Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Playing at shops...........

I picked up an old dresser cheaply last week (it needs stripping and repainting - that's what I should have been doing today, instead of playing ;) ) which I shall put in the shop to display china on -

I don't really like the dresser, but it will be useful in the shop -



Got some pretty sets of china today -

I got a couple of side tables too, to display stuff on. Quite pleased with these now they're cleaned up and painted - they were in quite a state -



Painted - and distressed - these little shelves too -


And finished painting the sewing box. Wondered about lining it with this wrapping paper? -

Pretty, isn't it? -

Got a cute shaped mirror too -

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Lovely tulips -

- and some tiny irises coming out in pots in the garden -

Mr VTT has just brought me a glass of wine and a bowl of olives, so that seems a good point at which to slope off! Enjoy the rest of the week!

36 comments:

  1. Good old Mr VTT. Mr J and P has gone to Sainsburys to do the weekly shop which I'm very happy about. Look forward to seeing how your space at the vintage shop looks.

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  2. Think I will join you with that glass of wine too....have a lovely evening.
    Julie x

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  3. I adore that wrapping paper, you should definately line the sewing box, it'll look beautiful!

    i love everything in this post - im very jealous of your fab finds! :)

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  4. wow!!! a shop spacey how exciting for you!
    i bet that will be fun- no wonder your enjoying playing shops- i love the art of display- i worked in a lovely suffolk shop for nearly four years, my first loves mothers shop- i always loved decorating the window display in all the seasons...loved chatting to the friendly villagers too.
    when my family visits me they say it looks like a shop hehehe ;0)

    good luck with your lovely vintage shop- i love the tea sets and dresser- shame i dont live near id be in every week hehe ;0)xxxx

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  5. Very pretty finds.... loving that little piece of cloth with the Willow Pattern design on it in your previous post. I love the thought that it might have been to cover steamed pudding with....

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  6. Sigh.......... Blogger ate my comment first time round, so I left it again and then it published both.......... pfffffft..............

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  7. I've had an eaten comment too - looking at MM's post I'll just wait and see if it reappears!

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  8. OK, it's not visible, so here goes: lovely photos, thanks so much for your recent comments and my great-grandfather left Leominster with all his worldly goods packed into the wooden chest which is now underneath our stairs!

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  9. Hi love your finds and hope you have great fun 'playing shop'. Have you tried Annie Sloan paint - its fab. I haven;t had time to post about my cabinet makeover yet but I have used the paint and am v pleased. No stripping, no sanding, no nothing just paint. Yeah!! She has a website if you want to check it out. Look out for my before and after post its coming soon - the new joke in out house is 'don't stand still for too long or you WILL get painted'.

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  10. Off to check out Annie Sloan paint!.....

    Where did your great-grandfather go to, Floss, from Leominster?

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  11. I love all your finds, so many lovely things!The wallpaper is gorgeous and would be wonderful for lining the sewing box. I'd love to really play shop like you - in fact I sort of play shop around my house a lot! Helen x

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  12. Lovely things you've found. Dresser looks great painted and will really set off your pretty china.
    And gorgeous paper...yes to lining it!

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  13. I think the dresser will look wonderful with all your lovely china displayed on it. The paper is so pretty it will look great inside the sewing box. Hope all goes well for you at No14. I didn't get wine and olives but I did get a cuppa and a homemade ginger biscuit brought to me earlier:)

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  14. Lovely finds and I particularly love that paper, it is so pretty. Sounds like an exciting venture. I had the wine earlier but sadly no olives.
    Jo xx

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  15. So exciting have you done this before had a booth? My favorite thing when I had the shop was display work....love that mirror....your going to do so well great merchandise and key display pieces, your set!

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  16. How nice! A place in a booth,
    is my dream! But not here, the Italians
    do not understand anything!
    Congratulations and best wishes
    ° ° SUSY

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  17. The dresser is great for displaying your lovely china for sale. Good luck x

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  18. Hi, Heidi - no I haven't have a space in a shop before - I'm excited, but a bit stressed too, in case it doesn't work out. It's a lot of work and the space I've got is towards the back of the shop - but, hey, ho, if I don't give it a go, I won't know!

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  19. How exciting - the dresser will be so useful as it'll hold lots of goodies! I love the mirror!

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  20. Oh I have that wrapping paper - it is absolutely gorgeous, will look great as a lining!

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  21. What a well trained hubby! I love what you have done with all of this - you have lovely taste. x

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  22. I would love to play shop, hope it all goes well for you.
    Cate x

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  23. I like your dresser; looks like something along the lines of a Jacobean design originally. Lovely china items and lots of luck with your new venture ... :0)

    Shirl x

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  24. I do like that first table - it has very shapely legs!

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  25. The wrapping paper is really nice & elegant! But I must say that I HEART the first china that you showed us...the one with multi-coloured roses!!! And the dresser is fine, too. I wish I had one of these (but I have no room for!.....heheheheehe).
    have a nice day
    Tiziana

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  26. So happy to discovered your blog! I'm a huge tea lover and collect teapots. :)

    ~ Carolee

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  27. I do quite like that dresser ...I like the trend for painting them cream. My grandmother painted eveything cream in the 30s - beautiful pine furnature ! She was always ahead of her time...she cut the iron bed head off & made a divan and after my mother had a hysterectomy she made her a cut out one piece swimming costume !

    I think your shop will be very pretty.

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  28. Wow that dresser looks fab, doesn't even look like if needs any work doing to it. Love the sewing box, where did you get it ?

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  29. Gorgeous, gorgeous pieces you have there.

    Fingers crossed,

    Nina xxx

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  30. Fantastic news about the shop.....I can see you doing really well. I think the paper would look lovely in the sewing box.

    Lou xxx

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  31. How exciting for you. Looking forward to reading more and seeing photos of your shop. I have recently acquired a similar sewing box and wondered about painting it but have decided it looks too much of faff!

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  32. It must be so exciting selling your wares in a shop. I hope I was able to help earlier and thanks for contacting me! x

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  33. GORGEOUS paper - would be fabulous to line anything with! Gorgeous side tables, distressed little shelf... my word you have been a busy bee! How exciting to maybe get a table in that gorgeous shop, but I really see the danger of the other shop opposite... :-)

    Thank you again, dear, dear Abby for all your kind and encouraging words on my blog - your words mean a lot to me.

    Warm regards,
    Helena

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  34. Love all the china, the dresser looks great with the chin dsiplayed, and the tables look super too!

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