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Spring Cleaning – the 50s way

In the 1950’s, it was expected for a housewife to keep her house spotlessly clean and well managed.

She was also expected to keep the family well organised and cook meals at set times. It was her mission in life for the household to be well organised and everything cleaned regularly!

The cleaning routine would usually begin as soon the kids walked off to school.

Although expectations of women in society have changed (thank god!), some of their cleaning tips could still be relevant today…

To start spring cleaning here are some tips:

Firstly, put on your favourite 50’s music, a 50’s spring dress, an apron and begin!

1. Cleaning mirrors or windows –

  • Collect supplies in your cleaning caddy to easily move from window to window
  • Use a lint-free cloth to save heavy scrubbing
  • Moisten the cloth with methylated spirits in water
  • Use lengthwise strokes outside and crosswise strokes inside to see if you missed a spot
  • Polish with a dry duster

2. Washing curtains –

  • Simply wash in the washing machine
  • Hang out to dry in the sun

3. Cleaning blinds –

  • Hang blinds out on the clothesline
  • Wash with a hose, scrubbing at the same time
  • Leave them in the sun to dry

4. Cleaning the stove –

  • Newspaper is ideal for cleaning tops of stoves
  • Inside stove, remove all removable parts and clean in warm soapy water

5. Cleaning the refrigerator –

  • Defrost with a bowl of hot water placed in the fridge. Replace it each time it starts to get cold.
  • Clean the inside
  • Wipe over the exterior of the fridge with a cloth smeared in vanilla essence

6. Cleaning the sinks –

  • Clean with methylated spirits or warm flour for an added lustre
  • Wash your wooden cutting boards with hot water and vinegar to eliminate rawness
  • Use baking soda to unblock drains

7. Cleaning kitchen cupboards –

  • Remove all the items
  • Wash the inside and outside of the cupboard
  • Hang dried lavender in the kitchen to help make it smell lovely
  • Combine lemon juice and borax to remove rust from porcelain and ceramics
  • To remove rust and stains from stainless steel utensils, use a fine grain sand paper,ย  then rub with a slice of onion and rinse in hot water
  • Once the cupboard is dry, tidily place back all the utensils

8. Cleaning the shower curtain –

  • Take the shower curtain on to the lawn and scrub with a nail brush and warm soapy water
  • Hose it well
  • Allow the shower curtain to dry on the clothesline

9. Cleaning the toilet –

  • Wash with borax and water, then flush well. You can scrub any stains with lemon juice and borax

10. Cleaning the bath –

  • Smear wet soap powder over the bath, leave overnight and rinse well the next day
  • Vinegar or salt and lemon can remove stains
  • Wrap a bunch of eucalyptus around your shower head to keep shower head and bathroom smelling fresh

11. Cleaning the tiles –

  • Clean with methylated spirits or kerosene

12.ย  Cleaning brushes and combs –

  • Remove hair from brushes and combs
  • Soak in water with a few drops of ammonia

13. Cleaning the floors –

  • Remove all items and furniture
  • Mop bathroom and kitchen floors
  • Steel wool can be used for marks on lino floors

14. Polishing furniture –

  • Pour olive oil on a clean cloth and rub wooden furniture
  • Polish lightly with a dry lint-free cloth
  • Wicker furniture can be rubbed with vegetable oil to protect from cracking
  • For water rings, put a dry cloth over it and warm iron
  • If your books smell musty, sprinkle a little baking soda over it and leave to dry
  • Rub vanilla extract on light globes for a sweet swelling room

15. Cleaning the carpet –

  • Remove all items of the room & thoroughly vacuum
  • Stains can be removed with baking soda mixed in water

16. Cleaning the walls –

  • Remove all pictures and hangings and clean them
  • Clean walls with a duster
  • To remove mould from walls, spray area with undiluted white vinegar

17. Cleaning winter manchester –

  • Manchester must be washed and hung out to dry thoroughly
  • Fold in linen cupboard with a few drop of vanilla essence on a piece of fabric on each shelf

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All images from Woman’s World-ย  M.A. White

Home remedies can sometimes produce even better results than store-bought products! Hope you have a fun time trying these tips, and let me know how it all goes!

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Round She Goes Fashion Market

Last weekend I went to my absolute favourite vintage market at Marrickville Town Hall… Round She Goes Vintage Fashion Market.

Marrickville Town Hall

It is only $2 for entry and there are 60 women’s vintage fashion stalls to shop in. There are so many really great buys! The market is held in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Inside the Sydney Market

I bought so many great buys, and my daughter and friend did too. It is a really great day for vintage shopping.

