Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Keep Your Pecker Up: Our Weekly Vintage Tips

As you might have read, each week on our social media, we share the best tips we find whilst rummaging through books, old magazines and with some more modern ones slipped in to share their usefulness/silliness with you

And we thought to make it all the easier for you to keep up to date with these little pearls of wisdom, we would complied them all here and will update them each week so da ta, enjoy.


* Disclaimer: Please take care when using these tips and some of them with a pinch of salt, we don't take responsibility if anything goes wrong including upset tummies and explosions*


Week 23:
Want to absorb all of those nasty juices that turn up at the bottom of your bin? Place a couple of sheets of newspaper at the bottom, which can be recycled once soaked.


Week 22:
If you're fed up of your pesky pans boiling over, place your wooden spoon on top. It stops the water coming up.

Week 21:
To bake perfect fairy cakes, you need to create a happy space in the kitchen. Light candles, put in a pretty housecoat and play soft, soothing music to help you mix excellent batter. (From Homemaking Hints for a Happier Home 1959)





Week 20:
To cool your wine quickly and without diluting it, use frozen grapes as ice cubes.


Week 19:
Keep your bathroom glass water mark free by rubbing a teaspoon of lemon oil on the glass twice a month. The water will just bead up and roll off.

Week 18:
For the sparkiest of pearls all you need is warm water, a soft cloth and a very mild soap. Dip the soft cloth into the soapy water and gently wipe the pearls with the cloth. Do not immerse them into the water.




Week 17:
To impress guests, there's nothing more fashionable, yet tasteful, than the Margarita. Just remember to go easy on the measures; there's nothing fashionable about a drunken hostess. "Homemaking Hints for a Happier Home 1959"

Week 16:
Want to jazz up your evening cocktail? Why not juice up your ice cubes or even freeze up at olive. The colour and taste will become stronger as you drink and it won't water anything down.


Week 15:
When you entertain, don't hesitate to ask different types of people, because that makes an interesting party. But don't invite people who will be at such odds that it causes real conflict "Ladies Home Journel Art of Homemaking. 1973

Week 14:
If your tea towels have become a little drab, boil with Lemon rind to whiten them up





Week 13:
Has your favourite G Plan table got scuffs on its leg? Rub walnuts on the to make them go away.


Week 12:
Keep your bathroom glass water mark free by rubbing a teaspoon of lemon oil on the glass twice a month. The water will just bead up and roll off.

Week 11:
For Lipstick stains, if the fabric is washable, saturate the spot with hair spray, let it sit for 10 minutes, then dab with a damp cloth or sponge to remove. Launder as usual to wash out any residual stain and spray.




Week 10:
Use an old vintage tin or pot as a lost and found box in your house and fill it with the bits of toys, spare screws, odd keys and lonely puzzle pieces. So when you finally need it a month later, you'll know just where it is.

Week 9:
Struggle to get your rubber gloves on and off? Sprinkle a little talcum powder inside and not only will you hands slip in with ease, they will also come out baby soft.




Week 8:
To deodorise your vintage shoes, fill two old stockings with cat litter and baking soda. Place one stocking into each shoe, leave over night and presto

Week 7:
To get rid of bad smells in your oven, squeeze two lemons into a baking dish filled with an inch of water and toss in what remains of the lemons. Place the dish in the oven and bake it for 30 minutes at 250 degrees. Not only will your oven smell like lemons instead of scorched food, the citrus oils will soften gunk on oven surfaces, making it easier to remove.

Week 6:
Peg the pleats on your skirts and dress to make them easier to iron.




Week 5:
From stopping mouldy books to bent records.




Week 4:
Don't know what to do with all those stale buns after BBQ weekend? Try these...




Week 3:
Ways to organise your photos.




Week 2:
Stale, soft chunks of bread, rubbed over wallpaper in even, vertical strokes, “erase” the soiled spots–even very visible fingermarks

Week 1:
Use sticky tape whilst cutting fringes for a straight line and none of the mess (Just don't wince too much when you try and pull it off)



This blog falls into our Keep Your Pecker Up series which is all about keeping your moral and making you smile. Find out more about this series and our others at on our Overview blog or find more in the same series by pressing the "Keep Your Pecker Up" tab at the top of the page. 

