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Vignettes 3

This week, i am taking pictures of things that i like. So no change there. Enamel, of course, features highly in my house. This french salt holder came from a wee stall at St. George’s market in Belfast. Its got a big hole in the bottom so needless to say, not much actual use for …

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Vignettes 2

Its my day off and i’m fiddling around with the camera again. Today’s set of loved items come once again from around and about my home. My vintage battered suitcase collection continues to grow. the middle one i picked out of a skip, to my delight i opened it to find a vintage eiderdown. it …

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Vignettes 1

I have had a bit of time recently to browse the wonderful.worldwide.web in search of some creative inspiration. i seem to always end up getting sidetracked down a photography rabbit hole, where i dream of being able to take pictures like those i see on blogs. having recently upgraded my camera to canon 5d mk …

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Magpie moments 5: Vintage bread bins

Things have been a bit barren on the creative front this month, perhaps owing to the december rush for making christmas presents (of which i forgot to take any pictures this year). So my series on collections will continue for now, this time moving gracefully away from tea and its associates, to bread bins. This …

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Magpie Moments 4: teapot friends

At the risk of this ‘collections’ series being only about tea and related paraphernalia, please bear with me for one more post whilst i pay homage to my dear teapot collection. Begun many years ago, my teapots are all dear to me and have been carefully selected/gifted by various special people and places. Unlike many …

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Magpie Moments 3: Tea Tins

Back to my little series on collections…and remaining in the tea theme, allow me to showcase my tea tins. Here they are stacked haphazardly in the cupboard. Shame to hide them away but one can only have so many things on display. As you can see one has to practical sometimes, and thus i have …

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Magpie moments 2: Tea cosies

I am a big fan of all things tea, and many of my veritable collections relate to tea. So my next magpie moment post is about the ever-expanding collection of tea cosies. With vintage revival in full swing, these linen embroidered types are re-emerging all over the place. The one on the right was the …

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Magpie Moments 1: Brooke Bond Teacards

It has been noted by many that i am an avid collector of an assortment of things. This is the first in a little series celebrating what i am now calling my ‘magpie moments’. I picked up a bundle of these little cards a few years ago at a car boot sale, intrigued by the …

The Glory Hole

I was delighted to recently discover a new place to forage for finds. The Glory Hole in Innerleithen, Scottish Borders, is the source of these latest treasures – a selection of collector’s Cornishware, and a beautiful vintage embroidered tea-cosy to add to the respective collections. To get into the shop, the owner had to come …