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Treasure Trove

One of my favourite places to shop is Mitchell Road Antique and Design Centre. It can be found at 17 Bourke Road in Alexandria NSW. Wow 😳 what a fascinating place!!

Mitchell Road Antique and Design Centre is a large warehouse full of different stalls of traders, hobbyists, collectors, stylists and dealers. You can spend hours at this warehouse when visiting as there is so much to see.

It is like stepping back in time. You never know what interesting and unique items you will find each time you go to shop. I will share some of my favourite finds throughout my last shopping experience.

I have been many times and I will share with you some of my divine purchases…

Mitchell Road sells everything you want AND more. They stock countless antiques and collectable finds in furniture, lighting, fashion, jewellery, fashion accessories, homewares, art, toys, music, magazines, books and other items.

Whenever you visit Mitchell Road, I guarantee that you cannot leave the warehouse without buying something. There is so much variety and so many wonderful items that you may never get the opportunity to see again. So you better start start saving (LOL).

Below is even more images, to give you an idea of what is available at this fantastic warehouse.

I hope you get to visit Mitchell Road Antique and Design Centre as it is well worth a visit. Maybe you know of another place similar, let us know! We would love to find out. Even if it’s not in NSW, Australia.

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It’s Extraordinaire…..It’s The Sydney Fair!

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to go to the Sydney Fair. It is Sydney’s largest antique fair. It was full of art deco, vintage and 20th century pieces for sale from over 50 dealers. It was held at Randwick Racecourse in the Kensington Room.

Standing alongside some of the fashion

There were so many amazing items. I was in awe at the rare vintage fashion, unique items and antiques!!

There was furniture, fashion, jewellery, lighting, sculpture, silver, glass, ceramics, books, prints, arts and vintage couture from all eras.

Outside the fair

I took some photos of items at the fair to share with you. Enjoy!

Signs
Jewellery
Fashion
Ornaments
Furniture
More Fashion
More furniture
Decanter
Even More Fashion
Even More Furniture

There were stalls and stalls of incredible items and well worth a look. I have been into vintage for a long time and there was some fashion I had never had the opportunity to see before this fair. There were so many rare decor and furniture items. As well as stunning artwork.

Seven news visits the fair:

https://fb.watch/5SY1L7WvGY/

The Sydney Fair is in other states of Australia. I definitely know that it is held in Melbourne, so check it out if you are in Australia, to see if it is in your state.

The Sydney Fair is the perfect opportunity to view and touch rare pieces that you have only seen in pictures,
talk to experts,
try something vintage on and take photos,
You can also buy something to wear, collect or decorate with….

It is well worth a visit.

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This Blows My Mind ……

https://www.instyle.com/hair/history-hair-dryer?crlt.pid=camp.1cWzgieTX7P2#903006

Hairdryers are important… they play an essential role in a good haircut. A hairdryer takes the moisture out of your hair and creates a natural body and shape to your hairstyle. It is essential to own a good hairdryer in order to create less frizz and a good all-over style. A good hairdryer will dispense heat more evenly and not damage your hair.

https://www.hemswell-antiques.com/antiques/vintage-upcycled-and-repurposed/vintage-bakelite-hairdryer-upcycled-lamp-74450.html

In 1890, the first hairdryer was invented by French stylist Alexander Godefroy. Now, don’t we owe him praise! His invention was very large, where you sat with a bonnet attached to a chimney pipe of a gas stove. Alexander Godefroy invented it for his own hair salon in France. Hence, it was not portable.

https://www.biegyanation.com/facts/craziest-old-hair-dryers-photos-in-history-who-invented-hair-dryer-year/

In the 1920s, hairdryers were on the market in hand-held form. They look quite heavy and only have a small nozzle so they would only dispense air to smaller areas of your hair. This would be handy for styling your hair, but meant drying your hair would take a lot longer.

https://fineartamerica.com/art/photographs/vintage+hair+dryer

In 1936, there was the multi-prong hairdryer. It was a strange looking hairdryer and appears as though aliens are probing information from our brains (LOL). But you have to admit it is rather peculiar looking?!

https://www.biegyanation.com/facts/craziest-old-hair-dryers-photos-in-history-who-invented-hair-dryer-year/

During the 1950s and 1960s, the bonnet dryer was introduced. This was where the hairdryer was in a portable box, with a tube connecting to a bonnet. This bonnet is placed on top of a persons head. This worked by giving an even amount of heat to the whole head at once. This was handy in this era – curlers were often used and once your hair was dried you would style it. Later, it became more portable and could be worn attached to your pants.

https://clickamericana.com/topics/beauty-fashion/dry-vintage-home-hair-dryers-1960s-1970s

In the 1950s there were also hairdryers on stands, which made it easier when styling your hair. This hairdryer allows the flexibility of both your hands to be free for styling while blowing. I love the look of this hairdryer.

https://wanelo.co/p/19462068/vintage-hair-dryer-1950s-chic-hair-dryer-pastel-pink-morris-struhl-inc-vintage-dryer-stand-50s-vintage-beauty-salon-working

In the 1960s and 1970s, there was the home portable salonette hairdryer. This was handy for fast drying and it’s compact size. It allowed you to sit, dry & style your hair like in the salons, but in a compact size for your home.

https://clickamericana.com/topics/beauty-fashion/dry-vintage-home-hair-dryers-1960s-1970s

In the 1960s, there were also home salon stand hairdryers. These were a great way to set your hair with rollers, then style your hair. They were not compact like the above options, but if you had the room in your house these were the more expensive alternative that gave better results.

https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/373869206542860279/

The 1970s hairdryers are not too different to todays hairdryers, just a bit heavier in comparison. They were basic and just came with a nozzle attachment for styling.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/615786428/1970s-vintage-hair-dryer-blo-styler-by?epik=dj0yJnU9a3Zac2d1aUxldmRta0hDQjZPZEZDaUc1dnBKUHVTeHUmcD0wJm49cHpRSlprX3IwU1o0VXFrN0JuVnlMQSZ0PUFBQUFBR0NIY1ZZ

In the 1980s, hairdryers came with more accessories than just nozzles… the diffuser! Diffusers became a big hit as they helped your hair to look fuller and enhanced your curls. And as we know, the 1980s hairstyles became much bigger than ever before! The motto with hair was “the bigger, the better” (LOL), hence the trend towards diffusers.

https://beautychattette.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/how-to-do-80s-hair-make-up-and-dress-up-for-a-party/5-22/

In the 1990s, the trend in hairdryers was the smaller, the better. As with many other electrical items, trends have gone from big and bulky to small … and now back to bigger!

https://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/beauty/g25311921/90s-hair-tools/

Today, most hairdryers are the same. They are lightweight, portable and easily functional. They can come with a few different attachments for styling, as well. Another difference from earlier models being that we have the option of the cool setting. Many hairdressers, and people, prefer using cooler settings to avoid damaging your hair.

https://www.amazon.com/Professional-Negative-Infrared-Diffuser-Concentrator/dp/B07DDDBW3B

Many people like to collect vintage hairdryers as they are quirky and are a good representation of the retro life. I have collected a few hairdryers over the years and I thought I would share them with you:

My GE Salonette Portable Hairdryer
My Bonnet Hairdryer
My 1970s CMB Salon Stand Hairdryer
My 50s-60s Pink Ronson Stand Hair Dryer

What do you think of the varying hairdryers over time? Its interesting that there hasn’t been too much change since the 1970s when compared to earlier models. Do you collect vintage hairdryers? I would love to see your collection.

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O! How Stylish

Jackie Kennedy Onassis was one of the most stylish ladies and renowned for being at the forefront of fashion. Her style was copied by women around the world and still is today. She has remained an influential figure in the fashion industry. Her famous styles and renowned look is known as the Jackie O look.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacqueline_Kennedy_Onassis

Jackie Lee Bouvier was born on July 28 1929, in New York. Jackie began riding horses at one year old and by eleven, she had won several national championships. While at school, she learnt ballet and French. She continued her studies at college where she studied history, literature, art and French. She completed studies in Paris too.

Jackie started her first job in 1951 as a photographer for a newspaper, where she met John F Kennedy. They married and she became the youngest ever First Lady.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/jackie-kennedy-letters-shine-light-her-marriage-mourning-n104191

Jackie was renowned for wearing oversized glasses and these became her signature eye-ware. This famous style of glasses are often coming into fashion over and over again and are still known as Jackie O glasses.

https://www.smartbuyglasses.co.uk/blog/brand-spotlight/thats-so-jackie-o-statement-sunglasses.html

Another statement fashion item of Jackie’s was the pearl necklace.

Pearls were appropriate with any outfit!

