orange retro whisk glass and murano fruit copy
I love orange…
The colour. And the fruit.

Orange is the colour of adventure and social communication, according to colour psychology. It is optimistic, uplifting and spirit rejuvenating. Apparently so much so that we should find ways to use it everyday, even if it is just an orange coloured pen or a kooky kitchen whisky thingy.

Read more here if you want to empower yourself with color psychology

orange pyrex bowl and whisk

Orange is the most controversial of colours. Many consider it to be the gauche legacy of the freewheeling ’70s. But what an unfair reputation that decade has! To me, the ’70s were when the counterculture became the popular culture — and when adults finally felt liberated to embrace immaturity. You could be young again without having to be innocent! Orange shouted out to the world that you didn’t take things too seriously: that you weren’t old and crusty, that you were not your parents, and that you didn’t have a living room full of plastic-covered furniture. Rather, your furniture was made of plastic — and it was probably designed by Verner Panton.

Jonathan Adler 
Happy Chic: Colors

orange swift whip and miracle bowls

And this is just a taste, a small mix of my orange collection.
So so much more to come… it’s a Work In Progress. If you’re an orange fan, please watch this space.

In the meantime you can try some Candy. John Candy.

Orange whip? Orange whip?

So what is an Orange Whip?

It’s a cocktail made with rum and vodka mixed with cream and orange juice. Blended and frothy and poured over ice in a tall glass. Mmm….

And a 1950′s non alcoholic beverage made famous in this seemingly random quirky scene from the Blues Brothers which was actually ad libbed as a favour to the Sales Director of the Orange Whip Corporation which had supplied drinks on the film set.

orange whip and retro glasses juice carafe copy

Anyway, for now that’s it…
Cheers

 

smoking bottles lineup
No need to be outcasts,
4 x smokey jugs
shunned at social functions…
3 x smokey jugs
These old smokers look pretty damn hot especially with white basics.
3 x smoked glass jugs carafe
Sultry and sophisticated and still happening. In a good way.
smoked bottle and glasses tumblers
Smoking Santa, not so much…
crazy-old-cigarette-ads

3 smoked glass recycled candles coconut urban rustic copy

And then there’s these guys. Totally smokin. But they smell fantastic.
Soy candles in Coconut Cream. Locally made. Hand poured.
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Vintage smoked glass jugs, bottles and candles all available through Urban Rustic Newport or
contact info@urbanrustic.com.au for you know, more info

enjoy

Odd fish salt and pepper shakers

after years of dining solo…
Proof it’s never too late to find your sole mate.

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BUY or BROWSE urban rustic.com

Is it an incurable addiction to collecting vintage kitchen implements?

ORANGE retro utensils skyline vintage enamelyellow skyline utensils strainer retromass utensilitus Blue Skyline enamel etc copy

OR

oversized and engorged utensils of a certain age?

oversized novelty seventies teak fork and spoon copy

Whatever the answer, this strange bug is not to be confused with another designer affliction uncommonly known as stencilitis
of which I also exhibit classic symptoms.

I may not recover but I have the tools to cope.

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so whats the use?

retro japanes cruet set

Most people don’t even know what I am…

I used to be useful, a flat-bottomed spout-stoppered vessel to hold liquid condiments such as olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I am not, as some think, a salt and pepper set, though sometimes they do hang round.

Amber glass and wood japan retro cruet set copy

now

it’s history

Derived from the french word crue meaning ‘earthen pot’
First culinary use in the late 17th century.

This age, not so much…

red wood and cerami japan olive oil and vinegar cruet copy

Before you top your self or end up in a dumpster consider your options:

a] A quieter, decorative life on the shelf

Hornsea moroccan tiles salt and pepper copy

b] If single reinvent yourself as a small vase or objet d’art

orange spot italian cruet set milkglass coffee canister copy

or

c] Perk yourself up and get back to work. You are still in great shape.
Someone will want  you.

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3 cool cats retro seventies siamese cats copy 2This tall super hip cat wasn’t lonely for long. I picked him up in the country. At  the Gresford Billy Cart Derby as a matter of fact. Quite racey indeed.

