The White Robin

Have you got your walrus?

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  We wanted to ask you an important question - have you got your walrus? I'll explain what I mean with a little anecdote. Once, I had a customer in the shop who made some interesting comments about our stock. She wandered round our painted furniture and said: "Painted furniture is everywhere now, isn't it?" I was inclined to agree. There has been a huge increase in the amount of people selling painted furniture. She continued her browsing, stopping at a display of pretty vintage china. "Vintage china is all in fashion now, isn't it? It's everywhere!" Again, I agreed....

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Be a go-giver, not a go-getter: five key ideas to apply to your life

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Yesterday I had a revelation. Embarrasingly, it was something that seemed glaringly obvious the more I thought about it. I have been so moved by my revelation that I just have to share it with you. Oh, and another thing. It can't really take credit for this one. I'll explain. I was recommended a book by Danii Adamson, who sells Arbonne skincare, makeup and nutrition items. You can find her here. I bought it and I read it, in about an hour. I just couldn't put it down. Everything contained within this book seems glaringly obvious once it is pointed out, but I for one...

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A great day out and a look at Mrs Dick's box - Newark Antiques style.

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As I mentioned on my Facebook page, I set off early yesterday morning to hunt for vintage treasures at the International Antiques and Collectors Fair at Newark Showground. This fair is always swarming with people; it has even been listed in the book '1000 Things To Do Before You Die'. Yesterday, for a change, the sun came out - hooray! I thought I'd share with you some of the beautiful items I took pictures of - what I actually bought will have to follow later! For those of you who love Florentine furniture - stop here for a swoon! Who loves vintage...

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Tuscan China - some beautiful patterns and shapes!

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I thought over the coming weeks I might share some of my favourite china makers with you - starting with Tuscan. Tuscan china was run by the Plant family between 1898 and 1966. In 1966, Tuscan china was taken over by Wedgwood and became known as Royal Tuscan. Tuscan china comes in many, many different patterns. However, there are a few shapes and styles that are instantly recognisable from a distance. Here are some images taken from Pinterest - I have a board entitled "Tuscan China" which contains all the backlinks should you wish to follow them. Notice how the...

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A guide to buying vintage china

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I know lots of you lovely readers adore fine vintage china. So do I! I've been caught out in the past when I've purchased an item, only to be dissatisfied upon its arrival or when I've got it home. It really pays to have a few simple tips on hand when you're considering a purchase. Buying from a shop, brocante, flea market or antiques fair Make sure you have the china in a good light. Don't be afraid of picking it up to inspect it. Check every piece for damage. Ping it! Rest each piece on the palm of your...

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