I wasn’t going to buy anymore vintage powder compacts! Ha ha! I couldn’t resist this one that was for sale at this weekends show. I only payed £3 and it’s so pretty. These days I’m much more decerning over what I buy. My rules for collecting these gorgeous compacts are:
1) price. I check out on the internet what they are worth and how much I’m prepared to pay.
2) Make or manufacturer. I only buy “Stratton” compacts these days.
3) Condition. Many are unused and have never seen powder in their lives.
4) I do limit the design to floral these days. ( I do have others but only buy if exceptionally nice)
So, I have built up a small collection. They are ideal to collect as they are small, pretty and increasing in price.
I ordered a “kit” to crochet a shawl that I had been watching on Facebook. It was a Hygge crochet along that had grabbed my attention as it grew. It was designed by http://www.haakmarraak.nl using yarn made possible by Scheepjes. I ordered the yarn from Wool Warehouse and, good for them, it was delivered within 24 hours! What good service!
As usual I didn’t open the box for a while! I know this is strange but I so enjoy the anticipation! I savour it! When I eventually opened the box I was delighted to discover a box of delights. There was a couple of wooden charms, a “silver” charm a needle, a lovely button and a larger ball of wool than expected. Oh! There was also an organza bag to hold everything in. All of this was delivered in lovely box.
All I need now is time to complete! Does anyone know where I can buy that?
I returned home yesterday to be greeted by a wonderful display of a Clematis by my door. This plant is in a tub as I have a tiny yard. It is blooming marvellous and a lovely greeting home. Whilst I have a tiny outdoor space with my cottage I only need to take twenty steps and I am in the most beautiful countryside of the Clwydian Hills, this is my garden. Below is the view from one of my upstairs windows. Love it!
Damnvan is having a rest (and a thorough clean) before we trundle off again. Got to do the washing, catch up with family and restock the van fridge. We were planning our next trip whilst driving home but not sure of which direction we will be heading yet.
Today I visited a Charity shop to seek out treasures. I found a lovely Ainsley bud vase to add to my ever growing collection of vintage China.
Our girly week end was a great sucess as expected! Having been away twice a year for sixteen years we have a formula that we know works.
I) We select reasonably high end self catering accommodation.
2) We each have our own tasks eg who drives, who shops for food, who cooks etc and it suits us!
3) We know each personality, likes and dislikes.
4) We plan menus and walks with great precision in advance.
5) We always have a great time!
As I blogged about in my previous blog titled “memories” I had sorted out dozens of photographs from our previous trips away. I took these in a tin and we spent a happy few hours sorting through them. We worked out the locations and approximate dates. We laughed at what we were wearing and marvelled at our dated hair styles. We remembered some restaurants, swimming pools and appalling weather. We discussed changes in ourselves and were amazed at the passage of time.
I purchased a photograph album and spent another couple of hours fixing the pictures into the book. I did manage to label most of them as to where and when, but am sceptical as to the accuracy of the dates! I even bought a luxury pack of felt tip pens with which to label the pictures. I just can’t help myself where stationery is concerned!💃
The next task is to somehow find on my old computer previous pictures from probably the last six years or so. Print them off and add to the collection. We did laugh about the last woman standing ( read living ) inheriting the album of memories but at least those memories are nearly organised!
Watch this blog for more about my Girly week-end away!