Thursday, 25 October 2012

Tuesday's Tuppenny-penny Houses .....Valley Car Boot Sale..

Hello there ..
... has that got you thinking...   
'well .. whats a tuppenny penny house then .. 


It was a cold and chilly morning ... I know
 ...most mornings are now 
... but Tuesdays we are up extra early to trade at Valley car boot sale.

Its pretty dark when we get there but lots of other traders are already there setting up ... and its very friendly and jolly ... so long as you are wrapped up warm ... all's well

I give Hubby P a hand setting out the bits and bobs ... china is always popular.

The glass ware sparkles in the lamplight ... it could be an evening 'supper entertainment' not a cold damp morning at silly o'clock in the morning!

Hubby P.... 'big strong man' or 'very silly man' ... that he is... heaves all these boxes out of the van 
These rummage boxes are full of house clearance type stuff .... all sorts of everything.... to be sold at silly pence per item .... he gets lots of this stuff every week .. so it has to go quickly ... so  its cheap and cheerful.

And so the trading day begins ....

Twas a bit slow my end ... and you know how you get that 'creative -y thing' that urge to hold a needle .. to have a mess about ..

Well I found some bits of felt ... and well ... had a bit of a mess about..
 I suppose I was thinking of the wee folk .. of fairies and imps and magical things ... 

I just let the needle wander where it would ... its a while since I played with the embroidery silks.

Of course all the little houses have little wood burning stoves to keep itsy bitsy fairy feet nice and toasty ... you can see they have lovely big chimneys that puff away gently ...
If... when you wander the fairy glens ...amongst the gentle mists of Autumn .... and smell the air ... 
... can you not just get a whiff of their woodsmoke ... sweet brier burning brightly ... with a cheery glow.   

So there we are .... Tuppenny penny houses ....
Ah ... but wait ...why Tuppenny penny?

I thought we would have a ... 'Bit Of A Giveaway' ... bit of fun..
So ... any ideas? 
Why do I call them Tuppenny Penny Houses?

Leave me a comment and I will do a draw next Thursday.. 1st Nov I believe (and let you into the secret)
 ... and the winner will receive their very own Tuppenny Penny House ... complete with resident fairies. 

xx  Take care  xx 


  1. are they the size of an old tuppenny penny piece? Very cute, you do lovely work. I would love your hubby job,

    Gill in Canada

  2. Oh they are just so cute. I wondered if you had used the coins for the base so they would stand up.

    Karen x

  3. Maybe they are filled with 1p and 2p pieces because you didn't have any other stuffing to hand. They are very cute.

  4. Think it looks like the base is made round a 2p piece, and the roof around a 1p? Whatever the reason, they're very lovely and are popping up all over blogland lately!

    Claire xxx

  5. I've been beaten to it with my idea for their name but they are enchanting.

  6. I would have thought too that they are weighted down by coins in the base but perhaps with two pennies equalling tuppence in 'old money'.

    They are just adorable little things - love the climbing flower up the side.

  7. Ah! just had another peek! - does the roof bend back to reveal a pile of pennies?

  8. Is it payment for the little house fairy?

  9. They're so cute!! :) They would make nice Christmas tree decorations. :)

  10. Is the base of the houses the same size of a 2p ?

  11. Doh I was going to say that the base might be a pence or 2..

    They're very cute!

    i love a good car boot rummage, me!!!

  12. I think all suggestions have been covered. They are delightful whatever the reason for their name.

  13. Did the faries steal a tuppenny penny piece as new flooring when they put in underfloor heating?

  14. I was going to say the same as Karen, I wondered if thats how they were weighted to stand up. I love them by the way, they are so cute!

  15. I'm not sure about the reason for the name but it's made me want to fish out my embroidery threads again :-) They remind me of 1930's illustrations in childrens books!

  16. Very cute !! Your stitching is pretty.

    Twiggy x

  17. Hi there!
    Ooh I do love the way you write,I felt I was setting up the stall with you both...Brrr it did look a bit cold and earlyish to be out and about.
    I trust you did okey as your bits and bobs look fab!
    I Love those 'Wee' houses and would be delighted to be put in the draw, please and thank you :)
    Am a thinking the same as every one else about the tuppenny pieces, ooh cant wait to hear the truth!!
    Have a good weeknend, Victoria.
    love Maria x

  18. Doesn't matter where you got the name from, they are just so cute. A perfect place for a Tuppenny fairy.

  19. Hello, i have just discovered your blog. Its lovely :)

  20. How in the world can you sew such detail when your hands must have been so cold?

    I think the name could come because the bases have 2p pieces in to make them stand or possibly because the embroidery silk cost all of 2p when it was originally sold.

  21. I am totally in love with these little beauties! You're so magical with a needle!

  22. I am totally in love with these little beauties! You're so magical with a needle!

  23. OH!! I love these! not sure how I got here but so glad I found you! could read you all day :)

  24. Wow, I just found your blog and I'm so glad I did. I've made myself a nice cup of coffee and going to sit down and have an hour or so reading :)
    These houses are just too cute, could you make a tutorial? I would love to have a go at making a couple.

    I would like to enter the give away please, I think they are named as such because either they are weighted by 2p or cost tuppenny to make in old money- or even they contained tuppennys for luck!

    looking forward to the reveal behind the name.



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