Spring Cleaning – the 50s way

In the 1950’s, it was expected for a housewife to keep her house spotlessly clean and well managed.

She was also expected to keep the family well organised and cook meals at set times. It was her mission in life for the household to be well organised and everything cleaned regularly!

The cleaning routine would usually begin as soon the kids walked off to school.

Although expectations of women in society have changed (thank god!), some of their cleaning tips could still be relevant today…

To start spring cleaning here are some tips:

Firstly, put on your favourite 50’s music, a 50’s spring dress, an apron and begin!

1. Cleaning mirrors or windows –

  • Collect supplies in your cleaning caddy to easily move from window to window
  • Use a lint-free cloth to save heavy scrubbing
  • Moisten the cloth with methylated spirits in water
  • Use lengthwise strokes outside and crosswise strokes inside to see if you missed a spot
  • Polish with a dry duster

2. Washing curtains –

  • Simply wash in the washing machine
  • Hang out to dry in the sun

3. Cleaning blinds –

  • Hang blinds out on the clothesline
  • Wash with a hose, scrubbing at the same time
  • Leave them in the sun to dry

4. Cleaning the stove –

  • Newspaper is ideal for cleaning tops of stoves
  • Inside stove, remove all removable parts and clean in warm soapy water

5. Cleaning the refrigerator –

  • Defrost with a bowl of hot water placed in the fridge. Replace it each time it starts to get cold.
  • Clean the inside
  • Wipe over the exterior of the fridge with a cloth smeared in vanilla essence

6. Cleaning the sinks –

  • Clean with methylated spirits or warm flour for an added lustre
  • Wash your wooden cutting boards with hot water and vinegar to eliminate rawness
  • Use baking soda to unblock drains

7. Cleaning kitchen cupboards –

  • Remove all the items
  • Wash the inside and outside of the cupboard
  • Hang dried lavender in the kitchen to help make it smell lovely
  • Combine lemon juice and borax to remove rust from porcelain and ceramics
  • To remove rust and stains from stainless steel utensils, use a fine grain sand paper,Β  then rub with a slice of onion and rinse in hot water
  • Once the cupboard is dry, tidily place back all the utensils

8. Cleaning the shower curtain –

  • Take the shower curtain on to the lawn and scrub with a nail brush and warm soapy water
  • Hose it well
  • Allow the shower curtain to dry on the clothesline

9. Cleaning the toilet –

  • Wash with borax and water, then flush well. You can scrub any stains with lemon juice and borax

10. Cleaning the bath –

  • Smear wet soap powder over the bath, leave overnight and rinse well the next day
  • Vinegar or salt and lemon can remove stains
  • Wrap a bunch of eucalyptus around your shower head to keep shower head and bathroom smelling fresh

11. Cleaning the tiles –

  • Clean with methylated spirits or kerosene

12.Β  Cleaning brushes and combs –

  • Remove hair from brushes and combs
  • Soak in water with a few drops of ammonia

13. Cleaning the floors –

  • Remove all items and furniture
  • Mop bathroom and kitchen floors
  • Steel wool can be used for marks on lino floors

14. Polishing furniture –

  • Pour olive oil on a clean cloth and rub wooden furniture
  • Polish lightly with a dry lint-free cloth
  • Wicker furniture can be rubbed with vegetable oil to protect from cracking
  • For water rings, put a dry cloth over it and warm iron
  • If your books smell musty, sprinkle a little baking soda over it and leave to dry
  • Rub vanilla extract on light globes for a sweet swelling room

15. Cleaning the carpet –

  • Remove all items of the room & thoroughly vacuum
  • Stains can be removed with baking soda mixed in water

16. Cleaning the walls –

  • Remove all pictures and hangings and clean them
  • Clean walls with a duster
  • To remove mould from walls, spray area with undiluted white vinegar

17. Cleaning winter manchester –

  • Manchester must be washed and hung out to dry thoroughly
  • Fold in linen cupboard with a few drop of vanilla essence on a piece of fabric on each shelf

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All images from Woman’s World-Β  M.A. White

Home remedies can sometimes produce even better results than store-bought products! Hope you have a fun time trying these tips, and let me know how it all goes!

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Cherry Blossom Festival πŸŒΈ

The Cherry Blossom is the flower of the tree genus Prunus. The Japanese Cherry Blossom is called the Sakura. Along with the Chrysanthemum, the Cherry Blossom is considered the national flower of Japan.

Cherry Blossoms

Chrysanthemums

Hanami,Β also knownΒ as the Cherry Blossom festival, is the Japanese tradition of welcoming Spring. Many gather under the blossoming trees for food, drink, songs and socialising.

