It’s British Food Fortnight so that’s what we’re celebrating on this week’s Etsy List. British food is no longer the butt of jokes. Thanks to the plethora of cookery programmes on television such as Great British Bake Off, Great British Menu and Masterchef we’ve become a nation of foodies.
Cooking & baking is no longer a mystery; the information, equipment and ingredients are easy to get hold of and we’re all giving it a go!
It’s not just about cooking, though; it’s a celebration of growing your own and picking you own. It’s about shopping seasonally and locally – supporting local farmers and producers.
Food, glorious food!
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10-13 September sees the annual Heritage Open Days here in England. It’s the opportunity to visit thousands of buildings all across the country for free.
Many of the buildings are usually closed to the public so it’s a great chance to see behind the scenes. Buildings taking part range from cathedrals to mosques, tin mines to swimming baths, pubs to temperance houses, masonic lodges to Salvation Army halls.
We’ve selected 8 of the locations that will be taking part this year. Go check out their website, there’s bound to be a venue near you that should make for a fab day out!
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Folksy is the British version of Etsy and is a great website to trawl through if you’re looking for Christmas gifts & decorations that are handmade and just that little bit different!
1. three wise men Russian dolls £95 | 2. Christmas fairy £8
3. hand blown glass baubles £9.95 ea. | 4. Scandinavian toy angel £12
5. stained glass mistletoe sprig £30 | 6. Christmas pudding soap £6
For the past month or so everywhere you look there’s been bucket-loads of special commemorative things being produced for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. There’s a lot of tat out there, but there are some future classics too!
Here’s a rundown of our top ten…
Alison Gardiner tableware: £12.95-£69.95 | Emma Bridgewater comport: £75
Think jubilee… think garden and street parties – this fabulous crockery will do any gingham cloth-covered trestle table proud!
Liberty of London English breakfast tea tin: £7.50 | Prestat truffles: £29.99
If you’re going to be watching the festivities on television from the comfort of your sofa, the combination of this English breakfast tea & truffle chocs will help keep your energy levels up!
FieldCandy tent: £395 | Fulton funbrella umbrella: £12
You may be planning on spending the Jubilee weekend in the great outdoors. How better to nail your colours to the mast than with this fabulous two-person tent? Just don’t forget your brolly – you can never rely on the Great British weather!
Barbour Beacon backpack: £205 | Radley tote bag: £99
And to carry your stuff on your travels during this extended bank holiday, a couple of patriotic bags – for him & her.
Tala cook’s measure £8 | Great British Street Party Cookbook: from £3.62
And if you’ll be having a Great British Bake Off of your own this cook’s measure will make calculating your ingredients that more enjoyable! And how about impressing the neighbours with your culinary prowess with the help of this cookbook?
Our last post featured an interesting ‘industrial design’ coffee pot / percolator. It’s still unidentified!
Here’s another great example of industrial design… bought at auction last week. Unlike the coffee pot, we know a lot about this item.
It’s a classic Anglepoise lamp designed by George Carwardine. This is the ‘1227’ model licensed to Herbert Terry & Sons – the ‘2-tiered base’ version produced from 1938 until 1969.
This is a fantastic early example with original paint finish, wiring and Bakelite switch. In superb condition and still fully working.
A design classic indeed – here’s a more detailed history from the Design Museum. and a newspaper article from 2009 about its reissue.