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21 September 14

Bernard Buffet still life

Bernard Buffet still life

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Bernard Buffet still life vintage print

Adelle bought herself this Bernard Buffet still life print for her birthday way back in November last year. It’s entitled Nature morte a la citrouille or Still Life with Pumpkin and was originally painted in 1955. This print was made in the 1970s.

detail of signiture on Bernard Buffet still life vintage print

We’ve blogged about Bernard Buffet before, he’s one of our favourite artists.

Bernard Buffet still life vintage print above a wrought iron bed

We finally got it framed – a great job done by the friendly folks at

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20 September 14

Charity Vintage: Kilner jars

Charity Vintage: Kilner jars

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collection of vintage Kilner jars for sale by & in support of Wesley Community Furniture(ends 23 Sep, 2014 20:07:23 BST)

With all the jam, jelly and preserve making that I’ve been doing this summer, I’m almost clean out of jars. I always give away a lot of what I make to family & friends so the jars are never to be seen again. This collection of 16 vintage Kilner jars for sale by & in support of Wesley Community Furniture* would set me up nicely again.

Kilner jars are great for…

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19 September 14

Gimme Five! Red wine glasses

Gimme Five! Red wine glasses

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selection of 5 types of red wine glasses

Well, it was on the cards for quite a while. We were down to our last two red wine glasses when one got broken whilst taking it out of the cupboard.

We found a set of four in a local charity shop about two years ago. They were really cheap – £2.50 the lot – but they were great quality and each held almost an entire bottle! They’re quite fragile, they make that lovely, lead crystal ringing sound…

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18 September 14

Preserved plums

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washed plums in an aluminium colander

Justin’s parents’ neighbours have a few different fruit trees in their garden. In the past couple of years, we’ve had some of the harvest. Last year we made spiced apple chutney, the year before apple cheese. This year, we picked almost 5 kilos of plums – the sweetest, ripest plums we’d ever tasted!

spiced plum chutney ingredients

We both ate half a dozen each in a couple of days but we would never be able to work our way…

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17 September 14

World Dolls Series: Germany

World Dolls Series: Germany

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World Dolls Series: Germany children's book cover

As promised, we’ve arrived in Germany for the next leg of our tour in the World Doll Series of books.

Front inside cover of World Dolls Series: Germany children's book

Charming illustrations once more – this time the work of W. Lewis from the Birmingham School of Design.

map showing Munich from World Dolls Series: Germany children's book

Our German guides are Gretel & Gunther who spend a lot of time singing & dancing when they’re not shepherding us lot around.

illustration of German dolls standing on a table

We’re taken on a trip through a land of contrasts.

line drawing of Berlin

Vibrant…

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16 September 14

Creative Collections: Glass floats

Creative Collections: Glass floats

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collection of vintage glass floats

We’ve chosen glass fishing floats for this week’s Creative Collections post – we love the subtle colour variations and irregularities in shape.

collection of vintage glass floats

Glass floats originated in Norway in about 1840. Christopher Faye, a Norwegian merchant, in collaboration with the Hadelands Glass Works, is credited with their invention. Early examples were hand blown, later the glass was injected into wooden moulds…

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15 September 14

Etsy List: Bowled Over!

Etsy List: Bowled Over!

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'Bowled Over!' Etsy List by H is for HomeA bowl is… essential, useful, beautiful, tactile, sensual.

It’s probably one of the first things stone age man ever made. It carries water, it holds food, it is used to meditate, it is used in prayer.

It can be made of pottery, wood, wicker, metal, glass, plastic, or textile.

Here are some of our favourite Etsy Offerings.

Bowled over!
Curated by H is for Home

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14 September 14

Monthly Mood Board: Studio Living

Monthly Mood Board: Studio Living

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'Studio Living' monthly mood board

Property prices in the UK, especially in London and the South, are absolutely bonkers. If they want to own their own home, many buyers may not be able to afford much more than a small flat or bedsit. Studio living is many people’s reality.