Sakura Cherry Blossom Festival

Many other countries also celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival and include a lot of the Japanese traditions.

In Sydney, The Auburn Botanical Gardens also holds the Cherry Blossom Festival. This year it was held from the 17th to 26th August. Certain days celebrate different aspects of the festival. However every day, the main attractions included the Cherry Blossom trail, the Zen Garden, the Peacock Gallery and the food market.

Above: Some of the lovely photos taken at the Cherry Blossom festival

If you get a chance to visit the Cherry Blossom Festival next time, then I would highly recommend it. They are gorgeous flowers and look really stunning when all the trees are in a row. It is also a great opportunity to take some stunning photos with a glamorous back drop.

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Round She Goes Fashion Market

Last weekend I went to my absolute favourite vintage market at Marrickville Town Hall… Round She Goes Vintage Fashion Market.

Marrickville Town Hall

It is only $2 for entry and there are 60 women’s vintage fashion stalls to shop in. There are so many really great buys! The market is held in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Inside the Sydney Market

I bought so many great buys, and my daughter and friend did too. It is a really great day for vintage shopping.

I purchased a lucite handbag, black go-go boots, retro dress and yellow petticoat

My daughter purchased 3 vintage dresses, 2 pairs of retro pants, 2 funky earrings, and a retro Western shirt

My friend got a jumper, retro bag and top and a crop leopard print jacket.

As you can see, we all did really well with all our purchases and we didn’t have to spend a fortune either! It is really a great market to find some excellent and rare items at excellent prices.

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The next Round She Goes Vintage Fashion Market is on again at Marrickville Town Hall on Saturday 20th October. It is really one of the best vintage fashion markets that we have ever been to. Some really excellent and rare items are waiting to be found and at excellent prices. If you love vintage fashion shopping then you really shouldn’t miss it. I know that I will be there.

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Bodgies and Widgies

I was talking to my Mother and she began to tell me about the Bodgies and Widgies youth culture from the 1950s. My dad was a Bodgie and she was a Widgie. It sounded really interesting so I had to investigate it further.

Bodgies and Widgies were a youth subculture that existed in Australia πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί and New ZealandπŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ in the 1950s. The culture was similar to the Rocker culture in the UK πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ or the Greaser culture in the USA πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Bodgies and Widgies

The males were known as Bodgies. They grew their hair long and wore satin shirts. Pink was commonly worn by Bodgies, despite still being seen as feminine. Often their attire included very long keychains and later, included moccasins and American drape suits with pegged pants. James Dean was a major style influence who inspired the Bodgie fashion. Typically working class, their interests included alcohol, girls, music and cars.

The females were known as Widgies. They cut their hair short and wore jeans, tight slacks, 3/4 length pants or dresses and bobby socks if they went out, like to a dance.

The confusion was arising between the sexes of the Australian youth. They would regularly frequent Kings Cross and Paddington Milk Bars and were associated with the inner city suburbs. Both my parents grew up in the inner city suburb of Paddington.

Outfits of Bodgies and Widgies

Many in society resisted the Bodgies and Widgies and this created tensions through the generations. The older generations felt the young dressed in strange new clothes and jive-danced to loud music, rejecting the values of their parents generation. This triggered moral panic in Australian society. Police seemed to crackdown on these youths and it sparked numerous exaggerated headlines.

Sydney Newspaper article on Bodgies and Widgies

There were different names for the Aussie Bodgies, some called them Teddy Boys, Rockers, Cafe Racers, Greasers or bikies.

They listened to music like Australian artists Johnny O’ Keefe, Digger Revell, American 50s and jazz music.

Bodgies

Widgies

There was often rivalries between the Bodgies and other subcultures like mods, surfies and skin heads.

Many grew out of it, but some didn’t.

How interesting would it be to step back in time and witness this generation!

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Sydney Rock β€˜n Roll Alternative Market

We had the best day at the Sydney Rock ‘n’ Roll Market held at The Manning Bar in The University of Sydney. I went with my daughter and our friends.

Sydney Rock ‘n’ Roll Alternative Market

The University is stunning with the beautiful old buildings and this added to the atmosphere of the event.

There were games on the lawn like checkers, snakes and ladders and bowls to be enjoyed by all generations

There were so many old cars to admire and everyone was getting photos with all their favourites.

The centre of the building had a fantastic feature with vintage suitcases spiraling towards the roof. It looked absolutely fabulous.

There were three levels of market stalls and more outside on the lawn, along with some food stalls and a fantastic DJ playing a great collection of 50s and 60s music.

