Sunday, 1 July 2012

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My Saturday mornings are for market wanderings and charity shopping, bunting that went up just before the Jubilee (eight miles of it!) is still strung up all over town which feels quite celebratory, hard not to be cheerful with that flapping in the breeze! Today everyone was abuzz in the wake of the Olympic Torch passing through last night, I'm not a fan of heaving crowds so had decided to give it a miss but it turned out the route was directly past the house and I had a bird's eye view from our first floor living room window. I happily avoided all the jostling and casually sipped some tea during the wait, tea enhances the good in everything.

The blue and white teacups remind me of my Nannie and had to come home with me, she has quite a collection of blue and white china. Growing up the thing I loved most about tea with Nannie was that even while I was small my tea came in a pretty teacup with a saucer to catch biscuit crumbs or soggy leftovers from dunking. Biscuits were given out in pairs too - one for each hand. She still makes a mean cup of tea, my Nannie. 

One gap in my vintage jewellery stash is little pendants, I seem to pick up brooches, dress clips, necklaces and earrings galore but pendants seem more difficult to come by. This one is spherical and double sided; one side a gorgeous teal-y blue and the other a miniature round postcard of Capri, I'm told it dates from the 1930s and I wonder whether it was picked up by a young traveller on their 'grand tour'  - it definitely experienced at least one journey of its own back to England. The blue side is a smaller version of how I imagine dragon eyes would look; jewelled and almost sea green. The two brooches came from the same seller as the pendant and teacups, I could have lingered there indefinitely! Leafy brooches have an autumnal quality I love, I missed out on one almost identical to this on eBay last year so it made my morning to come across another. I've never owned an embroidered brooch so this is a first for me and it will look perfect pinned to the lapel of a blazer come cooler weather. 

Owls. Love them or loathe them? Easy to guess that it's the former for me, ever since I read The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark as a kid although J.K Rowling definitely worked her magic. Who wouldn't want an owl to bring them their post in the morning? A floral behind has to be a winner though and I love the imperious expression on this particular little owl, definitely a suitable perch-mate for Maud.

Rounding off: glass. There is almost always glass of some description but I can't resist quirky vintage drinking glasses, they look so much prettier than a nondescript Ikea tumbler - although I own a few of those too!

Have you come across any treasures recently?



Linking to Flea Market FindsMagpie Monday

46 comments :

  1. Aw, what a lovely post :)
    Danielle x
    daniellecurio.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. i love tis collection. I thought Jubilee celebration was in last month.
    3lin

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  3. oh, wow. these are all so lovely! i haven't been thrifting in a long time. i really am in need of a hutch aka welsh dresser. i do not own a truck or van, but my parents are driving me back down to atlanta next month, so hopefully i'll find a few good pieces whilst i have a van to use! i would love to find owls too, i love owls. so happy they were in harry potter! xx

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  4. everything about these photos is absolutely beautiful.
    i'm a complete sucker for thrift shops. there's one that i go to atleast once a week. everything there completely changes every single day. i start to get withdrawls if i don't go!

    -alexandra
    http://alexisinodak.blogspot.com

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  5. What beautiful treasures Jem! The tea cups are lovely and the jewellery a very lucky find! X

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  6. This is suchhh a gorgeous post! I am in love with that owl ;~; Unfortunately, I haven't been able to go thrifting in a while, but I have big plans!

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  7. Those tea cups remind me of my Nana too!
    She has instilled a like for blue and white crockery in me!

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  8. Plop the little barn owl is responsible for my fondness for owls, too, which is fortunate as around the same time in my childhood I was reading about Squirrel Nutkin's Mr Brown. Shudder.

    Such beautiful teacups, and the fabric inset brooch looks really unusual.

    x

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  9. How dainty is the stitched willow pattern piece - just love it. My MIL had a set of those exact teacups - she loved blue and white too. Your oics are so lovely - I felt like I was in the room with all your lovely finds!
    x
    sue

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  10. ooh that round pendant is absolutely beautiful, it looks like a mini crystal ball, i wish i could look into it and see a holiday to capri in my future! the tea cups are divine. my nana was old school and though she would use the most gorg. china the act of taking out her false teeth and sucking up the tea cooled from a saucer left me less ronantic about her tea habits than you!
    your photos as always are stunning jem x

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  11. The jewels are lovely, I picked up a few myself this weekend.

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  12. Just discovered your blog :)

    Amazing work, it looks beautiful! I was wondering if you wanted to swap buttons and display them on each other's blogs? I am creating a new column for sponsors so just let me know, that would be awesome.

    xxx

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  13. Those blue and white tea-cups are gorgeous :) I also love the pendant, beautiful! And of course you have to love owls, who doesn't?

    Hope you're having a lovely weekend!

