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.


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.

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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!

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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

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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!!

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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.


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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Love Is In The Air💕

It’s that time of year when love is on everyone’s mind.

Vintage Valentine Card

Valentines Day is here! 💕

Vintage Valentine card

Valentine’s Day originated from a Christian celebration of the Feast of Saint Valentine. It is recognised as a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance.

Vintage Valentine Card

Valentines developed in Roman times with Saint Valentine who was put in prison for performing weddings for soldiers, who were forbidden from marrying. He was persecuted under the Roman Empire, but before his death he restored sight to a blind girl and wrote her a letter that was signed Your Valentine.

St Valentine

My house is decorated, dinner is booked and gifts are wrapped. Now I just need to organise my outfit. I couldn’t find a dress I liked for the occasion so I decided to create one for Valentine’s Day.

I have a red dress that I purchased some time back but never seem to wear. I also purchased a panel of vintage Valentine images to sew on the dress.

Red Rockabilly dress

Panel of vintage Valentine images


1. I cut the panel in half and sewed the edges

The panel cut in half

2. I decided to make the dress into a skirt. Simply, cut along the waist line and sew to tidy up!

The dress made into a skirt

3. Next I pinned the panel to the skirt. You can place the panels anywhere you prefer, on the skirt.

Front of skirt

Back of skirt

4. Next, I sewed the panels onto the skirt

Final product- front of the skirt

Final product- back of skirt

Your other option is to make a 50’s style skirt or dress out of Valentine fabric, but I couldn’t find anything that I really liked so when I found this Valentines panel online I knew that is what I really wanted to use.

Valentines outfit

I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentines Day and it was spent with the one you love!

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Vintage Valentines Card

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Summer Loving 💕

My family and I just enjoyed a two-week holiday down the south coast of NSW with two of our family friends. It was wonderful weather and we had the most fun time!

There is a lot of wildlife in the area we stay at, with many kangaroos, possums, ducks and native birds to interact with.

I also love shopping in the old town of Milton, especially my favourite shop, Nikky B’s which is full of vintage items & rockabilly clothes!

Also in Milton, there is a cute retro cafe which serves great food and has a fun atmosphere!

There is many other interesting areas close by to visit, including Ulladulla, Mollymook, Lake Conjola, Batemans Bay and Jervis Bay, to name a few.

We went shopping, swimming, bike riding, kayaking, boating, fishing, walking, sight seeing, a lot of eating and so much more… Although our holiday was jam-packed, it was still relaxing and fun.

It is a really good break to spend with your family and friends. I would recommend NSW’s South coast for a relaxing and fun filled family holiday. We can’t wait to go back!!

The South Coast

Where do you like to go for your holidays? I would love to hear about it.

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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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