Sunday, August 28, 2011

Great blogs to check out (is yours here?).

Thanks to Tam who has the gorgeous to look at and always great to read blog A Treasured Past for passing on the Versatile Blogger award. Definitely worth making your way over there especially if you love vintage like I do.

Here is what I now need to do to accept this award:

1. Thank the person who gave them the award and link back to them, 2. Share 7 things about yourself, 3. Pass this award to 15 recently discovered blogs.

Seven things about myself...hmm. That's a few, will see how I go.

1. I met my husband when I was 18 and it took him weeks to ask for my number. We got engaged when I was 23 and married at 24.

2. When my daughter was born I was shocked to discover that she had RED HAIR!! No close/direct family member have red hair on either side. The closest being my husbands cousin and on my side my Great Grand Mother and a couple of my Mums cousins. It's a recessive gene you see so it has to be on both sides of the family. Nearly every day I get comments on the hair. I am ready to make her a T shirt that says the following:

No my Dad does not have red hair.
The Milkman joke is getting really old.

Remember that in Australia red heads sometimes are given a hard time and there are numerous nick names for them- some not so nice.

Here is how the conversation went when I phoned my Mum to tell her my daughter was born.

Me: blah, blah, labour story etc
Mum: Blah, blah, questions
Me: There is one thing about her that is a little different...
Mum: Oh...what's that???
Me: She has red hair.
Mum: You auburn??
Me: No, it's red.
Mum: You mean it's like...a ginger brown colour??
Me: No (looking at little Miss to see if you can classify it as any other colour than red)'s red.
Mum: Ha ha ha!!
Me: Ha ha ha!!!

I am still amazed at her hair and the fact she doesn't look anything like me when Master M is a lot like me. Hmm, genetics. :)

3.  I am likely the most uncoordinated able bodied person that you a likely to meet.

4. I can put my little fingers in and out of joint - very important information there.

5. Would love to have my own successful online business so that I could quit my job and be my own boss.

6. I am terrified of public speaking.

7. My first car was a Honda Civic 1974 hatch. It was aqua blue. My Dad reconditioned the engine for me just so I could overheat it a few years later and eventually kill it (it put up a really good fight).  Actually, I thought it had had it's day but I sold it to an ex neighbour who fixed it up. A few years later I found myself following it. It made my day to see it happy (but I was a little jealous that it had a new owner). It was such a great car and I was a quite attached to it.  Hmm, will see if I have a pic.

The photos are B&W because I was trying out an old SLR with B&W film (not because it was sooo long ago that I got my first car). I wish the pics were colour because the aqua made it. The day the pic was taken my friend and I decided it would be funny to bite the legs off our jelly babies and stick them all over the car, can you see them on the front bumper?

See in the bottom pic there are magnets stuck above the window near the rear vision mirror.Was my thing to collect magnets and have them around the windscreen as it was all aqua metal.

Recently found blogs to pass the award onto. 

Don't feel obliged to accept (you may have this one already anyway) but we would love to know more about the person behind the blog.

1.  My Friends Call me Nelly - Love this girl and her vintage frocks and finds. Great sense of humor. She always makes me chuckle.

2crazy house capers - Always something interesting to look at. Simmone and her hubby renovating an old cottage.

3. Martyr-hood - Great read, this lady is amazing with four children under 5.  The author already has this award but thought I would put it here anyway as it is worth checking out.

4.  Sir Thrift A lot - Great title banner (is that what you call it?) don't you think! Retro finds.

5. Thrifted Treasure - lots of funky retro and vintage to look at. Check out Casserole Central, love, love love.

6. I Love Collecting - This lady has soo much to see. I love visiting her blog to see what she has (and how many of each type of thing she has collected).

7. Kit & Nancy - stunning photography, vintage, retro and baking. Doesn't get much better than this!

8. Scarlett Loves Elvis - I have only just added this blog to my list but looks like my kind of blog, will have to check it out some more.

9. Mitzi's Miscellany - lots of vintage eye candy.

10. Timber and Tin  - because I love old Queenslanders.

11. Joyful Treasure Hunting - again another great vintage/junk/retro blog to check out.

I am with you Tam and just putting down these eleven and as you said they are in no particular order.

Will be back soon with some more things I found on our short holiday and to introduce you to a new family member.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Copper Coast Junk

Last week Mr M had the week off before starting his new job today. Very proud of him for getting this new job which required an interview and an online exam. We decided to get away for four nights to the Yorke Peninsula, South Australia. First two nights just us and then two with my Mum and sister. That way Mr M could go fishing without feeling guilty to leaving me with the kids. As it turned out the weather was shocking (sunny this week of course) so not much beach action or fishing for that matter. Master M only got two hours of digging in the sand and throwing rocks in the water the whole four days we were there. 

The weather meant though that I got lots of oppies in because there was not a lot else to do. Here is a small selection of what I picked up. Will show you the rest later.

 My favourite first. I saw this on the shelf in the Red Cross at Moonta and thought the tag said $18. Well I think I must have imagined it said $18 because it didn't, it said.....wait for it.....$4!! Woo hoo!! I have sold quite a few plain enamel tea pots (older than this one) and wondered if I should have (as you do) so this one is a keeper. Love, love it!!

It was 4:00pm and we pulled up to an oppie just as they were closing up. Luckily they were nice enough to let us have a look around. I saw this Crown casserole dish without a price on it and was told I could have it for $2.50. Once I got in the car I saw the tag - honest I didn't see it before - it was $5. Didn't feel so bad once I peeled off the sticker and noticed it was covering a chip in the paint!! I also bought some other stuff so it was worth their while to stay open for a few more minutes...umm...make that 15!!

