A little bit of sunshine in my kitchen

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. 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”  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,  begging me to delve on in. I found this beauty little clock for £2.50. 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 Responses to A little bit of sunshine in my kitchen

  1. mrsmcindoe says:

    I genuinely LOVE that dead pheasant oven mit!

  2. Patch says:

    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!

  3. Patch says:

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

    • lulastic says:

      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 £1. I didn’t feel the need for two left handers.

  4. that oven mitt is the best thing EVER.

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

  6. Liz Burton says:

    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

    • lulastic says:

      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?

  7. 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 ;-) I have loads of orange in my kitchen, including the giant 70s breadbin I bought and still haven’t put anything in!

  8. jane says:

    Lol @ the dead pheasant oven mitt :0

  9. 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!

  10. Molly says:

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

  11. 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 !

  12. Mama Syder says:

    Love that blind! Its fab!

  13. Jem says:

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

    Jem xXx

  14. I like West Wickham charity shops. Spent a lot of time in them when Kit was very small. :)

  15. Sian says:

    love both the blind and the pheasant : )

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

  17. 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 !

  18. 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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