Designer Desire: Rodney Peppé

Mosaic of Rodney Peppé artworks | H is for Home

Rodney Peppé is a children’s book author and illustrator as well as being a paper artist and mechanical toy maker. He’s probably best know by young children of the late 80s to the present for his two series of books – Huxley Pig and Angelmouse.

We know him from the lovely vintage trays that he illustrated for Crown Merton – we’re lucky enough to have one with the peacock design.

His books and trays come up every so often on eBay, Etsy and Amazon . He doesn’t sell his toys. He does, however, have a book that teaches you how to build your own!

Rodney Peppé at his exhibition at the Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales - March 2013 © Echocredit

You can’t merely look at stills of Rodney Peppé’s automata, you don’t get the magic of the movement. So, have a look at the short film below to fully appreciate his skill and workmanship.

Additional image credits:

Ceridwen Hazelchild Design | Mission Art Gallery | Ruthin Craft Centre

Miniature woven garden furniture

Toy miniature woven garden chairs | H is for Home

Last week’s quirky item was a vintage miniature organ – this week we’re going even smaller in scale, with this even more miniature woven garden furniture.

Toy miniature woven garden furniture | H is for Home

They’re very 1950s – and very sweet too. The set comprises of a table & four chairs, a bench and two armchairs. To give you some idea of size, each chair stands 9cm or 3½ inches tall.

Toy miniature woven garden table & chairs | H is for Home

We like the lemon yellow and crisp white colourway – and the detail is fabulous. It’s so pretty – we’d happily use it in our own garden if we were 6 inches tall ourselves!

Toy miniature woven garden chairs | H is for Home

Anyone out there with dolls or a dolls house that need garden furniture – or would just like them as a decorative piece in their own right, just drop us a line. There’ll be no expensive furniture removal costs! The eight piece set is priced at £35.00.

On the road!

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Vintage Galt Toys puzzle game | H is for Home

We bought a small box of vintage learning games last week – and amongst them was this gorgeous traffic puzzle that we just had to share.

Detailed view of vintage Galt Toys puzzle game | H is for Home

It was made by Galt Toys in the 1960s, a company that produced some of our absolute favourite toys from this era. The colours & graphics are wonderful.

Detailed view of vintage Galt Toys puzzle game showing the car | H is for Home Detailed view of vintage Galt Toys puzzle game showing the removal van | H is for Home

Detailed view of vintage Galt Toys puzzle game showing the caravan | H is for Home Detailed view of vintage Galt Toys puzzle game showing the caravan | H is for Home

You can remove some of the vehicle pieces to see what’s going on inside – the contents of the delivery van, the caravan’s interior or the passengers on the coach!

Detailed view of vintage Galt Toys puzzle game showing the bus | H is for Home

It’s very charming – one of those finds that will be hard to part with!

Meccano Machines

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Meccano bus, lorry and aeroplane

We picked up these gorgeous Meccano models at auction recently – a lorry, a bus and a plane.

red and green lorry

They’re very charming – a little play worn and full of character.

blue aeroplane

They’re pretty big actually – the largest measures 60 centimetres in length. They look great on a shelf – adding a playful, vintage industrial touch – to either a kid’s or grown-up’s room!

red and green bus

The lorry and aeroplane will be available on our website soon; the bus has found a free parking space in our lounge!

Charity Vintage: Vintage Playmobil set

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vintage Playmobil figures for sale on eBay for Charity in support of Action 21
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When I saw these little vintage Playmobil figures I was immediately whisked back to being five years old. I would have been thrilled to wake up on Christmas morning and to have unwrapped this hoard! I only had a couple of figures a nurse, a construction worker, a little car I think – but I spent HOURS making up little stories and scenarios. Imagine how long this lot would keep you occupied for! The set is being sold in aid of Action 21.

Who’s for a game of Cowboys & Indians… and, er Crusaders?

*Action 21 promotes sustainable living to people in Warwickshire through positive practical action. Our activities centre on re-use, food, transport, energy and education and we are supported by a thriving volunteer programme.

Christmas Countdown: Conran Shop

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This is the first of a new, month-long series of posts featuring a hand-picked assortment of Christmas goodies – for the home, for friends & family… and yourself!

We’re kicking off with the Conran Shop – one of our ‘must visit’ shops on our all too infrequent trips down to London.

  1. selection of festive Christmas items for sale at the Conran ShopSirch sledge
  2. Biscuiteers Christmas toys tin
  3. gingerman USB stick
  4. decorative tin carousel
  5. True Grace fig candle
  6. Forges de Laguiole ham knife & leather roll