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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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Ridiculously Retro xx

New Year……New Beginning!

So when midnight came on Sunday 31st of December 2017, everyone will celebrate the start of a new year and all the exciting adventures waiting to be experienced!

New Year Celebrations

So each new year we make New Years resolutions that we don’t always keep. Well in 2017, I managed to achieve half of my resolutions, so in 2018 I plan to meet them all!  Do you make New Years Resolutions too? Do you manage to meet them all?

Vintage New Year

Our celebration traditions include my family and two other family friends, and each year we take it in turn to have a New Years Party. We all sleep over and continue the celebrations on New Years Day. This year we also have the double celebration with a family friend’s 18th birthday

My family & I ready for NYE party

There are endless opportunities and adventures to look forward to at the start of each new year. What will the New Year bring? What excitement, sadness, fun and happiness lies ahead?

New Year Celebration

New Year is celebrated at different times all over the world. But we all celebrate and bring on the new year with a countdown, fireworks, resolutions, kisses, well wishing, and singing traditional songs like ‘Auld Lang Syne’.

Midnight- New Year

Many countries have different traditions be it burning scarecrows, presents in children’s shoes, breaking dishes, decorating, parades, bonfires, eating grapes, fist fighting, drumming, baking a cake, dropping the New Years ball, and so many others….

Rockabilly New Year

Let’s hope this year is a fantastic year for all of us. There is peace, health and happiness for everyone. I hope we all meet our New Years Resolutions. I know I plan too!

Happy New Year

Featured Image: 2018 New Year

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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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Retro Diners

One of my favourite diners is Doughbox Diner at Enmore. It has a great 50s vibe.

Image: Doughbox Diner’s Facebook page

Image: standing outside Doughbox Diner

When you first arrive at your booth they bring you a jug of water & hot popcorn. The food here is delicious and I recommend trying the crepe cones. They are my absolute favourites!

Image: food at Doughbox Diner

There is plenty more on the menu too, such as the buffalo wings, fries, hotdogs and burgers.

There are great retro signs and pictures on the walls.

Images of the retro wall art

The atmosphere is great with the 50s music blasting from the jukebox, the comfy, bright red diner booths and the waitresses dolled up in their cute 50s diner outfits. I just love going to this diner!

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I also love Big Daddy’s Diner. It has a selection of yummy food too!

Image: Examples of meals at Big Daddy’s

There is a wide variety of food to choose from on their menu.

The restaurant is located at Newtown, Darlinghurst, Surry Hills and Penrith. It is decorated with retro signs and neon signs.

Image: Signs on the walls at the restaurant

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The food and the atmosphere is great, I really enjoyed it. It would have been great if they also played retro music to add to the atmosphere, but it is a really enjoyable experience at this restaurant.

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There is also the retro diner at the skyline drive in, that I have talked about in my previous blog: Stranded at the Drive Ins

Image: retro diner at the Drive Ins

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Have you been to these diners or another retro diner? Let me know about your experience, I would love to hear about it.

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Ridiculously Retro xx

American Graffiti

The drive-ins are playing retro movies and last Saturday the feature was the classic movie American Graffiti.

Skyline Drive in

 

The retro experience at the drive in.

Website: eventcinemas.com.au

 

I was so excited as I love the movie. There were some hot rods and classic cars, which my husband and I were hoping for.

Waiting for the movie to begin

 

Old car window speakers are still next to each car space, to add to the retro feel.

 

There is a retro diner with yummy food

 

American Grafitti is about the last day of summer holidays for a group of friends. The whole movie is set over one night, and involves cruising the streets of California and listening to the DJ, Wolfman Jack, play rock’n’roll music and all the adventures that they go through on this one night. It is the last night of their freedom before they become working adults. It is about the cruising and rock’n’roll culture of the times.

Some cast members

 

Mels drive-in diner, where a lot of the action occurs

 

The music score is fantastic featuring songs such as Louie Louie, Rock Around The Clock, 16 Candles, That’ll Be The Day, Why Do Fools Fall in Love, At The Hop, Surfin’ Safari, Barbara Ann, The Great Pretender and many more. It is really worth a listen with the 41 great songs on it.

American Graffiti Soundtrack

Image: amazon.com

 

This is a great movie and well worth seeing. The next retro drive in that I want to go too is “The Wild One” which is being screened in a few weeks.

Have you been to the drive ins lately? Let me know, I would love to hear about your experience.

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Stray Cat Strut

Stray Cats were a rockabilly band formed in America in 1979. Rockabilly music blends country with rhythm and blues. The band was formed by guitarist and vocalist Brian Setzer. Other members included double bassist Lee Rocker and drummer Slim Jim Phantom.

 

Stray Cats Logo

Image: stray cats.com

 

The band was influenced by music such as Gene Vincent, Bill Haley and the Comets and Eddie Cochran. They performed at the famous CBGB club, and gained a huge following. In addition to playing rockabilly music, they wore rockabilly style clothes, such as creepers, western shirts and drape jackets.

 

Stray Cats original line up

Image: wikipedia.org

 

In 1981 they released their self-titled debut album, with hits such as Stray Cat Strut, Rock This Town and Runaway Boys. It was a huge success.

 

Stray Cats original self titled album

Image: amazon.com

 

The second album, Gonna Ball, was not as successful as the first album. Following this they released their third album, Built for Speed, which went double platinum. It has hit songs such as Rock This Town, Stray Cat Strut,Rumble in Brighton and Built For Speed. They went on to produce more albums, along with “best of” albums. There was also changes to the original line-up in the band, but Brian remained as the singer.

 

Stray Cats 3rd album – Built for Speed

Image: img.discogs.com

 

In 2008/2009, Stray Cats toured Australia! These shows were a part of their Farewell Tour and completely sold out. They played at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney. What a show!!

 

Advertisement for Stray Cats concert in 2009 at The Enmore Theatre
Image: Setzerarchive.com

 

In 1990, Brian formed a new band: The Brian Setzer Orchestra. It is a jump blues swing revival band. Jump blues is an up-tempo style of blues. It was popular in the 1940s and it is a combination of rhythm and blues and rock and roll.

 

Brian Setzer Orchestra

Image: modesttoview.com

 

Whenever anyone gets into my little VW Beetle, I am usually playing a Stray Cats CD… really loud! I just love their music (which is why I had to write this blog), it makes me feel so happy and gives me the urge to get up and dance. I absolutely love the beat of the double bass in their music. The sounds are great and the lyrics will make you want to sing along, as they are so catchy!

 

When you can, get a listen to some Stray Cats. I am sure you will love it, as much as me! You will probably feel like dancing too. (Though it’s a bit hard when you are driving) The double bass sound just makes the music, as well as Brian’s voice.

What is your favourite band? Message me, I would love to hear what you are listening to.

 

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Ridiculously Retro XX