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Bodgies and Widgies

I was talking to my Mother and she began to tell me about the Bodgies and Widgies youth culture from the 1950s. My dad was a Bodgie and she was a Widgie. It sounded really interesting so I had to investigate it further.

Bodgies and Widgies were a youth subculture that existed in Australia πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί and New ZealandπŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ in the 1950s. The culture was similar to the Rocker culture in the UK πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ or the Greaser culture in the USA πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Bodgies and Widgies

The males were known as Bodgies. They grew their hair long and wore satin shirts. Pink was commonly worn by Bodgies, despite still being seen as feminine. Often their attire included very long keychains and later, included moccasins and American drape suits with pegged pants. James Dean was a major style influence who inspired the Bodgie fashion. Typically working class, their interests included alcohol, girls, music and cars.

The females were known as Widgies. They cut their hair short and wore jeans, tight slacks, 3/4 length pants or dresses and bobby socks if they went out, like to a dance.

The confusion was arising between the sexes of the Australian youth. They would regularly frequent Kings Cross and Paddington Milk Bars and were associated with the inner city suburbs. Both my parents grew up in the inner city suburb of Paddington.

Outfits of Bodgies and Widgies

Many in society resisted the Bodgies and Widgies and this created tensions through the generations. The older generations felt the young dressed in strange new clothes and jive-danced to loud music, rejecting the values of their parents generation. This triggered moral panic in Australian society. Police seemed to crackdown on these youths and it sparked numerous exaggerated headlines.

Sydney Newspaper article on Bodgies and Widgies

There were different names for the Aussie Bodgies, some called them Teddy Boys, Rockers, Cafe Racers, Greasers or bikies.

They listened to music like Australian artists Johnny O’ Keefe, Digger Revell, American 50s and jazz music.

Bodgies

Widgies

There was often rivalries between the Bodgies and other subcultures like mods, surfies and skin heads.

Many grew out of it, but some didn’t.

How interesting would it be to step back in time and witness this generation!

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Sydney Rock β€˜n Roll Alternative Market

We had the best day at the Sydney Rock ‘n’ Roll Market held at The Manning Bar in The University of Sydney. I went with my daughter and our friends.

Sydney Rock ‘n’ Roll Alternative Market

The University is stunning with the beautiful old buildings and this added to the atmosphere of the event.

There were games on the lawn like checkers, snakes and ladders and bowls to be enjoyed by all generations

There were so many old cars to admire and everyone was getting photos with all their favourites.

The centre of the building had a fantastic feature with vintage suitcases spiraling towards the roof. It looked absolutely fabulous.

There were three levels of market stalls and more outside on the lawn, along with some food stalls and a fantastic DJ playing a great collection of 50s and 60s music.

There were so many great stalls, some that we recognised and some stalls that we remembered for future reference! We bought so many goodies. There were clothes, accessories, bags, shoes, homeware and a massive selection of records for sale. Hundreds and hundreds of records… It was fantastic! We bought so many that we had been searching for.

In the bar there were bands performing and a lot of swing dancing. The atmosphere was fantastic! I am definitely inspired now to take swing lessons so I can join in soon! (But that will be a future blog)

Have you been to the Sydney Rock ‘n’ Roll & Alternative Market? It is well worth it! The whole vibe of the event is excellent. The people were lovely. The music fantastic. The shopping inspirational. I just loved everything about the whole day. I will definitely be at the next one on 25th November 2018. See you there!!

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How to Create a Retro Bedroom

Bedroom decor has changed over the decades. I love the look of mixing retro items with some modern day necessities, while keeping the retro feel to my decor.

Below are some examples of bedrooms through the decades to use as an influence.

1950s style bedroom

1960s style bedroom

1970s Style lBedroom

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For my room I have decorated it in a vintage inspired retro style.

