The old ones are the best …

27/04/2014 § 4 Comments

ideas, that is!

Whilst browsing around the Antiques Market in Salisbury the other day, I enquired about a pretty little something in the window.  Tina, who was on duty at the time, came to reveal the price label when, with an almight crash, the glass shelf in the cabinet collapsed – AAARGHHHHH!

Well, Tina and I reacted like lightning and between us we caught the shelf  and managed to remove everything very carefully with not a single piece of china or glass damaged – amazing.

The little coffee cup in the window came home with me, and as I have a secret desire to fill my home with coffee cups, a couple of others did too. I’m making ‘things’ with coffee cups – you’ll have to wait to see exactly what, but I need lots.

As a result of the near catastrophe, we got chatting and Tina said she had ‘a few more coffee cups and saucers ‘ back at home …

23 vintage and antique coffee cups

‘a few’ – understatement!

A little later, via email and like the very sensible person she is, Tina suggested a swap – cushions for coffee cups.

Now, that’s my kind of a deal.  I set to work with a wonderful “butterflies and jewel colours” brief – absolute bliss …




Yesterday morning, I popped over to Salisbury to meet Tina and her 2 chirpy canines (she’s also a dog-trainer), where we discovered the cushion covers would fit in perfectly with her new decorating scheme – wallpaper and bedding already bought – it was meant to be!

The simple art of bartering “a system of exchange by which goods or services are directly exchanged for other goods or services without using a medium of exchange, such as money” can be so effective and such good fun.

The girls have been threatened with Tina’s dog-whispering, though I think I’d have to barter rather more than cushions in exchange for their good behaviour!

Behave yourselves, girls!

Behave yourselves, girls!

Happy days – ‘Thank You Tina – great idea and a great swap’.


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