Monday, 15 October 2007

Mixed Bag

I've got time to fit in a post, and as the title suggests, this post is an amalgamation of different things I've been meaning to show you.
Last week I was reading Faye's Blog and looking at the wonderful vintage postcards that she managed to bag at a car boot sale, and it reminded me of my one and only vintage postcard that I own that my Dad gave me when I was a teenager.

As you can see, it has my name on it, which is why he bought it when he came across it in an antiques shop, but what is even lovelier is this that the letters are made up of portraits of victorian women.
Unfortunately the writing (in lavender ink!) has faded in places and I find it difficult to make out a few words, so I don't know what it says, but it was posted in 1905 to New Barnet, Herts.

Moving on, here are my new charity shop finds..........

When I saw the glass jar, it reminded me of this from a few months back, and for £1.25 I just had to have it. Next to it is a metre of faux patchwork fabric for 95p.

I also found these sturdy cast aluminium gardening tools, which I thought I could give to my grandmother for christmas along with a handmade gardening holster type thingy or a kneeling cushion similar to this in a pretty oilcloth.

I wanted to show you this plate that my Mum made to comemorate my birth. Before we where born, and up to me going to secondary school she used to be a potter, and she made lots of lovely things for Harvey Nics and The Conran Shop.

Her plates make up most of the crockery on my plate rack and they sit happily along side the usual bits of paper that clutter it up - out of date money off vouchers, old reciepts, a handmade card from my sister, string, vintage tins, a packet of nurofen, some superglue, and the odd photo. She also made the lovely little green polka-dot cup and saucer that I have as my profile picture.

In the next week or so I've decided I'm going to have a giveaway to say thank you to you all, for all the lovely comments you leave me. What I will 'giveaway', I'm not sure yet, but I'll keep you posted. x


  1. Jess I love your dresser and isn't your mum talented. What beautiful special pieces. It must be so nice to have those to decorate you home. I've got some nice plates my grandma made. She wasn't a potter in the traditional sense but a 'Potter', from Stoke-on-Trent and she worked in the Mason's factory which made some lovely cream and red floral china which I've got some of. She met my grandad there who made teapots for which she stuck the handles on - ah the romance!
    Lovely glass jar (especially if you make the meringues!)
    Stephx - who has just bought another vintage candlestick - Tell your mum I've cleared Leek out of them and I promise not the head down your way!

  2. Jess, your dresser looks lovely - such pretty china & having your special plate is wonderful - what a talented lady your mum is.

    I also use glass jars for storing edibles in the kitchen - it's so nice that you can *see* what's in the jar. Currently I have one full of chocolate brownies (well, not full as they are rapidly disappearing!)

  3. How lovely to have so many nice pieces of pottery that your Mum made, they are really beautiful designs. The dresser looks great.
    My Mum used to embroider table cloths and pillowslips.
    I love the glass jar too and what a bargin!

  4. Your dresser is lovely and that postcard a real treasure.

  5. What great pottery - your Mum is so talented, and how nice to have them on your lovely dresser. That fabric is really pretty, and I love the jar.
    Cathy X

  6. Hi Jess,

    I love the beautiful vintage postcard and your Mum's pottery is beautiful. How wonderful to have such a commemorative plate of your birth.

    Do drop by soon ~ you have an award to pick up.

    Marie x

  7. Hi Jess,
    That was just lovely reading about the postcard, what a sweet thing to do.
    And your Mum's pottery is just beautiful. I love the dresser in the kitchen.
    Well done on the charity finds.
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Catherine x

  8. Hi Jess,
    Love your postcard and your dresser looks lovely, I need something like it for all of my bits.

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