From the Op Shop #1

I’ve never been a frequenter of the op shop, well not until the last year or so. But now I find myself seeking out the local Vinnies or Salvos whenever the opportunity arises.

Ever since Marian and Loani introduced me to the fun of tea cosies, I’ve been seeking out these vintage treasures. Here’s a few I’ve picked up in the last couple of weeks:



A lovely little knitted and crocheted number in two shades of sunny yellow. The body of the cosy is knitted and it has lighter yellow wavy lines of crochet.


A colourful knitted cosy with a pompom decoration.


A demure little number in beige and forest green crochet. Sorry, beige was the best I could come up with to describe this colour; not ecru, not champagne, not oyster – it really is beige!


So since I’ve decided to start salvaging these little fantasies that someone’s granny lovingly crocheted, I’ve suddenly found myself with a dearth of teapots. So what better place to stock up on teapots than the local op shop! Here’s a couple I picked up at my local Vinnies. The little one is so sweet – just large enough for one cup of tea. I’m going to make a little cosy for him. The large pot, alas, was hit with the ugly stick something badly. I think it looks a lot better dressed in this colourful crocheted chevron cosy:


What do you seek out in the depths of the op shop?

Published in: on December 1, 2008 at 7:11 am  Comments (5)  
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On my Desk, and another Happy Birthday….


Welcome to On My Desk, hosted by Kootooyou. A change of desk for me today – the lounge is my desk, where I’m knitting whimsical teacosies.  So I’ve got a big stash of interesting wool, a copy of Wild Tea Cosies by Loani Prior that I won in a Blogtoberfest giveaway (thankyou Loani !!), my favourite dog, something good on the telly – now just grab a cup of Earl Grey and I’m set for some serious knitting!




Op shop chevron tea cosy for added inspiration.

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And here’s my first attempt. simple yet stylish polo-neck adorned with a single pom pom in Moda Vera ‘Confetto’ – quick, easy and fun!

Today my firstborn turns 18! Happy Birthday Glen! Many more happy years ahead!

Published in: on November 26, 2008 at 6:49 am  Comments (5)  
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Pink Saturday – children’s aprons from the op shop

It’s been a wonderful week of op shop finds. Amongst many other things I bought these sweet little children’s aprons. The first is hand knitted in a great pleated rib with a delicate lacy pattern. It’s pink and green – my favourite colour combo, and is reversible. The waistband features some lovely daisy flowers:




I’ll have to find some pretty satin or velvet ribbon for the ties, and I may dress it up with a few vintage buttons:


The second apron is this cute pink bib style with pink crocheted edging. It’s been hand-embroidered with a singing cat, and there is a little pocket which is the cat’s music – very sweet (apologies – it needs ironing!).



For more Pink Saturday goodies visit How Sweet the Sound.

I’ll be posting more of my op shop finds over the next week so stay tuned. There’ll be a couple of pieces of VERY nice deco furniture!

Published in: on November 15, 2008 at 2:28 pm  Comments (9)  
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Op shop finds

I know a lovely lady who works for a charity shop. She found my stall at a vintage fair and she had brought some buttons along to try and sell them. I was so busy that she left them with me to take home and have a look through. I bought the whole lot! That was 2 years ago, and I told her that I’d buy any buttons that come her way. So now I regularly receive a 3kg parcel in the mail. This is some of the goodies that awaited me last week:


Look at that lovely handpainted wooden buckle!

Look at that lovely handpainted wooden buckle!

This one I could probably live without….. it’s a buckle, and rather heavy:
Thanks Julie!
Published in: on August 24, 2008 at 4:57 pm  Comments (1)  
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