My Saturday mornings are for market wanderings and charity shopping, bunting that went up just before the Jubilee (eight miles of it!) is still strung up all over town which feels quite celebratory, hard not to be cheerful with that flapping in the breeze! Today everyone was abuzz in the wake of the Olympic Torch passing through last night, I'm not a fan of heaving crowds so had decided to give it a miss but it turned out the route was directly past the house and I had a bird's eye view from our first floor living room window. I happily avoided all the jostling and casually sipped some tea during the wait, tea enhances the good in everything.
The blue and white teacups remind me of my Nannie and had to come home with me, she has quite a collection of blue and white china. Growing up the thing I loved most about tea with Nannie was that even while I was small my tea came in a pretty teacup with a saucer to catch biscuit crumbs or soggy leftovers from dunking. Biscuits were given out in pairs too - one for each hand. She still makes a mean cup of tea, my Nannie.
One gap in my vintage jewellery stash is little pendants, I seem to pick up brooches, dress clips, necklaces and earrings galore but pendants seem more difficult to come by. This one is spherical and double sided; one side a gorgeous teal-y blue and the other a miniature round postcard of Capri, I'm told it dates from the 1930s and I wonder whether it was picked up by a young traveller on their 'grand tour' - it definitely experienced at least one journey of its own back to England. The blue side is a smaller version of how I imagine dragon eyes would look; jewelled and almost sea green. The two brooches came from the same seller as the pendant and teacups, I could have lingered there indefinitely! Leafy brooches have an autumnal quality I love, I missed out on one almost identical to this on eBay last year so it made my morning to come across another. I've never owned an embroidered brooch so this is a first for me and it will look perfect pinned to the lapel of a blazer come cooler weather.
Owls. Love them or loathe them? Easy to guess that it's the former for me, ever since I read The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark as a kid although J.K Rowling definitely worked her magic. Who wouldn't want an owl to bring them their post in the morning? A floral behind has to be a winner though and I love the imperious expression on this particular little owl, definitely a suitable perch-mate for Maud.
Rounding off: glass. There is almost always glass of some description but I can't resist quirky vintage drinking glasses, they look so much prettier than a nondescript Ikea tumbler - although I own a few of those too!
Have you come across any treasures recently?
Linking to Flea Market Finds, Magpie Monday