I was rifling through the box marked tea-towels in the hope of finding my friend Melissa something cute and vintage for a project Cam had shared. Alas alack there was nothing special - mostly pretty scungy really. Still, I was sitting on the floor so I thought I should make the most of it as the getting up is always soooo much more difficult than the descent. There was another box right next door marked pillowcases so I thought "why not?". The first layer was not at all promising but then I caught a glimpse, a flash of bright yellow, red and blue. My heart began to beat faster as I spotted what surely must have been a grey on white squiggly 1950's pattern. All thoughts of benevolent gifting flew out of my head. I hauled that baby out of the box and was on my feet with alarming, head-spinning speed. Oh the joy as I spread my arms to reveal this gorgeous, unused tablecloth decorated with flamboyant amigos and one donkey riding Senorita! Truly, I nearly fainted. I certainly startled the ladies with the sounds I made - I was trying to subdue my "wheeee goody goody gumdrops" and it came out rather like the sound a poor injured animal might make. One lady toddled over to make sure I was ok and all I could do was flap the cloth at her wordlessly. "Oh yes" she said casually, "There's a whole set of matching placemats and coasters for that!" I tried hard to maintain some composure and refrained from taking her by the shoulders and shaking really hard whlist demanding their whereabouts. Instead, I am pleased to report I matched her casual tone with a barely interested whisper - "oh really, where would they be?" Sure enough, she reached into the magic box and spilled forth 7 matching placemats and 6 little square coaster things. All new. All unused. And now ALL MINE!
So here it is in all its heart palpitating glory ...
(probably should have ironed it first!)
Just look at these spunky chaps!
Hair flying, basket laden Mexican Miss aboard her steed.
Here they are in coaster form.
Hope you can share a little of my excitement - I did get rather carried away but they are just so lovely!
There were a few other finds that day but for me they pale into insignificance by comparison.Thanks for putting up with my rave. Oh - and sorry Melissa - no luck on the tea-towel front!