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A little bit of sunshine in my kitchen

29 April, 2012

We have been climbing the heights of DIY in our kitchen of late, let’s face it, with weather like this what else is there to do?

Tim has put in a beautiful sink that we found last year that has been sitting in our garden ever since, we have plastered the ceiling with a little help from some friends, painted and have gutted the chimney. There is still a bit to do to finish, but still, I plunged ahead and added some “finishing touches” today.

If it wasn’t for some of these recent charity shop trinkets shedding their light upon my sill I think this Rainy Sunday, on top of 27 other rainy days, would have driven us round the bend.

The crowning glory here is that retro blind now in front of our vevowindows. My Mum picked it up from a West Wickham charity shop last week. It is a gorgeous retro St Michaels table cloth that with a bit of sewing and a few screws was TRANSFORMED! (Jokes, clearly is just a table cloth not on a table. Don’t tell.)

Last week on the Walworth Road I found these tall tins for 75p each. What a DELIGHT they are!!

Check out the funny little tea pot, from a car boot, with his two spouts. “I’m a little teapot short and stout, here is my spout and here is my other spout”ย  He actually sounds like me trying to sing the songs at playgroup – those words! They ALLUDE me! But I can’t NOT join in, can I?! I probably don’t have to sing the wrong words quite so loudly, but I inherited that from the afore mentioned mum.

I had a trip to Bedford last week for work and had a half an hour wait at the station. I basically had a conniption when I discovered THREE chazza shops right there, ย begging me to delve on in. I found this beauty little clock for ยฃ2.50. I can never resist wind up alarm clocks like this despite them never revealing the correct time. (In some homes I suppose they’d actually get wound up, right?)

And, last, but by no means least, in the same Bedford haul, I found this.

YES! It is EXACTLY what you think it is! A dead pheasant oven mitt! It even has his beautiful little head curled into his shoulder like he is ready to be plucked. Cute, innit!

Hope you have found some ways to get a little sunshine in your life recently.

Linking up with Liz and the Magpie Mondays! Go and have a gander at their beautiful treasures.

PS – I am so very sorry about the horrendous photos – taking pictures in this grey, cloudy world is a challenge that defeated me.

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36 Comments

  • Reply mrsmcindoe 29 April, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    I genuinely LOVE that dead pheasant oven mit!

    • Reply lulastic 30 April, 2012 at 11:26 am

      Isn’t he just the LUSHEST THING!

  • Reply Patch 29 April, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    I am LOVING that dead pheasant too. We always need lots of oven gloves due to cooking on The Beast (I have the scars to prove it) and I want a dead pheasant. Don’t think I will find one easily though!

    • Reply lulastic 30 April, 2012 at 11:26 am

      Do you have a monster gas one? Us too. I am always burning my self ๐Ÿ™ Mind you, I burn myself on everything, so clumsy

  • Reply Patch 29 April, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Do you think there were any other dead creature oven mitts in their range??if not there’s a niche for someone to exploit!!

    • Reply lulastic 30 April, 2012 at 11:25 am

      Totally! Worth investigating isn’t it? Actually, I’ll let you in on a secret. There was another one in the shop. The sallies shop in Bedford, by the bus station. A steal at ยฃ1. I didn’t feel the need for two left handers.

  • Reply thriftshopperforpeace 29 April, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    that oven mitt is the best thing EVER.

    • Reply lulastic 30 April, 2012 at 11:23 am

      I KNOW!!!! I almost died with joy when I saw it.

  • Reply minibreakmummy 30 April, 2012 at 8:13 am

    I really like the blind made out of a table cloth! Not sure about the pheasant though….

    • Reply lulastic 30 April, 2012 at 11:22 am

      Hehehe, thank you! I am glad you are here to balance out the dead pheasant oven mitt enthusiasm!

  • Reply Liz Burton 30 April, 2012 at 10:13 am

    I cannot believe you raided my chazza shops without inviting me – the cheek! I so would have fought you for the clock and dead pheasant though.

    Loving your orange tree on your retro window sill – it looks right at home, x

    • Reply lulastic 30 April, 2012 at 11:21 am

      Hehe, I know, totally mislaid the charity shop territorial etiquette rules there!

      Who could have imagined an orange tree would have been the perfect goody bag item last week eh?

  • Reply Lakota [Faith hope and Charity Shopping] 30 April, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Hahaha – my parents would LOVE the dead pheasant oven mitt, I must look out for one. They used to have one which looked like a penguin, known as Mr Flibble (Red Dwarf).

    Also liking the new and incredibly complicated blind ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have loads of orange in my kitchen, including the giant 70s breadbin I bought and still haven’t put anything in!

    • Reply lulastic 30 April, 2012 at 11:20 am

      A giant orange bread bin from the seventies? JEALOUS!!!!!!

  • Reply jane 30 April, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Lol @ the dead pheasant oven mitt :0

    • Reply lulastic 30 April, 2012 at 11:20 am

      I know! Honestly, who comes up with these thing ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Reply The Ana Mum Diary 30 April, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    The blind is just glorious! You really made me smile with the clock observation, I swear I have no clocks that work, unless I really need them too!
    I’m glad I wasn’t the only one having problem taking photographs…its been so hard!

    • Reply lulastic 30 April, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      Thanks, it’s a beauty isn’t it.

      Ugh, taking photos without any natural light is SUCH a struggle. HURRAH FOR SUN TODAY!

  • Reply Molly 30 April, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Your windowsill (blind and arrangement of objects) is a work of art. *heads off to tidy mine ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply lulastic 30 April, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      Should start a window sill meme ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Karen Jones (@allaboutheboys) 30 April, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    love the blind and the gorgeous display on the sill, looks like a framed still life (sort of). As for the dead pheasant, that is just wrong ! wrong I tell ya !

    • Reply lulastic 30 April, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      Heheeeee!!!! Love how people are divided so strictly in half, lovers or haters!

  • Reply Mama Syder 30 April, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Love that blind! Its fab!

    • Reply lulastic 30 April, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      Thanks, me too. My mum is the ultimate magpie!

  • Reply Jem 30 April, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    The blind, ohhh the blind! It is perfection! Kudos!

    Jem xXx

    • Reply lulastic 1 May, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      Hehehehe, Love a good retro blind, hey?!

  • Reply Bek @ WeAreWildThings 30 April, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    I like West Wickham charity shops. Spent a lot of time in them when Kit was very small. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply lulastic 1 May, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      AH yes they are SO good. Very typical Old Lady Bric o Brac to raid!

  • Reply Sian 1 May, 2012 at 7:36 am

    love both the blind and the pheasant : )

    • Reply lulastic 1 May, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      I thank you. Think it is Lovers of Pheasant 6, Haters 5 so far!

  • Reply Alexandra Bridger (@medicatedfollow) 1 May, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Wow, the charity shops near you are so amazing! I love the stuff you find. That clock is lush! x

    • Reply lulastic 2 May, 2012 at 9:36 pm

      Thanks, I take full credit for that clock. Twas in Miss Liz’s hometown of Bedford. Road trip!

  • Reply Singlemarriedmum 2 May, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Your blind is such a winner! Gorgeous and so clever.
    The dead pheasant oven glove…I’m not sure…but looks like it belongs on that hook !

    • Reply lulastic 2 May, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      Thank you and thanks for stopping by. Enjoyed your blog tonight! x

  • Reply mumofalltrades1 15 May, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    I love that blind so much. I’ve been looking for something similar in red for ages. I’m afraid we quite often have real dead pheasants hanging in the pantry!

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