Thursday, 10 September 2009

Come Down Thursday

After the excitement of yesterday, today has been really rather uneventful.

Luckily, I was able to lose myself in the alchemy of the kitchen turning plums into jam...



Damsons and blackberries into spiced cordial (half of this will be added to some brandy or vodka to make something special to drink in front of the fire this winter, cosy picture, eh?)



And cucumbers into dill pickles. Coupled with the beetroot chutney and elderberry & blackberry cordial I made earlier this week, if we had a larder, it would be groaning.




Here are a few little things I found last weekend, I expect I'll get round to putting some of them in the shop next week.

Tiny kaleidoscope - it has the prettiest little circus-y drawings all over it.





Wonderful 1960s (?) map of Barcelona, wouldn't the image below be great as a poster?





Jolly Bearskin dish, in its original box, it looks as though it's never been taken out! It reminds me of the illustrations in M Sasek's This Is London.





We're going camping tomorrow, one last hurrah as the weather has been rather lovely the past two days, and you've got to make the most of that haven't you?

12 comments:

Anna Betts said...

Love these finds Nath! Especially that Barcelona map, what lovely colours. I'm just looking into nice stylised 1950/60s illustrations of buildings for inspiration for my drawing trip to Porto in 2 weeks!

Conversation Pieces said...

That tiny kaleidoscope is so so adorable!!

Also I see you've listed my favourite plate on your shop... And I still have some engagement present money to spend... ;)

mieke willems said...

love the kaleidoscope so so much! lucky you! you're a smart thrifter!

artemis said...

Such wonderful finds! Im soooo jealous of them all! and, doesnt look very uneventful in the kitchen, Wow, I'm so impressed with all your preserves!!

Grace said...

Oooo love the barcelona map...especially as we have just come back from holiday there! If you ever want to sell it please keep me in mind...he he....

Francesca said...

LOVE the barcelona map! but of course.

REread said...

yum, and how cute is that map

littlebyrd said...

This sounds like a nice way to spend the day - even if it isn't quite as exciting :)

Top Bird @ Wee Birdy said...

Lovely finds there, especially the wee soldier. Your spicy fruity concoction sounds delicious, too. xx

Fine Little Day said...

Really love your taste Nath, that kaleidoscope looks awesome.

erin@designcrisis said...

Sigh. Barcelona. Love.

Dee Beale said...

Really love the Barcelona map, hope you enjoyed your camping.