Take a Nosy Inside My Home, The REAL World of Kitsch: Taxidermy Piranhas, Castle Grayskull, & Haunted Paintings from the 1970s

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My blog, when it started out in August 2009 was a place where I posted the charity shop finds I would return home with triumphant every weekend after scouring the Oxfams and Heart Foundation stores of whichever town we would drive to on our family day out.

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I would have certain things in particular I’d look for. Art work wise I would keep an eye out for anything 1960s or 1970s, JH Lynch, or Shabner, the gypsy women, or glamorous glossy haired beauties that hung in every home in those decades, mass produced much like the more famous Tretchikoff Green Lady, which ironically I don’t own.

 

 

 

So I have a nice little collection of Shabner and JH Lynch ladies. I’ve also a small collection of Dallas Simpson big eyed kids. 

So, anyway, years ago I shared all my Kitsch items as I bought them, but I realised recently my blog is The World of Kitsch, and I blog about things like Karen Mabon, and Magda Archer, but really my newer readers might not know me as being truly a Kitsch lover, which is why I would love to share with you my home, and invite you to my Instagram account here, where you can see that side of me, and see more of my home and life, where you can see that side of me. 

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So back to the art work. Two of the Shabner girls are downstairs but most of my 60s and 70s ‘faces’ are now upstairs in the third bedroom. Our house is a rental, and this spare room is a little empty. One wall is all book cases, and I use the other wall as a dressing table with makeup, so I’ve arranged the ‘faces’ as a kind of wall of them. 

In the decades of their popularity there was an urban legend about the portraits of sad children and that if you had them in your homes your house would burn down. I like to think if you have two then they cancel each other out.

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So what else do I collect? Well I love taxidermy. I know it’s a controversial one. It skirts the topic of fur. It’s also very rare to find it in a charity shop, and you won’t find it in somewhere like Oxfam, but maybe somewhere like an ‘unbranded’ smaller charity shop, a junk shop, or house clearance. There’s always the auctions, and where I’ve found my pieces is either eBay, or car boot sales. 

Taxidermy isnt cheap, and that’s why I own very little. I have a fox head, a two headed duckling, a duck, another few birds, a stoat, another few other small pieces and a fake full size flamingoes. I would of course love more. I would love a house full. I’ve also two piranha that Smix hates with a passion. Oh! And I’ve a jackalope too! How could I forget!

Candle by Kat Kirk Addiction Tattoo Bangor

Candle by Kat Kirk Addiction Tattoo Bangor

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I also have three cabinets filled to the brim with Kitsch which I am refeaturing on Instagram at the moment, and a snowglobe collection. I started collecting them a few years ago cause I wanted to actively started collecting something properly tacky on purpose.

I’ve one cabinet that’s filled with awful properly mad Kitsch stuff, including a rotating glitter Last Supper clock, and another cabinet (a few photos below) which houses vintage Fisher Price toys and a Castle Grayskull. 

I also love World’s Fair souvenirs because of the retro furturistic stylings of all of the stuff to do with it. I have trays, ashtrays, scarves, and of course, snow globes.

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My absolute pride and joy piece of furniture, which my parents bought me for my 30th birthday is my 1960s home boat bar. It’s amazing. I don’t even drink but it’s just the best.

So come join me on my Instagram and I’ll share a photo of it this week, I need to get a good shot of it! There’s a clothes’ horse in front of it right now! 

*Edit* here it is! Plus some more snaps from this week

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Free UK Shipping on ALL Karen Mabon’s Spring 2018 Collection Scarf Launch Today- Cycling, Squirrels & Best in Show.

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Karen’s Spring 2018 Collection is a Beaut. Free UK shipping today so why not treat yourself?  Browse the whole fresh collection here.

The Best in Show silk scarf is adorned with horses, piglets, prize tomatoes, ducks and even a massive marrow. It definitely has Balmoral Show vibes.

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As a cat owner I’m also pleased to see lots of cat prints in the Spring 2018 Collection. Lucky cats in two colour ways as the Today Is Your Lucky Day scarf, both Pink and Olive.

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Then also in Lilac colour Georgette.

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My scarf from previous collection below

My scarf from previous collection below

 

 

There are more cats in the pottery prints, plus squirrels, sunflowers and cycles to finish up the  spring collection. It’s a sunny, gorgeous selection. Which scarf would you pick?

This photo with Mrs Meow below is one of my Karen Mabon scarves, which doesn’t have a cat sadly, but does have squirrels, like the new collection!

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Last Minute Valentine Gift Idea- Kitsch Print From Jealous Gallery By One of My Favourite Artists Magda Archer

If I had a couple of hundred pounds to spend on art I would spend it in Jealous and I would spend it on Madga Archer’s work

I stumbled upon Magda’s designs completely by accident at the end of last year, thanks to the print below. I was watching the documentary about autism with Chris Packham and spotted this huge print in his home, with the Wire Fox Terrier, and immediately had to stop the programme to hunt down the artist. Unfortunately I found the print was £225 (here) which was outside my spending money, but I had found the artist, Magda, and could follow her on Instagram.

