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Paint by Conran

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

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Paint by Conran sample pots

We recently received some Paint by Conran samples to test out.

Paint by Conran sample pots and brochure

We were mulling over what to do with them when we spied this vintage Bristol Maid hospital locker at auction.

vintage Bristol Maid Hospital Equipment locker

We often leave such pieces untouched, but the paintwork on this one was a bit the worse for wear, so we decided to do a bit of refurbishment.

label on a vintage Bristol Maid Hospital Equipment locker

There were five sample paints and five compartments – it was meant to be!

label on a vintage Bristol Maid Hospital Equipment locker

So it was out with the razor blade & sandpaper – preparation is everything!

open sample paint pot of Dropped Pollen by Paint by Conran

The Paint by Conran range is inspired by British plants and landscapes and are grouped into five collections: Kitchen Garden, Cottage Garden, Harvest, Highland and Orchard. The paints we chose were all in the green/yellow colourway and are from across the collections.

open door on vintage Bristol Maid Hospital Equipment locker

The locker is perfect for the bathroom to house first aid items, medicines or toiletries.

detail of repainted vintage Bristol Maid Hospital Equipment locker

The new paintwork has given it a real lift…

repainted vintage Bristol Maid Hospital Equipment locker

…and it’s ready for a new life off the ward!


Etsy List: Top of the Class

Monday, September 1st, 2014

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'Top of the Class' Etsy List by H is for HomeKids are back, this week or next, for the start of a brand new school year. September to me meant a crisp, starched, fresh school uniform; shiny new shoes; unwritten in exercise books and catching up with classmates after a 6-week hiatus.

I was always filled with a mixture of excitement and dread at this time of year – new teachers, new subjects, new timetable, new books… and Christmas holidays were only 3 months away! ;-)

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Charity Vintage: Apple Mac SE30

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

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Apple Mac SE30 for sale by & in support of Emmaus Bristol(Ends 1 Sept, 2014 11:30:57 BST)

We’re big Apple Mac fans at H is for Home – in fact, we never part with them. We have a vintage Apple Mac SE30, iMac G4 and MacBook stored in the loft; and currently use a MacBook Pro and iPad Mini… and that’s not to mention the iPhone, iPod and iPod Nano!

If you have the space, wouldn’t all the various models look great displayed on a long shelf, charting the history of computer technology? A veritable Mac museum!

Way back in 1989, an Apple Mac SE30 would have set you back a cool $6,500 US. This one, for sale by & on behalf of Emmaus Bristol*, is currently a mere £26.00.

Emmaus Bristol provides “A bed and a reason to get out of it”. They are a community of formerly homeless people who do not claim benefits but work full time in their own recycling workshop repairing and refurbishing donated goods such as furniture, bicycles, electrical goods and bric-a-brac and selling to the public at reasonable cost.

Creative Collections: Bobbins

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

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collection of vintage bobbins and spools of thread

What a load of old bobbins! :-)  Welcome to the second of our new series of Creative Collections posts.

collection of vintage bobbins

We love these old mill bobbins and think they make a lovely display for a craft room or similar. All the different shapes, sizes & materials work really well together to form an interesting collection.

collection of vintage bobbins from above

We’re in the right part of the world to pick them up, but they’re getting harder & harder to find – especially the brightly coloured ones with their original paint.

collection of vintage bobbins with string and threads

A single, large bobbin is great for storing ribbon or twine. It will earn its keep while you hunt for others!

Charity Vintage: Fajance bird plaque

Saturday, 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+