Thursday, 6 January 2011


Happy New Year to all my lovely friends in blog land!!

Well well well it's been a while but it's also good to have a break from such things.

What have I been up to, well the usual, went to Mum's for Christmas and although the snow didn't cause us any problems, the amount of traffic did, it took us 7 1/2 hours to drive there, and 7 hours to drive back, fortunately in between we got a few days of eating and relaxing!! For those who've been asking mum is doing really well, she hadn't been able to eat properly for so long she is now eating her own body weight in food, when Paul and I were struggling to even breathe cos we were so full, she 'just fancied' some cheese & biscuits!! It's good to see :o)

When I was up there, obviously mum is still recovering so all things were pretty much down to me, so I was rooting around in her kitchen cupboards, not something I normally do, I'm adopted and my mum is gigantic compared to me (she was 5'10 at her tallest, she's shrinking now, I'm 4'11 1/2 the 1/2 is important!) so most of her cupboards I need to get on steps to look in. Anyway I was rooting around and burst our laughing, stuck right at the back of her cupboards were things that should be in a museum! I hasten to add my mum is not a hoarder but my Auntie Marjorie - mum's next door neighbour, not a real aunt but that's what I call her - is a huge hoarder she never throws anything out, and if her real niece insists, sometimes she gives stuff to mum. I've had some fab stuff from her!

First up is this

Yep 1950s or 1960s maybe Household Vegetable Parchment! Yes the price says 2'6, so definately pre 70s and decimilisation in the UK, well you can see it's pre 70s cos of the graphics and you know what there's still plenty in there ha ha! So I've brought it home and it's in the kitchen on display!

Next up, love this

Isn't that the biggest lightbulb you ever saw? Oh stupid me you can't tell the scale, ok believe me it's the biggest lightbulb I ever saw. Mum said, well I could use it, I said mmmm I'd rather you didn't again the price is 8d so pre 70s!!

So that was fun!
We got home had a day of sitting around and then we had to get ready for our friends coming for the New Year.

There were only 4 of us for New Years Eve but it was fun. We had a nice time drinking and chatting. One of our friends despite his love of art deco for homewares, and 40's 50's clothing and style love the 70s too, so in his honour I bought some Babycham and Cherry B! I know both of these were around before the 70s but they totally remind me of the 70s. When we popped them we thought they'd be vile but actually they were both quite nice!!

So now the New Year has come around, I've been thinking about my resolutions, and reading a lot of your resolutions too!

I have a few but I usually don't start them until the 2nd week of Jan, too much pressure after you'll eaten your own body weight in chocolate for a couple of weeks! I give myself a week to get my head straight and then I start

So here goes

1. I know everyone says lose weight but really I NEED to, I will never diet as such again, done that all my life and have lost weight, put more on, lost, put more on, I'm done with that but this year I should like to lose some weight.
2. Start to pay off some debt, I'm going to work really hard this year to make a dent in out debts, I'm sick of them, I won't get them cleared but we could be in a better place at the beginning of next year than this year!
3. Start working my way through my fabric stash and make myself some clothes, I have some fabulous material, love sewing and being creative yet I've let it fall by the wayside.
4. Also we promised ourselves we'd go to museums and art exhibitions more, we love it when we do it, and we don't do it enough.

So in conclusion more food for the soul, less food for the body!!


Vintage Vixen said...

Happy New Year! What brilliant cupboard finds. My dad still uses the same foot powder, I can't remember the name but he bought it in 1954 when he was in the RAF and I know there's some spices in the rack from when he and mum married in 1966.
Good news about your mum.
Good luck with the resolutions. xxx

1950's_atomic_ranch_house said...

Happy New Year too!!

Going through everything after Mom passed away, I found all kinds of old things stashed in the back of cabinets and drawers! It was like a treasure hunt!


Happy New Year Darling Darling !!

Ivy Black said...

Happy New Year, Fiona!
I could just do a Babycham....reminds me of the parties at my house when I was growing up.
I do think this year is a time time to make must be something in the air! Can't wait to see what you make.

Penny Dreadful said...

Bwahaha, the ancient baking paper is brilliant! I have never tried Babycham, perhaps that should be my resolution ;) Glad your mum is feeling better x

Perdita said...

I love those vintage finds! I collect old cook books and the old packaging in the pictures is fascinating- there's a museum of brands in London where they have the 'evolution' of various packaging designs from Victorian times to today!

Anonymous said...

May this be a very happy year for you.x.

RedlegsinSoho said...

Happy New Year to you, and good luck with those resolutions! x

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

Hi, Glad you joined our 'a make a month 2011', I'm looking forward to it! I love the look of Babychams packaging, I bought my daughter a fifties cocktail cabinet as a Graduation gift - it is fab! love Annie

ps I am your new follower!!

Straight Talking Mama! said...

hello all, good to see you all again.

anyone who hasn't had Babycham lately really should try it!!

oh and Vix that really made me laugh about your Dad, and their herbs are as old as me!!

Welcome Annie I LOVED your disabled parking bay story, just had to put it on twitter!!

Dolly Cool Clare said...

Love the cupboard finds! My mum still has old co-op spices from the 60s with retro geometric patterns on them and a similar roll of baking paper! May have to pinch them! ;)
Glad you enjoyed your new year and look forward to your posts this year

Kim Bombshell said...

Excellent resolutions!

delia hornbook said...

I had to smile when i saw the babycham and cherry B, For christmas i made my parents a hamper as i do every year. But this year my mum had mentioned that when she was young she remembered going out on a friday night drinking Cherry B, so i managed to get het 2 orignal vintage cherry B drinking glasses and 4 cerry B bottles. Her face when she opened it was a real picture ;-)

And wow that lightbulb does look huge and well old really is best ;-)

Good luck with your resolutions especialy the making clothes one i will lookforward to seeing what you make ;-))

Dee x

Ms Wanda said...

Babycham?! Wonderful. I did snowballs for Christmas. Vintage drinkies a go-go!

Lisa said...

What boggles my mind about my own (grand)mother's kitchen is how things KEEP turning up of a vintage persuasion. Everytime I think I've culled and cleaned out all her old-time, forty-plus year old kitchen goods, more are found the next time! It's like an endless supply. Or maybe I'm just not cleaning out meticulously enough. :) Anyway, I love that someone else does this at other people's houses. Great finds! Happy new year!

DearHelenHartman said...

Love your blog. Best of luck with your resolutions. I, too, love museums but always end up in antique malls and flea markets - it's like a museum where you can touch everything!

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