Friday, January 20, 2012

Royal Doormat Diamond Jubilee Bears and More

A perfect doormat for a Royal household such as mine in Jubilee year.
The mat was a gift from Ruth at who was passing through my area last week and called into to see my Royal samplers and show me photos of some of the beautiful Royal samplers she has in her collection. We had a very enjoyable visit and hope we can do it again one day.

More Royal bears are joining my collection, The 2 bears at the back are just arrived Diamond Jubilee bears. The little one in front is a Golden Jubilee bear.

This bear is a rescue bear from the local flea market. I'm sure he has a sad story to tell about how he ended up there. He started life as a smart Harrods bear and things went downhill until I spotted him, paid $1, took him home, washed and mended his woolly jumper and will sew a flag on his foot to cover the Harrods name. They don't deserve to have their name displayed after selling him to such an uncaring owner.

I bought the cane chair for 50 cents at the same market and smartened it up with a coat of red paint.

Really bear! don't get too pushy, the other bears won't like it. I don't know how you managed to get your picture in twice. you must already know I'm no blog expert and don't know how to delete one photo. I need more lessons.

These very pretty plates were an op shop bargain, I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw them and at a bargain price. They show the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York. Later King GeorgeV and Queen Mary. The Duke and Duchess visited Australia in 1901 to open the first Parliment after Federation.
I think the plates must date from that visit.

Another op shop bargain, this time found by blogger friend Gina in Melbourne. A Beswick Coronation Mug, I don't think my camera shows how very nice it is and such a pretty colour.

Gina has been blogging for a long time but has just started a new
blog to show some of the linens she will be displaying at an exhibition in Melbourne starting in August. I hope to be there to see her amazing collection.

Just to show something a bit different, this was a beach wedding I saw on my walk last week, very pretty. Later the bride was sitting on the beach. I must be getting old because all I could think about was how she would get rid of all that sand from her legs and clothes.


  1. Harrods' Bear is very lucky to have found such a wonderful new home. Hope he appreciates it and does not through his weight around - "Don't you know who I am, I'm from Harrods!"
    He needs that flag on his foot!
    Love those old plates.

  2. Lovely gift and beautiful treasures you've found, Sylvia !
    The bears are so cute and so nice of you to take care of the Harrod's Bear and give him a new
    home !
    Wish you a nice weekend,

  3. That is a very welcoming mat! I'm glad you rescued the sweet little bear. Very cute. Lovely wedding photo.
    Happy weekend!
    xo Catherine

  4. The rescued Harrod's bear looks like new !! Imagine I had never a Teddy Bear as a child and as an adult I switched to cats, lol ! It's still a lack in my childhood. First thing I bought for my baby son was a Teddy ! I think you soon have to buy another house for all your nice bargains !!

  5. The mat is too pretty to be used. The bears are all so cute!

  6. It was lovely to meet you and see your amazing collection, Sylvia. When I found that mat I knew exactly where it belonged, so glad you like it. I look forward to another visit!


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  7. Thank you for the promo, Sylvia! It will be great to meet you when you come down south to see my little exhibition ;-)