Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Shirley MacLaine in What a Way to Go! (1964)

How pretty in pink is Shirley MacLaine with her bunny friend? Hope your fur is faux Shirley.

From the film, What a Way to Go! (1964).



Friday, August 15, 2014

How to make your home retro-tastic

Do you remember that feeling of when you first moved out of home and got your own place to decorate as you pleased?

Even though I had permission to have my room decorated to my liking, nothing compared to the grown up feeling of having my own place to choose the furniture, colour scheme, cutlery, dishes and everything else.

For me, I didn't want a particular colour scheme or specific era, I just knew that I wanted mostly retro/vintage items to fill my place. 

It's been over a decade since I moved out of home. Whenever I feel like a change, I just move the furniture around - and I'm always on the look out for my next vintage treasure.

I find that the quality of vintage items is usually more superior than the things you will find in the shops now. 

So of you are moving out on your own or if you need some ideas, I've looked on Gumtree for some inspiration to help you with making your home retro-tastic. 


Starburst clock

Pink atomic print pouffe
50s lounge suite

Tretchikoff print

Vintage outdoor dining set

Crotchet covered cushions

This post was written in conjunction with Gumtree 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Lauren Bacall has passed away

Sad news today, the beautiful, elegant and talented actress, Lauren Bacall, has passed away from a massive stroke. She was 89 years old.

Below, you will see some of my favourite photos of Lauren. She was always so photogenic.



















Thursday, July 31, 2014

Op shop prices - what's going on?

I love treasure hunting at op shops. 

Lately, I've been surprised at the prices of some items.

For example, yesterday I went to an op shop. I noticed they had Little Golden Books on the shelf without any prices on them.

I asked the lovely lady behind the counter, how much the books were.

She replied, "$10.00 each".

Yes, $10.00!!!!

Now, I understand that opportunity shops do such a fabulous job at helping the poor, but $10.00 for a Little Golden Book? Um, no.



Last year I volunteered at my son's school fete to work on the book stall. 

The prices were way too much and there were a zillion books for sale. Not much was getting sold and that meant that the school wasn't getting the funds it should have. 

My theory is that people will buy more if the price is reasonable. Everyone loves a bargain.

It wasn't until later in the day, when the book stalls prices went down, that the stock started to move.

I think that op shops need to price their stock so it doesn't collect dust on the shelves and makes room for more stock and that means more money.

I understand that people buy from their stores and then put the items on eBay or sell them at the markets for a profit. Most people I know that sell used goods buy their stock from garage sales because it is significantly cheaper.

On the plus side though, I did get a bargain during yesterday's op shopping adventure. I found a vintage 'Learn to Crochet' book and it was only $1.00.

Looking forward to crocheting a granny square in the near future.



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Swimming in the Dark giveaway winners


Congratulations to E. Etié of NSW and K. McMullan of Victoria - you have both won a copy of the book Swimming in the Dark

Monday, July 7, 2014

Winterfest Medieval Faire

I went to my first medieval faire today and I loved it. It was at Parramatta (in Sydney, Australia) on such a beautiful winters day.


My knowledge of medieval times is quite limited but I did learn many things today. One thing I learned was some images that depict those times may show people eating turkey meat. However, turkeys were not introduced to Europe until a later stage, when they were brought back from the Americas.

The birds of prey show was really interesting and was a highlight.





The photo above is of a masked owl. They used a remote control car covered in fur to show how the owl hunts its prey.

Lots of great medieval costumes could be found everywhere you looked.







I witnessed my first knight fight


and I saw jousting for the first time


Watching people make things using the methods used in medieval times was intriguing.



I caught this person having a nap. After all the walking we did today, that's what I need - a big nap!