But he quickly moved on to a new home and left the lovely ladies behind. These [dare I say it?] pussies are a bit too far gone to be resold, bearing numerous chips and bust up scars. They’ve lived hard and been well loved. The spicy stories they could tell…

retro cat shakers detail copy

My husband questioned why I had bothered with cheap damaged goods but when am I ever going to find another purfect [sorry] circa 1950s pair? Possibly never. I love them faults and all.

And so does my little girl. These still cool cats take up their next life, possibly the 9th on her window shelf with another vintage cutie I accidentally decapitated. Kitty got Kragled [AKA Superglued] and voila, gets another chance.

three vintage retro cats on the shelf

They look like angels from up above…
Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller 1958, Three Cool Cats

 

It may not be however, considering my noisy feisty messy six year old’s bedroom, as quiet as the Pooch’s retirement in my office. God help them…

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HOLLY HOBBIE sewing machine- copy

Busy is the happiest way to be.

Apparently. According to Holly Hobbie, uber earnest maxi-bonnet wearing writer/character from the 1970s. My oldest sister had a rag doll. I wished I did. There were others but I only collect the blue girl.

HOLLY HOBBIE china vases ornaments3 2 copy 2HOLLY HOBBIE china vases ornaments hor

Yeah they are quite twee but sometimes in the battle of nostalgia versus design, innocent memories win. As they should. Who wants to live in a meaningless catalogue of objects?

HOLLY HOBBIE cards

Other Amish-undertoned spruikings include…

Start each day in a happy way

Memories are made of joys that last [um, derr?]

Friendships make the rough road smooth

A true friend is the best possession

Happy is the heart that loves the simple things…

Amen sister

HOLLY HOBBIE plate lr

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blue MOTHERS DAY CANDLE CUP

So it’s possible if I actually want to sell more of these for Mother’s Day that I should have done this post at least a week ago, but ‘as a busy Mum’ [an advertising sales pitch that makes me cringe however true it may be, juggling 2 jobs right now, #eek but #good, I am better when I am busy, decisions are easier] obviously I didn’t get it done. Till now.

But there’s still plenty of time for local shoppers and loads more where these came from. Watch this space.

URBAN_RUSTIC_ad_may_FIN

I did get this done. An ad in the local Pittwater Life magazine. #yay

vintage pretty bone china tea cup candles

And then there’s these…Pretty nice huh?
Bonus cups. An added extra to these lovely vintage fine bone china tea cups and saucers: locally made, hand poured Coconut scented soy wax candles. #yum

And once it’s burned, what remains is not some bland container destined for landfill but a beautiful, functional, one-off collectable object.

This is the gift that does keep on giving. Recycling and repurposing in fine form.
And clichés in abundance…

Happy Mother’s Day ladies. May your cup runneth over.

 

 

You’re such a lovely cup
Why don’t cha fill me up
All these reasons too hard to explain
So, I’ll drink you up my dear
We got it all right here
Here is now, and now is where I want to be

Grouplove

pink poodle at Venice beach

Salt and pepper don’t get to shake it much anymore. Out of flavour and replaced by the bland grind[er] of modern daily life.

PINK poodle salt and pepper palm tree copy copy

Discarded after a lifetime of table service somewhere, this well preserved and fabulous fifties item enjoy a spicy retirement, content with a new life on the shelf. My shelf. [Not for sale]

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So where will your current Salt and Pepper Shakers be in 50 years? My grinders are definitely not heirloom pieces. Not even good looking enough to live life in the open, they get hidden away in the cupboard after every meal. This pink poodle and outrageously cool zebra chair shaker set is another story. A much cuter story. But I do like grinding fresh black pepper and Himalayan pink salt…

Sorry poochie, at least your looks saved you.
But you always knew that anyway didn’t you?

 

 

ANZAC Day
single vintage champion tobacco tin rosemary

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

Ode of Remembrance
taken from Laurence Binyon’s poem For the Fallen
first published in September 1914

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Peace

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