Vintage Kitchen Storage Tins

Vintage Kitchen Storage Tins

Vintage Kitchen Storage Tins

They say home is where the heart is, but the heart of our home is our kitchen. It’s the hub where we all congregate and the first place we go when we arrive home and want a comforting cup of tea. Tea bags are a great convenience but good old fashioned tea like our grans used to make stored in a beautiful vintage tea caddy is a special kind of tea. Rumour hasVintage Kitchen Tea Caddy it that tea bags are increasingly being shunned in this age of environmental and health awareness. After all, who wants to pre-package something which, in its natural state is already perfect. There’s also the risk of chemical contamination from bleach white tea bags. Why should we gild the lily, natural is good and tea in a beautiful metal tea caddy is vintage good. Moreover, just opening an air tight tea caddy is to anticipate a really lovely strong cup of high quality tea which tea bags just don’t provide. Read further into our Vintage Kitchen Storage Tins Blog..

And hey, who says you have to store tea in a tea caddy? You can store all sorts of things in kitchen storage tins from pasta to lentils, from biscuits to buns. Storage tins are so much more environmentally friendly than plastic Vintage Kelloggs Corn Flakes Storage Tinand oh so much prettier too. They scream pure quality, longevity and history. Metal kitchen storage tins are just so beautiful and speak of a bygone era which we all love to conjure up in our kitchen. Lots of people love to create the illusion of tradition in their kitchen and love to see the vintage style which old fashioned metal storage tins can bring. They can represent an era and as advertisements they are a work of art in themselves. Whether it’s gorgeous Chinese style art works illuminated in gold and red on black metal tins or the iconic cornflakes or coca cola logo storage tins. They’re great for storing all manner of bits and bobs from photographs to sewing kits. You can even turn one into a handy kitchen first aid kit or mini medicine cabinet with all your emergency medication and they’ll keep everything tidy and from getting squashed.

Kitchenalia is a really fun collection to build up and can really change the look and feel of your kitchen. If you want a high end elegance, why not choose Audrey Hepburn storage tins to store your bits and bobs in. Everyone loves to have thingsAudrey Hepburn Kitchen Storage Tin organised and tidy in these days of zen storage and Marie Kondo tidying. Storage tins can even store all your dangerous washing up pods for your washing machine and keep them out of reach of your little ones whether they’ve got two legs or four. Stacking tins under your kitchen sink filled with dishwasher tabs will keep them dry and ready for the dishwasher. If you need to store some important paperwork safely, there’s no better way to do than a metal storage tin, it’s certainly more fire resistant and beautiful and moreover the environment will thank you too for ditching the plastic. So what are you waiting for, get your metal storage tins today and reorganise your kitchen in time for Christmas!

Here at Sweet and Nostalgic we have a wide selection of Vintage Kitchen Storage Tins. Come and have a look at what life was like in 20th Century Britain, our products give you a warm nostalgic flavour for this wonderful time. Our range covers the whole of the 20th Century, so there’s something on our site for everyone interested in the most influential century that the world has known to date.

Retro Gifts for Christmas

Retro Gifts for Christmas

Retro Gifts for Christmas

Who doesn’t love Christmas? It means different things to different people, but to most of us, it’s memories of a special family time and how we can recapture that magic every year for our own family and friends. What makes Christmas so special is the traditions that we keep alive every year. Whether it’s when you put your Christmas tree up or how you add a new decoration to the tree each year. Maybe it’s when or if you bake a Christmas cake and how you make it just like your mother did. All the memories, the twinkling Christmas lights in our towns and cities and beautiful Christmas displays with Santa Claus and the Christmas Movie and TV Card Gamenativity. Christmas markets with the sweet smell of donuts and hot and spicey glühwein to warm us in the frosty winter nights. The spiced and iced German biscuits and bratwurst with mustard. There’s just nothing like traditional Christmas food to give us a sense of nostalgia and get us in the mood for Christmas.

Nowhere is Christmas more important than at home where we light roaring fires and Christmas Past Memorabilia Packpin up beautiful Christmas stockings and make sure our chimney is cleaned in time for Santa and his little elves. Cosy schnuzzly American Christmas movies abound and remind us of the perfect family Christmas. After a hard day’s Christmas Shopping all we want to do is settle down to watch it’s a wonderful life with Jimmy Stewart and a glass of hot port and cuddle up with our favourite tv blanket and family pets.

