Pretty in Pink

Something I am always on the lookout for are china sugar bowls and milk jugs, especially with  pretty pink flower patterns. 

I love the thought of days gone by when tea was a proper ritual.  Teapot, sugar bowl, milk jug, dainty cup and saucer.  Today everything is rush, rush, rush.  Sadly, its not likely anytime soon that the four men in my home would join me in my love of this ritual.

 When I was a single, childless, girl about town, I would regularly sit  on my balcony, looking out to sea, sipping my tea delicately from a china cup and saucer and flipping through my vogue magazine pretending to be a “proper” lady ! Ha! Little did I know that my neighbours (now very  dear friends) would watch me and smile at my “grandeur”.

A collection of some of my bowls and jugs all but one purchased from Ebay.  The only thing I resent about winning an item off Ebay is usually the postage cost makes the item not such a great bargain .

This Sailsbury Regency bone china sugar bowl is a real favourite of mine.  Won for 99p on Ebay but with a hefty £3.95 postage. Bah !

The wonderful ashtray above was a real find at a car boot last summer at just 20p.  Filthy dirty in a box of junk, I spotted the pink swags and when I picked it up discovered it was back stamped with a mark from The Ritz ! The stories it could tell.  Hope they don’t want it back anytime soon. 

Take a minute to pop over and discover the other pre-loved treasures found by those taking part in .MagpieMonday



  1. Twin Mummi
    February 28, 2011 / 10:22 am

    Gorgeous!! I must admit I love pink too!!@snugglefeet03

  2. Karen Jones
    February 28, 2011 / 10:27 am

    Thank you snugglefeet – I even have pink stairs ! The men in my house need to be reminded of my girlieness xx

  3. Karen Jones
    February 28, 2011 / 10:28 am

    Hi liz,great finds this week. Yes saw that comment, have used them before in the past but don't often find things on there that are local : ( xx

  4. Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping]
    February 28, 2011 / 11:28 am

    Ooh lovely pretty finds, what a bargain for 20p that ashtray is (even though I don't smoke I might have been tempted)

  5. Karen Jones
    February 28, 2011 / 11:33 am

    Lakota, thank you. No I don't smoke either but its such a pretty item I had to have it xx

  6. lightly enchanted
    February 28, 2011 / 12:14 pm

    Wow your finds look lovely, the way you have displayed them is beautiful. 20p! that was an incredible bargain 🙂

  7. Karen Jones
    February 28, 2011 / 12:16 pm

    Lightly, Thank you xx

  8. gidders1
    February 28, 2011 / 12:37 pm

    Such pretty finds- you have a real knack, and lovely way of displaying your treasure x

  9. icklebabe_com
    February 28, 2011 / 12:38 pm

    Always amazed at your finds Karen:) fancy a ash tray from the ritz? Pieces with history are THE best! Xxx

  10. Karen Jones
    February 28, 2011 / 12:49 pm

    Gidders1 aww thank you sweetie. I love to make items look nice. I think its so important to show that you don't have to spend a fortune to be stylish xx

  11. Karen Jones
    February 28, 2011 / 12:49 pm

    Helen, thank you sweetie for always taking the time to pop over and comment. I know an ashtray from the ritz, probably not allowed anymore : ( xxx

  12. carole
    February 28, 2011 / 1:51 pm

    How beautiful, you always delight and amaze me with your very pretty finds!I must get looking on ebay 🙂

  13. Karen Jones
    February 28, 2011 / 4:07 pm

    Carole, you are too kind sweetie. Thank you xx

  14. The syders
    February 28, 2011 / 6:21 pm

    Love your finds…I always look forward to your magpie post. And I adore your plate post too…I have been looking out for pretty plates for my plate rack x

  15. Karen Jones
    February 28, 2011 / 6:42 pm

    aww, thank you Syders. I will be setting up my Etsy shop soon, any of the magpieMonday gals will get special discounts if they are interested xx

  16. Cass@TheDiaryofaFrugalFamily
    February 28, 2011 / 7:23 pm

    I love your bargains…. again 😉

  17. make do mum
    February 28, 2011 / 8:48 pm

    That ashtray is lovely. It's probably are rare item now with the smoking ban!

  18. Mummy Mishaps aka Jenny Paulin
    March 1, 2011 / 9:16 am

    Yet again more gorgeous goodies from your gorgeous house! You have su an eye for it x

  19. mumsarcade
    March 1, 2011 / 11:52 am

    I love the sugar bowl in particular.I once found a cheap egg cup in a charity shop marked Harrods and still have it.There seem to be a few of us harking back to lovely times of afternoon tea and the like. Here's to us!My finds are over at http;//

  20. Karen Jones
    March 1, 2011 / 12:13 pm

    Make do mum, thank you for your comment. Yes, you could be right. I will never get rid of it, its soooo pretty xx

  21. Karen Jones
    March 1, 2011 / 12:13 pm

    Hi Jenny, aww, bless. Thank you xx

  22. thingsandstuff
    March 3, 2011 / 4:47 pm

    I've just realised that this is your other blog…I commented on your "Yellow" post the other week before I met you, lol…..I absolutely love this blog and have become a regular visitor, you have wonderful taste and I envy your collection of plates and bowls!! xx

  23. Karen Jones
    March 7, 2011 / 7:03 pm

    aww, thank you thingsandstuff, maybe now we have met we can go on a few "hunts" together xx

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