two vintage globes

This week: I heard and fell in love with this INXS song all over again. Those lyrics. Was it written for Kylie?

I finished re-reading The Alchemist a nostalgic favourite I first read after a trip to Spain. Also did some successful globe spotting. Funny how it all comes together… So what is successful globe spotting? Not as much fun as globe trotting but it’s nice to look at the world, any way you can. To me, with globes, kind of like annoyingly catchy Meghan Trainor, it’s all about that base. Oh and the blue. Not so much a fan of ye olde worldey sepia tones.

And then today, Happy Anniversary to my own Personal Legend. Sixteen years ago, I was standing. You were there…

One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving. Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

more globes midcentury

But before I go, I want to tell you a little story. A certain shopkeeper sent his son to learn about the secret of happiness from the wisest man in the world. The lad wandered through the desert for forty days, and finally came upon a beautiful castle, high atop a mountain. It was there that the wise man lived. Rather than finding a saintly man, though, our hero, on entering the main room of the castle, saw a hive of activity: tradesmen came and went, people were conversing in the corners, a small orchestra was playing soft music, and there was a table covered with platters of the most delicious food in that part of the world. The wise man conversed with everyone, and the boy had to wait for two hours before it was his turn to be given the man’s attention. The wise man listened attentively to the boy’s explanation of why he had come, but told him that he didn’t have time just then to explain the secret of happiness. He suggested that the boy look around the palace and return in two hours. ‘Meanwhile, I want to ask you to do something,’ said the wise man, handing the boy a teaspoon that held two drops of oil. ‘As you wander around, carry this spoon with you without allowing the oil to spill.’ The boy began climbing and descending the many stairways of the palace, keeping his eyes fixed on the spoon. After two hours, he returned to the room where the wise man was. ‘Well,’ asked the wise man, ‘did you see the Persian tapestries that are hanging in my dining hall? Did you see the garden that it took the master gardener ten years to create? Did you notice the beautiful parchments in my library?’ The boy was embarrassed, and confessed that he had observed nothing. His only concern had been not to spill the oil that the wise man had entrusted to him. ‘Then go back and observe the marvels of my world,’ said the wise man. ‘You cannot trust a man if you don’t know his house.’ Relieved, the boy picked up the spoon and returned to his exploration of the palace, this time observing all of the works of art on the ceilings and the walls. He saw the gardens, the mountains all around him, the beauty of the flowers, and the taste with which everything had been selected. Upon returning to the wise man, he related in detail everything he had seen. ‘But where are the drops of oil I entrusted to you?’ asked the wise man. Looking down at the spoon he held, the boy saw that the oil was gone. ‘Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you,’ said the wisest of wise men. ‘The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.’

Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

family of 4 vintage globes

Peace.

matching flamingo love

Valentines Day. The hallmark of romance. Apparently. Yeah whatever, televison…

Unlike the faithful flamingo who mates for life, human love may not last. Sadly.

Witness the divorces!  As we moved [sulkily] into the ahem, forty-is-the-new-thirty-something- #denial-crowd separation started to show it’s ugly messy head in sometimes unexpected places. Conversations with the girls [alright, ladies then] like no matter how much we care we all drive each other crazy right? etc. etc. make me wonder about relationships. Till Death Do Us Part? That’s a long flocking time in this non-Bubonic plague era. Who ever invented monogamy may not have been so optimistic had they factored in the average age of death was 50 max, now its 85.

Flamingo love- A thing of beauty is a joy forever copy

Whats the best scenario long term? Opposites attract or birds of a feather? Huffington Post says opposites can work, but it will be harder than sharing similar core values.

And this doesn’t mean that you both like smooth peanut butter or toast cooked to the same shade of brown [first world problems anyone?] but more to do with how you were raised and how you agree to raise your children and, another important factor: how you spend your money. It’s a deal breaker.

