Monday, 17 May 2010

Charity Shopping



Firstly, I just had to share this photo with you all. This is what happens when you get a naughty puppy...everything is on the menu! Shoes, boots, remote control, makeup, leather belt..you name it, he wants it....bless! The trouble is, we just can't be cross with him for too long because he is so darn cute....and he knows it I suspect!




I have done rather well in the charity shops this week. I don't often get a chance to visit them and I am ever hopeful of finding pretty things. Most times I come away empty handed, but I was rather pleased this time round. So what did I get...well, I decided that I would like to replace all my boring old grey, steel needles with colourful ones. I have enjoyed a return to knitting recently, and pretty needles make it so much nicer. I had to ask the assistant if she had any as there were none on the shelves. I was in luck and got this pretty haul all for the princely sum og £1.

The tortoise shell ones are lovely and the little bamboo ones are perfect for Little Fairy to use. You can never have too many pairs of scissors in my opinion, and these are lovely and sharp. I was all ready to leave the shop when I spotted this little gem.

My heart did a skippety, skip because someone else was holding it aloft and admiring it this way and that, and asking her friend what she thought. I almost fainted when she put it back on the rail saying that it was a bit grubby. A bit grubby...yipeeee! I sprinted from the doorway to the back of the shop and gleefully snatched it up much to her obvious dismay. She looked most put out I thought, perhaps she wanted it after all. Ha Ha too late now. Into the washing machine it went and out it came bright and fresh and much admired and fought over between Littlest Fairy and Boy Wonder. He is winning for now I fear. Oh yes, indeedy do, it's all mine!

That would have been enough to make my day, but next door was another shop and on the shelf sat this little treasure...more skippety skipping and into my bag it went....deep sigh!

My crafting mojo has been replenished and I am itching to do new things. The angel is a little further on as is my crochet blanket, but I now find myself drawn to coat hangers...yep, coat hangers. Strange but true. I have seen some wonderful examples of late and so decided that it can't be that hard. I have come up with my own version, yes siree, my own pattern.

Wow, I never thought that I would be able to say that. I am notoriously hopeless at patterns normally. However, I just threw caution to the wind and went for it. It is not finished yet so I won't post a picture just in case, but if all goes well, I may even make a tutorial. Mind you, I don't want to get ahead of myself just yet. Well, okay, here's a sneeky peak.
I am also itching to do some hand sewing and a friend has asked me to help her make a simple patchwork quilt. Well, simple I can do by the bucket load! So, I have sorted through my fabrics, made a few notes, sorted out a design and am ready to begin.


This was my first attempt at patchwork. I made this for the Littlest Fairy a couple of years ago now and it is much loved and used. I want to do something different this time and something not quite as pink. More to follow on this when I have made a start.
Well, that's it for now folks. Dev X

11 comments:

Itch2stitch.com said...

I love that puppy, what a cutie and such a cheeky little face! Love the quilt too! suzie x

Sophie - Chez Sophie said...

Love your CS finds, the knitting needles are lovely.
Luv Sophie xxx

怡婷 said...

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Jackie said...

What a successful trip! Loving the cute 'what me?' puppy face! x

VintageVicki said...

An excellent CS haul - I love days like that :)

Doris said...

Wow, you have been busy!! Fab pictures - thanks for sharing. Pup is sooooo cute!! xxx

Maggie said...

Hello Dev,

Love the puppy.... and hope we see a pic or two of the latest patchwork?I love to handsew as well, and only ever use the machine when sewing involves lots of long, straight lines. There is something comforting about sitting and sewing, much like all needlecrafts, very meditative.

Lululiz said...

Brilliant charity shop finds! Especially the blanket, tehehe, that was awesome, silly woman shouldn't have put it down.

melanie said...

What a lovely post Dev, I love you CS finds, and your patchwork quilt is gorgeous, I love it. :) xx

harmony and rosie said...

Yay for victory over the battle of the blanket, that gorgeous pup of yours doesn't know how close he came to not getting that one. So pleased you found your mojo!

Kate x

Bobo Bun said...

What a lovely lovely post with an adorable boy in it too.

You were incredibly lucky in the CS. What a haul.

Lisa x