I'm back steering the good ship Magpie Monday.
Huge and undying thanks to Molly for keeping her on an even keel in my absence - she did a marvelous job. Thanks also to all of you who offered to help out - sorry I was so disorganised I didn't even have the time to thank you. I have slapped myself on the wrist and promise to try harder.
We're still not in our new house, and are now squatting at the in-laws while they're on their hols, but hopefully things have settled down sufficiently for Me and My Shadow to get back on track.
We've just returned from a week on the south coast. If you haven't visited, I can thoroughly recommend Hastings. After a bit of exploring, we discovered the Old Town, and what a treat it was to wander up and down the lanes and secret passages. Full of vintage shops, boutiques, antique stores and galleries - I think you'd love it! There were old school haberdashers stuffed to the gunnels with ribbons and buttons, bohemian cafes and independent stores - I was in love!
Mooching around St Leonards, Hastings and the neighbouring town of Bexhill on bank holiday Monday, I had high hopes. I don't know if there's ever been any research on which town has the highest proportion of charity shops per square mile, but I reckon this area is a front-runner!
However, returning a few days later when all the shops were open, I was sorely disappointed. Gutted in fact. Most of the shops were full of tat. I mean, un-buyable tat (for me, that's saying something!) There were clothes with holes in, broken toys, games with pieces missing... Really, I know it's for charity but this just isn't good enough!
I did eventually manage to track down some treasures. I spotted this embroidered cushion cover and snaffled it, happily paying the £1.99 asking price.
It was only after getting it back and examining it I even noticed it was only part completed! Oh well, a little project for me. I just hope I can track down the silks for it. I love the Art Nouveau design and it will have pride of place once finished.
I found these pretty handmade place mats in an antique store. £5 for 8 of them. Some of them are stained, but I'm thinking I can re-use the appliqued flowers in some project or other. I think this must have been some kind of kit as my Mother-in-law has a book bag in an almost identical design, passed down from her mother-in-law. When I asked if she'd sewn it herself, my mother-in-law spat her tea out and declared that 'granny' couldn't even make a bed!!
Next up, I seized this gorgeous double sheet adorned with pretty yellow tea roses.
I love it! I suspect it will now mean I re-think the decoration of our new spare room...greys and yellows?
Finally, this piece of fabric which I picked up for £1.50. I love the contrast between the mint green and the scarlet red. Not sure what I'll use it for yet, but I'm sure it will find a home - just as soon as I do!
I hope you've all been treasure-hunting and you'll link up and join me here.
It's good to be back. x
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