Sunshine in my shadows

Welcome to sunshine in my shadows. This blog is my space to share all the stuff that makes up my every day life. Family, friends, crafts, recipes, books and all the little things that add 'sunshine to my shadows'. We all have a sprinkling of sunshine and an equal sprinkling of shadows in our lives. Hopefully you will find more sunshine than shadows to read about here and on the days when shadows fall, know that the sunshine is peeking just around the corner!


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

I love ebay and op shops....

Ebay and I have become great friends though the years and I still buy quite a lot of my vintage treasures there. Recently I was lucky enough to get these beautiful old hand embroidered fingertip towels/teatowels. Whilst I do have the skills to embroider my own I do not have general sewing skills, nor do I crochet to make edges. Besides I prefer vintage items. (Well that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it)
The photograph isn't very good and I plan to launder them again. One has a small stain I would like to try to soak out. Overall though this lot were in gorgeous condition.

This lemon one I picked up for next to nothing in an op shop. It also needs a soaking but is still beautiful as is.
Not hand done but still beautiful I picked up this supper cloth for a mere $2 at my local op shop. It looks like it has never been used. Hard to photograph with my point and click camera it has a lovely cutwork design in the centre and nicely scalloped edges.
I'm not 100% sure what this pretty piece is. I picked it up in an op shop. It was a single, pale pink it has battenburg lace featured at one end. I think it may be an orphaned napkin? It is quite large but would look odd as a tray cloth or table centre. Apologies for the wrinkles I photographed it before laundering.
This beauty was an ebay win. Aren't the swallows just lovely? It is a large table centre and I photographed it folded to get a better picture. The embroidery is superb and it is spotless. I paid a little more than I usually would for such a piece but I felt it was worth it for the quality of the item and the unusual design.
My photograph really doesn't do justice to this lovely fairy tin I picked up for the unbelievable price of just 20 cents at an op shop last week. Around here even the most ordinary tins are usually at least $3-4 or more. I don't think it's terribly old but was way too pretty to leave there!

Yet another 20 cent tin from the same op shop. Very attractive shape and too nice to leave behind.
Hope you have enjoyed seeing some more of my treasures, I have enjoyed sharing them.They truly bring sunshine to my every day life.
wishing you sunshine in your shadows


  1. Beautiful treasures Helen - I often wish our finds could tell the story of their life - where they have been and the people they have met and whose table they have graced.

    Well done on such a lovely collection of "spoils"

    Love and hugs,

  2. Linda oh yes me too! I wish they could talk!
    Thanks Denise and Nelly I have a small collection of pretty tins. They are so handy to keep things in. I really was speechless when the lady behind the counter said 20 cents each for the tins.

  3. What a delightful collection! 20c for the tins means they were meant to be with you, love them and they will love you back

  4. Thanks Lynne I was really delighted and I agree, it was meant to be! Once I get organised here I must find a place to use/display my tins as I have some really lovely ones now.