Friday, January 29, 2016


Edinburgh last week for a gig and, of course, a trawl through the fab charity shops of Nicolson Street and Stockbridge.

Not vintage but I am gathering up cute frames for a display
 - love this blue spotty shabby one. £2. Books were further bargains.

Probs my fave Edinburgh buy - ancient delft plate - £2.50

Markings on the plate
Not old but blue! £1.
Blue Caithness. Very pleased with this. The shop was £££
but they didn't realise this was Caithness, I reckon. £3.99

Blue group, 2 charity shop vases, 1 Habitat

The Caithness with a Ballinasloe purchase - €1, last week. It's old, I love it.

Blue group

Daffs in blue glass

Monday, January 11, 2016

2016 & still buying

I try hard not to buy stuff, I really do, but it's difficult when the local charity shops are so good/ affordable and stocked with stuff I like. I walked away from two blue glass vases today. But then I came home and was reading Period Ideas and thought, Argh, why did I leave them there?! So, I hopped into the car and in jig time had them bought and home. Blue. Glass. €10 for the pair. No brainer.

We've put an extra room (sunroom/dining room) on our house so have been busily re-jigging how rooms are used. Much as I love the oasis of my bedroom as a writing room, I wanted it back as a bedroom alone. We've gained a study because of the sunroom but, with both of us working from home mostly, and me needing quiet to write, I now need to have two desks. One in the study for when Mr is away and one in the sitting room for the rest of the time.

So I went to Lynn Antiques in Athlone hoping to find a nice bureau but got this oak desk instead for €150. Great price, great desk. I love the lions! You put your hand in the lower one's mouth to pull open the drawer.

And finally not vintage but whimsical, a €5 brontosaurus planter from Tiger: