Last week’s weakness

My weakness is shopping. Actually, not just shopping. My weakness is shopping, thrifting, collecting….I can’t drive past a car boot sale without dropping in, I can’t visit a new town without thrifting through the charity shops, I can’t ignore a sign saying “Garage Sale”..to be honest I can’t even drive past a skip without meer-catting my neck up to see if there’s any bounty inside.

So maybe I should share with you my weakness..in fact here is last week’s weakness.

Well we had quite a weekend of thrifting. As we were driving to a local car boot, Mr YVL slammed on the brakes and shouted “SKIP!” I then had to go skip diving…something I usually leave to him. There was an old suitcase in the skip but alas it had a hole in it. So today I won’t be revealing this item to you.

Then at the car boot Herbie spotted some Power Ranger toys and basically whined the whole way round….”Muuuuuummmmmmmy! Can I have a Power Ranger toy pleeeeeeeeeeeeease!”. In the end I relented and told him if he paid for it then yes he could.

So he did and 4 new toys still in its packet were  purchased. We got it home, cut up the packaging to get into it…and all their arms fell off! Yes, don’t ever feel you are getting a bargain if it sounds too good to be true. So now I have 4 multi coloured plastic men and 8 arms to trip over in my hall. Turns out to be a great buy as Herbie has played with them non stop since, and even slept with them last night.

So, now on to the real gem. We went to a local antique, collectables emporium that specialises in 1940s clothing. It’s a real treasure trove. I tried on loads of hats which none fitted. My YVL tried on some 50s shoes.

Then I peered through the rail of fur to see if there were any bargains that I could sell on. Then I noticed this gem. Gorgeous, simply gorgeous. Turns out I had not brought out any money and they didn’t take credit cards (sort this out please!)…so Mr YVL had to buy it for me. Bingo!

I love it so much. The faux fur is in great condition. The colour is a rich mink…really unusual and looks beautiful with the black.

I love the buttons the most….they are so eye-catching. Elastic folds over the buttons meaning there are no button holes. It’s a classic 60s shape, slightly A line which looks grate with long black boots.

The neckline has a hook and eye fastening to create a black round neckline.

It is beautifully made by Lister Minquilla which sounds foreign. It is in fact made in England. The label says “This elegant garment should be treated with care and worn as a luxury coat”. Is the nursery run classed as a luxury pastime?

Let me know what you think? Am I now the smartest girl in town?

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Fashion Friday!

One of the big trends for Spring/Summer 2012 is the Peplum.

What’s a peplum I hear you cry! Well the dictionary describes it as: a short full flounce or an extension of a garment below the waist, covering the hips.

The peplum is great! It nips in the waist making you appear slimmer and then the extra material covers your hips, hiding a few sins.

Celine and Dior added peplums to sharp suits to give extra detail as well as some femininity to a sometimes masculine look.

It was Alexandra McQueen’s look that I love the most. The peplums were so pretty in lace creating a whimsical feel, again to classic bold shapes such as a pencil skirt.

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Jason Wu’s peplum had a real vintage feel with a plain black top and white/black polka dot skirt with matching peplum.

As always, this trend is perfect for us vintage gals as there are loads of peplums out there waiting to adorn our waists. They were first seen in the 1800s and early examples were seen in a very early fashion book called Gody’s “Lady’s Book”. They sat perfectly over a hoop and emphasised their tiny corseted waists. They were not part of the jacket but added on as a fashion accessory!

They had a comeback in the late 40s as women realised they could get an instant hourglass figure from a simple frill! One of my favourite dresses in my collection dates from the 1950s. It was featured in a blog called “Welcome to my Wardrobe”

The peplum classically sits on a jacket. This one dates from the 1980s and would be perfect for work or teamed with jeans.

Or how about on a blouse? These again are 1980s peplums. The lurex thread one is so cute and would be great over a little black dress to add the key look.

Or maybe  this bright red one for this seasons bold colour blocking trend. The peplum sticks out less but still gives you the effect in a slightly more masculine way.

This 1960s/70s dress is a sexy version of the peplum as its so fitted.