Well I have to thank Mr M for this one because I didn't spot it, he did. I hadn't noticed it up on the top shelf for 50c!!! I am thinking Nally Ware?? Needs a little clean.

This was bought at a junk shop in Minlaton for $2. I have a beige one that was my Nana's so I guess that's why I bought this one??? Can't think of why else I did. Hee hee.

This fibre glass tray I picked up at Kadina ($2). Pretty funky don't you think?? I also picked up a rectangle one at the same time that I will show you later.

A bit beat up but can salt and pepper shakers be 'chippy'?  Maybe that will save them? They have character...what can I say.

Another colour to add to my salad server collection. Theses must have been very popular, they seem to pop up everywhere. 50 cents.

$2 for the Aussie made Agee Pyrex pie dish. So bright and happy!

My Oppie Map - Yorke Peninsula South Australia. Minlaton was quite a long way. Love Yorks.

Have a great week!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Not so Depressing Depression Glass and a 50s find.

I ended up back at Murray Bridge last Friday as when I was there Tuesday I noticed that my  favourite antique shop in the area had a big closing down sign and of course it wasn't open right then. I ended buying this pink Depression glass cake plate (small chip) for $15 (was marked $22). Of course way more than I would normally pay, but I have a thing for the pink plates since I used them for my daughters first party.  Very Nana and something that I would have looked past 5 years ago. It's so prrretty. I am hoping that it is not a reproduction as it seems a little too perfect. Even if it is I still love it.

I recently found this pretty pink plate in our shed, yes sometimes I forget what I have in there. I didn't use it for the party because I thought I had sold it, and even thought I had sold it for $15 - lol, shows how good my memory is. It's a bit frilly for my liking, but I think it's a keeper. It was found at the oppie at my work. The old duck who works there is up with prices of things (she has a pc in the oppie and I am pretty sure she is scanning eBay).  I once over heard the other ladies who work there having a granny bitch session about her and her crazy marked up prices. Hee Hee. She is a bit of a hard arse (sorry couldn't thing of a better term). I tend not to go there because I get frustrated, but this was marked $5 and I must admit I felt a bit triumphant (one for me, zero for crazy price granny). 

I have been wanting a green square butter lidded dish for a while but only at a cheap price. I think this is a bread one (bigger rectangle size). I picked it up at a GS while on holiday. It was marked $20 but I got it for $15. Again is a bit much but they tend to go for $40 or more on eBay. If it wasn't something I wanted I would never pay that much. Needs a bit of a clean but can you see the imperfections in the lid. See all the swirls It's what I really love about Depression Glass.

These salad servers were 50cents each set. There were groovy red ones also but had too much damage from use. I love these colours. Funky don't you think?

Another Murray Bridge find was this 50's atomic cake plate for $2. Does anyone know if these types of things are worth buying for resale? Not that I am doing any of that at the moment. I saw a few other 50s numbers. Light glass, cheap I guess. Probably one of those things that you need to stock away for 10 years time when they will be worth more. Mr M and I watch too much Collectors on ABC and get itchy to start hoarding potential future money makers. Lol. So far we have resisted.

Hope you all had a great weekend and if you are overseas enjoy our Sunday and think about me working as it's Monday here!

Friday, August 5, 2011

One for the Garage 'Sailors'

Last night Mr M and I watched the movie 'Second-Hand Wedding' and had quite a few chuckles. I thought I would share with you as I really enjoyed it. It is about a garage sale obsessed mother and her not so keen on the idea daughter. It had been my pick from the DVD shop and hubby said that it must have just jumped off the shelf into my hands because it was me all over. I have not seen this one advertised before - probably because it is a bit of a B-grade beauty. I could totally relate to the excitement of finding a bargain and couldn't help but smile most of the way through. It's a New Zealand flick and I loved that it was so down to earth. I think anyone who enjoys going to garage sales (or 'sailing' as Mr M and I call it) would love it. I especially enjoyed a scene where the main character asked her husband to guess how much she had bought something for. Reminded me so much of my Grandfather and Dad (and me also). :) Why does no one seem to like that game? Hee hee. After a hard day at work where I had come home brain dead it was nice to not have to think too much and just relax and have a giggle.

Master M had a whole day of  Pre-school for the first time on Tuesday last week. He had a fantastic time which was wonderful and I was so relieved. While he was there I decided that I would make another trip to Murray Bridge as I had left a Pyrex casserole dish at a junk shop that I couldn't stop thinking about. Alas it was gone but these bowls were still there. I thought about it for a long while and decided that they would just have to come home with me. Little Miss was getting grumpy and over it, so that helped the decision along.
To be honest I am still coming to terms with using second mixing bowls and other crockery/glass ware. I think after I have used them a few times I will get over it (and after they have had a bath in some disinfectant). Like my SIL says 'you use other peoples cutlery and crockery in a resturant so what is the difference'. This is coming from a true germophobe.

I picked up this blue Depression glass plate for $1 at a Red Cross oppie. Not sure what I am going to do with it but I am a sucker for coloured Depression glass (unless it is amber, then I only really like frosted).

'Twas slim picking in Murray Bridge I must say. I bought a vintage doll/teddy bear clothes knitting pattern and a funky vintage apron and that was it.

Has been beautiful weather in Adelaide, South Australia this week, but has rained all day today. We even got a 25 degree day on Wednesday, in this the last month of winter!!! I can't complain. However the latest regarding our extension is that the bricklayer came by today and told us that it is too wet to lay our bricks right now and he might have to wait until SUMMER!!! Yes...SUMMER!! That is still a few months away. Ahhh! Were were hoping it would be done for Christmas.

Oh well, I guess we have waited this long, we can wait a bit longer. At least the kids will still have somewhere to ride their bikes!

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