Sunday, 27 November 2011

Vintage Fabric

I bought these vintage fabrics from the Vintage and Handmade Fair in Chipping Sodbury, only to discover that Vintage Husband had the colourful houses fabric as his bedroom curtains when he was a little boy! Definitely one for Milo's nursery - just got to decide what to do with it! 

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Moving On

No sooner do we arrive in a new town and new home way out west in Henley-on-Thames, than I discover that our new street is home to an aladdin's cave of an antique shop (already purchased wooden toy trolley and blocks for Milo), an old-fashioned sweetshop, a fantastic second-hand bookshop (watch this space for the blog posts) - and that the cafe across from our house was hosting a vintage night. I think I'm going to fit right in!

Run by the Ministry of Vintage, there was champagne flowing, lots of designer vintage gear and lots of lovely people to meet. They'll also have a stand at Henley's very own vintage fair at the town hall on November 26th.


Thursday, 10 November 2011

Vintage at the Museum of Childhood

The Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood has just opened its Magic Worlds exhibition looking at magic throughout the ages. I was hoping for a bit more of an 'enchanted forest' feel to it, but loved the retro magic sets and puzzles, plus an original Sooty hand-puppet.

Even more interesting was the museum's permanent collection of antique children's paraphernalia - everything from 17th century high chairs and Victorian rattles to the coolest doll's houses i've ever seen and some gorgeous clothing.

 30s handknit jumper
80s Mr Men skirt
40s Jaeger dress
30s dress
20s boys' buster suit
40s smock

art deco dollshouse

50s mini picnic set and laundry roller

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

An old fashioned sweet shop

Miss Hope and Mr Greenwood are self-confessed sweetie addicts and have channelled this weakness into their own brand of confectioners aptly named Hope and Greenwood, specialising in British-made traditional sweets and their own inventions (Gingerbread Humbugs being my favourite). 

Their East Dulwich shop is a sugary feast for the eyes - bursting at the seams with beautifully packaged sherbets, chocolate, toffees and rows of bonbons in jars. There are some lovely ideas for wedding favours here too.