Saturday, April 11, 2009

Loving Vinnies .....!

I'm loving Vinnies at the moment- so many bargains recently! And I always seem to find exactly what I need at just the right time....

I recently picked up some great bargain clothes, a beautiful Australian Heritage Cookbook for $2 (combines food and Colonial art- 2 of my favourite things!) and a cute salt and pepper set for $1 - for shaking cinnamon and chocolate on my coffees....mmmm....)

The day my husbands watch strap finally shredded itself to a fine string I walked in and found brand new Rip Curl leather straps for $5- complete with watch tools!

And then I found these .........

Now I'm not usually an embroidery-fan, but you know when something just jumps out at you? I do really like native flowers, and here were 3 kits - flannel flower, Sturts desert pea, and banksia, AND 3 frames specifically for them. At $2 each, how could I leave them there?

Obviously someone was having a crafty clear-out, as I also found an embroidery frame (although until that day I didn't know there was such a thing!) with instructions for $5.

So home they are, and I have started on the Sturts Desert Pea. The kits have all instructions and threads so even I can have a go!

Once I started I had some vague memories of doing embroidery at primary school, and I remember enjoying it!
Well, it was some 20-odd years ago so I'm a bit rusty. Anyway, at the moment its looking like this ----

If they turn out ok I will post pics here, if not -I'll put them on a distant wall !


Jacqui said...

That's lovely work and some great bargains. My last Vinnies trip I found four Tupperware TV dinner plates from the 70s with little compartments for dividing up the food - very funny and only 50c each. Good for bbqs but I did get them out for dinner one night, much to the amusement of our friends.

Jacqui said...

I forgot to say Happy Easter!

Anne said...

Wow what a find!
I'm from the Blue Mountains too!
Have you checked out the little church opp shop in Blaxland I found some great stuff in there too.

mountainwildlife said...

Jacqui- I'm highly amused by your dinner plates, love it! Sooooo sophisticated!
Thanks for the tip Anne- I'm a bit further up but might check out Blaxland next time I pass.... always on the lookout for a bargain!