Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Easter Break.

l hope your Easter is full of happiness........

l don't even have an Easter pic for you guys...SOZ....but it's been a bit crazy around here. ( could be just me:-))

The job l've been working in for the past year or so came to an end yesterday. l knew it was going to....and although l'm not able to give up my current career straight away, l've been thinking a LOT about how l want to spend my future working days..... and l'm thinking NOW might be the time for a change.

So a couple of weeks ago (thanks to my Sis:-) l rang the large collectible centre in our town to see if they had any spare site's.... at that time there was nothing available, though he did say there was a chance that one might be coming up after Easter, but that he'd ring me and let me know if, and when...... l was sitting on the couch with very mixed feelings, wondering about how to move forward when the phone was the manager of the mill markets to tell me that the site he'd mentioned WAS available and that l could move in next week!!!

So...decision made:-)....but l've really gotta move, there's so much to organise....and not the least is working out what "treasures" to sell and l know it's gonna be a wrench parting with lots of them.....but l had a bit of an AHAH moment recently when l read something written by Christina Strutt (Cabbages and Roses.) who said she only ever sold what she loved, and l can see that has to be my goal too...... no trying to hang on to all the good stuff...and even then, there's no guarantee this venture will work but l'm excited for the chance to try....and kinda scared too:-)

This little side table had a bad case of the wobbles when l found it, and (thankfully) wasn't beyond my limited skills to fix, the timber was stained a typical yuck brown so out came the paint to add a little colour. On the wall above the bedhead are circular mirrors that were once part of an antique brass bed.

These lovely old frames were produced around the turn of the last century and some forward thinking people must have been into upcycling even then, as apparently they were made from old piano keys.

l hope you've enjoyed the "boudoir" pics:-) lsn't it amazing how just putting a few different linens on the bed can completely transform the appearance of your room. The damask doona cover in the first pic was overdyed with Rit (teal) dye...the mismatched pillowcases were also dyed in the same colour, but not the same dye lot. The pink cut velvet quilt was an opshop find and the pink cushion was made to match.

bellanottelinens..............Sweet and lovely Springtime linens.

Thanks so much for stopping by.....wishing you all a relaxed, happy and most of all safe Easter break...
Til next time,


Friday, April 4, 2014

Pretty China Salvage.

 l think most of us can relate to a bit of a weakness for old bits of china....

The pheasant plate (below) was found at the market and the matching cup and saucer (above) l found at a garage sale the following weekend which was just a bit weird since l'd never seen that pattern before and here were matching pieces two weeks in's like they all wanted to be together:-))

Mixing a little old with a little new. Ladybird cup and saucer were made by the Franz company which was established in San Francisco in 2002 by Francis Chen, who was inspired by nature to produce his artistic range of porcelain and jewellery.

Even though the china patterns are quite different from each other and have been collected over a long time, the pieces somehow seem to work in a mismatchy way. (Or am l just pattern challenged:-)
 SO cute.... bluebird pattern china with matching embroidered tablecloth. The bluebird motif was the height of fashion around 1920, you may have seen the bluebird necklaces or brooches from this time as well...the china's not something you see around much, but l've seen it listed on ebay.
There was also a revival of the bluebird pattern around 1970.

Awesome collection.
Aren't these amazing.... rare old fortune telling cups.
Tasseography is the name for the art of reading tea do this you need to make a teapot of tea using loose tealeaves, after you've drunk the tea, you may be asked to swirl or shake the cup to reveal a pattern and then the reader is supposedly able to foretell your future by reading the shapes of these more here.

The four pics above are from thevintagetable. via my daughter's pinterest page.
Another weekend coming up, hope you have lots of good stuff planned, the weeks are flying as usual....thanks so much for stopping by.
Til next time