Good morning my lovely Beach Cottagers. How are you going this fine day? All here is all well and good. The weekend was completely non-productive, I needed that, and if you follow me on Facebook, you will know I didn't get out of bed until lunchtime on Saturday and while the cottage was empty while all were out at a soccer match I stayed home to 'clean' for guests who were coming on Sunday.
But, once the Beach Cottage crew had left for soccer I proceeded by pretending to scrub and polish but in fact threw some bleach down the toilet and then plumped up the cushions on the sofa, fixed myself a nice cup of tea and settled down with a new home decor book. Which I will show you soon and will definitely be running a giveaway for…soo lovely.
What I did find the other weekend though was an old vintage suitcase and though to be very honest I should begin to pass these up as there are quite a few of them in here now, I couldn't really not add this one to the collection, seeing as it was free, could I?
I love all the details to them…old stickers peeling off, scratches, dents and scuffs, the old leather, the history, the romance…
I picked it up and decided that seeing as it was in fairly good condition I would use it under the coffee table in the Sitting Room to store napkins, table mats and all that sort of parapernalia, it was just slim enough to fit and pull out without having to lift off the table (which is what happens in the Family Room, you can see that trunk here, and is a pain in the proverbial butt).
Once getting it home I thought it rather heavier than normal and with a bit of trepidation opened it up, wondering just what I might find. That's the thing in this game, one must be prepared for a little bit of grunge. Luckily what was inside was a nice surprise. Another one. In miniature. Yum.
The smaller one is, in fact, much tastier than the bigger one…on closer inspection and after getting through the dust and grime it seems it is made of the loveliest old hide…they sure don't make 'em like that anymore.
..and it's often interesting to see what's inside, I wonder who these people were, what they did, where they went…
Russell George Henry and Mrs Eileen Marie Stretton, I wonder who they were? Guess I'll never know, but they'll be in my Sitting Room for a while ;-)
I have to say that it looked pretty good under the coffee table in its natural beauty..but you know… it didn't last long like that…the Beach Cottage white paint obsession needed a fix…I will show you that in the next few days (and I did a video too for all those who've emailed me wanting painting-suitcases instructions)
Righto, I am off to the beach, it's week two of the summer hols, the day has dawned gloriously, the BC Kiddos wanna boogie board and we sure are making the most of it..
p.s. if you have nothing better to do with your time than watch a video from a girl on the beaches of Australia cleaning an old vintage suitcase then go here for the latest episode ;-)) of
blogged for Rhoda's event, thanks!