Wednesday, 22 May 2013

It was such a sunny afternoon that I decided to take my latest car boot bargain outside and set it all out on my patio table.
We found a wooden wine box with about 28 reels of  thread inside - along with a tape measure, a tinful of buttons, and some useful needles. DH decided he would use the wooden box for storage so he paid most of the £3 that it cost. Bargain!!!!
I also picked up another bag with more threads for next to nothing so I am a happy bunny!!!
I will be adding them to my thread store - they will all be useful I am sure.

The best thing about living on the edge of the open countryside is the wonderful birdlife that I can watch from my kitchen window.
Below is the best picture that I could take of the pair of Bullfinches in my garden this morning.
The male is on the fence and the female is below in the bottom left hand corner - a drab little bird by comparison.
 
 
If you are interested in my resident pheasant then scroll down for the news and photos!!!
I spotted her in the field today with at least 5 of her chicks so they are surviving.
 
I have been busy this week packing my ATCs into envelopes ready for our WOYWW 4th anniversary swap.
If you wonder what this is all about, then follow this link to find out more.

If you think you would like to swap ATCs with me then email:
twiglet517@hotmail.co.uk with your details.


OK folks, that's it for now.
Thanks for calling in. Have a great week.
x Jo

41 comments:

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Thread-tastic bargains there!! You are very good about spotting car boot finds...it's a skill that I don't have!
Lovely pic of the bull finches....they're little so and so's for pulling apple tree blossom off though!
Hugs, LLJ 40 xx

Annie said...

Fab car boot find there Jo....put my name on the next one :-)
Gorgeous bull finch there too....luck you.
Hugs,
A x

Bridget Larsen said...

Lovely colours there and what a bargain
Bridget #11

Helen said...

I have never been to a car boot... don't have a car to get to one and haven't heard of any close enough to walk to!! Great bargains though and will be so useful. Helen 5

Sandy said...

Wow what a bargain lot of thread you scored.. Buttons too so happy they found such a good home.
Popped down to the next post to see your pheasant babies they are so cute. .
Sandy :) #38

jill said...

What a good find at the car boot . Happy woyww Jill #37

Anne said...

Great car boot find Jo - a girl can never have too many threads and buttons ( last week I had to dig into my stash for fabric scraps and buttons for my GS who was making a giant postcard at school. He told me that he'd had to use my fabrics to collage some people ) Good to hear the chicks are surviving. Happy WOYWW
Anne x #73
PS will email my address would love to swap. x

Julia Dunnit said...

Aw, the pheasant and her chicks..not so dumb then! We've got teeny tiny partridges by the workshop at the mo...it's a ground nest and we worry about them..cats. They are just like little blobs of fur with legs! Loving the score at the boot sale - only you would think that a lifetime's worth of thread for anyone else would be worth 'adding' to your stash!!

Ann B said...

That's the sort of bargain I like, he buys and I get the stuff, double bonus.
The threads look like a mini rainbow.
Thanks for visiting, good to be back
Ann B
82

KatzElbows said...

All those ATCs! Wow. You've been works very hard. I love the rainbow of thread to match the rainbow in your header. And who doesn't love a good bargain?

Happy WOYWW,
Rachel, #65

Ria Gall said...

wow didn't you do well at the car boot sale but I have to say I would have fought the DH a little harder for the wooden storage box.
Sending hugs and hoping you have a great day
Ria #74

voodoo vixen said...

Wowzer, that is a fabulous find at the boot sales, especially if DH paid for most of it! LOL It always makes me smile to think that male birds are the ones with all the colour and the females are dull.
I would love to swap an ATC with you... will email you my addy! Annette #23

Neet said...

Why do I see all these bargains on blogs but never find any myself. Must walk around with blinkered vision I guess. Great shop!
Love the bird pictures, wish we had more species of birds near to us - once saw a woodpecker in the garden but never since. Would have loved hi to take up residence.

Thanks for sharing and visiting me - Hugs, neet 2 xx

sandra de said...

Great find and I love the pheasant chicks in your previous post. How gorgeous are those little babies. I feel like I am learning all about English birds while I am crafting. Have a lovely week.
Sandra @21

famfa said...

Beautiful bird photo. Great car boot find.
Famfa 101

Lisa-Jane said...

That's a great find there! I love car boot sales and we hope to do one very soon but hubs always suspects that we will come back with more than we sell!

The Taming of the Glue said...

What a great boot fair find. I never seem to find very much at our local ones. Think I need to travel further afield!
Happy WOYWW. Pam#20

Regina Hamilton said...

Oh, you gotta love bargain shopping. Happy crafting #3

Gill Edwards said...

nice bargains Jo well done

Gill x

Shaz Brooks said...

Great bargains, we had a bull finch in the garden a couple of days ago, on the nyjer seed feeder, along with the chaffinches. have a great week, hugs Shaz #125 xx

Belinda Basson said...

