Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Be Prepared, It's Coming. Present Ideas: 1950's DIY Magazines.

Now we  don't know about you, but on our Christmas list, it's the chaps who are the hardest to buy for. We either get a list of expensive gadgets which we can't pronounce or the more common "I don't know" or "I don't mind" Well we have something for the fella in your life or even a lover of fixing things, it's...



1950's DIY Magazines!

Yes, these little beauties make the perfect present for the men in your world. In the 1950's, as more people were able to buy their own homes, DIY became the thing to do and many books and magazines were printed to fill this demand of this new hobby.

And we have two of them in our mix, Mechanix Illustrated and Popular Mechanics. Both are american based magazines but some are international issues, they are all however filled to the brim with fantastic bits and pieces.

Each one includes interesting articles such as how they thought we would go to space and science articles on why we laugh, they have reviews of the cars of the day, annotated diagrams so you can build your own automoboat/holiday cottage/children's toy car and really so much more. If you get bored of reading all the bits your meant to, you can have added fun looking through the adverts that fill a lot of the pages. Our favorite is the Manly, a girdle for Men to streamline their waists. Ooo-er.

And at £3 a time, these are the perfect stocking filler or Secret Santa Present, have a look on the website now and see which one takes your fancy.

Just need to add a little disclaimer, due to the time they came out (the 1950's) there are some references to Guns and reviews of them. Each magazine will state on the website if it does contain gun references just in case its not something you'd like to read about.

This blog falls into our It's a Modern World series which is all about lending your hand to the little things to make the big things happen. Find out more about this series and our others at on our Overview blog or find more in the same series by pressing the "It's a Modern World" tab at the top of the page. 

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Prepare yourself, It's Coming. Present Idea: Tins

So you've sorted out your wrapping paper in last week's blog now something for the homemaker in your life...






Tins!

These are a perfect gift for someone tipping their toe into vintage as they nestle so well in a modern home. They also have a ton of uses, here's a few that we could think of that can be stored in them...

  1. Pins
  2. Oxo cubes
  3. Safety Pins
  4. Hair Pins
  5. False Nails
  6. Tablets
  7. Ear Rings
  8. Sharpeners and Rubbers
  9. Brooches
  10. Beads
  11. Buttons
  12. Spices and herbs
  13. Dice
  14. Bobbins and needles
  15. Zips
  16. USBs
  17. Screws and nails
  18. Tea bags
  19. Toy accessories
  20. Lego
...and many more. See the possibilities are endless and they can suit any house because of the colours.

We have a selection in our shop at the moment as well as other pieces of kitchenalia so have a browse and see if you can't get another person off your list.

This blog falls into our It's a Modern World series which is all about lending your hand to the little things to make the big things happen. Find out more about this series and our others at on our Overview blog or find more in the same series by pressing the "It's a Modern World" tab at the top of the page. 

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Prepare yourself, It's Coming. Present Idea: Scarves.

For our first week, we are going to ease you in gentle with...



Scarves!
We don't need to remind you how much we love these little beauties. Not only do they make great head pieces (or horrid hair savors as we like to call them) as modeled by our lovely head honcho, they also have more uses than a swiss army knife.
Bad barnet days we've covered, but did you also know...
  • They make great lunch bags, just wrap everything up like your a runaway in panto.
  • Damp bench/mucky ground? Perfect mini picnic blanket
  • If your lost in a crowd they make location markers, though you might get a sore arm from all that waving.
  • They fill up an empty neck wonderfully, completing every outfit.

  • Any handbag looks 10 times better with one of the side?
  • If you collect a couple you can make them into fantastic cushions? Just sew 2 together with a zip and your sorted.
  • They make great wrapping paper, like the picture below. 

So you can see they really do make brilliant multi-functional gifts and perfect little stocking fillers or for a tough secret santa. 

We have a lovely selection on our website and an ever changing amount in the shop starting from £3 so start your christmas shopping with a swing and get buying.

Special thanks to Amarillo y Crema for the wrapping picture.

This blog falls into our It's a Modern World series which is all about lending your hand to the little things to make the big things happen. Find out more about this series and our others at on our Overview blog or find more in the same series by pressing the "It's a Modern World" tab at the top of the page.