Tuesday, 7 August 2018

The Sweetness of Roses and Friendship

Hello friends,

My garden has given me some outstanding roses, and I've been reflecting on how friends are like roses - roses awaken our senses and nourish our spirits with their gorgeous scent and beautiful blooms, and friends bring special moments of connection with others that we can cherish.

'A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world.'

                                                                                        Leo Buscaglia


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Having close friends makes such a difference in our lives. There are some who are like our soulmates, people we may not see often, but when we get together we just pick up from where we left off, offering a warm connection, enjoying listening to each others' life stories, and a mutual affirmation of who we are and where we are in our journey. 

Whether or not you have a loving partner or family, friendships can offer a safe space for us to be ourselves, and the chance to reach out and grant that same gift to others.

'There is no friend like the old friend, who has shared our morning days... friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.'
                                         
                                                                                 Oliver Wendall Holmes

Our long-time friends who have stood by us over years are like the best wine, laid up to mature. Sadly, we, or our friends, may move far away, making it hard to see each other, but just knowing they are there helps us to feel that we are not alone - just a note or a card or a phone call away...

The connections we can make online can also nurture us, and we can reach out to others to affirm them, too. We mustn't underestimate the power of our online comments - for positive or negative affect.

So thank you to those special people who have taken the time to read and respond with thoughtful and heartfelt comments - you have left a special gift at the bottom of so many of our posts, and helped make our day brighter, like the scent of a rose.

Here are a few of my favourite roses from last Spring...


Mother's Love (palest pink), John F Kennedy (cream) and First Love (pale pink)...


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Summer Memories (cream) and the full-scented William Morris...

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William Morris again...

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Climbing Cinderella...


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Champagner...

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An apricot and gold selection...

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First Love...

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David Austin's Windermere in my favourite vase...

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A collection of vases from last Spring's bounty...

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Come on Spring, I can't wait to see my garden blooming. My rose-pruning is finished and I've started mulching. 

I'm joining Wen's Simply Neutrals Tuesday Party # 47. Join us over at her blog AppleApricot for a gathering celebrating life's neutral colours...



Sending love,



Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Lace Cover and Lyrebird Song

Welcome Friends,

In these Winter months I've been enjoying sorting through my collection of vintage baby clothes, reminiscing and washing any with marks that have appeared over time. 

I put one dress on the display stand for a while and spray-painted a cake stand pale pink for a little vignette of velvet roses, a tiny bear and vintage baby shoes with a fairy (my sweet daughter 13 years ago - she's not impressed with being a fairy!). She wore the baby shoes with the many vintage dresses I showed her off in. The roses are from my garden. I only have a few blooming, but it's the middle of Winter here on the south east coast of Australia. We had a trace of a frost this morning, but now it's glorious sunshine.


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Previously I showed you my plans for the cover of an old lace sample book I have been working on. 



Lace cover by Jesse Rowan


It's now finished, but it turned out a little differently from my first plan - but looking back, I like them both! I should have made two!! Here's the finished cover.


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The back cover...



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Gorgeous old cotton reels...


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A close-up of some of the lace...



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Here's one of the lace sampler pages inside...



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This mauve velvet millinery flower just matched this post...



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Here are some of my chrysanthemums from a few weeks ago - they are finishing now, looking bedraggled. But here they are in all their Mother's Day glory!



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And a superb David Austin mauve rose...


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Now for a natural interlude... Our local lyrebirds are calling away madly trying to attract a mate. There are mounds just near our house - this forest is at our back fence.


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A perfect habitat for lyrebirds, a myriad of other birds, possums, gliders, wallabies and snakes. We've only seen red-bellied black snakes in our garden, not the browns, thankfully, but they are around here too.



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The lyrebird's sounds echo through our little glen as I hang out the washing. One day I decided to stalk him with my phone camera in hand... 



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I had to leave the track to follow his sound - not an easy walk! Sneaking as quietly as I could as I came closer, closer, so slowly - they are so timid and can run fast through the undergrowth. I was rewarded! My camera was not so good, and it was so hard to hold it still in the low light understory of the trees.


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Here he is with his tail over his body like an umbrella... calling his heart out for a mate! I was about two metres away from him, trying not to crack a stick under my feet.


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So awesome! His song was so loud! I tried to move to get closer only while he was singing, so he couldn't hear me.



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His song was amazing, mimicking crows, magpies, cockatoos, whipbirds and other local birds, as well as what sounds like a nail gun to me. I managed to video him for about an hour, and edited it down to this:



I'm joining Wen at Appleapricot for Simply Neutral Tuesday #46 . There you'll find a meeting of like minds and hearts who love using neutrals in their artworks. 

See you soon, and I wish you a creative boost as you enjoy all this neutral beauty.

Love,

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Dee's Funk'n'Junk Shop


Hi friends, 

Today is an adventure into the world of treasure hunting! I have lots of eye candy for you today!

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In January 2018, I posted here about three lace and fabric collages I made using a vintage baby photograph given to me by Dee of Dee's Funk'n'Junk Shop, in Ulladulla, on the South Coast of Australia. Above is the one I made for Dee in thanks...

