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Saturday, 30 June 2012


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The cartoon, 'Love is...'  was a comic strip started by New zealand cartoonist Kim Casali, (previously Grove) in the late 1960s. It began as a series of love notes, Casali drew for her future husband, Roberto Casali. 

It was first published in 1970 under the pen name Kim.

It is said that at the height of it's popularity, it may have been earning Casali, £4 to£5 million a year!

Roberto Casali was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 1975. Kim then asked British cartoonist Bill Asprey to continue her cartoon. Kim Casali died in 1997, her son Stefano then took over intellectual rights of  'Love is...'

(Above information taken from Wikipedia, not further checked for accuracy.)

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Friday, 29 June 2012

Enid Blyton's Noddy

I have always loved Noddy and now that I am older, this has not changed. I loved him when I was a child. I read his books, watched him on tv and, I believe I once entered a fancy dress competition, dressed as him.

Recently, I found a lovely old book from the 1950s full of wonderful Noddy illustrations of the little chap himself. Unfortunately, it had seen better days. Not to worry! I have rescued the wonderful illustrations and am turning them into ready to frame pictures.

Noddy and Big Ears make sand castles.

Mr Plod the policeman sings and dances at Noddy's party!

Mr Waggy dog comes to tea.

The above are the illustrations I have rescued so far, and placed for sale in my shop. More to come.

I guess as I am a fan of most things vintage, it will come as no surprise that I prefer the old Noddy to the bright modern version used now.

My beloved vintage Noddy above.

The more modern version above.

Which do you prefer?

Saturday, 23 June 2012

One Vintage Song Three Ways...Smells Like Teen Spirit.

The now iconic song from Navana. 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'. Opening track on their second album, in 1991, 'Nevermind'. 
Written by Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl.

Three very different versions!

Beginning with the fantastic original...

Next up, a cover by the gorgeous David Garrett and his red hot violin playing...

Last, but not least, a smooth cover from crooner, Paul Anka...

Hard to choose? Leave me a message voting for your favourite of the three and telling me why...

VV x

Thursday, 21 June 2012

A Productive Day With Vintage Vic!

Today has been a good day! A productive day at Vintage Vics...

First of all my lovely new business cards arrived. I'm so happy with them!

Then I walked to the post office to send off a bunch of items to my wonderful customers.

If you would like Mr Postman to deliver you a package from Vintage Vic, just take a look at

Spent the rest of the day, adding some of my great new stock into my newest shop, Vic's Vintage Ephemera.

For example...

Right now, my daughter Phoebe is baking cupcakes

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for a school bake sale tomorrow, which of course I shall have to taste check!

My son arrived home with a new t-shirt of a gig he played, (He is a singer song writer) which has amongst others, his name printed on it...So proud!

Now that hubby is home, from a hard day's engineering, (Well, he's management, so he probably spent the day at his desk! lol) it is time for me to make dinner.

Then I plan to spend the rest of the evening, doing


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Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Vintage Vic's New Shop!

I now have a second Etsy shop called



plural noun 

the type of objects which, when they were produced, were not intended to last a long time or were specially produced for one occasion

It specializes in what it says...ephemera.

There you will find, gorgeous, unusual unaltered vintage cards such as these...

Lots of vintage postcards...

Plus, all kinds of other vintage ephemera treasures.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

The Scar Project...Fighting cancer all the way.

I first heard of this on Facebook, so I looked them up and was so moved by what I saw, that I wanted to share it with you.

The SCAR Project is a series of large-scale portraits of young breast cancer survivors shot by fashion photographer David Jay. Primarily an awareness raising campaign, The SCAR Project puts a raw, unflinching face on early onset breast cancer while paying tribute to the courage and spirit of so many brave young women

Click on the arrow in the middle of the box below & as you listen to this stunningly beautiful song, please read the words.

Dedicated to the more than 10,000 women under the age of 40 who will be diagnosed this year alone, The SCAR Project is an exercise in awareness, hope, reflection and healing.  The mission is three-fold: raise public consciousness of early-onset breast cancer, raise funds for breast cancer research/outreach programs and help young survivors see their scars, faces, figures and experiences through a new, honest and ultimately empowering lens.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Re-Designed blog!

I am in the middle of re-designing this blog. I'd love you to leave a comment, saying what you think.

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Yey...Clever Me!

Here it is, my re-designed website,

(Click on the link above)

I would love to hear your comments.

I think I may re-design my blog next!

Thursday, 14 June 2012

I am in the middle of designing my new website. Let's just say, I am not enjoying the experience! This is it so far...

Still quite a way to go I think!

Keep Watching!

Sunday, 10 June 2012

The End of the Jubilee Celebrations...

Just to wind up the jubilee celebrations. Here are a few pictures from our Jubilee party!

We Had Fun!

Friday, 1 June 2012

Keep Calm It's The Jubilee!

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Wonderful Colour Film Of The Coronation Day...

St Edward's Crown...Coronation Crown.

This crown is the most important of all the crown jewels. It is with this crown that the monarch is crowned at the ceremony of the coronation.
The original crown was melted down during Oliver Cromwell’s rule. When the monarchy was restored on 29th May, 1660, new regalia had to be made before there could be a coronation. A copy was instructed to be made, to be traditionally used at the actual moment of crowning, but never worn again during the reign.
The crown is made of solid gold. Up until George V’s coronation it was set with paste stones and enamel mounts, In 1911, for the coronation of George V the crown was perminently set with semi-precious stones, and the imitation pearls were replaced with gold beads, which were plated with platinum.
Later the platinum plating wore off revealing the gold beads. The crown has a velvet “Cap of Estate” and a faux ermine boarderOur replica is made as near as possible to the original.
Great importance is paid to every detail of the crown. It is made of base metal, gold plated and set with best quality crystal stones.
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The Coronation Gown...

The coronation gown was ordered in October 1952.

It was designed by Norman Hartnell.

It took 8 months of research, design and work to complete.

A team of 3 dressmakers, 6 embroideresses and the Royal School of Needlework prepared the gown.

It was made from satin, at the Queen's request and embroidered with gold bullion thread, seed pearls, crystals and coloured silks.

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The embroidery was of floral emblems of the countries in the UK and Commonwealth countries.

England Tudor Rose

Scotland Thistle

Welsh Leek

Irish Shamrock

Canadian Maple Leaf

Australian  Wattle

New Zealand  Silver Birch

South African Protea

Indian Lotus Flower

Pakistan   Wheat, Cotton and Jute

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