Welcome to Powder Monki!

In my shop you will find handmade retro badges/magnets and retro keyrings, as well as other craft items including jewellery, makeup bags, sparkly badges and greeting cards.

My blog is for places I go, things I find and stuff I make. I have a love of photography, am a self taught web designer and a keen genealogist.

Along side Powder Monki, I run a 1980’s-90’s toy collectors website called Ghost of the Doll, a website for retro ads and catalogue scans called Retro Musings, and my genealogy site Tracing Ghosts.


  • Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford
    The second port of call on our whirlwind stop-over to Oxford was the Pitt Rivers Museum, which I last visited some 25 years ago with my mum whilst researching masks for an A Level art project on the grotesque. The only things I could remember about the place was the huge totem pole and the tiny shrunken heads.
  • Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
    The first port of call after arriving in Oxford on Wednesday was the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology. The museum covers five floors and contains thousands of objects from all eras of human evolution.
  • Halloween Decoration Buys 2017
    I think I brought the shops out for Halloween decorations last year! This years buys are not as numerous, but I found a few little skully gems.
  • Charity Shop Buys [Sep 23rd 2017]
    I found three items today in charity shops in Rayleigh on Saturday, including a Care Bears pomander, a Once Upon A Zombie doll, and Educating Rita.
  • Charity Shop Buys [Sep 20th 2017]
    Found in the Salvation Army charity shop this afternoon on my way home from work, Subbuteo from 1991 for £3.00! Unfortunately the fabric pitch was missing, but there was a scoreboard set and pamphlet in its place. I also found an additional England team for £1.00.
  • Charity Shop Buys [Aug 26th 2017]
    I took a few items down the road to a local charity shop last weekend (some books and a green bow-tie) and came back with more than I dropped off! I found a Fisher Price plane, Waynes World 1 & 2, My Little Pony pot & Equestria Girls doll, plus a couple of CD's.

Retro Musings