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The History of Hysteria and the Dawn of the Vibrator

The History of Hysteria and the Dawn of the Vibrator

The history of hysteria is a fascinating one. The idea that the womb is the seat of irrational and emotional behaviour in women has seemed perfectly logical to men throughout history. In 1801 the condition was finally labelled hysteria, from the Greek word for the […]

Vintage Housewife – keeping the household happy

Vintage Housewife – keeping the household happy

Advice for women in the 1930s: ‘Nothing destroys the happiness of married life more than the lazy, slovenly wife’ It must have been a grim for wives at the turn of the 20th century, judging by advice given to them on how to keep their […]

The Lost Art of Ironing

The Lost Art of Ironing

There was a time when a crumpled dress or shirt would be deemed a sign of slovenliness, but there is now good news for domestic dissenters: ironing has become unfashionable. Whilst the vintage housewife may have prided herself on the quality of her starched collars […]

Soap Opera – the drama of soap making

Soap Opera – the drama of soap making

Soap has gone very artisan in recent years and is a far cry from the artificial smelling, aqua-marine soap that filled the bathroom soap dishes of my childhood. Today soap can still be purchased in cellophane wrapped uniformed bars but home-made soap is a wholly […]

Home Made Reed Diffuser

Home Made Reed Diffuser

I don’t think anything makes your home feel more cared for than if it is wonderfully scented, but there is no need to buy expensive fragrance reeds, because its cheap, easy and really fun to make your own reed diffuser. Reed diffusers gently perfume the […]

Good Clean Fun – some old fashioned tips to make your home sparkle

Good Clean Fun – some old fashioned tips to make your home sparkle

With the Christmas decorations packed away your home can start to look a little dreary so spruce it up with some good old fashioned cleaning techniques.   Wooden surfaces To give wooden surfaces back their lustre mix one part lemon juice with two parts olive […]

Good Clean Fun- the Power of Milk

Good Clean Fun- the Power of Milk

  It’s not just Cleopatra that benefitted from a milk bath, your old china tea cup with a small crack in it can really benefit from being bathed in milk. When dealing with vintage china small cracks are quite a normal discovery, buts instead of […]

Good Clean Fun – turning your car from a shed on wheels to a clean dream machine!

Good Clean Fun – turning your car from a shed on wheels to a clean dream machine!

If the interior of your car is smelling like a pile of sweaty old socks and looks like a teenagers bedroom then its probably time to get your automobile in a cleaner, more organised state. Clear the clutter From children’s toys and maps to ice […]

Good Clean Fun- Toilet Antics

Good Clean Fun- Toilet Antics

If awards were to be given to domestic chores for being the dirtiest, smelliest and most unglamorous tasks I think unblocking the loo would scoop a gold medal. There is a blend of horror and indignity that is only experienced when staring down into a toilet that […]

Good Clean Fun – Washing Hints

Good Clean Fun – Washing Hints

  Whilst we have modern washing machines to tackle the bulk of our weekly laundry needs there are some delicate garments that benefit from being washed and treated with a little vintage tender loving care.   Silk   When washing silk add a teaspoonful of […]