 And finally, how about a maxi dress? This pastel aqua blue dress will look amazing on your holidays..team with flipflops for a casual evening out or glam up with stilettos!

 
 
 
 

Fashion Friday: Spring trends the vintage way

The best thing about the new year is promise of better weather, spring flowers and more importantly NEW CLOTHES! Well, not exactly new of course…..NEW VINTAGE CLOTHES! There are some great new trends coming our way which suit the vintage wearer down to the ground. Over the next few weeks we will take you though them trend by trend. We will also throw in some great vintage alternatives too!

So let’s start with a classic summer trend that us vintage gals just love!

Florals were everywhere on the catwalk. From pretty pastels roses to bright garish sunflowers, you need to be covered in blooms this Spring/Summer.

Christopher Kane applied flower stickers underneath organza to give a hazy effect. Alexander Wang, Dries Van Noten and Velentino all went for bright blooms.

(photo from Vogue.com)

The look was everywhere: printed on silk, beaded, appliqued and  within lace.

We can do this trend easy peasy at Your Vintage Life.  Here are some of our favourites all available now. (If you like the look of any just get in touch as much isn’t yet online!)

For anyone that just wants a touch of floral, why not try a vintage brooch? Go bold like the 1960s enamel one or pretty like the bone china one.

Or a handbag. This deep red one is a classic 50s shape with embossed detail on the leather.

Or a raffia one, perfect teamed up with a summer dress.

Choose a vintage floral shirt or blouse…teamed up with capri pants you will get that American vintage vibe (another key trend).

Go girly with our customised floaty, flirty skirts. This concertina pleated one is sooo pretty with its washed out floral feel.

Or just simply go for the full floral look with a vintage 60s maxi dress. This is bright and bold…reminds me of Hawaii but is in fact by Blanes in England.

I love this 1960s shift dress in pastel hues. It has a real Pan Am feel to it…wear with white gloves and open toe shoes.

With Mad Men about to return to our screens, maybe the floral tone should be 50s (think series one!) Here are some of our favourites.

And finally…if you dare, wear a 1950s flower hat. This is covered in white and pink feathers making blooms all over.

Who needs the high street when vintage can be so on trend? Check out more Bloom fashion here

Herbie goes bananas!

Firstly, let me recap. We bought a huge renovation project back in February, in a lovely village called Cranfield. It took an age to find the right house as our demanding list exasperated all the estate agents. We wanted:

  1. Somewhere we could renovate not wanting to spend a premium for someone elses work (and as Mr YVL is a carpenter this obviously made sense)
  2. Somewhere we could add value too
  3. Somewhere in a village
  4. Somewhere near good schools (there were only 3 upper schools in the whole county I wanted to live near)
  5. Somewhere with a large garden as we grow our veg and have chickens
  6. Somewhere with a double garage for our camper van
  7. Somewhere where I could work from home and keep a lot of my stock
  8. Somewhere detached
  9. Somewhere with 4 bedrooms
  10. Somewhere where we could live with 4 adults in the future as we want to be here for a long time.

Phew, you can see why it took a while to find it! But we did, and last February we moved in.

It’s a 1920s house which hasn’t seen work since the 60s. It is our Patterned Palace (check out the blog here) with an array of swirls and patterns. It even came with it’s own starburst clock, lights, and phones that were thankfully left for us!

So slowly we have started to renovate. First job was to stabilise the chimney breast which had been removed and not supported. Mr YVL did that quickly himself. He then mended the holes in the roof and insulated the loft. Good job!

Next we did our bedroom. We were not planning on doing this as we had decided to start the garden first. We needed to dig the veg beds, plant all the fruit plants we divided from our last home and most importantly, give the chickens their new home.

One day I was feeling down about waking up in all the mess so I started to strip the wallpaper. Mr YVL came home from work, saw the wallpaper half down, got a little excited and took over! 2 weeks later the room was done with the lovely FiFi wallpaper from Sanderson. It’s an old 50s print which was found in someones loft! Read all about it here.

Next up was the playroom. Giving up one of the reception rooms was an excellent idea. No more CBeebies for me in the adults lounge! There was a horrid old gas fire which we couldn’t remove as it was integral to the boiler, so we built a cover. This is now a huge shelf for the vintage Fisher Price toys!! This room isn’t as bare as it looks here…it is now full of toys and pictures!!!

