Friday, 19 December 2014

Rolling like thunder under the covers

This is my second made by me frock using a 1960's Simplicity pattern. My bestie Miss J gave me this glorious vintage sheet still in the original packaging a couple of years ago, I adore the colours & the print, but I felt like it was too good to sleep on! So I made shift dress number 2. I found the whole thing easier second time round, & I could complete this dress in a day if I didn't need to be horizontal between stages. My only issue is I think I made the back piece too big because I left out the zip, & decided to cut it on the fold instead of having two back bits. But that meant the fit was a bit off. Other then that I was pretty happy with how it turned out. I made a matching belt and headband too.

Outfit Details......

Handmade dress, belt & headband - Made by me
Embroidery hoop brooch - Made by me
Deer brooch - Gifted by a friend
1940's bird brooch - Aladdins vintage fair
Green wood ring - Finders Keepers market
Handmade bracelet - Op shopped at Salvos
Toaster cover bag - Gifted & I added the handles
Shoes & sunglasses - Retail

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Barsony Bargain

Those who follow me on Facebook or Instagram have already seen this Barsony beauty, but it's about time I shared her here. In the middle of this year I was in one of my favourite op shops with one of my closest friends from Melbourne. She is such a naughty generous friend because she said "the op shopping is on me". That's just the kind of person she is. Anyway after browsing through the shop I lastly circled the bric-a-brac area, & I spied this lamp. I squeed in delight knowing it was a famous Barsony black lady lamp. It was only $15! And she's wearing GREEN. In good working order apart from missing her pearl earrings. Finding a Barsony lamp is like an op shopping urban legend!
I walked around like the cat that got the cream, & my sweet girlfriend was SO happy to shout me that lamp. This style usually sells from about $350 upwards.
It would have to be one of my most valuable thrifted finds yet.

Here's a little history on the Barsony brand as shared by my gal pal Celia of Kitty's Vintage Kitsch

Barsony ceramics was an Australian company in existence from the early 50s until 2005. Their most popular works, however, were only produced from the early 50s to the mid-70s. The company was started by Hungarian immigrant George Barsony and his English-born wife Jean around 1950.
They produced a wide variety of household ceramic items (ashtrays, figurines, wall plaques and lamps) in satin black, lustre, pastel and white finishes, but are best known and loved for their 'black lady lamps'.
Barsony products were so popular in the 50s and 60s that the factory in Sydneys west was operational 24 hours a day to cope with the demand. As with so many things 50s, the lamps became unfashionable in the late 70s/early 80s, and many people thought of them as junk, throwing out to the garage or in a box to collect dust. With the renaissance of MCM and 50s style in the last 15 years or so, they have experienced a huge resurgence in popularity, and are currently among the most sought-after and highly prized homewares among MCM/50s collectors in Australia. Many, but not all, Barsony lamps that have shades were produced with plastic ribbon shades, and these are still the most popular shades now. Black lady lamp bases generally feature much hand-painted detail, and, as shown below, many of the ballerina lamps have diamantes along the edge of the skirt.

What's been your most valuable op shopped find???

Friday, 12 December 2014

Inaugral Homesewn Frock

I purchased a 1960's sewing pattern for 10 cents at an op shop recently, & I finally worked up the courage to attempt my first ever sewing from scratch. The fabric I chose was as old sheet that I slept on as a child in our holiday house, & Mum passed them onto me. I found following a pattern a bit tricky, especially seeing as there were no facings included. They had obviously gone missing, so I drew up my own & hoped it would work out. I am pretty happy with how it turned out. I cheated & didn't include the zip, because I could easily put it on without one. The hardest bit was adding the facings & getting the neckline right, but I have a wearable frock in a style I love to wear. I added the green trim around the neckline, which was about 10 cents worth, so all up it cost me 20 cents to make this dress!

Outfit Details...

Vintage sheet frock & matching headband - Made by me
Embroidery hoop necklace - Etsy
Vintage bakelite & celluloid bangles - Ebay & op shopped
Fabric belt - Made by Taz
Beaded bag - Vintage Hippy
Shoes & sunglasses - Retail


Since making this dress I've made a second one which turned out even better, as well as sewing a bolero without a pattern. I have really caught the crafty bug!

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Garage Sale Finds

Oh so many op shop finds to catch you up on!
Where to begin?
I'll start with a garage sale I went to, where I found these vintage treasures from a lady who was culling her collection...

The sweetest old pair of Christmas deers

Vintage AAI charm bracelet....AAI was more well known for making tourist charm bracelets in the 1970's

An old crustic planter stand

An interesting read on all sorts of topics from the 1950's

Old bird vase, which is now a pen holder

A pretty recipe tin as well as the tin below

A really big tin

And finally a lovely doily

The deers are right at home in the deer corner...who am I kidding there are deers ALL over our place!
They make me happy along with birds and old junk, so be it.

Friday, 5 December 2014

You know I took the poison from the poison stream..then I floated out of here

I found this handmade cotton dress from Salvos. It was about 4 sizes to big for me, but I hoped I could alter it to fit. So I sewed away, and in the process added some ric rac trim to the neckline. I keep looking around the place for other things to ric rac. Ric rac just makes me happy somehow. I even love saying the kind of rolls off the tongue. 

Outfit Details.....

Handmade dress - Op shopped at Salvos
Tie belt from another op shopped frock
Crochet bag and the ric rac trim - Gifted by scrumptious Trudie
Green earrings - A birthday gift from darling Vanessa
Vintage charm bracelet - $1 at a garage sale
Old painted brooch - Belonged to the Captains Great Aunty
Sarah Coventry green ring - Gifted by a dear friend
Green beaded brooch - Gifted by my Mum
Green bling ring, crochet vest, bird brooch, shoes and sunnies - Retail

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Travel Post: Auckland Time

I'm finally at the end of my New Zealand trip posts. We had a week in Auckland staying with the Captain's sister and her family. It's a busy time now that they have 2 wee ones who enjoy the attention of their Uncle and Aunty. So among family time we try to squeeze in visits to our favourite places, and some new to us adventures too.

Cornwall Park is so gorgeous....I love the free roaming lambs 

There's a wittle rabbit

Op shopped boots

Hooray for K-Road

We took a trip to Paeroa, the home of delicious L&P

A picturesque spot near Morrinsville

The Skytower

Viva La Vintage in Devonport 

Cold + grey = my happy weather

Some of my finds along the way....

Bird in top hat
Map earrings

Carved bangles 
Huge scarf

I SO wanted to find a spectacles case in NZ. I've never found one yet in Australia.
Yay to finding this beaded beauty

$3 unworn sandals

Square dance dress that you've seen on Frock Friday
From a shop on K Road

Turquoise and yellow dress from Paeroa

Sad but satisfied on the way back home

I've got to admit we are planning our next one AGAIN....we're hoping to be back in May next year.