Sunday, 8 January 2012

I've been an awful good girl...

Hello again, apparently I scared some of you with my last post [hey, I just find these people, I'm normal] and lovely Loo was traumatised enough to request 'a nice cosy post about charity shop finds'. I've actually yet to set foot in one this year - I know, the restraint - but luckily a lot of my Christmas presents this year were of the vintage variety, so I'll share those instead.

My lovely aunt and uncle are keen antique hunters and spend a lot of time going to fairs. They're always happy to have things to look out for, and when they heard I'd found some homemaker china at a boot sale they started tracking down some other pieces for me. When I got down to Wales I had a birthday present of cereal bowls waiting for me, then unwrapped this very cute pair of espresso cups on Christmas day. 




For when I'm in a girlier mood, I also received some pink floral china (various cups, saucers, sugar bowl and cake plates) which my mum had picked up at a flea market and bought for me on behalf of my Grandad. Mr FHCS had an attack of apoplexy at the prospect of a) stuffing this much china into our already dangerously overladen car to bring home again b) only to have to immediately pack it for the move, so it's still at my parents' house for now. It'll be perfect for when I finally throw a Vintage Tea Party using the Angel Adoree book MADQ bought me for my birthday. 

Also from my Grandad via my Mum (she'd be a great personal shopper) was this amazing dark wood box, which I love. It's designed like a louvred sewing box, but we think it is an 'apprentice piece' made by a  trainee carpenter to showcase his skills. It's not showy or fancy but Mr FHCS can vouch for its solid construction, having walked into it in the dark. I'm undecided what to keep in it yet.



Amongst the presents from my sister and her beloved (they got engaged just a few days before Christmas at their favourite Welsh beach) was this Pierre Cardin silk scarf:



and my sister in law picked out these beautiful unworn vintage kid leather evening gloves for me. They're gorgeous, but do leave black smears all over everything - including my face - which does slightly lessen the glamour factor. Does anyone have any suggestions? Would dry-cleaning them help?



Oh, and I should mention this gorgeous bulb atomiser of Vol de Nuit shimmer powder (from my parents). How glamorous is this for a dressing table? The original Guerlain fragrance was released in the 30s, but the powder has a light enough scent that you can wear it in addition to your usual perfume. I now have a glittering d├ęcolletage, Bella Cullen style.



I won't go into all my gifts as I feel horribly spoilt as it is, but suffice to say that this month I will also be having lots of fun with a variety of nail polish colours whilst finally watching the full first series of Mad Men. Rock and/or Roll. 

Lakota x

47 comments:

  1. Rock and/or roll indeed - what spectacularly delightful gifts! I am particularly smitten with the lovely timber box (I have my Mum's sewing box in the same style) and the gorgeous black and white crockery. I just KNOW you are going to love Mad Men. And then we will be BFFs and send each other clever little quotes all the time. Aren't you funny... are you scandalised?

    Sarah xxx

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  2. I love the box, I have a couple that are very similar. Yours is unusual in that the top box opens differently from any I have ever seen!

    You have been very spoilt and you deserve ever bit of it!

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  3. Hi my dear-wow, gorgeous presents, the gloves are very glamourous and the box is totally fabulous! xx

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  4. Such thoughtful gifts, the box is so lovely and I can imagine you filling it with wonderful treasures to suit.
    The bottle is gorgeous too, it would look stunning on display xxx

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  5. Lovely gifts - especially the china!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  6. Happy New Year my dear! I am in love with the fabulous Vol de nuit atomiser - wow! xxx

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  7. Im in love with those beautiful gloves and that gorgeous box Lakota. Just gorgeous. Isn't it wonderful when you feel the people you love most know you well :-)

    Jem xXx

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  8. What fab gifts! Loving those kid leather gloves (but not the sound of the mess they leave)and the perfume atomiser is beautiful.
    I adore Homemaker stuff and the apprentice piece is fab, surely it's ideal for storing jewellery? xxx

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  9. Nice pressies! I've got the Vintage tea party also (Christmas present!)- it was YOUR blog I saw it on then!!!

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  10. Lovely presents and also items that you like. My favourite is the pair of evening gloves.
    Love from Mum
    xx

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  11. What marvelous gifts!indeed you been am extra good girl
    I have been hunting for those vintagey dishes and dress to match.
    I am eyeing your perfume atomizer..is so turquoisey blue. and gala gloves eventhough I will look like a mechanic after wearing them.
    besos

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  12. I Love Homemaker! What fabulous gifts all round and so very thoughtful, you got a great family. When is the move? Scarlett x

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  13. Oh good grief, Lakota, what fabulous gifts. Do you know that I saw some Homemaker plates in a chaz shop last year and didn,t buy them cos they were too expensive. I know, I'm an idiot. Love the box thingy

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  14. Beautiful gifts, you must have been a very good girl! The gloves are beautiful but I'm afraid I've no good advice on how to make them less messy :( I've been lusting after the atomiser since I saw it in a magazine, gorgeous.

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  15. I envy the Homemaker china! I keep looking on Ebay and hoping for a bargain.....! I've got lots of mismatched pink china too for girlie tea. I found a similar, smaller workbox, now my toolbox, put out with someone's rubbish which I rescued under cover of darkness. A bit of a dust and a spray with polish, and tightening up of screws, and it's good to go. What gorgeous gifts!

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  16. Gah! Gotta love those bowls! How fabulous are they?! Also.. that powder atomiser bottle is TO DIE FOR! What lovely gifts!!! xxx

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  17. What did you do to deserve all these treats? Did you get a spell from ebay?
    I love it all, genuinely, especially the gloves. I've got some scotchguard spray here, seems to do a good job, may be the answer to stop the dye staining everything.
    Glad you're back, I missed your posts. X

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  18. *OooOOo* What lovely gifts you got!
    I love the black and white saucers and tea cups. *How Funky*
    The bulb atomiser of Vol de Nuit shimmer is ESPECIALLY WONDEROUS!
    I just love that bottle.

