It’s safe to say this has been on the busiest Christms and New Year holidays ever – or at least it seems like that! We spent much of our time trekking between various family members, located around the country in Stafford, Barnsley and Sedgfield. Much fun was had by all! The quota and quality of vintage presents was no less than usual:
Thank you to everyone in our family who gave us something for Christmas presents. I always love giving presents, and it’s just lovely to receive so many ones that are personal to us.
It’s been a lovely Christmas – and it’s still not really over for us. The weekend before Christmas, we had the early one with my family. Then we’ve spent Christmas Day in Glossop, had friends over on Boxing Day. This week, we’ll be seeing Aidan’s family as well; all before we have to start thinking about going back to work… Ah well, we knew it couldn’t last.
Anyway, how else to celebrate a wonderful Christmas than by sharing pictures of the retro and vintage goodies we gave and received?
To kick things off:
I absolutely love this. Another present from Aidan, and it’s probably one of my favourites. If you’ve not visited the site already, it’s worth another trip to the Tretchikoff website to have a look at all of his prints.
Luckily for me, I got lots and lots of presents! A green Casio watch, a Spirograph, a Tamagotchi… yes, I am a grown woman, if you can believe it?! I also received three new Scheurich 414 pots, but unfortunately the pictures have come out quite blurry. I’ll take some more another day; maybe even attempt to take some vaguely stylish ones… you know how that normally goes.
Here are two things I got Aidan:
A book all about retro and vintage prints by Tretchikoff, J.H. Lynch, Shabner, Maio and those 70s big-eyed children pictures. It’s fantastic, even if I do say so myself. Aidan seems to quite like it too. I bought his copy from Ebay (and America, no less) but you seem to be able to buy it on Amazon here. Review of the book as well. Even if you’re not a fan of these types of prints, it’s still a gorgeous book to look through.
I also got him one of these:
The teatowel, not the pots! It’s pretty good. I’m not sure if we’ll ever actually use it though; it’s a bit too swanky for wiping pots and pans. The seller, skinnylaminx, is on her holidays at the moment. When she returns you should definitely have a look at her shop on Etsy.
So, what’s the best retro or vintage thing you got this Christmas??
- Scheurich 414: Updating a Look (littleowlski.wordpress.com)
Today was the first day that I really had that Christmassy feeling. This is particularly amazing for me as I often don’t get into the mood until a couple of days before; perhaps it’s all the frost and talk of snow around the North of England. Whatever the reason, it has inspired me to write a Winter inspired post. I’d almost forgotten about my Woman’s Own magazines amidst the excitement of having so many West German pots to write about. However, they are perfect for a seasonal post.
The following pictures all come from the edition released on Thursday, November 17th 1955:
Firstly, notice the white, fluffy cat; the ruby red lips; diamante earrings and coiffed hair… that’s my Christmas look sorted. Maybe not the cat. Secondly, notice that there’s a serial story ‘The Sleepless Moon‘ by H.E. Bates : What popular women’s magazine nowadays would feature a story by a writer, any writer? I think this is something that should be brought back.
My Christmas look will continue with variations on this delightful attire:
Forget the boots, I’ll take the little pixie hat… What about this one:
I did get a little distracted when looking for Winter related items… it’s difficult not to when there are pearls of wisdom (such as this one) on the letters page:
“Date and Place
In an old book, printed in 1840, I found some good advice: When making an appointment with the man friend, never arrange a spot where he can see you a hundred yards off. You have to make out you have not seen him, otherwise both of you advance with inane grins – too far away to speak and not near enough to smile naturally. Also, any defects in your figure he will be sure to spot now. You might be bow-legged but he need never know, until he sees you from a distance. Faces, too, are better looking close up. M.J.L., Haywards Heath, Sussex”
What marvellous advice for those bow-legged ladies amongst us!
Anyway, to continue… Party dress anyone?
This is the one look I could replicate; it’s a bit similar to a pink dress I wore to a Big Posh Do at work last year. If I need some accessories, there are plenty to choose from:
I want everything she’s wearing in that picture. A pair of white, angora gloves are at the top of the wishlist!
This addition had three pages of Winter ‘beauty’; the best of which – and the one I’ve just tried – is the article on ‘Eye Exercises’:
“Beautiful eyes don’t necessarily make a beautiful face, but there’s no denying that healthy, sparkling eyes will give life and character to the plainest face… The best way to make your eyes twinkle more is exercise. Here is one the Hollywood stars are all practising.”
So, along with my eye exercises and angora gloves, I would also like to buy all of my Christmas cards and Christmas sellotape from the 1950s:
And for presents for me? Why, surely someone can travel back in time and obtain these for me:
I can dream, can’t I?