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. 


Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Give a Little Love Tuesday Week 93

Happy New Year, this is our first Give a Little Love Tuesday (an aim to make Tuesday a little brighter) blog of the 2016 and we thought we'd come in with a a bit of sparkle so we've got cocktail parties, Mad Men and glitter, enjoy!

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

Having the festive season is behind us doesn't mean the party has to stop, why not host your own cocktail party? This website has some great retro cocktail party ideas all with a Mad Men theme. http://www.brit.co/mad-men/



Tit Bit 2
Have you written your Thank You cards yet? Get some inspiration from this cute Pinterest board. https://uk.pinterest.com/poppysakulku/letter-writing/

Tit Bit 3
This Weeks Action: #031 Don't Leave the Tap Running Whilst You Brush Your Teeth. It wastes up to 6 litres of water every minute.  

Tit Bit 4

Forbes have collated all the best advice Mad Men has ever given and we love them.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/francesbridges/2015/05/31/best-advice-from-mad-men/



Tit Bit 5
And finally...Need some sparkle in your life? Try http://picasion.com/glitter-maker/

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. 

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Give a Little Love Tuesday Week 92

Brr, it's certainly turned chilly biscuits. We've resorted to star jumps and multiple jumpers in the office, so we need something to perk us up. Cue blog doing just that!

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

Interesting little fact for the kettle huddle this morning, carrots can't really help you see in the dark.
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/a-wwii-propaganda-campaign-popularized-the-myth-that-carrots-help-you-see-in-the-dark-28812484/?no-ist



Tit Bit 2
Listening to a certain band and just can't work out what to drink? Drinkify sorts it. http://drinkify.org/


Tit Bit 3
This Weeks Action: #072 Loose the Plastic Cup Come on, you really don't need one. Get a snazzy reusable one.  

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It's an old article but we love it still. What we do to have tea at his!
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1300744/Pictured-The-man-loves-living-1940s-outside-loo-all.html





Tit Bit 5
And finally...What's an ig? A snow house without a loo.


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. 

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Be Prepared, It's Coming. Present Ideas: Gift Cards.

All of our ideas so far have been a bit specific and you might feel you just don't know the person well enough to decide whether their home needs a set of vintage tins or they like DIY, so this week we've gone for the all time favourite present...




Gift Cards!

Now we know people say these are a cheats but we love them at HQ, only if they are appropriate that is. For example, Head Honcho has her new home and a list as long as her arm of what she wants to do with it, so DIY vouchers are perfect for her as no-one really wants to buy a pot of emulsion as a present.  

To give you a hand working out what card to get out of the hundreds out there, we have put together our top ten gift cards to give, starting with:
  1. We've mentioned it above but first on our list is a B&Q gift card. These are great for DIY fans and home lovers as in store has everything from tools to cushions.
  2. Our number two is the John Lewis gift card which can also be used in Waitrose which is a perfect place to get some festive foodie treats.
  3. Next is M&S which goes on a similar vein to the John Lewis, Food! You really can't beat their food hall and it's a perfect treat for those cold, poor nights in January.
  4. Everyone would be happy with an Amazon card, because they stock pretty much everything. You can get these online and in certain stores.
  5. This is certainly one for the homeowners in your life as they will always find something they love in IKEA, even if it is just a pot plant.
  6. Itunes vouchers are perfect for the music lovers and an app store voucher is perfect for the geeks, though if you don't want their music to be too restrictive or they like to hold their tunes, HMV also has a good selection of vouchers.
  7. If your giftee is a bit of a coffee lover, like our friend Lesley's Girls Vintage, then a coffee shop voucher is perfect. Most big chains do them and there is no harm in asking their independent as they might do one too.
  8. If vintage is what you need, why not get your friend/lover/teacher a What's your tale, Nightingale? gift card, these can be spent online and we have a fabulous selection of  vintage bits and bobs.
  9. For the foodie in your life, the only gift cards worth giving is one for their favourite restaurant. Many big chains, like Strada and Ask, now do them and you can also get a gift card which covers several different places, like the Restaurant Choice so you don't have to do the choosing.
  10. And finally, if you really don't have a monkeys clue what the person would like, get them a Love2Shop voucher, it covers so many shops, they are sure to find something they love.
So by now you hopefully have an idea of what voucher your giftee is going to get. Your hardwork doesn't stop there though, there are a four simple rules you need to follow so your gift has that extra magic touch.

Rule One. 

Buy a nice card to go with it, not just the free one, it makes it look like you've thought about it.

Rule Two. 

Double check the voucher is appropriate, do they have a dislike for a certain restaurant? Won't buy from Amazon because of their dubious tax record? Hate big chain coffee shops? Take the time to find out.

Rule Three. 

Spend a fair amount. We don't mean masses, but enough to buy at least one thing on the site/store.

Rule Four. 

Try to buy with something else small, could even be food. It again looks like you've given it a bit of thought.

Now you're sorted, another gift done. Don't forget we have our own gift cards which can be spent online and in store, and so do many other independent traders. They might not advertise, but it's always worth an ask :)

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. 

Give a Little Love Tuesday Week 91

Most weeks need a pick me up but this one feel like it does even more. So fill a few minutes (or hours if you get into Mario) of your Tuesday with our Give a Little Love 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

Go back to the 1990's and have a play of Super Mario World without having to dig out your gameboy...
http://www.snesfun.com/play/super-mario-world/1200

Tit Bit 2
With the weather a little chilly now and days a little darker, it seems rude to not use the extra night time and drink more cocktails; this weeks fav in the office is this...
thevintagedrink.com/drinks/apple-pie-cocktail-drink-recipe



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This Weeks Action: #033 Recycle your Books There isn't much that beats reading a good book but sharing it with someone else? Well, that might just top it. 

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Might not perk you up but creeped out is also a good emotion, right?distractify.com/fyi/2015/03/24/creepy-history-1197889696





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. 

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.