There were so many great stalls, some that we recognised and some stalls that we remembered for future reference! We bought so many goodies. There were clothes, accessories, bags, shoes, homeware and a massive selection of records for sale. Hundreds and hundreds of records… It was fantastic! We bought so many that we had been searching for.

In the bar there were bands performing and a lot of swing dancing. The atmosphere was fantastic! I am definitely inspired now to take swing lessons so I can join in soon! (But that will be a future blog)

Have you been to the Sydney Rock ‘n’ Roll & Alternative Market? It is well worth it! The whole vibe of the event is excellent. The people were lovely. The music fantastic. The shopping inspirational. I just loved everything about the whole day. I will definitely be at the next one on 25th November 2018. See you there!!

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How to Create a Retro Bedroom

Bedroom decor has changed over the decades. I love the look of mixing retro items with some modern day necessities, while keeping the retro feel to my decor.

Below are some examples of bedrooms through the decades to use as an influence.

1950s style bedroom

1960s style bedroom

1970s Style lBedroom

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For my room I have decorated it in a vintage inspired retro style.

JH Lynch & Johnny Cash artwork & 50s wall vases & retro ornaments

50s bedroom chair that I covered in retro fabric and left the grey fabric on the skirts, flamingo light & retro style mirror

Some retro ornaments on shelves that we made by cutting into the wall

My moulin rouge style bedroom light on a hat box that I made into a bed side table by adding retro furniture legs, sourpuss tattoo print umbrella, sourpuss pillows & Sailor Jerry tattoo print quilt that I made by sewing the fabric to the centre of a black quilt (and my cat 🐱)

Vintage suitcase set stacked up which is useful for extra storage, vintage hairdryer, vintage sewing mannequin, Jolley Big eye prints, and reproduction circle shelves, retro style matching frames that I placed Marilyn Monroe movie posters in, which I purchased as an old movie poster book from a Salvos store.

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For my daughters room, she wanted it decorated in a retro tiki vibe.

The quilt is a modern tropical theme with flamingos, palm trees and pineapples

I accentuated this peacock chair by painting it white then added flowers to go with the bedroom theme

Pops of colour through the room add the the look. I made an old suitcase into a bedside table by painting it and adding retro wooden table legs

More pops of colour

A round beveled edge vintage mirror, flamingo, tropical print & surfboard, bamboo tree and more colour add to the theme

A Cuban print and Barsony lampshade and to the accessories of the room

And a retro tiki room would not be complete without a kitch hula doll

Coconut containers with flowers attached, that I found in a St Vinnies store are handy containers for hair ties and clips

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There are many options for creating a vintage bedroom. Here are some ideas for that retro feel:

  1. Use vintage lighting
  2. Use vintage textures and patterns
  3. Do a feature wall in retro wallpaper
  4. Get your hands on vintage artwork or prints and place in vintage frames
  5. If you don’t have a vintage style bed then make a statement bed head
  6. Add an ornate vintage mirror
  7. Buy some vintage furniture
  8. Get some vintage ornaments
  9. Get some vintage Manchester or create your own in a vintage style using florals, gingham or retro fabrics

Whatever retro style that you go for in your bedroom, you have endless options in creating it. I hope I have inspired you! Have fun creating!!

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Let’s go to The Entrance!

We had a great long weekend at The Entrance. Have you been to The Entrance on NSW Central Coast? It is a glorious place to visit.

The Entrance

We stayed in a lovely cabin situated in a small family-run caravan park. It is only walking distance to both the beach and The Entrance shops.

Blue Bay Caravan Park

The Entrance has some great vintage shops and vintage markets at Toukley. We bought some great items at great prices! Toukley has a great shop called Suicide Glam, where I purchased way too many items.

Suicide Glam Shop in Toukley

There are many fantastic beaches, whale and dolphin watching tours and an old lighthouse that also has a tour to the top of the lighthouse.

The lighthouse

Me at a huge anchor at the lighthouse

So many restaurants to choose from, the marina, and pelican feeding….

My husband with one of the local pelicans

There is a fantastic national park near Budgewoi, called Munmorah State Conservation Area, which is well worth a visit. It has bushwalking, camping, fishing, surfing, picnic areas, swimming and fantastic views! The beaches are pristine, the views are breathtaking and you might be lucky enough to see whales passing by. It is really worth the drive through it!

Munmorah State Conservation Area

The Entrance really is a great place to visit. At the end of October each year they hold a Rockabilly festival over three days, The Chromefest. We will definitely be back to The Entrance for that weekend. Looking forward to it!! Details can be found on…

http://www.chromefest.org/whats-on

Have you been to The Entrance lately? It really is a lovely part of Australia. We had a fantastic weekend away and we will be back there again soon.

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