Firstly, can I just say how much I'm enjoying Magpie Monday. I'm loving everyone's enthusiasm for it, people's commitment and determination to join in - scheduling posts because they are away on holiday! Wow, that is just amazing. Thank you all so much.
I hope the beautiful blog posts that have been linked up so far have inspired people to look differently at purchasing 2nd-hand products, rescuing items which would otherwise go to landfill and save natural resources by re-using items.
This week I'm going to show you some tea time treats that I've purchased from charity shops and car boot sales, and hopefully show you how you can decorate your home by thinking differently about things.
First up is this little dish with dome. It's like a mini cheese dish, although with the exception of perhaps a Boursin I don't think you'd get much cheese in it. What actually is it? For butter presumably? I have no idea of it's real purpose but when I saw it in a charity shop for 50p I knew exactly what I'd use it for.
A fairly pointless addition to my kitchen I'll admit, but it makes a cupcake feel extra special and if nobody had bought it, it would have ended up in the bin. I couldn't let that happen!
Next up is this gorgeous cup and saucer I bought a while back from a charity shop for £2.50. I loved it because it has a 'biscuit' saucer (least that's what I call it!) and will fit several hobnobs alongside my cup of tea. I also like to use it in other ways and for the last two springs I have had bulbs in it. Admittedly I should have photographed this earlier before the Hyacinth decided to take on triffid-like proportions, but it's still pretty!
Finally, it's time to own up to my secret addiction.
Jelly moulds. I can't help myself. I just love them, and if I ever spot one at a car boot sale, antique fair or charity shop I have to have it. I'm not talking about the ridiculously silly money Shelly moulds, or the super-expensive copper ones. Just the basic china moulds you can pick up for a couple of quid. I don't care if they are chipped or cracked. I don't have anywhere to display this collection at the moment, but I keep on buying them when I come across them - they are for my 'one day house' where I shall have an under-lit glass shelf mounted high up in my kitchen to show them off and forget to dust them.
I can't really explain my fascination with these. I loathe jelly. I think it's the history attached to them, the houses they must have lived in, the parties they must have served. I have both sweet and savory moulds, some with flowers or fruit patterns, others with fish designs and asparagus moulds. It amuses me to think of the aspic monstrosities that were once served at dinner parties.
Plain and unassuming, some might say unattractive on the exterior, inside they hold hidden beauty and complexities - I feel a strange affinity to them!
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