Sunday, 30 June 2013

More Crown Lynn pottery, kitsch and bargains

I want to show you some wee treasures I found this weekend. 
 A tiny fawn on a toadstool which is actually a bell.
$4 from Broad Bay China.
Embroidered card table cloth, inherited from Nana.
 A little sewing box, also $4 from BBC.
On another inherited (unfinished) embroidery)
It has a beautiful red satin lining. 

 Some bits of broken jewellery, $2 from BBC (my fave shop).
 Crown Lynn Colour Glaze mismatched green trio, about $9 from BBC. 
Seersucker tablecloth, inherited.
Wine coloured Meakin duo, $6 from BBC.
Ironically cheaper than Crown Lynn, even though I'm pretty sure that CL copied Meakin.
Embroidered tray cloth, inherited.
Valerie Ringer Monk's new book on Crown Lynn is still not in my hot little hands - because local booksellers didn't get enough copies to fill all their pre-orders.
No wonder shoppers are deserting bookshops in favour of the internets.

Black lace gloves, $4 from BBC.
Sorry about my enormous paws, I really do have body issues with them.
Red, black and pearly necklace, $8 from BBC.
My neck is one part of my 52 year old body I can tolerate.
Crown Lynn Bunny cups and saucer, bought online for $10 each.
That's more than I would have liked to pay.
I justify it by knowing that I am in my second childhood.
Sitting on a cheerful scarf from the Hospice Shop.
Silvery bronze vinyl handbag, $2 from the Presbyterian op shop.
It's just the right size for my wallet and keys, and has a wrist strap. 
In the background is some (seventies?) orange black and silver fabric from the Vintage Roundup fair a few weeks ago.
It was right next to my peacock bag!
The PSSA were having a half price sale, so I also got this beautiful fur collar (see below), for $8.
I can't remember where I got the gorgeous purple and pink diagonal check 70s fabric.
It was weird because there were hardly any customers, and still lots of stock left at half price.
I think their original prices were way too high, e.g. $80 for a coat, and that's why their turnover was so low.
I go there every couple of weeks, and you see the same things there all the time.
Part of the joy of op-shopping is when you see new things.
If I wanted to see the same old shite every week I would shop retail.
Last week The Paperbag Princess was having a closing down sale.
I think their retail model was flawed - most of their stock was second-hand high street junk on commission.
The sale was depressing - huge piles of flimsy clothes on the floor, mostly of very poor quality, which people were fossicking through.
I just think it's disrespectful to throw your stock on the floor.
Again, it was originally over-priced, which is why they were over-stocked.
Sorry about another rant, but I feel strongly about this.
What do you think?
A close friend is retiring soon, and I wanted to buy her something special.
I had resigned myself to spending hours in department or design stores looking for something, when I remembered there was a craft market on in Northeast Valley.
It was brilliant, there was so much amazing handmade stuff there.
I eventually decided on this red and bronze brooch :
 Speaking of jewellery, here's another recent online purchase:
Not the koala bear, she was gifted by my Aunty Beryl from Australia when I was little.
A pink and gold necklace, brooch and earrings for $26.
The Indian embroidery in the background was also a recent online purchase.
Love them all.
LOVE this photo, she looks like the Queen of Koalas.
Goodbye my friends and thanks for reading.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

A Midwinter carnival and the Starlight Clothing Service mail-order catalogue.

Last weekend was the longest night, and to celebrate my niece and I went to a Scandinavian film called The Hunt, and then to the midwinter carnival.
The Hunt is an amazing film starring Mads Mikkelson, and is about the violence and paranoia which is just under the surface of society. It was one of the best films I have seen in the past year, and I can't recommend it highly enough. 
Here's a photo of Mads for the ladies:
 He's not that broad-shouldered in real life!
The midwinter carnival was great, although being quite short I couldn't see much. There were lanterns, stilt walkers, a brass band, fireworks, and dancers, all parading around the Octagon.

 A ship lantern and some stilt walkers with illuminated crinolines.

