Monthly Archives: November 2013

Super Retro Santa – HO!HO!HO!

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Gorgeous jolly Santas, in their scarlet glittery tunics. Can’t help but make you smile! 1950’s. 

Reminds me of my favourite film.

Miracle on 34th Street.

No not the really cheesy one with Richard Attenborough – the 1947 version with Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle:

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Gwenn won an Academy Award for his supporting role. Look out for it this Chrimbo. Then put your feet up with a large egg nog and enjoy!

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Venetian Glass

Antique Murano

Antique Murano

Stunning antique Venetian glass drop earrings. Swirls of glittery aventurine gold and bright white glass.

Beautifully made. Totally unique.

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Retro Christmas Decorations

Curly Larry Mo

Curly Larry Mo

These 1950’s Christmas Teddy Bears are beyond cute. They are covered in furry flock, and have definitely seen some action. Back in their day Noel was a bag of nuts, a satsuma, and a new sixpence, if you were lucky!

Are you having a vintage Christmas? treat yourself, they will look fab on a tinsel tree. 

 

There’s a whiff of Rilakkuma about them – the infamous Japanese bear:

Rilakkuma Christmas

Rilakkuma Christmas

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Simply having a Vintage Christmas Time

Va Va Vintage Santa

Va Va Vintage Santa

Perfect glass tumblers for your Egg Nog or Mulled Wine this Chrimbo.

Lovely stocking fillers. Lots of HoHoHo! And not expensive either!

1960’s glasses, Santa on one side, and his sleigh on the other, with rather a lot of snowflakes…

 

 

It’s not fat free, or alcohol free, but it is very retro:

The best recipe for Egg Nog EVER!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Owl and Pussycat

Owl ring swarovski crystal

Owl ring swarovski crystals

Gorgeous owl ring in sparkling crystals, with wide stary enamel eyes. He’s very cute, and the photograph doesn’t do it justice, he catches the light beautifully. He has an adjustable shank. Look at more photos here.

Papier mache pussy

Papier mache pussy

This little chap is a vintage papier mache cat from the 1950’s. He’s in lovely condition, and looking for a new home. Hopefully somewhere with owl. His new best friend. They can sail off into the sunset together….

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Extreme knitting!

That's not knitting!

That’s not knitting!

Back to the Artisan market on Sunday. Who knew Altrincham had such allure?

Busy and buzzy, some fabulous produce, Troffel truffles were to die for, Farmer’s Wife was dishing out amazing looking hot dogs, and we couldn’t resist the hot cider and calvados stall – no wonder these two are smiling, the fumes alone could knock you out at 40 paces:

Hot Cider

Hot Cider

 

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Monet Monet Monet

Monet clip on's

Monet clip on’s

Impressive Monet shell clip on earrings, for your shell-likes. 

One of the world’s most famous and recognisable costume jewellers, Monet has stood the test of time since 1929.

Learn more about this fabulous jewellery here.

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Frey Wille

Michaela Frey Wille earrings

Michaela Frey Wille earrings

Frey Wille makes beautiful enamelled jewellery, inspired by artists such as Gustav Klimt and Claude Monet.

The company began life in Vienna in 1951 and now has 86 shops worldwide.

Michaela Frey was an artisan designer who grew the company from a small workshop using Austrian folklore designs, and painting them on to fire enamel. Later on she produced designs for Hermes.

These vintage Frey Wille earrings are available here.

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QE2 Washed Up

On this day, 5 years ago, the QE2 set off for her final voyage.

She now lies in dry dock in Dubai awaiting her fate. It’s not a happy ending.

Don’t tell teddy. He’ll only worry. He loved that ship.

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The QE2’s total power output was enough to light a city the size of Southampton.

The QE2 could sail backwards (at a full speed of 19 knots) faster than most cruise ships could sail forwards.

Cunard’s first ship, the Britannia, would have squeezed into QE2’s Grand Lounge.

The amount of fruit juice used annually on board the QE2 would fill the ship’s swimming pools nearly eight times over.

Beatrice Muller, from New Jersey,  used the QE2 as a retirement home for 14 years, having paid around £3,500 a month for the privilege.

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Altrincham Artisans

Charming Sunday Artisan Market at the old Market Place in Altrincham, Cheshire.

Smell: Cloves in cider and Farmer’s Wife sausages.

See: Leather suitcases and miles of bunting.

Touch: Hyacinth bulbs and ancient marbles.

Taste: Hot cheddar cheese and Rhubarb Flapjacks.

Hear: Vintage jazz and Pedro woofing.

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