Friday, 27 May 2016

Keep Your Pecker Up: Vintage Saying of the Week

We love a vintage phrase in the office, no suprise really given our name...

What's your tale, Nightingale? = What have you been up to?


...so we thought we would share our favourite with you each week on our social media (Facebook and Twitter) and compile them all here:


Week 15:
"Peepers" = Glasses i.e You've got some good looking Peepers on today

Week 14: 
"Ain't that a bite" = That's too bad i.e Forgot your lunch? Ain't that a bite

Week 13:
"Large Charge" = Something that's exciting i.e This weekends got such a large charge

Week 12:
"Apple Butter" = Smooth Talk or Flattery i.e Use some of your Apple Butter to get us some free ice cream

Week 11:
"Blast" = To have a good time i.e Friday is such a blast

Week 10:
"Nuggest" = Loose Change i.e Have you got any nuggets for the jukebox? 

Week 9: 
"Kick" = Some good or a fad i.e. Man, those shoes have got the kick

Week 8:
"Lighting up the tilt sign" = Not telling the truth i.e. I think that chaps lighting up the tilt sign about those missing cakes

Week 7:

"Made in the Shade" = Guaranteed Success i.e. "This day out's made in the shade"

Week 6:

"Chariot" = A car i.e. "You've got a nice chariot there"

Week 5:

"Ice It" = telling someone to forget something i.e. "Ice it, no one needs to know there was a cake here this morning"

Week 4:

"Bake Biscuits" = to make records i.e. I wonder when (Insert band of choice) is going to bake biscuits again.

Week 3:

Agitate the gravel = to leave i.e. "Let to agitate the gravel, it's weekend time"

Week 2:

Fat City = a great thing or place; Happy; a good situation i.e. "This weekend is going to be Fat City"

Week 1:

Zorros = the jitters i.e. "I've got the zorros about that date tomorrow night"

This blog falls into our Keep Your Pecker Up series which is all about keeping your moral and making you smile. Find out more about this series and our others at on our Overview blog or find more in the same series by pressing the "Keep Your Pecker Up" tab at the top of the page. 


Thursday, 12 November 2015

Prepare yourself, It's Coming. Wrapping.

6 Weeks to go till the big day and this week we're thinking about something that isn't normally given any thought and, though might seem insignificant, can make or break a good present. It's...




Wrapping!



Notice how we didn't say wrapping paper there, but more on that later. The packaging of a present really does mean a lot. A well wrapped and finished present not only shows you've taken time and care over their gift (even if you actually haven't) it can also add to the intrigue. We're sure we aren't the only ones who get a little flutter of excitement when we see an item is in tissue paper with a bow.

Now first off, before you even get down to the folding and finishing, you need to decide what you are going to use. Now you might think this is a bit obvious but as we hinted at early you don't just have to used the conventional paper to wrap up your gifts. You can use head scarves as we talk about in last weeks blog, vintage wall paper, posters of the persons favorite band or actor, old comic books, vintage sheet music and even newspaper, anything can look quite pretty with a bow. It's all about make do and mend with us at HQ and the suggestions before fit into that perfectly, it's all about saving the world and look fabulous at the same time. If that's all a bit much for you, have you thought about printing your own? All you need is brown kraft paper, a potatoes and some shape ideas and your away. We made a very lovely Christmas tree one last year, if we do say so ourselves.

Now once you've got your wrapping of choice, we've gone for a comic book for our demonstration, you can begin our five step guide to the most awesome present finishing.


Step one: Preparation.



This might sound obvious but remove all the price tags, it saves your embarrassment. Next box your present, it will really make your life easier and look so much better. We didn't but you can wrap your gift inside the box with tissue paper or an extra treat to add to it's loveliness. 
Lay your paper on to a flat service, again making life easier, and get out your scissors and sticky tape. Now your ready to being.