Next was the lounge. A white and teal retro affair all based around a Mucha print. Read all about it here.

Now to the present. This Christmas, Santa brought Herbie a bedroom! Anyone that has followed this journey will know that his room was by far the worst. The previous owners had removed the chimney breast from the room and left it unsupported. They then added french doors to an upstairs room with no balcony. On top of this was a wooden lintel which had rotted. This meant that the wall had dropped slightly. To add to this they hadn’t bothered to install a radiator so the room was damp from condensation. It was smelly from this so they locked the door and forgot about it. I remember when we looked round the house it was the room I didn’t fancy going in to even look at!

So, all that has been repaired by Mr YVL of course (clever man). A window has been added and of course, heating!

When we were moving we asked Herbie (only 2 years old at the time) what he wanted his room to look like. He thought long and hard putting his finger to his mouth in a comic thinking type way! He then announced “I’ve had a good idea!”. “Go on” we said.

“I would like a camper van room”. So a camper van room he has!

It’s full of modern stuff of course (the only room so far!) but there are some lovely handmade touches. Our friend Kim made 3 canvas paintings for him.

Caroline from Dotty’s Heart (read all about her here) made him a picture for his door.


I had made a canvas of photos of our camper van, Florence!

There is even a great photo of us a few years back in a Herbie beetle!

His campers are all out on display including his 1970s Fisher Price one.

And of course, no room can get away without a 60s light, a retro mirror and a bin!

So, on Christmas Day Herbie got his room and yes, he went bananas!

Beat the Monday Blues

Beat the Monday blues by checking out something or someone we love. Here at Your Vintage Life, we feel it is important to share great finds with you all as well as support local business.

So this Monday, I introduce to you the gorgeous notebooks from Retro from Scratch.


I first saw these amazing notebooks through following a link on Twitter. When I caught sight I straight away was shouting WANT, WANT, WANT! Then I remembered I didn’t need a notebook but I did need a diary. I casually tweeted to the owner and creator Becky, asking if she did diaries. She didn’t. But she would!

So then started the best customer service I have received in ages. She painstakingly designed the inserts taking time to get it just how I wanted it. She added special pages such as vintage conversion charts such as shillings to pounds which was a nice touch.

The just before Christmas it arrived. And this is it……


Gorgeous huh? Becky scours charity shops, car boots etc for old children’s books that are in need of a little tlc. She removed the spine (which is usually broken anyway) and adds rings.  Hey presto….gorgeous individual notebooks.



I bought this one too!

By day Becky is a trained archeologist who now works in a museum. So she clearly likes old stuff!

She sells on etsy and at fairs around London and Essex. For more details why not follow her on Twitter and Facebook.


The Pop Up Vintage fair

I love the old Ladybird books. We read them to our children and know there are a lot of battered versions out there. These make  such a lovely gift..infact I ended up buying more this Christmas. (If you are a friend of mine expect some this year!). They are beautifully made and well packaged.



One of Herbies favourites

The good pages within are not wasted either as Becky makes them into bunting.  I have some too but am not sure whether to give it up to the kids or store it away for when I eventually get an office! I love the nostalgic feel to it and lets face it…no one else will have it!


Vintage beer mat notebooks are also available. Perfect for the boys!



Here are some of my favourites.











2012, A Vintage Year

Here is our latest article for Vintage Life magazine.

2012: A Vintage Year

January is such a cold month, so little money to spend! Start your healthy eating resolution with large home-made casseroles made in vintage enamel saucepans. Choose a 1940s large roaster or a groovy coloured 1960s pan, mix up the winter veg and leave to cook. Invite your friends to a social dinner to share stories of New Years Eve parties. Revive the tradition of sitting round the table, serving from vintage tureens to create your perfect vintage table setting.

February is the month of romance. Buck the trend of giving chocolates and pamper your loved one instead. Give pretty glass perfume bottles and dressing table sets that can sit in her room all year round. This year pick early flowering bulbs, tie together with a bow and attach a vintage brooch for a bit of sparkle. This is the year of showing you care through actions and thought rather than huge spend.

