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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 

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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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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]

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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.

 

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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The scene is memory and is therefore nonrealistic. Memory takes a lot of poetic license. It omits some details; others are exaggerated, according to the emotional value of the articles it touches, for memory is seated predominantly in the heart.

Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie

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Little articles of [glass], they’re ornaments mostly! Most of them are little animals made out of glass, the tiniest little animals in the world. Mother calls them a glass menagerie! Here’s an example of one, if you’d like to see it! . . . Oh, be careful—if you breathe, it breaks! . . . You see how the light shines through him?

Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie

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JIM: Aw, aw, aw. Is it broken?

LAURA: Now it is just like all the other horses.

JIM: It’s lost its—

LAURA: Horn! It doesn’t matter. . . . [smiling] I’ll just imagine he had an operation. The horn was removed to make him feel less—freakish!

Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie

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So what are we going to do the rest of our lives? Stay home and watch the parades go by? Amuse ourselves with the glass menagerie, darling?

Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie

 two art glass swan figuresclear glass turtle square

OK so I should probably fess up, I have not seen or read this play, before you give me credit for being cleverer and more well read than I am. I do like to read and spent my country childhood with my nose stuck in books and magazines, but my knowledge of the Glass Menagerie lay in the title and having heard vaguely of Tennesee Williams. He also wrote A Streetcar Named Desire. That’s why…

I am, like the character Laura however,  a bit of a loopy collector of glass animals. Not so emotionally fragile though, which is the significance of her collection.

Curious about why I do. I think it started with the girl with the dolphin taboo.  And now because I have so much colourful happy mid-century art glass  in my shop these cute little guys fit in. Nice to pick up and hold and really have no purpose other than to be beautiful and nostalgic. Normally I like a bit of functionality but craftsmanship and quality seem to be undervalued these days. Don’t you think?

God is in the details.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

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Captain, have you any smoked glass?
Around The Moon, Jules Verne 1870.

See it’s been around for like, ever, but suddenly I’m seeing smokey glass bottles everywhere. Well, chain store decorating shops to be more clear.

Go for the original stuff, way more appealing, quite Mid Century Modern which is my favourite style [although I am partial to a bit of Shitty Chic ala Samantha Jones at the Hamptons, Sex In The City].

If there was a Glassware Beauty Pageant this would win Most Sexy pants down.

I need to get out more…

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