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…

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…

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…

Decorating Ideas from Golden Homes

Golden Homes was a DIY magazine published in the 1970s featuring articles on how to do relatively easy stuff; things like tiling the roof of your house, building extensions and constructing your own spiral staircase. I mean, anyone can do that, right? With the proper tools of course… I spotted a stash of these in a…

Retro Finds In New Mills

Last weekend we planned to go to Buxton and New Mills on Saturday, thinking that there wasn’t really much in New Mills to do. How wrong we were. We ended up spending the whole day there near enough. It’s a nice little town on the edge of the Peak District, a bit like Glossop really….

What a Busy Week!

Well, it’s not really been any busier than usual but it certainly feels like it. Aidan has been working away this week, standing around on an airfield testing out road signs. I think it sounds a lot more glamorous than it probably was. So I’ve been on my tod with the two munchkins. Jeez… I…

Chazzers, Hats and Children…

A good rummage around the charity shops has long been one of our favourite ways to spend a Saturday afternoon, particularly on a soggy, miserable day. With two kids in tow now – oh yes, we had another. There is a legitimately good reason why I’ve hardly been around for the last two years. So,…

Creepy Vintage Easter Cards

In Germany, they make a really big fuss around Easter; many homes hang little Easter eggs in their trees and gardens, and sending cards seems to be the thing to do. I don’t think I’ve ever sent an Easter card before, but it’s an excuse to get creative.Around each holiday or festival day, I love…

West German Pottery: Just Hangin’ Around…

If you’re getting short of space in your house due to the multitudes of West German pottery and other retro/vintage paraphenalia, what better way to continue the WGP theme than by utilising your wall area? Vases weren’t the only pieces to come from the ceramics factories of West Germany. Wall plaques, wall plates, wall vases……

Back into the Selling Swing of Things

You know, I made a promise to myself when I wrote my last post that I would really try to write a blog once a week. Once a week, I thought to myself, that’s more than do-able. It turns out that’s not really the case when you have a very active baby who rarely naps during…

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…