 Two stilt walkers with illuminated canoes.
 A flock of bird lanterns.
A balloon lantern.
It was just what we needed after the atrocious weather we've been having.
A fellow bibliophile tried to give me this 1963 catalogue from the Starlight Clothing Service of Hong Kong, (along with a lot of other fashion history books) but I insisted on paying her for them.
 I admit it doesn't look like much from the cover!
 Some lovely cane handbags.
 Swatches of fabric in the back so you can order the right colour!
 Reversible raincoats for shine or showers.
 Beaded gloves and beaded sweaters (be still my beating heart).
Beaded and embroidered sweaters.
Curiously, Tinker, a fellow Dunedin blogger, recently found a similar catalogue from the Wayston Company of Hong Kong.
Adios amigos, and I hope you are all well.

Sunday, 16 June 2013


I haven't gone out of my way to collect bird-related objects, it must have happened subconsciously. Although I did inherit quite a lot from my mother, who was an even bigger collector than me. 
Recently, Vintage Bird Girl shared her amazing collection, which pipped me at the post.
She must have been reading my bird brain.
It's amazing how different our collections are though.
Are you ready?
 Pukeko are swamp hens which have immigrated to NZ from Australia. I don't know how they did it, as they aren't brilliant flyers.
I commissioned this painting from my nephew when he was about twelve.
A pukeko tea towel, (bought new - bad form, but I just love them).
A tiny pukeko brooch.
A painting of a takahe, a rare NZ bird, by Robert Scott, a musician in The Clean and The Bats. Bought from a gallery in Dunedin. 
A Choysa tea tin, with a pukeko on the right corner.

A large iridescent blue Bushells tea caddy, $10 from a Hampden shop.

The kiwi is of course our beloved national symbol.
I found these metal and wood bookends years ago in St. Andrews St Traders.
A ceramic kiwi, ironically made in Japan.
50c from a jumble sale.
A tiny kiwi brooch with NZ flag.
A plastic kiwi money box from the BNZ, and a biscuit tin given to me by my sister.
A kereru or wood pigeon, Arthur St., Dunedin.
Native to NZ and quite large, about 50 cm in length.
Sometimes the fruit they eat can ferment in their crop, they get drunk, and they fall out of trees.
These hand-blown glass Bols liqueur miniatures were inherited from my grandparents.
I particularly like the toucan. The toucan and the puffin would have to be my favourite birds.

The beaded peacock bag from my last post, resplendent with new $4 handles.
$5 from the Vintage Roundup Fair.

A turquoise? peacock brooch, inherited.
A ceramic owl candle-holder, inherited.

Owly pillowcases, Gore op-shop.
 Eagle t-shirt, $5, Roxburgh second-hand shop.
Eagle brooch, inherited.
Sculpture, near Queenstown.
 Sculptures seen in Melbourne.
 Swan vase, just keeping the shelf warm until I get a Crown Lynn one.
Vernon Ward swan print, $20 for two, Trade Me. 
Another Vernon Ward swan print, $16, Trade Me.

Ceramic rooster, $5, Green Island antique shop.

Tin egg, inherited.

Ceramic egg cup, inherited.

Large ceramic rooster, inherited.

Small ceramic rooster, inherited.

Woven chook pot holder, Trade Aid shop.

Bread and butter plate, op shop somewhere. 

Denby soup bowl, $3.50.

Bowl, op-shoped.

Sculpture, seen near Queenstown.
Pin dish, inherited. 

Plate with cane handle, Gore op shop.
 Plastic clothes peg.

Bone china cream jug, part of a set of cups and saucers, inherited.

Blackbird pie funnel. Mum had an amazing collection of these.

Kookaburra butter dish, $25 from antique shop.

 Cute little fellow, from an Arrowtown craft gallery.

Tapestry, inherited.

Coffee mug, possibly by Rosemary McQueen, $2 from an op shop. 

 This little bird vase is unmarked, but looks like Temuka ware. I love the spotted glaze.
$5 from a second hand shop.

Metal necklace.

Plastic bluebird brooch. Probably the first piece of jewellery I ever bought.

Ceramic tile, Petone op shop.

Me wearing my sequinned parrot top.
You would be forgiven for thinking I am a complete twitcher, but I actually don't know much about birds, I just find them appealing.
Unlike Vintage Bird Girl, I've never wanted to own a real one, unless it was a peacock.
Has everyone had those dreams where you can fly?
One of my favourite comedies is Portlandia, and they did a fantastic skit called "Put a bird on it". You must watch it: We put birds on things.