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.


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


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

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My brooches were starting to overflow out of there storage boxes and it was getting harder to find the right one everyday. I needed a new option.

I needed a clever idea to make it easier to locate the best brooch to compliment my outfit. Instead, I created some of my own and here they are!

1. Display your brooches on a mannequin torso

This is a great idea to display your collection, for both function and as a decor item. The only issue is it only works for brooches like this….

… where you have a pin going into a safety head. It does not work for pins like this…

with a straight pin and seperate clasp.

2. Display brooches on your favourite cushion

Grab your favourite cushion and pin on your brooches. This allows easy access again! You can leave it on your bedroom chair as a display.

3. Display brooches on a retro foot stool

Attach your brooches onto a retro foot stool and once again it allows easy access and looks great. Of course the foot stool will not be able to be used as it’s intended use anymore! Also, this idea will only work with safety pin brooches!

4. Display your brooches in a vintage suitcase

Line a suitcase with a pillow or fabric and foam. You can attach the pins and it is a great designer piece to display your collection. If your suitcase has a thick lid then do the same to the lid. This allows for double the storage for your collection. Maybe you will need to buy more!!

5. Display your brooches on your pin board.

Get a cute fabric pin board that will allow you to display all your brooches. I will be doing a future blog on how to make a vintage style pin board, so keep your eye out!! This idea will only work with safety pin brooches.

6. Display your brooches on a scarf

You can hang your scarf on a hook or a vintage mannequin head. If you have a large brooch collection then you can use more than one scarf!

7. Display your brooches on a vintage wooden ladder

Image from Pinterest

This particular image displays earrings, but you could easily use it for brooches! They have just attached chicken wire to the back of the ladder. Another idea would be to staple fabric to the back of the ladder and attach your brooches to the front side.

8. Display your brooches in a tackle box

This box is available at any fishing shop! I think this is a great idea to keep my brooches safe in and allows easy access. And you can just keep buying more boxes as your collection grows!

9. Other ideas

  • Buy or make dividers for your drawer
  • Attach them on a lampshade
  • Attach them on an old clothing item and hang it on display
  • Glue strips of ribbon to a pole and hang off the wall & attach brooches
  • Attach brooches on an old soft toy and place it on display

The possibilities are endless……

What ideas do you have? How do you store or display your brooches? I would love to hear about it.

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Get Crafty on a Vintage Suitcase

My daughter wanted to store her craft and sewing in a box, so I suggested we decoupage a large vintage suitcase with pictures that are inspirational to her.

Here are the steps to decoupaging a vintage suitcase.

What you will need:

  • Magazines
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Vintage suitcase
  • Small paint brush
  • Clear paint spray or decoupage clear gloss

1. Pick your item

First you need to pick which vintage suitcase you want to use. Pick one that closes up securely and is big enough for all your items.

Above: The vintage suitcase we chose to use

2. Cut out your pictures

Get some of your favourite magazines and cut out some inspirational pictures. You can also download images, use newspaper, music sheets, concert tickets, photos, children’s drawings, or any paper items. The possibilities are endless!!

Trim each picture to not overlap. Then set them out on your suitcase as to what looks the most aesthetically pleasing for you!

Above: magazines to use to cut out pictures

Above: cut out inspirational pictures

3. Glue your pictures

Use a strong craft glue and stick your pictures on. With a small paint brush, spread the glue out evenly on the back of the picture. Glue the images where you prefer, as you can see I preferred to cover all sides of my suitcase!

Above: one side of suitcase

Above: Other side of vintage suitcase

4. Drying Time

I prefer to leave it a few days to dry completely. Each day check that there are no pictures lifting off or peeling at the edges.Ensure to glue any flapping edges back on.


5. Finishes

The suitcase is completely dry and you are happy with the look… NOW you can finish the project! Give the suitcase either a clear coat of spray paint or enamel. You will need to do a few coats to protect your images and leave the relevant amount of drying time between each coat. The more layers that you spray on your suitcase, the better the suitcase finish will be. Another option is to cover it with decoupage clear gloss if you prefer a thick glass coating. Then you will need to leave it a few days again.

Image above: finished product

The above process can be followed to decoupage any item.

Featured Image

Have you ever decoupage a product? Send me photos, I would love to see them!

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Magical Mermaids

Mermaids are legendary creatures of the sea. The head and upper body are of a female human with the tail of a fish. Mermaid is a compound of old English – merely meaning sea and maid, being a young woman.

