Friday, September 24, 2010

Show your Vintage Charm Launch Party

Well today is a special day Sonia is launching her first issue of Creating Vintage Charm magazine, and what better way to celebrate and have a party, showing everything the revolves around vintage items and decor, so I would like to share with you some of my vintage collections that seem to over take my home
above is a vintage wire mannequin, that I had no place to hang the vintage leaf garland, so I thought to get alittle creative and wrap it around my vintage wire mannequin, I guess I was inspired by those feather collared designer jackets you see walking down the runway....I love the movement it creates, Miss Anastasia stands on top of a table in the corner of my room in front of a window, love it there as Miss Anastasia still lets the light I had to name her Miss Anastasia as my little cherub has staked clams on this one, so Miss Anastasia was named after her. 

a beautiful crystal bowl that was given to me from my nanna after she past away, it is one of a pair, but this one sits on my dressing table that houses some of my vintage fans that I have been collecting since I was a child, I have lost count how many of them I have, and there are quite a few that are still boxed up, I will find them one day but right now I think these are quite enough.

Once again another beautiful gift from my nanna, I love this jewelery box, I love the detail in the gold work, the cream enamel that has discoloured and the fade pink on the flowers that has aged with time,

one of my loves as many of you would agree, is vintage millinery flower hats, many time I have thought to pluck the flowers off the hats to use them as part of gift wrapping as Rachel Ashwell shows us in one of her tv shows, but you know I can't bear to do that, so they are on display around my home, the two here, a pale blue and a vintage cream sit on top of a heap of beautifully covered storage boxes, with some vintage pale pink and cream millinery rose sprays.    

another love is vintage boxes, but of course they have to catch my eye with all its wonderfulness, these two I purchased at Alicia's booth at the Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza, they may just end up in my boutique but right now I am enjoying them in my inspirational corner.

some wonderful treasures I bought from Karla a lovely old vintage baby's photo album, a vintage wallpaper journal create by Karla and some of her beautiful thank you tags, you just never know what little extra pretties your going to get when buying from Karla, I always look forward for the postman to drop off the parcel from her.

Vintage fabrics and I are a match made in heaven, I have so much of them and find it hard to cut up or waste any as I worried I would never find any more, but lucky for me I'm surprised at many places I visit I can still get my hands on more, more and more, I love how fabric back then is so much softer then what you get today, sure I do have some that are quite stiff but I love the worn feel about them, I find to get the same feel with new fabrics I see myself washing them over and over and hanging them on the line for months on end to create the same feel, how can you not love vintage fabrics, and there are many beautiful fabrics coming out today...that I love too.

Just showing you my dressing table and how much vintage wonderful clutterness I have and love and adour.

some beautiful shades of green vintage lace still on the original card with some vintage swap and birthday cards

some beautiful vintage door pulls, love the spring green and the sky blue of these door pulls, I will find that special place for them one day.

vintage bedding that will be made into something one day, love the soft colourway that they have become with the over use of washing and sun bleached from hanging on the wash line. 

 Beautiful emerald greens and blue, from the peacock to the colourway brought out in the vintage flower millinery hat, notice my wedding crown has the same representation as a peacocks tail...hmmm makes me think maybe the designer of the crown used a peacock as there inspiration.

many layers of vintage jewels draped around the neck of a vintage mannequin

I love the way when grouping many vintage items together how lovely they all look, from fabrics to door pulls, the boxes and tins to crystal ware and little piece of Vintage Heaven.

Well I hope you have been inspired, and have enjoyed popping over to my Vintage Heaven....please be sure you visit my fellow Vintage Charmers.
And I would also like to thank Sonia and her team for putting together this party and the launch of her Creating Vintage Charm Magazine be sure to scroll down on her page for other party bloggers.

Thank you

Monday, September 20, 2010

A day at The Royal Melbourne Show

Yesterday my husband and I took our girls to the Royal Melbourne Show, this is one of the biggest carnivals in Melbourne, it only happens once a year in the month of September and runs from the 18th-28th. 
 So the day started by visiting the Poultry & Alpaca Pavilion, some cute ducks don't your just love his hair,
the biggest Turkey I've ever seen, and no he's not for Thank Giving...but I bet some of you would like to, hee, hee, ok I just realised my alpaca has jumped down past my sheep...naughty alpaca, 

