Vintage tea towels

March 3rd, 2015

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collection of vintage tea towels

We bought a box of mixed textiles at auction last week which included some lovely vintage tea towels. Great looking – and full of useful facts & figures too! Here are a few of our favourites.

vintage metric tea towel

The ‘Housewives Guide to British Metric Measure’ was aimed at helping us Brits through the process of change from imperial to metric measures – a process which started here in the 1960s and is still ongoing for most people! We certainly use a combination of imperial & metric measures in this household. Metres, feet, inches, miles, kilometres, kilos, pounds, pints, litres, Fahrenheit & Centigrade all jumbled up together – we just grab whichever seems to suit!

detail of vintage metric tea towel

Fabulous decoration and ideal ready reckoner this one!

detail of vintage metric tea towel

This next tea towel was issued by the British Diabetic Association.

vintage diet tea towel

A colourful textile, featuring foodstuffs with recommended daily allowances.

detail of vintage diet tea towel

Various letters & symbols indicate calories, carbohydrate, fat & protein content.

detail of vintage diet tea towel

The next tea towel concentrates solely on calorific values for those watching their weight.

vintage calorie values tea towel

It’s a very striking design and would look great framed.

detail of vintage calorie values tea towel

And the value for sweets? “too many calories” it says. We’ll be the judge of that!!

detail of vintage calorie values tea towel

This last tea towel is fabulous – a food guide to London restaurants dating from the 1950s or 60s. When did London last have 4-digit telephone numbers?

vintage vintage London restaurants tea towel

Some of the restaurants still survive to this day.

detail of vintage vintage London restaurants tea towel

We love the ‘specialities’ – from ‘midnight cabaret’ to ‘chicken paprika’!

detail of vintage vintage London restaurants tea towel

Drop us a line if you’re interested in any of the tea towels. They’re priced at £20 – £30.

Etsy List: Pie Week

March 2nd, 2015

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'Pie Week' Etsy List curated by H is for Home

British Pie Week starts today so I’m planning to bake one for our Cakes & Bakes blog post this Thursday.

Should I go sweet or savoury? Short or puff pastry? Filled, top-crust or two-crust? Decisions, decisions, decisions!

Whichever I end up choosing, a home-made pie is probably the best comfort food on the planet!

Pie Week
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Viva Vegetables

March 1st, 2015

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Viva Vegetables medium tote bags

Win one of these gorgeous tote bags – they’re from the Viva Vegetables range, one of the new Spring 2015 collections from the folks at Talented.

Even if you’re a complete carnivore, you’ll love this quirky range of colourful canvas bags. They’re both attractive and versatile.

Talented is an eco-company based in Sheffield specialising in creatively driven, sustainable accessories and tote bags. The brand celebrates the bag as an art form and collaborates with upcoming British artists, designers and print makers on a seasonal rotation.

Viva Vegetables is designed by American crafter Leslie Astor who now lives here in the UK. Leslie’s four designs pay homage to a few of Britain’s favourite vegetables. Large-scale prints of broccoli, carrots, beetroot and asparagus adorn the colourfully dyed canvas tote bags. Viva Vegetables small tote bags

The collection is inspired by the farmers’ market at Grand Army Plaza in New York City. When Leslie lived in Brooklyn, she and her family would visit the market every Saturday.

Leslie said:

“A tote bag gets out and about and exposed to a lot of eyes in a lot of different contexts: the subway, the office, the grocery store, the park – maybe all of those places in a day. Given that fact, I wanted my series of totes to be conversation starters, and I think they are.”

Viva Vegetables are made and printed at a fair-trade certified factory in India and are available in 2 sizes – medium tote bag and mini tote bag. They’re available to buy from the doodle bag website.

For your chance to win one, just comment below telling us which size & design you’d like and how you’d use it. To carry your lunch to work? A school bag for your child? To pop to the shops? Something else entirely? :-)

Viva Vegetables tote bag

Charity Vintage: Orange stacking chairs

February 28th, 2015

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job lot of vintage orange stacking chairs for sale by & in support of Arch Stepping Stones Appeal on eBay for Charity(ends 3 Mar, 2015 15:24:12 GMT)

We love these orange stacking chairs for sale by & in support of Arch Stepping Stones Appeal*. They’re currently an unbelievable £1.04 for the job lot of 17 chairs.

You could have 6 dining chairs, 2 bedroom chairs and a set of 4 garden chairs – and still have some leftovers! If you’re anywhere near or willing to drive to Stoke-on-Trent then grab yourself a bargain!

*All monies raised as a result of selling items on eBay will go towards the work that Arch Stepping Stones Appeal does with children and young people who are the ‘forgotten victims of domestic violence’ across Staffordshire and Cheshire. With your help and support they can make a difference by putting a smile back on the faces of our children and young people and help create a bright and safe future for them all.

Gimme Five! Firewood essentials

February 27th, 2015

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selection of 5 firewood essentials | H is for Home

We removed what was left of our rotting, ramshackle garden shed last week. It left a nice big space for our new log preparation area – yes, that’s right, our new log preparation area!

We’re about to have two new wood-burning stoves installed and Justin is gearing himself up for the big day. He’s had his chainsaw sharpened and has been trawling the internet for other products to make a steady flow of logs easier. Here are five firewood essentials:

  1. Wooden saw horse: £34.99, Shedstore
  2. Log carrier with stand: £39.99, Presents for Men
  3. Lump hammer & log splitting bomb wedge set: £13.95, eBay
  4. BillyOh log store: from £119.99, Gardenbuildingsdirect
  5. Log splitting maul axe: £20.90, Amazon