Not that I am an expert, but I’ve put in a good solid nearly 16 years of married life. I buy both kinds of peanut butter, am over toast anyway and ignore the rapid accumulation of mid life crisis motor related accessories muscling out the Urban Rustic Warehouse AKA our garden shed. Mid-century chairs vs hot metal = equally crazy, just in opposite ways. Same same but different #whatever : )

Happy Hallmark Day people <3
Here’s my commercial offering:
The new pair: Don Featherstone 1957 designed lawn flamingos
available at Urban Rustic and still $50 = love

Featherstone Flamingos pair urban rustic

the not new black
is the new black over here

inky-black-spill-bird

Nooooooo….

mourning this little vintage pie bird I dropped last week while reorganising my deep dark stash. He was a gift. And super cute.
Never did make that pie…

jugs-little-chair-shaker black

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art deco cheese platter typographyLove cheese? Me too. In tasty gooey stinky lactose form and whey stinkier humour but I’m working on my presentation…

retro hippie wooden cheese board tile copyalso reusing some old or should I say mature? selections

What’s the most feminist cheese in the world?
Germaine Gruyere

And the richest?
Paris Stilton

cheese and mice china keepers covers

What did the blind man say after being handed a cheese grater?
That’s the most violent book I’ve ever read.

cheese platter of cheese spreaders

What did the cheese say to itself in the mirror?
Halloumi

retro cane wicker cheese platterWhat do you call someone else’s cheese?
Nacho cheese

cheese spreaders sweet dreams are made of these copy

spread the love…

 

amber glass murano vase beer bowl copyfluid amber vintage beer glasses royal copy

for a right royal booze up: 2 commemorative mugs
1937 Coronation of King George VI
1949 King George VI + Queen Elizabeth II Royal Visit to Australia
email here if you would like to buy them or any other pieces 

vintage beer glasses royal commemorative homer simpson copy

Son, a woman is like a beer. They smell good, they look good, you’d step over your own mother just to get one! But you can’t stop at one. You wanna drink another woman!
Homer Simpson

Cheers to a Happy New Year people.
May it be magnificent for you.

And on a more sober note…
A shout out to my lovely subscribers, thanks for sticking around though I’ve hardly been here, what a crazy busy fabulous year! Was it good for you?
I hope to get to back your wonderful blogs in 2015. And mine.
xS

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rocking metal silver birds

hi ho silver
Soft, white and lustrous,  silver is the most reflective metal on the planet. Go ahead and impress your friends with that little nugget of trivia.

So how do you tell if something is Sterling Silver or silver plated?

Sterling silver is 92.5% pure silver [the other 7.5% is alloy to help stop tarnishing]  which is where the hallmark 925 comes from. If there is no mark  or SS engraved then it is NOT Sterling silver.

Silver plate is a thin layer of silver bonded to a base metal; most commonly copper, brass, white metal, or nickel. If an item has EP, EPNS, Silver on Copper, or other terms marked on it, then it is electroplated silver,  not sterling and worth much less. EPNS stands for Electroplated Nickel Silver.

source: Ebay

vintage silver cups trophies apple

Happy shiny Christmas people

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brass birds duck owl peacock vintage

top brass
If a magnet doesn’t stick its solid brass,  if it does, it’s a brass covered steel.

So should you polish it? To improve it’s value no, the patina reveals it’s age and charm, according to some, but then again if you prefer clean and shiny it’s totally your call… English Custom Polishing believes antiques need to be restored and preserved and if greenish oxidisation or black tarnish doesn’t do it for you, clean it by all means but leave a little grime  in the cracks to show antiquity and allow for accurate dating.

peacock ware anodised aluminium tumblers brass feathers

are aluminium tumblers safe?

Totes cool, to touch, to behold [those fab retro colours] and for keeping drinks colder longer, hence their once uber popular status, Aluminium tumblers conjure up a checked orange wool blanket picnicy nostalgia for Gen Xers. Don’t they?

During the 1960s aluminum cookware and pieces were thought to be linked to Alzheimer’s Disease but apparently there’s been no definitive research to prove this. The Alzheimer’s Association claims it’s a myth according to ehow.  So if you are cool with that then consider them safe for a few bevvies.

