Saturday, May 28, 2011

Chaos coming together - A sneak peek at my SJVX Stall

It looks like a jumble in the pic  but wait till you see it first hand!!

Mmm lovely birdcag and stunning barbola mirror...oh and the jelly cupboard too!!

Roses anyone?

You can just see the gorgeous handpainted cupboard underneath all the pretties
I know, I know it looks like a bit of a jumble..but believe me its coming together and will look AWESOME at the Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza (click side button for all the details). My front room is probably not the best place to have a trial run but thats the only place I know I wont have kids running through.  I have a great screen to hang all the pics on it will look like a little shabby 'room' at the fair.  I have decided to part with some of my very favourite treasures for the fair.  There are some gorgeous pieces of furniture..some amazing roses prints and paintings.  FANTABULOUS fabrics and some of most pretty china.  I have decided to concentrate on the Shabby Theme because my home decor is changing and I really don't have room to hang on to all my roses and florals even though I love them.  Don't forget you can book ahead to be an early bird and have first pick at not only my treasures but all the other stalls too.  I really hope to see lots of girls from the blogesphere and my ebay site too.  Come visit me.....I know I will tempt you with something!!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

My how things have changed!!

Over the years my tastes have changed and when I look back at my blog posts I can see the evolution of my taste reflected in my lovely front room.  I just adore this room and apart from a few minor things I think its almost exactly as I want it...for now.  One of the joys of being a vintage treasure hunter is coming home and working out what I definitely cannot part with and where and how the piece works in my home.  There have been Sundays where I get home from the market with a treasure and I spend the rest of the day totally reorganising the house ..what starts with..hmmm that can go there...snowballs into ....oh ok I will just move that piece of furniture...and that one....oh and that can live in the bedroom now.  Much to my long suffering hubbys delight (dripping sarcasm here)..I end up moving the whole house around..with his help of course.  But thats what I love...a new piece...and a new look.  Something in ...something out is my when I keep a new piece I must part with an old one.   This is how my front room looks at the moment....and I am in love with it...for now hehe.   Oh girls I will be posting preview pics in the next few day of some of the amazing treasures I will be taking to the Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza.  Make sure you check them out as I have some fantastic pieces.  If you don't know about the SVJX then click on the button on the side of my blog...if you are in Melbourne you just HAVE to come..its amazing.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

-Treasures for the Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza!!

A box full of treasures....LOVE the binoculars!!

The old watch I found in the most divine old Dunklings Jewelers box!!

I had a paintbox like this one when I was a kid and this still has all its paints
Hiya bloggers!!  If you have seen the button at the side of my blog page you will know that the second Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza is almost here!! Last year I was lucky enough to be part of the inugural Extravaganza and what fun that was.  Girls imagine a beautifully decorated old Hall filled with stalls and those stalls were absolutely jam packed with wonderful treasures.  It was sensational.  I remember wide eyed vintage lovers just in raptures over the beautiful items for sale.  We all had a fun packed couple of days.  I particularly loved meeting in person people I have dealt with on ebay for years..putting faces to names was just brilliant.  Now that the second show looms closer the level  of excitment is growing....the show will be bigger and better with more stall holders and lots more divine treasures.  I will be having a stall again and I have been collecting treasures in readiness.  I have decided this time to do a mix of some of my signature shabby floral pieces but also mix it up with some great old vintage industrial/french industrial pieces too. So there will be something for everyone.    This weeks market finds reflect the style of the vintage industrial pieces....Love the old Reckitts blue box and the wonderful old binoculars...they have a tiny compass in them too..soo lovely!!   I would love to hear from bloggers who are coming to the fair.....let me know what styles and pieces you are really interested in so I can make sure I have something thats such to make you gasp.    Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza is on at the Ashburton Scout Hall (337 High St, Ashburton, Vic)  check out Tamarah's blog for the dates and all the details but clicking on the button on the side of my blog!!
  And please come say hello..I would love to meet you all.  Cheers Sam

Saturday, May 7, 2011

I'm BACK Lots of Market Finds

Happy Mothers Day to all you Aussie Mums out there!!   After a very hectic time I am back blogging and will try to post at least weekly from now on.  Being Mothers day here my lovely son decided he would come to the market with me this morning and buy me a lovely breaky.  I had a lovely time and bought some great treasures.  Not sure what I am keeping for me and what will go to ebay yet hehe.  Firstly I spied a gorgeous bird cage...pretty sure it has no age but it was pretty dirty and had some tatty old faux birds in it it home and it scrubbed up well.   The cutlery is beautiful old mother of pearl handled with gorgeous engraving...they might end up in my collection hehe.  I am not normally drawn to oriental pieces but this wonderful old incence burner just caught my eye because it just screamed quality and blimey its heavy.  And of course I always keep my eyes peeled for gorgeous old books and these four leather spine old French copies of Les Miserables fit my bill exactly and for only $15 the set I snatched them up.  Amazingly, inside the cover of the fourth volume it has a signature...SAMMY Paris...gotta love that.   The teacup and saucer date from the 1930's and its a fortune tea leaf reading cup with all the symbols ..a little spooky and a bit quirky and made by Aynsley.  Apparently they issued a little booklet on how to read tea leaves with it so I will have to hunt the interent to see if I can get one.  The last photos is of Bernice...she is a dressform....made of very thick card studded together...I get the feeling she was one you would collect each piece with a magazine and fit her together to make your own dress form.  Never seen one like her before!!  If anyone does know about her I would love to know.