March is the start of spring therefore the time to embark on the annual clean. This year do it in vintage style wearing a 1950s pinny. Clean your cupboards then line them with vintage wallpaper offcuts to give a blast of pattern and cheer all year round. Read old housewife books for hints and tips of traditional ways to clean saving you money and time.

April is Easter time. This year enjoy home-made traditions by starting the day with hand painted eggs served in vintage eggcups. Arrange an egg hunt for friends and family, young and old. Everyone running around in the spring sun, carrying vintage baskets and collecting chocolate will bring laughter and joy and last much longer than the sugar rush.

May brings warmth at last, now it’s time to sort out the garden and pot up planters. This year use reclaimed and vintage pots, enamel bread bins and metal buckets will add real character to your patio. Paint the garden shed in pastels instead of brown, hang home-made bunting to create your own May Day celebrations. Get the barbecue out, invite friends over to impress them with your hard work.

June is all about our Dads. This year resist the urge to buy slippers and socks by adding some retro cool into his life. Give him a magazine subscription teamed up with a 1960s magazine rack, or an album (vinyl of course) by his favourite band sitting in a record rack. He’ll appreciate the thought even though his feet may be cold!

July is picnic time so get on your bikes and meet friends for a summer picnic. Take a handmade crochet rug and vintage parasol to keep off the sun. Choose a 1950s cased picnic set with pretty china cups and saucers or go for 1970s brightly coloured plastic. Wrap sarnies up in greaseproof paper, add hardboiled egg and homemade lemonade. Play old fashioned games like rounders in teams to work off your lunch, then lie in the sun all afternoon.

August is the time to get away. Reduce your carbon footprint by choosing to go camping instead of flying abroad. Relive the traditions of the 1950s by going away with friends and family, camping in a line of tents or caravans! Make it a vintage trip by packing a wind breaker, folding flowery chairs and loads of brightly coloured melamine crockery.

September is back to school! Introduce vintage to your workplace by adding a desk calendar, pen pot or letter rack. Fed up of tea from a machine? Take a teapot and teacup for your perfect tea at 3. If you work from home introduce a 1960s telephone to your desk. adding colour as well as a retro feel.

October and the clocks turn back and evenings start to get darker. Add a vintage clock to every room, an alarm clock for your bedside table, a 1960s kitchen clock or starburst for your lounge and hall. These days we tend to rely on our mobiles to tell the time so turn back the clocks literally this year and return to an age of ticking gently in the background.

November is bonfire night. It’s always cold so this year wrap up in vintage faux fur and chunky knits. Don’t dress the guy in your old clothes….pull out some modern cast offs to create a spectacular fire!

December is of course Christmas. This year have a Christmas Eve cocktail party and invite all your friends and neighbours. Wear vintage glamour and drink from gold rimmed glasses. Shake a mohito in a 1950s cocktail shaker, add ice to a pineapple bucket and pick up olives with candy coloured little forks. Play your old vinyl, have an old fashioned sing along and celebrate your vintage year!

90s: a fashion decade?

I commented recently that the 90s look is back. At the Clothes Show Live I noticed an abundance  of youngsters wearing the key looks from the decade. I commented on Facebook and Twitter and most of you shouted…..NO!!!! But some were actually questioning whether there were any major fashion moments at all.

Of course there were! So here goes…here is a round up of the 90s look (with a few photos of me thrown in for good measure).

So lets start with this one. It’s about 1992 and I’m sporting a bakerboy patchwork hat. Hats were big in the early 90s…I had loads. I’m also wearing a long chiffon blouse…another key look. What you can’t see is probably a pair of cut off shorts over footless tights and my trusty doc martin boots. The boy next to me sums up the early 90s look…bright colours, logo T’s and a woolly hat. This is Craigy B. Not known simply as Craig, but as Craigy B. This again is how people referred to each other in the 90s!

(I sold sooooo many cut off shorts this month.)

