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……

Charity Shop Finds in September

So far… I’ve decided to step up my game on the retro and vintage front. Before the kids were born, I spent a lot of finding vintage items, researching and writing about them. I could spend hours looking at pictures of old signatures, photographing glass, scanning in old magazine illustrations… Then baby number one came…

Margaret Tarrant Illustrations

Today’s very quick pit stop at a charity shop yielded a few interesting vintage children’s books: We’d been to the Reddish Vale farm with my friend Emma and her girls; I spotted the Salvation Army shop on our way back so quickly found somewhere to park and persuaded the kids to come for a look….

Auction Buys

Not last week, but the week before (49 robbers came knocking at my door… Or however many it was…) we went to the auction at New Mill, near to Holmfirth. We’ve not been attending as frequently as in previous years, but as always, there was plenty to see. We go to the auction viewing, then…

Ercol, Kiely and a Touch of Retro

Our main bedroom was one of the last bedrooms to be decorated when we moved into our house in 2012. Despite an impending arrival, we took our time over our bedroom as we knew we wanted to get things we really wanted rather making do with what we had. The room is a really odd…

May in Woman’s Own, 1952

I’ve been watching Mad Men again recently; binge-watching episodes in the evenings as I list eBay. The last time I watched it, it was pretty much when everyone else seemed to be watching it (certainly everyone online, at least) and it was before we had kids: our house was tiny and filled with loads of…

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…