Monday, 27 June 2011

Jumble sale finds

Check out this amazing green Aran cardigan that Viv found for me at the jumble sale. Isn't it awesome! It fits me perfectly, is probably my favourite shade of green (it brings out my eyes dahlings) and it's handmade in chunky wool!


In other exciting news, the vintage jacket relining is finally finished! You can read the whole saga in full here, here and here. By the end my hand sewing was getting decidedly larger and more wonky but I don't care, it's finished!

From this:


Plus this:


To this!


I even saved the original Jaeger label, rather wonkily sewn in!


Boy, it feels good to be finished with this one!

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Another one in the shop

Just a quick one this afternoon, piles of studying calls, le sigh. I have however, finally finished the vintage tweed jacket relining project, what an epic saga that's been! Just waiting on some decent light to take a photo to show it off to you all!


I managed to lose my last crochet hook, meaning progress on the two wedding blankets has ground to a halt for the moment. I know I should be rushing because one of them was actually due 2 weeks ago (oops) but it's actually been quite liberating not having to craft for other people this weekend. I've finally had a chance to get on with some of my own projects, namely the aforementioned jacket and the cardigan. I also finally got round to putting together a scrapbook of all the cards, photos, ticket stubs and whatnot I've been hoarding over the past 6 years, it's nothing special but it's a nice way of keeping all those things in one place, in (rough) chronological order for the future. I've been meaning to do it for ages and not had a chance so it's been quite a productive weekend all in!


You can check out the listing for this set of vintage handkerchiefs over here.

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Just one in the shop

Just a wee shop update today, I was planning on blitzing through the 10 or so items I've got waiting to be photographed for the shop but after spending a frustrating hour or so trying to get decent photos in the grey nothingness light produced by almost 3 days of solid rain, I've decided to give up and go back to studying.


Still, I managed to get photos of this awesome 1980s Icelandic coat before I threw in the towel in a rage.


Don't forget to enter my 50th Etsy sale giveaway before Sunday 3rd July! It's open to international readers too!

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

50th Etsy sale giveaway!

I just made my 50th sale over on Etsy and I'd like to celebrate by holding another little giveaway!

Here are the lovely prizes up for grabs, hopefully something will tickle your fancy...

1. Set of 5 vintage 1970s knitting patterns. The sizes are listed over on the shop listing so head on over and see if this might be your choice of prize!


2. Set of 5 vintage photographs for scrapbooking. Check out the listing for more information, would be great for a collector or someone into paper crafts.




3. Vintage polka dot scarf, perfect for summer days!


Usual rules apply, one entry for following the blog, one for 'liking' Second Fiddle on facebook, one entry for following me on Twitter and one for linking back to my blog from your blog! Just comment with each entry, leaving a link to your blog if you're linking back to me. Does that make sense?! So there's a potential for 4 entries per person!

Oh, and in one of those comments, let me know which prize you'd prefer, I'll be picking the winner by random number generator on Sunday July 3rd at 8pm GMT. The giveaway is open to you international folks as well!

Good luck everybuddy!

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Latest thrifting finds

Here are two of my favourites from the charity jumble sale this weekend. Isn't that crochet tea cosy adorable? I love tea cosies, just as I love tea pots, it's a match made in heaven! It's got a lovely paisley lining as well, so cute.


The blue tweed was a real find and a steal at only £2! I'm planning cushion covers for my study chair, I'm thinking blue tweed background with a riot of colour, velvet and grograin across the front, lovely, lovely, lovely.

In other exciting news, I recently made my 50th Etsy sale, woop! I'm planning another giveaway to celebrate so watch this space for prizes!

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Wee shop update

I'm finding it pretty hard to find the time to blog and update my shop at the moment. I'm on placement with a vet and so I'm not getting home until gone 7pm, by which time I've got just enough time to eat my dinner and study 1 lecture for my resit before I flop into bed and am asleep before my head hits the pillow. It's hard to find time to take decent photos as well, it's too gloomy by the time I get home in the evening and I've been away from the flat the last 4 weekends in a row. Next weekend I don't plan on leaving the flat between Friday night and Monday morning, it's going to be a great opportunity to catch up on studying, get the flat tidied and take some photos for Etsy. I'm going to squeeze in a bath, some wine and Country Living magazine at some point in those 48 hours as well, it's going to be bliss!

The latest Etsy item, a vintage leather bridge case


This blog post however, hails from the lovely Inverness. Andrew and I are up for the weekend visiting his folks, I was volunteered to help his Mum with a charity jumble sale yesterday. Despite the rain and lack of many buyers, we still managed to raise over £400, £15 of which was stuff I bought! I got 5 items of clothes for the shop, a green aran cardigan for me (photos to follow, it is lovely!) and a rain jacket (dusky pink, perfect fit, Helly Hanson and all for £3!), a set of Morse books for Mum and Andrew bought the first 3 seasons of Battlestar Galactica.


All in all, it was a thrift-tastic day. Just got to knuckle down to the studying and get the Etsy items listed now! The above bridge set I bought when Frances and Vicky came to stay and it's finally made it into the shop.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Recent vintage finds

Last week Vicky and Frances came to visit. We had a lovely few days charity shopping, vintage shopping, eating cake, drinking wine and tea, doing girly face packs and visiting the lovely Ruth in Glasgow. Whilst in Glasgow we visited two brilliant vintage shops, Mr Ben and a second one, of which I can't remember the name.

I bought a brilliant green aran cardi from Mr Ben, which I have grand plans to alter slightly so photos to follow. In the second, nameless shop though, I stumbled upon this lovely wool '60s number. After much umming and ahhing, I was persuaded by the ladies to buy it and I love it! I wore it out to a wedding brunch this afternoon where it gathered 3 compliments in the space of 2 hours so it's definitely a keeper!


In crafting news, work on yet another wedding blanket is on-going but look, I learned to do hexagons!


Blogging is hopefully back to normal now that the wedding season and exams are over, although now I'm on placement now so don't have a lot of free time. I'm going to take blogging down to twice a week (which is twice a week more than the last 2 weeks) since between placement and studying, I'm finding my motivation to blog is severely on the wane. Still, twice a week should be manageable, I don't want to push myself and it become a chore, it's supposed to be fun after all!