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Magical Mermaids

Mermaids are legendary creatures of the sea. The head and upper body are of a female human with the tail of a fish. Mermaid is a compound of old English – merely meaning sea and maid, being a young woman.

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Mermaids are a part of worldwide culture! Sightings of mermaids have been recorded over many centuries. Are they a myth or true?

The first known story was that of goddess Atargatis of Assyria that transferred herself into a mermaid out of shame from accidentally killing her lover.

Above: Artargatis

Mermaids have been popular in both art and literature over many centuries.

Above: Leighton-The Fisherman and the Syren-c. 1856-1858.

The most famous mermaid story that children love is Disney’s The Little Mermaid. It follows the story of mermaid Ariel who falls in love with a Prince and wants to be a human, as to be with her true love.

Above: Ariel, Disney’s Little Mermaid

I have recently purchased vintage wall mermaids! I have wanted to get some for such a long time as I adore them, but I waited to get the perfect set to match my bathroom decor.

Above: My vintage mermaids

Vintage mermaids can range in price from $120 to $350, depending on their makers. There are some really good vintage wall mermaid sets by Lefton, Norcrest, McFarlane, Bradley, Lane & Co, Joty and Holt Howard.

Above: Vintage mermaids sets

Do you love Vintage Wall Mermaids? Let me know! Do you have any vintage wall mermaids? Send me photos, I would love to see them!!

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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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Romeo, Romeo – Where for art thou Romeo

Growing up with a famous name, Juliette, comes with a lot of ridicule. For every new person I meet I am always asked the same question, “Where is Romeo?” or “Who is your Romeo?” I have to let out the usual giggle (like I have never heard that one before lol) but everyone says it. You have to be polite. And they always think they are the first to say it and that they are very humorous but it is a joke that you live with all your life.

Even new teachers at school, found it necessary to taunt me with that joke in front of the whole class. Which meant at lunch time the topic of conversation amongst my friends was: who is my Romeo? And constantly telling boys they were my Romeo.

When you have a boyfriend or husband they were also part of the joke. “You should change your name to Romeo”. Or else my husband just gets nicknamed Romeo. He is use to it now and also lets out the same laugh like it is the first time he has heard that joke.

But don’t get me wrong, I love my name. I like it’s originality, and I have only met one other Juliet! I also love the fact my name is French and that it has romantic connotations. It is a beautiful sounding name and the name means little angel.

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William Shakespeare’s novel Romeo and Juliet

I have always loved the Shakespeare novel, Romeo and Juliet, being a true romantic just adds to my love of the novel.

Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy that was written by William Shakespeare and it was one of his most popular novels/ plays.

Image of Romeo and Juliet’s famous balcony scene by Ford Maddox Brown

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The tragedy is about two families in a feud. Romeo is from one family and Juliet the other. They meet at a masquerade ball held for Juliet to fall in love with Paris, but plans are altered when Romeo and Juliet fall madly in love at first sight and agree to marry the next day.

Friar Laurence performs the ceremony, though at first was reluctant, but believed it might be the perfect way to end the feud between the families.

Later, Juliet’s father arranges for Juliet to marry Paris, unaware of her previous engagements. To overcome this, Friar Laurence organises for Juliet to take a sleeping potion to make her appear dead for the next 42 hours. Romeo was kept unaware of this plan, and finds Juliet, assuming she is dead. In light of the tragic scene laying before him, he drinks poison and dies. However, Juliet soon awakens to find the death of her lover, and in turn takes Romeo’s dagger and stabs herself.

The two families arrive and Friar explains the tragic story. The tragedy of the event brings both families together and this leads to the feud’s end.

Image: Romeo and Juliet’s death scene

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I adore Baz Luhrmann’s adaption of Romeo and Juliet, staring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. It is a modern take on a classic story. I really enjoy this movie and recommend it to everyone. It is one of my favourite movie interpretations.

Image: Baz Luhrman’s Romeo & Juliet

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There are so many famous names from history. Do you have a famous name from history? Let me know about your name and the experiences that you have endured. I would love to hear about it.

