the whole kitchen. despite this i had to showcase it...i love it! a mirrored glass sign saying 'canteen' would you believe... probably from an old canteen.

Monday, 25 May 2009

No. 47

an old ledger i use to write my lists in...

Sunday, 24 May 2009

No. 46

old tickets...i might use these in some way for the labels on my new collection (yet to be made of course)...the colours are lovely.

Saturday, 23 May 2009

No. 45

my crackly 70's radio, it sounds terrible...

Friday, 22 May 2009

No. 44

the letter 'k'...
with a chunk out of it.

Thursday, 21 May 2009

No. 43

a pile of books...regularly plundered for pages...don't worry i saved them from mass destruction...
p.s. if i spent as much time as was actually required on photoshop i would be here all day :-)

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

No. 42

a delicious door plate/ key surround...attached feebly to a random old cupboard... the crystal knob is not bad either.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

No. 41

on a theme...a miniature electric sewing machine ...fabulous, bought in scotland for a fair price (read as...bargain) . it produces chain stitch on the under side so a multitude of possibilities...

Monday, 18 May 2009

No. 40

an old sewing machine...a sews beautifully but i cannot figure out the bobbin...yet

Sunday, 17 May 2009


a roof slate...wall a set of 3...

Saturday, 16 May 2009

No. 38

tin trunk...every home should have one...

look at the colour inside ...mmm
been to Rangoon too :-)

Friday, 15 May 2009

No. 37

a stopclock that stands very nicely next to the press on my kitchen windowsill... many of my students will recognise it... used extensively to time drawings in class.

Thursday, 14 May 2009

No. 36

a press of some kind, not sure what it was originally for...beefburgers? i use it for pages... small ones... carboot 50p

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

No. 35

an antique shell, from an antique shop, beautifully mellow... is a shell not an antique by its very nature anyway?

Tuesday, 12 May 2009


a huge (3ft) kneeling statue of Joseph... sadly decapitated but if he wasn't i wouldn't have been given him would i? (from the holy father).

Monday, 11 May 2009


servants bell, though no one comes when i ring it...ditto comment made on doorknob (number 30)

Sunday, 10 May 2009


an arrangement on a shelf... chandelier wall lights - gift from stephanie (thanks!).
tip of the day; you don't
have to mount wall lights on the wall, just rest them somewhere!

Saturday, 9 May 2009

No. 31

my bedroom door knob; not as neatly painted round as i would wish...but hey, you can't have everything!

Friday, 8 May 2009

No. 30

a victorian (probably) pincushion...a present from my sister, housed in a perfectly sized box from TK Maxx...serendipity...

Thursday, 7 May 2009


a very tiny bird (cake) decoration; worn and cast aside...until i found it of course...

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

No. 28

my most recent irresistable bunch of 50's pegs (ebay)... twas fate that found them as i cannot imagine typing 'pegs' into the search box! handmade, smooth in the hand; some pitted, mottled and rusted with age...delicious; beautifully bound with bands of metal and all individual with certain character, as a group - divine...