Yesterday's rain was quite a change from the sunny weather we've been having here over the past week, but by mid morning it had ceased, so I decided to kill two birds with one stone: get the groceries then hit the charity shops. After last week's happy purchases, I thought that the gods of thrift wouldn't be as generous again for a few weeks, but I struck a seam of 1970s delight in three of the shops.
My first buy was this St. Michael dressing gown; I was taken with it as soon as I saw the trail of roses down the back When I tried it on it reminded me of Abba for some reason - another good excuse to buy it!
When I was waiting to pay for the dressing gown, I had a look at the jewellery display and spotted this stainless steel and chrome Modernist ring, which fits perfectly.
In the next shop I found a tall bud vase with a bright blue base, which was ideal as I already have a pale blue one in my bathroom. I see quite a few bud vases about, but they're always the smaller variety and the bases are in those sludgy green and brown colours. I've always thought that these vases would be great to collect and to have a large display of them in all different sizes and colours, but have avoided the temptation to buy randomly and just go for blue shades, which I don't find many of - hence my collection of two!
And my final 1970s buy was a double duvet set with this very 'of the time' design. Its gone through a 60 degree wash and is now covering the bed.
I can never pass a flea market without having a look and also picked yesterday up a pair of Woods Ware 'Beryl' breakfast teacups and saucers from the market. I was really pleased to find these as I only have the smaller sized teacups.
Remember the red case I brought last week? Here it is with the inside top and base covered in some vintage cotton fabric and trimmed off with matching ric-rac. To keep the interior smelling fresh, I also made a sachet with some lavender I harvested from the garden last year. I can't wait to use it now!
And talking of red, this week I dyed my hair a mahogany shade and was surprised how bright the colour looks in the sunlight considering I have naturally dark brown hair. I do like this colour and think that I'll keep it for a while; I haven't had hair this red since my early twenties when I used to be a slave to henna!