Christmas time like no other spells retro Christmas gifts which make us hark back to a bygone era. It’s one of those times of the year that it is de rigeur to search the shops for something vintage, like our uncle’s favourite boiled sweets, or our husband’s old tuckshop treats. It’s not the gift or how much it costs that matters as much as the thought we put into getting just the right vintage Christmas gift. It’s Retro Gifts for Christmas - Christmas Sweet Hamperdefinitely out with the new and in with the old at Christmas so that we can remind ourselves of more innocent times. So why not make life easier this Christmas and put your feet up in front of that roaring fire and order a vintage Christmas Sweet hamper packed full of goodies like shrimps, jellies and white mice and refresher chews, all packaged in a beautiful hamper and sent to your door just in time to give someone some festive cheer.

So why not prime Alexa to play your favourite Christmas tunes as you decorate your Christmas tree this year, safe in the knowledge that you don’t have to venture out in the wet and cold to search for our unique and nostalgic retro gifts for Christmas for your favourite person, but can instead just take your time to browse through all our retro stocking fillers this Christmas. Go on, make it a vintage Christmas this year and get a Christmas hamper with lots of nostalgic sweets like popping candy and memorabilia like love hearts and cola reindeer. Make someone’s Christmas special this year with a sweet gift of nostalgia.

Here at Sweet and Nostalgic we have a wide selection of retro gifts for Christmas. Come and have a look at what life was like in 20th Century Britain, our products give you a warm nostalgic flavour for this wonderful time. Our range covers the whole of the 20th Century, so there’s something on our site for everyone interested in the most influential century that the world has known to date.

Vintage Railway Art for the Home

Vintage Railway Art for the Home

Railway Art for the Home

There’s nothing that says retro like railwayana. So just what it is about railways and steam trains that speaks to our vintage souls? Is it that we all wish secretly that we were born near the railway and starred in our very own railway children movie? Is it the possibility and adventure of exotic travel or the art deco black and white film noir romance of brief encounters that zips us back into the early 19th’century when life had a slower pace? Read further into our fascinating blog where we also feature some vintage railway art for the home..

The National Railway Museum Archives tell their own story of railways that opened up Britain and connected our towns and villages in ways we never believed possible. In the years after the war our grandparents and parents congregated at local St Ives Railway Signstations to take summer seaside trips to local seaside resorts like Scarborough, Brighton, Great Yarmouth and St Ives. Sadly, the Beeching review took away many lines and many are just fond memories of sea sand and ice cream.

In the U.S. railways laid the tracks of cities and towns and governed where people could travel pre the motor vehicle. Before that, we were reliant on stagecoach and our four-legged friend the horse and trap to take us where we needed to be. No longer did we have to rely on other people to take us somewhere, we had the possibility of making our own choices and travelling on our own timetable, or at least that of the train station.

Train stations were temples of possibility where we could enter and travel to a whole new world. Railway stations were places of meeting and farewells. We greeted our long-Beware of Trains Railway Signawaited loved ones and waved them off to work or war. Railways weren’t just a way of getting to and from our destinations, they moulded our destiny and presented a plethora of life choices we could make. Railways allowed us to master that destiny. Rail art represents the era of steam, trains and the stuff of memories of days gone by. Perhaps that’s another reason why Harry Potter has been such a run away success given that it connects thoughts of steam trains and magic.

A trip on the Orient Express still has that aura of mystique which evokes tales of Agatha Christie, glamour and luxury of 1920’s travel and the mystery and anticipation of visiting the farthest corners of the world such as Berlin, Budapest and now even China. Railway signs and metal wall art are a really simple way to harness the The Flying Scotsman Wall Signbygone era of steam and railway engineering. You can use metal wall signs and rail art in your kitchen garage, lounge or library. In fact, anywhere you want to bring back an Olde Worlde atmosphere to your home. Once you start a railway theme, you’ll want to keep building on it with station clocks and timetables. Who knows, you might even get to see the ultimate in steam travel, -the Flying Scotsman himself, now wouldn’t that be the ultimate treat for a railway enthusiast?

