Monday, 17 May 2010

Copycat, Copycat!

Yes, that's what I am!  A couple of weeks ago I saw a brilliant idea at one of the National Trust properties we were at.  It was an old wooden shelf type thing with a 'roof', and on each shelf were lots of terracotta pots lined up and planted with pansies.  I commented to hubby what a lovely idea it was and then didn't think anything of it...........

A few days later, my own set was born.  Hubby had busily been beavering away using his many pieces of scrap wood and made me one.

Tra la............

I'm not sure if I should have painted it pink though, but I think once the bedding plants have flowered, it'll look fine.

Back to the weekend - all went well and was jammed packed.  It was hubby's birthday on Friday so we spent a nice evening in - my parents came round and we had fish and chips, birthday cake and a couple of bottles of wine.  Saturday saw us doing lots of lovely jobs in the garden, including planting up my new shelving, and then yesterday we went to Shepton Mallet as they had the giant flea and collector's fair on.

The weather was dismal and I felt sorry for a lot of the stallholders who had stands outside and had to keep covering, putting away, and bringing back out all their wares. Nevertheless we managed to pick up some sweet pieces including this clock -

It dates between 1930's and 50's.  When we bought it, the man explained that the ballerina did go round but not brilliantly, the switch was dodgy and there were a few other minor problems.  Hubby came up trumps again, took it to pieces and has repaired everything.  When the ballerina goes round a sweet tune comes on.  The clock keeps perfect time and the switch now works.

My shelves will now be groaning with yet more china, but reasonably priced.

This 1930's maid is an egg cup and at one time she would have been holding little salt and pepper pots, but they have long since gone.

All in all, a jolly good weekend.  I hope everyone else enjoyed their's too?


Isobel said...

What sweet finds!
May I say I just ADORE your shelves?! It is a brilliant idea and looks so cute! Well done to your hubby.

bellaboo said...

I LOVE that plant shelf.. clever hubby...I may be copying too!
Lovely finds.

Bellaboo :0)

A Country Girl said...

What a lovely husband to make you that shelf - please post another pic when the flowers appear.
I love your little maid eggcup too.

Knitty, Vintage and Rosy said...

Such a cute idea! How lovely your husband is handy.


KC'sCourt! said...

What lovely finds you found. Sorry but I am just going to have to copy the copier that plant pot holder is great
Julie xxxxxxx

TheMadHouse said...

I adore the little wooden house and will be getting MadDad to make one as an homage to yours!!

Annie said...

Your husband is very clever, the plant shelves are a great idea. your flea market finds are lovely, I especially like the egg cup.
Ann x

Surfer Rosa said...

Those shelves are fabulous - I want some too!!

Kitsch and Curious Elaine said...

Ooh, I want a clock like that!!!

Andi's English Attic said...

It's not copying, it's 'gaining inspiration'! The shelves are going to look so pretty when the plants are in bloom. xx

Pink Feather Paradise said...

I love the shelf... what a joy to have a man in your life that not only listens but actually hears and even acts on it! what a very lucky lady you are! :D

lovely finds and he fixes stuff too! does he have a brother?

x Alex

harmony and rosie said...

Love the little egg cup, so sweet. How lucky to have such a DIY-minded man, perhaps you could send him over to us when you're done!!

Kate x

Mimi and Tilly said...

Your plant shelf is so lovely, I like it pink! And I think it's lovely that your hubby made it for you. Your clock with the little ballerina is fab. I had a thing for twirling ballerinas when I was little as I went to ballet classes and was obsessed with anything in a tutu!xx

GardenofDaisies said...

I LOVE the little pink plant shelf! You are right, it will look gorgeous once the plants are in bloom!