Tuesday, 11 November 2008

I'm so Bad!

Oh dear! Another impulse buy! (Well a few actually) Before I confess to my latest purchases I would like to show you an article I found in 'Artful Blogging' magazine. This magazine, which I discovered through one of my favourite blogs, is just beautiful. It is so inspiring and is one of the reasons I took the plunge and started blogging.
Anyway-the article in question is by Tiffany Kirchner-Dixon whose blog is called 'Shabbyscraps'She bought an antique dressform. She thought it was beautiful but her husband thought it was awful and morbid. The dressform-'Nadia' was in danger of being thrown on the fire. She issued a challenge on her blog for readers to share photos and stories of their own dress forms-'Show me your form' She had over 50 respondents! Her husband was won round and Nadia lives! I liked the article and the idea of the challenge as it shows lots of people who can't resist the old and worn and find these things so inspiring and full of life.
Here is my own version of a dress form which I made a few years ago after seeing this jewellery advert.
This is impulse buy number one. It is an old art school desk-which came with a stool too and is just great. It has lots of marks of use over the years and is a very versatile piece of furniture. It converts in two ways to two different types of drawing board and also has useful storage. I love it! It has replaced my little Ikea table as my main working area.It even came with a free painting that I didn't notice until I got home. Look at the lovely flowery bolts. Only £20! They had six of them. If I had a big house I would buy all of them and use them as a dining table.Then there was this-I can't work out if an adult being childlike made it or if a child made it but it made me smile. I think I will use it for story telling at school.Then I went in the old bottle shop above the market and bought loads of these clay pipe bowls-I thought they would make interesting flowers as part of my dolls or some other doll related use.

I wonder what impulse buys you have made recently?

6 comments:

Liz said...

Great finds, Sarah! The impulse buy we have made lately was the Wii. We are trying really hard to save money and pay off credit cards. I can't remember our last purchase before the Wii. It's been a while.

The Kite Runner is excellent. I hope you enjoy it.

shabbyscraps27 said...

I am so glad I could inspire you to start blogging! Looks like you have a lot of talent that should be shared with the rest of the world! Have a great day...
xoxo, Tiffany

Lola Enchanted said...

what a fantastic blog!!! I'm going to have to add your to my blog list!!!!!!

steven mcvay said...

i want a desk too... but alas have even less spare room for such lovely things, good buy though... one day my house will be big enough for such things, even if my other half says we have enough crap...

richard said...

Hi - I just came across your clay pipe pics (I live in Greenwich too) and I enjoyed your blog with all your finds - Deptford etc. I am putting together alocal history map of east Greenwich - (more or less going East from from the line of your photo of power station etc). If you ever find any pipes with the initials SB I am interested ! SB is (probably) pipe-maker Sarah Bean who lived on Crane Street from about 1780-1820
(the cobbled street by Trafalgar Tavern) . Pipe makers usually put their initials on a small clay stub on the base of the pipe bowl - but these are often eroded.
Anyway - lovely blog ! Rich

Sarah said...

Thanks Richard!
That's really interesting about Sarah Bean-I will have a look at the pipes I have got. It is quite rare to find a bowl-lots of stems though. I used to go to the beach at Deptford-there are some stairs there-I forget the name. They shut that off though when they started building the flats. Your research sounds interesting-will you be blogging/publishing it in any way?