Friday, 2 July 2010

Recent Acquisitions¹

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I finally got around to re-joining our new city library which re-opened last year. These are the first two books I checked out, I love to read about women living around the 1940's.

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I have started to collect bone china, mostly from flea markets and charity shops, to create my own mismatched set. This is a haul from a few weeks ago.

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This glass bud vase was also a charity shop buy to sit on my dressing table with the plan of buying a single stem each week. Roses are particularly nice I think.

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My favourite nightgown started to grow holes, so I removed the trimmings before throwing it out. I'm not sure what they will be used for yet but I couldn't bear to get rid of them.

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I found this little tea-light holder in the shape of a lamp on my recent visit to York. I didn't buy much that day but was so pleased to discover an indoor flea market where I managed to acquire a couple of things for a few pounds.

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I have been searching for a new teapot for a while now. And I thought this Harlequin teapot by Wedgwood was the one. I love the design and lemon colour but sadly decided it was too small and returned it.

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I have a drinks trolley in my living room that houses a lot of spirits that I never seem to get around to drinking. I bought this miniature bottle of Chambord purely for decorative purposes, it really is the prettiest bottle. It came with a great Martini recipe too that I will share with you another day.

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I was recently contacted by BBC magazine Homes & Antiques with the possibility of featuring my home. I can't imagine it will happen but I bought the magazine to do a little research.

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Floral bag from Top Shop - perfect for summer and large enough to fit all of my daily belongings.

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I'm a big believer in buying oneself little treats now and again (or very often, in my case). They don't need to cost the earth, so these luxurious chocolates made my day as well as being used as a prop in one of my photo shoots.

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And what was inside the box. Along with a little silver tray, another charity shop find.

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And finally, the last of the charity shop purchases, a miniature china bell that actually does ring.

On a side note, I was wondering how everyone is keeping up with blogging in the summer months? I'm finding myself struggling to keep up with my regular blogging schedule. Yes, I photograph everyday anyway so the posts aren't too time-consuming but the interaction between bloggers that I so love, seems to have diminished recently as I spend more time outside than on my computer. The winter months are perfect for cosying up with a cup of tea and my laptop but at the moment there seems to be so much more I would like to do with my time. I do wonder if everyone is having the same thoughts as me, perhaps it's just us Brits who aren't used to having nice weather and are relishing every moment of it!

Also, today I was featured in the most beautiful blog teaspoons & petals. If you love tea and all things whimsical and girly, do check it out.

43 comments:

  1. Such beautiful, beautiful things. I especially love your mismatched collection of china - I'm building up a collection of my own!

    Blog world is definitely quieter now the weather's warmer. I too miss the interaction, but I can understand the appeal of sitting outside in the sun over sitting in front of a computer!

    I'm such a winter girl, so can't wait for tights, comfort food and evenings filled with my favourite blogs. :) x

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  2. So many lovely goodies, I would love to go shopping with you!

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  3. Beautiful things on stunning photos! :)

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  4. I love the mismatched china set. What a great idea.Your house and everything in it does look beautiful, would be great to see it featured in a magazine.

    Regarding the blogging schedule, I am struggling with mine at the moment, partly because of the weather and also due to workload.

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  5. I love your little vintage pieces, and those antique vases are nice !

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  6. you always post the MOST wonderful pictures! I love your bone china collection, I always keep an eye out for pretty tea cups! xxx

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  7. York is amazing for all it's little shops and lovely little finds, I lived there for two years and always love going to visit friends there.

    I haven't stopped blogging but I have a book blog so I read during the day in the sunshine and write reveiws in the evening but my google reader still seems to be full but I have noticed a few blogs that have stopped posting as much 3/4 of them are University students though and have gotten summer jobs. It's mainly clothes/beauty blogs that have slowed down.

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  8. I adore your little world! Your acquistions are so cute!

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  9. Nice things! I love the shape of the old bottle! Very original!

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  10. Your post have the ability to make my knees weak!!…..I love each and every one of your photos they are so inspiring and so soft and delicate I love the way they make me feel.

    And many times they inspire my outfits the prints in many of your items tend to do that♥

    Amazing post darling you always know what to do♥

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  11. I love your china collection, the mismatchedness makes it so much cuter.

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  12. I don't drink tea (though I would love to) but I am extremely attracted to tea cups. They look so beautiful if displayed or as pendants or rings. Anything tea cup is mine.

    I love your list. You have such an expert eye. The title is so british too. Recent Acquisitions. I would have titled it Recent Finds. Ha!

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  13. Everything in this post is so lovely! I especially love the teapot, what a shame you had to return it.

    I'm feeling the same way about not having much time to spend online, visiting other blogs etc, even though I take pictures anyway so I have enough time to post. I've decided to dedicate a few hours, 2-3 days a week to reading other blogs, and will spend the rest of the time doing other summer activities!

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  14. I absolutely agree about the whole blogging schedule thing. I'm struggling to find time but miss the blogging buzz a little!

    And oh my gosh, Home and Antiques? How amazing would that be?

    Beautiful things you have bought here. The china! :)

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  15. I do find the same, that i am going round blogs a bit less because of the sunnier weather. Hopefully everyone understands. It is quite rare to have had such a run of good weather here isnt it!

