Monday, 17 August 2015


I've been a slack blogger lately, there's no two ways about it. It's been a bit hectic with one thing or the other.  Last weekend I planned to do a car boot sale, I loaded up the car with all my tat (actually, mostly dad's which I made him get rid of!) then the bloody car wouldn't start so my plans were scuppered.  One week and a new starter motor later I got to the car boot.

Lots of sellers, lots of buyers, but not many sales, my loss will be the chazza's gain.

    I realized this week that I hadn't shown you my French buys d'occasion.  I revisited lovely Thierry at his Brocante in Corpe, he was just as affable and welcoming as last year although this time I only made a couple of purchases and found myself apologizing for not buying more.  Here's what came home with me.
  cat and glass jug €5

Back home I found a vintage floral sheet in A1 condition for £3

God knows what I'll do with it, after my skirt sewing experience last year I am not keen to make another garment but perhaps I could knock up some cushion covers, what thinks you? 
Another recent bargain although not second-hand was this cheerful Aldi doormat, a no-brainer at three quid something. 

I've been having a bit of a clear out at home, hence the car boot but there's always room for a crocheted bit of nonsense strung across the fireplace isn't there?

I was inspired to make this daisy garland after seeing the gorgeous one Kate Eastwood made here.  Hers is far more profesh than mine, my daisies are slightly different and I reinforced my chain with slipstitches. I used cheapo yarn from my stash as I wasn't sure if I would understand the pattern but the garland would deffo benefit from some quality cotton yarn so I might attempt another one next year.

I'm currently engaged in knitting... looking ahead to the dreaded thing that happens at the end of the year.

As soon as the sun appears I'm out there with my needles, I even got a few rows in at the car boot fair.
I've also been out on the bike when I can, trying to shift a few pounds and making the most of the last days of summer...

The eagle-eyed among you may have spotted some cards on the mantelpiece above my garland.  I had a  birthday last week and at the weekend I went to the local Italian with family.

Just as I was en route to the loo a waitress appeared with a candle-adorned offering. I was summoned back to the table where staff clutching tambourines assembled around and sang me Happy Birthday.  I had a gob full of profiterole when this photo was taken!

This was No.1 in the hit parade the week I was born.........yeah I'm that old!.


  1. Happy belated birthday to you. I love your French cat and that daisy garland is gorgeous.

  2. oh happy birthday to you (belated but better than never ....). I also love the cat and your woolly stuffs !! Good luck with the knitting ! Have a lovely week !

  3. Don't know what you were on about! The daisy crochet garland is lovely and that's a perfect place for it.
    Shame about the car boot, the best one we ever did was on a grey, overcast day, almost threatening rain - fewer booters tempted out, but plenty of buyers. We were mobbed!

    My French haul was smaller this year too - like the 70s looking jug, I've a similar one I use all the time. Also have that floral sheet in purple (and pink!) Mine have ended up as owl lavender bags, or just owls. if I had a pound for every time someone recognises the pattern at Fairs I wouldn't have to make any more lavender bags! So distinctive, and must have been phenomenally popular in its day.
    Happy Birthday for last week. Smiled at the tambourine hijacking :) xx

  4. Happy Birthday to you!!! I've never seen a more attractive car boot stall. Shame the sales weren't forthcoming, more fool the punters!
    The St Michael curtain will make a fab cushion. Loving the jug and the cat, too.
    In awe of your knitting! xxx

  5. Happy Birthday! Glad you had a good one. Love the daisy garland! xx

  6. Happy, happy Birthday!!!
    I think cushion covers sound like just the thing ... and your daisy garland is the cutest thing ever ... I just might have to give it a go :0)

  7. YOur Daisy chain is wicked, tempted to give that a go myself. Shame about your car boot sale but at least you gave it a go. Happy Birthday, we share the same birth year, '62 was a good year obviously!!

  8. Happy belated birthday, lovely! Great to see you here. I agree with Vix, that's a splendid boot sale stall.
    Love the jug and cat and what's not to love in a vintage sheet?
    Happy knitting too! I take my knitting everywhere these days; making up for lost knitting years I think. I love the crochet daisy chain.

  9. Happy birthday you gorgeous creature. You're looking slim as a whip, even with a profiterole on board, so all the cycling must be working. Ooh. Snap. I'm worried blogger is going to excommunicTe. Me. If only we didn't need sleep eh? Did you swear when the car didn't start? You'd certainly be justified! Xxx

  10. Happy Birthday! Heck, you're not so old. Look at how ambitious you are. Knitting and crocheting and thrifting and selling and celebrating. Oh my. I can't keep up! Love that your toenails match your welcome mat. And that daisy chain! Cuteness abounds.

  11. Happy belated birthday! Good for you, doing a boot sale. Never works well for me. I bring home more than I sell! xxx

  12. Happy belated birthday! Good for you, doing a boot sale. Never works well for me. I bring home more than I sell! xxx

  13. Would you believe that I have that exact same vintage floral sheet? Cool.

  14. Best laid plans, and all that - regarding car boots, and blogging! Still, you made it in the end, and I know ALL about finding it tricky to get myself in gear to post and comment...
    Love the French jug and kitty, and you can't go wrong with a St Michael floral sheet. Go on, make another skirt, you can do it! Your daisy garland looks pretty bloody good to me, I'm most impressed with your crochet and knitting skills. Also with the idea of you cycling around in the sunshine - I have extra poundage to shift too (though I doubt you have really) and I am pondering how on earth to find time to do it... I could try not stuffing my face quite so much, I suppose, but that sounds miserable!
    Look at those heavenly views, and your fab necklace in the profiterole pic - lovely!
    Good to know you enjoyed your birthday! xxx

  15. Happy birthday ! or should I say Buon compleanno ! I would have cringed if that had happened to me but you look like you took that like a trooper ! xxx p.s.: You're not old, I'M old !

  16. I have some bunting like the daisy one, I bought it though didn't make it lol. Btw, warrior positions are yoga..you should try that it's great, and also planks are for your core muscles. But also works just about every other muscle lol Bloody hard!Start on elbows and knees, locking hands together. Straighten legs and raise your body so that you’re supported by the balls of your feet, with feet hip-distance apart. Face the floor, being careful not to arch your back or stick your bottom in the air. Hold this position for as long as you can!!

  17. Happy belated birthday, Fiona! I sold a pair of identical pillowcases to your yellow sheet for £15 last week - even better, they only cost me 50p at the car boot sale!


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