Blow Up Your Life

For so long now I have been trying to get my hands on a 1960s inflatable terrarium footstool…. Finally I did, at the bargain price of $60 on Facebook! So many that I have seen on the internet go for around the price $250, so finding this one at a fantastic price and in such great condition, I jumped at the chance.

My new 60s Inflatable Terrarium Footstool

The vintage inflatable footstool dates from the 1960s and has unique, clear plastic sides to reveal fake grass, flowers and leaves. It has a vinyl top and wooden and metal legs. The blow up nozzle at the bottom keeps it inflated. I think it is a stand out piece! Unfortunately though, there doesn’t appear to be any opening to change or add to the flowers.

In the late 1960s there was an increasing trend with inflatable furniture. In 1968, designer Quasar Khanh created the first piece of inflatable furniture with an inflatable chair, which was a huge trend. The inflatable seats were on trend again in the late 1990s!

Quasar Khanh Inflatable Chair

Model on Quasar Khanh’s Chair

The inflatable furniture trend continued in the 1970s with even more choices.

More choices for inflatable furniture

The TV show Happy Days even had an episode where Marion changed all her furniture to inflatable furniture as it was the latest trend. However she soon put all her old furniture back as it was too hard to live with.

Happy Days TV Show

What do you think about inflatable furniture? Would it work in your house? Let me know your thoughts, I would love to hear. I love the retro look of the inflatable furniture but I think people are too rough in my household to use inflatable chairs. I am sure that they would always be deflated….

Featured Image

Back soon….

Ridiculously Retro Xx

Easter Time 🐣

Happy Easter

Easter is a festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, in Christianity. Celebrations in many countries include Church Services, meals with family and friends, Easter Egg decorating, Easter Egg Giving (and eating), Easter Egg Hunt and The Easter Show.

Vintage Easter Greeting

I like to decorate my house in preparation for Easter.

My Easter Wreath on my front door

My Easter Tree

Some of my Easter Decorations: Left- Rabbit Light, Top Right & bottom- Vintage Easter Signs

Every year we love to go to the Easter Show, since the old days at Centennial Park, and this year we will be going again to Homebush, on Saturday.

Vintage photo of Sydney Royal Easter Show

Easter Sunday, after our Easter Egg hunt, and eating a lot of yummy chocolate eggs, we will go to lunch with all the extended family.

Vintage Easter

What do you do over the Easter break, to celebrate Easter? I would love to hear!

Back soon….

Ridiculously Retro Xx

Featured Image

DIY into Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is the most famous heroine of all time. Wonder Woman was known as Diana Prince and was created in 1941 and published on DC comics. She has super human strength and speed, also a bullet proof bracelet and a golden lasso of truth. She would spin to change her image to Wonder Woman. Her mission was to promote peace.

Early Image of Wonder Woman

Lynda Carter played Diana Prince, in the Wonder Woman series from November 1975 to September 1979. This TV version is what most people recognise as Wonder Woman. Lynda Carter’s performance portrayed the characters goodness.

Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman

Over the years, the franchise of Wonder Woman was portrayed in comics, tv series and movies. There are dolls of Wonder Woman, as well as clothing.

My Wonder Woman Doll

I brought some jeans and a denim jacket and wanted to change them so I brought some Wonder Woman fabric from spotlight.

Denim jacket, jeans and Wonder Woman fabric

Wonder Woman fabric from Spotlight

Steps:

  1. Firstly I turned the jeans into capris to get the rockabilly look
  2. Then I cut out and pinned the fabric onto the jacket and hemmed the edges of the fabric. I chose to put a panel on the back of the jacket and 2 smaller ones on the top panels on the front of the jacket

3. Sew the material onto the jacket. Sew it slowly to make sure it is perfect.

4. Next pin the fabric onto the jeans. I did 2 panels to cover the back 2 pockets and 2 panels to cover the front 2 pockets, hemming the fabric under as I pinned it.

5. Slowly sew the panels onto the jeans

6. With the excess material I also made a 50s skirt, I will have a future blog showing step by step how to make a 50s skirt.

7. There was still excess material so I made a head band. I will also do a future blog showing step by step on how to make a headband.

Finished products

Top: Front and back of denim jacket

Middle: Front and back of jeans

Bottom: 50s skirt and headband

Have you ever revamped an outfit. I would love to see it! Send me photos of your revamped outfit.

Featured Image

Back soon……

Ridiculously Retro Xx

St Patrick’s Day

Saturday 17th March is St Patrick’s Day. The Irish love to celebrate St Patrick’s Day and so do I, due to my Irish heritage.