If a home is compact & bijou – there’s a lot that can be done to maximise a living space. Items such as room dividers and rugs help to zone & delineate the…

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13 September 14

Charity Vintage: Stavangerflint cockerel dish

Charity Vintage: Stavangerflint cockerel dish

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Vintage Stavangerflint cockerel dish for sale on eBay for Charity by & in support of the Woking Hospice ends 14 Sep, 2014 19:27:55 BST

We really love Stavangerflint pottery – well, vintage Scandinavian pottery & glass in general. This is the third time that we’re featuring it in our Charity Vintage blog series.

This cute & colourful little cockerel dish was designed for Stavangerflint by Inger Waage in the 1950s. It’s for sale by & in support of the Woking Hospice* and the price currently stands…

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12 September 14

Gimme Five! Address Books

Gimme Five! Address Books

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selection of 5 address books | H is for Home

Hand-written address books are fast becoming an endangered species in the 21st century. They’re share the same (sinking) boat as writing paper, postcards, thank you notes, journals… The mobile phone, computer and other technology have a lot to answer for!

Don’t allow them to become extinct, fight back! Go get yourself one and transfer all your Outlook contacts to it – in your best handwriting…

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11 September 14

Blackberry jelly

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Homemade blackberry jelly in jars

Wild fruit has been bountiful this year. During the month of August we foraged over 4 kilos of blackberries. We could have had much, much more; but it was all we could fit in our freezer. Besides, we didn’t want to be greedy – we left lots for other people and hungry birds.

We make blackberry jelly and mixed berry jelly every year; along with a few jars of wild raspberry jellyif we harvest…

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9 September 14

World Dolls Series: France

World Dolls Series: France

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front cover of the France edition in the World Dolls Series of children's books

Bonjour! We’ve hopped across the channel to France in our World Dolls Series tour.

front inside cover of the France edition in the World Dolls Series of children's books

Illustrations for this edition are by Janet Meeson from the Birmingham School of Design.

French dolls Marie and Pierre from the France edition in the World Dolls Series of children's books

Are guides for this tour are Marie & Pierre – resplendent in their traditional costumes.

French dolls Marie and Pierre from the France edition in the World Dolls Series of children's books

A bit of gentle sun on our faces – we’re all relaxed and mellow – so the large shillelagh stick to keep order on the coach that…

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8 September 14

Etsy List: Hell for Leather!

Etsy List: Hell for Leather!

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'Hell for leather!' Etsy List by H is for HomeLeather is one of the few materials – much like denim – that looks better with a bit of use & wear. It’s a great material for use in the home. It’s warm tactile and beautiful. We’ve blogged before about our bargain pair of vintage leather club chairs – one of our best buys ever!

We also have a leather sofa – essential when you have a big (often muddy) dog who thinks it’s his own personal piece…

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7 September 14

Creative Collections: Vintage cups

Creative Collections: Vintage cups

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collection of vintage ceramic cups on an antique wooden rack

We’ve chosen vintage cups for this week’s Creative Collections post.

collection of vintage ceramic cups on an antique wooden rack

We often come across odd cups or part sets when we’re out & about. There’s certainly no need to leave them behind because it’s not a complete service. A cupboard full of mismatched crockery for day to day use looks great – or can form a fabulous shelf or wall display.

collection of vintage ceramic cups on an antique wooden rack

The amazing range of designs & colours makes cups the…

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6 September 14

Charity Vintage: Beards… A Spotter’s Guide

Charity Vintage: Beards… A Spotter’s Guide

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permalink to Beards: A Spotter's Guide by Cara Frost-Sharratt for sale on eBay for Charity by & in support of The Martlets HospiceImage credit: Ben Swift

I bet you didn’t know that today, 6th of September, is World Beard Day. Yes, there is such a commemoration. And, as Justin is a long-time beard sporter, we’re participating in the celebration by dedicating this week’s Charity Vintage post to the cause.

This copy of Beards: A Spotter’s Guide by Cara Frost-Sharrattthat we’re featuring isn’t a vintage book, but it’s…

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Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh