Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Halloween Post- Sort Of.

Happy All Hallows             

Though Halloween is no biggie here in Oz, and barely registers a blip on the celebration scale, at least in our neck of the woods..... l did want to pay a little bit of homage to the day....To those of you celebrating tonight and tomorrow l hope you all have the most perfectly gruesomest time:-) 
 l needed the carved table from here elsewhere, which left a lovely blank wall in the family room. A couple of old picture frames were leant against it and l draped some pale linens over the chairs. 
My Sister's shabby rose was in full bloom and she gave me a lovely big bunch to bring home:-) 
 A couple of months ago l made these patchwork cushions for my stall at the Mill.... thinking someone else might like them, since l was happy enough with them....but apparently not;-)
They were made from vintage mostly upholstery fabrics. The edges of each patch has been left raw and frayed..... maybe no-one's "getting" this raggy look  l've got going on:-)
Well another month's almost over and the end of the year is nigh.....l'm sure you won't want to hear this any more than me, but l guess we'll have to start thinking about the dreaded Christmas shopping soon....Now don't be telling me you're already finished....PLEASE!!
The annual Spring festival is on in our town this weekend and sensible (un-pretty) shoes will be in order for the six kilometre walk around the lake. Stalls are set up side by side most of the way around, so it takes a LONG time to walk and see everything....let's hope the weather Gods are feeling kind as well.   
Beautiful room inspiration.....Finally White. 
Skull Love - Halloween inspired....all pics found on My Daughter's  pinterest page. 

Call me weird but old cemeteries are beautiful to me.....l love their hushed and sacred peace. 
l wish you all the best things whatever you're up to for the weekend, and thanks so much for stopping by.
Til next time,

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Inspiration Lilac.

Happy Saturday....

l spent a couple of hours last week revisiting my childhood:-) pasting and prettying up this hat box l found at the opshop..... l'm sure most of you have heard of  Thomas Kincade. (Painter of Light), anyway l'm totally a fan, and my son bought me a calender of his work one was so lovely l could never toss it out.....see...who says being a hoarder is bad:-)
My lilac decided to flower this week....just to co-ordinate with Thomas's awesome work:-)   
 Shades of purple to mauve... in minutia. 

 This very romantic firescreen was found at a garage was bargain priced as the seller confessed he absolutely hated it and couldn't wait for it to be gone....well what can l's gone!!  
It has a plaque on the back so l was able to do a bit of research on it. Apparently made in England in the mid 20th century. The painting is printed on paper which seems an unusual choice for something that will be sat in front of the FIRE!!
Marie Antoinette print?? 

  More lilac inspiration....Decorology. via flickr.
Dusty mauve....Bella Notte Linen. via pinterest. 
Thought you might like to check out the wisteria in full bloom in Mum's backyard...It's climbing over an unused rotary clothesline and you might be able to see the trunk(s) (left of pic) which Mum plaited when it was teeny. 
My brother and S.I.Law gave Mum this rusty old car seat and friendship plaque....l just love what she's done with it.... 
Hope you've enjoyed the post today and are having yourselves an awesome weekend. Thanks so much for stopping by.
Til next time.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Screening The Stall

 l really didn't need another of these screens, since l already have one.....however it was bought cheap at auction and now that it's been painted it'll head out to my stall at the Mill to be sold..... l can't believe l've already had my stall for six months now, and l must say.... it's been interesting for sure.

Some of the people in our complex do really well dealing....l may not be one of them YET but l'm learning every single day.
 l now question every purchase....basing my decision on cost versus sale price and not so much whether l love it, but whether someone else might....also people like quirky and often weirds me out what people will pay money for.
Remember when l first started out, l thought l should only sell what l love, and while that's true to an extent... People love ALL kinds of different things, so a bit of lateral thinking is warranted when buying.
 There's around 70-80 stallholders in our complex which is both good and bad... bad 'cos there's SO much competition and SO much to see, but good 'cos some of the more experienced dealers will often pass on awesome tips about where to find good buys and might also share insider knowledge about their specialist fields, which can be useful info when buying the unfamiliar. It's also good 'cos we get lots of people through (including tourists) simply because the venue is so large and well known.
 My stall has moved since l began, to another (smaller) location....l find this area much easier to maintain and the light is excellent which is another thing I've come to realise is hugely important....mind you that fact had never even hit my radar until l swapped sites. 
Something that really helped sales was to add a glass cabinet for bits that are fragile/small/more expensive. It's completely frameless and well proportioned for the space. Anything too large with heavy wooden framework can be off putting and when there's so many stalls to visit any little thing may deter people from even entering yours.   
 l've also painted absolutely every piece of furniture white to reflect the maximum amount of light, it makes for a cohesive stall and l think it makes all the saleable goodies stand out. It's also good to have a clear pathway in and out...... if it looks like an obstacle course....again, people just move on.
These (Italian) capodimonte "canisters" were bought at my very first auction....they were in a box as part of a job lot....l would sell them, but l think the damage would deter anyone buying them... but hey l don't mind a bit of damage and enjoy seeing them on my kitchen dresser:-) 

l now have three seascape paintings....l think that's officially a new collection isn't it:-)  
Also l'm loving these ships in a bottle and hope to add a few more when l come across them.

Gorgeous room inspiration.... aldovega. via pinterest

If you're thinking of opening your own little shop in an antique centre maybe this post will be of help:-).....l hope you're having a fantastic weekend so far. Thanks so much for dropping in for a peek....

Til next time.


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Spring Break.

Last week l drove interstate to spend some time with my daughter for her Birthday. l love to get over to see her since she makes me so welcome and plans all these things for us to do.....we had dinner at a riverside restaurant, lunch at a Boho Bar...we went wood choppin', whip crackin' crazy at the Adelaide show (ok maybe that was just me:-) We also trawled markets, museums, galleries and shopping centres all in the space of a few days. Whew!!!! Now l need a holiday to get over my holiday:-) 
l'm sure it wasn't a good look as l hung precariously off the ladder to reach the high branches of the neighbour's blossom trees that (sort of ;- ) hang over our fence....the silly things l do to make pretty pictures..haha. The weather was against me as the wind had knocked a lot of the blossom from the branches, but hey...l got my pics:-)
l hardly ever take photos in the lounge room as l'm so over the carpet and our couches are dark burgundy. l'd change them for white slipcovered ones in a heartbeat, but when your hubby's a tradie it's just not a practical option....l know they can be washed but seriously who wants to do that every few weeks...especially during Winter, so for now we'll just stick with the wipeable leather. l guess it's easy enough to throw over a quilt if l want to lighten up the space.


While l was away l kept a keen eye out for pretties for my stall at the Mill and was lucky enough to find a few. l also found these gorgeous earrings to add to my ever expanding collection of  vintage enamel jewellery.
Sweet little ballerina print and Madonna with child print.... hand painted Florentine tray.
Here the blossoms take centre stage. 
Two pics above are from  Rachel Ashwell. 
Hope you all enjoy a wonderful and uplifting weekend. Thanks so much for stopping by.
Til next time,

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Spring At Last.

Spring's sheer bliss to see the world coming alive again after Winter (when pretty much all you see is sticks:-) seems all of nature is bursting and blooming just to impress humankind.

l couldn't wait to bring in fistfuls of flowers, dig out the floral prints, and open up some doors to let air and light in.

It'll be lovely to again pick flowers from the garden....mind you l'm well grateful to be able to buy them throughout the Winter months to add a bit of pretty to a room and lift everyone's spirits.

An explosion of colour.....pretty papery ranunculus.

The placemats were simply torn to size from a length of need to sew anything,  just keeping it simple:-)

The Old Curiosity Shop is open only one weekend a year in Spring and these photos were taken last year. Mosaic work on the house began in 1855 by James and Caroline Warwick. It took 40 years for the work to be completed and was first opened to the public in 1895.

The Warwicks' are the only owners to have ever lived in the house, it's heritage listed and doesn't exactly have too many modern conveniences, so the current owner built a home at the rear of the property where she continues working on the home and garden in her free time.

This is a section of the hand built stone front fence, James would pay the neighbourhood children money to bring him their broken dolls to inset into the cement. 

This is a photograph of the Warwicks outside their home in 1900..... State Library of Victoria.
What's so amazing is the range of things they mosaicked with..... broken ceramics, tiles, shells, marbles, mirrors and heaps more....they broke all the rules and it just looks fantastic. 
Hope you enjoy the weekend coming up and thanks so much for popping in here.

Til next time,