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Not Just Another Fly on the Wall…

There is a wide variety of retro wall collectables, and some of them are just adorable!  I have purchased a few over the years and I am still on the lookout for more unique ones, but who isn’t?

Retro black deer head with gold trims
This a very stylish piece and is still able to be infused within modern decor too.

Cameo Relief Wall plate
This is a stylish piece and looks stunning on my wall, with its contrasting pink to the red! I also love the textured feel of the dusty pink velveteen.

Retro flying swallows
You can find numerous replicas of these made today! They made a big comeback about 5 years ago, and were able to be found in so many homewares shops.

3D deer plate
This was purchased at a great price but I have seen it being sold at ridiculously high prices. So do shop around.

I just adore the 3d effect on the deer, squirrel, bird and trees. You can find a variety of designs in the 3D plates. So try find tone that relates to your theme or likes. There popularity was mainly in the 1970s.

 

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Cameo Wall hanging
This is onlya small wall hanging compared to my other cameo wall hanging butI still really like the detail on it.  Cameo is a method of carving an object on an gem. Not sure of the history of either of my cameo wall arts, but I am still researching into it. So look out for it in my future blogs and the history of cameo brooches.  

Retro flying elephant wall hanging
This is so cute! But I have seen that this actually comes in a three piece set, but unfortunately I have only one. Never mind I think it is quite unique.

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These are wall hangings I am on the lookout for. I am hunting around for a great price on them! I really enjoy the hunt…

This is a Lefton Wall Lady. She is very lovely and an extremely hard to piece to find! To date, I have not seen this one but I am on the lookout. George Zoltan Lefton made china and porcelain creations from 1940 through to the 1990s.  But this a typical 1950s piece. You will know it is a real Lefton creation if it is stamped on it. But in later pieces, Lefton used stickers as his identifying marks. These may have deteriorated over time so may be less noticeable.   

This is a Lefton ballerina set. I have seen this one twice and unfortunately did not get the opportunity to purchase them. I also did not realise the rarity of the items! However, I won’t lose the chance the third time…. hopefully third time lucky! I love this set and it is typical of Lefton’s 1950s work, such as the mermaid wall ceramics.


I also love these fish wall hangings. There are a lot of varieties of the fish, be they Norton, Bradley, Lefton, Norcrest or Holt Howard!


I am also on the lookout for a Norcrest Mermaid Set. I found a great pair of mermaids online that I am bidding on, and hope to purchase! Fingers crossed.

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You also have your vintage mirrors, which can be a feature item on any wall! There are some stunning vintage mirrors available, where the intricate craftsmanship is still so evident. I especially love the ones with etched pictures and beveled edges.

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The above photo show a creative way to incorporate vintage mirrors into your modern decor. These vintage hand mirrors were used as photo frames.

My personal collection of vintage mirrors
If you’d like to learn more about my collection of vintage mirrors, check out my earlier blog post here!

Retro wooden fork and spoon sets are another alternative to wall collectables that can be funky accessories for your kitchen! I remember my grandmother’s pair from when I was young. I love these ones. img_5910-e1505310092834.jpg These are huge and a feature on my kitchen walls[/caption]

My fork and spoon set
They are a huge, measuring up to 1 metre long

You can also get vintage wall vases! There is a wide variety and styles available. You can put plants or flowers in them, or keep them empty.


Pink Wall Vase Set
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Vase Wall Hanging
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Of course,  another great alternative is vintage artwork. My favourite artists include Roy Lichtenstein, Margaret Keane, Andy Warhol and JH Lynch. Look out for my future blogs on these retro artists!

What vintage wall collectables are you collecting? Send me photos, I am excited to see them!

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Stranded at the Drive-Ins

At the Drive-Ins they are having a “Retro Experience” and playing old-style movies each Saturday Night over a few months!

Blacktown Skyline Drive-in

 


The retro experience at the drive-in. Website: eventcinemas.com.au

 

It was so much fun watching Grease at the drive-ins (even though I had just watched it 2 weeks prior lol)! There were so many vintage cars, hot rods and rockabilly people everywhere. It was such a fun night.

