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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 diagnosis, 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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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.

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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

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

Decor plastic servers Japanese tray

Sadly not 1956 iconic Danish designed Herbert Krenchel Krenit salad servers. They’re 1970s Decor plastic made in Australia. Replica but vintage.

So what’s vintage? 20+ years is the general consensus. Being old isn’t enough to make something valuable, but it does help. Observe the Zoo Line Kay Bojensen ‘inspired’ AKA knock-off teak monkeys circa 1950s, now selling for almost the same price.

I doubt these cute orange plastiques will ever appreciate that much in value but until I feel comfortable paying in the vicinity of $75 for a pair of the original salad servers [which is probably never] I do appreciate their useful good looks.
I’m quite fond of old Decor, [but not as much as this guy] and the deceptively cool, genuinely retro faux bois [fake wood] Japanese tray.

Fake it til you make it? What do you think of replicas?

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And to finish…for your viewing pleasure comes more classic faking. Enjoy xx

Seinfeld: The Mango 1993, Season 5, Ep 1

 

I won’t ask about that one…

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bodum eggcup vintage plastic tray toy eggs copy spoons and vintage egg cups timer toys turquoise orange copy vintage bunny timer pink melamine ornate egg cup decoration easter presentswhite milkglass mug waechtersbach eggcup powdercoated spoon copythe chicken and the egg toys

A chicken and an egg are lying in bed.
The chicken leans back smoking a cigarette, satisfied.

The egg grabs the sheet and rolls over saying
Well, I guess we finally answered THAT question.

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egg cup and bandaids etceggs in chicken wire basket vert  humpty dumpty vintage egg and nordscan double egg cup copyall eggs in basketwaechtersbach west germany tomy chicken box vintage egg toy tallegg timer china rooster vintagechina bird ornament egg insideFiggjo Flint Lotte Turi design egg cups

The Breakfast Club set Bessemer avocado melamine copy 2

Thrown together: vintage Bessemer set available here

AVOCADO melamine hollywood jug and tea cup and saucer turquoise copy
Classic Hollywood plastics [well the jug anyway] , a mis-matched but good looking  collection of individuals.

Dear Mr. Vernon:

We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong, but we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us… In the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain… …and an athlete… …and a basket case… …a princess… …and a criminal.

Does that answer your question?
Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.

 

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