Trivia

Chips off the chisel. Tool trivia, historic gems and random ramblings from the creative cranium of Goodlife Centre founder and DIY historian, Alison Winfield-Chislett.

Wills Trading Cards - a useful washing line

Wills Trading Cards #7: A Useful Clothesline

During the 1930s, the tobacco company W.D and H.O.Wills gave away colourful and entertaining collectors ‘cigarette trade cards’ in packets of their cigarettes. ‘Household hints’ was issued several times, in slightly different editions from 1930 to 1939. Some of the ideas look antiquated and redundant but occasionally there are forgotten…

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Wills Trading Cards

Wills Trading Cards #6: Whitening a ceiling

During the 1930s, the tobacco company W.D and H.O.Wills gave away colourful and entertaining collectors ‘cigarette trade cards’ in packets of their cigarettes. ‘Household hints’ was issued several times, in slightly different editions from 1930 to 1939. Some of the ideas look antiquated and redundant but occasionally there are forgotten…

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Wills Trading Cards - loose castors

Wills Trading Cards #5: Replacing Loose Castors

During the 1930s, the tobacco company W.D and H.O.Wills gave away colourful and entertaining collectors ‘cigarette trade cards’ in packets of their cigarettes. ‘Household hints’ was issued several times, in slightly different editions from 1930 to 1939. Some of the ideas look antiquated and redundant but occasionally there are forgotten…

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Wills Trading Cards - ridding a carpet of moths

Wills Trading Cards #4: Ridding a Carpet of Moths

During the 1930s, the tobacco company W.D and H.O.Wills gave away colourful and entertaining collectors ‘cigarette trade cards’ in packets of their cigarettes. ‘Household hints’ was issued several times, in slightly different editions from 1930 to 1939. Some of the ideas look antiquated and redundant but occasionally there are forgotten…

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Wills Trading Cards - broom rack

Wills Trading Cards #3: A Broom Rack

During the 1930s, the tobacco company W.D and H.O.Wills gave away colourful and entertaining collectors ‘cigarette trade cards’ in packets of their cigarettes. ‘Household hints’ was issued several times, in slightly different editions from 1930 to 1939. Some of the ideas look antiquated and redundant but occasionally there are forgotten…

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Restoring a Crushed Broom

Wills Trading Cards #2: Restoring a Crushed Broom

During the 1930s, the tobacco company W.D and H.O.Wills gave away colourful and entertaining collectors ‘cigarette trade cards’ in packets of their cigarettes. ‘Household hints’ was issued several times, in slightly different editions from 1930 to 1939. Some of the ideas look antiquated and redundant but occasionally there are forgotten…

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Wills Trading Cards #1: A Simple Barometer

During the 1930s, the tobacco company W.D and H.O.Wills gave away colourful and entertaining collectors ‘cigarette trade cards’ in packets of their cigarettes. ‘Household hints’ was issued several times, in slightly different editions from 1930 to 1939. Some of the ideas look antiquated and redundant but occasionally there are forgotten…

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LearnSomethingNew

10 Reasons to Learn Something New Everyday

Enhance your quality of life. Learning provides you with an escape when you need it, knowledge when you seek it, and a great pastime. Reduce stress. A new hobby can be a great stress reliever. It helps us break out of our normal patterns of behaviour  It gives our brains something to…

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Basic Tiling at The Goodlife Centre

Review: Basic Tiling

From time to time we ask our learners to review our workshops. Read Adanma Wokoh’s critique of Basic Tiling. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to learn something new, so when I saw that the Goodlife Centre was offering the chance to learn how to tile I jumped at it….

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Linen Tassel Making

Review: Linen Tassels

From time to time we ask our learners to review our workshops. Read Lucy Wadley’s critique of Linen Tassel Making. Like many people, I had not really considered how tassels were made by hand until I enrolled on the two day tassel workshop at The Good Life Centre.  I’ve been to…

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