Monday, 10 May 2010

The Pefect Shopping Trip

You know sometimes, you go shopping and it turns out to be just about the most perfect shopping trip? Well, this is exactly what happened on Saturday. We went over to Kendal as I needed some more wool. So first stop, wool shop.

Purchase no.1 some more gorgeous Debblie Bliss cashmerino to continue along my crocheting way with the granny squares. This blanket will probably end up costing me an arm and a leg, as the wool isn't cheap and I've already clocked up 8 balls (not including the above). Ahem.

However. The boy keeps picking up the squares and rubbing them on his cheek and saying "ahh, so soft mummy", which makes me want to make it the best blanket ever. Plus, they are totally addictive little things these squares and I am loving doing them. Oh, what the hell, I don't need to justify :)

Purchase no.2 a case - to use as a Memory Box for the boy. I have been picturing finding just this very case, in my mind's eye, to put all of the boy's things in that I've saved over the years, e.g. birthday cards, bits of clothing, etc. They are currently in a small box, but it's overflowing, so I needed something a bit more substantial. Now this was found in a shop that was full to the brim with bric-a-brac and bargains galore. The sort of shop you dream of, quite honestly, and best of all - it was all dirt cheap!
So, hot on the heals came purchase no.3 - this little butcher's block thingy.
Just behind the rocking chair in this picture is a little cubbyhole, which is under the 'old' stairs. It is the coolest part of the kitchen - because we have a Stanley (which is like an Aga), the kitchen is always warm and toasty which is great, but sometimes it's hard to find a cool place to store things like cakes. So I needed something to fit into the little space - lo and behold, this little unit was found in the above shop - only 40 quid! Perfect!
And as if this wasn't enough, I still needed some more of the granny coathangers. So, off to Oxfam I went and after asking the man, who had to rummage through his back room, out he popped with these - Purchase no.4 - 10 hangers for £2.50! Hurrah! Now I can get on with some more of these:
Can you imagine how chuffed I was? Flaming marvellous, the lot. Plus, we found a lovely new cafe for lunch - the sort with sofas and leather armchairs, serving crepes (yum!) and it even became a little cinema at night! I mean, talk about - yes, you guessed it - perfect! And 3 out of the 4 items were 'thrifted', which makes it even better in my book ;)


  1. Hello Bridget,
    so pleased you popped by! Now where shall I start, love your crochet, so wish I could crochet, haven't quite mastered it yet!
    Love your dresser and your room and the suitcase for memories! Brilliant!
    Thank you for the kind comment about my strawberry bunting too!
    Rachel x

  2. Great finds!! Found you off RubyRed from your comment & your name is similiar to my eldest daughter, so i thought, have to check out your blog too!! How do you do?? Love Posie

  3. Hi, I've just found your blog. I didn't know it was the law that you had to make your own sewing bag. Now I think about it, it's just common sense really! I love your sewing bag. Kim :)

  4. Hi just found your blog.Love your granny squares and happy hangers (I've made these too).Your kitchen with bunting and a gorgeous dresser looks so inviting ,especically today as the weather is cold and miserable in the midlands!!
    Jacquie x

  5. Hello,
    Just came across your blog.You live in such a lovely part of the world.We were in the lakes last year and I was wondering which lake that is on your header pic.Your crochet squares are so neat...I wish mine were,I'm still learning,and I LOVE your kitchen..and your bathroom..WOW!

    Bellaboo :0)

  6. I have a few of those boxes of cards, programs, trinkets. I call each one my Box Of Life. A few yrs ago I had to purge a bit from each box and it was TRAUMA TIME! xo