Here at Sweet and Nostalgic we have a wide selection of railway art signs for the home. Come and have a look at what life was like in 20th Century Britain, our products give you a warm nostalgic flavour for this wonderful time. Our range covers the whole of the 20th Century, so there’s something on our site for everyone interested in the most influential century that the world has known to date.

Vintage Wall Art for the Garage

Vintage Wall Art for the Garage

A garage can be as much a cathedral to the car and motorbike as it is a storage facility for gardenalia. Whether you store a Harley Davidson or simply have some metal wall art to pay homage to it’s classic lines, the garage is a natural home forHarley Davidson Bike Wall Sign. Wall Art for the Garage retro. Garages also lend themselves perfectly to Metal Wall Signs which bring a certain character to an otherwise cold corner. Regardless of whether you spend a lot of time there, or just love to extend your vintage into the garage space to create a vintage atmosphere, garages can be a great place to display art. Read further into our Blog featuring Wall Art for the Garage.

No longer just a space for just storing stuff, garages have become an extension of our homes. Often they adjoin our utility rooms and house everything from cars, bikes, trikes and ride on lawnmowers right through to full blown Man Cave bar and pool rooms. If your home has spilled into your garage, why not take back control and turn it into your cave by adding some metal wall art that will give your garage the ultimate vintage vava voom to match that of your vehicles. Garages can be cold and unwelcoming, but Round Vintage Gas Sign. Wall Art for the Garageif you’re willing to put a little extra thought into curating your own garage art and adorning your garage walls, you can turn it into a welcoming cosy corner of which you can be proud.

Adding some vintage signage and metal wall art that will bring back a 60’s vibe can add a bit of fun to your garage. Vintage Gas Signs and metal Harley Davidson signs can really evoke that bygone era and give your American Diner Wall Sign. Wall Art for the Garagegarage that vintage cool. Add to that some Sarsaparilla, a few American diner and Coca Cola signs and you’ll step back to the future in a few short footsteps. Whilst you might not have the De Lorean sitting in the garage, you can certainly dot round some Americana to make you feel like you’ve hopped across to Route 66.

Whether you’re a hairy biker or a dyed in the wool car driver, or dream of owning a Vespa but have missed that era, you can still make your dreams come true and get the feel for a different era. Vespa Scooter Garage Sign. Wall Art for the GarageJust add some Vintage Vespa signs and you will create your own time capsule back to the golden era of transport. Your garage need no longer be the home of the dusty and discarded, it can be a cathedral to kitsch and cool. So what are you waiting for, get your metal signs and remember the halcyon days of your first Ford Escort Mark I and regain your position as the King or Queen of cool.

Here at Sweet and Nostalgic we have a great range of Wall Art for the Garage. Come and have a look at what life was like in 20th Century Britain, our products give you a warm nostalgic flavour for this wonderful time. Our range covers the whole of the 20th Century, so there’s something on our site for everyone interested in the most influential century that the world has known to date.

Vintage Wall Art for the Bathroom

Wall Art for the Bathroom

Bathroom Wall Art

Picture the scene, it’s been a freezing cold day, you’ve waited at bus stops got splashed by passing traffic and then done it all over again on the way home from work. You just want to walk through your front door, and run up and have a lovely hot shower. For many of us, our bathrooms are our sanctuary. They’re more than places where we get clean, they’re cosy warm places of refuge where the steam of the shower and the bubbles of the bath can ease our aches and pains. Continue reading our Blog on Wall Art for the Bathroom.

Pears Soap Sign. Vintage Wall Art for the BathroomOur bathrooms are a place where we can pamper and polish ourselves in the privacy of our own inner sanctum. We want a bathroom to be more than just functional, so it’s hardly surprising that we want to find items for our bathroom that help us feel cosy and nurtured. One easy way to make your bathroom cosy and appealing is to use art. Metal wall art in the form of Pears Soap signs are a popular choice for bathrooms because the Pears soap brand was the very first soap ever produced commercially. It’s an iconic brand that reminds us of our childhood and that nostalgia takes us right back to the safety and comfort of our family home.

