Friday, 31 January 2014

Mumma Made Frock

I picked up a vintage dress pattern ages ago, & my lovely Mum had a trial run on some fabric she had in her stash, to see if I like the style & fit of the dress before we attempt it in some fabric of mine. It's a two piece pattern, & the trickiest part for Mum was the square neckline. The trial frock turned out really well, & I'm chomping at the bit to get the next one underway. I'm just not sure my sewing skills are up to the task yet!

Outfit Details...

Handmade frock - My clever Mum
Tea towel bolero - A vintage fair
Celluloid flower brooch & bird pendant from Dunedin - Gifted by Mum
Other pendant - Gift from a friend
Tape measure brooch - Handmade by me!
Old ring - Antique fair
Handmade bracelet - Usually $65, but I got it for $2 at Salvos
Patchwork toaster cover converted to a bag - Gifted by Miss J
Shoes & Sunnies - Retail

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Lenco Electrics Fan & Planet Lamp

Fans are a necessity when you live in Queensland (we own 7!), unless you're lucky enough to have air conditioning. I'm always on the look out for old fans. There's something beautiful about the old ones, but they are mighty expensive here lately. I found this one for sale on Gumtree for $20. It's a 1950's Australian made Lenco fan. I love the old metal & the light blue blades. It rotates & purrs quietly, & has worked overtime this past month. We now have two old fans.....I could feel a collection coming on if only I had the space!

I found this Australian made 1960's Planet lamp ages ago at Salvos for $6. It's not the currently trendy Studio K design, but this model is less common. It may not be the most desirable colour being brown, but I knew it would be a useful addition to our computer room. I've seen the same lamp for sale on Ebay for $150.

 I'm linking up with The Nifty Thrifty
Sir Thrift Alot @ Thriftasaurus
and The Op Shop Show Off

Friday, 24 January 2014

I look for a light in the pouring rain

There is always so much to see & drool over at the WAC. They have such a great range of all things vintage & retro for all ages. This cotton dress is from Lifeline. I don't think it's necessarily old, but I really like the style, especially the neckline & pockets. And it just happens to match my gorgeous bag that my Mum gave me last year.

I adore these colourful metal drawers. It would be perfect for accessories, or just about anything!

Love these pigeon-hole shelves, which are about a meter high.

This deer head is over $4000....Wowza!

The Captain LOVED this kids aircraft ride thingo

How I love a good pair of vintage togs

 Outfit Details......

Cotton house dress - Lifeline
Red, white & blue beads - Remember When
Two carved bangles & bird brooch - Op shopped
Blue ring - Lovisa
Woven bag - Gifted by mum
Shoes - Joanne Mercer

I'm in a Dobie Gray kinda mood today

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Deer & Diana Ware

I have spent the past 3 days doing medical stuff, which hasn't left any time or energy for op shopping on my own. Thankfully the Captain didn't mind dropping me at a couple of op shops on the way to appointments.
After all op shopping is always good medicine!
Here are the things I found....

A sweet deer
& a kitsch rabbit with that weird curly hair effect porcelain

 A Diana Ware jug which matches my polka-dot mixing bowls
An exciting find because you don't see these often at op shops

Goldtone & turquoise brooch

 A stretchy navy belt

 Bathmat bag (really well made with full lining)

An orange brandy balloon vase, small enough to justify adding to my collection

I'm linking up with The Nifty Thrifty
Sir Thrift Alot @ Thriftasaurus
and The Op Shop Show Off

Friday, 17 January 2014

Who Let the Chooks Out?

I bought this Centex cotton shift dress about 4 years ago at the Brisbane Vintage Fashion Fair (whatever happened to that fair anyway?????). I rarely if ever wore it, because it was a bit of a sack & a size or two too big. Since reacquainting myself with my Mum's hand me down Elna sewing machine, I decided to try adding some darts to the dress. I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner, because it's made all the difference. I made a tie belt too after taking up the hem. It's such a soft & cool polished cotton fabric, with a lovely metal zip up the back. 


 We were on a quiet street down by the bay when these chickens were released from someones yard. They were so tame, they kept on pecking my orange bead bag.

 Outfit Details.....

60's dress - Vintage fair for $5
Tape measure brooch - handmade by me
Teeny deer brooch - Gifted by a dear friend
Orange & blue beads & bangles - Op shopped
Blue "Trivial Pursuit" ring - Lovisa
Vintage bag - Garage sale
Orange shoes - Target
Sunnies - Ray Bans

Gorgeous Kylie from the blog Lucy Violet Vintage sent me this kitchen trivet in original packaging, wrapped in the prettiest old bird tea towel. Kylie found a few trivets & generously gave them away.
Thanks Kylie for the gift, & for sharing your amazing style & drool-worthy road side finds with us. Even though she doesn't blog much anymore, you can find her regularly on Instagram.