These are the big eyes of our latest owl – in this case, a pottery money box.
They never stay with us long as these feathered friends are consistently popular in our shop.
Whether in the form of money boxes, mugs, pot stands, textile prints, pictures or book illustrations.
We’ve blogged a fair few times about the great illustrator, Kenneth Townsend. He designed the cutest owl as part of his Menagerie series – apparently the owl was his favourite animal!
Another wonderful illustrator with a thing for owls was Celestino Piatti who once said, “You can draw an owl a thousand times, and never find out its secret”.
image credit: Fishink
We’ve had a quick trawl on the web for some more owls – here are some favourites:
image credit: Vintage Kids” Books my Kid Loves
Wise Ol’ Canister, Orange: £118 – Anthropologie
Happy owl open edition print by Matte Stephens: $35 – Etsy
image credit: mmmcrafts
image credit: Shailesh Chavda
We’re known for vintage here at H is for Home…
…but we also like to stock a smattering of new items too.
Things that we think sit well – contemporary products with a vintage or folk art feel.
We look for a handmade aspect too. These are a few examples – all currently available on our website.
This vintage polka dot milk jug is a recent addition to our webshop.
Produced by Price Bros, it really is a fabulous bit of 1950s pottery… and just has to beat using a plastic milk carton!
It got us thinking about other milky marvels we could rustle up.
Turns out we had quite a few pieces to share – from storage vessels like old bottles & crates to advertising items such as this teatowel.
BBC Homes & Antiques Magazine ran a big feature on milk-related collectables this month… referred to as dairyana these days.
Dairyana incorporates butter & cheese items too – so there are various utensils, stools, buckets, bowls, churns and moulds to consider.
Lots of lovely treen, enamel, metalware and pottery.
Items have many practical uses which add to the appeal of collecting.
We like few pieces dotted around the kitchen. It adds a bit of vintage character & warmth. Some items we use as originally intended such as jugs – others can be repurposed like vintage milk bottles for displaying fresh cut flowers.
So, raise a glass to dairyana… a milk glass of course!
There’ll be many eyes focusing on London this week with the Royal Wedding happening on Friday…
…so “L” has to be for London!
We’ve gathered images of H is for Home shop stock items – past & present, that celebrate the capital…
…famous landmarks, archetypal characters and classic scenes.
They’ve appeared on all kinds of products…
…lots of tins, pottery and book illustrations…
…and tea towels, posters and postcards.
We’d be tempted to have quite a collection if we were London dwellers!
We can’t resist a few pieces, even though we live out int’ sticks up t’North.
We often see London-tastic products in the glossy interior magazines and websites – and we usually forget to bookmark them!
However, you’ll always find some good stuff at places like the London Transport Museum or V & A Museum web shops…
…and take a look at the “We ♥ London” Etsy Treasury that we’ve put together.
P.S. – Another special London event started last week – commemorating the original 1951 Festival of Britain.
We loaned a few items to Kiera Buckley-Jones from BBC Homes & Antiques Magazine. She has recreated rooms from the period. Read her blog series charting its development here. We’re hoping to take a little trip down south to see it before it finishes in September.
A good few years ago when we lived in Brighton, we saw an advert in the local paper… box of old keys for sale – £15.
We were quite curious so drove over… and were very pleased we did.
A large box of lovely old keys – hundreds of them – all sizes, shapes and uses.
Made from iron & steel, some have got real age to them – two or three hundred years!!
We think they’re quite beautiful to look at. They’re not the easiest thing to display – one day we’ll get round to hanging them on one wall with lots of little nails…
…or perhaps you’ve got other display ideas?
Here’s a little blog in praise of the humble jug.
An essential part of domestic life over thousands of years – we use jugs for carrying water, pouring milk, washing & bathing, displaying flowers – the list is endless.
Justin’s brother is a potter and we have some of his jugs dotted around the house. We love the salt glazed ones above which he makes. They’re quite timeless – you can imagine the one on the right filled with ale in a Pieter Bruegal village scene. The simple thumb detailing around the base is lovely. We need some bowls to match if you’re reading this Damian!!
And, as if we didn’t have enough jugs, we bought 3 more at last October’s Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair. We couldn’t resist Hannah McAndrew‘s wares for a second year – her traditional slipware pottery drawing on medieval influences. They look perfect set upon antique wooden furniture – but would look equally fantastic as stand alone pieces in a very contemporary modern space.
Here are a few more favourites that have recently passed through our hands.
A well designed & attractive jug will give you a little bit of pleasure every time you use it!
It’s been a while since we’ve done one of our alphabet blog posts – but the arrival of this book fitted in nicely with where we left off… so, I is for Ireland.
The book is from the This is… series by Miroslav Sasek.
We’ve mentioned him quite a few times in blogs but, any excuse!!
We absolutely adore his stuff!
This is Ireland, published in 1964, is no exception. He captured the quiet countryside and the hustle & bustle of town life with equal charm – the scenery, buildings, characters – day to day life.
It’s been added to our ever growing pile of Sasek books – a pile that shows no sign of abating. Each new book is greeted with the same excited anticipation.
There were two more arrivals this week – This is Israel and This is New York.
They’re both very welcome additions to our collection…
New York in particular lends itself to his stylised characters and distortions of scale – just wonderful! Page after page of classic illustrations. The accompanying words are very sweet too.
We’ll post more illustrations from this particular book – they deserve a post of their own!