Vintage signage is an easy and effective way of bringing a bit of cosy into our sometimes cold Vintage Bathroom Sign. Vintage Wall Art for the Bathroombathrooms. We can adorn our bathrooms with pretty seaside themed art and seashells to make us dream of long sunny summer days. Adding metal wall signs with themes of soap and glory help counteract all our plastic bottles and bring us back to more innocent times. Let’s face it, a good old bar of soap is maybe the most eco-friendly way to stay clean! So why not bring back old fashioned and find a way to feel like a mermaid and luxuriate in some Mermaid Bath Salts to boot.

Whatever our bathroom décor preferences, whether olde worlde or art nouveau, candles and fluffy towels, or metal wall art, retro is definitely making a comeback in bathroom design. There’s an increasing trend towards vintage shabby chic and a move away fromHudsons King and Queen Soap. Vintage Wall Art for the Bathroom brand spanking new. We want things with character which bring us to a different world of times gone by, where age evokes style and vintage looks higher end. Hudson Soap and Titanic White Star Liner metal signs hark back to simpler times pre-internet, pre-mobile phones, where the bathtub was something to linger and luxuriate in languidly. Where Brylcreem and short back and sides ruled the waves and the Queen Mary represented the height of 1930’s art deco glamour and adventure. So why not make your bath-time a vintage adventure and style it in times gone by and add some fluffy towels, smoking jackets and art deco candlesticks for a cosy luxurious feel. But be careful, with simple touches of vintage signage, you’ll create a bathroom you’ll never want to leave.

Here at Sweet and Nostalgic we have a great range of Wall Art for the Bathroom. Come and have a look at what life was like in 20th Century Britain, our products give you a warm nostalgic flavour for this wonderful time. Our range covers the whole of the 20th Century, so there’s something on our site for everyone interested in the most influential century that the world has known to date.

Vintage Wall Art for Kitchens

Wall Art for Kitchens

Our kitchens are the heart of our home, they’re where we cook, where we bring our friends, where we make that comforting cup of tea and where we do our kid’s homework. They say that cooking for people shows them that you love them, and often we use food to heal and comfort. In some cultures a marriage is sealed by cooking. It’s not just the way to a man’s heart that’s through his stomach, we’re all susceptible to a bit of food bribery so what better reminders of our comfort food than some nostalgic wall art for kitchens which harks back to our parents and grandparents and the longevity that food can give us.Golden Shred Metal Wall Sign. Wall Art for Kitchens

There’s something eminently comforting about food and ingredients that have a long history. Golden Shred Marmalade which your granny used to spread on your plain loaf toast with a generous spread of butter. It’s the taste of history and Saturday morning comfort. We all remember the bisto adverts and let’s face it, we all know one of those bisto kids in our family who can’t wait for that perfect Sunday lunch that wouldn’t be Bisto Urchins. Wall Art for Kitchenscomplete without some good old fashioned bisto gravy. It’s that heartwarming flavour and taste that brings us right back to the cradle of our family no matter how old we are. Perhaps that’s why even the bisto metal wall art can evoke such memories, a bit like the hovis bread advert which brings us right back to our childhood.

The smells, sights and sounds of our childhood can be such a comfort in a modern age where brands are fleeting and we’re all running on empty. Having our kitchens adorned with the sights and sounds of our childhood can bring us right back there. For many of us our most powerful memories are of food and flavour such as Oxo or Marmite. Love itOxo Vintage Advert. Wall Art for Kitchens or hate it, they’re brands which have stood the test of time and it’s that powerful nostalgia that matters most to us. These brands like Colmans Mustard and Daddies Sauce are uniquely British Marmite Wall Sign. Wall Art for Kitchensbrands which remind us of home. No matter where in the world we go, or where we live, they’re anchors to where we grew up and are just simply part of our identity.

So just why do we all love a bit of nostalgia? Well, to most of us our childhood represented a time of zero responsibility, safe in the bosom of our family. Lots of time to play and grow without any worries of how to find our way in life. Our past is often looked on for most of us as a time when we were at our happiest, so having reminders of our past are powerful ways to reassure ourselves and zap us mentally back to that fuzzy time when our mum’s had dinner on the table each evening and we could snuggle up and watch Dr Who of a Saturday night. The reality is, that it’s not actually about our memories, nostalgia is about trying to go back to an emotional state. When we see the brands of our childhood, especially food brands, we can practically smell and taste them and these powerful smells and tastes can evoke very strong emotions. Whatever the magic is that brands have, we all love seeing them in our kitchens and love the way they bring us back to a more innocent era.

