To Frame or not to Frame?

A retro Dominos game…. Nowt to do with the (frankly overrated) pizza takeaway but the good old-fashioned game of Dominoes. Except this one is spelt Dominos so I want to say it like, “Vaminos!” Cute, aren’t they? It’s like everything i look for in one go: retro toy, cool illustrations and a game I can…

Kids and the Car Boot Sale

The weather forecast for Sunday actually looked alright for once; so on Saturday evening, Aidan packed up the car (still doesn’t have a name; Fluffy Dog is just not working for us) of the last of our boot sale boxes. Sunday morning was actually a textbook getaway for us… Apart from having to bring Dexter…

Missing in Action for A Month

Sorry I’ve been a bit quiet again recently. Holiday, busy weekends and now I’m marking exams for a month. I’ve got a write up of our holiday to Fowey to post up, a ton of vintage boots that I’ve found and sold to picture and so I promise that when my only working month of…

Auction Buys

Not last week, but the week before (49 robbers came knocking at my door… Or however many it was…) we went to the auction at New Mill, near to Holmfirth. We’ve not been attending as frequently as in previous years, but as always, there was plenty to see. We go to the auction viewing, then…

Ercol, Kiely and a Touch of Retro

Our main bedroom was one of the last bedrooms to be decorated when we moved into our house in 2012. Despite an impending arrival, we took our time over our bedroom as we knew we wanted to get things we really wanted rather making do with what we had. The room is a really odd…

May in Woman’s Own, 1952

I’ve been watching Mad Men again recently; binge-watching episodes in the evenings as I list eBay. The last time I watched it, it was pretty much when everyone else seemed to be watching it (certainly everyone online, at least) and it was before we had kids: our house was tiny and filled with loads of…

Mid Century Mass Market Art

When we moved into our house, we kind of quickly put up our vintage prints on the walls in the hallway; mainly because the pictures were so big and so many, that it was an easy place to put them out of the way. There were lots of hanging hooks up already, and it was…

Charity Shop Finds: Vintage Enid Blyton Books

As mentioned in my last post, we had a really good look round the charity shops in Colwyn Bay last weekend. Amongst other things, I found some vintage Enid Blyton books of my preferred era and style…  These are all published by Dean books and are actually from the ’70s and ’80s. I’d got it…

A Weekend Away in Wales

Wales is quickly becoming one of my favourite places to visit, particularly North Wales. Last weekend, we booked a couple of nights in a Travelodge in Llandudno and spent the time looking round Colwyn Bay, Rhos-on-Sea and Llandudno. The trip was completely funded from clothes we’d sold on eBay, given to us by Andrea (Grandma),…

Spring Pottery Display

I don’t think I’ve ever actually posted about the previous pottery display in our ‘Diamond Room’ (as the kids call the dining room); but now the weather seems to be picking up a bit, it seemed like a good time to change the pots around a bit and make a new display. The theme is…

Fairies, toadstools and pirates…

I’ve always been an avid reader (although, having just written that sentence, I realise that I don’t think I’ve ever used the word ‘avid’ in conjunction with anything else. Avid dancer? No. Avid chef? No. Avid dog-walker? Definitely not. Avid reader: yes). When I was growing up, my absolute favourite books to read were anything…

Vintage Galt Jigsaws

We’re not huge jigsaw players in this house. I’m absolutely convinced that Corliss pretends she can’t do them every time we sit down to do one together. It drives me mad! Nothing guaranteed to get my blood boiling more than either her whingy voice or doing a jigsaw with her… This is an example conversation…