But just check, I did find this warning to check if the coating is chipped or flaky. And to make sure the tumbler is aluminium. Best to avoid acidic drinks like lemonade and don’t hold it in them for long periods. Chug down your cold one with a dose of warm happy memories.
Cheers

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brass pewter copper vintage silver trophies Metal Guru it you?
It’s hardly me.

But I’ve picked up a few pieces and found a trend. With me anyway. So I’m calling it. Metals are cool. Also hot.

Incredible reusable materials which live on and on and in many instances improve with age retaining, or even increasing their value.

Find some classic practical shapes and they may outlive you. Gold!

silver metal gold medal vintage trophy copy

So what is a metal exactly? I know you know. But have you thought about it much? Not me either, until now.

It’s a material an elementcompound, or alloy that is typically hard, opaque, shiny, and has good electrical and thermal conductivity.
Wikipedia.

Most pure metals are either too soft, brittle or chemically reactive for practical use. Which is why we produce alloys. And what’s an alloy? Pretty much a blend. A metal merged or melted beyond reformation with another material. Sometimes a pure metal sometimes not. Very common for example: 18-carat gold is 75% gold, with the balance made up of nickel, copper and zinc.

metal tree spare parts frog

The most common and used are alloys of iron which are steel: stainless steel, cast iron, tool steel, alloy steel etc.

And we use iron which is essentially iron ore, the fourth most common element in the Earth’s crust a lot! Iron ore is the raw material used to make pig iron, which is one of the main raw materials to make steel. 98% of the mined iron ore is used to make steel. That’s a lot of mining and a lot of steel!

It has been argued that iron ore is more integral to the global economy than any other commodity, except perhaps oil. Wikipedia. Again.


The good news about steel is it’s totally recyclable so if the object is no longer functional it can be repurposed. Like Terminator 2. Melted down for the greater good. Hasta la vista baby.

vintage silver trophy aluminium tumblers gold vessel
To be continued…

mashed up mess of retro potato mashers 2

In the house that relies too heavily on bangers [not anthems] and mash for me to call myself a foodie and with 2.5 kids  to comfort feed it’s a subject of hot debate. Sadly.

Retro potato masher novelty peeler

The half man half child prefers to use this one.
It’s what he grew up with.

Orange seventies retro plastic potato masher  copy

My mum rocked this crazy seventies number…

skyline vintage blue potato masher mash copy copy

but this is me. A design classic. And totally the best masher. Like eva. Who’s with me?

Stay tuned for more hard hitting topics including tales from Spatula City

 

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Yep it’s totally happening here.

FLER SC58 pair of chairs urban rustic

Stemming not so much from Fleur-de-lis ‘what ever you desire
LA Confidential style though it totally suits the era, as channelling the ancient Egyptian symbol of resurrection, these beautiful iconic 1958 SC58 Fler TV chairs have been given a complete new life.

FLER SC58 pair of chairs urban rustic before

A professional wood job, new cut foam and recovered in Designers Guild UK ice ice baby blue Mezzola macro suede [and yummy creamy white piping] they may just be what you desire if genuine mid-century modern furniture is your thing.

FLER SC58 pair of chairs urban rustic cu

FLER= an acronym for Fred Lowen and Ernest Rodeck, Jewish migrants who escaped Nazi Germany and came to Australia on the ‘hellship’ Dunera.  The two strangers met at an Internment Camp in 1941, and with no experience in timber or furniture production went on to create many highly collectible mid century Australian classics, including this design, the SC55 with it’s cool paddle/ surfboard style arms and the sought after 1961 Narvik style.

You can read more about Fler here if you so desire
The Modernist Impulse : ABC National

OR if you like to look,  please come here
Urban Rustic 6b Roberstson Rd Newport Beach

Lamp and Hawaiian barkcloth cushions also available.

Basic RGB
So what do you think? They are going to be hard to let go…

 

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