Above image

Mermaids are a part of worldwide culture! Sightings of mermaids have been recorded over many centuries. Are they a myth or true?

The first known story was that of goddess Atargatis of Assyria that transferred herself into a mermaid out of shame from accidentally killing her lover.

Above: Artargatis

Mermaids have been popular in both art and literature over many centuries.

Above: Leighton-The Fisherman and the Syren-c. 1856-1858.

The most famous mermaid story that children love is Disney’s The Little Mermaid. It follows the story of mermaid Ariel who falls in love with a Prince and wants to be a human, as to be with her true love.

Above: Ariel, Disney’s Little Mermaid

I have recently purchased vintage wall mermaids! I have wanted to get some for such a long time as I adore them, but I waited to get the perfect set to match my bathroom decor.

Above: My vintage mermaids

Vintage mermaids can range in price from $120 to $350, depending on their makers. There are some really good vintage wall mermaid sets by Lefton, Norcrest, McFarlane, Bradley, Lane & Co, Joty and Holt Howard.

Above: Vintage mermaids sets

Do you love Vintage Wall Mermaids? Let me know! Do you have any vintage wall mermaids? Send me photos, I would love to see them!!

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Bag a Barsony

My latest obsession is with the Barsony Lamp. I love the look of the lady figurine and the shades are gorgeous!

Above: Barsony lamp

Below: a Barsony lamp collection

I’m about to purchase my first Barsony lamp!

Barsony Ceramics was an Australian company in production from the 1950’s to 2005. They boomed in popularity from the 1950s to mid ’70s. The company was founded by couple George and Jean Barsony. George was a sculptor from Hungary who arrived in Australia in 1949. Shortly after his arrival, he met his English wife Jean who had also recently arrived in Australia, and worked in a Sydney pottery. Together they started their company that produced ceramic items including ashtrays, figurines, wall plaques and lamps recognisable by their signature matte black finishes. Barsony Ceramics were best-known and most loved for their black lady lamps. With such increased popularity, Barsony were in production for a period for 24-hours a day. No joke!

Above: Ballerina lady lamp 

Barsony lamps can be found mostly on eBay or Etsy. However you could be lucky enough to stumble upon one at a garage sale, vintage shop or  market! Through my research, I’ve seen they can range in price from $150 to $1200, depending on the rarity. With some shopping around, you can hopefully purchase one at a good price.

An interesting feature of the Barsony lamp is that the shade is made of plastic ribbons. The shades are the first to deteriorate due to their plastic material, so to find one in mint condition is a fantastic find! The shades can be very expensive to purchase and range in price from $50 to $250.

I love the unique look of the Barsony lamp. They are such a stand out piece that can be blended with any decor style!

I have just managed to purchase my first Barsony lamp which I purchased through eBay! I am very excited for it to arrive….

Above: the style of my purchase! 

Do you have a Barsony Lamp that you love? Send me photos, I would love to see them.

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Not Just Another Fly on the Wall…

There is a wide variety of retro wall collectables, and some of them are just adorable!  I have purchased a few over the years and I am still on the lookout for more unique ones, but who isn’t?

Retro black deer head with gold trims
This a very stylish piece and is still able to be infused within modern decor too.

Cameo Relief Wall plate
This is a stylish piece and looks stunning on my wall, with its contrasting pink to the red! I also love the textured feel of the dusty pink velveteen.

Retro flying swallows
You can find numerous replicas of these made today! They made a big comeback about 5 years ago, and were able to be found in so many homewares shops.

3D deer plate
This was purchased at a great price but I have seen it being sold at ridiculously high prices. So do shop around.

I just adore the 3d effect on the deer, squirrel, bird and trees. You can find a variety of designs in the 3D plates. So try find tone that relates to your theme or likes. There popularity was mainly in the 1970s.



Cameo Wall hanging
This is onlya small wall hanging compared to my other cameo wall hanging butI still really like the detail on it.  Cameo is a method of carving an object on an gem. Not sure of the history of either of my cameo wall arts, but I am still researching into it. So look out for it in my future blogs and the history of cameo brooches.  

Retro flying elephant wall hanging
This is so cute! But I have seen that this actually comes in a three piece set, but unfortunately I have only one. Never mind I think it is quite unique.