Waiting for the movie to begin

Grease playing at the drive-in

The old speaker boxes for your car window

 

There is also a retro diner to purchase all your snacks. It has great food with a retro atmosphere!


Photos in the diner.
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It was such a ridiculously retro night. I would recommend it to everyone who would love to experience the retro lifestyle! I already booked to see American Graffiti in a few weeks time, which is another movie that I love. I will let you know how it went.


The end of Grease.

 

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

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How To Display Your Vintage Collectables 

If you purchase a retro display cabinet, it becomes a great way to display all your vintage collectables!

My retro cabinet

This retro cabinet is in my lounge room and is getting fuller by the day! It features all my retro collectables and my crystal collection on the bottom shelf.

Lefton Miss Cutie pie salt shaker (picture taken from seller)

Lefton Bluebird creamer milk jug

Vintage lady head vase

Vintage Celluloid Kewpie Doll

Pin Up Salt and Pepper Shakers

Retro glass bowls and ash trays

Retro ceramic cats

Holt Howard Salty & Peppy shakers


I picked this great cabinet up for $1 on eBay. It was an amazing buy and the most amazing lady was selling it. She was so excited to see my rockabilly look. The cabinet was her mums and told me about all the retro items she used to display in it. I expressed my regret that I was only paying $1 but she confirmed that this wasn’t about the money, she just wanted someone to cherish the cabinet as much as her mum did. 

That night, I finished setting up the cabinet and sent her a photo of the finished look. She was overjoyed to see the cabinet being loved as much as her mum had and sent the photo to her brother as well, and they were both in tears. She brought me to tears as well when she told me how happy she was that I purchased it and loved it, just like her mum!

My retro cupboard

$1 brought joy to my life and their lives as well. Learning the history of the cabinet just added to my joy!

How do you display your retro collectables? Send me photos of your cabinet. I would love to see them!

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Great Reading for Retro Ideas

There is so much information out there to help you achieve your retro lifestyle and to be creative in achieving your own look.

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There is information on home decor, cooking, cleaning, fashion, accessories, music, makeup, hairstyles or attitudes. Here are a few ideas for where to attain this must have reading.

Vintage cookbooks & Women’s Weekly Retro cookbooks

Vintage cookbooks and new retro cookbooks are great for recipes from yesteryear. You may need to use the Internet to work out the metric conversions. Some of the recipes will take you back to your childhood, when parents or grandparents used to cook for you. There is so many yummy recipes to try.

Vintage home decorating books and modern retro books on home decorating

Vintage home decorating books are great for ideas on how to complete a retro decor. You will see many interesting items that you would love to buy to achieve this look. Items can be found online, garage sales, charity stores or vintage shops. Also modern retro books give you ideas of where to get modern retro items, from shops such as Matt Blatt, Glicks, Sokol, etc.

 

Vintage Made Magazine


Vintage Made Magazine is an Australian magazine, which is excellent for ideas on achieving that retro fashion look. It gives you alot of information on fashion, makeup and hairstyles and where to purchase items. You will often get a pattern to create your own clothing and a step by step guide on how to make it. There is also craft tips on how to achieve the look of a vintage item. It is a great magazine!

 

Vintage Life Magazine

Vintage Life Magazine is jammed packed with festivals to go to, places to shop, fashion, accessories, makeup and hair. It is a really great read and contains very interesting information and stories.

 

Hair & makeup retro books

The above books are great for tips on retro hairstyles & retro style makeup. The different hairstyles are great to experiment on your hair and to see which styles suit you. You may need help to achieve some of the styles or you could take the pictures to your hairdresser to do styles for special occasions.

 There is also many blogs to give you ideas. Here is a few that I follow:

http://www.exposedvintageblog.wordpress.com

http://www.missheroholliday.com

http://www.missamymay.com

http://www.harlowdarling.com

Enjoy your reading, let me know if you have found any good books worth reading. I would love to hear about them.

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