Orla Kiely coffee jars

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Limited edition Orla Kiely print coffee jars for Douwe Egberts

It’s Sunday morning, so what better than coffee and the newspapers?

detail of a Douwe Egberts coffee jar label showing Orla Kiely logo

Did you get hold of your limited edition Orla Kiely design Douwe Egberts coffee jars?

detail of a Douwe Egberts coffee jar with yellow Orla Kiely pattern

We bought in bulk – well 3 jars is bulk coffee buying for us at least!!

detail of a Douwe Egberts coffee jar with green Orla Kiely pattern

The classic Orla Kiely repeat motifs of apple and flowers are lovely. We’re not sure what they’ll house yet, but we always seem to be on the look out for nice storage jars. And they were free – kind of!

detail of a Douwe Egberts coffee jar with orange Orla Kiely pattern

We quite often make real espresso at home, but first thing in the morning the kettle and a teaspoon of instant is what we usually manage. It’s a good job we like this brand of coffee otherwise 3 jars might have been a real slog! 🙂

Coaster to Coaster

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selection of vintage 1960s/70s patterned tin coasters

Part of our bulk buy from Wooden Donkey included a whole host of lovely vintage drinks coasters.

selection of vintage 1960s/70s patterned tin coasters

There are a variety of makers, but all date from the 1960s/70s with classic Op art designs & colourful & bright stylised flowers.

selection of vintage 1960s/70s patterned tin coasters

Here are our five favourites – we’ve kept a set of the orange ones top right!

vintage 1960s/70s tin coaster with a red heart on a pink background vintage 1960s/70s tin coaster with orange and yellow stylised flower on a white background

vintage 1960s/70s tin coaster with concentric blue, green and yellow dot pattern

vintage 1960s/70s tin coaster with pink, purple and yellow flower on a dark green background vintage 1960s/70s tin coaster with op art pattern in shades of green

Others have been put on our website or will arrive there soon.

Nada

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detail from a vintage cloth pattern designed by Belinda Lyons of a doll called "Nada", an Algerian girl

It’s funny how things happen…

detail from a vintage cloth pattern designed by Belinda Lyons of a doll called "Nada", an Algerian girl

…we were looking at these vintage doll patterns for Oxfam on the internet last night… then we walked into a local antiques centre today and found one!

vintage cloth pattern designed by Belinda Lyons of a doll called "Nada", an Algerian girl

This one’s called Nada and features a young Algerian girl in traditional dress. Here’s another similar one of her patterns that we found featured recently on the Pass the Pattern blog.

detail from a vintage cloth pattern designed by Belinda Lyons of a doll called "Nada", an Algerian girl

They were designed by illustrator, Belinda Lyon. There isn’t a great deal of information about her on the internet. We know she was working in the 1960s/70s – designing fab stuff – including textiles, books etc  She illustrated a number of books by Janet Barber.

vintage psychedelic teatowel of a camel designed by Belinda Lyon

In addition to the sewing patterns, she also produced a series of tea towels for Oxfam – this is her psychedelic camel!

We’ve just set up a Flickr group to share images of her work, so if you have any, please share!

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