Etsy List: Sunny side up

August 25th, 2014

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'Sunny side up' Etsy List by H is for HomeHow do you like your eggs? I like mine sunny side up. But I don’t like them runny. Does that mean that I like them over easy? Do we call it that in the UK or is that just a US thing?

Chez H is for Home we often discuss if we could only live on one foodstuff for the rest of our lives, what it would be (yes, weird, I know!). I always say that I could eat noodles every day but thinking about it, that would get a bit boring after about week 8. Eggs would be such a better choice! When I get fed up of sunny side up, there’s always soft boiled, hard boiled, scrambled, poached, coddled, baked… they can even be made into an omelette. That’s it decided – eggs are my new mono-meal! :-) What would yours be?

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Charity Vintage: Fajance bird plaque

August 23rd, 2014

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Vintage 1950s Fajance pottery bird plaque for sale by & in support of Age UK Cheshire East (ends 29 Aug, 2014 10:58:45 BST)

This week we’re featuring yet another lovely piece of vintage Scandinavian pottery. This is a Fajance plaque designed by Beth Breyen for Royal Copenhagen in the 1960s. It’s sometimes referred to as a ‘Crazy Bird’ and is from the Tenera range. We’ve only ever had a spoon rest with this design but you can also find it on salt pots, trivets and strangely, coffee filter holders.

Fajance is an earthenware pottery that derives its name from Faenza in Italy, where it was first manufactured in the 16th century.

The plaque is in perfect condition and is being sold by & in support of Age UK Cheshire East*

*Age UK Cheshire East is a local, independent charity dedicated to improving the later lives of people in Cheshire East. They do this by offering projects and services that maintain health & wellbeing, improve knowledge and provide practical support to anyone who is, or cares for someone, 50+

Gimme Five! Hibernation homes

August 22nd, 2014

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selection of 5 hibernation homes for garden wildlife

The weather has turned positively autumnal this week – and August Bank Holiday weekend isn’t even upon us yet! We’ve been seeing squirrels scurrying about busily collecting supplies for later in the year.

We regularly feed the avian visitors to our garden, especially hanging seeds and lard balls in the trees during the lean winter months. This year, we plan on doing a little bit extra. Erecting insect, bat and hedgehog hibernation homes will make our garden a veritable wildlife boarding house – the kind of lodgers we’d love to welcome! There are so many types of homes and shelters to choose from out there. And so many different creatures that you can encourage to over-winter and stay on year-round.

  1. Butterfly biome: £24.99, RSPB
  2. Wooden hedgehog house – £99.95, Notonthehighstreet
  3. The Birds and the Bees: £34.95, Etsy
  4. Double chamber bat box: £28.95, Ethical Superstore
  5. Ladybird house – £9.99, Crocus

Homegrown & homemade

August 21st, 2014

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vegetables from our allotment

We’ve got an Allotment Diary with a twist today. We’re sharing what we did with some actual homegrown produce! One day last week we collected some peas, cavolo nero and lamb’s lettuce. Sounds like the start of an episode of Ready, Steady, Cook!

lettuce from our allotment

We also had some of the home-made soft cheese we blogged about last week.

cubed homemade paneer

All the essentials for a favourite dish of ours – lasagne. A bit of preparation beforehand, but then just pop in the oven for about half an hour when you decide you’re ready to eat. No last-minute running around. The perfect dish if you fancy a pre-dinner drink or have friends round and want to chat and be sociable.

uncooked lasagne made using our homemade paneer and veg from our allotment

This version has a white Béchamel sauce with the soft cheese, peas, cavolo nero, toasted pine nuts & basil – with a lambs lettuce garnish of course.

cooked lasagne made using our homemade paneer and veg & salad from our allotment

Very pretty and very delicious!

Creative Collections: Display stands

August 20th, 2014

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collection of vintage jewellery display stands

We have all kinds of collections dotted around our house – some are permanent fixtures, others just passing through. We’re not talking entire rooms dedicated to Star Wars or every beer bottle ever made. It’s more little groupings on shelves & tables. We either acquire them as a bulk purchase or pick up piece by piece over a number of years.

trio of vintage jewellery display stands trio of vintage jewellery display stands

One new installation is this fabulous group of vintage shop display stands we bought last week. Some are Art Deco, but most much earlier – Edwardian & Victorian. They are made of various metals; with chrome, brass and bronze examples.

detail of verdigris on the base of a vintage jewellery display stand

We love the variety in shape & size – and grouped together, they make a very sculptural display. They’re currently sitting on a table in the sun where the light picks up on the fabulous aged patina. Whilst we like looking at them and think they look good undecorated, we also feel they’d look amazing with either antique or contemporary jewellery. We can imagine them in a Whitby shop window bedecked in Gothic jet – or we have a nearby shop called Element who always make a great effort with their window display & staging. They would do something fabulous with brightly coloured modern resin or perspex pieces to juxtapose the vintage stands.

pair of vintage chrome jewellery display stands

The tallest stands 38cm and the shortest 8cm. Anyone interested in giving them a new life please get in touch – they’d be perfect for a shop, craft fair or market stall. We like looking at them, but we can’t keep everything and we do have to earn a living after all!

detailed view of a vintage jewellery display stand

We think these collections of objects are a great subject for a series of blogs, so there’ll be more posts to follow in the future. We’ve certainly got plenty of subject matter!