Domesticity and op-shopping

Kitchen Apron, originally uploaded by Playingwithbrushes.

Round the portionvilla, we’re still in the process of decluttering. Yesterday I put 6 bags of assorted clothes, bedding, kitchen stuff and Tupperware into the boot of the car to drop off at the oppy tomorrow. (In addition to the 5 bags I left there on Thursday.) So I’ve had a bit of a break from the ‘puter, and am still working on some overdue (hi Anthea!) stitching projects.

I’m thinking I might have to avoid the op-shop for a few weeks, to avoid the tempation of buying back the stuff I donated, har har. I did pick up some odds and ends on Thursday though… a vintage rectangular frosted mirror, some 70’s writing sets, a cute coffee cannister, a nice 50’s choccy tin, more doileys for The Project, more white pillowcases for stitching, a new ironing board cover, a odd little birdie bakelite ashtry and a old tin letter rack with pics of vintage cars on it. I had to restrain myself from buying a 40’s dinner set, it was pale green, with a rose motif in the centre, and had scalloped edges with gold trim. Most of it was there, but I decided not to get it, as HP is very wary of using my old china for everyday meals (except for the Beryl and Iris pieces), so there was really no point in getting them. And I decided the bowls were too small and shallow. Added to this, it was being sold by the piece, and the price tags were just too high! Of course, now I’m thinking about it, I’d wish I’d bought it, but NO I don’t need it.

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Tin and birdie ashtray on coffee table.

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(Crappy photo of mirror, not in perfect condition, but still charming.  My mother had a diamond shaped one with the same design.)

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(Little coffee cannister in a fave colour combo.  And I like the fact that the base proudly states “Made in Australia”.)

After an experience with no money and a blue wren traced linen tablecloth recently, I’ve decided my first rule of op-shopping is: IF YOU LOVE IT, BUY IT, RIGHT NOW ‘CAUSE IT WON’T BE THERE WHEN YOU GO BACK!!! So when I found these hanky sets the other week, I swallowed my pride and asked HP to transfer some money.

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Hand stitched on Irish linen.  Pretty, and I love the 30’s design box. So far the theme for 2008 seems to be “out with the new, in with the old”…for my homewares anyway.

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