Charlie Brown decal

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Charlie Brown laptop decal from Vinyl Revolution

We were sent this Charlie Brown laptop decal by the folks at Vinyl Revolution.

Charlie Brown laptop decal from Vinyl Revolution

It was much easier to apply then we thought – there’s a short, helpful video on YouTube that guides you through the process. We’re very happy with the way it looks. We love Charlie Brown – the newspaper cartoons, the TV adaptations – and of course the amazing music – various Jazz scores by Vince Guaraldi. This particular image looks like Justin & Fudge –  staring at the view contemplatively – not saying much, just enjoying each other’s company. When the computer is turned on the Apple logo looks like the sun setting.

Charlie Brown laptop decal from Vinyl Revolution

Vinyl Revolution makes decals for many MacBook models and they also produce wall art, fridgewraps, vehicle decals and are happy to take bespoke orders too.


Mystery Object

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Mystery object with antique metal candle holder on pine topped table

So, what’s this mystery object? And we don’t mean the candle holder! Try and guess what it is before the last few photos.

Mystery object on pine topped table

We bought it at the weekend from Picture House Antiques. This is obviously quite an old example, but new ones are still being produced. Having said that, the design hasn’t changed much as it does the job perfectly.

Mystery object on pine topped table

It might make one particular little job a lot easier towards the end of July or early August – a foraging type job…

detail of mystery object on pine topped table

…OK, no more clues…

curved dry stone wall with bilberry bushes growing above

…it’s a bilberry comb!

Bilberries (also called whimberries, whinberries, wimberries, winberries, windberries, blaeberries, whortleberries, hurts, myrtle blueberries and fraughans) grow wild round these parts – in fact, local conditions seem perfect as they’re widespread on lanes & hillsides. They’re the most delicious little berries. They’re a bit fiddly to pick individually, but that’s what we’ve always done previously.

bowl of freshly picked bilberries

We’ll look into the pros & cons of this tool – judging by the age of this one, they’re not a recent phenomenon – and are still widely available to buy at country stores. Most people sing their praises, but initial internet searches have thrown up a few dissenting voices.

Their concerns seem to centre around the fact that they’re a bit indiscriminate with regards to picking both ripe & unripe berries – and also their efficiency doesn’t leave much behind for wildlife.

We can’t see the point in harvesting till the majority of berries are ready. With regards to wildlife, some parts of the bush are hard to get to – and some bushes themselves are very inaccessible to people – so there should be plenty left for the birds and small animals. We’ve noticed bush craft & foraging guru, Ray Mears has them for sale on his website.

plate with a slice of bilberry tart and cup of tea

We know one thing… they make superb desserts – warm, home-made bilberry pie with cold, thick cream just can’t be beaten!

Stamp of Approval

We’ve recently picked up a number of vintage Royal Mail stamp presentation packs.

Most of ours date from the 1960s & 70s.

We might frame them as a group – there are some fantastic designs and illustrations amongst them.

We thought we’d share them with you!

Royal Mail release a few different sets every year – there’s a fabulous 2009 issue featuring British design classics that we’re thinking of adding to our little collection.

If you’re interested in seeing other vintage international stamp designs, grain edit have started a great mid-century modern sticker, label + stamp club on Flickr.

We’ve got two presentation packs to give away if you fancy starting your own collection – they are British Achievements in Chemistry and Post Office Technology

All you need to do is follow us on Twitter (if you’re not already) & send us a message letting us know that you’d like to receive them – we’ll choose a winner at random and message them on 12 May ’09.

Flickr Explore photos ’08

To mark the end of one year & the start of another, here’s a collection of some of our most popular photos we posted on Flickr in 2008.

Click on the links below to see them in more detail.

Happy 2009!

1. Recent purchases, 2. Vintage enamel teapot, 3. Vintage purple 1970s twin bell Westclox alarm clock, 4. 1950s biscuit tin (detail), 5. Vintage coffee pot collection, 6. Figgjo Flint ‘Daisy’ cup & saucer, 7. Vintage storage tins, 8. Vintage ‘Dolly Days’ coffee set, 9. Vintage painted serving tray, 10. Coffee for 2, 11. Still life in orange, 12. Vintage Denby Arabesque collection, 13. Hornsea mug collection, 14. Vintage Lundtofte stainless steel & rosewood coffee set, 15. Orange Felt Elephant, 16. Home Sweet Home, 17. Vintage dominoes, 18. Vintage pottery spoon rest, 19. This week’s haul, 20. Collection of vintage Staffordshire Pottery & Kiln Craft mugs, 21. On the line, 22. Cathrineholm ‘Lotus’ salt & pepper pots, 23. Collection of ‘cosy coaster’ mug cosies, 24. Vintage Cathrineholm enamel kettle, 25. Vintage hand crocheted bedspread, 26. vintage original silk screen print, 27. This weekend’s haul, 28. vintage pottery plate, 29. Glass Menagerie, 30. hand knitted ‘cosy coaster’, 31. Recent finds, 32. Vintage kitchen utensils, 33. Our vintage garden lounger, 34. Vintage Denby Pottery ‘Trees’ lidded soup bowl, 35. Collection of West German vases, 36. Picked up this week