Cloverleaf

The Feast of St Patrick or St Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration. St Patrick was the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

St Patrick’s Day

The celebrations on the day include:

  • Drinking Irish beer and whiskey
  • Wearing green
  • Wearing shamrocks
  • Attending an Irish party, with dancing and music
  • Attending mass or service
  • Attending parades

Irish dancers

St Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast in 17th century, to commemorate Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. Patrick was a bishop in Ireland who converted the pagan Irish to Christianity. There is also a legend of Patrick driving all the snakes out of Ireland.

Stained glass window of St Patrick

In Australia there is a lot of celebrations held for St Patrick’s Day as there is a strong Irish heritage in Australia. In 2011, the Australian census revealed that 2,087,800 residents identified themselves as having Irish ancestry.

Irish flag

In my family, our ancestry is Irish and we arrived in Australia on the 2nd fleet so it is natural that we always celebrate St Patrick’s day and dress in green on the day.

2nd fleet

This year I will go to a local Irish pub for celebrations and I will be attending the ‘Green Quarter in Sydney’ on the Sunday for live entertainment, Irish dancers, marching bands and a family fun day. And of course dressed in green both days!

What are you doing to celebrate St Patrick’s Day? I would love to hear.

Featured Image

Back soon……

Ridiculously Retro Xx

International Women’s Day

Women can do it

International Women’s Day is a celebration of…

  • Women
  • Girls
  • Anti-sexism
  • Anti- discrimination
  • Rights of females
  • Power of females
  • Friendships

The first Women’s Day was celebrated in New York on 28/02/1909, bit Ut was the International Women’s Conference in 1910, decided it should be celebrated on March 8th.

International Women’s Day

After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, it became a national holiday. The day was celebrated by the Socialist movement and Communist countries. It was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.

International Women’s Day is about many issues:

  • Gender Equality
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Stopping Violence against Women
  • Equal Pay
  • Equal access to education
  • Empowering Women
  • Transforming Women’s Lives

Fighting for Women’s natural human rights should be the intention of every woman. All females should be united.

vintage image of the future of women

All women are equal!

Back soon…..

Ridiculously Retro Xx

40 Year Celebration!

The first Sydney Mardi Gras was in 1978, celebrating “out of the bars and into the streets” that gays were allowed to be themselves and not discriminated against. Protesters were met by police and the event turned into a riot. It was heart wrenching to see the re-enactment on the tv show Riot.

1978 Sydney Mardi Gras

In 2016 the protestors received an apology from the NSW Government for the actions of the police that night.

Well, 40 years on and the 2018 Sydney LGBTQI Mardi Gras was going to be bigger than ever! From celebrating their 40 year anniversary, the acceptance of the yes vote for marriage and Cher coming to celebrate and perform at the after party.

Cher at the Mardi Gras

We left early, ready to get a prime spot to watch the parade.

Leaving for the Mardi Gras

People were celebrating in all the streets and it was the biggest crowd that I have ever seen, having attended the Mardi Gras over many years. Oxford Street was packed full so many people had to pack into Flinders street to view the parade.

2018 Mardi Gras crowd

Enjoying a refreshing palm tree drink during the parade 🌴

There were so many enjoyable floats. Here are some photos of the parade:

Photos of the parade

Featured Image

It was a great parade, people were having so much fun. It is like a massive party with people everywhere. Two men actually got married while on a float at the parade!

Have you ever been to a Mardi Gras? Let me know if you enjoyed it as much as I did. If you haven’t been I recommend that you go. It is like a huge party… celebrating life and love!!

Back soon…..

Ridiculously Retro Xx

Sultry Tina

Joseph Henry Lynch was born on 28th October 1911. He was a famous British artist, known on his artwork as J.H. Lynch. His artwork was popular in the 60s and 70s. The funny thing I found out while trying to locate information, was that his artwork used to be sold in a shop equivalent to the Australian Kmart department store. Today his artwork and copies of his artwork are still popular and sell for a high price!

J.H Lynch painting his artwork

His artwork was mass reproduced, which is probably why it was sold in a popular department store at the time. He died on 16th January 1989, and he destroyed a lot of his artwork prior to his death and donated what little was left to charity.

I have admired his artwork for some time. He paints sultry women, often half dressed with dark features. Some of his most famous artworks including Nymph, Autumn Leaves and Woodland Goddess.

Nymph

Autumn Leaves

Recently, reproductions of vintage art has emerged as a design idea for vintage or retro inspired homes. This has increased popularity with artists like J.H. Lynch. This is excellent for artists of yesteryear as it allows more and more people to recognise and appreciate famous artists and their artwork.

I finally purchased my first J.H. Lynch piece, from Nikki Bs in Milton, being Woodland Goddess. I just love it!

Woodland Goddess

Other examples of J.H. Lynch artwork:

Mysterious Girl

Lisa Rose

Tanya

Do you like J.H Lynch artwork? Who is your favourite vintage artist? Message me as I would love to hear about the artist.

Back soon….

Ridiculously Retro Xx