Happy New Year!

It’s been a whirlwind of Christmas holidays and New Year. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m not feeling particularly verbose this evening, thanks to having very little sleep last night, so without much delay I shall bring on the pictures of vintage and retro Christmas goodies. In the words of Rihanna: Baby, this is what you came…

Vintage Christmas Fun

Angels, Santa Claus, baubles, glass, plates, brass bells… You name it. If it’s Christmassy, a bit retro or vintage then I am all over it. I’ve been scouring the local charity shops to find anything that fits those criteria for the trees this year. There’s something about Christmas and vintage that goes together so well……

Museo del Presepe: Nativity Scenes from Sardinia

In September, we visited Sardinia for our family holiday. Amidst the hot, dusty streets of the tiny Sardinian villages we visited, many of the churches were a welcome, cool balm to the dazzling sunshine. Imagine our surprise when we came across a church in Tempio Pausania filled with dozens of nativity scenes. Except, it turns…

Christmas Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker

When I was little, I loved the Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker. I had a little book that was an alphabet drawn by her: one fairy for each letter and a little poem to go with it. I adored looking at the pictures and would spend hours copying the pictures of the beautiful little…

Vintage Christmas Cards

Sir Henry Cole is credited with instigating the first mass-produced Christmas greetings cards in the 1840s. He commissioned a friend of his, John Calcott Horsley, an artist, to produce a thousand handmade cards for┬áCole to distribute to his friends. The introduction of the penny post helped to further the practice. (Information taken from birthdays.co.uk) Christmas…