5 February 2010

flea market finds, and a story of woe

Yep indeed, we went to the market yesterday, and found so many nice things, but not just nice, expensive as well!
I fell for this framed sampler, I love the colours! and a pair of Ercol armed chairs which were so expensive (for me) but actually quite cheap. These fit into my imaginary house which i don't have yet!

Some other bits and bobs for the bucket tree, toy sauce pan and kettle, and tin lunch box.

a beautiful cotton top...for the summers that we never get, and a book!
I have lately been collecting frames, and last night, I slopped loads of white emulsion all over them...my idea is to frame all the books I like and mount them on a nice white wall...which I don't have!
I have a big problem right now, as we are looking for a new abode to rent, I have foolishly been letting my dreams wander, and visualising the home of my dreams with white walls, wooden floors, sewing room, study, garden with mature trees, library, utility room, possibly a conservatory, quiet tree lined road, the nice bit of Peckham or the nice bit of Nunhead or the nice bit of East Dulwich, close to the train station, not too far from a good pub and cafe, with park nearby...breath!
BUT, then I realise we can only afford rent enough for a bedsit in a Deptford council estate, our mouldy flat doesn't seem so bad now!
Earth calling Artemis. Hello?
How can I make £350,000 in 12 months without doing anything illegal or degrading?
Answers on a postcard please:
.......and don't say 'stop buying things from the market'!!


  1. That white top is so pretty!

    I also want to get a house... I am so sick of renting!

  2. That's so funny! Anyway, I'm sure you'll get there eventually. Which market is this?

  3. Ooh if you get a good answer, please let me know!
    Love your purchases, especially that top!

  4. Oh Honey!! Whoopie-do - did you know one of your satchels in The Bucket Tree is on India Knight's fantastic blog Posterous!!

    How exciting :)))

  5. The sampler is beautiful.
    Your conditions on earning £350,000 in a year cancelled out all my immediate answers. Ah well. xx

  6. I totally know what you mean about wanting the dream house, like, RIGHT NOW. Whilst my husband and I currently own a sweet little thatched cottage, what I dream of is a Regency style rectory, or a big farmhouse with nice high ceilings, and yes, wooden floors, amazing hallway, a study, pantry, utility, boot room, about a couple of acres of land for veggies and chickens, outhouses to use as an artist's studio... the list goes on. So I share the dream, I'm out of ideas about making money, though. I think I need about a million quid... damn!

    Lovely market stuff. I need to go for a junk fix soon.

  7. I have an imaginary house that I keep buying things for! And a friend of mine's had one since she was 14. She probably needs about five houses by now. Love your finds, as always. :)

  8. oh Artemis! the eternal question. i wish i knew the answer, it's impossible innit?

    we also live in a very expensive part of the world and my dreams of having a house and a bit of land are all but dashed. for the sort of house you describe, round here you'd need 500k or thereabouts. wail! sob! gnash!

  9. Patience, - your tide is turning, I can tell!