So the decade started with the biggest look of the whole 10 years: Grunge. Jodi Kidd meandered slowly down the catwalk looking gaunt and the term Heroin Chic evolved. Grunge was cool from then on in. However the catwalk was only responding to the music scene straight out of Seattle. The king was of course Kurt Cobain although he was simply following the likes of REM and Sonic Youth. Loose light denim, logo T’s, plaid shirts and sneakers……not trainers but sneakers.

The look became mainstream. Doc martins or dirty converse were worn by all.

His love, Courtney, brought us the bleached, tousled hair. It was normal to blow dry your hair upside down then. She also introduced underwear as outerwear: sheer, lacy pretty negligee dresses, always teamed with leather.

This look continued throughout the decade with Baby Spice making it mainstream in 96.

The indie music scene in the UK also impacted what we wore. We had the baggies from Madchester in 91….actually just think what my friend Craigy B is wearing and you will get the picture.

Then there was the Britpop look of the mid to late 90s. The foppish hair of Brett Anderson, the mod look of Daman Alburn, the 70s suit of Jarvis Cocker.

The union jack was owned by the Brit Pop boys, but it was Gerri who took it one step further.

The 70s hippy vibe was back with the rise of Ibiza clubbing. Long sheer maxi skirts over hotpants was a key look.

Jewellery was handmade, perfect for this 70s feel. We all wore crystals…I had a long crystal necklace tied on string which I wore for years. Check me out here in 1992…ear buns, liquid eyeliner, my Grandmas vintage dress….have you noticed the handmade wooden piece around my neck (as well as the nose ring). I would have been wearing Red or Dead shoes…….now this is what we all wanted. We trudged up to Neal Street to pay, a then, fortune on the wackiest shoes we could find. I remember platforms from them  in purple and black patent…very early 70s. I think they cost £80 and for a student this was alot of money but I didn’t care…

We also wore chunky knits from Nepal….a look we have all been selling well this winter. I had a bright blue one bought from Camden Market.

You had to have a flat stomach in the 90s because the crop top was HUGE. Britney wore heres with low slung trackies. All Saints wore theres with low slung combats and Timberland boots.

Natalie Imbruglia wasnt always so glam..here she is in her Torn video with combats and a hoody. I don’t believe we wore hoodies before the 90s.

We all had a Rachel hair cut. Flicking out with blonde highlights.

If we chose not to befriend her look then it was probably Louise from Sleepers hair we had.

My main memories of the 90s are of very, very short dresses usually worn with hotpants to protect my modesty (remember that Gerri picture) and of the skate look. High top trainers, Vision Street Wear hoodies and baggy pants. Oh and leggings, DMs, and undone shirts over T shirts.

Here I am in 1990…I look so young and happy (well it was 20 years ago).

And for some more memories…..some of the great tunes of this decade: Baby D, Grace, Courtney Love in Hole and Natalie Imbruglia

2011, Another vintage year

We have had a fantastic year here at Your Vintage Life which we are truly grateful for!

January:

We started the year by being named Website of the Month in Period Living magazine. They described the site as “attractive and well designed” which considering I did it all myself through Create was fantastic praise.

We also launched our new category “Your Vintage Playroom” in the shop which has been so successful. It’s great to think these vintage toys are being brought back to life and being played with all over the country. Even Cath Kidston bought some from us!

February:

I was featured, alongside my vintage handbag collection in Homes and Antiques magazine! Here I am surrounded by 50s box bags, 30s bakelite and 60s Enid Collins!

We took this show on the road for the first time with Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair. Before now we had only traded at local fairs and this was definitely stepping it up a gear. 1000 vintage loving students rushed through the door at Leicester and Lincoln and we were quite simply staggered at their response. We quickly went out and hired a credit card machine!

We also moved home this month, into our patterned palace. It’s a full on renovation piece of work….nearly one year on we have finished 4 rooms (7 more to go!)

March:

We had by now been writing for Vintage Life magazine for 7 months but it was in March that our article was featured on the front cover. Spring into Action was featured alongside the amazing Kitten Von Mew!

I was interviewed in the great blog by Catwalk Creative Vintage. Louise Sleigh is well known for supporting fully other vintage businesses and I really appreciated her featuring us. Read the “Vintage Perfection at Your Vintage Life” interview here.

