Vintage egg cup candle votives

I found these gorgeous EPNS egg cups in a battered old box and tarnished so badly you could barely see the etched design.  I cleaned them up and decided they would make smashing little candle votives for the Christmas season. 

I used soy wax, which will not harm the cups and washes fresh away when the life of the candle comes to an end.  You could refill or use them as they were intended. glamorous vintage egg cups. 

Perfect for a shabby chic home.

Available to purchase from my ETSY store

The Jones Family Likes .....

Our home if full of paintings, pictures and vintage signs.  This is the latest addition to the collection.  I love it.  If you would like one for your family let me know.  Selling them for £28  including the frame plus P & P, you can choose from reloved vintage frames painted in aany colour of your choice or new frames in white vintage (as shown) modern white, black or brown.  Contact me for more information. xx

Instant Best Seller !

This weekend I had an unexpected success on my hands at the Christmas fair I attended.   Like a lot of things it was a last minute idea to make some decorations.  I thought they might work as decoration if nothing else to accessorise my vintage finds and reloved furniture.  As it turned out they were a best seller !

wooden heart decoration, hand painted and distressed.   Available to buy from The White Approach - £3

Small wooden heart decoration £1 each

Blue and white hand painted and distressed wooden heart garland £6

More colours and shapes available soon, including snowflakes and reindeer .

"Our Family Likes" personalised and framed picture, available to order from The White Approach £25

Linking up to HandmadeThursday over at Whitelillygreen

Making a Thrifty Living

I say this over and over but somehow, being forced into this thrifty lifestyle just after the birth of the twins really has opened my eyes to all the treasure that you can find on a budget and it really is possible to live well and furnish your home beautifully with a bit of imagination and luck.  The Sunday morning boot sale is now a regular part of our routine.  I am always amazed at the treasure I find.

I am now coming into the really busy season for selling my thrifty finds.  The run upto Christmas is swamped with Vintage & Craft Christmas fairs.  All my weekends are booked up with two fairs in one day in some cases.   I have resisted listing most of my stock in my Etsy shop as I am certain I will sell it within the month, resulting in my home resembling a charity shop itself.  I couldn't resist one more trip to the boot sale this morning as the forecast was dry and bright.  I am SOOOOOOOOO glad I went.  Look what I found :

Seriously tooo die for mirrors.  The one on the left is brass and is totally Divine.  The one on the right is plaster.  Both are in immaculate condition.  Purchased from the same seller for a super smashing price.  I know I should sell them, but ........

Also purchased from the same seller and the proof that getting out of bed at 5.30 to arrive at the bootsale in the dark is worth it.  These gorgeous handpainted but unmarked mint green bone china cups and saucers.

I paid £3 for the three and am *cough* keeping them, but as I have always maintained something in so something goes and after a Summer of gracing my kitchen windowsill I am finally ready to see my beautiful pastel coloured trio's move on.

Pretty ceramic trinket pot and lid will though go to a fair, it will be certain to sell as a lovely Christmas gift.  I may put something inside.  I have lots of lovely new soaps, candles and other handmade lovelies to take along this year.

The photograph does not do this saucer justice.  Palest hand painted mint green, pink and gold.  Again I have plans for all the odd saucers I have collected this year.  Hopefully they will be a good seller.  If it works I will sell them in my Etsy shop in future.

Three lovely cups (all without saucers) again not to be overlooked. Sellers let you have them cheaper in most cases because they think they are not as useful without their saucers.  We of course know different !!

Beautiful finest bone china tea, coffee cup and saucer.  I paid more than my usual great thrifty price but who could resist ?

It's one thing finding a great bargain, it's another fighting for one !  Walking past this seller's table she was totally swamped with people grabbing items from her table, out the back of her car, from her boot.  It was total carnage.  I absolutely hate to see this and will not get involved.  As a bootsale seller myself this sort of behaviour makes me see red.  So I walked away.  When I returned she had hardly anything left and was looking frazzled.  She did though have this pretty Arthur Wood jug.

Any ideas what this could have been used for ?  lovely heavy glass with a metal handle, no idea of its use but totally love it !

I don't usually go for the books at bootsales but this pretty one caught my eye.  Full to the brim of gorgeous embroidery patterns, stitches, how to's etc.  Love it and am sure I will be able to find it a lovely new home at the handmade fair .

No not photographs actual embroidery ! Can you imagine being so talented and patient to make such a wonderful piece.

Finally this "has potential" chair.  Hubby was not best pleased that I bought it as its sprung and has horse hair filling but isn't it a beauty ?  I can so see the potential for it.  Watch this space for the makeover transformation.

Taking part in MagpieMonday do pop over and see all the other thrifty finds