Saturday 30 April 2011

Something Strange in a Charity Shop!

Went shopping in Glasgow yesterday, had a really nice day.  Discovered something strange in a charity shop
- a sofa (which I thought was for sale, till I noticed that it looked brand new) and right beside it was a hot drinks machine!  Has anyone else come across this in a charity shop?  Perhaps it was because it was a city centre charity shop.  Didn't have my camera with me to record the facilities, but was quite surprised! 
Not sure I'd want to sit and relax there though!

This is my latest tea cosy!

Love, Liz

Thursday 28 April 2011

A Lovely Surprise

I was feeling a bit down in the dumps today and just wondering what to blog about when Hubby came in and said that there was a package for me.  Couldn’t remember ordering anything, so was a bit surprised!

Then I was absolutely delighted!  It was from Scarlett!  If you’ve not already visited her blog – Scarlett Loves Elvis – then you must do so immediately!  It is such fun – like many of us, she loves charity shops and always seems to find a bargain.  Her adventures are great to read!

Anyway – look what she sent me in thanks for the “Blighty Tea Cosy” I knit for her!

Lots of tea and cake goodies!  Perfect!  Love everything – purse and tissues going straight into my handbag.  My favourite is the little teapot strainer.  Scarlett – how did you know – I’ve always wanted one of those.  I’m going to go out tomorrow and get some loose tea to go in it. 

Scarlett, thank you once again – you have made my day and  brought me out of a rather “down” mood!

Remember and visit Scarlett’s blog.

Love, Liz

Wednesday 27 April 2011

Tray Cloths

Bought these two lovely embroidered tray cloths in a charity shop recently.

One is destined for a little table in the spare bedroom.

The other - well, I'm actually going to use it on a tray. 

Think it will look very pretty with a vintage cup and saucer sitting on it. 

Time for tea ….. again!

Love, Liz

Tuesday 26 April 2011

Let them eat - ... soap?!

When you are trying hard not to eat cake, it really is necessary to find something else to put on a cake stand to pretty it up.  So I found these little soapy bath thingies and don’t they look cute?  The pretty floral boxed soaps are from Marks & Spencer.

The cake stand was made from the bits and pieces of a tea set that I found in a charity shop.  Its a lovely gold and lemon pattern – very pretty and delicate.  Hubby helped again.

Made in England by Balfour.

I still have two cups and saucers, so can invite a friend to tea.

I’ll have real cakes, though!  Don’t think there are as many calories in them when you buy them for friends – are there?

Time to get the kettle on!

Love, Liz

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Monday 25 April 2011

Sewing Day

Got the sewing machine out today!  First time a quite a few years!  One big problem was that the eye of the needle had shrunk quite considerably in that time!  How did that happen :)!!!

It lives in a very 70s quaint wicker basket, but it still works perfectly!

Made some little pin cushions, just for starters.  Really love this fabric!

Found some old thread - didn't even realise I had this - think it was from Mum's sewing box.  She had her original sewing kit from when she was in the WAAFs - wonder what happened to that!

Keeping the machine out - going to make lots more stuff!

Love, Liz

Sunday 24 April 2011

HMS Bounty Replica

One of the great things about living in a port town is that you never know what kind of ships might be visiting!

In the summer of 2009, HMS Bounty arrived at Customhouse Quay.  This is a replica of the original ship which was involved in the mutiny in Tahiti in 1789.

The replica was built in 1962 for the film "Mutiny on the Bounty" staring Marlon Brando.   I have to admit that the Clark Gable and Charles Laughton version is my favourite.

The ship has also appeared in other films, including Pirates of the Caribbean.  Absolutely beautiful - isn't she!

Greenock is one of the ports of call for the Tall Ships Race in July this year, which means that we will be absolutely full of wonderful sailing ships of all types - really looking forward to that - will take lots of pics.  My windows look onto the river so I'll have a brilliant view! 

I used to love the TV series "The Onedin Line" and always imagined sailing off into the sunset with the lovely theme music playing in the background!  Oh well, one can dream!  I think the theme music was from Spartacus by Khachaturian - even when I hear it now I still think of billowing sails!

Happy Easter!

Love, Liz

Saturday 23 April 2011

The Singing Duck!

I found this sheet music in my favourite second hand book shop recently - it made me smile!

The cover graphics are really bright and fun!
The song is about a little lovelorn duckling.  Think it is from the 40s.

Here's another nice spring scene - a little lamb …. aw.  So what are you having for lunch tomorrow?  (Only kidding!)

Have a fun weekend!

Love, Liz

Friday 22 April 2011

Good Friday Thoughts

From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land.  About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" - which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? … And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

Many women were there, watching from a distance.  They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs.  Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's sons.

New International Version of the Bible - Matthew 27, verses from passage 45-55.
Image - photo taken at Glasgow Necropolis.

Love, Liz

Tuesday 19 April 2011

Pretty in Pink

This is my only charity shop find from the last two weeks!  But it is a beauty!

Lovely little plate with pink flowers. If anyone knows anything more about it, I'd be pleased to hear from you.

Made by Haviland, Paris for McDougall & Sons, Glasgow.

It is so delicate and pretty.  Was going to make it part of a vintage cake stand, but not sure if I can bring myself to harm it!

Hope I find a few more plates for drilling!

Love, Liz

Monday 18 April 2011

Chip-eating Viking!

Had a wee trip to Largs recently.  It’s as near as we get to a seaside town hereabouts!

Claim to fame - Battle of Largs (Scots v Vikings) 1263.  Hope they enjoyed their chips!

There's a sort of prom!

You can get the ferry to Millport, a wee island, hire a bike there and cycle round the island.

One of the best attractions is Nardini's Café - lovely art deco building and interior (recently modernised, but kept art deco feel).  Good ice cream.

Moorings building - architecture to resemble front (bow?)of a ship - seagulls included!

Not the best of days weatherwise, but a nice wee visit!

Love, Liz