We also traded at our first Furniture Flea in London. This was our first real taste of selling furniture and it’s something we are keen to expand on. Bringing  mid century furniture to its former glory is addictive!

April:

Wedding Fever was in the air as we traded at our first vintage wedding fairs. Not doing things by half we did 2 in the first month. The Vintage Wedding Fair in Leamington and The Curious Wedding Fair in Norwich were great: we met excited brides and sold tonnes of vintage jewellery! Selling this gown to a happy bride in Norwich made us feel great….she looked amazing too!

May:

It was at the end of May when we had our first stall at Spitalfields Market in London. It was a great day with thousands of people walking through the market. We are excited to say we now have a stall there the first saturday of every month in the biggest vintage market of its kind.

June:

This was the month when we really embraced Twitter. Before now, we had only linked text from Facebook which wasnt engaging Twitter people at all. Since then, I can say I talk regularly to like-minded people who I havent even met. Some I would now call friends. I love you guys!

July:

July was so busy for us! We sold our vintage clothing at Lovebox festival which I can only describe as a wash out! It was so wet and cold…it felt like winter rather than a summer festival. The only good thing about the whole weekend was I met some new great friends and finally saw Blondie perform.

Then there was the Vintage Festival on the Southbank. For 3 days it was the opposite of Lovebox..it was so hot I burnt my forehead! The first day was amazing, we sold so much to buyers and designers. It was hard work but again we met some great people and sold tonnes of pretty dresses!

We launched our series of blogs this month called “Beat the Monday Blues”. It was a funny month online as there was much heated debate from vintage sellers, buyers and event managers which sometimes resulted in bad feeling. I wanted to buck this current trend and start to openly support others. So the new blog started with the idea of sharing companies and products that we love. It has been very successful and we will continue this in 2012.

August:

We took a rare weekend off at the start of August to celebrate my birthday. We all went away in the camper van to Kent and checked out all the vintage shops we could find!

Over the bank holiday weekend we had a pitch at Twinwood Festival. This is designed for lovers of 40s and 50s music, fashion and definitely dancing. WE LOVED IT! It was such a great atmosphere, and we couldn’t quite believe it was up the road from our house and we had never been there before! We will be there again in 2012.

Homes and Antiques magazine featured our 1950s products through their stunning styling feature. It made me quite simply want to restyle our lounge to this glorious look.

September:

This was an exciting month as finally re launched our eBay shop using gorgeous photos of my model Leanne. We split the shop into 3 categories: vintage, customised and boutique. We felt our eBay shop had a real disconnect to the branding on the website so now with matching slideshow, background etc we feel this has been overcome.

All the photos were taken with our 1957 Morris Oxford car (also vintage!)

October:

We launched our online blog diary called A Vintage Diary. We have been blogging for a long time but wanted a vehicle to just update you on the day-to-day things we do especially all the vintage things! We have managed musings most days! From stuff I’ve bought to things we’ve made it has been well received.

November:

We launched our ASOS boutique this month and had our first sale within a few hours! It’s a vintage accessory boutique with mens accessories still to come. We ensured it had the same look and feel as our other sites with Leanne in her purple blouse on the front page. We have taken all the photos so far against a local bright blue painted gate, with rolling hills in the background. We will be expanding this more in 2012.

In the run up to the Clothes Show Live we were featured in their fashion blog. Frankie says Shop! loved our flutter pleated skirts so much she wore 3! It really helped at the event as many girls came to see us especially for them!

December:

The Clothes Show Live finally arrived and boy was it busy! 6 full days of excited girls, loud dance music and selling vintage meant we were seriously pooped afterwards! We loved it so much we will be returning next year!

It has been a tough year with people spending less all over retail but with a late surge of sales in December we can now have a rest! We look forward to 2012, trading at new events and meeting more of you all. With our look to the year ahead article being featured in January’s Vintage Life magazine I’m sure next year will be even better than this one!

Happy New Year to you all!

Didn’t we do well, again

We had a great Christmas here at Your Vintage Life. And now it’s the clear up after 3 days of children mayhem! Before all the pressies get put away I thought I’d share some of the vintage ones (i.e. the best ones!).

