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Preparing to say goodbye to Milo….



this morning I went to Riccarton Market with the aim to find a tea cup, and this is what I came home with. I love the retro look and the blue and white colour scheme. so now I can phase out my sugar laden milo (hot chocolate) and replace it with tea.




I brought this tin of tea back from London last year and havent opened it yet. now i have a cup and a strainer as its loose tea leaves, I can now give the tea a go. I used to have sugar in my tea so this will be the first time without it. lets hope the cup doesnt break with the first splash of hot water!!.

and now for something more awwww…..


furbaby seems to have had a run in with a neighbourhood tom. he required stitches in 2 paws and has to wear this cone for about 2 weeks. bless him, he is such a good boy with it. he comes to me so i can scratch him behind the ears and he stays close. he also isnt allowed out and is managing well with using ‘indoor facilities’!!.


treasures and crafting.


while i was in Wanaka, i took a walk down the main shopping street. i came across a charity shop and headed inside. what a lovely surprise. so far in CHCH i’ve only found charity shops with clothing, no homewares to speak of. in Wanaka the shop had everything and plenty of everything. i spent a good while poking through the homeware section and ended up leaving with 2 items!.

this flannel sheet, billed as a double, but i’m not convinced. however, it was $3 and in great condition!.


this caught my eye and i spent the entire time in the store walking round with it under my arm incase someone else picked it up while i was deciding if it was worth $10!. i decided it was. its the best part of 12″ tall and has ‘Eastman Kodak Co, R0chester NY’ on it. from the days when photos had to developed in a dark room with chemicals. it will make a good vase as well as add to my collection of glass.


Back in CHCH, i was running some errands with my father when we passed a RSA market. the RSA is Returned Services Association, doing good for all our servicemen and women. so we stopped and i picked up this very pretty pair of sheets for $2. again in great clean condition. wished i’d gone over the rest of the pile better!.


on the crafting front, i haven’t gone back to the Christmas ornament per month stuff yet. i will catch up once i finish the neighbourhood. i’ve started the hexis for my new crochet blanket. now the rugby season has started here and in the evenings, i can get about 6 or 7 of these made per game. its slow going cos i have to keep checking the counting and fend off a ginger furbaby who thinks wool is fun!. the first F1 GP ended up being too interesting for me to crochet, but in future i’ll get plenty done during a race as well.



i would say the neighbourhood is 85% complete now. i finished the last house at the weekend. no more 712( the framing for the windows – may have the number wrong!) on light fabric – arrgh!. i have another woman, tree and bird i think, to complete on the left part of the top row, then the remaining border. i should be able to get this done by my self imposed deadline of the end of March. the red house looks wonky in this picture, but it isnt really – its just cos of the way i’ve had the fabric folded as i stitch.




i hope all my northern hemisphere friends are beginning to feel the effects of spring – more sunshine and the temperatures rising! (as we begin to feel the effects of autumn!). i loved noticing the light change when i lived in London, as well as seeing all the bulbs beginning to poke their heads thru the ground.

Queensland car boot sale!


Continuing my new tradition of finding flea markets/car boot sales/charity stores for unique treasures from my travels, my sister and I went to the local car boot sale in her Gold Coast suburb.

it was a decent size gathering, but very little of the types of things I’d look for. That would be vintage items!. I found one stall and brought 3 items from her. She knocked $3 off the total as well!.

i got 2 small glass jugs, combining my love of jugs and glass in one item = bonus, and a metal scoop that had no signs of rust. Nice small objects that will fit in the suitcase easily ( along with the Ikea goodies and Kaisercraft bits and pieces!)





I’ll be sharing with the folks joining up with the Op Shop Show Off once that goes live and I can figure out how to do the links on my iPad. If this post goes wonky it’s cos I haven’t done it on the iPad before!

one more week of this…..


