Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Bargains and Little Green Surprises

Bank Holiday Monday involved a car boot sale where I bagged a couple of lovely bargains.  This was £2.

Isn't that a lovely sentiment ~ We cannot all do great things for the world but we can do small things with great love.  I need to take it to bits and repair a few of the stitches; even though it's rather shabby I like it!

I am another collector of Ladybird Books.  I grabbed these few at the boot sale, the guy selling them was charging 20p each a few weeks ago but he has cottoned on and now they are £1 each.  I was still happy to pay that though and I had to reign in my excitement when I saw the Cinderella Book.


I have been after this for ages, I had this as a girl and used to pour over and over the beautiful frocks, I remember this vividly from being tiny and I wanted that Blue frock soooo badly.









On the way home I popped into the supermarket and bagged me this bouquet for 75p! (the purple ribbon is from a box of chocolates; i'm such a hoarder)


On to the surprises ~ I know I should not be amazed but I am; I grew stuff!

Little butterfly flowers just peeking through the soil:




Just look at the sweet peas on the right, they sprang out of nowhere in a couple of days - they are now in their own little pots. 
Thanks again Gill for getting me inspired to grow x

I have had lots of lovely comments and a few emails about my little hexie cushion.  It's so simple to do and such a good use of the odd scraps of fabric you have lying about that I thought I would do a simple tutorial to show you how it's done.  I'll be back with that one later in the week.

~ ♥ TTFN ♥ ~

32 comments:

The undomesticated scientist said...

i remember that book, and i remember the dresses. i so wanted (and still want) frocks like that! just need a prince charming.......

Lucy said...

I totally remember those illustrations too, ahhh! Hooray for growing stuff, aren't we clever!

Vintage Vixen said...

I loved that Puss In Boots book when I was a little 'un. Never very keen on princesses though. Well done on the planting! xxx

WoodbankCrafts said...

I had Penguin books as a child and still have some now, I remembered the Puss in Boots book straight away. I look forward to the tutorial :) x

Kerry said...

I remember loving the cinderella book- the illustrations really concentrate on the fabric and how it folds and shines- great finds

The Vintage Gardener said...

I'm really impressed Lisa, carry on with the good work!

qwiksave said...

Another one that remembers the Cinderella book - those illustrations are so memorable. I've been collecting a few Ladybird books too, the reading ones with Peter & Jane. They do seem strange now.

Dana said...

looking forward to the tute on the cushion im looking for something portable to take away with me on holiday so it could be just what I need x

VintageVicki said...

Bargain price for the Cinderella book - you jammy lady :) Thats one I'm ever hopeful will appear one day at a sensible price for me.

VintageVicki said...

OMG just looked @ ebay - perhaps you should do too - your £1 might be a very good investment!!

dosierosie said...

It's amazing how excited you can get over growing your own plants isn't it.
Now you can say"I grew them from seed you know" which I find myself doing.
Gillx

Serenata said...

I've got an embroidery very similar in style to that, with what looks to be the same frame and border background. Different verse, but lovely all the same. Must have been the day for ladybird books, I managed to get some as well!

Bethany said...

If you do a tutorial and tell me it's easy I'm going to just HAVE to make one I suppose :)

Catherine said...

A great little stash! well Done! Cx

cupcakejojo said...

This post really made me smile, I wanted the Cinderella book AND the blue dress too!!! Have a look at my post about it in January!!!

http://cupcakejojo.blogspot.com/2011/01/little-girls-dream.html

Great bargains you found :)

Jo x

Ali said...

Great buys there. Nothing happened with my sweet peas so i've cheated and bought some little ones but I think I've managed to kill them as well!! :-)

Rebecca said...

I used to love those Ladybird books! I think my favourite when I was little was the Elves and the Shoemaker :)
Your plants looks super, some of mine have just started shooting through.... must be the weather x

daisychain said...

SO jealous of your book finds!

Pooh's Abode said...

Brilliant book finds - why can I never find the old ladybirds?
Your plants look good
Viv
xxx

Amanda Makes said...

Yay for growing stuff! It's dead exciting isn't it? Well done you! Would you have any use for some china cups and saucers my dear? Pale blue and white? Vintage? Doultan? xxxxx

cupcakejojo said...

Thanks for popping over & reading my Cinderella post! I can't believe some else loved the blue dress as much as me :D we would sooooo rock the blue Cinderella dress frock!!!!!!! :D

Jo x x x

♥ emma bear forever ♥ said...

I loved that book, how many of us wanted that blue dress I wonder? xx

dizzytina said...

I loved that book too Hun. Lili has a modern ladybird Cinderella book and drools over the dress just like we did. Some things don't change!!xx

bibbitybob said...

My seedlings have really taken off too - great to see yours looking good! I'm such a novice with it all and still find it rather intimidating. Love your car boot bargains, especially that sign x

LaaLaa said...

Oh I love that picture! So pretty. I'm impressed with your growing as I just can't do it. Lovely post, gorgeous. xx

Alex said...

Those sweet peas are zooming away aren't they? Must be so satisfying to watch them grow.

I love the sentiment in the stitching. Think I could do with remembering that at the moment - am feeling a bit gloomy and underachievey.

Pene said...

It's amazing when my kids were little they had hundreds of those ladybird books as my Mum was a teacher and drilled into me how important books are for children. But when they got bigger I gave/threw them all away! Boy am I kicking myself now! I have decided never to throw/give anything away ever again. But when I get to the stage that I can't open my front door for stuff stacked everywhere I might have to have a rethink lol
Eagerly waiting the hexie tutorial.
Pene x

Amy (Blighty Boutique) said...

I love Ladybird books too x

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

Hello my darling Kandi, I am back from going AWOL and rushed to read you latest post! You have done very well with your buys!

Thank you for posting our Flyer in your sidebar, you are a doll (but not of the blow up variety of course)!

hart44 said...

Don't you just love Spring and Summer :) so much green to brighten up the days.
I still have my Cinderella book as I couldn't part with it and I just loved the blue dress too :)
Sue xx

ziggy2407 said...

Love your bounty.

Could you please email me your address I have a little something I'd like to send you.

Thanks

Chrissie x

LissyLou said...

i so love that version of Cinderella xx