Friday, 30 May 2008

I love books!

One thing we will never run short off in the Locket household is books (one day I will show you my favourite room in the house, also known as Dorothy's bedroom, that is absolutely full of books!)

But however many books we have there is never any hesitation when it comes to buying more - especially when they are bargains - so the lovely little second hand bookshop we found in Keswick was like a treasure trove. As we went up the stairs to the first floor shop we saw a row of books on the landing all marked at only £1 each and look what Dorothy found

aren't they lovely?

I found two Paddington books for Daisy for £3.50


(but she doesn't know where the other one is now!)

and two Hannibal the Hamster books for Fred for £3. I loved these stories when I was little but had completely forgotten about them until now


Fred loved them and lay on the bed at the Travel Lodge reading away to himself - a relatively new skill!


And look what I found for myself..........................


but sadly they didn't have the crochet or knitting editions.

We had already bought Daisy these two books for her birthday


and as we always give a little present to the other children when it is one of their birthdays, we had bought Dorothy paperback editions of Pollyanna and Good Wives and Fred had a Richard Scarry book (that link is specially for my friend Jane to show her who I was rambling on about the other day) and a dragon finger puppet!

But most exciting of all is this wonderful book that was sent as a gift by a very kind friend.


The postie had tried to deliver it on Saturday when we were having a surprise cinema party for Daisy with 3 of her friends so I had to wait until yesterday to go to the sorting office to pick it up. But WOW it was well worth the wait!

I knew I would love this book but I had no idea how much! It really is a lovely, lovely book - you know when you get a book and find maybe three or four things you want to try making? Well with this book it is pretty much every project that I want to do - as soon as possible too!

I just need to find some wool jumpers to shrink (my kind of washing!!!) - in the meantime I am going to play with some of the scraps I already have - but I can't show you what I am making yet so I will leave you with another photo of Daisy's doll (christened Beatrix after Miss Potter of course) in her newly-rescued-from-the-big-bag-in-the-garage-outfit

it is so lovely seeing the children's clothes being re-worn (even if it is only by a rag doll!) - when Daisy dressed her in a little shortie romper suit that Fred had worn as a baby I nearly cried! But don't worry, I'm not getting broody - three little Lockets is definitely enough!!!

P.S. Edited to add two things....................

1. Katy has just had the very good idea of a Russian Doll Swap so pop over here to sign up

2. Etsy seems to have gone rather quiet lately so I am planning on taking my wallets to some of the local shops instead. I will leave them in my shop until Monday so if there is anything you want you need to get it now. (that's about as "hard sell" as I get I'm afraid!!!)

25 comments:

April said...

What fantastic book finds!

I've been over to Katy to join in the Russian Doll swap - how could I resist

April xx

Ickle Pickle said...

I have had my eye on that book myself you may have just convinced me to splurge again LOL

Sal said...

Glad you found such great books..especially the Ladybird sewing book. Sal;-)

Kaz said...

Beatrix looks fab in that outfit. And what lovely books. I've just got some felting needles and wool but have only made 3 balls and 2 petals for a flower so I'll be interested to see just what you can make!!

French Knots said...

I have that Learning to Sew book somewhere, one of the many treasures saved from childhood...cluttered? My house?! Books don't count as clutter do they?!
We're off to the Lake District on Sunday for a week so I think a trip to Keswick is on the cards!

quiltdude said...

What lovely book finds, I think it's fantastic when kids are really into reading, there's nothing quite like a good book.
I've been tempted by the warm fuzzies book....may have to have a peep at yours before I decide to splurge and buy it.
Off to look at the Russian dolls swap now.
X Clare

Michaela said...

What on earth do you need to buy a book called 'Learn To Sew' for? Are you insane woman?

Katy said...

thanks for the link to my swap!!! So pleased you're signed up (like you don't have enough to do!!!)

I am a complete bookworm too, love love love books! And I had also completely forgotten about Hannibal the Hamster until now - I used to love those stories!

Simone said...

Can't wait to see what you make with the warm fuzzies book!

Charlie P said...

Squeee! Old books! ...and a VERY nice shiny new book. It looks like Daisy had a brilliant birthday at the lakes- her doll is beautiful :)

Juliann in WA said...

Fun books - books and fabric go well together don't they?

JuicyFig said...

I too missed your quilt swap...oh well, hopefully cought the russian doll one, and the kitchen item swap!

Glad you enjoyed the lakes - and the books look great - My daughter picked me up enid blytons fairy tales for 10p the other day - very un PC but nostalgic all the same!

Kath
x

Gina said...

Fabulous books... fabulous doll... fabulous last post of Daisy's birthday too... all in all lots of fabulousness!

Indigo Blue said...

Your books had made many childhood memories flood back! I read what Katy did as a kid but never managed to second one. Your new book looks good enough to eat.

dottycookie said...

Lovely books Mrs Locket. I think I might have to invest in the Warm Fuzzies myself ...

quiltygal said...

I just love old books When we emigrated over here I had to leave all my books behind I had all the Enid Blyton books I now buy them for the little one sin the family
Claire

Jennie said...

I used to love Hannibal the Hamster books. When I was five I fell into a pile of nettles at my Grandparents, and was more upset that my Hannibal book might have been damaged (was carrying it at the time) than the many stings I had acquired).

(I've joined the Russian doll swap!)

marit said...

Books!!! Perfect! Great picture of the reading son:-)

Kitty said...

We too are a household full of books. Loads and loads of them - I just can't bear to part with books, they are somehow so special. You never know when one will be 'just right' do you?

That Warm Fuzzies book has been tempting me for some time, so I look forward to seeing your makes from it.

x

the pesky bombolino said...

You're posts are always so full of so much goodness I never know where to start with a comment...
I'd forgotten about hannibal too- I think my little brother had some of those books.. I love the vintage sewing book, it looks fabulously retro- show us some pages sometime! And the sewing book you bought I've been thinking about buying for one of Annie's friends- is it good?.. And thanks for the pointer to the russian doll swap- I'm definitely in!

silverpebble said...

Lovely booky treasures - and such bargains! Keswick's lovely - I have great childhood memories of the market and the smell of real northern fish and chips. It looks as though you had a fantastic time, and Daisy's presents are gorgeous.

Leanne said...

I'm with you there I love a good book shop also.....books are much cheaper in the UK than here.

Annie said...

Oh Lucy, I've been a bit quiet, so it was lovely to catch up on all your news. It was like getting a letter from you. I just LOVE books too and think one can never have enough. They are like friends to me. Loved the little ladybird one.

Lesley said...

Oh my word Locket - soooooo much goodness been going on while I've been away!

First - gorgeous photo's of gorgeous Daisy Locket's birthday! I'm glad she had a lovely day and I just love her Paddington T-shirt and bag....and mahoosive dolly is fantastic! The red dungarees are my favourite outfit :)

Second - fab books! May have to go shopping in Amazon now!

Third - gorgeous hexagon quilt! How lovely of Eve to have sent it to you :)

Fourth - ack - missed the Russian Doll swap - just as well as I still have a toadstool to produce!

Fifth - it's good to be back!

xxxx

muffin said...

everyone in the world seems to be going to the lakedistrict! perhaps that's y it was so busy when we went there. we were lucky visiting beatrix potters house because found parking easily and got in the house straight away. what a splendid garden.