Wednesday 5 February 2014

The Nostalgic Scullery

The Nostalgic Scullery has arrived at Kibworth Antiques Centre and is jam packed with treasures for all our existing Nostalgic Kitchen fans.....

In contrast with the bright 1950's colours of The Nostalgic Kitchen, The Nostalgic Scullery has older items dating from 1910 that have earthy colours and a real rustic feeling.

The walls are tiled on one side with two long shelves above made from scaffolding planks. The wall is painted behind the shelves in Autentico Linen paint supplied by a fellow trader West Barn Country Interiors who sells a full range of these gorgeous paints at the centre.

We have a lovely cast iron stove backing on to brick wallpapered wall.

The Nostalgic Scullery specialises in wash boards, ironing boards, sheilas maids, baskets, enamel and beautiful antique scullery tables and furniture.

The Nostalgic Scullery and The Nostalgic Kitchen are open now at Kibworth Antiques Centre,
 19 Harborough Road, Kibworth, LE8 0RB,  
0116 2793386
Tues - Sat 10- 5pm Sun 11-5pm

Tuesday 10 September 2013

Here We Go Again...

Summer is over and my little break from selling at Vintage fairs has come to an October draws nearer so do all the fairs that I have booked to have a stall selling all my lovely kitchenalia...

I did a little display stall at The Royal Derngate Theatre in Northampton with Trevor from The Northampton Vintage Fairs last weekend to ease myself back in gently.  The Theatre was putting on a production of 'To Sir With Love' and there were Lindy Hop lessons, vintage makeovers, actors, singers all getting everyone in the mood before the play started...including our fabulous vintage stalls.

So now it's all systems go as we get ready to spread the vintage love across the midlands ....

'Here We Go Again' I say to my mum as we get in the van at ridiculous o'clock to set off for whichever destination I have selected for that weekend.  I love selling at Vintage Fairs as it's not only my business but a chance to catch up with all my vintage friends who are buying and selling or just eating cake at these events.  I've got a full diary now up until is my schedule in case you would like to come and see me at any of the fairs...

Sat 5th October - Market Harborough Vintage Fair, 3 Swans Hotel 11-4pm
Sun 13th October - GJ Fairs, Sky Blue Sports Connection, Ryton on Dunsmore, Coventry CV8 3FL 9-4pm
Sat 2nd November - Stamford Vintage Fair, Stamford Arts Centre, 11-3pm
Sun 3rd November - Blighty Boutique Fair, Hatton Park Village Hall,Barcheston Drive, Hatton Park, Warwick,CV35 7VR 11-4pm
Sat 23rd November - Northampton Vintage Fair, St Matthews Church Rms, NN1 4RY 11-3pm
Sun 24th November - Blue sky Antiques Fairs, Hermitage, Whitwick 9.30am-4pm
Sat 30th November - Stratford Vintage Fair, Town Hall, Stratford Upon Avon 11-3pm
Sun 1st December - Memory Lane Vintage Fair, Stapleton Village Hall, Leics 11-4pm
Sat 7th December - Market Harborough Vintage Fair, 3 Swans Hotel 11-4pm
Sunday 8th December - Yardley Hastings Vintage Fair 11-3pm
Sunday 29th December - GJ Fairs, Sky Blue Sports Connection, Ryton on Dunsmore, Coventry CV8 3FL 9-4pm

Thursday 22 August 2013

Count Your Blessings!!!

My lovely Daddy has always taught me to count my blessings and I do everyday....well maybe not every day but often!  Life is so hard with so many horrid things surrounding us I think it is really important to recognise the good things in life, the little things that actually keep us going.  This is really hard at times when things are challenging us in life and this is when it is good to pick up a reminder.....
A lovely friend that I met through blogging and Facebook came up with a wonderful idea to create Bee Happy Journals.  Deborah Fielding from spends most of her days spreading happiness and joy.  She mentioned the concept to me and I was really excited to see what she came up with.  I am a vintage girl and was thrilled that when she showed me the prototype and it was made from a vintage book cover.  I obviously wanted one for myself and had two friends that were going through tricky times and wanted one each for them as well as they needed to focus on some nice things in their lives.  Here is picture of the three journals I ordered and one other.  All are individually made, personalised and quirky.

