Saturday, 18 July 2009
I'm on a different computer today, otherwise I'd post a new picture of our little kitten. She's not so little any more, and getting very cheeky. She's worked out how to climb up the curtains and swing from them.... Also, she's trying to chew everything at the moment. Do cats teeth? (sp?) I hope all her baby teeth don't fall our whilst we're away. That'll give our lovely friend who's moving in to care for Millie a real shock!
Have a lovely couple of weeks! x
Friday, 17 July 2009
Other ebay purchases in the Thrifty Household have included a victorian settle; a barcelona chair and footstool; six cushions; some vintage fabric that I'm going to use to cover a small footstool and numerous music/recording bits and pieces. Having written that long list I realise that perhaps I'm not quite the ebay novice I thought I was, but I haven’t quite worked out the sneaky ways of bidding that ensure I beat off competition every time! However, a while back the Guardian Weekend magazine had some useful tips -
How to win on eBay:
1. The best interiors bargains can be found in the categories Antiques, collectibles (50s, 60s and 70s) and Architectural Antiques (best for old tiles and salvage)
2. When searching use buzzwords such as ‘retro’, ‘old’ and ‘vintage’. For example, search for ‘old French bed’ rather than Corbeille bed - a seller who lists is as Corbeille will know its value.
3. When you’ve found an item you like, check the ‘completed items’ search. This will give you an idea of its market value.
4. Ask the seller questions, request more photographs and check postage or pick-up distances if the item is big.
5. Look for misspelled items - it’s a great way of finding a bargain no one else will see.
6. Be prepared to do a little work: if a sofa has a good structure, you could re-cover it or dye the cushion covers to bring it up to date.
7. Stick to your guns: have your top price in mind before you bid.
8. Bid with obscure prices like £5.51 - it gives you more chance of pipping someone to the post for a few pence.
9. Remember, you can always resell your buy on eBay if you don’t like it.
10. Have a clear out yourself, and turn your clutter into cash to fund your new buys.
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
We're running out of space now, so I'm considering adding shelves above the doorways downstairs...
Here are some pics that I found on flikr that made me drool!
Tuesday, 7 July 2009
Anyway, there are a few pictures below...I'll take more tomorrow, with a view of the whole room, and the window and curtains etc. I realise I took these trying to make the place look as nice as possible, rather than the reverse!
The problem, I think, is the white paint. I love white, and it seems to work well in the rest of the house, but maybe it's just too harsh in this room. I'm wondering whether a pale grey might look nice, to coordinate with the Laura Ashley Erin wallpaper (in charcoal). Also, maybe the pictures aren't quite right... Are the frames too matchy matchy?
The look I'd really like to go for is a little bit vintage, or a bit quirky. It's a bit too late (and way past my bedtime) to be very articulate about this, but what I don't really like is the sparse hotel look.
Anyway, any thoughts or advice would be much appreciated! (Although please don't tell me to paint the furniture!)
Sunday, 5 July 2009
A few little bits that I found on Flikr and that put me in the mood for France!
Friday, 3 July 2009
1. respond and rework; answer the questions on your blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your invention, add more one question of your own.
2. tag eight other people
Marmite or Jam It would have to be jam I think. Strawberry jam, eaten with a cream tea, whilst overlooking the sea. YUM! Scones, jam, cream and a cuppa - what's not to love?!
Coffee or Tea? I will have to say coffee.... even though technically I prefer the taste of tea. I love drinking coffee whilst chatting to friends, or with the boy whilst reading the papers...or if I'm feeling peckish in the afternoon then a coffee does wonders, instead of a piece of cake!
Champagne or beer? It would have to be champers I'm afraid - unless it's an afternoon in the sunshine, and then you can't beat a nice cold beer.
Whats the best gift you have ever been given? For my 30th birthday my Mum gave me a stunning blue enamel ring with a diamond in the middle and pearls around the edge. It had been my grandmother's, and she had given it to Mum on her 30th birthday, so that was a pretty special present. A weekend away always goes down very well too.
