Wednesday, September 28, 2011

China treats and my giveaway reminder!

I have been very spoilt this week. A lovely friend of ours has given me a huge selection of beautiful china that belonged to his nana. She was moving house and could no longer keep it with her. So instead of the local charity shop getting it, he gave the whole lot to me! I am hugely, hugely grateful and every piece will be cherished. My most favourite piece is this lovely green bowl. It's almost too pretty to use as it would be a shame to cover up the gorgeous flowers!

This wee set is absolutely adorable too even if my photography doesn't quite show it due to the reflection. I think this will definitely be used for special family dinners - it's just gorgeous.

And perfect for the Spring weather we are having, look at this beautiful serving dish. Do you see what I mean about being spoilt!! I am absolutely in love with all of these pieces.

At the moment I have some of them on my vintage tea trolley and they look beautiful, but I think with small folk running around it will be safer to pop them away in my old china cabinet where they can be admired, safely, from behind glass until I need to use them!! Miss 4 has requested the wee pink and gold tea cup on the right to be her special one when we have our 'scones and tea' lunches. It's the perfect little size for her too.

Progress is definitely being made on my blanket, but I didn't get it finished in time for this post. I had a few hat orders to get out so that's my excuse! The navy one on the top is tiny for a wee bub born quite early. The lighter blue one is for when he gets a bit bigger. I love the colours in the second one - they were chosen by a four year old friend of Miss 4 - as the hats are for his brand new tiny cousin. I think he chose really well - a great colour combo.

I had a fabulous time at the op shop yesterday. You know sometimes you walk in and you've just timed it perfectly for some terrific finds. I had to buy this old cook book from 1972. Sorry did I say old? It's only a year younger than me - so I will rephrase and say it's a fabulous fairly young cook book instead!! The images are definitely retro and I'm looking forward to trying out the recipes. I was also able to pick up 5 sets of circular knitting needles for a mere $2 each - brand new and in lovely vintage packaging. Someone has had them tucked away safely in their knitting bag all these years! Now I'm no knitter so I've bought them for a friend. I will hold on to one pair just in case I ever get good enough to use them!

Earlier this week I was so excited to find a parcel in my letterbox. It was from Pixie and inside was the most gorgeous wee 'slightly wonky bird' (Pixie's words not mine as there is nothing slightly wonky about him!!) that I won on her giveaway recently. He is now happily keeping me company in my little craft corner. Thank you so much Pixie - I adore him!!

And speaking of giveaways .....

I will be drawing a winner for this wee gift on Friday (NZ time) so if you haven't already left a comment on this post from last week, please do so I can add your name to the draw! It's open to all followers current and new and I will post anywhere in the world. There are also two extra little pressies for 2nd and 3rd names drawn so scroll down to my previous post and get commenting!!!

Have a fabulous week.


  1. Oh I so have china lust now - lucky you being given those and neat knowing who they came from - I'm sure you will have many special tea moments with them.

  2. They are gorgeous china pieces Leah - wow they couldn't have found a better home than with you xx

    The hats look cute - and oh the bird is gorgeous!

  3. The first bowl is just beautiful. I love the wonky bird, especially his little legs.


  4. Hi LEAH, love the china...really pretty...i just love pretty china...also just to check, as i am not very technical minded, did you receive my email ok, if not i will resend it, not a very exciting email just a quick one about the 'dickie bird' oh yes aaaaand i would like to be entered into your lovely draw, just hope im not too late....
    Take carey Pixie x

  5. Wow! You lucky duck. Such fab china AND the wonky bird is awesome!


  6. Oh you scored on that china! What a nice friend. The little birdie is sweet and those hats are adorable. Have a great day. Lynne


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