JH Lynch & Johnny Cash artwork & 50s wall vases & retro ornaments

50s bedroom chair that I covered in retro fabric and left the grey fabric on the skirts, flamingo light & retro style mirror

Some retro ornaments on shelves that we made by cutting into the wall

My moulin rouge style bedroom light on a hat box that I made into a bed side table by adding retro furniture legs, sourpuss tattoo print umbrella, sourpuss pillows & Sailor Jerry tattoo print quilt that I made by sewing the fabric to the centre of a black quilt (and my cat 🐱)

Vintage suitcase set stacked up which is useful for extra storage, vintage hairdryer, vintage sewing mannequin, Jolley Big eye prints, and reproduction circle shelves, retro style matching frames that I placed Marilyn Monroe movie posters in, which I purchased as an old movie poster book from a Salvos store.

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For my daughters room, she wanted it decorated in a retro tiki vibe.

The quilt is a modern tropical theme with flamingos, palm trees and pineapples

I accentuated this peacock chair by painting it white then added flowers to go with the bedroom theme

Pops of colour through the room add the the look. I made an old suitcase into a bedside table by painting it and adding retro wooden table legs

More pops of colour

A round beveled edge vintage mirror, flamingo, tropical print & surfboard, bamboo tree and more colour add to the theme

A Cuban print and Barsony lampshade and to the accessories of the room

And a retro tiki room would not be complete without a kitch hula doll

Coconut containers with flowers attached, that I found in a St Vinnies store are handy containers for hair ties and clips

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There are many options for creating a vintage bedroom. Here are some ideas for that retro feel:

  1. Use vintage lighting
  2. Use vintage textures and patterns
  3. Do a feature wall in retro wallpaper
  4. Get your hands on vintage artwork or prints and place in vintage frames
  5. If you don’t have a vintage style bed then make a statement bed head
  6. Add an ornate vintage mirror
  7. Buy some vintage furniture
  8. Get some vintage ornaments
  9. Get some vintage Manchester or create your own in a vintage style using florals, gingham or retro fabrics

Whatever retro style that you go for in your bedroom, you have endless options in creating it. I hope I have inspired you! Have fun creating!!

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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 dollΒ 

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: Β 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,Β  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. Β Wait a full 24 hours for the primer to set

6. Β Spray the chair in whatever colour you desire. I chose white, as I can change its accessories for a different look. Β 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. Β 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

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Bottom right

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

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ANZAC Day

Throughout all the wars, many sacrificed their lives fighting for our nation to be how it is today.

ANZAC Day, held on 25th April is a national day to remember all those Australians and New Zealand who served and died in all wars and conflicts, and all the suffering and contributions of all those served. It was originally recognised for all those who fought at Gallipoli during World War 1, but over time it includes remembering all those who served in all wars.

During the war, there were also doctors, nurses and many animals who served.

Anzac Day ceremony is a dawn service that is held for those who have fallen in service. It is a standing ceremony conducted in the dark prior to sunrise. It includes the last post bugle call, a minutes silence, a Reville played on the bugle and the laying of wreaths. It is a very emotional ceremony.

Dawn Service

There are currently around 80,000 men and women who are part of our Australian armed forces.

Armed Forces Flag

Through all the wars, many performers went to perform for the troops. The idea of the performances was to lift the morale of the worn and fatigued men and women who faced time in the war zone.

Between 1967 and 1971 troops left Australia for Vietnam. Performers such as Eddie Mendoza (comedian), Little Pattie (singer), Col Joy (singer), Lorrae Desmond (singer), Norman Hetherington (cartoonist) and Cathy Wayne (singer) went to Vietnam to perform for the troops.

Little Patti performing for the troops

Col Joy & Little Patti performing in Vietnam

Cathy Wayne who actually died while in Vietnam

In World War 2, between 1939 and 1945, many Australians again went to war. Many performances were held for the troops. This included performers such as Bing Crosby, Bette Davis, Judy Garland, Lauren Bacall, Frank Sinatra, Humphrey Bogart and Marlene Dietrich.

Bing Crosby with troops

Judy Garland performing for the troops

Humphrey Bogart & Bette Davis performing

Anzac Day is about respecting all the Australian and New Zealand army Corps that who landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 in World War 1. We also show respect to all the soldiers from Australia and New Zealand who have fought in wars present and past.

Anzac Day

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old,

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn,

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them

Lest We Forget………

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