Saturday, 25 May 2013

Euclid have been a contender

I was an unusual child - I loved geometry. I haven't given it a second thought since school, but I'm very drawn to the geometric shapes of art deco.
 A dress I found in a tiny op shop in Oamaru.

A t-shirt with a scooped and tied back neck, scored in an Invercargill op shop.

 This silk shirt was $1 from the Salvation Army.

 A velvet vest, possibly from the seventies, which I don't wear much as the print on it is quite scratchy. But I love the pattern.

 This crazy dress is from the eighties. I picked it up at a tiny op shop in the middle of nowhere between Invercargill and Riverton. I haven't actually been brave enough to wear this one yet!

 A chiffon number which I customised by sewing on the diamante and lace trim.

 Another velvet vest, which cost an exorbitant $20 from Toffs. I call her Klimt. She's a mid-thigh length which I think is too long to wear with trousers, so I wear her with a knee length skirt.

Another geometric delight from my Invercargill jaunt, awaiting some surgery on the sleeves. I can't abide flappy sleeves!

 Some more geometry - the bridge over the Clutha River at Clyde.

 A drain cover on the side of the road in Central Otago, giving me the evil eye.

 Last week I was in Hamilton, and I visited three op shops there but nothing rocked my world (sorry Hamiltownies). 

Today, back in the south, autumn has finally arrived with a vengeance and this morning it was cold enough to freeze the ovaries off a brass monkey.  I decided to go to some garage sales, but didn't see anything I liked.  So surprise surprise, I went op-shopping, and also to the shop at the dump resource recovery centre.

I found some roman blinds, sheets, a towel, fabric, a 1975 dress pattern, a dress, a top, a jacket, 2 necklaces, 4 crystal glasses, a ceramic rooster and baby seal, a beaded evening bag, a bag with wooden handles, and a "log" vase. And yesterday I foolishly went to my beloved Weir's Furniture Corner, and bought two scarf holders and a decanter. Yes, I know I have been very naughty, but in my defence, your honour, I had a week to catch up on. As soon as I have photographed them, I will bore  you  share them with you.

Violet XXX

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Crown Lynn - Kiwiana pottery

Today I discovered some Crown Lynn pieces I didn't even know I had :
I inherited this seahorse wall pocket from my Mum.
I'm not sure which of my grandmothers she inherited it from - probably Dad's mother Ella.
 I found these little Golden Bouquet dessert bowls in a Milton op shop for $2 each.
I'm guessing they are from the 1950s, and I adore them.
A quintessentially 1970s side plate from the Hospice Shop.
 Yellow roses on a Kelston Potteries trio, $6.
 A green Ascot plate, "inspired" by Carlton Ware.
Found in my cupboard, op-shopped long ago.
A cute 1970s Ovenproof Cookware casserole, $5 from a Gore op shop.
If you're going to collect Crown Lynn, it pays to swot up on all the different back stamps.
They must have used hundreds.
Today, being Saturday, I had good intentions to save my money for a trip I'm taking to Hamilton. However I failed miserably at that, and bought a painting from my friend Mike, and this amazing book:
With bold needle and thread : adventures in vintage needlecraft, by Rosemary McLeod.
Luckily I only spent $8 in the Hospice shop.
Bad Violet!

Monday, 6 May 2013

Melbourne part 6 - architectural heaven

Last year I had a heavenly holiday in Melbourne, and it's taken me a while to get around to the grand finale - you could say I've been building up to it (bada bing!)
I meandered through the laneways and the eastern end of the city, nicknamed the Paris end, and then popped over to Fitzroy.
 I love this Lichtenstein style graffiti in a laneway near the Flinders St Station.
 These magnificent bird sculptures stand guard outside the Grand Hyatt.
They are The Guardians by Bruce Armstrong.
If I were a religious person, I would say they are Divine.
Very hard to photograph - I had to stand in the middle of the street.

 Milton House, a jewel of an Art Nouveau brick building, set in a soulless high-rise canyon.
Look closely at how the upper windows suggest trees in pots.
The front door surround is sinuously curved.
I swooned when I saw this building!
It was built in 1901 as a private hospital in Flinders Lane for an eminent Melbourne surgeon.
 A fabulous mural at the entrance to the Temperance & General Life Assurance building in Collins St., painted by Napier Waller in 1928-1929.
I can see a strong Pre-Raphaelite influence in this work.
According to some sources, he lost his right arm in France in WWI, and made this artwork with his left hand. 
"Better Than to Squander Life's Gifts is to Conserve Them and Ensure a Fearless Future shows a group of figures, an old man, two woman and a young boy in a orchard setting with other figure in the background tending the land and watching the sheep" (source:  Melbourne Art Deco ).
 Collins St Baptist Church.
Note that the moneylenders (aka Rutherford Pearls) have taken over the basement of the temple!
Built in 1862, unusually in the style of a classical temple with Corinthian columns.
The congregation are still going strong - they have an entertaining facebook page.
 An intriguingly named bar in Brunswick St, "Naked For Satan".
Named after Leon Satanovich, a vodka moonshine distiller during the Great Depression, who legend says was a stranger to the shirt in the sweltering distillery.
 The windows feature a gorgeous copper still and Spanish pastries.

  And finally another beautiful turreted building in Brunswick St. 
I don't know anything about it, except it houses the Black Cat restaurant.
So it's goodbye to Melbourne, and here's hoping I can revisit soon!
I'm sure their op shops are missing my custom.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Ten things I love about autumn.

Yesterday was the most perfect autumn day in the South.
I call them one-layer days (i.e. one layer of clothing).
You can tell by the blue sky in the photo below.
I celebrated by going to the Farmers' Market and a couple of op shops.
Then I took about 100 photos, and then chilled out with a couple of Shingle Peak sauvignon blancs.
It's so hard to narrow it down, but here are ten things I love about autumn:

Home-made flowered dress and teal cardigan from Dunedin Salvos.
Do you like my model, Sindy?
She's named after my Sindy doll because they are both missing a head.

 Autumn leaf frock by Lady Lichfield, from Mosgiel Butterflies Shop.
Not as nice as Vanessa's divine autumn dress, check hers out!
Annah Stretton burgundy velvet top with appliqued green roses, $10 from a school fair.
She is my favourite NZ designer, and I have several of her beautiful garments.
An embroidered and sequinned scarf.
A gift from India from intrepid traveller Suzanne.

My Ziera boots, which I call my f-off boots.
 A cosy pink NZ wool blanket, from Gore Salvos, with hand-painted plate.

A fun-fur blanket in incredibly lurid colours from Wellington Salvos.
My home-made blue and purple flowered duvet cover, from the Hospice shop.
Owl pillowcases and yellow and green pillowcases from a recent road trip to Gore Salvos.
I have been inspired by Vintage Bird Girl  and  Vintage Sheet Addict to find more of these gorgeous sheets, especially the cotton or linen ones.
 Autumn leaves framing the cenotaph, adorned with wreaths on Anzac Day.
After this, we went on an inspirational guided walk celebrating Dunedin's Heritage Festival.
I'll tell you more about that in a future post.

 A cup of tea from my art deco "Le Moulin Rouge Barker Bros" teapot.
$15 from a second hand shop in South Dunedin.
Actually it's too precious to use, and has a tiny chip in it, so I just drool over it.

A bientot mes petits choux!