the not new black
is the new black over here
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…
also reusing some old or should I say mature? selections
What’s the most feminist cheese in the world?
And the richest?
What did the blind man say after being handed a cheese grater?
That’s the most violent book I’ve ever read.
What did the cheese say to itself in the mirror?
What do you call someone else’s cheese?
spread the love…
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
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!
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.
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.
The half man half child prefers to use this one.
It’s what he grew up with.
My mum rocked this crazy seventies number…
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
Yep it’s totally happening here.
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.
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= 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.
One year ago I opened my little shop in Newport Beach.
When I unpacked my nicest brightest treasures onto the white Ekby Jarpen shelves [the affordable Ikea version of String Shelving] and there was SO much glassware it surprised me to realise I was a such a bowerbird.
Actually, FYI, not a true bowerbird, as the crazy glass-and bright- object-collecting-bird is in fact, the male. They spend hours decorating their bachelor pad to pull a bird.
Then you’re trapped in your lovely nest, and the things you used to own, now they own you…
Chuck Palahniuk [I’m re-reading Fight Club]
So, yeah, where was I? I opened the shop… To deliver myself from Swedish furniture and clever art. To let it go and to share the love.
Lots of glass. It’s kind of a thing. Light and light catching and lovely to look at, the amazing shapes it can form, the reflections it creates, it’s numerous uses… And its made from sand. Incredible really.
Over the last year I’ve learned a thing or two. About the pontil mark on the base [how you tell it if it’s hand blown as opposed to coming from a mould] and casings [the white coating inside which makes it more opaque] and some of my favourite makers:
I’m no expert though, clearly.
Having only just discovered Italian Empoli glass and realised a lilac genie bottle I sold earlier in the year was probably worth double the price.
Anyway whatever.. sometimes it’s hard to know without stickers or makers marks, though the quality usually is obvious…so like the excited little bowerbird, I just pick up what I like. Not to attract a mate [in fact it was having the opposite effect, all that stuff taking over his garage] but because it’s purty. And to quote John Keats and the movie version of Willy Wonka
A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
Gayware. Truly. It’s a thing. Or was. And of course still is.
Made in Sydney by Gay Plastics from 1950-1965.
The harlequin [multicoloured] set of kitchen canisters are the most sought after and can pull big money. Sometimes selling on Ebay for $200-300.
This is my collection of mixed up wannabes. Picked up in various places at different times, finally coming together after a yard sale score on Saturday.
Only the blue one is true Gayware. The rest are old fakers [unbranded vintage knock offs, check their bottoms]. Though they look pretty real. And pretty damn good. Except for the F lid. It’s a bit cracked up. Aren’t we all…