According to Jackie

Many images of Jackie show her with either short pearls, or in the late 60s and 70s she would often wear long strands of pearls with mini dresses.

https://www.pearlsonly.com.au/blog/jackie-kennedy-wearing-a-triple-strand-pearl-necklace/

Jackie also popularised the pillbox hat. She usually wore a pillbox hat that matched her dresses and jackets.

https://www.popsugar.com.au/beauty/photo-gallery/46358023/image/46357999/Jackie-Kennedy-Fashion-Show-US-State-Department-1962

In 1964, Jackie purchased six Gucci handbags, known as The Constance. The bags instantly became a hit. These Gucci Bags later became known as the iconic Jackie handbag, as a tribute to Jackie Kennedy. This bag was considered the first boho or bohemian bag.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/28/t-magazine/gucci-jackie-1961-saddlebag.html

There was a new Jackie handbag introduced in 2009. Released by Gucci and created by Frida Giannini. It was again hugely popular.

https://www.icon-icon.com/en/the-jackie-by-gucci/

Jackie was also famous for wearing the Chanel suit. Her pink Chanel suit is her most famous outfit in history and remains her trademark. In the late 1950s and early 1960s the Chanel suit was a strong symbol of the modern woman of high society with political views, sophistication and independence. This is what Jackie represented. The colour pink was also an element of traditional feminist attributes!

Her pink suit was one of John F Kennedy’s favourites. The sad significance of the suit is that she was wearing it at her husband, John F Kennedy’s assassination. She attempted to protect her husband, leaving her suit blood stained. It is stored out of public viewing in the National Archives.

https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/110338259608536387/

For casual outings, Jackie would often look chic in a shift dress or matching top and skirt or pencil pants.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/style/6-new-season-trends-borrow-jackie-kennedy/

https://www.instyle.com/fashion/jackie-kennedy-style-lessons

https://www.dimplesandtangles.com/2014/06/fashion-inspired-by-jacqueline-kennedy.html

https://www.harpersbazaar.com/fashion/trends/g1370/jackie-kennedy-onassis-style-0111/

Jackie O was often dressed by designers such as Oleg Cassini, Chanel, Christian Dior and Givenchy.

https://www.usmagazine.com/stylish/news/fashion-designer-hubert-de-givenchy-dead-at-91-details/
https://www.harpersbazaar.com/fashion/trends/g1370/jackie-kennedy-onassis-style-0111/

Jackie O captivated the world with her style, intelligence, beauty and grace. She is someone that I have admired over the years for her style, and in my eyes will always be a fashion icon.

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So Bright, So Light and You Seal It Tight…….Gayware!

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Gayware advertisements

In the kitchen…

Retro canisters can really brighten up your kitchen! Canisters, such as Gayware, are not sealed tight and so should not be used to keep things fresh over long periods of time. But they are handy for things when clipped closed in their packaging like biscuits, cereals, flour, pasta, lollies, bread, nuts, herbs, etc… The older enamel canisters, such as the ones pictured below with green writing, are heavier and do seal a bit better, though not suction sealed.

There is a wide range of brands and styles to choose in retro canisters. My favourites are Gayware as I love the look of the colour choices and the lettering, as they really pop on my kitchen shelves. What is your favourite?

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Also, without their lids, the larger ones are handy for holding your kitchen utensils if you leave them displayed on your bench. Then this allows for easily accessing your utensils while you cook. I love it as it makes time in the kitchen quick and easy. I am by no means a 1950s housewife! 😉

In the bathroom…

Canisters are handy for holding perfumes, moisturisers and other skin care items. Also, they’re great for all your spare or extra items like toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, and so on. Another use is for all your first aid items like bandaids, bandages, antiseptic creams, as they are easy to grab. I have put my canisters on a little book shelf in my bathroom. It keeps everything tidy and handy and looks fantastic in my retro-inspired bathroom. As you can see I love organisation in my life and especially in my bathroom!

In the Laundry…

Retro canisters can be used for holding your washing detergent and stain remover products. They are a tidier alternative than having ugly and boring washing powder boxes on display in your retro laundry. It keeps everything handy and it’s only a matter of lifting the lid to scoop out the powder, and replace lid. How handy!

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In the bedroom…

Canisters can be used for holding your different jewellery, makeup products, brooches, hair accessories, moisturisers, vitamins, medications, keepsakes, bills, reminders, sewing items or any other small items… All those items growing in your bedside table can be organised in a tidy and fashionable way with retro canisters!

In the garden…

Canisters can be used for pot plants or holding your little gardening tools. I don’t have any in my garden yet but I found these ideas online. It has inspired me with the extra canisters I have to put them to a creative use to make some cute pot plants! I will let you know how I go in a future blog!

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Canisters in the garden

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With all this organising it is just a matter of remembering which colour canister or which letter stores which items. You could even add lettering to  the front to remember what is in the canister or leave it blank. It is up to you! The other thing to remember is if the canister has the original lettering on it. Turn it around! You don’t want a flour canister in your bathroom…  A plain canister is a better alternative.

