Sunday, 10 June 2012

So dream when the day is through


Peculiar weather leads to peculiar finds. My theory; when the weather is indecisive so am I - flitting from one thing to another leaving a trail of half read books, abandoned films, and semi finished makes in my wake. I'm a hurricane of nondescript. 

If it weren't for the weather I'm not sure I'd have decided that a quizzical looking, white porcelain cat was an essential buy - the same can be said of the spectacularly gaudy brooch, although it looks as though it cost a doubloon or two which will be perfect for a Pirate themed wedding party I have coming up. You read it right, a pirate themed wedding party - how fantastic is that!? 

China picture frames are my secret love - I know, I know - nursing home chic! I'm not a closet octagenarian I promise, just a fan of pretty florals on china. For twenty pence it was worth the risk of looking like I'd burgled a pensioner to furnish my bedroom. I regret nothing.

Period films/dramas have such an enviable selection of props, my eyes are drawn to the dressing table of whichever heroine I'm rooting for - usually there'll be a selection of pretty glass bottles and a beautiful hand mirror lying on it's surface. There comes a point where a girl can have more than enough in the way of scent bottles and trinket jars and I'm there. The era of the hand mirror has begun and I was hopeless against the seductive powers of this one!

Lockets are magic - they can contain secrets, tributes to a lost love, tiny representations of our most deeply held desires, and best of all they are worn close to the heart. Being pale I tend to opt for silver jewellery but this little gold locket cast it's spell and came home with me - next up is a search for the perfect length of skinny ribbon to thread it on.



Linking to Flea Market FindsMagpie MondayThrift Share Monday

41 comments:

  1. I particularly love the locket, I've been looking for the perfect one for quite a while, but have convinced myself it must come to me through serendipity! xx

    ReplyDelete
  2. What beautiful finds, I would not have been able to resist the cat either! X

    ReplyDelete
  3. Love the locket - I used to have one just like that when I was a little girl. Wonder if I still have it somewhere?
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

    ReplyDelete
  4. Loving the cat - especially the face!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I love all these finds, couldn't possible pick a favourite xxx

    ReplyDelete
  6. Well I think they all look kinda good together so maybe the weather is your friend! The mirror is very lovely - I can just see it resting on a lovely dressing table!

    ReplyDelete
  7. OOOOOOOH! All very dreamy/pretty finds although definitely a funny mixture. I'd have said pottery photo frames were horrible until you'd posted this! Really like the way it looks! x

    ReplyDelete
  8. A particularly good haul of booty there ses I - Arrrrrr!!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I love this post. I love all these things! Particularly the picture frame, it reminds me of the one my grandmother used to keep by her bedside table with a picture of me in it :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. The most eclectic mix of finds are often the most wonderful. I love the expression on the cats face, he certainly was meant to come home with you that day. I completely agree with the magic that comes with finding a locket xxx

    ReplyDelete
  11. I love the mirror you found - I have a heart and a growing collection of them myself! Although it probably makes me seem rather vain having so many mirrors in my bedroom!

    ReplyDelete
  12. I spy one of my favorite fragrances in your top photo & love the last photo of the locket & your green polish. Quite lovely.

    ReplyDelete
  13. i love the way you write :) so graceful :) lovely finds and your locket reminded me of one my mother gave me when i was 12 which holds hers and my dad's pictures :) am your newest follower!

    ReplyDelete
  14. You found so many beautiful things! I'm in envy!

    ReplyDelete
  15. The cat is most definitely my favorite. There is so much character in that little face!

    xoxo,
    Erin

    ReplyDelete
  16. That locket will look great on ribbon. Am very jealous of the pirate wedding party - I'm a bridesmaid for my sister next year, I'll have to suggest it!

    ReplyDelete
  17. I know what you mean about checking out the props in period dramas', i frequently hit the pause-rewind buttons to have a good gander, especially if there is anything of the tortoise shell persuasion. The locket looks very similar to one myu mother used to wear, it had a picture of me as a little girl on one side, my sister on the other-I stil dont know how she got photos so tiny!

    ReplyDelete
  18. I love your blog, so glad I found it!

    www.thingsolivialoves.blogspot.co.uk

    ReplyDelete
  19. just found your blog (via ella masters blog!) and am in love :) i think we have very similar tastes in thrifted finds. and i love that cat ornament! anything with a funny expression usually ends up being bought by me! xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  20. Another beautiful post, Jem.
    I have a matching cat in black, picked him up from the side of the road, poor thing. I love his elegance though not quite sure I need him in my life either!

    xx

    ReplyDelete
  21. Lovely, lovely finds! I love florals on china too. Big hugs, Em x

    ReplyDelete
  22. such a vintage flair comes with these photos! LOVE IT

    xx the cookies
    samecookiesdifferent.blogspot.com
    share the feeling
    visit <3

    ReplyDelete
  23. Beautiful finds! This is my first visit to your blog ( i also took part in magpie mondays) but i really want to sit down and read more as you sound so similar to me. I too love old books and sitting surrounded by them with a mug of tea. And i love rainy days, crafting, im in my 20s and from Derbyshire too (although i now live in Leicestershire!).
    Aqeela xx

    ReplyDelete
  24. I think the frame is really pretty :) so it's okay! But I truly love the mirror! Beautiful!

    Have a lovely week Jem!

    ReplyDelete
  25. You really have a lovely collection of things there. I love lockets, there is something so special about them isn't there? Even as a child I always loved looking at my Granny's locket.

    ReplyDelete
  26. I just saw your comment on one of my posts, so I thought I would have a little look at your blog. Well I must say I have fallen in love with it!! I love the beautiful clutter! xxx

    ReplyDelete
  27. Great buys..The cat is adorable! I also like your nail polish colour, very pretty.
    Have fun at the Pirate themed wedding..hopefully no-one will have to walk the plank! :P
    Magie x

    ReplyDelete
  28. Ok Jem, I'm with you on everything, especially period dramas and lockets (how stunning are the dresses in the series Downtown Abbey?) but I was saving my desire for certain floral pieces for when I am 70 plus!! Loved this post, hope you are really well:)

    ReplyDelete
  29. Love design, amazing blog :) If you want to follow each other...just tell me:X

    FashionSpot.ro

    ReplyDelete
  30. Such a lovely post, I feel all over the place at the moment as well, I just cannot settle!

    ReplyDelete
  31. I'm a big fan of dressing tables too, my one never looks particularly nice as it always accrues post, bottles of water and other odds and ends that are not very photogenic! I am very much all over the place at the moment =( x x

    ReplyDelete
  32. Lovely blog.
    http://xtheperfectmess.blogspot.com.au

    ReplyDelete
  33. Beautiful photos, I love pretty picture frames!

    ReplyDelete
  34. Oh what a beautiful post! I've seen a few porcelain cats recently and been half-tempted but none had such lovely expressions as yours. It all kind of works together wonderfully and has the makings of a beautiful dressing table arrangement!

    ReplyDelete
  35. I really love all those dainty and quaint things you collect :)

    ReplyDelete
  36. I've enjoyed visiting your blog and looking at your luscious photos. I can't believe it but you have the exact same hand mirror as me. I found it in an antique shop a couple of years ago.

    ReplyDelete
  37. ★ (・∀・)

    love pictures on your blog :) very nice layout. clean and charming. love your blog.
    i am following you, would you like to follow me back? -:)

    my blog (≧∀≦) σ : http://www.christianyuen.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  38. Thank you for posting this. It’s exactly what I was looking for!

    ReplyDelete
  39. I actually love the cat, and I like your idea of looking to movie props for decorating ideas!

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for leaving a note, they make my day! :-)