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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It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Christmas time is here again! It’s my favourite time of year – all the parties, carols, church, decorations, spending time with family and friends, eating, holidays, shopping, Christmas shows and the anticipation of opening presents on Christmas morning. While many cultures’ celebrations may differ, for example some people will celebrate on Christmas Eve while others on Christmas Day, essentially Christmas is just the most wonderful time of the year!!

Christmas Morning

I just love to decorate for any occasion, but especially at Christmas time. Every room in my house holds Christmas decorations, along with my verandah, front yard and fence. Although living in a rural area means we don’t get a lot of traffic going by, we still decorate mainly for the pleasure of ourselves, friends and neighbours. It takes days to put up all our Christmas decorations but we love it!

Top – My beautiful tree & huge elf

Middle – Huge reindeer

Bottom – Snowman (not as huge lol)

I have a few vintage items around the house and on my tree, but I am always on the hunt for more! I am currently in search of a vintage angel tree topper and more illuminated plastic moulds for the garden.

Top – Illuminatedgarden lights

Middle – Nativity scene in wood & china

Middle bottom – Santa with china hands & face

Bottom – Plastic Santa wall blow mould

I’ve also collected some modern decorations with a retro feel. There are some really stylish retro style Christmas decorations that you can find in many retail outlets!

Top – Myer Elf and Reindeer

Below – Kmart Large Flamingo 

Every year we try to find new streets that have houses decorated with lights and ornaments. There are more and more people each year decorating their houses which, as a family, we love to visit.

Above: houses with lights

Our family traditions also include attending our local Carols by Candlelight, and attending church on Christmas Eve.

I love to dress up in festive clothing on Christmas Day. I have a few Christmas dresses and skirts that I wear to parties, Carols and any chance suitable during the Christmas season!

Above – Hell Bunny Blitzen dress

Above – Hell Bunny 50s Noelle Snowflake Dress (that I refurbished into a skirt & top)

Above: also wearing my vintage Santa brooch

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Do you enjoy the Christmas season? How do you celebrate? I would love to hear.

Have a wonderful Christmas Day!!

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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.

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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.

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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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Trick or Treat

Halloween is celebrated in a number of countries on the 31st October. It is a time in the liturgical year that we remember those that have departed, also known as All Saints Day, a time of both celebration and superstition.

Image: some of my decorations

Halloween was believed to originate with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. This is where people would light bonfires to ward off ghosts.

Image: Samhain bonfire

Halloween is one of Americas favourite holidays and has evolved into a child friendly, community-based event. Popular traditions include scary house decorations and families dressing in costumes to roam the neighbourhood to trick or treat.

Image: Trick or Treating

America’s tradition of ‘trick or treating’ is believed to have come from early England’s All Souls Day parades where poor citizens begged for food, and were given soul cakes in return to pray for the families dead relatives. This replaced the tradition of leaving food and wine for roaming spirits.

Image: soulcakes

In Ireland, they believe that a young woman should hide her ring in mash potatoes on Halloween night to bring true love from the diner who found it.

Image: Irish girls learning to cook

In Scotland, fortune tellers recommend that a single woman should name a hazelnut for each of her suitors, then toss it in the fireplace. The nut that burns to ashes rather than exploding will be her future husband.

Image: Scottish Fortune Teller

The tradition of dressing up for Halloween comes from European and Celtic times. Winter was cold and nights appeared early, and spirits were believed to roam the streets. People believed if they left their homes wearing masks the spirits would not recognise or attack them. Also, to stop ghosts entering their house they would put bowls of food outside.

Image: Celtic Halloween mask wearing

Today, Halloween in celebrated by people dressing up and going trick or treating, making jack-o’-lanterns, decorating their house with scary objects, lighting bonfires, celebrating at parties or visiting haunted attractions.

Image: House decorated for Halloween

Australia is getting bigger each year with celebrating Halloween with more kids now trick or treating, more parties & celebrations and more people decorating their homes. I have been decorating my house for many years now, since my daughter was young and I have hosted a few Halloween parties! I also like to dress up on the day. Many of my favourite labels have been releasing new shirts, skirts, dresses and brooches each year


Images from top to bottom:

1. – silver web dress

2. – Vixen Ben Cooper striped monster mask swing skirt

3. – Vixen Ben Cooper sweetheart trick or treat dress

4. – Harlow 50s dress

5. – Haunt 50s dress

Do you celebrate Halloween? Send me photos of your outfits and decorated homes. I would love to see them.

Image: my Happy Halloween sign

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