We picked up some lovely kitchen storage tins this week – classic cream with green lids.
It’s not often we find them in this quantity – a tin for every job!
They’re very good quality with a nice weight to them.
There are two different types with differences in shade of green and lettering style. We’re not exactly sure of their age – we’ve had these tins dating anywhere from the 1920s to the present day. They have a timeless look and appeal that never goes out of fashion really.
They’ve just gone into our antiques centre space yesterday – this kind of item always looks good in there amongst the country furniture and other vintage kitchenalia… and it certainly makes an eye-catching display.
They’re easily packaged up & posted though, so drop us a line if you see anything you fancy – and we’ll go and intercept it before it sells in the shop.
Prices range from £10 to £30.
Ann Wynn-Reeves, in our opinion, is one of the most gifted, distinctive British ceramic designers of the 20th century.
Not much is known about her as an individual, we couldn’t even find a photograph of her on the internet. She’s the wife of the late Kenneth Clark who is much more well-known than Wynn-Reeves. They spent a lifetime working together – she created the designs and he translated them into ceramic form, especially tiles.
Some of her tile designs are currently being reproduced by Robert Opie. It has even been made in miniature form for dolls’ houses (see the image right, 3rd from the top)!
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With this recent lovely summer weather, there’s been lots of washing being done – it hangs outside in the warm breeze and dries in minutes. Winter is a different matter in the Pennines. Hang something outside in January and it will remain wet for days – or even freeze solid!
It’s at times like this that we turn to our Sheila maid (also known as a kitchen maid, creel or pulley). It hangs from the ceiling out of the way above the fire in our kitchen, so doesn’t stop heat reaching you at floor level, but benefits from all the rising hot air.
Sheila maids can accommodate a full load of washing so there’s often no need for an energy-sapping tumble dryer. We’ve always liked the look of them too – there’s something very homely about them.
You might find a vintage example in an antiques centre or at auction – alternatively, you can buy new. Here are three of our favourites. There’s something we like about the traditional style versions but the modern metal example above is useful in that it can expand or contract depending on the size of your room or amount of laundry to hang.
- Modern extendible ceiling airer: £49.99, Lakeland
- The Original SHEILA MAID ® airer 57″ 6-rail, extra wide – black: £72, Amazon
- 8-Lath wooden hanging clothes drying rack or pot rack: £72, Etsy
This week, Justin spent a few hours on our allotment picking kilos of redcurrants. When he got home, they immediately got decanted into plastic tubs and put into the freezer until I decided what I was going to do with them. In past years, our redcurrant haul has been turned into tarts, jelly, cordial and relish.
Seeing as the UK is in the midst of a mini-heatwave, there was only one thing for it – redcurrant ice cream.
Redcurrants make the most bright, beautiful pink swirly ripple ice cream with a sweet, tangy taste.
And best of all, you don’t need an ice cream maker and it’s only 3 ingredients! If you don’t have access to redcurrants, most other berries can be used in their place – strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, blackcurrants… or a mixture of all of the above. The recipe below makes about 1 litre.
Redcurrant ice cream
- 500g/17½oz redcurrants
- 100g/3½oz caster sugar
- 300ml/10½fl oz whipping cream
- Pre-chill a clean, dry plastic container in the freezer
- Put the redcurrants in a colander/strainer, rinse under water and pat dry
- In a medium-sized saucepan on a medium heat, cook the redcurrants until they have burst (about 5-10 minutes)
- Strain the redcurrants through a fine sieve and combine with sugar to taste. Refrigerate
- Whisk the whipping cream until it forms stiff peaks
- Gently fold the whipped cream into the cooled redcurrant concentrate trying not to loose too much of the air
- Pour into the pre-chilled container, cover and freeze until firm
Adapted from Allrecipies
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We bought a bagful of vintage drink mats yesterday.
They date from the 1960s era and we like the various designs.
There are card coasters advertising Cherry B, Babycham, Dewar’s whisky and Martell cognac.
There are enough to make sets of 6 for both Dewars patterns, sets of 6 for the simple cherry design, a set of 4 for the pretty Cherry B party girls – and a couple each of the Babycham and Martell.
Drop us a line if you’re interested – or check them out on our website in the next day or two.
We’ve chosen a dramatic bedroom space for this week’s Get their look post.
The bold colour scheme and geometric lines immediately grab your attention. They’re attained through both painted wall pattern and furniture form – with an off centre ceiling light adding a further twist.
The hard-edged patterns are softened by flowers, oriental floor rug and very comfortable looking bed with its cushions and woollen throw.
It’s a very interesting and clever design when you take it all in.
- Rope lampshade
- Blur palette from Dulux Colour forecast 2013
- Kartell Componibili circular storage unit, 2-tier, white
- Link Easy Chair armchair, by Tom Dixon
- Cream waffle throw
- Tribeca coffee table
- PERSISK MIX oriental rug, low pile, handmade