The summer feels like a long time ago and yet I can still feel the benefit of my 2 week holiday on the North Antrim coast back in September. This is the home of giants, whiskey and the ubiquitous garlic chip. If you haven’t experienced these joys you don’t know what you’re missing!

A trip home is just not complete without a trip round the charity and vintage shops in Coleraine. I always find something amazing and this year was no exception. Hope and Gloria on Railway Road always comes up with the goods. This is an interesting vintage shop where you can get a cup of tea, a vintage outfit and take a sewing class. This time I found hidden treasure in the stacks of fabric – probably the contents of peoples’ sewing cupboards, full of half finished projects and some that were never started for one reason or another.

So what did I come home with? …….metres and metres of gold and red dupion silk! One piece was 4m long a total steal at £2.00 for the whole piece.

I also found a gem in the British Heart Foundation; a beautiful 50s yellow fur felt hat – in mint condition. After a bit of a steam, the original shape emerged – a kind of beret shape, quite a tricky shape to wear. I loved the colour, so I set about reblocking it – More about that in my next post.

So it it just goes to show that you can find amazing things in unexpected places.