Could do with some of that sun here today, it is a bit cold and grey, but then we are headed into winter...#63

Laura said...

Very jealous - I don't get bullfinch in my garden. Aren't they gorgeous?
Happy WOYWW
Laura
83

Redanne said...

Great haul from the car boot! The Bullfinch is gorgeous and so is the Pheasant and family, we live next to a mill pond but the best we get is a Canada Goose with her offspring (but they are quite sweet really). Happy WOYWW, Anne x #54

The Weaver of Grass said...

Hi Twiglet, I have popped over to see you from Heather's site (Ragged Old Blogger) because I saw your comment about pheasant chicks. We farm in Wensleydale and have had a hen pheasant bring off twelve chicks just under the landing window in our front garden. She kept them there for a couple of days and this morning my husband saw her in the paddock next to the farmhouse - there was a clear trail leading from the garden showing where she had gone. Which part of the country do you live in? That hill looks familiar but don't know where it is. Do pop over and see me some time.

okienurse said...

WOW what an awesome bargain! Love the picture of the bull finches. I back up to a green belt with trees and I love watching the wildlife too. I think I am already signed up to swap and I am looking forward to getting the ATC's! Have a great week! Vickie #26

pearshapedcrafting said...

Great boot sale find! Love bullfinches - lucky you! Chrisx

Angelfish said...

You do find some amazing bargains :o) Lovely to see the bullfinch on the fence. I have starlings raiding the lawn for worms to feed their babies at the moment.
Fiona x #132

Liz Black said...

Love a bargain! Thanks for sharing and Happy Woyww Liz@145

Kezzy said...

Hi Jo, sorry I missed last week, accounts are sucking the life and time out of me at the moment. But almost done and shall be sent next week at last lol. Thanks for your address I can't wait to swap :-). Those threads are gorgeous I really need to go car booting. Might have a look this weekend. I am really starting to get into sewing (well on paper and stamping lol) and I love looking at all the wonderful threads :-) but I am so loving the pastels you picked up. Happy Woyww, hugs Kezzy xxxxx

Gita said...

Look at that find. Have fun with it all. I had a hard time finding the female bird and than finally spotted her. And those baby chicks in the last post...oh they are precious!! Brigita #113

Joynana said...

Jo, you got some great deals love all of the threads. I would love to swap with you. Sending my info now. #93

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I've got thread envy. I like to use different colors of thread when I make my scrappy journals. The more thread colors I have, the happier I am. You are SO lucky. Any mixed media artist would be in hog heaven with that bounty. To think it was all "wasted" on a seamstress (GRIN).

Happy WOYWW from #10.

Sue from Oregon said...

I am so enjoying the pheasant caper LOL! They look so cute when they are little and fuzzy! Happy WOYWW! ♥ Sue Kment

Nan G said...

Fabulous colors of thread! Happy WOYWW! Nan G #105

Almo said...

Hi Jo, I have spent ages on your blog today following the story of your pheasant the development of the eggs and chicks, what lovely reading thanks ever so much for this. You are so lucky to live with views like that, my best view is a main road and the rumble of the M6 200 yrds away lol! One of my favourite weekend pastimes is car boot sales, so I can understand your joy in finding a useful bargain great find. Hugs Mox #60

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks for the return visit - I do know the area where you live as I taught in Wolverhampton for some years and we used to holiday in Wales a lot and also walk in the lovely Shropshire countryside on Sunday afternoons. I shall now attempt for the second time to put you on my side bar!

Angie Secrest said...

I had to read the pheasant update, so excited to see they hatched! Thanks for stopping by!
Angie #99

Laura said...

We like to watch our birds, too. We were sad when a nest got accidentally uncovered when my husband was moving some firewood from beside our garage. The bird had built it rather precariously between two stacks of wood and there wasn't a good way to cover it up again. We think all the eggs were lost and the one helpless hatchling, too. Glad there was a happier ending to your pheasant story! Happy WOYWW (and thanks for visiting) ~ Laura #107

glitterandglue said...

Brilliant find - and so very glad the chicks are surviving. Great stuff!!
Have a good week.
Margaret #153

sandee said...

OK, here's the thing, first I am apologizing for not having been around, but I have been uber busy and now I am going to have the audacity to ask you to do a favor for me ( shakes head, I'm shameless ) But I am in a contest and sad to say but it's the truth, it's a popularity vote, so here's the favor...would you be so kind to go over and vote for me? I sure would appreciate it from the bottom of my pitiful heart! lol (vote for the camera, please ) (http://www.genuinelyjanestudios.com/genuinelyblog/gjs-design-a-book-contest-top-three-finalists-announced/ waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥ #19

Carol said...

Brilliant buy!
Lovely bullfinches, so glad to hear the pheasant chicks are doing ok.
Carol xx