|This tea pot is asking me to come home with me but for now it is for sale in the shop|
|A pretty set also calling to me from the giant dresser in the shop|
|I can't resist pink Tuscan china|
|Luckily this set sold yesterday|
|my bulging dresser|
|a new teapot which snuck into our home while we were asleep!|
|Famous Roses wedding set|
|My growing 1930's Yee daintee Lady teapot collection|
|It's not just china look at my growing vintage champagne coupe collection.|
It's not just tea sets that have been whiling their way into our home. Take a look at some of my recent finds that have come to live with us...for now. I say "for now" as I am able to give these sort of things up much easier than my china.
|a swan themed Victorian Giant vase|
|A stunning Crown Devon 30's art pottery piece with a stag|
|A vintage hand held school bell|
|A railway lamp from the South African Railway services found in London.|
|A Georgian looking bronze Lurcher desk ornament|
|a pair of original Royal portraits|
This little pair of Bookends really seduced me as I conducted a little research into them. They date from 1950 when a little Polar bear cub was born, unannounced at the London Zoo - the first ever to be born in captivity. It caused such a stir that the zoo has yet to match the record amount of visitors that flocked to see the cub. The cub was named Brumas after it's two keepers Bruce and Sam (spelt backwards). What followed can only be described as the mass production of tourist wares which were sold to commemorate the occasion and these hand painted bookends are an example. These items are now hugely collectible and desirable and hark back to what I think was an age of innocence when something we take for granted nowadays, was still news. So very sweet.
|An original newspaper article with photos|
Another guilty pleasure is this printers tray. I have always wanted one and so couldn't resist this chappy a few weeks ago at a fair. I intend to use it to display unusual vintage and antique odds and sods I come across which are teeny or might get lost elsewhere.
and lastly, this week my long suffering husband went down to the famous The Forest Bailif shop on Durham Road to buy paint and came back with a very special surprise gift for me, this stunning lamp made from porcelain. What a great styled item. I love the vintage look, including the flex which is made in the old style cotton braided flex. The base is also ceramic and the shade a gorgeous warm hue when the light is on. Thank you Roxy and Steve XX
Another, and on a slightly different tack, guilty pleasure of mine is vintage clothing. Of course it was never going to escape my attention that Catherine's dress was vintage vintage vintage in style and I knew the Grace Kelly connection immediately but there was something else...almost like ghostly fingers nagging at the corners of my mind, where I had seen that dress before and then, in the middle of a slow afternoon at the shop it came to me.....
|Grace Kelly for the lace sleeves and sweetheart neckline|
|Grace Kelly again for the train and tiny waist|
|Ahaaaa! Maria in the sound of music!!! That was it. I think the pleats of silk in the gown the pointy bustier V-necked style bodice and sleevesowed much to this famous wedding dress.|
|Someone else who clearly indulges her guilty pleasure of a love for iconic vintage brides|