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Repurposing Things For The Home.

Broken Things Made Good, Rocking Dog

Broken Things Made Good

I’m sure by now you will know Rocking Dog loves old and battered. Always has and always will. I love repurposing things for the home, rather than buying shiny and new. HOWEVER, I do love to add in a few contemporary bits so that the house doesn’t feel like a fusty desiccated museum!

This week I found a new magazine on the shelves “Reclaim”. It purports to be for those readers wanting to create eclectic interiors using salvage finds. Quite lovely, but my heart still lies with “Country Living” and “World of Interiors”. This first issue really made me look at some of my accumulated crud, and just how long I have been living with a vintage interior (believe me it is no new trend, perhaps I was therefore an unknowing trendsetter!)

How I remember struggling onto a train with a heavy wooden cello case from Bath to Chippenham twenty five years ago. I do not play the cello, but it does make a stylish storage container! In the same month I struggled home with some heavy wooden postal sorting shelves on the same rail route. I had such stamina and determination in those days!

Particular loves include my Grandma Nellie’s wash tub which is currently filled with logs, but when Christmas comes along it transiently hosts the tree. Another log supply is currently neatly stacked aboard a wooden sledge. Alas, like me the old sledge is waiting for snow. Coal meanwhile is stored in a rather battered brass preserving pan, such a handy vessel for travelling to and fro from the coal bunker.

A recent purchase from the Saturday antique and flea market in Bath has been a pair of decorative brass deer hooks. I originally bought them as brackets for supporting a wooden curtain pole, but have since decided to go down the Roman blind route. As I handed over my £20 the stallholder said “You know what these are don’t you?” No was my bewildered answer, and he went onto tell me they were old brackets to wall mount a shotgun. I have absolutely no interest in bearing arms, so the brackets will be used to hang frivolous hats and bags! I must remember to buy brass screws to replace the nasty chrome ones.

In the kitchen I love my collection of old earthenware and china jars. These hold my whisks, spoons and assorted kitchen tools. I love the fact that they sport wording of foodstuffs we no longer commonly use. Tapioca, that word simply makes me shudder. A primary school pudding that would make so many children cry (we weren’t allowed out to the playground until our plates were cleared). If of course any of my beloved pots get broken they are simply kept until a mosaic’ing moment comes on. I have so many plans to spend days in the garden this summer doing some mosaic walls- so sun blessed and creatively therapeutic!

I love things with history, a sense of mystery and uniqueness. Who else houses their toothbrushes and paste in a vintage teapot I wonder!

Have a lovely Monday and hope its a great start to a great week.

PS Went to see the film “Room” at The Watershed last night. A brilliant film with an amazing cast, beautiful cinematography, but with the tension of the film leaving your tummy in a tight ball.

New Magazine, Rocking Dog

New Magazine

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Shoe Last Display

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Stepladder Storage

Wash Tub For Logs..., Rocking Dog

Wash Tub For Logs…

....And Spring Bulbs, Rocking Dog

….And Spring Bulbs

Repurposed Coat Hook, Rocking Dog

Repurposed Coat Hook

Spoon Jars, Rocking Dog

Spoon Jars

Alas No Snow!, Rocking Dog

Alas No Snow!

Weight Paperweight, Rocking Dog

Weight Paperweight

A Lovely Bit Of This And That In Bath.

Food For Thought, Rocking Dog

Food For Thought

Saturday, youngest fashionista daughter (Liv) and I headed to Bath for a day of mini adventures. Liv headed to the Guildhall for a talk by Mary Portas, based on her newly published memoir “Shop Girl”. Apparently it was really entertaining and a question at the end of the talk was so well answered by the retail guru. She was asked which British brand she’d like to rejuvenate and rebrand. The answer? M & S, she also qualified that she wouldn’t like the job. Imagine alienating all those devoted Per Una customers!

I meanwhile trotted to the flea market down by the Old Tram Shed on Walcot Street. Not vast, but with interesting eclectic stalls it is worth a look. I loved some really enormous bottle driers, but know I need to declutter rather than add more stuff! Unlike many cities, Bath has managed to hang on to a wide range of independent shops and so browsing is enjoyable. I also went into the Guildhall Market for ribbon supplies. The stall has the largest and most diverse range of ribbons, lace, braids and haberdashery, a sewers paradise. Best window in Bath goes to Maze in Green Street. It was so simple but so effective, with tin bucket filled with planted daffodils and another window displaying a tin wash tub filled with bulbs yet to bloom. I have my Grandmother’s wash tub and glass wash board. At the moment the crenellated tub is filled with logs for the stove, whilst at Christmas I use it for the Christmas tree.

Liv and I regrouped, and headed for lunch at a perennial favourite The Fine Cheese Company on Walcot Street. Originally solely a cheese shop, it now sells gorgeous breads and deli items, together with offering customers a sit down watering hole. We loved our charcuterie platter and cheese plate (a months oozy cheese ration)! We even sat out in the sun…delicious!

Liv had to head back to Bristol, but I went to a talk by the author Julie Summers, “Fashion On The Ration”. The book accompanies a major new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum, London. In these days of throw away fashion it’s so easy to forget about just how difficult it was to stay clothed during the war. There was the additional pressure that women were encouraged to look wonderful, and to wear bright colours to spite the enemy and keep the spirits of the nation up. Julie talked about coupons, siren suits, Make Do and Mend, parachute silk and the scarcity of stockings. Many of the predominantly female audience were of mature years and had some brilliant anecdotes regarding wartime fashion. One lady talked about how her school domestic science lessons were spent remodelling work overalls into daytime clothing. Another lady recounted that her father had sold stockings and other luxuries out of a suitcase. One customer ended up being his wife, and this lady’s Mum.

The Fashion on The Ration exhibition runs from 5th March until 31st August and tickets can be booked now. The exhibition features underwear made from silk escape maps, “onesies” worn in the air raid shelters, jewellery made from aeroplane parts, propaganda posters, military uniforms and patriotic scarves. If my children are reading this by any chance a ticket for this would be a wonderful birthday present, hint, hint!

Such a lovely day, and no, I really didn’t need to add anything to my wardrobe!

Market Trawling, Rocking Dog

Market Trawling

Retail Guru, Rocking Dog

Retail Guru

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Best Window Goes To..