22 July 2010

some new additions

Our trip to the market this week was exceedingly good! I was short of cash this month having spent a lot on wedding bits and bobs, so I was quite adamant not to spend anything in the market. This lasted just long enough to get through the gate...then my pockets ran dry very fast! I found some lovely things which were not pennies but lots of pounds, however, such fantastic prices for what they were I knew I couldn't pass them by...

a perfect old rug for the shed! I LOVE all the colours and mixture of pattern, it's exactly how I like to weave too, so I'm inspired to make a rug at some point! This one is old so it has become really soft under your feet...luverely!!

I also needed a nice fan, as I'm currently using the cold setting on the fan heater which is useless AND ugly!
I've been looking for a vintage desk fan that is in working order (rare as hen's teeth) and found this beautiful fan, costs less than our cheapo fan heater, and the guy who sold it to me wasn't sure if it still worked...I took a punt on it and plugged it in, and bingo! wow, thanks mister! Mint condition for such a good price!!

also, I found a nice white cotton window panel, exactly the right length for shed window...lucky indeed!

but, it doesn't even stop there...because, I spied this unusual purple silk and lace jacket, apparently 1860s Italian. I tried it on with my jaw dropping, and O No! it fits perfectly...there's no option than to add it to my collection. The lady knocked off £15 from the price so I got it for a bargain really. can't wait to wear it.
The trouble is, Nao is not discouraging my from buying...He's says 'that really suits you and its a good price' then how can I say no! tut tut.

we did find some things for work (main reason for going to the market in first place OOps)
Like the massive metal gates in the last post, and three old blackboard easels, here's one, with some of my artwork (Nao, me & Plimsoll portraits) Can you tell i have a degree in fine Art? ; )

changing the subject a bit, this old pub sign has been stored at our workshop for years and yesterday we decided to take it to our flat. We are not allowed to hang up pictures in our rented flat so its found a home on Nao's desk. i love it...

so, I'm abstaining from market duties until I have replenished my bank account! But, I'm sooo happy with my findings, I can't stop looking at them!


  1. i LOVE that fan! It beautiful. .. and so is the pub sign! ck :) x

  2. you always find such amazing things! especially that rug! i love reading your blog and cant wait to see what great ideas you will have for your wedding.

    was just wondering how do you make your photographs a little blurry in some areas?


  3. Sometimes things call out to us, and then how can you walk past and ignore them? :) The fan was a real find. Wow!

    I'd love to have a rummage through your wardrobe. If the two items you've purchased recently are any indication, you must have some wonderful pieces. I think a post on your favourite items is in order. Pretty please... xx

  4. Gorgeous, gorgeous finds - I love popping over here, you always brighten up my day!

  5. Wow the markets must be amazing....you've found such beautiful things. Such fun, thanks for sharing!!!!

  6. i always enjoy seeing what you've found each week :)

    that fan is stunning!

  7. Love it all, as usual!

  8. Oh, I love the rug! It looks so great in your shed.

  9. hello, yours is my favourite blog, i love your taste, excellent items today
    I recently bought a bureau from a recycling centre after being inspired by the one you have (with the glass fronted cupboard on top). Can't decide whether or not to paint it though!


  10. Some fantastic finds here you lucky lady! Any chance you can share the names of some of the markets you frequent?

  11. you just have the most amazing markets in london! our markets pale in comparison to the selection of goodies you come home with. boo hoo... still, it doesn't stop my love of hunting out treasure in unexpected places.
    look forward to reading more about your wedding - i loved the pictures of 'your island' ...so beautiful.

  12. Such wonderful finds, I also would love a vintage fan and the rug looks awesome. Hang the expense, you just have buy these things when you see them as you will always regret it.

  13. Great finds ... all of them.
    That rug in particular I love. I have a shorter one that's similar, made for me by one of my Brownies years back. She's an adult now.

  14. I never thought i'd get excited over a fan, but I think a little 'eek' was squeeked!I found your blog a week ago, and i am hooked. Woop for vintage fans!

  15. Hi Artemis, I'm not quite sure how I found my way to your blog, but I'm so glad i did. I'm enjoying looking at all your vintage finds, they're always so beautiful, and i'm in love with your shed; I want one too!

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  17. Hello I am a friend of Amamna at Amanda Makes and she suggested I visit you! I am into upcycling and make rag rugs. I love to car boot and recycle. Please visit me!

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