Crafty in the Med

I am here to enjoy meeting other bloggers and to share my love of craft ,mostly crochet, my thoughts and my daily happenings here in Alicante,Spain, my adopted country. I belong to a local choir because singing and music makes me happy. Flea markets and book shops are two of my favourite places to be. I read lots......sci´fi/fantasy,buried treasure, and off world adventures. I have a passion for history! I walk and walk and walk for about 10 months per year during the hot months I swim.

Sunday 6 July 2014

Car boot roaming in spirit!

Have you ever felt you are missing out on the something extraordinary you should be creating???
I have this restlessness on me !!!!

How to obtain UK market and car boot sales china????
Tell ones sister frequently that one misses the car boot sales and markets we used to go to together lots and lots .... and lo and behold when said sister and sisters come on a surprise visit (read about it here) one acquires fantastic presents like these:

from Reesvby Village ,Lincolnshire, car boot sale sometime end of May
Village cottages and the market is held on the Green in front of these cottages. Lovely village! As I recall it is just down the road from my sister's cottage but from a Whats app message received today my sister says it is 10 miles away. That is a long just down the road distance!!! 

France 1930s Cheese dish. There is a mark inside but I can't quite make it out. No matter I love it!

I have looked and looked here for a china cheese dish and not found one. I am thrilled with this one!!!! Nice and big too.

Midwinter Burslem Jug and sugar bowl

Have I ever told you I collect china jugs? Strange!!! you haven't heard?  I thought I had told everyone by now!!!

Royal Doulton Gravy Boat

 Shame I didn't take a photo as my sister B was handing this beautiful piece over to me. You would have noticed great reluctance reflected on her face as she liked it very much herself!!!! :-)

 Art Deco Roslyn China Marigold Hand painted Tea plates x 6

These beauties are very fine...wafer thin too.
These were all the car boot sale finds for me ......... I had a glorious time unwrapping them all and today I had a great time again, washing them all and drying them and admiring them and.......Have you seen Oliver Twist??? Do you remember Fagin and the way he would rub his hands grinning and drooling over his booty. If you can remember that scene then you can visualize what I do as I contemplate my hoard of china!!!

BUT I haven't finished yet!!!   This was my birthday present which I was so delighted with. You see  I have to build up my Portmerion collection little by little. It is difficult to find here and very expensive so I have to bring it piece by piece from the UK .  Every time I go home I bring a few bits more with me. I love it when I have another new piece!

Portmerion Botanic Garden Butter Dish
contented sigh!!!!

Hello and welcome to my latest follower. Thank you for visiting :-)

That is it for the moment peeps. I'm off to block my latest make and it is big so it is going to take me awhile.

Amanda :-)


  1. Wish I had a "said sister" in England that went to car boots-- what treasures! XOXO

    1. Hello Susan
      glad you could visit and thanks for your comments. I must say it is our favourite past time when I get to visit her in the UK. I haven't been home for 3 years now ....I so miss it!!!
      A x

  2. Wow what fab finds your sister made. I seem to have inadvertently built up a collection of jugs. Love those you were gifted!

  3. I love all your vintage treasures! Especially the butter and cheese dishes.. score!!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. Some sisters are the best, they know just what you are going to love and then they get it for you! Love all your lovely presents.

  5. Car boot sale finds AND a wonderful birthday gift...cause for celebration for sure, Amanda! And then a tease so I will hasten to see your next post to view what you are blocking :) ...clever girl!

  6. These are some beautiful treasures!

    1. Thanks Lena. I have have china in my life !!!

      A x

  7. Amanda those are some beautiful treasures! I love the cheese dish. All are so pretty And delicate. And just what are you blocking? I'll look forward to seeing it soon.

  8. Such lovely presents, I always think it strange but everything seems to taste better when you are using fine china, especially a cuppa. Wonderful to stroll around car boot sales spying out treasures. Enjoy! xcx

  9. I enjoyed looking at each and every one of your presents. I have never heard of a cheese dish before, but now I want one!!!
    That Portmerion piece goes with my dishes! Also I'm drawn to that first picture of the village. I would love to visit the UK someday.
    Have a lovely week.

  10. I collect vintage china too. My favourites are mid-century modern, in particular Midwinter pieces. Hugh Casson's Riviera is my latest lust.
    Jean x

  11. Hello Amanda!These are so beautiful vintage treasures!!I like the the cheese dish!So cute!
    Have a lovely week!!

  12. Oooo! Look at all your goodies! One can NEVER have too many dishes. Heh-heh. I love dishes! Lucky you.

  13. Beautiful treasures Amanda they are all so pretty and what a relief they didn't get broken on the way over. The butter dish is beautiful, I would love to have that too. :)

  14. I really love the art deco plates there fab! The marigolds look beautiful. Wishing you a lovely week x

  15. That is a lovely bundle of goodness! XOX

  16. Your excitement can be felt all the way across the Med, my friend! How I miss my North American garage sales, (car boot sales, in Britain), as the Greeks just don't GET it! Love your butter dish; how cozy to have a lovely breakfast with such a pretty piece of china!

    Have a great week!


  17. Lucky girl, excellent finds! Theres something about vintage china........but I love the Portmerion too!
    Gill xx

  18. Some truly wonderful finds. I actually live near Reevsby in a small village on the East Coast Chapel St Leonards. Looking forward to following you.

  19. Hi there,
    Thank you for for visiting and following my blog.
    I have visited Chapel St Leonards several times among other places like Horncastle,Boston,Stickney and Mareham-le-Fen (great Fish & Chip shop!). My sister lives in New Bolingbroke and I nearly always visit her when I'm back in the Uk.

    I'll be popping over to visit your blog soon :-)


  20. What amazing treasures! Those hand painted tea plates are gorgeous! I know you'll love them all! Enjoy your day my friend! Hugs!

  21. What lovely finds from your sister. My favourites are the Art Deco plates. I love the square shape. We were going to sell at a car boot sale yesterday but it was forecast rain. We find it quite a lot of work to get everything ready so we thought we'd give it a miss as we didn't want to get there and then it get rained off. It did rain so we were quite pleased although sorry for the sellers that had made the effort! X}


Thank you for your comments. I do read them and try to reply to all as well.Please keep them coming. Amanda :-)