I purchased a lucite handbag, black go-go boots, retro dress and yellow petticoat

My daughter purchased 3 vintage dresses, 2 pairs of retro pants, 2 funky earrings, and a retro Western shirt

My friend got a jumper, retro bag and top and a crop leopard print jacket.

As you can see, we all did really well with all our purchases and we didn’t have to spend a fortune either! It is really a great market to find some excellent and rare items at excellent prices.

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The next Round She Goes Vintage Fashion Market is on again at Marrickville Town Hall on Saturday 20th October. It is really one of the best vintage fashion markets that we have ever been to. Some really excellent and rare items are waiting to be found and at excellent prices. If you love vintage fashion shopping then you really shouldn’t miss it. I know that I will be there.

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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.

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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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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 ๐Ÿฑ)

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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Blow Up Your Life

For so long now I have been trying to get my hands on a 1960s inflatable terrarium footstool…. Finally I did, at the bargain price of $60 on Facebook! So many that I have seen on the internet go for around the price $250, so finding this one at a fantastic price and in such great condition, I jumped at the chance.

My new 60s Inflatable Terrarium Footstool

The vintage inflatable footstool dates from the 1960s and has unique, clear plastic sides to reveal fake grass, flowers and leaves. It has a vinyl top and wooden and metal legs. The blow up nozzle at the bottom keeps it inflated. I think it is a stand out piece! Unfortunately though, there doesn’t appear to be any opening to change or add to the flowers.

In the late 1960s there was an increasing trend with inflatable furniture. In 1968, designer Quasar Khanh created the first piece of inflatable furniture with an inflatable chair, which was a huge trend. The inflatable seats were on trend again in the late 1990s!

Quasar Khanh Inflatable Chair

Model on Quasar Khanh’s Chair

The inflatable furniture trend continued in the 1970s with even more choices.

More choices for inflatable furniture

The TV show Happy Days even had an episode where Marion changed all her furniture to inflatable furniture as it was the latest trend. However she soon put all her old furniture back as it was too hard to live with.

Happy Days TV Show

What do you think about inflatable furniture? Would it work in your house? Let me know your thoughts, I would love to hear. I love the retro look of the inflatable furniture but I think people are too rough in my household to use inflatable chairs. I am sure that they would always be deflated….

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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.

Nymph

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

Tanya

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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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 fromย 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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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!ย  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

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Itโ€™s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Christmas time is here again! It’s my favourite time of year – all the parties, carols, church, decorations, spending time with family and friends, eating, holidays, shopping, Christmas shows and the anticipation of opening presents on Christmas morning. While many cultures’ celebrations may differ, for example some people will celebrate on Christmas Eve while others on Christmas Day, essentially Christmas is just the most wonderful time of the year!!


Christmas Morning

I just love to decorate for any occasion, but especially at Christmas time. Every room in my house holds Christmas decorations, along with my verandah, front yard and fence. Although living in a rural area means we don’t get a lot of traffic going by, we still decorate mainly for the pleasure of ourselves, friends and neighbours. It takes days to put up all our Christmas decorations but we love it!

Top – My beautiful tree & huge elf

Middle – Huge reindeer

Bottom – Snowman (not as huge lol)

I have a few vintage items around the house and on my tree, but I am always on the hunt for more! I am currently in search of a vintage angel tree topper and more illuminated plastic moulds for the garden.

Top – Illuminatedgarden lights

Middle – Nativity scene in wood & china

Middle bottom – Santa with china hands & face

Bottom – Plastic Santa wall blow mould

I’ve also collected some modern decorations with a retro feel. There are some really stylish retro style Christmas decorations that you can find in many retail outlets!

Top – Myer Elf and Reindeer

Below – Kmart Large Flamingoย 

Every year we try to find new streets that have houses decorated with lights and ornaments. There are more and more people each year decorating their houses which, as a family, we love to visit.

Above: houses with lights

Our family traditions also include attending our local Carols by Candlelight, and attending church on Christmas Eve.

I love to dress up in festive clothing on Christmas Day. I have a few Christmas dresses and skirts that I wear to parties, Carols and any chance suitable during the Christmas season!

Above – Hell Bunny Blitzen dress

Above – Hell Bunny 50s Noelle Snowflake Dress (that I refurbished into a skirt & top)

Above: also wearing my vintage Santa brooch

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Do you enjoy the Christmas season? How do you celebrate? I would love to hear.

Have a wonderful Christmas Day!!

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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 mermaidsย 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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