    I felt horribly spoilt this Christmas too.
    (But I woun't complain) *lol*

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  19. ooohhh lucky you those home maker pieces are gorgeous i have only one plate as a feature on my frontroom wall but i would love a few more. Love the bulb atomiser to that is so pretty. dee xx

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  20. Lovely gifts for lovely you!
    I got the Mad Men DVD set too, so we can watch together!
    Oh the homemaker china is great, I love your atomiser, and I have a similar sewing box, but with a handle and the lids lift the other way. Sewing/jewellery/craft supplies/sweeties box? Endless possibilities. xxxxxxxx

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  21. Ooh lovely gifts, how great that your folks know you so well! Well done spotting homemaker at a boot sale - I would have thought it would all be on ebay or at antiques fairs these days.
    Can't help with the gloves, I'm afraid, but would be interested to see what other people say.

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  22. You must have been on Father C's nice list last year Lakota. Such lovely presents. I especially love the Homemaker and the wooden box, which does look like a sewing box to me btw, but how about using it to store all your jewels or nail polishes in...

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  23. I'm not normally into crockey but the designs on the homemaker sets are awesome. That perfume is so pretty, perfect for a dresser. x

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  24. lucky girl, all that stuff is wonderful, oh to have a family with taste. want to swop any of that stuff for some floral polyester hankies? A plastic commemorative Rotherham letter opener?! I suspect not. i especially like the crockery, I think you should have your snacks served on those babies whilst watching madmen x

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  25. Oh my I love love "homemaker " china, you must have been thrilled!!!!!
    That perfume bottle is so pretty, perfect on the dresser!!!
    Happiness to you V

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  26. i havent watched the full series of Mad Men! but that granny is rocking the piano! hahaha...loving all the precious gifts you got Lakota! the saucers of the espresso cups, i was zooming it to see the furnitures and thought i might find the painting of a "Scream" :)

    I drool over the box! it looks solid and gorgeous! i could picture lots of things can be stored there! and the glove and scarf are gorgeous too! especially the bling ring you wore there! oooh soo loving the vol de nuit bulb atomiser! lucky you!! i too havent been to charity shops in 2012 hehe maybe soon!

    xx susan

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  27. Great Homemaker finds by your aunt and uncle. I collect Homemaker too and get it out for when we have guests over for dinner. It always gets commented upon.

    I love that Vol de Nuit bottle too, very chic.

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  28. Happy New Year!! Lovin' your pressies! Here's to a splendid 2012!
    Joy xxx

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  29. Blimey! You got spoilt this Christmas. And so you deserve to be.

    I love how your family are happy to give second hand/ vintage presents. It shows they love you that bit more when they've spent all that time hunting down the perfect gift for you.

    My In Laws on the other hand shoved some cash in an envelope and gave that to me. Not that I'm in anyway complaining! I like a wad of cash!

    Madison xxx

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  30. What lovely gifts! I love the retro design on the plates and the sauces. The Vol de Nuit Bottle is stunning.
    Have a great time watching the Mad Men series :)

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  31. Who's a lucky lucky girl then?!

    More so that you are blessed with a family with impeccable tastes.

    x

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  32. Lucky girl! I grew up with Homemaker - and all the furniture and bric a brac featured in its designs. I wonder where it all went.

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  33. That box is awesome - it made my heart beat faster to see it. I have always had a 'thing' about wooden boxes and am planning to write a blogpost about my collection soon.

    The Homemaker items are fab too!

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  34. Lovely presents - you were spoilt indeed! Did giggle at the black smear glove thing, though - not quite the image you want to portray whilst wearing them, I imagine!

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  35. Such lovely gifts. It is always nice to have presents that people have really thought about and put some effort into getting. I love the perfume bottle.

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  36. Someone was clearly a very good girl last year.

    Lovely, wonderful gifts - you were very spoilt indeed. My favourites are the Homemaker crockery and the sewing/storage box thingy...I'd have my ribbons in there in a flash. :)

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  37. eeeeeewww I love these dishes I've never seen any like that. So cool! That box is cool too you could line it and keep some pretties in there :) The gloves are gorgeous, but the smudging....eh, not tolerable by any means. That bottle is so pretty, loving all your new, old trinkets lotsoflove~
    Krista

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  38. Ahhhh I am in love with the espresso cups- I want an espresso machine sooo much, mainly just so I can buy the cups haha

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  39. Gloves and cups are perfect for each other.

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  40. wow, what a lucky girl you are to have a family that gives you so much thought and attention.
    Wonderful gifts xx

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  41. Very cool gifts! I want to see your china collection. Have you revealed it yet to the internet? No one gives me thrifted gifts. Ever.

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  42. Didn't you do well? I'm particularly envious of that wooden sewing box. Your rellies have a great eye and know you well obviously.

    Glad to see you were spoiled rotten this Chrimbo.

    PS I think you're going to like Mad Men! We devoured it.

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  43. Spoilt indeed, you got some gorgeous pressies! So did i ;)

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  44. That's it! I knew I'd seen some homemaker recently, and couldn't for the life of me work out where, and it was your blog.

    I popper into a new craft market/junk shop (with obscene prices) in town just before Christmas & they had a cake stand made out of a couple of pieces of homemaker, and it was bugging the life out of me. They wanted about £45 for it, so if there's any more on car boots, you could make a fortune.

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