I hope this blog has given you some inspirational ideas for the different uses of retro canisters other than in the kitchen!

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How we roll….

Bowling has been around throughout history but it seems to have an association with the late 1950s.

This is probably due to its great popularity with teenagers during this era. Bowling is a fun and a simple recreational pastime!

Some people bowl professionally in sporting tournaments. Professional bowling tournaments were quite popular in the late 1970s. An interesting fact that I found was that in the 1970s, some professional bowlers earned twice as much as NRL players! So as much as it is was a fun pastime it was a lucrative sport for some people.

Earlier in the year, my family and I went to bowling for the night and we had loads of fun. We bowled for hours! There was retro music playing and a retro diner to go and eat at. Honestly, I had not bowled in years and I am obsessed with bowling again. I love it and so does my family. It is so much fun. We cannot wait to go back.

Bowling is easy to learn it is just bowling the ball down a lane towards ten pins positioned as a triangle. The object of the game is to knock all ten pins down in the first roll (known as a strike) or in the second strike (known as a spare) or as many pins as possible. The more pins that you knock down, earliest, the more points earned. You only get two balls each round. There are ten rounds per game 

 

When you are next able to, and thinking of something different to do, give bowling a go…….I am sure that you will fall in love with bowling, just like my family and I did.

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You’re invited to a 1950’s BBQ!

I recently hosted a 1950’s style BBQ and invited some friends. Let me tell you how I went about preparing for my 1950s themed event!

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Firstly, the dress code was 1950s style. This made for excellent themed photos and great memories!

  • The men dressed in jeans with rockabilly shirts or t-shirts. They rocked slicked hair and pompadours. They all put in a great effort!
  • The woman all wore 50s full skirts or dresses, petticoats, gloves, scarves, brooches and cat eye glasses. They wore quiffs , flowers and victory rolls. Everybody put in such an effort!

 

For the setting, I used long tables with white table clothes and white chairs to accentuate the colourful 1950s tableware accessories I used. These included vintage dinnerware set and bone handled cutlery. I also used brightly coloured retro items and bowls to hold different items like salads, fruits, and lollies. Each person was given a glass mug with a retro striped straw.

I also created a photo wall to take some great individuals photos. I purchased a vine wall from Kmart and hung strands of fake red roses upon it. In front, I placed a flamingo and  laid some red carpet. As you can see it looked great in the photos!

Yes, I even dressed up my dog with a red scarf.

We played 1950s music through my jukebox!

We tried to find some 1950s recipes to cook for the BBQ. For entree we made salmon mousse canapés, devilled eggs and cheese balls. For the main meals we had a normal BBQ with meat, sausages and salads. For dessert, we had a delicious gelato cake! On the outside layer, it had individual cones with a scoop of gelato and the inside was made of layers of gelato. It was such a cool cake, and so delicious!

It was purchased from Pure Gelato!

The day was a great success. Everyone had a wonderful time.

I hope my ideas and tips help to inspire you to hold a 1950s themed BBQ. I am sure you will enjoy it. Let me know how it went. I would love to hear!

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Back to Basics: Your Guide for Channelling the 1950’s

In order to achieve the perfect 1950s fashion look, you need to know and understand the fashion trends of the era. I have done some research over time and here is what I have found are the key pieces:

  1. Swing dresses
  2. Petticoats for fullness
  3. Slim sheath dresses
4. Tailored suits 5. Pencil / poodle Skirts6. Cape 7. Circle skirts 8. Capri / cigarette pants 9. High waisted jeans 10. Crew Neck cardigan 11. Peter pan collar blouses 12. Bolero 13. Twin set cardigan sweaters 14. Swing coats in winter 15. Neck scarf 16. Kitten heels, saddle shoes, stiletto heels 17. Small hats, headscarves, hair flowers18. Pearls, brooches, sweater clips 19. Gloves, belt, handbag 20. Buttlet bra, girdle, backseam stockings

I hope this has helped you gain more of an understanding of the fashion trends of the 1950s, to help you achieve your look.

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How to Cover a Chaise Lounge and A Cushion

This blog shows you how easy it is to cover any lounge. You can cover it all if needed or you can cover only part, like I have done, if that will suit the look. It is a cheaper alternative to up cycle a lounge and recycling helps to save the environment and reduce your carbon footprint!