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  14. I too am rather fond of blue and white china, and I think the willow pattern brooch is just divine!!

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  15. I love that orb glass "thing" for want of a better word! Love how the light catches on it! We won a lot with a couple of trinkets and compacts on eBay yesterday so I can't wait to get my hands on them!

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  16. What beautiful finds - love all the jewellery :) just found your blog, as a ex derbyshire border girl I'll pop in again for a dose of home!

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  17. Love those teacups, gorgeous items.

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  18. This is such a beautiful post Jem.

    Your photos are divine.

    Your Nannie and her biscuits made me smile - my mother-in-law gives out one for each hand to my daughter too! We call it a balanced diet.

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  19. I LOVE the owl!! So so pretty, they really are lovely creatures but I guess I too have Harry Potter to blame for that :) Owl post <3 The pendent is also really pretty! xxx

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  20. Beautiful photos! I love the tiny pendant, it is just so delicate.
    Lovely story of you and your Nannie having tea too - my Nana was just the same so Ramona and I often sit down for a cup of tea in china teacups.

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  21. The pendant is gorgeous!Could you tell me where the versions of the Jane Austen books are from, i'd love them as they look so beautiful!xo

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    1. Hello Olivia - there isn't a link to your blog for me to reply so though I'd reply on here; those particular copies of Jane Austen are published by Penguin and are called Clothbound Classics :-)

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    2. Thank you very much!:)xo

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  22. your pictures are just beautiful :)

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  23. The little pendant is gorgeous, from the 1930's you say? I love thinking of the past histories of these sorts of trinkets.. I can imagine Lucy from A Room with a View maybe owning something similar.. tea most definitely enhances everything! xx

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  24. Just love the idea of biscuits coming as a pair, might have to adopt that in our house :)

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  25. What gorgeous finds. I love the teacups.

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  26. I approve of your nanny and her biscuit for each hand idea! Lovely finds again, I especially like the pendant and I LOVE 'The Owl who was afraid of the Dark' - the boys and I like to be like Plop and say "that was nice. What's next?" all the time!
    x

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  27. such gorgeous finds...seriously amazing...but the pendant and the owl have to be my favourites...the pendant just pips it for looking like a dragon's eye!

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  28. I love your photos, I wish I could take pictures that good!

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  29. Your nannie sounds like a class act.A biscuit for each hand is genius!I have a thing about pyrex plates because my granny has always made her apple tart on one.
    Gorgeous finds as always,especially love the embroidered brooch and the pendant(your story about the traveller adds to it's magic)Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos,Cassandra xxx

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  30. These pictures are stunning!

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  31. Absolutely great pictures! Your grandmother sounds lovely. :)

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  32. I have fond memories of tea with my nana too. Biscuits were a must, alongside sandwiches, and then she got the sweet tin out! I love the idea of you sipping tea and watching the torch go by. I don't like crowds either and so stayed away when the torch passed in a nearby park, but sitting with a cuppa at home, looking out of the window is right up my street (excuse the pun!) I'm having a giveaway Jem, and wanted to let you know. It runs until the 21st July and it would be lovely if you wanted to enter. Em ♥

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  33. i miss trawling the charity shops and the boot fairs and markets.
    i live quite far from our local saturday/sunday market--and i am a non driver :(!
    when i was a t uni in nottingham, every early sunday morning, me and my friends would visit the cattle market, and come back with tonnes of teacups and saucers and old books and lampshades. i miss it.

    that vintage pendant is beyond beautiful! wow-ee. such a magical little piece.
    <3
    xxx

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  34. What fun and fabulous finds. I do enjoy your journey!
    Linda

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  35. All eye-catching finds. : )

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  36. I love to see peoples charity shop finds! your photos are great! x

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  37. Your photo's are amazing, so inspiring!

    Have a great night!

    Ciao Bella
    Sensible Sarah

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  38. Did I see a couple of Jane Austen novels in the start of this post! She is my inspiration....in many of my creations...and also in my writing and journal keeping.

    I clicked on over here from Karen's WBC link list. Stop by and visit with me too...I'm sharing in on all the linky fun.

    ciao bella
    creative carmelina

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  39. Beautiful photos! Owls are amazing too ;) xx

    http://www.jenventure.blogspot.co.uk

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  40. Just found you're blog. Lovely photos - adore those quaint tea cups.

    Lauren xx

    http://scarecrowsdonttalk.blogspot.com

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  41. gorgeous finds! i love the crockery in particular :) xx

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  42. I wish i could spend each saturday doing the same, Love going to junk shops, markets and carboot sales specially outside London. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. marga

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  43. I so want to go shopping with you, you find the best stuff!

    I particularly love the teacups.

    Congrats again on the nomination - have voted for you.

    Rach x

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