Monday, 2 October 2017

A year and a pattern

I cannot believe it's one year since I decided to open my shop...a year since I did my second swap meet in the heat and dust and thought 'there must be a better way'. What a journey it has been. And so busy! Things like this little blog have fallen by the wayside....but I'm back! In a very basic way though, just to share some vintage tidbits that I find, like patterns. And don't forget to click on the vintage ads link above for my tumblr blog full of great ads💋Deb


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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Sun Hat Season Again

It's the end of September, and here in north Queensland the days are warm and sunny. It's definitely back to sun-hat weather.

For someone who has just had a skin cancer removed from their face, hats are a must! It's still possible to get sunburnt here, even in winter.  The sun in Mackay in July is stronger than the sun in Chicago -  I spent two weeks walking around Chicago one July a few years ago without burning, and two hours here on my return and burnt!

So for a little vintage inspiration, here are some hat ideas from 1954 -

 


Even a small hat will stop your scalp burning, and I do have a few cute little hats in store a the moment - just $25 each!

vintage 1960s hats
Vintage Hats

Deb x

Friday, 23 September 2016

10 Painted Furniture Before and Afters

I've got back into painting furniture in the last few months, both for myself and to sell. I have been experimenting with a  variety of paints, including latex, Annie Sloan chalk paint, Fusion mineral paint and home made chalk paint. I think I like the Chalk paint the most, but am looking for an Australian made product, and one that I may be able to sell in the future. Let me know of any recommendations!

I do list everything I'm selling on my Facebook page (click the link at right or go to kittenvintagemackay), but I thought I'd show you all a few before and afters.....

1. This one was for a client's daughter, home made chalk style paint and beeswax, hand painted lettering (sold)


2. An old kitchen cabinet I found on gumtree, sanded, sealed and feet added (sold)


3. Old meat safe, replaced mesh, sanded, decoupaged and sealed (sold)


4. Old dressing table, stripped, sanded, painted, sealed and new handles (for sale)


5. Cane bedside table for a client, sanded, painted with gold, distressed and waxed (sold)


6. Old dressing table, sanded, painted in home made chalk paint and waxed, new handles (for sale)


7. Small lamp table, painted, distressed and waxed (for sale)


8. 1920s timber chairs, contact removed (yes contact), sanded, repaired, seats painted and sealed (sold)


9. Small laminate bedside table, painted in chalk paint, waxed and new handles (sold)


10. 1970s carved timber cabinet, painted and waxed with dark wax (sold)


I try and paint every day, weather permitting as I work outside....for now!
I have been working on staging and found a spare wall to photograph against, and things have sold faster. Here's another photo of a dining set I painted and sold the first day...I just don't have a before photo.

Hope these inspire you to get painting!
Deb x





Sunday, 10 July 2016

Vickers -From church bells to Sewing Machines

Vickers was formed in Sheffield as a steel foundry by the miller Edward Vickers and his father-in-law George Naylor in 1828. The company began life making steel castings and quickly became famous for casting church bells



 In 1867 the company went public and gradually branched out into making hints like marine shafts, propellers and armour plate. In 1890 they made their first artillery piece and soon manufactured everything from torpedos to machine guns.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Vintage Pattern - 1930s Cosy Knitted Slippers

I do love knitted slippers, as you may remember, and this week's magazine from 1935 has another lovely pattern.  These have soft leather soles and are lined with fleecy lambs wool.  They are apparently simple to make, in any 4 ply wool. Perfect for our wintery Australian days...