…….then it’s back home to NZ.

wait for one, two come along…..bit like London buses!


on my last trip to Riccarton Market, i spied a blue Ball mason jar from America. Pinterest and blogland is awash with them in various art and craft projects, and i rather fancied one myself. so i was thrilled to spot one. however it was a little more than i was wanting to pay, so i walked away and continued my trip the market.

but i kept thinking about it, and didnt spot anything else to fire my imagination, so i went back for it. i converted the $ to £ and realised it wasnt that bad a price to pay ( i still have to work in £ to decide if i’m getting a bargin or not!). i brought it!. then on the last aisle before i left i spied another one!. my heart raced a little cos the stall was full of people and i wanted it!!. i got it. it is smaller and cheaper than the first and i thought i should have just waited til i had been round the whole market, cos then i could have just got this one.

once at home and a little research later i’m thrilled i brought the bigger one first, or i would have missed out on a gem!.


the one of the left is a modern version brought out to commemorate 100yrs of Ball jars, or something along those lines.

the one of the right was manufactured between 1910 and 1923!. i did some research into the jars, and found you can tell the age by the way the Ball is scripted on the jar ( website i used). i also read there are alot of fakes coming out of China and the best way to tell a fake is by weight – the fakes are light to pick up like the new modern jars. my jar is quite heavy, so i’m pretty sure its genuine. i love the shape, the colour and the fact its old!. it has one chip on one of the rings of the screw threads at the top and i’m curious as to how such a thing made its way to NZ. has it been here for 100 yrs, or did someone buy it on a trip to the USA and then decided they didnt want it anymore!. i’m pleased they didnt, i’ll love it and it will do double duty as a thing of beauty and a vase!.

the small one will go away in a cupboard and be used for its intended purpose!.

i’m sharing with like minded folk over at the Op Shop Show Off on Blackbird has Spoken

Riccarton Market


on sunday i headed off to Riccartion Market for the first time in 11yrs!. its certainly grown in that time, and i was intrigued by the permanent stalls in some areas. i also had a laugh at the British food stall – huge!. i walked past it not taking any notice of the items cos they all seemed normal to me. then i remembered where i was and had a chuckle!. i brought 2 packets of quavers, 1 pkt hula hoops and 1 pkt pickled onion monster munch!.

i found a few stalls that i could have browsed longer at, but being as i had my dad on a mission to find vegetable plug plants, i had to move along quickly. i still managed to come home with one treasure!.

its pyrex. i’m thinking of storing my washi tape in it eventually!.


sharing with like minded folk at Op Shop Show off over at Blackbird has Spoken.

treasures from Geneva


in preparation for my weekend as a tourist, i read some of the relocation information the family had. in there i discovered there were some flea markets over the weekend!. i spent the rest of the day figuring out where they were, and how easy it would be to get to them!.

on saturday morning i went to one thats held every wednesday and saturday. there were loads of sellers and a combination of vintage stuff and tat!. i saw some lovely vintage french fabric, but never found out the price, deciding that it wasnt essential. i had to keep reminding myself that not only did i have to get treasures back to London, i then had to get them to NZ later this month!.

so on saturday i brought this

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i want to use it as a vase. it has 1904 inscribed on it and some hallmark marks, but it didnt cost me much, so either i’ve scored well, or i’ve been sucked in!!. once in NZ i plan to find a jar that will fit inside to hold the water and flowers.

then on sunday i went back to Nyon because they hold a monthly flea market along the shores of the lake.  prices ranged from pretty steep to reasonable

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i have a weakness for glass, and fell for these – i got 5 of them. someone must have broke the 6th one!. they are small- about 3” high, but i love the mid century modern type pattern on them. obviously didnt remember my ‘get it to NZ’ talk!!. i carried them all day on my trips round Geneva and had no accidents!.


a small tin to add to the collection – not vintage, and full of chocolate!.


some things i spotted along my wander – cow bells. very cool, but expensive and heavy!.


an old time bath!.


i loved this frame against the car, but didnt even enquire about it given it would have been a nightmare to get back to London and NZ!. Also, notice, in the foreground is a sleigh – there were loads of them, and if i lived local, or had had a car, i’d have brought one!.


my other purchase as a souvenir from my time in Switzerland was this Alpaca wrap. its so lovely and warm


i’m sharing these goodies with like minded people at Op Shop Show

op shop show off


i have a few more treasures to show off from a few purchases before the last lot of boxes were sent off 3 wks ago.

i had to run some errands in Enfield town centre so i decided to have one last sweep of the charity shops. i had a bag of things to give to them, and had spoken sternly to myself about not buying too many things!!.

in one shop i found the 4 glasses and the glass dish, and in another the brown pottery dish and the blue plate. i love the delicacy of the glasses. i hope they survive the shipping to NZ!!.

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i had been saving up my small change and had deposited a sum into the bank. this little haul was that amount – £!3!. i was pretty pleased with that!!.

i’m sharing with opshop show off over at Blackbird has Spoken