Thursday, 17 May 2018

Charity Shop Treasure

Gerard celebrated his birthday yesterday, not the celebration that we had planned but a fun day.  We had a picnic brunch overlooking the sea and enjoying the tranquil surroundings.  There was so much to look at, so many different species of birds and not a workable camera in sight.  Sadly the batteries had run out, it didn't detract from our enjoyment.

We had a few jobs to do in and around Stornoway.  Gerard went onto the Sports Centre for the rehabilitation course whilst I had a wander around the charity shops.  It was nice to browse the many books and patterns, a great favourite of mine.  One mans rubbish is another mans treasure so I was delighted when I came across a book for crochet borders.  A quick glance through sparked off all sorts of projects in my mind.


I came across a pattern for socks, a pattern that will probably never get used but I felt it would be a wonderful addition to my collection.


Midges will be prolific here on the Island shortly so this next find made me smile.  A book that may give us some tips on how best to deal with them.


As Bertie and Honey will be visiting next week I thought it prudent to have a rainy day project ready.  These seemed to fit the bill...



...I like to think that they were unused due to the wonderful weather.

I was thrilled to come across this Winter Warmers pattern book, the 9 patterns are a delight.  I have already got the wool together to crochet the shawl.


Have you found any treasure lately?

All in all despite the altered plans, a wonderful celebration.  We enjoyed coffee and cake before returning home for a relaxing evening together.  

See you soon.



33 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday to Gerard. I hope he is getting stronger every day. The picnic sounds lovely. Your charity shop finds look great, particularly the crochet border book. I imagine the midges might be ok on the islands, with the strong prevailing winds? I hope so for your sanity, the itch of a hundred midge bites is quite something. Keeping my fingers crossed. x

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  2. If ever you find out how to sort out midges that would be a wonderful post. The books look great - should keep you busy for a while (as if you needed help with that).

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  3. Happy Birthday to Gerard! A camping-and-climbing friend of mine recommends mosquito coils to deal with midges while another friend puts citronella oil in her daily bath. Your charity shop finds are treasure indeed - and your comment about "wonderful weather" made me smile. x

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  4. I love the crochet infinity scarf and hat patterns in the last picture.. :)

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  5. Happy Birthday to Gerard. Love the fort and dolls house. I remember cardboard boxes being an excellent play .

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  6. *H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* to Gerard! I love all the books you found and the fort and dollhouse kits.. bravo! The shawl you plan to make.. is it the one with the colorful border? It reminds me of my Summer Shawl which I love with all my heart. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  7. Happy Birthday to Gerard! A picnic overlooking the sea sounds perfect.
    What wonderful treasures you have found. The midges book made me chuckle. I do hope you're not too plagued by them in the coming months.

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  8. Happy birthday to Gerard! That sounds like a wonderful way to spend the day. I think it's midges that we get up north in Michigan. They are horrible! Swarms of the darn things. Shudder.

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  9. You found some great books. Happy birthday to Gerald.

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  10. I do like your finds and especially when they inspire all sorts of ideas. As you know I found a lot, now must go on a sabbatical, from thrifting.

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  11. Wonderful finds at the charity shops! I hope your dear husband enjoyed his birthday, in spite of having to spend it at the rehab class.

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  12. I hope Gerard's rehabilitation is going well and it's good to hear that his birthday was a good one. You found some real treasures in the shops. I never seem to be as lucky in my finds. I hope you enjoy the weekend. Will you be watching the royal wedding?
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  13. Wonderful fun treasures you found!!
    Slightly belated birthday wishes to Gerard. May he be blessed with many more birthdays.

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  14. Happy Birthday to Gerard! Your afternoon sounds lovely with a picnic brunch. The dollhouse and the fort look like grand projects. You really scored on all of your finds. Have a lovely weekend! ♥

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  16. Happy Birthday to Gerard! I'm glad that he's continuing to recover. Wandering through a charity shop is something I haven't done in awhile - you certainly found some lovely things, particularly those projects for the children. Happy weekend!

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  17. Some great finds, I must have a look in my charity shops, I could do with a crochet borders book. Glad Gerard had a good birthday, no doubt you're both looking forward to seeing the youngsters next week. 😊

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  18. What a lovely way to celebrate Gerard's birthday. Great charity shop finds, helping make up for that annoying situation we've a been in at one time or another with flat batteries.

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  19. Glad to hear that Gerard had a good birthday, its sounds like a lovely day. You found some treasures in the charity shops:)

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  20. Happy belated birthday to Gerard, perhaps not the celebration you had planned but lovely all the same and I'm sure there'll be more celebrations next week with the grandchildren too. You've got plenty of projects planned now with all the new patterns.

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  21. Happy birthday to Gerard! Wish him strength and good health!

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  22. Those are wonderful treasures!

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  23. You two know how to honor a day and are very good at turning something around. I no longer wander in second hand shops for fear of bringing something home. I must go into major decluttering mode as soon as I get the energy, perhaps before.

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  24. Happy Birthday to George ! Hope he's better day after day...
    Nice purchases !
    No treasure here ;(
    Have a shinny weekend !
    Anna

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  25. Happy Birthday!!! and many more :) The best camera is the one you have assuming it's charged! I use my phone camera more often than not. However, I love the big camera for the crisp photos.

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  26. Happy Birthday to Gerald. I have used that crochet border book so many times, I know you will love it. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  27. Happy Birthday Gerard! You two are such a special pair. You are such a good grandma, always thinking of fun things for your grandchildren.

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  28. Belated happy birthday to Gerard. So glad he's feeling better. Hubby and I love to go on picnics... it's nice to get away for a little bit!

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  29. Happy belated birthday to Gerard and prayers for his health. Nice finds in the thrift shop. Didn't find much on my trip to Spokane as i'd hoped. But I did get a few items at Kitchen Collection at outlet mall. One item on I wanted was $5....silicone ends on tongs, for use for instant pot...lifting things out, instead of my hands and getting burned...then measuring cups and spoons...the sets...$5 and two other items....in pkgs...$2 each pkg. Things I can use. Have a blessed week. Now I need to go out on a walk since it's so nice outside! Hugs!

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  30. I've got that sock pattern, and have knitted a few pairs with it!!

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  31. Belated Happy Birthday wishes to Gerard and although your plans may have changed, it seems you had a wonderful day and great finds too!

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  32. I'm glad that Gerard had a good birthday. It sounds like a nice, quiet one. A browse in a charity shop is always enjoyable and you got some good finds to help with your crafting projects. I'm sure you're looking forward to Bertie and Honey coming next week. I know they'll be well entertained and the model making will be fun for them. I'm looking forward to browsing the charity shops with one of our daughters when we get together next weekend.

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  33. You have picked up some nice things there. In fact you have reminded me that I bought a new book in Buxton in April and will be ready to choose a project from it pretty soon. Jo xx

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