Woman to Woman: Owners Worry

Taken from ‘Woman’ magazine, week ending January 12th, 1952: “What a nation of grumblers and worriers we are! I guess I used to be the same, but three years of living among the natives in South America took away my grouses. They have practically nothing by our standards, living very primitively, going out to fish…

Retro Goodies from Corsica

As mentioned yesterday, we managed to find a few retro bits and bobs on our holiday. It wasn’t supposed to have anything to do with retro or vintage, but you know what we’re like… any sniff of a flea market and we’re there! These postcards were the first things we found, bought over a number…

Bits and Bobs from Wowie Zowie

One of our favourite places is Wowie Zowie in Chorlton, and not just because they buy West German Pottery from us! They stock a wide and amazing range of mid century, retro and vintage bits and pieces. Virtually everything that is in that shop, we either already have or covet madly. If we ever open…

All Creatures Great and Small…

No, you haven’t accidentally gone to the wrong blog. Nor have I had a religious experience. But it did occur to me this morning that many of the more unusual retro items we have appear to have an animal theme. So, here are some of the beasty bits and bobs lying around our house: I’d…

1950s Fruit Costume Jewellery

Not that I’m particularly fashionable, but I do love this ‘latest’ idea from 1952: fruit inspired costume jewellery. “Gay, colourfully cunning arrangements of little cherries, oranges, red currants or plums give us the newest, most amusing idea for costume jewellery and emphasize [sic]┬áthe colour importance of our Spring clothes.” So there you go. Why would…

Vintage Treats for a Happy Easter!

art.co.uk I’m not really one for Easter, especially not this year as I decided on my birthday to try and not eat┬áchocolate until my next one… that’s 365 days without chocolate. I repeat WITHOUT CHOCOLATE. And I decided this a few days before Easter? Madness… Anyway, if I can’t indulge in chocolate, I’ll at least…

Six Days and Counting…

This time next week, we will probably be just pulling into the first of our Formule1 Hotels. Each time we’ve been to Germany, we’ve stayed in a Formule1 Hotel: they’re cheap, cheerful and have the best (and most powerful) modular showers I’ve ever seen. I’m still being lazy and stealing Aidan’s Ebay pictures of pottery…

Galaxy Magazine: Christmas Sci-Fi!

Hmmm, aliens and Santa Claus… who knew they’d go together quite so well? I think that one might be my favourite. I like the idea of Santa being a robot! That one freaks me out slightly – it’s the way it looks quite normal, then you notice that Santa’s got four arms… creepy. Alien babies…

Wishing You a (Vintage) Merry Christmas!

How I wish that it was December 1950! I’m attempting to recreate the Christmas feel of a time gone by with these gorgeous images from one of my Woman’s Own magazines. I imagine there will be many chocolates eaten over this festive period: mostly by me! I won’t be smoking though; despite my inclusion of…

1950s Christmas Tupperware

This was behind the door of our Sci-Fi Christmas Advent Calendar two days ago. What wife wouldn’t want a set of pastel coloured Tupperware?

Vintage Christmas Advent Calendar

We haven’t bought advent calendars this year. Instead, Aidan spent about four hours making one using this as the picture on the front: Not only is the advent calendar a masterpiece in design (which Aidan made himself – I’m very proud); the picture is unbelievably amazing. Look at it: it’s got 1950s people in futuristic…