Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Our Miners couch has had some tweaking with new handcrafted, stencilled cushions and throw to match. And notice the beautiful Cordial sets in the window - isn't the cobalt blue one stunning?
Now I really don't have a dead animal fettish even though it seems so. These are my latest fashion items displayed on my new model.
This beautiful baby blue Art Deco cake stand is in perfect condition with an unusual black bakelite base.
Now for the unusual.... a vintage Waddy .... and an original Launceston Tram Ticket Puncher which still works.
Now here is a new animal for the shop.... we already have Fred who greets the customers at the front door, Pete the Parrot.... George (Fred's brother) and now....Max the spaniel.
Oh and I forgot .... Frank the Pheasant..... isn't the painting on glass beautiful!
Here is a french Vannes centrepiece bowl... stunning in real life.
Can you see all the new additions to the kitchen room.....
Sorry for the exposure.... but just had to show you some more of the kitchen room ... and the wonderful Captains Chair.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Here is Mack the Macaw - he is a beautiful specimen for his age and nice and large and colorful.
Fred now has a new mate "George" - who is a much better quality and rather gorgeous.
And these are 3 Pandas who are balancing on balls - they are probably 50s/60s with fur etc and are in fantastic condition for their age. What a find!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The building is over 130 years old and has 3 beautiful fireplaces, an old cast iron stove,polished floors and bare timber floor boards.
As you can see with this room it is pretty original and lends its self to the rustic look.
Monday, November 16, 2009
On Friday 13th of November we opened our Antiques, Collectables and Items of Interest shop at 167 York Street, Launceston (Cnr of Bathurst St and diagonally opposite Officeworks).
As you can see Fred is a fantastic doorman!
Over the next few days I will show you around the shop and I will be featuring new items on a regular basis.
Feel free to pop on in to the shop, say hello - tell me you saw the blog and I will discount whatever you buy by 10%.
Hope to see you soon!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
So Madison is up in sunny Qld..... here she is (on the left) with Emily (also escaping the winter).
Isn't it amazing that even nowadays girls dress similarly when going out - they look like twins!
They were enjoying a day out at Dreamworld.
I am not normally into watching BUT this was just so funny!
Louis our DESEXED Siamese was franticly trying to please Millie who was hot to trot - the only thing was he didn't know what to do.
He kept biting her neck and then stood on her haunches but that was it - he had no idea that his bits had to get near hers.
So she did the only thing she could do and tried to escape out our door (any door) to visit the boys who knew exactly what to do .... and who were waiting.
This Salt & Pepper set went to a good home last week..... it was a great talking point - everyone had an opinion of it's past and it was nice to imagine.
General concensous was that it's previous life was on a Ship or Airplane - although the Ship idea was the most popular.
Each Salt & Pepper shaker was individually marked and they were quite heavy.
The lady bought them as a gift for her mum to use with her family at Christmas time. She says her mum will love being able to give an individual S&P to each person when they have their Xmas lunch.
It was soooo heavy that I didn't even check underneath until I got home (I just liked the look of it) and asked Michael to do it for me.
Low and behold it was a Lapid Vase.... needless to say it was snapped up within minutes of hitting my stall by "How Bazaar".
Its amazing that the second hand shop I bought it from obviously doesn't research it's items - lucky me!!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
On the wettest Saturday in Launceston the Westside Daredevils had to play the final of the McDonald Cup.
The Daredevils had won every match bar 1 and the team they lost to was the team they played in the final RO Sharks.
Contention was still in play about the league ladder because although the Daredevils only lost one game (as did RO Sharks to the Daredevils)they scored 16 more goals for the season. Because RO Sharks played one extra game than EVERY team in Under 10's Div 1 they "technically" won. It was an act "of God" according to the powers that be.
Anyhow our boys were determined to win! And of course as parents we were encouraging them from the side line!
Madison and I both were very vocal and we all wondered whether she would have a voice on Sunday - but she did.
Our boys were the better side (of course) throughout the match and scored 2 early goals before being pegged back to finish 2 all.
So it was 5 mins each side - Golden Goal (only I didn't really understand that) and we played 5 minutes - changed sides and then after some more intense play a goal was scored!! I thought they had to keep playing but no - it was all over - they were the champions!!!
So even though through an "act of god" they were denied the league winners they certainly proved that they deserved to win all round!!
So as usual we tried to fit in as much of Launceston and surrounding districts as we could and made sure they were tired and weary when they went back to hot, humid QLD.
Here they are in a lovely cafe in George St, Launceston - Granny G has celiacs and this cafe has the most devine glouten free deserts and lunches.
If you would like to try the lovely treats (celiacs or not) go here in George St, Launceston - the service is friendly and the food is wonderful!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Yes it is that time of year - another year older - another wrinkle or three and who cares?? And no we didn't have a halloween party - this was taken a few years ago but it kinda reflects the scary thoughts I am having about my age :)
My Mum and Granny and Aunty Margaret arrived this morning to beautiful Launceston Tasmania. And did we put on a show for them!
Raining like cats and dogs and then as soon as we picked them up it was beautiful sunshine.
But it was all for show and just to get them in, because soon after we had very heavy rain and thunder and lightening and hail to finish it off!
The water gushing over the dam has risen again and is at the level it was when the Gorge was in flood.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
That is all good for Mum except when you add RAIN, then you have new rules:
- take off your shoes before you come inside
- no playing with the ball inside
- no playing with the ball inside
- no playing with the ball inside
- no running
- no playing with the ball inside!!!!
- take off your shoes!!!
And my house was perfect before they came...... sob, sob..... and my Mum comes tomorrow with my Grannie and my Aunty Margaret, so I have to clean it again.....
Thursday, August 20, 2009
It is a Japanese form of embroidery or tapestry with a difference.
This was my first Bunka and I am yet to find another outlet to buy another here in Tasmania.
You use a needle like tool and you use a frame to keep the material tight. I really found it to be theraputic and the only issue I have with doing another one is that the pictures I find on ebay are not particularly attractive.
And as you can see this one has my favourite Blue & White china in it!
We live with a view to the Trevallyn Dam and we love it when the Dam flows. Over the last week though it is the highest it has been since we have been here.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
He loves to be around us wherever we are and even if we are in the house he is where he can see us.
One of my recent finds - I love the color and it's just a bit retro!
This is Millie (or Pisser depending who's calling her and what she's been up to lately) - she justs loves boxes and any chance she gets she has to get into one - even when it has my precious things in it!
Sorry for the poor photo - must be all the pyschadelic flowers! It is a really retro holder in the great orange and green - so fresh.
This is one of the cuter of my old tins, I love tins to add color to a kitchen or room. It is amazing what people collect - some collect certain brands, cigarette tins, tea tins or just any tin that looks interesting.
We had a lovely day today, I met some really nice people and caught up with our regulars.
This is the after effects of a couple of months with Corn Rows courtesy of the lovely ladies at the Inveresk Markets.
So he will have his hair done again before he goes back to school to please his headmaster (it is a safeguard against creepy crawleys).
Thank goodness he has a high pain tolerance!