Teapot of roses

I found this lovely little  pot of roses at designsponge -  a gorgeous site which makes me pine for my own little house/flat/place.  The rose and jasmine arrangement (by sarah brysk cohen from blossom and branch) reminds me of a bunch I did for my primary school flower show competition when I was about 10 years old.

We always had the flower show contest in Spring on the same as athletics. While I could quite happily ignore the sporty side of event, the flower show cup bought out my competitive side.

For the unusual container section I used an old  enamel brown teapot that had been found rusting in my grandma's garden, a relic left over from the days of camping at the beach. The flower show cup was mine that year. Wonder where the rusting teapot is now...

In the name of charity

It's a good cause right? Without a doubt the best place to buy old china is from charity shops outside of London. Everything in London is seriously picked over and often overpriced. When you venture further afield there's some real treasures to be found. As I work quite a distance away the charity shops are ripe for the picking. Many a pretty teapot and cup have been found during a lunch hour. The location is top secret as I can't possibly have anyone working my hunting ground.

One of my most recent purchases was this lovely set by a brand called Phoenix. The whole set which includes teapot, sugar bowl, milk jug, large cake plate and five cup, saucer and plate sets only set me back £9. I've seen single vintage cup, saucer and plate sets by Phoenix for as much as £45.

The teapot is a wonderful shape I think and my favourite piece of the set (which I'll post a photo of another time). But it was the cream background with green and gold designs that caught my eye. I'm a sucker for anything green and it's a bit unusual. Normally it's the floral designs that make me open my purse.

That's a new coat in the photo by the way. I have no idea what spring thinks its doing a the moment but it's still freezing and not light trenchcoat weather yet. The new coat just needs some buttons as the ones it has are a bit ugly. So after work I stopped off at my favourite shop in the whole wide world, Liberty and bought some fabulous buttons.

I love buttons. Think I picked that up from my mother and sister who both have "button jars" or tins.  These are the ones I picked up today. Liberty simply has the best range.

Jet and the blakhearts

Time to get stitching!