As a break from jewellery making, I nipped down the road for a breath of fresh (albeit very cold) air this morning to see what the charity shops had in store.
None of them had anything of real interest in them apart from the bookshop, where I picked up a couple of story books.
I love the cover of the girls' annual - very 1950s and reminds me of Brigitte Bardot! Its full of stories such as Carolyn Joins the Upper Fourth, The Girl Who Spoke French and The Reluctant Imposter - ripping stuff!
Tucked away in the handicrafts section I found a 1970s magazine about soft toys with patterns inside. The toys look so characterful and I can't wait to have a go at one: either the pig or the owl.
I also found a couple of 'Needlewoman and Needlecraft' magazines from the 1950s...
... and a very chic sweater knitting pattern.
However, the find that really made my day was this collection of vintage embroidery transfers stuffed into a very dog-eared envelope. The transfers range from 1933 through to the 1960s and there are also some still tucked into a envelope with 'animal transfers' handwritten onto the front.
These transfers only cost me a pound, but I found it poignant that someone's little collection amassed throughout the decades has ended up in an oddments bin on the floor of a charity shop. Well, they've found a good home now.
All I have to do is learn to embroider!