Tools Required:

  1. Fabric
  2. Matching cotton
  3. Scissors
  4. Curved Upholsterers Needle
  5. Staple Gun

Steps:

  1. Place the fabric over the area you wish to cover and tuck into any crevices where possible. For example, where the back rest and arm rests meet the seats. Double check that it is all straight along the seat top.
  2. Where there is wood you can use a staple gun and staple the fabric to the lounge. Be careful to pull the fabric taught and make sure there are no creases or lumps. The easiest step for the corners is to twist the fabric as you pull it tight then staple it while holding it. Turn in the rough edges of the fabric to stop fraying and keep it looking tidy. Make sure to staple all the sections so that none of the covering comes loose.
  3. For the sections without wood, you will sew it onto the lounge using the curved upholstery needle. You will need to do this mainly on the seat area. The curved needle makes it easy to pull through to the other side. Turn in the rough edges of the fabric to stop fraying and keep it looking tidy. Once again make sure that you sew all the sections so that nothing comes undone.

7. If you are only doing part of the lounge like I have, you will need to tuck in the fabric edge where the back rest meets the seat. Sew along the entire edge, opening up the edge so that the sewing can remain hidden and extra tight within the crevice. This will stop the fabric moving when the seat has been sat on. Otherwise you will be forever tucking it in to tidy up the seat!

Now you are done! If you are covering the whole lounge, then you can repeat the steps for the remaining parts. Good luck!!

Cushion

Now I will show you the simple steps to make a matching cushion

  1. Cut out the fabric about 5cm bigger than your cushion.
  2. Sew it using a sewing machine with right sides of the fabric facing. Sew all sides but on the last side leave a gap wide enough to squash your pillow through.
  3. Now turn the right side of your fabric through. Push your cushion through.

6. Close the opening of the cushion by turning in the edge and sewing both sides together to sew close the edge. Your cushion is complete and ready for use on your lounge!

Good luck with your project of covering your lounge. I have covered a few in my time as I love doing it for myself and friends. Revamping a lounge and reducing your waste is a great project. Send me an email if you have any questions or photos of your finished product, I would love to see them.

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DIY Retro Oven Mitt and Hot Pad

If you have been wanting to replace your old oven mitt and hot pad then why not make your own! I am going to help you through an easy step by step guide to making an oven mitt and hot pad in your favourite retro fabric to suit your retro kitchen. It is an easy project and takes very little time to make. You can use left over fabric and the only cost may be the heat proof insulated wadding, which you will need 1/2 a metre of, depending on its width.

What You Will Need:

  1. Insulated wadding
  2. Retro fabric
  3. Matching Ribbon
  4. Matching cotton
  5. Sewing machine
  6. Paper & pen
  7. Scissors

Mitt

1. To begin with, trace around your hand on a piece of paper. Do an over exaggerated trace as I have done in the picture below. This allows for any size hand to use the glove and also ease to pull on and off.

Cut around the trace.

2. Use this as your pattern for cutting out your fabric piece. You will need 4 pieces of your retro fabric for the glove, cutting it to the pattern shape. I used 4 pieces of fabric as I prefer the inside of the glove to be fabric rather than wadding as I do not like the feel of wadding on my hand.

3. Next, cut out all your wadding. You will need 4 pieces of your wadding for the glove, cutting it to the pattern shape. This will give you extra padding from the heat.

4. Now grab two pieces of fabric and 2 pieces of your wadding and pin together matching up all sides evenly and having the correct side of fabric on the outside and wadding on the inside. Sew close to the edges on all sides leaving no openings.

5. Do the same with the remaining two pieces of fabric and two pieces of wadding. Once again, pinning together, matching up all sides evenly and sewing close to the edges.

6. Now you can pin the two sewn pieces together leaving the bottom piece open, as this allows your hand to enter. On one side before you get to the end of the seam add a ribbon loop along the seam (do the loop on the inside as we will be turning the glove through so the seams are on the inside & the hoop will then be on the outside ) This loop will allow you to hang your mitt, see picture below.

Once sewn turn the glove inside out so the seams are on the inside (not showing)

7. Now you can hem the bottom or use the remaining ribbon to hem, like I have done below.

Hot Pad

This is a really easy process:

1. Cut out fabric 2 squares & 2 wadding squares. It is usually recommended that you do a square 17.5cm x 17.5cm, but it is really up to you.

2. Place fabric pieces right sides together and wadding on the outside, then sew all sides together leaving a 5cm gap to pull it through to the right side

3. When you have pulled it completely through to the right side. Use a knitting needle or something similar to push the corners to check they are through completely. Then you can finish sewing the seam closed. As you sew the seam closed you can use ribbon to make a loop for easy hanging.

4. To tidy it up, I like to stitch around the edges.

Your kitchen mitt and hot pad is now complete

Let me know how you go, I would love to see your finished product!

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