So along with my home made bags, china, tablecloths I like an old tin. I am not ashamed of my tin habit....there are much worse things that I could be addicted to.
As I was carting the shopping home from the Co-op the other day ('sausage fingers' in the making) I walked past a sprawling charity shop (the one where most of my 'returns' are returned to as it is the nearest).
'Hello again - are you still looking for umbrellas?
'No thank you - umbrellas are soooo last year dahling'
'Bird Cages then?'
'Oh my goodness no - bird cages were last weeks news! Today I am in need of a particular little print' (that I had seen the previous week but thought 50p was too much.....)
Sadly that print had been sold but I spotted a tin.....a tin with a bashed up lid....I suddenly needed a tin more than anything...tin was £1.50 and I knew what I needed that tin for.
I was especially pleased that the colour of the tin matched my old Lloyd Loom table perfectly! Tin was a little dirty and just needed a bit of a clean (soap and water). Maille was very taken with the tin so this will end up in her room I think.
Sorry - a few photos because I love the colours
I have used tins for plants many times before and this one was on the Mollie Makes blog a while ago.
This tin was a bit rusty so added some vintage trim and a button to disguise those bits - I popped a jam jar of water inside (ah - you see here that I managed to sneak in TWO tins in one photo!)
You don't have to plant with plants - this one was filled with oasis and then some winter flowers put in for Christmas
I am just using my blog to administer some messages:
In no particular order -
Dear Eco Ethel - I was a overcome by your gifts - that was very, very special indeed and once camera batteries are recharged I will blog about it. I am figuring out a way of wearing both the brooch and the bunting...Sorry about the paucity of wrapping on my part.
Dear Lydia (I hope that is how you spell your name) - lovely to meet you yesterday. Chuffed indeed that college students are reading my blog. Sorry that I spout on but I have been thinking about the marriage of art and science since our meeting. I have a BSc and MSc and various PG Dips and I have never seen that as being at odds with making stuff. I think that the Krebs cycle is the most wonderful piece of art that there can be! Cellular respiration is my number one favourite thing to teach!!!! There is plenty of scope in life to have a full range of skills/attributes/hobbies - I have had lots and lots of different but always interesting jobs (CV takes a bit of explaining....).
Dear Maaria and Phoebe - Maille tells me that I am legend at school.....that pleases me greatly as I have always wanted to be a legend in my own lunchtime...(thank you Eric M). By the way I am not deliberately trying to be funny!!!! Maille does not think that I am funny - she thinks that I am strict!
Dear Miss Lazy Daisy Jones - You are most welcome and I am particularly glad about the pin tin!
Dear sisters - Happy Birthday for last week Gail. Trudie and I ballroom dancing: Trudie dropping to the floor - barking at me to spin her round like Anne Widdecombe - will forever rate in my top five funniest ever life events. All of this in order to try and win a box of Maltesers! Staff said that is was the funniest thing that they had EVER seen. YouTube clip coming up
Thank you also Gail for helping to save me from drowning when I was a little girl - Maille likes me to talk through that quite a lot (which is why I am thinking about it again now) and we ponder how the children might never have been born.....
I should cite 'It's a Wonderful Life' at this point...