Pretty Pink Dress from Woman’s Own

This time it appears to be me that inspired a dress from Woman’s Own: This is a picture from last year when my school won a big party from Vodafone. It wasn’t actually at Granada Studios, it was at some boutique hotel (the name of which escapes me now) in Manchester. Fabulous night and I…

Mad Men Inspiration from Woman’s Own

I watched the season 3 finale of Mad Men on Thursday night while Aidan was out playing squash for Glossop. Actually, I watched two episodes. In ‘The Grown-ups’ (the penultimate episode), I spotted Jane Siegel wearing this outfit: My eyes immediately turned to the stack of old Woman’s Own magazines by my bed. This magazine was…

Jon Whitcomb: Couples in Love

Not only are my vintage Woman’s Own magazines gorgeous to look at, many of the short stories are illustrated by various well known people. I’ve been surprised by each name that I’ve looked up so far; the sheer amount of work these men produced is staggering! According to AmericanArtArchives.com Jon Whitcomb gained particular popularity for capturing the essence…

West German Pottery for Sale!

Scheurich 529-25 for sale here… We’ve booked our next Germany trip! Hurray! Aidan is nearly finished with selling the pots from the last trip on Ebay! Hurray! It’s our Eight Year Anniversary today! Hurray! Lots of things to be happy about. Buy it here… I don’t normally do any advertising, but I’m that excited about seeing…

Sweet or Savoury? Vintage Bird’s Custard Ads

From Woman’s Own, Thursday September 2nd, 1954: “Fluffy Top Custard 2 level tbsps Bird’s Custard Powder 4 level tablespoons Sugar 1 Egg White 1 pint Milk Mix the custard powder with 2 tablespoons of the milk. Boil rest of milk with 3 level tablespoons sugar. Whisk the egg white very stiffly, fold in 1 level…

Vintage Woman’s Own: Happy New Year!

Is it getting a bit late to say ‘Happy New Year’? I must admit, I’m not one of these people that does say it as a rule, and I find it particularly awkward when someone says it and it’s the 16th of January or some time about then… Anyway, this will be my first and…

Italian Donkeys are Expanding!

1950s, tourist, Italian tat… yes, they may be that to many people. And they are to me really. Yet, I still love them. This one I bought from a charity shop in Holmfirth: Then later that day received this one from my brother-in-law and his girlfriend as a Christmas present: The back of this one…

Vintage Christmas Wrapping Paper

The last time we went to Germany, along with a thousand and one pots we bought a great big stack of retro wrapping paper. The idea was that with Christmas approaching, it’d be easy enough to flog it on for a small fortune. Small fortune has not appeared. I’m not sure why: I think the…

From Germany to Glossop…

..Deutschland to Derbyshire. We’re back. The house is full. Aidan has just pointed out that I don’t really have time for a blog but I just can’t resist: the sheer scale of what we have returned with from this trip is phenomenal. Observe:   Note the glass head back right; at the moment, we think…

Üeberlacker Twin Pots

That title makes it sound like yoghurts. It’s not yoghurts, I promise!   Üeberlacker Keramik make some luvverly pots (I’m getting my Masterchef style voice ready for tonight’s show…); bright, unusual and original… Yep, I like them. These are a pair we decided to keep from the original German Road Trip. For once, I’ve attempted…

Woman’s Own Magazine: September 9th 1954

A few weeks ago I bought a stack of 20-odd vintage French magazines, all from the 40s, 50s and 60s and I was beyond excitement. Or excitement in a French sounding way… This morning, I bought forty four – yes, forty four! – Woman’s Own magazines, mainly from the 1950s but some from the 40s…

Car Boot Sale Finds

Unfortunately, it has decided to bucket it down with rain today. We had planned to do a car boot sale this morning; car was packed and ready to go. However, waking up to rain at 6am put paid to that idea and the usual Sunday morning lounging was resumed! I do have some bits and…