GIVEAWAY:  WIN A £50 VOUCHER FROM VINTAGE INSPIRED CLOTHING BRAND COLLECTIF

As you all know I love all things vintage.  My cupboards are coming down with vintage tea sets and vintage cake stands all of which I try and use on a regular basis.  There’s nothing like sipping tea from a beautiful vintage china tea set.

 

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My jewellery box is bursting at the seams with stunning vintage brooches and necklaces that I wear most days although I do clear out now and again.  If you head to my Etsy store you will find some of my unique vintage finds there if you fancy a wee look!

 

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In my wardrobe I have some true vintage and some vintage inspired pieces of clothing that are just stunningly beautiful  A few of my key pieces have come from the stunningly beautiful and ever so glamourous vintage inspired Collectif range.  Collectif were eastablished in 2000 and their clothing draws upon the wonderful fashion of the 1950s.  Their clothes ooze glamour and make me feel wonderful wearing them.

 

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I am so very delighted that Collectif have offered one of my readers the chance to win a £50 voucher to spend on vintage clothing.  You can enter the giveaway below.

 

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Additional terms to this prize:

You will need to have set up an account on Collectif website so the value can be added to your account.

Once added to your account the funds will automatically appear as a value in your e-wallet and the option given to redeem the funds against the cost of purchases in the basket.

If the items purchased total less than the gift voucher amount the remaining funds will stay in the e-wallet to use on the next purchase. If the items purchased exceed the gift voucher amount the remaining value must be paid by card in order to complete the order.

Please note that items bought using gift vouchers can be returned or exchanged but not refunded, only additional monies paid over and above the gift voucher will be refunded and a new gift voucher code will be issued.

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GIVEAWAY: VINTAGE RETRO TELEPHONE FROM FLAMINGO GIFTS

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO WIN THIS STUNNING BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE RETRO TELEPHONE FROM FLAMINGO GIFTS ?

 

 

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The lovely people at Flamingo Gifts is giving my readers a chance to win this beautiful telephone.  The telephone is a design from the 1960s, really iconic, it plugs in to a standard telephone socket with push button.  It comes in a stunning green shade, which will fit in to any decor.  It is by a great brand Wild and Wolf.  Wild & Wolf creates original, thoughtful, design-led gifts and lifestyle products so you can be assured of a great product. I have fallen in love with this phone and I know you will to.  Ideal as a telephone or just to style your room.

This giveaway will run until the end of February, there are several ways to enter which are listed on the widget below.

 

 

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CRAZY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN 1950’S HOUSEHOLD & TODAY PLUS GIVEAWAY

Life – especially for women in the 1950’s was very different to what we can expect by today’s standards.  In those days, a lot of women married young, they stayed at home to raise children and to keep the house clean.  It was a time when men were considered to be the head of the household, the breadwinner, the one who went out to work.

 

Even if women did want to go to work, they would be employed in what was known as ‘women’s jobs’.  These would be secretaries, typists or nurses.  With societal pressures there was an economic incentive to keep the woman in a marriage and at home – even if it was an unhappy marriage!  Indeed, it was unusual in the 1950’s for women to go to university – especially those from working class areas.  Moreover, schools often prepared girls for being a wife and a mother by providing lessons in cookery, household management, sewing and darning.

 

I wanted to see what the differences were in terms of household appliances, food, clothes and being a housewife then and now after reading a beautiful story about a couple who just recently got rid of appliances they purchased in 1950!  Let me know what you think.

 

Household Appliances

In the 1950’s there was no central heating system.  Coal fires would heat the rooms downstairs while the upstairs would be heated by an electric fire.  There was no double glazing either so in winter it was common place for ice to form on the windows!  Keeping a bed warm was easy with a hot water bottle.

 

Fridges were starting to become more accessible to households to store food, but there were no freezers and no supermarkets!  People shopped in local stores with most people buying items to use straight away.

 

Many homes had a vacuum cleaner and a cooker.  Vacuums were often heavy bulky items that often gave you a bad back!  Probably bought on Hire Purchase.  Entertainment wasn’t 100+ channels but a radio (known as a wireless).  Although TVs started to become popular, although these would have been rented rather than owned.  Of course in black and white too!

 

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Food

Shopping for groceries was often completed each day and required visiting several shops such as the butcher and the greengrocer.  Often items were behind the counter so there was often no browsing either.

 

 

Clothing

Clothes were mostly handmade with a heavy reliance on knitted items.  Recycling and mending was a big thing, reusing clothes or sewing to ensure longevity.  However, I love the silhouettes of the clothes from the 1950s.  There were beautiful swing dresses or pencil dresses.  There wasn’t a size zero in sight!

 

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The House Wife

Women and men have more choice today as to whether they stay at home to look after children.  However in the 1950s there was little choice for women.  They were strongly encouraged to stay at home to be a wife and mother.  Doing housework and looking after children were considered as women’s work.  Indeed women were expected to clean the house and have dinner ready for her husband coming home from work!

 

1950s household

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For me there are several huge differences between the 1950s and today.  One is the options available to women – although there is still a way to go!  The second is the gadgets and appliances.  To be honest I could not live without my Vax Blade 32V Cordless Vacuum Cleaner! It seems that without these housework – no matter who does it – would have taken all day.  Even simple cleaning jobs would take forever.   Like cleaning an oven!  These days I use Oven Pride with no scrubbing involved.  In 1950 I would have needed to scrub for hours!