Here at Sweet and Nostalgic we have a great range of Wall Art for Kitchens. Come and have a look at what life was like in 20th Century Britain, our products give you a warm nostalgic flavour for this wonderful time. Our range covers the whole of the 20th Century, so there’s something on our site for everyone interested in the most influential century that the world has known to date.

What was life like in 1990’s Britain ?

What was life like in 1990’s Britain ?

After the excess and power dressing of Thatcher’s 80’s, we were catapulted into the 90’s with all the that the increased personal tech had to offer. We had personal computers, windows operating systems and were thrown into the third dimension and cyberworld of what was the internet. We watched Speed, Pretty Woman, Jurassic Park. Then, as Hanibal Lecter drank a nice chianti and ate fava beans, the theme of space continued unabated with Toystory and Toystory 2 as every little boy dreamed of being Buzz Lightyear. We explore what was life like in 1990’s Britain.

Alongside some of the usual suspects, we were clueless and having the time of our lives Dirty Dancing. As Tony Blair tripped the light fantastic into no 10 we all believed that things will never get better. We freed Kuwait and invadBritish Brit Pop in the 1990'sed Iraq and were serenaded by Whitney singing she would always love us. It was an age of excitement, possibility and chaos with recession in the early 90’s and the tech bubble exploding. As we all dreamed of joining tech giants like Apple and Windows and rebelled with Linux servers, we sang Wonderwall and heard a bittersweet symphony ring in our ears as Clinton visited at Christmas and brought with him peace in Northern Ireland.

With house music and acid House, the decade blurred through a haze of moral panics and e tabs mixed with the usual excess of teen alcohol. We sent UN troops to Bosnia and former Yugoslavia, watcAthena Posters from the 1990'shed in horror as Romanian orphanages emerged from Ceacesscius clutches as the cold war warmed up.

We decorated our bedrooms with Athena posters and coca cola signs and adorned our homes with a mixture of metal wall signs and metal wall art of times gone by. Nostalgia of more innocent times abounded as we were catapulted tumbling into an ever connected cyberworld. We learned Howstuffworks and let our 80’s mullet perms relax and grow out as we tried to iron our curls out.

We took our lead from first couple Homer and Marge Simpson and wished we were in the Central Perk with our Friends. No one told us life was gonna be this way, but it was definitely fast and furious. As the decade and century came to a close, we had mourned a people’s princess who became an icon of modernity, played trivial pursuit and ate doritos and bagels just like our friends. We watched again as the Titanic sank along with Leonardo di Caprio who managed to resurrect himself once more as the Man In The Iron Mask. Meanwhile Nelson Mandela was freed after 25 years and Apartheid finally came to an end in South Africa.

In an era of self-reflection, we railed against technology and some of us even joined in as ecowarrier Swampy and established a community of like-minded ecowarriors to live in the trees to stop the march of motorways. It was a decade of the cd rom, as Encarta killed our home tomes of the encyclopaedia Britannica. We upgraded our desktops to laptops, fought Mobile Phone from the 1990's the battle of Windows with the Apple Mac and phoned and text messaged each other incessantly with smiley faces on our ever shrinking phones. As we stood perched on the precipice of a new decade and century, Billy Joel reminded us that we didn’t start the fire. One thing is for sure though, we’ve certainly kept it burning ever since!

Here at Sweet and Nostalgic we have a great range of 1990’s Gift Ideas. Come and have a look at what life was like in 1990’s Britain, our products give you a warm nostalgic flavour for this wonderful decade. Our range covers the whole of the 20th Century, so there’s something on our site for everyone interested in the most influential century that the world has known to date.

What was life like in 1980’s Britain ?

What was life like in 1980’s Britain ?