Step two: 
Place your gift in it's box in the centre of your paper, making sure you have enough around the sides to cover easily. Remember you can taketh away, you can't giveth. You might like us need to attach two bits together, remember to have the frayed edges on the inside. Finish by placing your item upside down in the middle.

Step three:
Take your paper at the longest side and fold it over the box, making sure you crease the paper. Let go, and then fold the paper at the crease. It will make the present look smarter and tighter. Refold the paper putting a small amount of tape on the crease. If, like us, the paper still doesn't quite meet, you can steal a bit off the side to add in an extra panel.

Step Four:
Next work one side at a time. Fold the side of the piece of paper into the middle, making sure you have a nice tight crease and cut off any excess. The fold the other side in, tucking in any loose pieces. Next fold up the bottom, making sure it is even and doesn't go over the top, cut if you need to then stick down, again only using a small amount of tape.




Step Five:
Now for the fun bit, finish off you gift with ribbons, notes, sweeties and more. These bits will hide a multitude of sins so even if your wrapping isn't great, *cough* a little bits like ours, your gift can look fabulous. This is where you can make it really personal and pretty. Have a look at our Parday Time board on Pinterest for more ideas. http://www.pinterest.com/whatsyourtale/parday-time/ 




And your done! All you need to know now is the last posting dates from royal mail so you can make sure your gift gets there:


Latest Recommended Posting Dates
ServicesDates
International Services 
 International Economy (formerly known as Surface Mail)
Monday 28 SeptemberAll non-European destinations (except Canada, Far East, Middle East,
South Africa and the USA)
Tuesday 29 SeptemberFar and Middle East (except Hong Kong and Singapore)
Tuesday 13 OctoberCanada, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa, USA
Tuesday 3 NovemberCyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece, Iceland, Malta, Turkey
Tuesday 17 NovemberWestern Europe
 International Standard (formerly Airmail) and all
International Tracking and Signature Services
(formerly Airsure® and International Signed For®)
Friday 4 DecemberAfrica, Middle East
Monday 7 DecemberAsia, Cyprus, Far East, Japan, Eastern Europe (ex. Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia
Tuesday 8 DecemberCaribbean, Central & South America
Thursday 10 DecemberGreece, Australia, New Zealand
Monday 14 DecemberCzech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland
Tuesday 15 DecemberCanada, Finland, Sweden, USA
Wednesday 16 DecemberAustria, Iceland, Ireland, Portugal, Spain
Thursday 17 DecemberFrance
Friday 18 DecemberBelgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland
 Contract Surface Air Lift
Friday 13 NovemberSouth America, Central America, Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Far East, New Zealand, Australia
Friday 20 NovemberUSA, Canada, Middle East
 International Standard HM Forces Mail -
British Forces Post Office® (BFPO)
Friday 27 NovemberOperational BFPOs
Friday 11 DecemberStatic BFPOs
UK Services 
 UK Inland Services
Saturday 19 December2nd Class and Royal Mail Signed For®
Monday 21 December1st Class and Royal Mail Signed For®
Wednesday 23 DecemberRoyal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®

And your away. Have a look at our wrapping page on our website here for some ideas, have a gander here at our ties if you liked the one in the box and for more info about posting times have a look at the royal mail site here

This blog falls into our It's a Modern World series which is all about lending your hand to the little things to make the big things happen. Find out more about this series and our others at on our Overview blog or find more in the same series by pressing the "It's a Modern World" tab at the top of the page. 


Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Give a Little Love Tuesday Week 90

We're a bit shocked in the office. It can't be November already can it? Wow this year is whizzing by. We are celebrating getting this far with pugs, gang girls and more in our Tuesday blog :)

Don't forget we love to see your pictures of how your celebrating your Tuesday, just tag us in @WYTNightingale on twitter or email us as shop@whatsyourtalenightingale.co.uk with your snaps :) 

Tit Bit 1

Need some upside down text? Use this little bad boy http://www.fliptext.org/

Tit Bit 2
1950's Teddy boys are well known but their girl gang counterparts of the time are not and they were just as rad as the chaps. Find out more here.
http://www.messynessychic.com/2013/02/10/the-forgotten-1950s-girl-gang/



Tit Bit 3
This Weeks Action: #110 Cook a meal from Scratch. We love to cook in the office and it's not as hard as you think, take a browse and see if you can find a recipe you like. http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/

Tit Bit 4

Have a little try of this style. http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-make-vintage-updos-the-marcel-wave



Tit Bit 5
And finally...