Firstly the kids. Boy did santa bring a lot of toys….and clothes..and biscuits! When Herbie was asked what his favourite present was he thought long and hard. “I love all my presents” he said. “I really liked my biscuits”. Clearly the way to a boy’s heart is through his tummy!

Herbie got a new bedroom from Santa but I will leave that to another blog! He also got a train set (modern one) but there was room for a little bit of vintage. The 1980s Polaroid camera was a real hit. You load it with plastic discs that run over a wet sponge when they fire out. Just like old Polaroids pictures….flap them about a bit until they dry and a photo appears. It’s in great condition having lasted over 30 years….Herbie managed to drop it and chip it after only 3 hours!

Kitty fared much better in the vintage stakes. She got her retro fabric tortoise I blogged about some time back (read about it here). She got heaps of Fisher Price toys….a 1970s television, 1980s roller and the best of all…the 1960s pull along snoopy dog. She loved this, and has walked around pulling it since about lunchtime of Christmas day!

Boxing day the vintage continued with dolls and a lovely 1950s pram. She didn’t seem to get a look in though as her cousins (all boys) spent the afternoon pushing it around the house!

Then there was Mr YVL. The great thing about our job is we find vintage clothes all year round so I have collected 3 polo shirts dating from 50-70s. He put the caramel one on straight away so that was a hit!

He also got a Mucha calendar. Any regular readers will know we have a few Muchas in our lounge. He was an art nouveau artist but enjoyed a resurgence in the late 60s.

Yes, a calendar is a practical present but  with all the vintage fairs next year and inevitable children’s parties it’s probably about time he knew in advance what’s happening!

His last present was a Gaudi diary. We both love his architecture…..

and so we can see more of it as I have booked a very rare weekend off for us both to go away to Barcelona. I wonder where the flea markets are there????

Then for me. I really did well! I received 2 pieces of furniture for the house, one retro, one vintage.

This G plan stool with leather seat it gorgeous and sits perfectly in our lounge. (Read all about it here).

Then this 1950s fold down table is gorgeous and in amazing condition. Not sure where this will go yet but I’m sure I will find somewhere. It reminds me of last years folding 3 tiered table he bought which we featured this time last year (Read about it here)

I am dreaming of a pantry when we get round to doing the kitchen. A small cupboard full of shallow shelves filled with glass jars and tins. I have a huge collection already but hey this pantry in my head needs more! So more I got!

And Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without some Taunton Vale. This is the first year that I have been bought some though. It’s a chopping board to match all our storage jars, butter dish, tea towel etc etc!

Then there was 2 vintage dresses including the 10p 1950s dress I have blogged about before. This brown one is a Peggy French dress in mint condition. It has ballooned sheer sleeves, matching belt and a pussy bow neckline.

Finally the best present of all. A DRGM bracelet covered in rhinestones. We have been researching it since and all we know so far is it dates pre 1945 from Germany. It is truly stunning and ones things for sure…..I am a very lucky girl.

Now back to the cleaning and tidying……(not feeling so lucky now huh?)

Stuffed!

Christmas is about families and friends, giving and sharing and having fun. It is also about enjoying with great food and drink. Now, as a vegetarian household we don’t have a turkey to stuff so the focus is on stuffing ourselves silly!

Well it started on Christmas Eve when our good friends brought around the best home-made ginger bread house ever! This year I have noticed an abundance of do-it-yourself kits for these yummy houses but this one is a total one off.

It arrived as a surprise for our children. Their eyes were filled with joy.

Quickly Herbie broke off the chimney which was an icing covered mini roll. I broke off the roof.

Within less than an hour it was pretty much demolished.

The next day it was almost gone! We also left some out for Santa (who also ate it all up!) He had a real vintage offering this year: port in a 60s fruit shot glass, Rudolph had water in orange 70s melamine and all on a 60s tray!

Then  for the drink. Back in October I blogged about making homemade blackberry vodka from foraged fruit. Check out Home-grown, hand-made, vintage Christmas blog for the recipe.

Last week we sieved the berries and bottled the booze.

We drank some on Christmas Day evening sitting by the fire. The drink warmed us far more than the flames!!