1980’s Britain heralded the age of computer technology. Building on a history of space travel in the 70’s when we sent a man to the moon, the 80’s began in a confident and pioneering spirit. We weren’t constricted by the mere shackles of our terrestrial planet; we were only limited by the bounds of our imagination. So, the possibility of extra-terrestrials and encounters of a third kind were something that we were all secretly looking out for. We explore what life was like in 1980’s Britain in more detail :

Pushing the boundaries of space and time, was the inimitable mad scientist Doc, who, looking suspiciously like Albert Einstein, was intent on taking Marty McFly back to the future in a futuristic gull wing De Lorean car which was made in Back to the FutureBelfast. Strange times indeed where the impossible seemed possible and there was an air of hope and optimism.

Perhaps the rose-tinted glasses of hindsight colours our memory of a decade and helps us to forget such events as Chernobyl in 1986, and the explosion of the Challenger Shuttle in the same year. We prefer to remember our favourite things like the Kids from Fame, Dynasty, Dallas, shoulder pads and power dressing.

With the launch of MTV in 1981 and music videos dominating our Top of the Pops, music was a huge influence on the decade with Run DMC’s Walk This Way being just one of the soundtracks that was blasted on our Ghetto Blasters and Walkman’s. Our sad goodbye to John Lennon and heralded the end of innocence and the age of peace and love in 1981.

However despite this, we were all glued to the love story of the century in the early 1980’s when we saw Charles and Diana’s royal love story unfold and culminate in the ultimate fairy-tale princess wedding of the century complete with princess wedding dress and golden carriage.

The 1980’s vintage toys that we played with were barbie dolls and Action Men and techno toys like Simon Says and Nintendo games consoles. We lounged in our shell suits and permed and coloured our hair using used afro combs to tease our mullets into shape and watched glued, as Charlene and Scott from sunny Neighbours fell in love and got married.

The 1980’s was definitely the era of technology when the Apple home computers and Sinclair computers Zx Spectrum Computer from the 1980'swere on everyone’s Santa list. The first mobile phone bricks were spotted in films and were to provide a hint of our future connectedness. Sci-Fi films such as Alien were popular fodder for the masses and the popularity of Star Wars and sci fi such as Dr Who and Star Trek continued unabated.

The hunger for space travel fed into the zeitgeist with the launch of the Russian Space Station the Mir where astronauts were able for the first time, to live and work in space. Meanwhile, those who had time and were lucky enough to have the chance, were playing video arcade games like Pacman and Asteroids on their televisions and home computers.

In 1987 in a remarkable thaw of east-west relations between Reagan and Gorbachev, President Reagan challenged the Russian leader to “tear down the wall”. Two years later, the uprising German citizens on either side of the wall did it for him watched by an incredulous international audience who were critically aware of the significance of the act.

Teenage mutant ninja turtles who lived underground crept into our Santa sacks in the form of cuddly toys and we all fell in love with Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo. We all looked west to the U.S and the Bratpack for our diet of scary movies such as Halloween and a Nightmare on Elm Street and then there were the coming of age films like St Elmo’s Fire, Pretty in Pink and Footloose to1980's Retro Sweets uplift us and make us feel like we could take on the world.

We chomped our way through a lot of 1980’s retro sweets like refresher chews, space dust popping candy, everlasting gobstoppers, sherbet spaceships, fizz bombs and several quarters of bon bons and brandy balls, whilst we chanted the theme tune to Ghostbusters and played with green ectoplasm. Meanwhile, irreplaceable memories were captured instantly on our polaroid cameras.

Here at Sweet and Nostalgic we have a great range of 1980’s Gift Ideas. Come and have a look at what life was like in 1980’s Britain, our products give you a warm nostalgic flavour for this wonderful decade. Our range covers the whole of the 20th Century, so there’s something on our site for everyone interested in the most influential century that the world has known to date.

How to protect your Metal Wall Sign

How to protect your Metal Wall Sign for use outside.

At Sweet and Nostalgic we want you to get the most out of your Metal Wall Signs, and enjoy them for years to come. Our Metal Wall Sign range is one of our most popular product lines. Their vibrant colours add an extra special feel to your decor. We are currently running an ongoing blog on How to protect your Metal Wall Sign for use outside, and to test the best UV spray products available to keep your sign in tip top condition for years to come.

