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Countdown to the Festive Top Ten!

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Countdown to the Festive Top Ten!

Countdown to the Festive Top Ten!

Of an evening you will often find my whole family sitting in the kitchen with the TV turned on to sport with the sound off whilst we play our favourite music. I’ll be listing or updating things in the shops, my sons will be on their laptops and smart phones, and hubby will be cooking the dinner (tip: for a happy home life, marry a chef!).

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From bang out of order to bang on trend in a few easy steps!

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on From bang out of order to bang on trend in a few easy steps!

From bang out of order to bang on trend in a few easy steps!

I had been on the lookout for an upcycling project for some time when I came across this mini wardrobe jewellery box at a Boot Fair last summer. As you can see it was rather an unattractive shade of orange with a faux wood-grain effect and, to top it all, it originally had a green and pink embossed floral design on the glass panels which really clashed with the wood!

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Autumn Beginnings!

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Autumn Beginnings!

Autumn Beginnings!

I love this time of year with its feeling of beginning again! There’s a definite back-to-the-new-term feeling at Believe To Be Beautiful today. So far this morning I’ve prepped the weekend’s sales to post off, read an article in a magazine which set me off on research about a recent acquisition which may be quite valuable, and posted on Instagram!

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A lying down cow…

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A lying down cow…

A lying down cow…

I came across this vintage ceramic farm animal in a local shop the other day and couldn’t resist bringing her home with me. When I was little my parents both worked full time Monday to Friday so our Saturdays had a pretty routine format…

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Desperately Seeking a Sale – a Boot Fair Diary

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Desperately Seeking a Sale – a Boot Fair Diary

Desperately Seeking a Sale – a Boot Fair Diary

All in a morning’s work! 05.00 Up and shower, fill the flask with hot water for tea, put the last few items into the car and check I’ve got my float. 05.45 Set off on the deserted roads with only the company of magpies, rabbits and a rather straggly fox that is walking down the centre of the dual carriageway! 06.20 Arrive and join the queue outside the gates but before long I’m in and see that the field is already full of shoppers…

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The Bard, a bridge and bone china!

Posted by on Jul 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Bard, a bridge and bone china!

The Bard, a bridge and bone china!

On a recent fossicking trip I came across this little cup and saucer duo by Royal Stafford China featuring Shakespeare Cliff, Dover. My husband, who lived in Dover for a while, remembered going down to Shakespeare Beach, to the westward side of Admiralty Pier and the harbour, on a school field trip to draw the beach and cliffs, but wasn’t quite sure how to access the area now. So, on a super sunny morning this week we set off in search of the elusive pathway.

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Truly Scrumptious St Margaret’s Bay!

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Truly Scrumptious St Margaret’s Bay!

Truly Scrumptious St Margaret’s Bay!

St. Margaret’s Bay – from the Crusades to Hollywood! My regular trips in search of vintage booty recently took me to the village of St. Margaret’s-at-Cliffe, a settlement known at the time of the Domesday Book as Sancta Margharita, which is situated around 2 miles from Deal at South Foreland on the White Cliffs.

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Introducing Brother Bradshaw…a Denbac Monk Liqueur Bottle.

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Introducing Brother Bradshaw…a Denbac Monk Liqueur Bottle.

Introducing Brother Bradshaw…a Denbac Monk Liqueur Bottle.

Travels with a Denbac Monk Bottle! Introducing Brother Bradshaw who will be accompanying me on my travels in the coming months as I seek out interesting stories with a vintage flavour.

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Portmeirion – Pottery, Prisoners and the Palladian.

Posted by on Jun 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Portmeirion – Pottery, Prisoners and the Palladian.

Portmeirion – Pottery, Prisoners and the Palladian.

Susan-Williams Ellis opened Portmeirion Pottery in 1960 in Stoke-on-Trent with her husband Euan Cooper-Willis. She gave her new venture the name of the Welsh Village where she had grown up. Designed as a holistic art and architecture site, the village was somewhat bizarrely given a thoroughly Italianate style  by her father, the architect Sir Bertram Clough Williams-Ellis.

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Crafting Vintage One-Liners

Posted by on Jun 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Crafting Vintage One-Liners

Crafting Vintage One-Liners

A light-hearted look at vintage knits! I have recently been re-visiting the complete box set of Mad Men and have been revelling in the mid-century styling of everything from the glasses they (constantly) drink from, to the structured body shaping of their expertly tailored clothing and their elaborate hair dos. Whilst fossicking in recent weeks I’ve spent some time looking at the vintage knitting patterns and feature a selection of those I’ve picked up below.

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