Well, I've been thinking of writing a blog for a few months now, so here goes.................
I can't believe what a lucky week I've had with my Charity Shop finds and other bargains. Here's a list - Laura Ashley Book, 3 Vintage pillowcases, small round box, medium sized hat box, large hat box (TK Max £4), Pink pressed glass fruit set, oak occasional table, Tablecloth, Pink flower picture,and 14 large pieces of "felt". (More on this in a moment) Believe it or not, the grand total was £18.69! (I also bought a gorgeous enamel jug from Asda's for £3, but forgot to put it in the picture.)
So, about the felt...................
I went to the Pound Shop (everything costs a £1). I bought a bundle of 14 cleaning cloths, but when I got home I realised that they were exactly the same texture and thickness of felt. I usually pay 59p for a piece 8ins x 8ins, so this was indeed a saving. The two flowers in the pic have been made with one of the cloths.
You will see a picture of my dear friend, "Dolly Dishmop". When us kids were little we made these cute little dolls as Christmas presents for our aunties. To make one you will need a vintage style washing up mop, a rolled up dishcloth (for the arms), some gingham for her turban and blouse, something to use as her apron. Her skirt is made from a full sized blue gingham tea towel. You will also need thread for her face and hair bows and a couple of black buttons for her eyes. These dolls were made to be used, and I think the idea probably came from Woman's Weekly, or Woman's Realm.
This particular dolly is a very special one though - she actually talks to me and really makes me laugh! (I first noticed she could talk around the same time as my Doctor changed my medication.)
So, all together now..................................................
"DOLLY DOLLY DISHMOP GIVE US A MALAPROP!"
Me: Hello Dolly Dishmop. Have you spoken to my sister-in-law Mary today?
Dolly: Yes, I have. I showed her the guest room that you've just decorated. I told her that you are going to buy a new bed for it. As it's a small room, Mary has suggested that instead of a divan you buy a CROUTON!