Sunday, 27 June 2010

Saturday 26th June...

What a lovely day for a boot sale, the sun was shining over London and off we went in search of treasure. Here is what I found, all will become clear after the wedding, which is now only four weeks away, the countdown begins....eek!! I still have lots of things to do and projects to finish but I'm getting very excited about becoming a wife...hee hee.
Large gumball machine which was a bit dusty but has cleaned up a treat (£5), it completely dwarfs the one I found a few weeks ago but will look great for what I have planned, terracotta pots (6 for £2), beautiful wooden, hand painted vintage toy train with moveable soldiers, (a gift for a very special little boy), and an array of vintage books (£5), basket (£3).
Don't you just love the spotty book at the bottom. It is entitled Haunted Britain, which almost put me off purchasing but I thought I won't be reading it as I'm far too much of a scaredy cat and it does look pretty so it came home with me anyway.
I had wished for a basket like this to use as a shopper for some time now after spotting a fabulous Japanese girl in town sporting one as her shopping bag, this one is such a great oblong shape, making it very easy to carry, I love the way it looks perched on our huckleberry finn coat rack by the front door too, which used to only house my cycle helmet and Mr. R's vespa helmet, this looks far more Bijoux!

Bought by: Miss R

Monday, 21 June 2010

Archive Bijoux...

A couple of weeks ago we visited the same Antique fair where I had met this lovely man who services gramophones {several months ago}.  We went to collect my newly refurbished wind up picnic gramophone and of course to have a look around.  Mike {my new best friend} has been an avid collector of gramophones and old 78's and had kindly sorted some out for me to buy from him as I need to get my collection underway and am a little clueless as to what to look for.  I got all of the above records for £40 which was an absolute steal.  Titles worth a mention are Elvis - All Shook Up and Hard Headed Woman, Diana by Paul Anka, Why Do Fools Fall In Love - The Teenagers, In The Mood - Fox Trot - Glenn Miller and his Orchestra, Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley and his Comets and Why Don't You Do Right by Benny Goodman and his Orchestra - to name but a few! 

Also pictured above - 16 jam jars bought for 20p each were the perfect glasses for Pimms and Ginger ale at the hen do {again - photos to follow}, Oliver Twist book, printed in 1890 - 20p , 2x sweetie jars -20p each, mother of pearl handle cheese knife - 20p, smaller glass some - £3 and finally these gorgeous Blue Topaz, CZ, White and Yellow Gold vintage earrings £20, which I LOVE!
As you know I am also always on the look out for taxidermy glass domes to house some of my more extra special pairs of shoes.  Notably my exquisite Miu Miu platform Mary Janes that I recently purchased to complete my bridesmaid outfit!  However the prices of all that we saw were either far too expensive for my budget or too small.  Anyway, Miss R spotted this dome that was missing its wooden stand and had a crack at the base on one end.  We thought we would ask how much it was in any case.  Well, when the man said 'my best price is £6' I snapped it up, after all what is a little crack when you are faced with a bargain like that!  I knew I would be able to do something with it for that price.  When I got it home and discovered it was also large enough to house my favourite pair of Westwood's I was very pleased!

Bought by: Miss J

Miss J's Rose and Raspberry Vodka Jellies ...

Firstly, I must apologise for my lack of posting in recent weeks.  Miss R's wedding is fast approaching and I have been a very busy bee, sewing the bride to be's wedding dress, as well as my own bridesmaid frock!  All is going well and I am nearly there with both of them - one more weekend of sewing and I think we will be in business.   On Saturday we celebrated Miss R's hen do and what a wonderful day it was (well not the weather - but that is another story!)  Thank you to everyone who made it such a magical day.  I will be doing a proper post all about it in the next few days, but I thought I would whet your appetite with a photo of the delightful rose water and raspberry jellies I made for the occassion that unfortunately did not actually find their way to the Mad Hatter's tea party I organised on the gorgeous old Bandstand in Queens Park.  Even though they are laced with gelatine (so not a bit vegetarian friendly for myself or Miss R), I must admit they do look adorable and highly edible!

Made by: Miss J for Miss R

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Saturday 5th July....

After a sad week in Bijouxland last week (our usual car boot was cancelled due to the racecourse being used for an actual inconsiderate..hee hee!) we were up at 6am and raring to go. Here are my finds from two car boots we raced around on Saturday morning. It was a gorgeous day, thank you sunshine :) Vintage Amaretti biscuit tins (50p and £1), large platter (£1), huge serving dish (£1), glass cheese dome (£3), 2 x enamel saucepans (£3) and my favourite purchase the gumball dispenser (£2). Miss J and I have been in search of one of these for a while now for a certain project. The lady told us the mechanism didn't work so it wouldn't take coins but would still dispense whatever you put inside, this is in fact perfect for what we have planned, after taking it apart and a good clean I think it looks rather lovely.

Miss J immediately suggested how perfect these would be for melting chocolate for baking, without having to balance bowls over boiling water. The perfect chocolate bain marie!!

Bought by: Miss R