I am sure I have aristocratic blood – MagpieMonday

Firstly I want to reassure Liz from MagpieMonday who had a bit of a wobbly moment last week, that I did not feel at anytime, under any pressure to shop for this weeks post.  I will let you all into a little secret – I am a shopaholic ! There I said it, I feel so much better for that.  Sadly, I was unable to find anything to fit in with the red or comic relief theme, but I did find something that made me smile (a lot really, but  probably only Helen @icklebabe_com  will get the joke).

I have to say I’ve been on a role until this week, finding bargain after bargain for silly money.  I think my luck might just be running out (although we had a great morning at the boot sale yesterday, will post about those items at a later date) 

There is a link between this weeks finds (tongue firmly placed in cheek) – as I have always believed I was not born to be poor (which sadly I am) I must imagine that I am instead from impeccable breeding !

My first find this week

This beautiful Enlgish Bone China cup and saucer from the Althorp Estate for £1.  Its absolutely devine, fine, fine china with a beautiful rose and the motto of the Althorp Family.  I have never visited Althorp as I can’t bare the thought of Princess Diana being so close and dead.  I idolised her when she was alive and to this day I feel so sad about her death.

My second find was an amazing handmade Liberty of London Guests and Menus book.  I found it at the bottom of a box of handbags would you believe! when I first spotted the iconic material, I thought, this has got to be some fake bag, when I pulled it out I was thrilled to find this fantastic book, in immaculate condition and unused!  for 50p woop!  Can’t find anything about this book online so if anybody has any ideas would love to know.  I might even pluck up the courage to contact Liberty themselves.

Imagine having the kind of lifestyle that requires you to have a book in which to plan your guest lists, menu and wines !

My third find (which is the joke part for Helen, who is the most amazing cook and is always telling me to cook stuff for my man)  It seems I may actually have aristocratic blood which is why I have an aversion to cooking like the wonderful Duchess of Devonshire.  She doesn’t cook but wrote a cookery book!  How fab is that !  I found her Chatsworth cookery book as I was browsing the shelves for blue books!  Yes, I really do look for books with blue covers.  Hubby is building me a bookcase for our living room and I want to have lots of gorgeous old books with blue, white or pale spines.  I know, humour me, I might actually be loosing the plot.  I am hoping it will look fab when finished.  Anyway that’s another story.  Sooooo this particular book had the most beautiful cover when the dust cover was removed.

It also had lots of lovely receipes (The Duchess of course has a staff of chefs to do her cooking)  and this one in particular caught my eye on the same day that I think I was talking to Helen and several twitter peeps about homemade soup !

Don’t forget to pop over to see what the other great MagpieMonday peeps have thrifted this week.



  1. amknitty
    March 21, 2011 / 9:32 am

    Fab finds – love the cookbook! in fact a little envious if I'm honest. Well done :0)

  2. missielizzie
    March 21, 2011 / 9:55 am

    Aww thanks for the reassurance hun. I'm fine now honest!To me you are a duchess :0)The books are fabulous. I think they sell similar books in Liberty still, I remember browsing their notebook and diary section a few months ago and dreamt of a time when I could keep books full of list and guests!I contacted them on Twitter about a vintage scarf I had, they were so helpful and their archive section came back to me with info.Great finds as ever, thanks for linking xx

  3. Becky
    March 21, 2011 / 10:28 am

    I love looking at your thrifty finds, as you always have such beautiful finds. This week is no execption, the cup and saucer with the single rose is gorgeous, and the two books made me laugh especially the menu planner! You never know you might just be from royal blood after all!

  4. carole
    March 21, 2011 / 11:59 am

    Oh wow what a beautiful cup and saucer! The books are wonderful, can't wait to see this bookcase is all it's glory.It's obvious for all to see that you must have been switched at birth because you truly are a lady indeed! xxx

  5. lightly enchanted
    March 21, 2011 / 12:08 pm

    you have found many lovely things as usual! the cup and saucer are beautiful and the books are just an amazing find 🙂

  6. QWERTY Mum
    March 21, 2011 / 2:18 pm

    Little tea cup is exquisite x

  7. The syders
    March 21, 2011 / 2:49 pm

    Beautiful finds as usual. Love the Tea cup and the cook book looks fab! Really like the idea of matching books on a shelf, lovely x

  8. mumsarcade
    March 21, 2011 / 3:04 pm

    Lovely finds and I really like the Liberty in particular. I love all cook books so that is a winner with me too and you can just see the quality of that cup from the pictures.I like you instinctively from this post.Loving Magpie Monday

  9. Karen Jones
    March 21, 2011 / 3:45 pm

    Thank you ladies for all your lovely comments. Sorry I have been quiet today. Been out and about with hubby and then to get the twins from school. Will catch up on your posts tonight xx

  10. Caroline
    March 21, 2011 / 4:39 pm

    What fabulous finds – I particularly love that Liberty book. Imagine filling it with menu plans and wine lists – in another life!

  11. overthehillmum
    March 21, 2011 / 4:51 pm

    "Imagine having the kind of lifestyle that requires you to have a book in which to plan your guest lists, menu and wines !" << What?? you mean you don't 😉

  12. Karen Jones
    March 21, 2011 / 4:58 pm

    overthehillmum – I will await my invitation to your next party : ) xx

  13. Nicki Cawood
    March 21, 2011 / 5:55 pm

    I love the idea of the colour co-ordinated bookcase!! What fun you must have looking around for the books.The Liberty cup is gorgeous – and pristine! You either have the luck of the devil when it comes to these finds or have a bloodhound nose for bargains!

  14. Emma
    March 21, 2011 / 10:01 pm

    Oh my goodness you have such an eye for stuff! I only live about 45 minutes form Chatsworth so if ever you come stay we can go there for a cream tea!! x

  15. bekaboo
    March 22, 2011 / 2:00 am

    Clearly you were meant for the upper crust!! What fun finds!!

  16. Karen Jones
    March 23, 2011 / 6:28 pm

    Emma, do you !!! OMG! Certainly will. Are you planning any more trips to Devon ? Summer ? really want to meet up xx

  17. Sheffy
    March 24, 2011 / 1:40 pm

    I think you got some really nice items, there. Love the Liberties visitor and recipe book.

  18. icklebabe_com
    March 24, 2011 / 4:42 pm

    hahahaha! this made me laugh out loud! that Duchess of Devonshire must be your idol ;D maybe Mr Darcy will prepare you something wonderful from the book..i offically give up ;D XXXXX You are offically MY duchess of Dev! XXX

  19. Karen Jones
    March 24, 2011 / 4:54 pm

    aah, you girls are the best.Lisa thank you for the award (I have that one twice now – oops need to post about it) I am really thrilled that you gave it me too and yes, we must go shopping. Topsham is on my to do list soon.Helen, isn't it funny, I laughed my head off when I read about the Duchess of Devonshire, Most certainly related to me : ) xxxx

  20. Abbie
    March 25, 2011 / 12:10 am

    What finds! SO lovely. I think the bookcase idea sounds great. Good luck.

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