crochet blanket

A little bit obsessed by crocheted blankets

I guess my obsession with crocheted blankets will not come as a surprise to many of you ;) Those of you who follow along on Instagram will see them pretty regularly - you can't go far in my home without bumping into one! I think it's that magic combination of colour, pattern and texture that does it for me :)

So today I thought I'd share some of my collection with you. It's been a gorgeous sunny day here in blighty so it was the perfect day for a spot of photography :)

First up is my "happy blanket" which is home to my happy, sunshiney Little Tea Wagon owls - the perfect combination don't you think? The blanket was a charity shop find when out thrifting with my sister in Barnstaple - and I may have let out a squeal :)

The other super colourful blanket was found at the Oxford vintage market which is held every Thursday in Gloucester Green. In the summer it hangs at the end of my bed to provide a lovely pop of colour (sausage dog is made by Alice Apple).

Of course, crochet isn't just for blankets and I was rather pleased with this find at Spitalfields market in London. I love the lining too :)

I just adore this huge granny blanket I bought for our bed. It is just so warm and cosy in winter - I never want to get up in the mornings! This one came from a lovely shop called Winifred's Daughter in Hawkhurst, Kent. The blankets are made locally by a lady in the village and are just beautiful. I have another one for the sofa, too.

The next few blankets are all thrifted. The first one has clearly enjoyed some happy times in its life and has that lived in vibe - but it's perfect for summer picnics on the lawn (oh how I wish....).

And last, but most definitely not least, we come to the living room, which is home to four lovely blankets - they make it such a happy, cosy space.

The arm chair has seen better days and really needs reupholstering - but a crochet blanket and a cluster of cushions brighten it up for now (the fabulous two cushions at the front were made by Modflowers, the rest I made). It's one of those fabulous roomy chairs that you can sit cross legged in and is perfect for reading.

We've also used blankets to cover up some now rather grotty Ikea foot stools - pretty and comfy. They do get a bit of a beating - but I'm a firm believer in using things you love, rather than having them tucked away keeping perfect. You get so much more enjoyment that way.

So there you have it. A little bit obsessed! Have a lovely week everyone. xxx

Thrifting fun in Devon

Well, Happy Wednesday everyone! Can't believe how quickly the time is flying - only 7 sleeps until Christmas - eek!

I went to visit my lovely sister in Barnstaple recently for a pre-Christmas get together and some crafting and thrifting fun. It's so lovely to share interests - we had a fun day (or two!) exploring the many charity shops in Barnstaple, I had some refresher knitting lessons and a tutorial on how to make an empire line Blythe dress, and I helped my sister with some Blythe customisation...I think that first moment when you open up one of your precious Blythes needs some friendly support!! We also found the time for some beautiful bracing sea walks with the doggies, even though the weather was rather wild!

Merry Kitschmas from the seven dwarfs!
A most happy and cheerful crochet blanket find. I'm in love!

I thought I'd share some of my charity shop finds with you today, as I really am super excited by them. Normally, I have the worst luck - I visit the charity shops in Oxford frequently and rarely find anything, so this was a most unusual haul!

First up is the most amazing, happy, colourful crochet blanket. I think this was the last thing I found, and my favourite. It is hard to portray how vivd the colours are - especially the green - it glows! I just love the edging too - haven't seen much like this before.

A most happy and cheerful crochet blanket find. I'm in love!
A most happy and cheerful crochet blanket find. I'm in love!
A most happy and cheerful crochet blanket find. I'm in love!

Next up are some finds from the North Devon Hospice, which has an upstairs dedicated to vintage. I squealed rather a lot when I went up the stairs! I found the most beautiful cotton yellow tunic dress - please excuse the photos - it needs a good wash and an iron - but isn't that print just fab! Roll on spring :)

My happy dress
My happy dress

I also fell in love with these pyrex cups and their yellow rose print. In an unusually restrained move, I left them behind the first day whilst I thought about it (do we have the space?) and went back for them the next day and happily they were still there! I'm so pleased I did. They were only £4 too - such a bargain!

I adore this yellow rose print :)
I adore this yellow rose print :)

And then my eyes spotted the most fabulous quilted dressing gown. This beauty was just £2.50!! Isn't the print just divine? It came complete with a vintage tissue (used!) in that pretty pocket :) Now all washed and fresh as a daisy. I was originally contemplating cutting it up to make some things, but I don't think I can bear to, so it will stay hanging up for me to admire, and remain a photo prop. I might just have to parade round in it on Xmas day too :)

Granny chic
Granny chic

And that's not it! In this treasure trove of vintage goodness, I also found the beautiful double bedspread below. And THE most amazing seven dwarfs at the top of the page. Aren't they absolutely fabulous? I couldn't believe my luck when I found them :) They are now brightening up my white Christmas tree - and (hopefully) safely located at the top, out of reach of cats :)

A most beautiful pink bedspread

In a different shop I found another fabulous crochet blanket in different shades of purple. I must confess to having quite a large collection of them - perhaps another blog post to show and tell....

More crochet blanket love
More crochet blanket love

And last, but not least, as I was paying for my happy multi-coloured crochet blanket, I spotted some vintage Christmas decs on the counter: 5 for 50p!! Would have been rude not to, so santa and Mr Snowman came home with me, along with a pink bauble or two!

Mr Snowman
Awesome santa

All in all, a thoroughly lovely trip and a most fabulous haul. Now I need a bigger house!! Wishing you all a super lovely and very happy and relaxing Christmas in case I don't "see" you before then! Hope all your preparations are going well. It's been a bit of a handmade Christmas for me this year - pics to follow once the lovely recipients have opened their presents :)