Red, White and Blue, It was a right Royal Do !

You would have to have been from another planet not know about the Royal Wedding on Friday.  It was a glorious example of Britain at its best and I cried and laughed my way through it.  I gasped when I caught sight of the dress (Grace Kelly couldn’t have done it better ).  I cried when Jerusalem was sung (forever in my mind the anthem of England), I cried for the loss of Princess Diana and how proud I am sure she would have been of her wonderful son.  I laughed at Prince William’s expressions, both to his wife and his brother. 

A truly wonderful day to celebrate a marriage between two people who are so obviously in love.

This week’s MagpieMonday post is a red, white and blue tribute to being British and  actually how proud I am to be English, regardless of all the problems our country faces at this time, we are still a pretty cool nation and we certainly rock when it comes to putting on a celebration.

Its also picnic season and not for me the shop bough sandwiches in a carrier back.  I love the romance of real china and pretty accessories.  I found most of these items last week during my trip to the charity shops in the neighbouring town of Topsham.

A pretty alternative to a picnic hamper or backpack.  This red, white an blue flower patchwork satchel has a plastic wipeable pockets inside making it ideal to carry food items.  It cost me £1 and is immaculate and looks unused.

In the same shop I found the gorgeous hand embroidered linen bread roll holder, again in immaculate unused condition and a steal at 50p !

Further along, I came across 4 double handled soup bowls with matching saucers (white of course) for £2, no marks, I think they are probably a recent vintage. They would be ideal for desserts on a picnic or if you are really posh how about a Gazpacho !  The large blue and white bowls are Beacon Hill by Hostess Tableware of staffordshire again quite new but really pretty and at 10p each I couldn’t resist snapping the two of them up.  The small blue bowls I found with a collection of cups and saucers a while back in my regular charity shop, again 10p each. I bought the whole lot for the princely sum of about £1.20 !

I couldn’t pay tribute to the royal wedding without showing you the guardsman I found a few weeks ago in my regular charity shop.  He is wooden and comes apart (child’s puzzle thingy)  Doesn’t he look smart !  He cost me £1 and guards the toys in the twins bedroom.  He cost £1.

How gorgeous is my Union Jack butterfly ?  I purchased this card off etsy along with several others about a year ago and made them into pictures using cheap frames from The Range.  All machine embroidered on dupone silk, far too nice to give as cards.   

My tribute to Will and Kate may you have a long and happy marriage.  

Please take a moment to pop over and see the other entries in this weeks MagpieMonday and I am also taking part in ApronThriftGirl



  1. Alethea Hill
    May 2, 2011 / 9:26 am

    What a gorgeous selection! Once again we are spoilt for choice as far as a favorite find. I must say, as a lover of wooden toys that guardsmen is in the running at the moment though!

  2. Missdaisy's Crafts
    May 2, 2011 / 9:30 am

    wow fantastic finds as always 🙂

  3. missielizzie
    May 2, 2011 / 9:33 am

    Oh aren't you clever!I love that fabric satchel. The bread holder is gorgeous too.I'm after wooden soldier/guards at the moment. I have a plan for the play room in the house we haven't yet bought for the son I don't yet have!!!I already have some 60's toy soldier fabric stashed, and I bought the surprisingly cool bearskin guard cushions from Aldi the other week. How sad am I?Great finds, thanks for linking up. x

  4. Mrs Goriami
    May 2, 2011 / 9:34 am

    That all looks gorgeous! x

  5. Antonella
    May 2, 2011 / 9:37 am

    lovely finds, esp. the blue nad white bowls.And although I'm Italian I saw on youtube the royal wedding form the beginning till the end. At work actually and with all my collegues pitching in to comment. I guess I'm just a romantic British at heart!

  6. midlifesinglemum
    May 2, 2011 / 10:30 am

    I love all your finds but, if you don't mind me asking, what do you do with them all? I hope you don't thnki I'm being rude, I'm just curious.

  7. Emma
    May 2, 2011 / 10:38 am

    Awww how lovely!!!! p.s. I was there 😉

  8. lightly enchanted
    May 2, 2011 / 11:57 am

    that little soldier is lovely 🙂

  9. Karen Jones
    May 2, 2011 / 3:36 pm

    Althea and Miss Daisy's crafts thank you for your comments : ) xx

  10. Karen Jones
    May 2, 2011 / 3:37 pm

    Liz, you are funny collecting all your bits for your future son and playroom : ) Love it xx

  11. Karen Jones
    May 2, 2011 / 3:39 pm

    Mrs Goriami – thank you for your comment xAntonella – How wonderful watching the wedding on you tube from Italy. The home of style. I don't think many people could have failed to not have been romantically moved on Friday. xx

  12. mumsarcade
    May 2, 2011 / 3:49 pm

    Is that a theme I see before me? Very clever of you and you have wonderful finds. I like the satchel most followed by the guardsman and the butterfly picture but all things are cool too.My lot is over at with just one Royal Wedding inspired item

  13. Karen Jones
    May 2, 2011 / 4:15 pm

    Hi Midlifesinglemum, not rude at all (a question my hubby often asks ) xx I store lots, in every cupboard, nock or cranny I can find. I use most, I sell on some on Ebay and Etsy and if I really get fed up of them I boot sale them or Give them back to the charity shop when I have a "tidy up " xx

  14. Cass@TheDiaryofaFrugalFamily
    May 2, 2011 / 6:42 pm

    Oooh I love all your finds but the Union Jack Butterfly is gorgeous – I might have a look on Etsy myself for some cards to frame.

  15. ChrisTea And Cakes
    May 2, 2011 / 9:06 pm

    As ever, I love it all, super post. x

  16. Jenny
    May 2, 2011 / 9:32 pm

    That guardsman is wonderful!

  17. multiplemummy
    May 3, 2011 / 6:40 am

    What a brilliant post – I shall be looking back weekly now to see your amazing finds! I love bargain hunting! Fabulous! x

  18. Tattooed_Mummy
    May 3, 2011 / 11:59 am

    I love somple bright colours and wooden toys so your guardsman is a big hit with me – what a bargain. Great post, lovely pictures.

    May 3, 2011 / 12:36 pm

    Oh this is all too gorgeous! I have never seen anything like the bread roll holder before (I'm clearly not as posh as you!) but I love it! x

  20. midlifesinglemum
    May 6, 2011 / 7:04 am

    Thanks to your reply to my earlier comment. I guess all hobbies cost money – and at least this hobby sees you come home with something to keep other than memories or bigger muscles, etc… I would love to use all that beautiful china and bott selling anf ebay are also fun. I get it! 🙂

  21. midlifesinglemum
    May 6, 2011 / 7:04 am

    I meant boot selling as in car boot.

  22. Karen Jones
    May 6, 2011 / 7:09 am

    Hi midlife, thanks for coming back again. Yes hobbies do cost money but I see mine more as stocking my home very cheaply with beautiful old items and also as part of my business. I rarely spend much most days no more than £1 or £2. Infact the most I have ever spent in one shop was £10 and I had a whole load of "treasure" . xx

  23. Nicki Cawood
    May 7, 2011 / 11:30 am

    I don't suppose you still have the link to the etsy seller who does the cards? x

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