This blog will be updated periodically as we run our test. The signs displayed will have been half treated (vertically) with UV Spray and the other half non-treated. We hope that you find it interesting, and we will use our results to offer products to help you get the most out of our wonderful products.

We are using 2 great Garden Wall Art Signs for this test, our Allotment Sign and our Catalogue of Seeds sign. Both are sized 30cm x 40cm.
Hanging Metal Wall Signs Oustide

 

 

 

 

We have 2 UV sprays to carry out our test.
1. Rust-Oleum Crystal Clear (Matt Finish)
2. PlastiKote Clear Sealer (Satin Finish)

UV Spray for Metal Wall Signs       UV Spray for Metal Wall Signs

Both were purchased on Amazon circa £7 per Can. Other finishes are available depending on preferred final effect.

If you intend to use a UV Spray, please make sure you fully read the instructions on the reverse of the can. Only use the spray in a well ventilated area (preferably outside). Use gloves and a face mask for additional protection.

Each sign was separated vertically using tape and cardboard. The left hand side was be treated with the UV Spray, whilst the right hand side untreated. We hope that over time we will be able to show the effect of protecting your wall sign outside, compared to not protecting it.

Each sign received 3 light coats of UV Spray over a 3 hour period (any visible markings on the vertical plane is the effect of the joint on the spray.

Protecting your Metals Wall Sign from UV Sunlight

Protecting your Metals Wall Sign from UV Sunlight

Once dried overnight the signs were erected on a south facing fence. The sun during the summer months the Sun passes by this area from 11.00am in the morning until Mid Afternoon 5.00pm. This position will expose the signs to UV light for most of the day, so this is the most extreme test of our Metal Wall Signs outside.

If your signs are in a shaded area then the effect of UV light on your Metal Sign will be considerably less.

The signs were erected on 30.05.19. We will provide updates over time to show how our Wall Signs perform.
Wall Art outside

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To be continued. Please check back regularly for updates..

 

 

What was life like in 1970’s Britain ?

What was life like in 1970’s Britain ?

British culture from the 1970'sThis was a decade of disruption which started with the monetary change from pounds, shillings and pence to decimalisation which was a huge challenge for everyone. Strikes were rife, the three-day week was launched in 1972 to save on electricity. The country entered the Common Market after an overwhelming ‘Yes’ vote. The Arab-Israeli war in 1973 caused a shortage of oil and as a result petrol prices soared, inflation reached 26% by 1975. A drought in 1976 resulted in a severe water shortage and water restrictions were implemented. The decade of strikes culminated in the winter of discontent when ITV was off the air for five months. Read more below to find out what life was like in 1970’s Britain :

Pop-music influenced fashion first with glam rock and then punks who wanted to shock with their cropped hair and sculptured, coloured hair. At the end of the decade skinhead culture emerged with crew cuts and ‘bovver’ boots. Men and women wore flared trousers and platform shoes. On one end of the scale were hot pants and the other end were maxi coats and dresses. Designer labels started to appear on the outside of the garments to make a style statement.

After the success of Coronation Street on the television other ‘soaps’ starting with Crossroads that was based in the Midlands and then Emmerdale Farm from the Yorkshire Dales. Children’s programmes featured Rainbow and Bagpuss. Adults enjoyed On the Buses, Kojak and The New Avengers.

Jaws the Movie


Better, more realistic films were released and caused people to return to the cinema after the decline in the 1960’s. There was Dirty Harry played by Clint Eastwood, The Godfather with Marlon Brando, The Last Tango in Paris and Cabaret starred Liza Minelli and Steven Spielberg’s film Jaws with it’s gripping music all played a part. John Travolta starred in Saturday Night Fever and Grease and Star Wars won seven Academy Awards including one for visual effects.

Oh, and don’t forget that wonderful summer of 76′. Water shortage, hose pipe bans, and everyone flocking around the Ice Cream Van when they came round !Fab Lolly

Here at Sweet and Nostalgic we have a great range of 1970’s Gift Ideas. Come and have a look at what life was like in 1970’s Britain, our products give you a warm nostalgic flavour for this wonderful decade. Our range covers the whole of the 20th Century, so there’s something on our site for everyone interested in the most influential century that the world has known to date.