Archives for the month of: July, 2013

British Plastics blue tartan band canister sq
Not so out of the blue, but I can hardly contain myself,
urban rustic is about to

vintage blue bakelite Thermos sq
open a STORE! At Newport Beach NSW Australia. Yay!

Moldex blue plastic vintage bread bin sq
It’ll  be fresh, and fun. So fun. OMG I hope I am not crazy.
Staffordshire pottery canisters blue brown x2 retro
All that dreaming, my head in the clouds,  it’s becoming a tangible thing. Finally.

Clouds waechtersbach canister on grey
I am in various measure, full of…


Nally Bakelite canisters photoshoppedStacks more to come,

vintage red blue rustic cake containers
watch this cake, um I mean space…

PS click any image to see it in the urban rustic store

Andy Warhol Rosenthal Campbells soup can art plate

After a night let loose in the city, I stumbled upon and drooled over
the Rosenthal Limited Edition Andy Warhol art plate @ Macleay on Manning [in the high street] Potts Point. For $249.
I put it down, sadly. No soup for me!
And realised I need to get out more.

Back to reality…I say hel-lo to these Campbell’s soups for $1 each at the local supermarket.
Can do…

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50+ years The Art of Soup

This year marks the 51st Anniversary of Andy Warhol’s 1962 Campbell’s Soup Can. These silk-screen paintings played a pivotal role in the emergence of the pop art genre. Warhol was particularly fond of Campbell’s soup, which was often the subject of his pieces…

… Produced under license from The Andy Warhol Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation that promotes the visual arts.

source: taken straight from the can

want more…

When Andy Warhol first exhibited the 32 Campbell’s Soup Cans canvases in 1962, they were displayed together on shelves, like products in a grocery aisle. At the time, the Campbell’s Soup Company sold this many varieties; each canvas corresponds to a different flavor. Warhol did not indicate how the canvases should be installed. At MoMA, they are arranged in rows that reflect the chronological order in which the soups were introduced. The first flavor introduced by the company was tomato, in 1897.

Campbell’s Soup Cans reproduces an object of mass consumption in the most literal sense. These paintings were silkscreened, a printmaking method originally invented for commercial use. In a semi-mechanized process, Warhol repeated the same basic soup can image on dozens of canvases. He then hand-painted or stenciled the names of the individual soup varieties.

source: MoMA: Museum of Modern Art, New York

Warhol said of Campbell’s Soup:
I used to drink it. I used to have the same lunch every day, for 20 years, I guess, the same thing over and over again. Someone said my life has dominated me; I liked that idea.

So I’m wondering if your life dominating you is a good or a bad thing? Or a statement of the bleeding obvious?


What do you call the father of all corny jokes?

urban-rustic-corn-pieces-plates-holders-glass copy


giant corn cob stool sunday collector
The giant corn cob stool. Pick it up @ third drawer down
Photo courtesy of a blogger I love stalking. Sunday Collector


My Bastille Day offering…

Map of France souvenir plate

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens  1812 – 1870

Liberty, equality and fraternity forever.


vintage Enid Blyton childrens books

Old Enid Blyton hardcovers from the 70’s including

  • The Magic Faraway Tree Series
  • The Wishing Chair Adventures
  • Hello Mr Twiddle [!]
  • Don’t Be Silly Mr Twiddle
  • The Naughtiest Girl in The School
  • Book of Fairies
  • Happy Time Stories


Fancy some classic French, Saunders & Adrian Edmondson? Rather!
Five Go Mad In Dorset.


And how about these delightful versions?

  • Two Go Away To Lovely Grandparents
  • The Other Two Have A Jolly Good Time In the City

Deans Classics vintage Enid BlytonEnid Blyton Collection Naughtiest Girl Again copy

Splendid, I say!

vintage blue china kitten bookends Enid Blyton Wishing Chair
Book your own adventure at the urban rustic store: 
Wishing Chair set of 2
vintage ceramic kitten bookends

vintage clear tupperware, retro smoked glass pie dish

Can there be any happiness greater than the happiness of salvation?
Yann Martel, Life of Pi

Tupperware pie taker fake chocolate cake face cloth copy

Saving cake, clearly. Leftovers that could go on forever [if you are irrational and can leave them that long]

…for everything has a trace of the divine in it.
Yann Martel, Life of Pi

Vintage Tupperware pie slice keepers.
Mock chocolate cake face cloth part of a set I found at Salvos. Unreal.


I loved the film but I haven’t read the book yet, must confess I lifted these quotes from Goodreads.
Have you read it? And or seen the movie? Did it live up to the book?

urban rustic love shopping postcard

It’s a question, it’s a statement, it’s an appeal.

shop now please, so I can buy more…


PS Or email me:
if you see anything you love not listed. xo

If one man’s trash is another man’s treasure as the cliche goes,
what happens when one wife’s treasure is one husband’s trash?

Her: [hand’s on hips]: Where’s my favourite wire basket?

Him: [casual] I threw it out. It was all rusty.

Her: [wailing] But it had the perfect amount of rust!

vintage mickey mouse help pin

My husband thinks I am a hoarder. It’s true.
True that he thinks I am. True that I am?

After watching episodes [in horror] or Hoarders and other similar shows. I think I am safe for now. Possibly not from D-I-V-O-R-C-E but from the clutches of this sad disorder.

According to the TLC website hoarding is a form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. O.C.D.

Hoarding usually involves objects that have little if any value. Newspapers, old flyers and used food packaging and in extreme cases fingernails, hair and crap. And I mean that literally. Distressing but true apparently.

Professionals look for these three things when evaluating compulsive hoarders:

  1. An inability to discard objects coupled with anxiety if a hoarder does try to throw things away.
  2. Impaired ability to function due to hoarding.
  3. A cluttered living space that has become so filled with objects that it can’t be used effectively.


Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector’s passion borders on the chaos of memories.
Walter Benjamin


Hoarding is not the same as Collecting. In general, collectors have a sense of pride about their possessions [as opposed to embarrassment] and they experience joy in displaying and talking about them. They usually keep their collection organized, feel satisfaction when adding to it, [rather than sadness and shame] and budget their time and money whereas hoarders may be in debt.

Anxiety & Depression Association of America [ADAA]

It’s possible however, I may be a borderline Obsessive Compulsive Collector if I wanted to pay attention to Science A Go Go. Judging by the name I don’t think I do -do.  According to this link, collecting items can trigger O.C.D.  E.E.K!

You know you have a problem [don’t you?] if you can’t drive past a thrift/ Op Shop without swerving to a halt and dashing in [no matter how late you already may be] just to make sure you are not missing the next best new old thing.


Nothing makes me happier, than finding some great, unusual, and amusing thing.
John Rosselli

urban rustic label art

So I may be self-labelled mad or

vintage birkomatic in original box

berko/birko in this case but at least I am in good company.

Probably the most famous of all collectors being Andy Warhol whose possession obsession has eternal fame with 612 Time Capsules preserved forever at


I don’t think any collector knows his true motivation.
Robert Mapplethorpe

So…any ideas?  Collect your thoughts and let me know, please! xS

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