Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Use Life Well.

What do you consider this statement to mean?

For me it's about doing your best to use life, and not let life use you. To me it also means trying to take opportunities when they come along and, as one of my favourite sayings tells us - know where you are going, don't go where you know. Along with this, exploring avenues and possibilities life may put in your path can be a real eye opener. Doing this really can help you come to decisions when mulling over a situation. You may eventually find the grass is not greener, or now isn't the best time for whatever you are contemplating.

All these ramblings, which I hope make sense to somebody, came out of our considering moving from where we now live. We looked at a house that needed a great deal of work, do-able but a lot of it! We had time between the first viewing and making a second appointment to really think things through. The realisation dawned on us, that we had a wonderful home designed for us as a family and had just about everything we needed to be happy. We had visions of land and chickens and living the good life, and I think we can do that where we are right now. It takes looking over the fence at somebody else's back yard to realise you have been taking for granted what you already have. Preparing the house for viewings made us come to the conclusion we already have what we want, with a bit of tweaking.

So, we are to stay where we are for now and be oh so grateful for what we have, instead of going somewhere else to try and create the happy home we already live in!

Monday, 17 March 2014

Been Junkin' - What Fun!

Yesterday I went junkin' with my niece and hubby's cousin. We had great fun and I am now sharing with you my goodies soon to be used in and around the house.We went to Haslingden in Rossendale and started off at the indoor flea market. Truth be told, a lot of the stands have quite a lot of tat on offer. However, that is the thrill of a good rummage and I have a couple of favourite stands there which I was looking forward to having a look at.

First purchase in the bag was this ancient looking tin. I figured I could secure the label and protect if from the elements to use it for a planter in the front garden so that is the plan. I should point out that I got it for the price he wanted but also got him to throw in the 1960's recipe leaflet on Danish bacon!

Then onto that favourite stand where the owner had a lovely, small brown suitcase - see here.

This, once I have given it a vacuum inside and a clean on the outside, is perfect to go on the prayer table at the end of the spare bed. It will look delightful holding towels, facecloths, soaps etc.

In scanning the many shelves I spied a lovely cigar box in great, colourful condition so bagged this, too.


Kitchenalia is always something I am on the hunt for and original blue and white enamel ware are items I hope to find. I was lucky enough to come across 2 pie plates and I like to pick up any nice looking cutlery so found these two. All in all, after offering him what I wanted to pay for the bundle, I got the lot for £12, which I think was a great price.

We then popped to Holden Antiques, also in Haslingden. I felt slightly sceptical as to whether or not I would find anything in my price range, but how wrong I was! The place was a gold mine for the big buyer or somebody, like me, looking for little accents and special items.

I could have bought a tonne of things but I kept to my budget and I came away with this fantastic old first aid box; it also came with a small pot jar. This will go beautifully on a wall in the spare room and I will now be looking for suitable vintage items to go inside.

Well, that is my goodies shared with you and I look forward to showing you them in their chosen places and homes very soon.

Thanks for stopping by and catch ya later!x