Sunday, 8 April 2012

Three tins, two bunnies and a deck of cards










A few months ago I was sorely tempted by a stack of book-shaped tins (a combination of book AND tin?! Magic!) I spotted online, freshly made and with price tags of £18 upwards, it seemed a small price to pay for bookish loveliness but my frugal tendencies kicked in and I couldn't bring myself to spend nearly £20 for the smallest of them. Days later I had a change of heart and grabbed my debit card only to find they were sold out - it wasn't meant to be, but book-shaped tins then made it to the bingo list of must-seek-out-and-buy items. It's a very long list and if I'm totally honest I don't think everything on it would even fit into my house, I think clutterbugs naturally expand their cluttery fancies to fit their containers but if I expand too much further there'll be trouble of the tripping hazard variety. But back to the tins of wonder - these two were love at first sight, both under the £3 mark and vintage to boot - if I could purr I would. Along came the floral number and suddenly I'd acquired three vintage tins all made by Cadbury's.

Porcelain bunnies! T was very unimpressed when I presented this pair of cuties, apparently they're the sort of things old ladies have in nursing homes (!) so they may end up in my Etsy shop seeking a loving home but for the moment they are my only bit of Eastery decoration about the place. I'm making up for the fact I convinced myself Easter was next weekend by munching toasted hot cross buns and admiring my bunnies.

I've been snapping up sets of vintage playing cards the past couple of weeks for a crafty project I'm working on, won't say too much more about that at the moment (creating a little mystery there) but sooner or later prototypes will turn into propertypes and I'll show you what has been keeping me busy lately! I blame my new (old) desk - all sorts of ideas have come into being since it turned up full of handy drawers and prettiness, it lured me in with it's siren song and I've been sitting at it every day feeling inspired. Will post some gratuitous desk ogling shots soon!

I hope you're all having a great bank holiday weekend, have a tea for me! 



Linking to Her Library Adventures for Flea Market Finds and Apron Thrift Girl

25 comments :

  1. I'm in love with the vintage tin, the colours are just lovely x

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  2. The book tin is GORGEOUS Jem!

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  3. Beautiful tins, I am a tin lover - who needs plastic storage boxes for life's 'bits'
    I'm rather tickled by the thought of you admiring your bunnies while T looks on, nonplussed. Double entendre?

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  4. Hi Jem,
    I've just stumbled upon your blog - and what a great place to stumble upon! I LOVE it here!!! What a lot of gorgeous stuff there is to see!!! :-)
    Your tins were a fabulous find. I'm a secret tin-lover too. I have loads, but always seem to be able to find stuff to fill new ones with! I love your vintage playing card pack too!!! My husband's a magician by night (teacher by day, like me), and I'm sure he's think the cards were amazing. I'll have to show him.
    Whereabouts in Derbyshire are you? I come from Staffordshire (Tamworth), though we live in Germany (Duesseldorf) now. Still, we're back in the Midlands a few times a year, visiting my folks.
    Until my next visit (I'll be stopping by regularly now I've found you).....
    Happy Easter!
    Carly
    x

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  5. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh the book tins are fantastic! ive never actually seen those cadbury book tins before but I'll be eagle eyeing everywhere now because I need some! they're really excellent finds this week I love the playing cards and the china rabbits too! x

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  6. Love the floral tin - gorgeous colours!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  7. I don't think there's anything wrong with the Easter bunnies, and i've never assumed they would be in old peoples homes either. I think you should keep him and give him a loving home hehe. Love the cards too - especially the box, the detailing and the colouring is lush!

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  8. I really like the book tins, and the floral one is just lovely. The little bunnies are sure cute as well.
    I look forward to seeing what you end up doing with the vintage playing cards.. I am very curious indeed!
    Magie

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  9. How wonderful are those tins!! x

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  10. you find such wonderful trickets, I love those book tins, I thought you actually had the complete works of Charles Dickens there! xx

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  11. Beautiful tins and complete bargains! I am very much looking forward to seeing what your craftness is up to with those cards :o)) Scarlett x

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  12. Jem those tins are gorgeous and so you. It sure is wonderful to stumble upon something that you have been lusting after for so long! I bet you was truly thrilled.
    I have a bit of a soft spot for bunnies too, I welcomed a new one into my collection recently too- he may pop up on my blog sooner or later. I'm already looking forward to seeing your new old desk, I'm sure I will be inspired xxx

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  13. Cute, cute and cute! I love this post!

    http://www.afrenchinlosangeles.com/

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  14. Oh, the tins! How perfect! xx

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  15. I just found your blog through the Flea Market Finds link share and am a new follower! I'm a collector of tins too (sadly had to cut back on the collection due to space issues) so am in love with the book-shaped versions you found! So clever.

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  16. Now there is nothing old age home about those bunnies!! I think all woodland creatures are popular at the moment and for Easter all our shops were full of bunnies like those - gorgeous!! I think they will sell quickly for you on Etsy! The other bits and pieces are just stunning as well - doesn't get much better than that delectable bunch of cards!

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  17. Wow! Those playing cards are just beautiful! And I really like the book tins too :) Hope you had a nice Easter weekend!

    //Niina

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  18. Glad I wasn't the only one that got caught out by thinking Easter was next weekend!

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  19. I just happened to stumble across your blog & I was instantly hooked when I saw your guest post on royal memorabilia & your collection of Vintage tins


    I am insanely jealous of your Dickens tin & your amazing blue Queen jubilee tin! :)

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  20. Love the flowered tin! And the playing cards a just lovely. Great finds!

    ~Trudy http://thriftscore42.blogspot.com/

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  21. These are really lovely photos and I love the chocolate book tin! So so amazingly cool.

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  22. Ah, I saw two cute ornamental bunnies in a shop the other day and decided against them but seeing your two are making me regret it.Rx

    http://sandersonsmithstory.blogspot.co.uk/

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  23. Ooh lovely things, so much better to have the cheaper real vintage version of the tins, and I've seen them go for more on eBay.

    I'm going to be really jealous of your new old desk aren't I? I really hoped I'd have space of my own when we moved, but it's back to the dining table and sofa for me!

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  24. YAY for getting the tins! i love it and it's vintage too! i cant wait to see what you're making, the mystery got me all excited hehe! i adore those playing cards!

    x susan

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