I promised to show you Dee's shop, so here we go on a tour of the vintage, retro, and grungescent Dee's Funk 'n' Junk Shop. If you see anything you'd like to buy, contact Dee through Facebook


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Dee's sense of decor and decorating is quite eclectic and unique - a cross between sea change and shabby chic with a distinctly Australian vintage feel. The shop is always changing its face as furniture is sold and replaced with more vintage or fantasy pieces. Dee has an artist's eye for seeing beauty in things many might overlook, and for telling a 'story' through her vignettes of found treasures. 



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So let's meet the person behind the shop name... 

Dee was born and bred in Ulladulla and lived in nearby Burrill Lake too. Dee's Funk 'n' Junk Shop started 11 years ago as a hobby she loved doing, and after a while she gave up nursing and dental nursing to follow her dream, to do what she really wanted to do with her natural gifts and talents. 
"An old man once said to me that when you do something you love doing, you never work a day in your life," says Dee smiling, "so I made that choice!"
Dee has always loved recycling and making things. She can see treasure in old worn things that just need some work to bring out their beauty.


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Dee loves timber and is appalled by cheaply produced chipboard furniture and the IKEA imported wood style. She enjoys recovering sad upholstery and refinishing worn old timber furniture. The pieces that are beyond restoring might get a coat of shabby chic style chippy paint to restyle and resurrect them for another family's use. Dee is proud to be a keen recycler!

Vintage costume jewellery is a favourite of Dee's, but she appreciates the past and its stories in every piece she finds. She loves the stories told by generations of colours of paint on a piece of timber furniture, like a gift she unwraps to find the secrets of changing fashions in the past. 


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A grand treasure-hunter, Dee finds it in unexpected places. She been part of her community for over 50 years, and locals know she'll be interested in their 'old junk' they no longer need or like.

Music from her collection of LPs for sale is always playing in the shop, setting the atmosphere to help you step back into the past, where life was harder, things took longer to make, and great care was taken to make things look beautiful.

I asked Dee what was her best-selling stuff. Her answer - "People look for something unique, something one-off and special - not mass-produced and spiritless. Like this broken old grandfather clock made into a timeless china cabinet. These pieces go to their new homes to be loved and treasured in a new life." 

"Does your house look like this too?" I asked her. "Is it full to the brim of the beautiful stuff of the past?"

"It's even BETTER than this, because I do take some favourite things home", says Dee. "But I've had to make a rule for myself that there's only so much you can fit into your living space, so if I'm tempted by something, I have to sadly let go of something else. I try to limit myself, but there's often a special thing that I don't have and it's so tempting!"

"I built my own house out of recycled timber and bits and stuff - old windows and doors", says Dee. "It's a timber frame with gyprock. The verandah is made from old timber sleepers from a railway station. They even have the old metal on them. I'm still building my house - you never stop..."

"I really want to encourage people to stop importing rubbish-quality chipboard furniture from overseas", says Dee. "Stop and look at what we have here, things you might have walked past because they are the wrong colour - instead, try to re-style, repaint or remake a solid timber piece. It doesn't have to cost the earth!" 

Dee's favourite product for bringing out the natural wood finish is Mastertouch Carnauba Wax, which has an orange citrus smell. It rubs on, and leaves the timber refreshed but not shiny, keeping the vintage patina while protecting the surface.

So now for a peek at the shop...

First, my all-time favourites I coveted but couldn't afford/fit it in/make it work with my decor... the Post Office Cupboards. How stunningly gorgeous are these? Sadly, the Abbey is sold!!! Just imagine either of these in your craft room stuffed with vintage lace hanging out a little, or coloured paint pots, coloured crayons/pastels or small collectibles! Every now and then you might find another piece done in a similar quirky and clever way... these are just one of a few unique cabinets which come in on consignment by a friend of Dee's - exclusive to Dee's Funk 'n' Junk Shop.

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I can just see vintage teacups in those wider pigeon holes, to make it a kitchen cabinet...


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A vintage typewriter... I wish I could find space for this in my place...


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An old worn book from London...


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Old tin trunks and old boxes - great for extra storage as well as display...


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Check out this 'fireplace cupboard' with leadlight display window cupboards on either side... some wooden wagon wheels... vintage curtains and bedroom fabrics... and that old pram up high...



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Old trunks melt my heart, and that rose chandelier!


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A lacy wedding dress with the rose chandelier...


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Old kitchen dressers full of memories of childhood (for some of us, anyway!)...


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Lovely white candlewicking embroidery...


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Retro Books, clothes, and linens to browse...


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Framed pictures, old china and lovely furniture in a range of old styles...


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Old LPs...


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A pale pink cotton slip or nightie... 

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Vintage hat boxes and old suitcases that can be stacked...


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An old evening purse and recycled rose pictures...


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Vintage table cloths...



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Old photos looking just right on vintage pine dresser shelves...


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Maybe sisters? Or the same woman at different ages?


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Beautiful old china ...



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A pretty shabby chic styled dresser...


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What a trip down memory lane, it's almost like visiting a small museum. I hope you've enjoyed my tour of Dee's Funk 'n'Junk Shop. 

Last, but not least, Singer sewing machine drawers - I love these! So handy for craft spaces, but even kitchens or just general display. 


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Since some may have missed this post, I am linking it to Simply Neutrals Tuesday at Wen's blog Appleapricot, so jump over there for some lovely neutral beauty.



If you like old sewing machine drawers, below is a sample of my Pinterest board on them...you can see more ideas  on this Pinterest Board here. 

To all vintage treasure gatherers, I wish you happy hunting!




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