Sunday, 30 June 2013

Polka Dot Diana Ware

(Above photo courtesy of Heaths Old Wares in Bangalow.)

I have always loved those old polkadot mixing bowls. When I saw someone selling a set of Australian made Diana pottery bowls from the 1950's for $25 I had to make them mine. When I saw what they usually sell for (up to $100 for one!) I knew I'd made the right decision. 
Diana pottery didn’t start the 50s trend for spots – but it certainly continued it with gusto. During the period 1952-1957 all sorts of domestic ware was glazed with a single strong 50s blue, yellow or pink background with white dots. Spotted pottery is now popularly identified with the 50s, and it is getting increasingly harder to find. 

Here's a little more history on the Diana lable......

The Diana Pottery Pty Ltd operated at Marrickville, New South Wales from 1941 to 1966, and was the most important Australian ceramics manufacturer during this period

Established during World War II, the Diana Pottery produced wares to assist the war effort, including cups and mugs for Navy and munitions canteens, along with tea pots and milk jugs.

At the cessation of World War II, the pottery diversified and commercialised its output to include a large variety of slip cast vases in many colours, shapes and sizes, book ends, animal figures, table ware, utility and kitchen ware. Over the life of the pottery, over 200 different shapes were produced.

By the early 1950s the company had more than 70 employees and were producing a large range of hand painted articles which included "Waltzing Matilda" musical mugs and jugs, and produced bright "gumnut" pots with pale green and brown glazes.

The musical mugs and jugs played when lifted, and the movements were expensive and difficult to obtain, being imported from Switzerland, so many mugs and jugs that should have had movements were sold without at reduced prices.

In the 1960s Diana diversified their range further into decorated oven and kitchen ware, hand painted with maple, poinsettia, cornflower, blackberry, wattle and flannel flower designs.

During this period Diana Pottery made a variety of slip cast vases that were glazed in bright colours, or sprayed with a cream glaze creating a speckled texture. These were marketed under the name 'Hollywood'.

Also in the 1960's, a variety of small slip cast vases hand decorated in gold were made for a gift shop in the Imperial Arcade Sydney which were marketed u under the name 'Imperial'.

There was a burgeoning of Australian pottery in the 1960s and 70s. The most important manufacturer from this period was Diana, Diana produced bright "gumnut" pots with pale green and brown glaze.

Diana Pottery marks include hand signed "Diana Australia"; an impressed "Diana" enclosed in a circle; "Diana Australia" with an imprint of the "Huntress" and stickers reading "Diana Made in Australia". Those marketed under then name "Hollywood" have a stamp and/or a paper label.

Friday, 28 June 2013

Remember When Frock Friday

 Some weeks ago while the Captain & I were exploring Creative Treasures & some op shops on a day off, we ran into lovely Chris of Remember of my favourite Brisbane vintage sellers. She gifted me this gorgeous frock that I'd had my eye on for a while in her stall. I wore it when we went to Mount Tamborine last weekend as it was a beautiful winters day. We wanted to pay one last visit to Celia & Sue's shop Kitty's Vintage Kitsch before it officially closes. Thankfully they will still be selling vintage treasures online & at the local fairs, but I know I'll miss their beautiful store.

One last photo with Marilyn outside of Kitty's Vintage Kitsch

Outfit Details........

Vintage dress - gifted by Remember When
Jacket bought retail about 10 years ago
Enamel flower brooch - Etsy
Green ring & flower bracelet - Op shopped
Red ring - from childhood
Gold bangle - Antique fair
Crochet bag - Retro Metro
Tights, boots & Ray Bans - Retail

Thank you for the beautiful frock Chris! You are a darling! Xx

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Thrifted Finds of the Kitsch Kind

I know I already have one of these gold deer vase/thermometer thingos, but when I came across two more I just had to rescue them from the dusty op shop shelf. Tacky & touristy, there's just something about them I love. Everything below was $3, except for the tin which was $1.

Cats above & deers below

A sweet Japanese wall vase
Plus a flying duck cross stitch

 A sweet old rusty tin

Friday, 21 June 2013

One Look in My Eyes and You Can Tell That's True

Today's frock is a recent Ebay purchase from the UK. The green & navy cotton combo just spoke to me, & I do love a bit of pretend patchwork. The skirt is rather flippy....I feel a bit like a cheerleader when I wear it.

Outfit Details.....

Vintage dress - Ebay
Enamel brooches - Ebay
Vintage bracelets & rings - Op shopped
Vintage bag - Garage Sale
Jacket, tights & boots - Retail
Sunglasses - Ray Bans

We've spending the day with the Captains sister (& one of my best friends) & her family, who are over for a visit from New Zealand. I got to meet my niece for the first time which was just wonderful. Isn't she delicious?!!! We'll hopefully see a bit more of them before they head home next week.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Anniversaries & Cooly Rocks Clothing

I thought I'd better catch you up on the things I bought at the Cooly Rocks On festival. 
I got completely sucked into these two crimplene frocks from My 50's Closet. They fit like a dream & the ladies were kind enough to give me a generous discount for buying two. 

Lime green & olive crimplene

Marjory Daw blue frock....when I saw the label I immediately thought of cake lover Marjory from Little Britain

It has a really sweet trio of buttons on the chest....brooches added for my own amusement

I bought this maxi skirt at a Cooly op shop without trying it on. Doesn't quite fit so I'll be selling it soon.

Blue Italian plastic bangle from a Cooly op shop

And finally, yep I need another bag like a hole in the head, but it matches the blue dress SO well!
Vintage Goldcrest bag

Today the Captain & I are celebrating our 19th wedding anniversary. Gee time flies when you're in love.
I knew at the age of 14 that I was going to marry the Captain. Here's a pic of us in our teen years (about a year after my revelation that I would marry him, which he didn't believe at the time as he had NO interest in me) performing in a church musical

Hmm....I'm the one with the twig legs. Gotta love 80's fashion!

And our wedding day 19 years ago. By this stage of our wedding I was delirious from pain as I became ill with M.E, a chronic auto immune illness 6 months before. Considering I was bedridden not long after our wedding for the next 6 years I am so glad we didn't wait any longer to get hitched. We have faced our fair share of tough times, but whatever the season our home is filled with love & laughter. And I'm blessed to be able to say he's still the man of my dreams.
So Happy Anniversary my Captain.
I love you!