23 April 2012

Salvage And A Work In Progress


Last week I went to visit a fairly local salvage yard (some of you may recognise it from one of Kirstie Allsopp's TV shows!).

A few years ago, the idea of searching through someone's second hand odds and ends would not be fun to me. But since blogs came into my life, I've realised how they could be my treasure and could be turned into something fabulous...blogs are amazing aren't they?

There were some random things there...


Dirty dirty sinks



Manikins were a little scary but the fireplaces and chandeliers were lovely.
I found some gems hidden about like old church pews...


Lots and lots of garden furniture in perfect condition.



A big wooden trolley in a beautiful washed out cream colour.


Glass bottles perfect for displays or single flowers.


I didn't buy anything but would definitely visit again when we have our own home. There are so many great things to be found, it's just knowing where to look.

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Thanks for your lovely comments in the previous post about my crochet. I still can't believe the difference in my first and second attempt at that flower! 

As I mentioned before, I saw a picture of another bloggers large granny blanket and instantly wanted to make one. Since then I have been triple crocheting to my hearts content (now have a very sore finger!) and have produced the beginnings of a blanket...24 rounds to be precise!


It's a WIP so only a sneek peek for now. At first it wasn't any time at all to do a round but as it's getting bigger it's taking forever! Hopefully it will be done soon...my mind is already drifting to make one with lots of christmas colours/patterns...yes christmas already. A girl can never have too many blankets right...

In other news, I had my 8th driving lesson last week. It doesn't feel that long ago that I blogged about my very first one does it? Things are starting to fall into place and feel a lot more natural now...I never thought it would. I still feel a little nervous before each lesson but once i'm in the car i'm fine. There is still a long way to go before thinking about booking a test but I am so proud of myself : )

Happy Monday,

Gemma x

16 comments:

  1. Wow check you out girl with your crochet blanket, it looks fab, I can't wait to see it finished :) Love the idea of a Christmas blanket. It is never too early to be thiking of Christmas!
    So pleased to hear that the lessons are going well, see now you are wondering why you didn;t get on and book them up sooner. Ian I did try but she was having none of it, haha.
    Hopefully see you soon my lovely x x x x

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  2. Looks amazing! I would love that place. Your blanket looks amazing, such a nice idea.

    X x

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  3. I always wanted to go to a salvage yard. But Hubby always turned his nose. Hehehe.
    Your blanket is looking so sweet! I cannot wait to see when it is finished.
    xx

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  4. Love this post. I have nominated you for an award - check it out.

    http://deardollyblog.blogspot.co.uk

    xx

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    1. Thanks Dolly! That's very sweet of you : )

      x

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  5. Next time ,little bottles , trim with pics,.from blog The Graphics Fairy . Tie lace around the neck. add pansies or small flowers from the garden .
    Look at the blog of Cristina Zinnia Gallaher

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    1. Thank you! They sound lovely. Off to look at the blog you suggested : )

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  6. AH yes! I watched that episode and wished I knew how to find yards! Are they cheap or expensive? I love the bottles! Well done on the crochet, what's your secret for getting past the chain?! xxx

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    1. Thanks Sophie. I think they are relatively cheap. The more you buy the better discount you get. I sent you an e-mail about the crochet, hope you got it!

      x

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  7. That salvage yard looks like a fun place to look around and find treasures. We have one like that near to us, which has a lot of fun items (most though on the expensive side..so I look rather then buy).
    I love the colours of your blanket, I think it looks lovely so far. I still want to learn myself, hopefully some day soon.
    I am glad to hear the driving classes are going well..:)
    I have nominated your blog as well (I think Dolly did the same?) for the versatile blogger award. I just wanted to let you know that I think your blog is great..
    Magie x

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    1. Awww thank you! I love your blog too : )

      xXx

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  8. You are so right about 2nd hand stuff! I never knew how great consignment stores, thrift stores and garage sales were until blogging came into my life lol! I love it and it's much cheaper than new stuff ;)

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  9. Love your blog! Definitely inspired to do something similar and go antiquing!

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  10. Hi, I've just found your blog via Little Gem's Diary. What a lovely blog :)
    I can't wait to see your blanket- I've just completed my first giant granny square blanket and have now started a second (like you I was inspired by homebird) x

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  11. what a cute blog! So many good finds above- you've made me want to go antique shopping this weekend! xo

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  12. I'm glad you've realized that thrift finds are pretty amazing. haha those mannequins are kind of creepy, but im coveting over those chandeliers!!

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Gemma x

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