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One Persons Trash is another Persons Treasure

In Australia we have a lot of charity organisations. These organisations accept all our unwanted goods that are still in good condition, such as clothes, linen, kitchenware, toys, electrical, home furnishings and decor.

Charity Bins

They are also a great place to shop for rare and sometimes valuable vintage and retro items. The added bonus is the money you spend helps the charity and you are being sustainable. Some examples of charity stores include St Vinnies, Salvation Army, The Smith Family, Red Cross, Lifeline, Anglicare and The Cat Protection Society of NSW.

Charity Shop

You can find your nearest charity shop on this link:

http://opshop.org/list/NSW/

https://salvos.org.au/

https://www.vinnies.org.au/

https://www.redcross.org.au/

Over the years I have found some really great items in charity stores. I love the hunt to find something rare that I love. Here are some examples of my favourite finds.

Clothing – top left: gingham top, right: crimson leather coat, bottom left: vintage faux leopard fur pants, right: denim jacket

Clothing – top left: blue 50s dress, right: vintage Spanish dress, bottom left: pop art sunglasses cardigan, right: gingham dress

Clothing – all images: my collection of vintage coats

Vintage Handbags

Vintage Hairdryers

Canisters: top: ginger bread man, bottom: large cup cake

Kitchen items- left: vintage enamel pots, top right: vintage enamel canisters, bottom right: retro gay ware canisters

Vintage Mirrors

Furniture – top: vintage bedroom stool, bottom: vintage suitcase ( I made this suitcase into a bedside table)

Retro Vases and bottom right are 50s wall vases

Items- Top: Ponds retro soap ads, bottom left: flying wall ducks, right: chef chalk board

Items- top left: clock, right: jukebox, bottom left: bedroom doll, right: hula doll 

Bathroom- top left: water urn bath, right: brush and mirror set, bottom left: 50s wall soap holder, right: fish light

Ornaments- top left: pink ceramics, right: black cat set, bottom left: retro ashtrays

Wall ornaments – top: wall mermaids, bottom left: cast iron anchor, right:  flying elephant

Christmas Vintage Blow Mould

Idylle Jolylle, big eye artwork from the 70s

Do you love to hunt for vintage items? Have you been to a charity store? What have you found in your favourite charity store? I would love to see, send me photos.

Featured Image: Charity logo

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How To Revamp a Cork Memo Board

I mentioned before that I would show you how to revamp a memo board…. This is a quick and easy project and can be useful artwork in your room!

Here are two that I created. For both,  just purchase a cheap cork memo board in whatever size you require.

1. Cork memo board in a frame

I made this cork board to match all the other frames in my bedroom.

The two frames in my room that I put Marilyn Monroe movie posters in, and my mirror

Here are the steps:

  1. Take the mirror or picture out of the frame. Take the cork board out of its frame and trace the mirror/picture shape onto your memo cork board.

2. Next get a jigsaw or knife and cut out the shape.

3. Place the memo cork board into the frame. It is best if your frame has the metal clips to bend back into place. If not, you could hot glue it into the frame. If it is a wooden frame you could use small nails to keep it into place.

4. Voila! You can put your new memo board up and start using it.

2. Cork memo board covered in fabric

I made this cork memo board for my daughter as her room is retro tiki inspired. Here are the steps:

  1. Pick a fabric and iron the piece, as it works best with no creases.
  2. Take the frame off the memo board, carefully, as you will still need to use the frame. You should be able to take it off by opening only one corner.

3. Next carefully staple the fabric onto the cork board at the back. Carefully pulling the fabric tight at all times, prior to each staple, and fold over corners tidily.

4. Place the frame back onto the cork board. Use a staple gun to close the one corner that you opened.

5. Your frame is now ready to use!

3. Some other ideas are:

Example 1

This example is just a cork board divided into 9 sections with each section decorated individually. You can paint them with normal paint or blackboard paint, or cover it in fabric, or leave it plain. Decorate in any style you prefer!

Example 2

The above example is a piece of wood covered in fabric and stapled on the back, then ribbon crossed over and again stapled to the back. In each X section add a pin for decoration & for sturdiness.

Example 3

This example is a vintage frame with chicken wire stapled to the frame back. You could use fabric or an artwork on the back for a different look. Memos are held on with small pegs, that you can pick up in a craft store.

I have given you some ideas…. but the possibilities are endless! Let your creativity go wild. Show me your creations, I would love to see them!!

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How to Revamp a Peacock Chair

I am so excited that I finally got to buy a good retro peacock chair and at a great price.

My peacock chair

I found this beautiful chair on eBay. It wasn’t too far away and got it at a great price of $75. What a steal!! Most range from the $300 to $600 mark, so I was super excited to get it!

But it definitely needed some TLC. So here were my steps to revamp it:

  1. You will need to clean it up with a small brush. I used a dust pan brush.
  2. Next, use your brush extension on the end of your vacuum cleaner hose to do a final clean.
  3. Cut off any broken bits or tighten them up.
  4. Get a good primer spray and thoroughly spray coverage on the whole chair

The chair once sprayed with primer

4. Repeat to ensure you get full coverage of the chair.

5.  Wait a full 24 hours for the primer to set

6.  Spray the chair in whatever colour you desire. I chose white, as I can change its accessories for a different look.  White looks fresh and bright, and can blend into any decor.

7. You will need 3 spray cans for each coat. You need to spray each way that the cane goes. For example with my chair I had to spray in an x Criss-cross motion to make sure of full coverage on all the cane slats.

7. Once completely dried (24 hours), do a top coat. Again you will need about 3 cans. Then wait another 24 hours for the paint smell to subside and for complete drying time.

Top: front of peacock chair -finished

Bottom: back of chair -finished

8. Now to decorate the chair. I choose a black velvet round cushion and a black faux fur throw, to enhance the white peacock chair.  I recovered the seat cushion by buying another matching throw. I cut 2 layers of the throw 5 cm around the cushion and sewed them together. With the cushion inside, I hand sewed the opening shut.

My peacock chair finished

You can decorate the peacock chair with flowers, coloured paint, pillows, throw, butterflies, ribbon, bows or anything you desire. Here are some other ideas for decorating a peacock chair

Left image

Top right

Bottom right

Have you decorated a peacock chair? Send me photos, I would love to see.

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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….

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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.

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Pin it here

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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