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I’ve been spending most of my time recently buying things for other people to buy but this week I am treating myself to these cool retro flasks which one day will look great in my kitchen … when we get the time/money to do it up. These belonged to Sarah’s Vintage Wendy House at the Nichols Building in Sheffield.

I have also got my eye on this pineapple shaped jelly mould …

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After a busy few weeks we have finally officially opened The Fashionably Lost. It’s a project that has been in the pipeline for a few months but from yesterday we will be selling vintage, handmade and just plain ‘old’ interior type things from a unit at The Nichols Building in Sheffield.

It all started about four or five years ago when we discovered all of Sheffield’s antique shops and centres which we would visit to look for unusual and unique things for our house. After a good few years trawling other people’s shops, we eventually decided to try our own hand at buying and selling.

After a successful few months last year selling in the Antiques Emporium in Sheffield, we have moved to a bigger, brighter space in the Nichols Building and The Fashionably Lost was officially launched.

The items in our shop are a collection of things that we have handpicked from a wide range of places which we think are cool or quirky. Everything we buy we would genuinely put in our own home (there are some things that almost don’t make it on display because we want to keep them). Some of the things we buy, we sell as ideal projects for people to reupholster or to sand down and paint. Some of the items are handmade by me – the black patterned fringed cushion on the chair is probably my favourite to date.

So that’s about it really – exciting times, more pictures to follow soon.

I spotted this really cool idea on Twitter a few months ago – it is called Project Photo Doodle and the premise is simple. You send in a picture you’ve taken – could be a landscape, a group of people, anything and this clever artistic type (Phill Wall) will do a quirky doodle over your picture and upload it to his website.

I sent in a picture of a Croatian sunset and this is the result …

It took a while for him to get to my photo and conveniently he sent it back to me just before Christmas so I twisted his arm to send me the jpeg and got it printed and framed for a present for the boyf. Its a nice quirky reminder of our holiday and something a bit different to the run-of-the-mill holiday snaps. Give it a go!

Bills

Niche subscription services are becoming really popular and companies are coming up with some creative ways to engage with targeted audiences. One which really caught my attention is notanotherbill.com which I stumbled upon yesterday.

For £15 a month (inclu delivery) they will send you a surprise present in the post every month (hence notanotherbill). The gifts are sourced from antique shops, flea markets or small independent producers/designers and the things that they have sent out so far have been really cool – including limited edition prints, jewellery, bespoke stationary and lots more.

Dan Hiller picture

You can subscribe for one month or up to a whole year and if you don’t like the present you receive you can send it back and it will be exchanged for something else.

It’s a great way to build up a collection of interesting things that you may never have come across, or the gifts could be saved and used as presents for your friends. Despite being skint all of the time, I am definitely planning on subscribing.

PS. One other subscription service that I spotted too (this one is based in America) is Kitchen Turntable’s pairings box – which is basically everything you need for a night of good food and good music. Check it out.

Mar Menor in Spain

I really like this picture that I took of the Mar Menor in Spain on my iPhone. I think its got a bit of a retro-vibe going on. That is all.

Wikihouse

I spotted this Wikihouse thing on Twitter yesterday. It is basically a group of architecture/designery types that have come together to create an open community project which will mean that ‘anyone’ can build their own house.

So basically you go on the website, download a house plan that takes your fancy (from a selection uploaded by different designers), make a few tweaks in Google Sketch if you want, send your plans off to a CNC cutter and then assemble your house jigsaw stylee.

It looks really cool and will be interesting to see what buildings are created. However, when they say ‘anyone’, I’m sure you are going to need a certain level of above average intelligence to do it successfully. It is definitely beyond my realms of capability!