What is your favorite ice cream flavour? Chocolate - with proper chunks of chocolate in it.
What do you think of the person who tagged you? I really like Poppy's blog, and can't wait to read more of it. I think she started writing at about the same time as I started thriftystylishhome.
If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour where would you go? I think I'd go to Whitstable, and sit on the beach outside the Neptune pub and have a lovely white wine spritzer. In the morning I'd mooch around the cute little shops and then go for a nice long walk.
Which language do you want to learn? I'd like to learn Italian. My grandfather, who was killed in the war (so obviously I never knew him), was Italian and we have family in Milan. It was always quite embarrassing at gatherings with that side of the family that everyone would have to speak English just so I could understand!
Whats your favorite quote (for now)? "The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned." Maya Angelou
What is your favorite colour? I think it would have to be green - a nice pale green, bordering on lime green, but not quite. I have a few little knick knacks in that colour. I also love turquoise - especially if it's jewellery and I've got a bit of a tan.
What is your favorite piece of clothing in your own wardrobe? I think it would have to be a yellowy, mustardy coloured jacket. It's quite Jackie O, and no one ever believes how cheap it was!! I love jackets, they're just the best way of making an outfit look a little bit different. I also love a blue fifties style dress that I've got, with white spots.
What is your dream job? I'm quite lucky with my job, but I do like the idea of doing something in a freelance capacity... Maybe a little bit of PR, a little bit of writing, and maybe helping organise a literary festival or something.
What is your worst habit? I suppose it could be said that I can, on occasion, be a little bossy. I just don't see the point of keeping quiet if you can think of a better way of doing something. The boy doesn't like this.
If you had £100 now, what would you spend it on? I think I would treat us to a nice night away in a lovely hotel...I'd love to go to the George in Rye, or the Bull in Bridport.
Do you admire anyone's style? Audrey Hepburn. Always. I also think that Laura Bailey always looks stunning! I love her boho-chic look, and she always seems to wear amazing jewellery.
Describe your personal style? I've got a little bit of a boho vibe, and although I rarely wear it I do love vintage stuff. I'm quite an accessoriser - so have lots of jewellery, pretty bags, jackets and shoes. It's an amazing what a difference a cool necklace can make to an outfit.
What are you doing after this? Possibly having a glass of wine and playing quiddler. And Australian friend introduced it to me and it's brilliant. A word came but soooo much better than scrabble, which I always find very frustrating.
What are your favorite movies? Breakfast at Tiffanys, Roman Holiday, Charade (or pretty much anything with Audrey Hepburn in it), Brokeback Mountain, Into the West, Pretty Woman, Gosford Park, Some Life it Hot and... now don't judge me...Mamma Mia!
What inspires you? Great books, or wonderful pictures tend to be what do it for me.
What is your favorite book? Too, too hard. I have to read LOTS of books, and just think I can't pick only one.
Do you collect something? I seem to collect birds. I have small glass ornaments, some metal ones, some wooden ones... And, in our bedroom, wallpaper that is covered it birds!
What is your favorite smell? Freshly laundered linen, coffee and lilies. Though now we have a kitten we can't have lilies. They cause liver failure apparently!
What are you most proud of? Maintaining some really brilliant friendships.
How many times do you press the snooze button before you get up? At least three times. And the boy gets cross and wishes we could just set the alarm later and then leap straight out of bed, thus getting more sleep. He just doesn't understand that I need to wake up slowly!
Cats or Dogs? Ha! Until about a month ago I'd have said dogs. Without question. But then we got our kitten, and now I'm so very smitten...
What's your biggest fashion mistake? I think my baggy batik style dungarees were probably the least flattering thing I've ever worn. Plus they always seemed to dye my skin blue. Not a good look.
Complete the following: Love is...? absolutely essential!