Friday, 13 February 2015

HVT Wrap Dress

My darling Helga gave me this vintage wrap dress when we met for a play date last September. The print is fantastic featuring my favourite colour green. I took the hem up on the dress, but apart from that it's a nice adjustable fit being a wrap style. I'm not a fan of these pics, something about the light in the backyard, but I had to share this lovely frock with you.

Outfit Details....

Vintage dress - Gifted by Queen Helga
Button necklace - From the Way We Wear Fair some years ago
Enamel brooch - Etsy
Plastic ring - Op shopped
Chunky bracelet - Gifted by dear Tam
Beaded bag - Op shopped
Belt, shoes & sunglasses - Retail

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Spreading like the plague....the crafty bug

Here are some of my recent crafty endeavours....

Bird brooches using vintage wallpaper

A ring using buttons from my op shopped collections

Vintage tape measure brooch

More wooden bird brooches

I altered this dress from a size 20 down to a size 12 by cutting the side seams and sewing it back up, as well as adding ric-rac of course

Some glorious vintage wallpaper I found at Salvos

I made some brooches out of slide projector covers and fabric
As well as my first ever bunting from fabric off-cuts

And I dolled up my handmade bolero with some added ric-rac

Friday, 6 February 2015

After the flood all the colours came out

I found this handmade cotton dress at a little local oppy. I seem to be drawn to the simple cotton shift dress, they are my uniform of choice through our long hot summer. It has sweet little buttons on the shoulder, but the neck facing is made of a strange toweling fabric. I don't know if that was done on purpose or if the creator had run out of fabric, but I guess it's handy for sweaty moments!

Outfit Details....

Handmade cotton dress - Op shopped for $2
Vintage belt - from another dress
Wooden brooch - a prize from I feel Natty
Silver Siam brooch, silver pendant & opal ring - Op shopped
Two bracelets - Market & op shop finds
Mini plate ring - Ebay
Vintage bag - Gift from Mum
Shoes & sunglasses - Retail

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Scandinavian Stuff

It's funny how other bloggers collections end up influencing your own. I would not have even known about Scandinavian home-wares without reading blogs involving those famous names like Catherinholm, Finel and Figgjo. So a couple of recent finds were quite exciting, especially knowing their rarity here in Australia.
Firstly I found this large Finel enamel bowl at the tip shop for $1.
It was made in the 1960's, designed by Ester Tomula and Kaj Franck.
Finel is a trademark that sold enamel metal items such as bowls and pots in the early 1950s. At first the designs had to be bought from abroad but soon Wärtsilä’s subsidiary company Arabia assigned well known designers to make new models. Designers such as Seppo Mallat (pots and pans), Antti Nurmesniemi ( the Pehtoori coffee pot), Heikki Orvola ( a water kettle) and most famously Kaj Franck designed practical, durable and beautiful home-wares by applying a strong glass like cover to cast iron goods. Kaj Franck would come to win awards in Milan for his enamel line of different sized bowls. The bowls seem to fetch anywhere from $50 up to hundreds depending on the condition and design.

My second Scandinavian find was this platter and mug by Norwegian porcelain company Figgjo Flint which I found at Endos.
Vintage Figgjo Flint is one of the most collected brands of tableware from the 1960s and 70s. Their bold, happy designs included large bright flowers, fish, folk art and abstract imagery. You can quickly spot a piece of Figgjo Flint by the backstamps FF, Figgjo Fajanse and Figgjo Flint. Market Place is the design I found, it features Folk Art style people such as a fisherman, florist and grocer selling their wares in a village setting. It also happens to feature the colour green so that pleases me even more.

I think from now on my eyes will be peeled for any Scandinavian kitchenware.

Friday, 30 January 2015

A Penny-Rose Special

My dear blogging friend Penny-Rose sent me a surprise package just before Christmas. As I opened the large box I was nearly crying with delight. Everything she had sent me was just perfect. Including this glorious cotton dress which still had the original tags. SQUEE!!!!!
I have NO idea how you managed to give this beauty away Penny-Rose, but I'm glad you did! Xx

I ended up raising the hem slightly and creating a fabric belt from the off cut, as I do like things to be matchy matchy

Outfit Details....

60's cotton deadstock dress and vintage beads - Gift from my lovely Penny-Rose
Enamel flower brooch - Instagram sale
Tape measure bangles - Mrs Robinsons @ Tarras NZ
Vintage button ring - Made by me
Vintage bag - Endos op shop
Shoes and sunglasses - Retail


Here is the delightful package of vintage treasure......

With that dress, glorious beads, a matching scarf, a barkloth bag, NZ painting, some tweety S&P shakers, sweet fabric, some reading material and a sheep skin purse, as well as a bath bomb made by P-R's lovely daughter

So thank you my dear Penny-Rose for your delightful package and for being such a generous and wonderful friend. I'm so looking forward to seeing you again in May!


Wishing you all a happy weekend!

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Tip shop treasures

Towards the end of last year I rediscovered our local tip shop. Ever since our landlords re-vamped our courtyard with a pergola and new plants recently I've been a bit obsessed with garden stuff. So when I spotted this old metal outdoor chair with the original vinyl cushions my heart skipped a beat....and when I asked the tip shop man how much for the chair he said $2. Okay with me! It goes perfectly with my other old metal stuff.

I also scored this huge anodized pot for $2. At one stage I had a lovely green one on the original stand that belonged to my Nana, but for some reason I gave it back to my folks when they moved, and much to my dismay I found out my Dad had chucked it out because it blew over in the wind.
Boo it was such a lovely old pot!

The coloured pot stand is from KMart and the white metal table is from Salvos, along with a $5 herb planter from Bunnings

Another tip shop find was this old concrete planter (above) for $1. I love the art deco styling.
Below is a macrame pot holder that my friend Miss J gave me for Christmas, along with some bunting that was made by Caroline of Sebelle

This bird cage stand was from the tip shop for $2. I know have 3 out there. As well as liking birds I do like old bird cage stands!

Another tip shop bird cage stand with a vintage lantern