 visited the ever so cute sheep and lambs, all of these animals are here on show for us to see but also for a prize, ribbons and trophies, but they are also up for auction too, only the sheep, cows and bulls though...just quietly our girls wanted to get out of there fast as it smelt abit, and stepping on lots of...well get the picture.
 little lamb
 here you are you naughty alpaca, hmmm makes me wonder how you can
 Then it was time for some rides...Sta decided to stay with me, while Chris and Maddi, went on the Horror House we could here Maddi scream from outside where we were standing baaahaaa...lets just say she wont be going back on that anytime soon...
 yes your smiling now Maddi sweetie...baaahaaaa
 Sta and Maddi want to try the American Pucker Power Stand, you fill up a tube yourself with different colours and tastes of sugar candy 
 Next was the Flower, Gardening & Pets Pavilion, we didn't go into the pets side, as the girls would be...mummy, daddy can we buy one...because we are renting we are not allowed any pets, So flowers it was
 look at all these roses, see the top row next to the red roses in the middle, omg they are a gorgeous pale pink, I really wanted to buy a few bunches, but I think they would have been wrecked after some of the rides we went on, so I left them there sitting all pretty
 some more beautiful flowers

 Now have a look at this...This was amazing and huge, if you need to click on the worlds biggest hanging basket, to get a closer look...yep you guessed's all made from water hoses, weaved and woven to make up this huge handing basket.
 now to the Daffodil's and Jonquil's stand, I was thrilled to see them all very fresh, like they had just been cut from the garden

 Now to this little sweetheart above, I think she has lost her way, there carousel way no where in site, maybe she thought she could get a job with the clowns, I have to I asked hubby to pick her up and go put her in our car, I wanted to bring her home, she so beautiful.
 some rides I wanted to go on, hubby and no guts...didn't want to go on any of CHICKEN!!! well the four of us did go on one small roller coaster ride, called the crazy coaster, OMG that was exciting, scary, frighting all rolled into one, we laughed and screamed our lungs out...but my screamingod it was fun, I nearly peed my

 The circus where the girls had a run around
 The show is not a show without these sweet guys, waiting for everyone to feed them...well ones getting feed,
 look at them all so hungry and no one wants to feed
 Maddi and Sta coming down the slide...
 girls meet the Home'n'Away cast, there was lots of blushing and smiles going on, Maddi and Sta got given signed photo's...lucky girls
 Now for taste testing and buy, the above and below images of beautifully designed cakes and cupcakes, the only thing you could buy with this exhibitor was sugar flowers.

 If you know me, you know I can't go anywhere without sniffing out chocolate, don't you just love the name "I Love My Chocolate" well yes I sure do, my mouth was drooling, my eye's were popping out of my head, hubby kept wiping my, oh gosh give me chocolate, you have know idea how I was feeling, running here running there just trying to look in to see what was inside the counter and then there was a clearing wwwwwwaaaaaaa a halo shining on top of all that chocolate...and I could here them sing my name....Kirstie you know you want me, buy me, I taste so goooood...

 your kill en me, let me throw myself in with my mouth open of
 from left to right, Banana Chocolate, Strawberry Chocolate and Milk Chocolate Fountains
 hmmmmmm heaven!

 all the different fudge, lets just say the tiramisu was divine
 Now onto the Art,, Craft & Cookery Pavilion, all these cakes on display here have been judged and been awarded, I can't believe the Princess Cake above came third, I think it was one of the best one's on display, look at the detailing of the lace work on the dressers and the curtains,  
 Red Riding Hood
 Sesame Street and Alice In Wonderland
Pinocchio,  even he only got third place,
 Fairy cake behind and fairy Tea Party in front
 Santa's sleigh, oh looky, looky here
 soon as I walked around the big glass cabinets filled with cakes, hey I know that painting, walked up closer, it is, it is, I said to my hubby look, look, he said wow that beautiful, and I said... it's our dear friend Natasha's painting, wow doesn't it pop out from all those paintings
 a spooky black and roses cake
 how cute are these baby cupcakes
 cupcakes on display, can't believe not one of them got a prize

 some ginger bread creations, hubby said I should enter my ginger bread houses next year...hmmm moving right along I
 Now to these 2 amazing art pieces I couldn't take my eye's off, I'm lost with words, my photo's do not do them any justice, and I couldn't fit the whole lot in, they are more beautiful standing right in front of them, well worth going to the show just to stand in front of these.

 Now every time as a child my family would go to the show, I would always walk away with one of these little cupid dolls, well I bought three this time because I'm paying this time, one for me
 one for Sta
 one for Maddi
 when going to the show, you can't walk out without any show bags,
and to finish off the day with a pony ride for two.

Well I hope you have enjoyed coming to The Royal Melbourne Show with us, we had so much fun, and I have had alot of fun share our day with you.