This blog falls into our Keep Your Pecker Up series which is all about keeping your moral and making you smile. Find out more about this series and our others at on our Overview blog or find more in the same series by pressing the "Keep Your Pecker Up" tab at the top of the page. 

Monday, 2 November 2015

What's on in November

Want something to do now it's got a little chilly? Here's a little What's On Guide for November that we've compiled to keep you occupied.

Vintage Fairs and Events:

Lou Lou's Vintage Fairs - Country Wide - Each Weekend

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fairs - Country Wide - Each Weekend (We're at one on the 29th)
Secret Vintage Fair - Colchester - 28th November
More vintage events here: https://www.vintassion.com/upcoming_vintage_events

Films Coming Out:

Brooklyn - Out on 6th November 




Young Irish immigrant Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) navigates her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of the USA, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother's (Jane Brennan) home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.


TV with an Vintage Feel:

The Dresser: On iPlayer





During World War II, an embittered actor known to others as Sir (Sir Anthony Hopkins) is well past his prime. Formerly a renowned performer, Sir must now settle for leading a shoddy troupe of aged actors and army rejects in performances of Shakespeare's greatest plays. His anxiety, regret and age begin to get the better of him, and his work starts to suffer. Only Norman (Sir Ian McKellen ), a timid set dresser who is unfailingly devoted to Sir, can hold the show together as it threatens to collapse.


Jekyll and Hyde: Sundays on ITV.


10-part drama set in 1930s London focusing on Robert Jekyll, the grandson of the original doctor. The show will follow Robert Jekyll's quest to discover his real identity and the true nature of his family's cursed history.




If we've forgotten something amazing or you would like to let us know of an event going on in the next few months, just email us at shop@whatsyourtalenightingale.co.uk.

This blog falls into our On Your Bike series which is all about adventures whether it's out on your bike, a vintage train day or even a themed day. It also has bike maintenance, hair styles for your adventures and more. Find out more about this series and our others at on our Overview blog or find more in the same series by pressing the "On Your Bike" tab at the top of the page. 

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Give a Little Love Tuesday Week 89

It's Halloween week, and all the ghosties and ghoulies are getting themselves ready for the frightful weekend, so this week we've got spooky decor and creepy facts to entertain your tuesday.

Don't forget we love to see your pictures of how your celebrating your Tuesday, just tag us in @WYTNightingale on twitter or email us as shop@whatsyourtalenightingale.co.uk with your snaps :) 

Tit Bit 1

Want some ideas of how to Halloween your house with a vintage style? Hopefully this Pinterest board will get the creative juices flowing https://uk.pinterest.com/explore/vintage-halloween-decorations/



Tit Bit 2
Waste a little while playing this spooky game http://www.gamesgames.com/game/haunted-house-quest-for-the-magic-book

Tit Bit 3
This Weeks Action: #055 Use a biro from start to finish. You could doodle, write love notes or just keep them in a handy pot by the phone but just use them from full to empty.

Tit Bit 4

When some people took it a little far...
http://www.buzzfeed.com/briangalindo/21-vintage-halloween-costumes-that-will-make-your-skin-crawl



Tit Bit 5
And finally...Did you know because the movie Halloween (1978) was on such a tight budget, they had to use the cheapest mask they could find for the character Michael Meyers, which turned out to be a William Shatner Star Trek mask. Shatner initially didn’t know the mask was in his likeness, but when he found out years later, he said he was honoured.


This blog falls into our Keep Your Pecker Up series which is all about keeping your moral and making you smile. Find out more about this series and our others at on our Overview blog or find more in the same series by pressing the "Keep Your Pecker Up" tab at the top of the page. 