    I have been looking on ebay at vintage china with you in mind P, but i havent found anything as nice as you have here.

    Congrats on being asked to feature in a magazine. Im not sure how i would feel, its an honour but its also putting your home out there in quite a big way, when maybe there are areas you'd rather keep private and personal.

    I got the Girly interiors of London Japanese book this week, and theres alot of bloggers homes in there. All beautiful.

    I love the little bell!
    will reply yo your email later honey,
    much love Kat xoxo

    ps the word verification for this comment was Stork! hopefully not an omen, unless you want it to be :)

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  16. My parents country house was featured in homes and antiques.
    I really hope they feature you!
    I adore china; have been collecting them with my sister since we were tiny girls of 10.
    It's a charming form of pleasure.
    Have a nice weekend, dear!;-)

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  17. I love the Chambord bottle, I keep meaning to buy a bottle of St Germain for the same reason!

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  18. Your collection of china is fantastic!!!! I would love to have one myself!!!

    Blogging is difficult in summer months i AGREE...There are tons of thinks that you have to do plus holidays and weekends away seem to break the "routine" work-home-work. Not a bad think of course!

    We will see! For me it is the first summer in the blogoland so I guess I will find a way!

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  19. the tea pot is sooo cute ive seen a retor 80's print one i really want on modcloth. i bought a load of books the other day for my hol (leave this evening!) so the blog world will be quieter with out my loud mouth! lol :) xo

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  20. what a lovelyy things and u represent perfectly!

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  21. WOW!
    i just love your blog!
    and the wonderful things you happen to create with eveything you find in charity shops!
    i would love to do the same thing!

    and congrats for your future featuring in BBC magazine! that's awesome!

    xoxo
    ✺⺃✺

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  22. Ok I'm in love with everything! I adore your blog as it gives me something pretty to look at every time I visit : )

    x

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  23. Wow, I love your blog, banner, and all the pictures in this post!

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  24. I've been awful with my blog recently - definitely blaming the good weather! Beautiful photos as ever - I've also developed a habit for buying bone china, I love all mis-matched patterns xx

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  25. You have such a way of surrounding yourself with such beautiful things. Love your style.....xxx

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  26. Looks like your house is full of just the prettiest things! Love these pics.


    xoxo
    Call Me Stylista

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  27. I just started recently finding lots of resourceful materials from the library!

    I love your beautiful china. You have such great taste in your collectibles.

    Paula, I love how elegant you are. :)

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  28. That tiny bottle is to die for, so amazing! ♥

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  29. hurray for libraries! is that newcastle library? i really want to visit it, it sounds amazing. i have been blogging less because i'd much rather be outside on a sunny day than inside on my laptop, but today is dull and windy so i'll do some catching up!

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  30. To tell you the truth I love winter, but I don't have much time in those months because of the university. That's why I increase my blog activity in summer.

    I love all of your purchases, your house is a dream.

    Have fun and enjoy the summer!

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  31. oh dear. i hope this doesn't sound odd, but because of your photos i would love to see what your home looks like. it seems so dreamy and beautiful.

    i think the blogging over the summer has become more relaxed, but i feel like there is even better photography because of all the natural light. i think once everyone feel rested enough more posts are to come.

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  32. You've bought some lovely things, I shall be browsing charity shops and car boot sales more often this summer after seeing these photographs! They're always so gorgeous.
    I know the feeling about feeling like your blogging less, as long as it's quality and quantity! I love posts that have been thought out :)

    xxxx

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  33. So many wonderful pictures! I love them all! Those books look intriguing. I love that era. I will have to check them out!
    I feel the same way about blogging in summer months! It has been so hard lately and I feel so behind keeping up with everyone's blogs and my own!
    I hope you are having a lovely weekend :)

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  34. So many pretty little things...I love all of it! :)

    Enjoy the warm summer! :)

    xx

    S*

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  35. you got such a beautiful collection of bone china ! <3

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  36. Heck yes to the tea cups. I have a little collection going, mostly of Royal Albert pieces (although I refuse to buy Country Roses). And that floral tote is gorgeous. Oooh and cute bell!

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  37. Absolutely lovely things! And I bought a miniture bottle of Chambord too becfause it was so adorable!

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  38. Oh my goodness! I have to say I am a bit of a Homes&Antiques fan (I borrow it off my Grandma!) It would be so exciting if you were in it, wow! Also I got Letters Between Six Sisters soon after it first came out, and I loved it. It really made me want to write more letters!

    I definitely am finding summer blogging more tricky, even though I have way more photos to show everyone!

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  39. Awww what lovely pics dear! i love me some Chambord too!!!

    also, thanks for your comment on my giveaway! And they are vinyl decals:-)

    Hope your weekend is going well!

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  40. What a perfect time! love you hair, outfit and all the goodies!

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  41. I think you should not fret the communications, chances are, a lot of other people want to be outside, too! I know that I only pop in twice a week to catch up on reading and once to set up a post or two ;D We will love you regardless!

    Ripped Nylon

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  42. The cups and saucers are absolutely gorgeous! :)
    x

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