Yes, it's traditionally a cake stand. The sides fold up so it's a useful piece. And no, I didn't pay £15 for it, a bit of a haggle is all part of the fun!
Secondly, as I was scrunching up the local newspaper for use in lighting the fire (the 'paper is generally too depressing to read), I did have a look at the ads page which lists the local car boot sales. Oh how I am missing the car boots in this dismal weather. However, an ad caught my eye that there was a new boot sale starting up at a local school so on the Saturday, before lunch in Crystal Palace, off we went.
Well, it was a bit of a sorry boot sale, on a bitterly cold day, there were very few cars and at first, I thought there was going to be nothing to interest us but oh no my dear readers, I did not come away empty handed. In retrospect, I think I did quite well.
I picked up all of this china pretty much for a song. I bought this gorgeous pink and gold teacup (with a few other matching bits) from a lovely old gentleman who was so desperate for me to buy it, he kept lowering the price until I said yes! I'm now so glad I did buy them!
He told me he had broken one of the other cups (the handle had come off) but he would throw it in for free (I kind of wish he'd held back on the china throwing!) and it is now a cute little receptacle in our bathroom.
I also bought this plate from him which has an old Royal Doulton backstamp. It might make it into a cake stand but then again, I'm rather fond of it...
The china has been sat on the cutting table in my room, waiting for me to put it away. One day in the course of my crafty endeavours, I was using these little paper flowers (all shall be revealed) and once I'd taken the bunches apart, I popped them into the cup, which happened to be next to me, to keep them tidy as I used them. It struck me how pretty they looked!
I wasn't keen on the wooden finish on the cake stand so it's had a little makeover.
Better, I think.
Now I could have fun using it for afternoon tea...
My little £1 plant that I potted into a pretty teacup and saucer looks cute upon it...
Then again, I really bought it to use for something entirely different.
I bought it to put on my stall at craft fairs, as an interesting way to display my goodies.
In particular, I think these lavender sacks I've been making from my vintage European fabrics shall look pretty.
They smell divine and are filled with lavender from that bloggy lavender expert Sue.
Some are in bundles of three while some are going solo! In advance of the fairs, they can be found in the usual place.
But until it's craft fair time, my eyes are on that cake!