 

So while I do love all things vintage, reading some of the differences between then and now, I can honestly say that I would prefer my gadgets and all those helping hands that make life so much easier to keep the house clean and tidy without having to spend hours doing it.

 

What do you think?  What household item could you not live without?

 

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DECORATING HACKS TO GET THAT VINTAGE LOOK

So you want to get that vintage look?  If you are like me, you have a desire to add that touch of glamour in your day to day life especially in your home, then you will love some of the little decorating ideas below.

 

I continue to strive for that vintage charm and elegance at home to reflect my passion for all things vintage.

 

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Why Vintage?

 

For me vintage means quality, it means it was made with care and attention that mass produced cannot match.

 

For me it means history. Whatever the item it has been pre loved, it has been pre cherished. It is a key to the past with every item having its own history, quite often I won’t know the history of each item, but it is easy to be swept away to past times.

 

Vintage also means individualism. Most items are one offs or limited finds. There are so many different styles and beautiful flourishes to vintage items that our modern mass produced items just cannot come close.

 

If you want to create some vintage charm in your home you can do it a step at a time, it doesn’t have to be a full makeover, take your time to look at items and designs that you like also remember you can give a vintage piece a make-over too!  Whatever the item it can then become unique to you and your style.

 

I would recommend first of all to start small.  Instead of heading to a charity shop or looking online to purchase why not visit your parents or grandparents to see if they have anything they are looking rid of?  It doesn’t have to be a huge chunk of furniture, picture frames, knickknacks can add so much and can be a focal point.

 

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Adding Advertising Memorabilia to get that Vintage Look

Why not consider adding some advertising memorabilia to your kitchen or using old tea caddy’s for your plants?

I would highly recommend you visit your local charity shops, look on Gumtree or visit car boot sales which have sprung up all around the place.  Visiting these first off would be preferable to heading to your local antique shop as the prices there may put you off!

Just because some of your items are from different time periods, don’t be put off, I suggest you make a feature of putting them together, staging these beside each other in 3’s will show them off to their full potential.

 

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Mixing Old with New to Get that Vintage Look

It is sometimes difficult to add vintage items to furniture that is new.  I recommend mixing the old with the new whenever you can.  For example using different chairs for your dining table by bringing in two or three vintage ones, this can make a stuffy dining room more relaxed and casual.  You can also add some vintage cushions to a new sofa.

 

Adding a Splash of Colour to Get that Vintage Look

What can be a little daunting at first is colour!  We are used to seeing modern clean lines and neutral colours today in our homes – I can still remember those television programmes telling me to ditch the colour and go neutral!  Be brave and be bold by adding some colour with the array of vintage items – especially those from the 50s with their pastel shades or the 70’s and their love for all things orange! If you already have furniture but it doesn’t match then why not consider painting it?  There are now such an array of paint out there that doesn’t require any sanding – that is such a bonus.

 

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So, start slowly and take it from there, one small change at a time.  I hope that this has inspired you and you will take the plunge in to adding some vintage glamour to your home, whatever you decide to do remember your home reflects you so just go for it and don’t be afraid.

 

 

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HOW TO MAKE A VINTAGE CAKE STAND IN 4 EASY STEPS

You know I love all things vintage, that goes for sitting down with a cup of tea in my vintage china and a slice of cake on a vintage cake stand.  These are not just for your special ‘me-time’ but they are great for parties too.  So below I’ve let you know how to make a vintage cake stand.

 

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Want to know how to make a vintage cake stand? Head over to my blog where I show you how. You can make them for yourself or to sell.

How to make a vintage cake stand

I started to make my own vintage cake stands to compliment the vintage china I already had.  Here’s my guide to help you make your very own vintage cake stands.

What you will need to make a vintage cake stand:

  1. A selection of vintage china plates, best place to find these are your local car boot sale, charity shops or ebay.
  2. A cake stand fitting, these can be found here.
  3. A drill, I recommend purchasing a cheap drill that you use only for plates, this is the one I use.
  4. A tile drill bit, I highly recommend these ones. Do not use ordinary drill bits they just won’t cut through the china and will ruin your drill and bit!
  5. A pen.
  6. A ruler or measuring tape.

 

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Drill bit for drilling china plates

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cake stand fitting

Step 1

I like to make a two tier cake stand but of course it is entirely up to you but remember the biggest plate goes to the bottom.  Also, check your plates all over, if there is a hairline crack in any of them when you drill they will break.

Ensure your plates are clean and dry, place them upside down and with your tape measure or ruler take the diameter of the plate and mark the centre with your pen, this is where you will drill.  When I make the mark on the plate I usually measure again just to be sure.

 

Step 2

Safety first, so put on safety goggles.  Before drilling your plate place it somewhere it won’t slip and put something underneath, I use a mixing bowl with a old tea towel in it so the plate is nice and secure, I also place an old chopping board underneath.

Before starting to drill the hole it is important to place a drop of water on the plate, it is to keep the drill bit cold when drilling, it also keeps your drill bit in good order so you can use it again and again.  Place your drill at an angle on the plate and start drilling slowly.  Once you can feel there is a groove in the plate you can gently move the drill to an upright position and continue drilling through the plate.  It really does depend on the plate and speed of your drilling on how long it takes to drill through but to give you a guide at the beginning it will probably take about 3 minutes.

 

Step 3

Repeat the drilling process until you have drilled all plates.

 

Step 4

You will probably need to give your plates another clean.  You then attach the cake stand fittings.

 

 

You are now ready to hold a vintage tea party, enjoy 🙂  Why not visit my Etsy shop to view more vintage cake stands?

 

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