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…

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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…

 

blue glass bottles mid century cobalt italian empoli

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]

cut glass bowl empoli italian jug orange copy

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.

Holmegaard green glass candlestick vases mid century Royal Copenhagen copy 2Lots 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:

Danish Holmegaard [pronounced Hull-meh-gore] and American Blenko [not much here in Australia that I’ve seen] Iitala from Finland and  Italian Murano [sometimes a bit fussy].

MURANO 3 FINGER VASE_mauve

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.

genie bottle collections copy

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.

 

fifties harlequin gayware canisters replica_rect

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…

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old 1950s_gayware_adNot for sale, hire only.

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