November 18, 2011

Recent Finds

I am loving doing the rounds of the op shops in my new home are a few of my recent purchases...
I love crochet blankets, they remind me of my Grandma, who loved to crochet.  I love the bright, random colours and wonder who spent all the hours making this one.  Why anyone would get rid of this, I cannot fathom, but I do see the irony in a heavy woollen blanket hanging over my swimming pool fence, in a climate that is hitting 30 degrees celcius more often than not ;)  
I had to part with $4 for it (the blanket, not the pool).

This outdoor dining suite was also a recent op-shop find.  It has 4 slightly curved bench seats that fit nicely around the table.  I do plan on painting it white, but it is definitely a job for my spray gun, and I don't have anywhere to use it at this back lawn!  The spotty tablecloth was $5 from Spotlight.
Here is another recently purchased crochet treasure.  This one was $2.
It is in wonderful condition.
This is my undercover outdoor living area (clothes dryer, kids bikes, and all, lol).
Bunting made by me.
This is our swingseat that we shipped over from NZ.  It is really comfortable, and the back folds down flat and becomes a bed.  One day I'd like to recover the seat pad, but it is fine for now.  The floral fabric at the back is vintage barkcloth sewn over an old woollen blanket.  It is pretty worn with some holes, and at some stage I will re-use the good parts of the fabric for a project.  The two cushions at the front were made by me.

This is from Bunnings, not an op shop, but I did buy it recently :)  It is a Frangipani and I absolutely love the flowers.  They don't grow where I am from, so of course I had to get one now I live somewhere more tropical.  It was all just stumps when I got it, so it looks like I am treating it well.  I am not sure when it will start to flower...hopefully soon!
I spied this little red beauty at the op shop and had to have it.  
Here it is with one of my new crochet blankets...
are here it is with my most favourite new purchase of all (NOT from an op shop!)
Yep, I am the very proud owner of a 2004 Daffodil Yellow New Beetle.  Totally impractical for someone who loves hauling furniture around, but that wasn't going to stop me!  I have been a Beetle fan forever, and have long wanted to own a 'new' one.  I like that the new beetle itself is a 'restyled vintage' and well, I am Restyled Vintage.  
Seemed like it was meant to be :)


  1. I created so many quilts but never used white colour. But after visiting your post, I got the idea of using white colours and various polka circle in background fabric, which is wonderful and looks very attractive.

  2. Love that red port.I hqve always loved VWs too mum had one when I was a kid and I alwyas wanted one but hubby wouldnt agree.Now I really really want a 1954 Holden ute.Doubt ill get that in a hurry either lol

  3. Ohhh you have some wonderful finds here, and the car, in yellow, love it!

    Your out door space looks great, at least you don't need to cut any grass!

  4. Your found some wonderful treasures, Karen. How fun you new car is! I love those cars and yellow is a great color. A happy new car. It really suits you!

  5. I like your crochet blankets. Its looks very nice and I also like your house and also all furniture on your home. Thank you for very nice and also unique post.