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Gimme Five! Fairtrade homewares

Friday, March 6th, 2015

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selection of 5 fairtrade homewares

We’re coming to the end of Fairtrade Fortnight and we wanted to mark it in our own little way.

When we think of Fairtrade most of us think of the coffee, tea, sugar etc  with the green & blue Fairtrade logo that we see in the supermarket. But it’s much more far-reaching than that. Flowers, wine, cosmetics, clothing, gold… even homewares! Here are some of the ones that caught our eye…

  1. Striped jute storage bags (set of 2): £22, Traidcraft
  2. Tree of life cushion covers (set of 2): £27.95, Natural Collection
  3. Sheesham wood side table – grey: £57, Ethical Superstore
  4. Oka film light: £200, Nkuku
  5. Recycled grow bag: £14.99, Notonthehighstreet

Here’s a short film of one tea farmer’s experience of fairtrade…

Hostess with the mostest!

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

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vintage Hostess set comprising a floral apron and matching oven mitt | via @hisforhome

This fabulous set should help you in your quest to be the hostess with the mostest!

vintage Hostess set comprising a floral apron and matching oven mitt | via @hisforhome

Comprising kitchen apron & oven glove, there’ll certainly be no groovier attired rival vying for the title. It dates from the 1960s/70s and comes unused in the original packaging.

vintage blue Pifco 'Junior' fan vintage red Viking kitchen scales

vintage Poole Pottery Delphis pot vintage white enamel candle holder

It’s one of the new items we put in the H is for Home shop this week.

Asda Home

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

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King-sized bed made with linen from Asda Home

One of life’s little pleasures is getting into a bed with freshly laundered sheets. Even better is brand new bedding from top to toe!

New bed linen & bedding from Asda Home

We’ve been meaning to have a complete bedding revamp for a while. Everything was due a change. So this week’s delivery from Asda Home was much anticipated. New duvet, new pillows, new sheets, new duvet cover… bliss!!

Vase of sunflowers and antique mannequin with new bed linen & bedding from Asda Home

We chose memory foam pillows (recommended for side-sleepers like us!), a ‘Feels Like Down’ 10.5 tog king-size duvet, Monochrome Triangles king-size duvet set and grey, cotton rich fitted sheet & pillowcases. They’re all from Asda’s own George Home range. Replacing absolutely everything on our king-size bed came in at £113.75 which is great value.

detail of a king-sized bed made with linen from Asda Home

The duvet set is quite mid century modern in style with contrasting geometric patterns of squares & triangles in shades of yellow, grey & white.

Detail of a sunflower with new bed linen & bedding from Asda Home in the background

It works perfectly in our master bedroom, picking up on other yellow highlights in the space. We love it – and have been sleeping very soundly since the update!

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Sifter Success!

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

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Foley Sift-Chine flour sifter with bags of flour and tray of eggs

Having recently published a Gimme Five! flour sifters post, I tasked Justin with finding me one for my baking. It didn’t take him long to unearth a bargain, paying £5 for this lovely vintage Foley Sift-Chine example.

Foley Sift-Chine flour sifter with a tray of eggs

And it’s a Rolls Royce of a sifter – lovely, aged, shiny copper with a triple sift mechanism. The flour comes out so smooth & airy, perfect for making melt-in-the-mouth Victoria sponge cakes.

Foley Sift-Chine flour sifter

He’s my sifter hero!!

Toolbox shelf

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

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shelf made from an upcycled carpenter's toolboximage credit: May December Home

We saw this image of an upcycled vintage toolbox last week – what a great idea. Once screwed to the wall, the toolbox sides form shelf surfaces and the handle provides hanging space. It looks like this one has metal tubing to replace the original handle with a row of cups suspended below.

vintage wooden toolbox

By coincidence we came across a toolbox at the Thursday market if anyone out there fancies a similar project. The wood could be left bare or in this case it might benefit from being painted. This one retains the original handle from which butchers hooks can hang.

vintage wooden toolbox upcycled into tea making storage

We did a quick mock up to show it functioning as a tea making station. Perfect for a rustic kitchen – or how about bit of vintage allotment chic for your garden shed?