These are wall hangings I am on the lookout for. I am hunting around for a great price on them! I really enjoy the hunt…

This is a Lefton Wall Lady. She is very lovely and an extremely hard to piece to find! To date, I have not seen this one but I am on the lookout. George Zoltan Lefton made china and porcelain creations from 1940 through to the 1990s.  But this a typical 1950s piece. You will know it is a real Lefton creation if it is stamped on it. But in later pieces, Lefton used stickers as his identifying marks. These may have deteriorated over time so may be less noticeable.   

This is a Lefton ballerina set. I have seen this one twice and unfortunately did not get the opportunity to purchase them. I also did not realise the rarity of the items! However, I won’t lose the chance the third time…. hopefully third time lucky! I love this set and it is typical of Lefton’s 1950s work, such as the mermaid wall ceramics.

I also love these fish wall hangings. There are a lot of varieties of the fish, be they Norton, Bradley, Lefton, Norcrest or Holt Howard!

I am also on the lookout for a Norcrest Mermaid Set. I found a great pair of mermaids online that I am bidding on, and hope to purchase! Fingers crossed.



You also have your vintage mirrors, which can be a feature item on any wall! There are some stunning vintage mirrors available, where the intricate craftsmanship is still so evident. I especially love the ones with etched pictures and beveled edges.

The above photo show a creative way to incorporate vintage mirrors into your modern decor. These vintage hand mirrors were used as photo frames.

My personal collection of vintage mirrors
If you’d like to learn more about my collection of vintage mirrors, check out my earlier blog post here!

Retro wooden fork and spoon sets are another alternative to wall collectables that can be funky accessories for your kitchen! I remember my grandmother’s pair from when I was young. I love these ones. img_5910-e1505310092834.jpg These are huge and a feature on my kitchen walls[/caption]

My fork and spoon set
They are a huge, measuring up to 1 metre long

You can also get vintage wall vases! There is a wide variety and styles available. You can put plants or flowers in them, or keep them empty.

Pink Wall Vase Set

Vase Wall Hanging

Of course,  another great alternative is vintage artwork. My favourite artists include Roy Lichtenstein, Margaret Keane, Andy Warhol and JH Lynch. Look out for my future blogs on these retro artists!

What vintage wall collectables are you collecting? Send me photos, I am excited to see them!

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Great Places to Shop for Retro

I have undertaken some research and found the below 100 suggestions for places to shop for vintage items!

Image of vintage shopping

Below are some of my suggestions and in brackets I have added what type of items that they sell.  