Monday, 26 October 2015

Make Do and Mend: The Innocent Smoothie Big Knit

The leaves have started showing off their golden colours, scarves are being dug out from the bottom of the wardrobe and some of us have even dared to put our heating on. Winter is approaching. But it's not all doom and gloom, the start of the chill also means Innocent restart their Big Knit campaign, hurrah! and this year we want you to get involved too.

The colder months can be tough for a lot of people, as many as 25,000 older people's lives are at risk because of the cold and the lovely lot at Innocent just couldn't have that. Back in 2003, they had an idea. They asked some older people, and some younger people, to knit little woolly hats which they slipped onto their smoothies, and for each one sold they made a donation of 25p to Age UK.


The idea snowballed and so far the people of the UK have knitted an astonishing 5 million hats, which is amazing. And have raised over £1.7m, and raised awareness of the great work done by charities like Age UK.

Some facts and figures for you:
Last year the Big Knit raised over £215,ooo which could fund...

40,000 blankets
helping vulnerable older people to stay warm despite the winter chill.

or


20,000 hot meals
to be delivered by friendly volunteers to older people who would otherwise struggle to cook for themselves.

or


10,000 emergency heaters
for older people at serious risk of the cold.

or


21,511 essential Winter Warmth packs
which contain:
• A fleecy blanket
• Thermal socks
• Thermal cup
• Hot water bottle 
• Thermal hot water bottle cover
• Room thermometer 
• Soup packets

Or
10,755 days at a local Age UK centre
with a hot lunch, activities and the chance to meet new friends

Phew that's a lot. We love this campaign, you get to do your bit whilst being all crafty and it gives you something to do with those devious fingers. All you need to do to get involved is to log on to http://www.thebigknit.co.uk/ print yourself off a pattern and begin. They have a wide range of designs ranging from beginner bobbles to expert foxes and all manor of ones in between. We're only beginners here at HQ but have added a fruity theme to our first little pile...



Once you've knitted your pile, just put them in a envelope with a note stating how many you've knitted, the date and your name and address and send them along to:

The Big Knit 2015
Innocent Drinks
342 Ladbroke Grove
London
W10 5BU

All hats needs to be in by the 11th December and they will be in stores from the Feb 2016. If you've got any questions, send them over to bigknit@innocentdrinks.co.uk or call them on 0207 993 3311.

We would love to see what you've been knitting, send us a picture on our Twitter or Facebook page and we'll show you off. We might even dazzle you with out designs every once in a while. 

This blog falls into our Make Do and Mend series which is all about sewing, making and mending. Find out more about this series and our others at on our Overview blog or find more in the same series by pressing the "Make Do and Mend" tab at the top of the page. 

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Give a Little Love Tuesday Week 88

Well done! You've made it to the 43rd week of 2015, pat yourself on the back, pull out some biscuits and have a read of our blog, smug in the knowledge you've got this far.

Don't forget we love to see your pictures of how your celebrating your Tuesday, just tag us in @WYTNightingale on twitter or email us as shop@whatsyourtalenightingale.co.uk with your snaps :) 

Tit Bit 1

Need a bit of 1940's in your life? This blog nicely rounds up the whole era's fashion trends with some stunning pictures.
http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/blogs/544203/1940s-fashion-the-decade-captured-in-40-incredible-pictures.html



Tit Bit 2
We love the idea of filling a suitcase up with these...
http://www.messynessychic.com/2014/02/20/the-lost-art-of-hotel-luggage-labels/

Tit Bit 3
This Weeks Action: #048 Send Us An Action What's the one thing you would like more people to do to make the world that little bit brighter? We'd love to hear and the best ones we will add to our list and promote :)

Tit Bit 4

If you need 10 minutes of giggles today, this is where you can get it



Tit Bit 5
And finally...
Joke. Why don't cats like online shopping? They prefer a cat-alogue

This blog falls into our Keep Your Pecker Up series which is all about keeping your moral and making you smile. Find out more about this series and our others at on our Overview blog or find more in the same series by pressing the "Keep Your Pecker Up" tab at the top of the page.