Vintage Halloween Adverts

It’s that time of year again… cold, dark nights; clocks are turned back (this coming Sunday!); blustery days… Halloween and Bonfire Night are just around the corner. This year we’re having a Halloween party and have asked people to dress up. Aidan and I have got some pretty snazzy costumes to wear – although, as…

Selling Some Stuff

Before anyone asks: no, I’ve not lost my mind and yes, I’m feeling fine… I’ve actually listed some things on eBay. There are quite a few banana boxes of stuff lurking around the garage, attic and most likely my rather large built in cupboard; things that have been bought in the past to purposefully sell,…

Mid Century Decorating Ideas

As regular lurkers will know, we’re trying to do up our house within a fairly rigid deadline (!). As it stands at the moment, all of the floors upstairs are sanded, varnished and look lovely; although they are covered up with the old carpets to keep them nice. The front two little bedrooms are in…

The return of the Pecker Peckers…

Just that really. I had one Pecker Pecker, now I’ve got two more thanks to the marvellous Mr. Aidan. They’re not really called Pecker Peckers, that’s just my daft name for them. They’re money boxes, and apart from my original one, they’re always branded with a bank’s logo. Underneath they say ‘made in Finland’. The…

Bits and Bobs

There are lots of little bits and bobs (hence the title) knocking around the house that I keep meaning to blog about about, but somehow have never got round to. The last month has been a busy one, to say the least, and although the next few months look to be equally as hectic, I…

Potty Parents

The latest batch of Ebay sales came from my parents. Last year, my dad and sister did their own mini German road trip and came back with a few West German Pots of their own. I bought a couple from them, including a gorgeous Italian dish and an amazing Schaffenacker piece. This week, Aidan was…

Belated Christmas Present Roundup

It’s safe to say this has been on the busiest Christms and New Year holidays ever – or at least it seems like that! We spent much of our time trekking between various family members, located around the country in Stafford, Barnsley and Sedgfield. Much fun was had by all! The quota and quality of…

An Early Christmas

Each year we have a (fairly) strict timetable of who, where and when to visit over the Christmas period. We go to my parents the weekend before Christmas, spend the day itself in Glossop by ourselves, some friends come over on Boxing Day; after that, it’s a slow, day-to-day movement over to Barnsley then up…

Little Owl Ski @ Obsessionistas

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be asked by the lovely people at Obsessionistas if they could feature my collection of vintage women’s magazines on their site. The full interview and gallery can be seen at their website here. Obsessionistas is a beautiful website run by Helen and Graham Powell. They feature…

Kitsch Deer Barometer

I imagine when the designers thought this one up their thought processes went a little like this: “Hmmm, everyone wants a dead deer’s head hanging from their wall nowadays. But what about the vegetarians? Perhaps they want to share in this experience too! And what about the people who want a barometer on their wall…

Sorting Out the House

Massive apologies for the sporadic nature of my posting recently. We’re in the process of buying another house, and trying to sell ours. Consequently, with the usual work pressures and trying to get our current house ready for market there’s not been much time for anything else. After several weeks of sorting, charity shop trips,…