Thursday, 19 July 2012

Thrifts, Fairs and a Broody Hen

My word another two weeks flown by, with all those floods here non-existant now and back to lovely sunshine with clear blue skies.  Seems ages ago since there has been any warmth.  Our lovely girly hens are now in the full swing of laying, and goodness what a lot of eggs we've had, even so that our neighbours across the road have a regular order of a dozen every week, although Olga, the Silver Sussex has gone broody and only leaves her nest box for food and water, so now have been letting her stay in the nest box till mid morning and then shutting the door until she goes to bed.  She seems happy enough when shes out and about she eats and drinks and scratches about,  hubby made an extension to the run, they now have a lower half of the garden, I think really he wanted it clearing of weeds etc and coud'nt be bothered to do it himself, but they are doing a good job and love scratching for worms and creeepies!

Have had two good finds at the car boot at West Bay on Sunday morning, first there was this cupboard,  the chap who was selling told us 'that it had been in an old house in London' it had some sort of brown treacle like stain on it, very sticky.....but only 5 quid...

so with lots of elbow grease and a scrapy instrument, that only joiners who have been around a long time have, hubby set too and cleaned it up, there was a lot of goo and I of course got the lovely job of cleaning it all up, well that what apprentices and gofors are for isnt it, and of yes brewer upers, must admit it didnt take him long to do it, so now it looks like this

We painted the inside to make it look a bit brighter, its a grey colour, but now its bland and boring, so was going to put a map on the back, but then thought you wouldn't be able to see it, then had the idea, while I was looking for some scrapbooking paper, I could use scrapbooking paper and puts lots of different ones together and make it rather daring.  But of course needed new as none I had was suitable, so it arrived this morning, but of course being that excited about it arriving only ordering it yesterday, forgot to take pictures, so will have to wait until its slapped on the back of the cupboard, but has an appropriate name of MisMatch perfect for a thrifty cupboard.

Also found this Lloyd Loom lookalike for 4 quid and is going to go in daughters bedroom, been looking for ages for one, this hasn't been doctored yet, knowing her it will stay like this, it does have the original top underneath the gingham, which is purple and gold metallic flowers.

Also been making more cards and lavender hearts for the next craft fair at the Town Hall here in Bridport, this Saturday, 21st July, also been trying to stock up on cards as another fair next Saturday 28th at St Marys Church Hall, Bridport....

lavender hearts (sorry about the lighting)

retro style cards

 and dare I say it been trying to get a start on Christmas cards (shh) for the fairs as as well as the Town Hall and St Marys, there is one at Dorchester and Weymouth, so don't want to be rushing getting them done!

So that has been my two weeks in pictures and a little bit of work as well, of course have to find time to fit that in.

Mr 'T' posing at West Bay

Bye til next time


  1. The cupboard has come up really well greatt restoration job.
    Love your retro cards.
    Mr T looks very sweet.
    Carol xx

  2. Your husband has done a good job of the cupboard - I hate elbow grease! Glad the flooding has subsided. I was thinking of you when listening to Sally Traffic on radio 2! xxx

  3. Oh isnt doggie lovely I do miss our Bilko. Your cupboard is coming on lovely.Love Jill xx

  4. Love that cupboard - what a great find and well worth the elbow grease! Love all your little 'makes' too - hope you have a great day on Saturday. M x

  5. Hi julie, looking forward to seeing your transformations! Our Light Sussex, Audrey was broody a few weeks ago, and we did the same as you ... Let her sit for morning then shut her out for rest of day. I do love having chucks, don't you? Mr T's looking pretty cool! Have a lovely weekend, Claire xxx

  6. Must follow your blog, Love any thing old and intersting........xx

  7. Wow, a fiver for that cupboard is fantastic, it's beautiful! Glad you're getting out in the sunshine too x

  8. Hi Julie,
    I love your bargains from the car boot sale at West Bay. That cupboard looks amazing now it has been transformed! I never seem to find much at car boot sales! Glad the plants are growing despite the rain. We are still driving through flooded roads on the back route to work!
    Hope your sales go well.
    Sarah x

  9. I love your cupboard - must have been hard work though! Do you sell your cards on line/ x

  10. Hi Julie,
    Now that cupboard is amazing make over and what a 'steal' at that price!!
    love your little bed side table too..
    Mr T. well he is looking the star on this piccie... hehe!
    Have a lovely Monday.
    love Maria x

  11. Dear Julie,
    Thanks for visiting our blog! The coast of Maine is so beautiful this time of year! Hope you get to visit the East Coast sometime! Let us know if you're visitin and we'll have lobster by the sea! Love your finds!
    Peace & Plenty,
    She and Sher

  12. Thank you for coming to visit me and leaving a comment ...i love your blog and Mr. T is soooo adorable. I find inspiration in your cards as to take a peek around your blog.

  13. Hi- Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a post! I am back to follow your blog. I Love the cupboard. And the heart cards you make. Very different and pretty. Good luck at your craft show.

  14. That cupboard was a wonderful find. I'm looking for something similar.