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Instagram is so great for keeping up with artists you love, so if they do release short runs of prints for special events you can get a chance to own their work when at other times you might not be able to, so I was able to get a chance to get one of Magda’s Feminist designs before Christmas by being a follower on Instagram.

So in December I was able to buy a small print via Jealous Gallery, as well as do a good old fashioned cut out and keep job when Magda’s Brexit Print was featured in a newspaper one week.

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If you want to check out Magda’s work and buy a piece for Valentine’s you can do so via London’s Jealous Gallery. I did so before Christmas and was very pleased with their customer service. Browse here.

Disneyland Haunted Mansion Ride 1970 SoundTrack Vinyl Album

I picked this up for my Haunted Mansion Themed bedroom

I picked this up for my Haunted Mansion Themed bedroom

It was sold in the park from 1970 and came with a story book

It was sold in the park from 1970 and came with a story book

It features the stretching room and scenes from the ride

It features the stretching room and scenes from the ride

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Poor Madame Leota doesn’t look too hot

Poor Madame Leota doesn’t look too hot

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The organist repping it

The organist repping it

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Hat Box ghost making an appearance 

Hat Box ghost making an appearance 

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My Disney Haunted Mansion Themed Bedroom

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Okay I know this makes me an absolute weirdo, but everyone knew I was an absolute weirdo already, right? 

So when we returned from Disneyland Paris in October I took buying Haunted Mansion nicknacks one step further and started turning my bedroom into a whole mini Mansion.  

This included Haunted Mansionesque wallpaper curtains, cushions, and lots of a purple and black everything else. I also have filled the room with plants and hung some plants from the ceiling. 

 

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My brother surprised me with these for Christmas, framed copies of the stretching portraits from the entrance of the ride, which are absolutely perfect!

Below them I have framed the duelling ghosts from the ballroom scene. I had these framed to my brother for Christmas too, so it was funny, we had both bought each other Haunted Mansion prints! 

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I also have a stretch of this gorgeous Haunted Mansion shag fabric but I’m not sure what to do with it yet. I might make a scarf or bag with it. I would like to make something to wear with it.

I would like to get some brighter photos of my room too. Any other Haunted Mansion nuts out there? Get in touch! @rudedoodle

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Exclusive Up to 30% Off Savings On Spring 2018 Stena Line Sailings Between Belfast & Cairnryan For World of Kitsch Readers With This Offer Code

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Here’s an exclusive, time limited offer Stena Line has shared for my followers! Drive from Belfast to Cairnryan or Cairnryan to Belfast between 8 February – 30 April* and save an amazing up to 30% off!

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Just go to: www.stenaline.co.uk/world  offer code: World30

My Son Asked Santa For Kitsch For Christmas... I’ve Never Been So Proud. Knitted Toilet Roll Poodle Covers- Where To Buy Them In 2018 Britain.

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Specsavers had a quirky little ad campaign for Christmas 2017 that ran along the lines of showing a tacky present, like a gnome, a toilet shaped mug, flamingo slippers, or a knitted poodle toilet roll cover like the ad above, and the tag line, ‘Get something more useful this Christmas, like a free eye test’.

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Well Smix spotted the ad with the baby blue knitted Poodle in the Bloomfield Specsavers’ store window, and immediately added it to his Santa list.

As the Santa list read 1. laptop, 2. Candyfloss Making Machine and 3. Blue Toilet Roll Poodle, you can see it was quite a high priority item for the elves to find this unusual and rare item, plucked straight from the 1970s by Specsavers’ ad folks, so Santa’s elves must have broken into a cold sweat when Smix’s list dropped down the chimney with that request.

Luckily for the elves, they found Gifts Galore 1962! Who for £3.99 plus £3.00 shipping can make a Toilet Roll holding Poodle in many colours, the colour of your choice in very short notice (turn around for Smix’s Poodle was a couple of days) 

Come Christmas morning Smix was delighted! The second generation of Kitsch was passed down.  

 

Let me know if you order a poodle of your own! 

Valentine’s Day 2018 is Super Sweet at M&S

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It’s the first of February already, and time to start thinking of Valentine’s Day, should you have a loved one. Marks and Spencer have some wonderful sweet treats this year, from the very gorgeous Pink Himalayan Salted Caramels, the more fun gift idea below like like the little jelly Turtle sweets.

There’s also the show stopping gifts like the  Large Velvet Box of Chocolates (left).

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The Marks and Spencer site has a Chocolate Shop feature in time for Valentine’s with lots of behind the scenes of how they make their finest and single origin bars.

You meet their chocolate makers and can watch videos about their invention process.

See it all here. 

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