  1. Addvintage Parramatta (furniture)
  2. Bowerbird Vintage Kogarah Marrickville & Parramatta (homewares and furniture)
  3. Antique General Store North Narrabeen
  4. Antonio Ruggerino Galleria (posters) Bondi
  5. Appostlebird North Manly (assorted collectables)
  6. Bay Street Vintage Paddington (Fashion and homewares)
  7. Bay Vintage Southern Antiques Centre Kogarah (antiques)
  8. Blue Spinach Darlinghurst (fashion)
  9. Blue Works Surry hills (fashion)
  10. Boogie Bop Dames Sydney (hair makeup pinup photos)
  11. Branch 3D Forest Lodge Sydney (ceramics)
  12. Carousel Interviews Meadow Bank (interiors)
  13. Chiltons Cronulla (jewellery)
  14. Collectika Enmore (furniture)
  15. Creative Vintage Centre Alexandra (clothes & furniture)
  16. Cream on King Street Newtown (fashion)
  17. Cream on Crown Street Surry hills (fashion)
  18. Cs Flashback Paddington (fashion)
  19. C’s Flashback Surry hills (Darlinghurst) (fashion)
  20. Deco Diva Potts Point (art deco collectables)
  21. Dolly Up Emporium Surry Hills (clothing)
  22. Dolly Up Redfern (fashion)
  23. Down To Earth Mitchell Road (clothing & collectables
  24. Eclectic Find Narabeen (interiors)
  25. Eleanor Keene Sydney (clothing)
  26. Envision 54 Newtown (furniture)
  27. Eva’s Vintage Annandale (clothing)
  28. Fabrique Vintage Darlinghurst (fashion)
  29. Forever Vintage Five Dock (clothing)
  30. Graham & Graham Designs Redfern (ceramics & homewares)
  31. Grandfathers Axe Alexandra (furniture)
  32. Grandmas Surry Hills (fashion)
  33. Halchemy Design Glebe (antiques)
  34. Harlequin Market Double Bay (jewellery)
  35. Holy Kitsch Sydney (collectables)
  36. Juliets Balcony Dulwich Hill Sydney (furniture)
  37. Leona Edmiston Vintage Boutique Double Bay (fashion)
  38. Lunatiques Vintage Collectables Alexandria (furniture)
  39. Miss Browns Vintage Alexandria (furniture)
  40. Miss Browns Vintage Surry Hills (clothing)
  41. Mitchell Road Antiques Alexandria (antiques)
  42. Montague & Mabel St Peters Furniture
  43. Mulberry Street Vintage Newtown (clothing)
  44. Nikky Bs Milton (fashion & homewares)
  45. Ninas Vintage Closet Newtown (clothing)
  46. Orient House Glebe (antique Chinese furniture)
  47. Porcelain Pinup Parramatta (pinup classes)
  48. Potts Point Vintage (fashion)
  49. Queen Justin Vintage Redfern (fashion)
  50. Recycology Alexandria (clothing)
  51. Red Square Studio Mitchell Road Antiques (furniture)
  52. Reebonz Vintage Sydney (accessories)
  53. Retro a Go Go Sydney (clothing)
  54. Retro Dames Hills District & Sydney Metro (beauty)
  55. Retro on Regent Redfern (ceramics & furniture)
  56. Retrospec’d Clothing
  57. Retro Spectrum Petersham Sydney (clothing & furniture)
  58. Retro Village Rozelle Sydney (clothing & homewares)
  59. Reuze Vintage Paddington
  60. Reverse Garbage Marrickville (furniture & homewares)
  61. Robins Nest Vintage Miranda (furniture & fashion)
  62. Route 66 Darlinghurst (fashion)
  63. Rudi Rocket Redfern (furniture)
  64. Salvation Army Stores many suburbs (fashion & furniture)
  65. Sammy & Sid Manly (fashion)
  66. Scrag’s House of Fashion Newtown (fashion)
  67. Sherbert Birdie Saint Peters (pinup studio)
  68. Stealth Photography Won’t Age & pinup studio Sydney (pinup studio)
  69. Studio M Alexandria (pinup studio)
  70. Sydney Vintage Bike Online Store (bikes)
  71. Sydney Vintage Watches Sydney (watches)
  72. Tangerine & Teal Brookvale (furniture)
  73. The Itchy Kitty Newtown (clothing & homewares)
  74. The Collective Ensemble Newtown (fashion)
  75. The Leopard Lounge Newtown (vintage hairdresser)
  76. The Sleeveless Society Waverley (clothing)
  77. Three 5 Nine King Newtown (fashion)
  78. The Vintage Clothing Shop St James St Arcade Sydney (clothing)
  79. The Vintage Drawer Sydney (clothing)
  80. The Vintage Record Annandale (records)
  81. The Vintage Way Sydney & Central Coast (styling accessories)
  82. Trash and Treasure Markets at various locations (assorted items)
  83. Two Old Souls Manly Vale (furniture)
  84. Urban Rustic Newtown (ceramics & furniture)
  85. Usedabbussed Vintage Designer Department Store Cremmorne (clothing & homewares)
  86. U turn Recycled Fashion Bondi (fashion)
  87. U turn Recycled Fashion Newtown (fashion)
  88. Vampt Vintage Design Brookvale & Surrey Hills (furniture)
  89. Vera Rose Collectables Kogarah (ceramics & furniture)
  90. Vinnies Many Suburbs (fashion & furniture)
  91. Vintage and Antique Fairs at various locations (assorted items)
  92. Vintage Markets at various locations (assorted items)
  93. Vintage 585 Sydney (collectables)
  94. Vintage Allsorts Sydney (styling agent)
  95. Vintage Fashion Emporium Surry Hills (fashion)
  96. Vintage Luggage Company Double Bay (accessories & jewellery)
  97. Vintage Times Double Bay (accessories & jewellery)
  98. Your one Stop Pinup Shop Campbelltown (fashion)
  99. Waverley Antique Bazaar (Collectables)
  100. Zoo emporium Darlinghurst (fashion)

    Standing outside Nikki B’s at Milton

Now I haven’t managed to go to all the above shops, but I have been to a few of them and they are great retro shopping! I hope this list helps you to make some choices about the places that you might like to shop. 

Lady enjoying the choices at Vintage Shopping

I love the many choices and variety of rare items that you can find in these shops and I am always curious about the history of the item and try to research information on the items. 

What are your favourite retro or vintage shops? Let me know your favourites, can’t wait to hear about them!

Images: Women’s World

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