Saturday, 30 November 2013

Deer and other furry animals

I know we bloggers love our deer, so I thought I'd show you part of my (inanimate) animal collection.
(Warning: cuteness overload)
Deer and fawn, from Trade Me. 
A less realistic fawn!
Hornsea squirrel, fawn and rabbit vases
In their habitat
Seal pup

A sheep I inherited

Bunny egg cup

Obligatory kitten, from a jumble sale at work 
There are thousands of these horses around, but this one has huge sentimental value because I owned it when I was a child. 

I found this unicorn in a junk shop in Palmerston.

A koala jug I've had for years

I'm not sure what this animal is - maybe a squirrel?
Only two and a half weeks before my Christmas holiday and I can't wait to see the back of this year.
For various reasons it's been the year from hell!
I hope yours has been better.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Help me, my house looks like an op shop...

I was blown away by the comments on my last blog post on Dad's crib in the Catlins. It seems that people love the nostalgia of a wee cottage by the sea, almost untouched by the 21st century.
My collecting started when my parents built a new house in 1974 and for the first time I had my own room, a blank canvas.
Mum chose the bright yellow, but I thought it was hideous. 
I made the patchwork quilt (now sadly given away).
I borrowed most of the antiques from Mum's collection, and some I still have.
The photo in the oval frame is of my great-grandmother, Eliza Jane Page, born in London in 1861.
Her father was a cook, and she met my great-grandfather when he was training to be a staircase-maker in London.
They married in Wellington NZ and my grandmother Violet was born three years later.
Fast-forward to 2013 and I have a full-blown obsession with antiques, vintage and retro.
Here are some treasures I've found lately.
First, the china: 
A Royal Doulton coffee jug I picked up very cheaply because it has a chip inside the rim.

A tiny Drioli Venetian cherry liqueur bottle, orange with white lava glaze spots.
I am so in love with it, I want to have its babies.
 Have you ever seen anything like it?
Crown Lynn un-named design side plate.
Balclutha Salvos. 

The Hornsea collection is slowly picking up.
Saffron sugar bowl.
An apple(?) wall plaque.

Royal Albert Beatrix Potter Benjamin Bunny side plate, Hospice shop. 

Cannes saucer by Hugh Casson for Midwinter Stylecraft.

The Presbyterian Shop on Carroll always wrap their goods in beautiful handmade fabric bags.
And inside this one was:

A slightly chipped but divine Gouda vase.

Here's some more Crown Lynn, the Mardi Gras pattern dinner plate.

The Red Cross shop in Balclutha (the best Red Cross shop I've ever been to, open 4 hours a week) were having a half price sale so I couldn't resist this Royal Standard "Rendezvous" trio for $7.50.
I don't usually collect cups and saucers, as the prices are getting ridiculous, but this is nice.

A modern Steiner sugar  bowl and creamer, from a second hand shop in Balclutha.
They remind me of mid-century American pottery such as Fiesta.

More Crown Lynn, a Nirvana side plate.
This design is based on the NZ red pohutukawa flower.

My Crown Lynn dinnerware collection is getting so big I decided to put it all together in this cupboard of awesomeness. 
All I want for Christmas is some new cupboards.
And now for the linen: 
A huge aqua rayon tablecloth with fruit, from the Hospice shop.

A fondue set teatowel, also from the HS.

A teatowel, with eggs and lemons, also from the HS.
From the Milton Hospice Shop came these never-used bags.
And a purple rose apron

A blue rose apron

And from the Balclutha Red Cross, a stained glass apron

Blue gingham and flower cotton pillowcase

And some lovely linen curtain fabric.
Now for some glassware: 
A Glasbake strawberry mug.
  A kitteh tray and a pyrex snowflake casserole.

A plastic Johnnie Walker figurine from a Milton second hand shop
And speaking of Milton, here's my friend S having a cuppa in the park next to... wait for it...

Two Squirrels, where I bought a gorgeous opal brooch.
Jeez I was having a bad hair day wasn't I?
Next week my stylist will attempt to remedy that with some blue highlights.


Sunday, 17 November 2013

A seaside cottage in the Catlins

On Friday I drove south to the Catlins with a friend to stay in a crib (southern dialect for holiday house) which my father bought a few months ago.
The former owner has recently died, and Dad remembers visiting the crib when they were both children, and it was owned by her grandparents.
It is across the road from a crib my grandparents owned, and another one my parents owned.
He bought it with all the contents intact, and it's an eclectic mixture of eras from the Victorian to the 70s.  
The garden's a bit overgrown, but we didn't have time to try and tame it.
Note the huge cabbage tree on the left.
Here's a close up.
I bet it's cold in winter as there are few north-facing windows.
The conservatory.
Views out to sea and the Nuggets.
A jardinière in the conservatory. 
An art deco clock. 
A bizarre grumpy vase.

A dachshund letter-holder.

Part of a lovely Masons china set and some not so lovely mugs.

A frog vase, a Crown Lynn vase, and some blue and white china.

Kitchen canisters and a hilarious tea caddy. 
One of the bedrooms has a beautiful flower print and a silver rose.

Another bedroom with 70s curtain and duvet.

Some of the reading material : The poacher, Don't tempt the hangman, The big book of adventure stories, Chatterbox, Girls' crystal annual and White feather (Obligatory Blogger Deer alert!)
A girlie postcard from Tahiti and a card from Denmark.

There are candles everywhere, so there must be lots of power cuts!

An African figurine and an Italian plate.
I didn't get a good photo of the dining suite, but it's a lovely round Danish type table with white vinyl chairs.

Victorian vases and a Fisher & Paykel speaker.

The record player works, and there is some classic vinyl, including Cream and The Kinks.

A shot (lol) of the cocktail cabinet and easy chair.

A typical crib library.

A barometer and a Japanese music box.

Binoculars, keys, and a lovely piece of Poole pottery which I'm hoping Dad will give me!

Midnight at the oasis.

Al fresco seating.

A lovely Greek lady on a vase, and an early clock radio.

Edmund Dulac's fairy-book.

The modern rake's progress by Rebecca West, with illustrations by David Low.

Fairy gold by Edith Kovar.

Pyrex and some of the china: Cornish ware, Ridgway and Crown Lynn.

More china: Royal Winton, whisky jugs etc. and a gorgeous tablecloth.

 I love me some tablecloths.
Anodised pots on the rangette.

A lazy Susan full of condiments, with a tartan tray.

The aforementioned cocktail trolley.
Behind it is a print of the Nugget Point lighthouse.
I bet this house has seen some great parties.

Hand-crafted coat hangers. 
The beach is a minute's walk away.

The park bench was a touching memorial.

It was a beautiful still warm morning.
A lone swimmer was braving the cool water, but not for long!
I was not disappointed with the crib, it was chocka block with vintage crap treasure.
It needs a bit of renovation, but has potential to be a cosy retreat.
You wake up to the sound of the sea, and bellbirds too.
I felt grateful that the former owners had decided to sell it complete with all the contents, as it's an insight into the typical Kiwi crib.