Bee happy journals
I couldn't decide which one to keep for myself but in the end I went for this one...

vintage style bee happy journal

You can of course use these journals for whatever purpose you see fit but I am using mine as a store for all my happy thoughts, sights, experiences and ideas.

alice in wonderland bee happy journal

The day my goddaughter got her A level results and got into the Uni of her choice had to go down in my book as it was a happy moment filled with relief for her.

Storing happy memories

I've started collecting up ideas for decorating my house and business for Christmas and this is all stored in my journal...

These journals are so quirky and each page you turn has a different paper, postcard, pocket, label or picture.  I have listed my doggy touching noses with the lambs, hanging out washing on spring morning and my climbing rose coming out in June as happy moments this year and when I feel down I can just open up my journal to lift my spirits.

When I gave the journals to my friends they were really touched and I hope inspired to take a moment to count their blessings....

These wonderful inspiring journals can be purchased from You can also follow Deborah on Facebook or read her blog which is lovely.

Wednesday 31 July 2013

Mrs Nostalgic feels all Nostalgic!

Morning readers!
I have been quite naughty and not written a blog post for a good few weeks as I have been getting on top of everything at home with poorly dogs, a farmer husband that works all hours and a house that is full to the ceiling with vintage treasures to sell!  I have cleared the route now to my retro bar so I am making good progress!!
Anyway....the other day I went out with my lovely friend Cherry of Merrimans Vintage Jamboree (you should check out her Facebook page). We climbed in my van and went off to sunny Lutterworth in Leicestershire!  Not the most glamorous place in the UK but home to 'Back In Time For Tea'.  We had both heard about this new tea room and wanted to pop in.  It is a 1940's inspired tea room attached to an Army supply store so there is a World War feel floating through the place!!

Back in time for tea, Lutterworth

Vintage inspired tea rooms

1940s tea shop

1940s sideboard

1940's living room

vintage china cabinet

I absolutely loved everything about the place and the fact that it is so close to me means I can pop over for a cup of tea in a Green Woods Ware Beryl cup & saucer anytime!  They serve bread & dripping, spam and of course tea and homemade cakes.  The owner Gavin gives his customers a warm welcome. The old war photos around the room are of his relatives and there is a little story to tell about each one. I am popping down this weekend with some Brown Bettys to add to their collection to brew up a nice cup of Rosie Lea as long as there is some left from the rations!!!!
I would recommend a visit to this place for a little nostalgia......They are open Thurs - Sun, Leicester Road, Lutterworth, Leics.

Monday 17 June 2013

Pretty Flowers & Women of a Certain Age!!!

Well it was that time of year again for Gardeners World Live at the NEC and mum and I put on our uniforms and off we went to Birmingham!  Uniforms???  Yes Gardeners World Live is full of women of a certain age, sometimes joined by their husbands of the same certain age and they all wear a uniform!  It consists of sensible comfortable shoes, usually 'Hotter' or similar brand, lace up with a jazzy colour to brighten them up! Jeans or 'slacks' as I like to call casual trousers, layers and a waterproof coat in again a jazzy colour .  Usually these coats are a grey or blue and have a bright colour around the collar or down the front to make them feminine and yes that word again a bit jazzy!!!  A cross over handbag is again essential for this kind of occasion and a nice pink lippy and your hair done!  I don't know how things changed and I went from heels, trendy clothes and going to the NEC to The Clothes Show to trainers, jeans and a jazzy waterproof going to Gardeners World Live.  I'm not going to deny it though....I loved it!  Here are some lovely piccys of things that caught my eye....