Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A trip to the past (part three)

After Hill End we went the Mudgee. It has some beautiful old buildings. Our favourite was the Regent Theater. This theater is still very original and is a great example of Art Deco Theaters. The Regent Theater was opened in 1935 with its debut film 'Passport to Fame' which stared Edward G Robinson and Jean Arthur. It was architecturally designed by Douglas Smith.

It was designed to be able to accommodate live shows and presentations and has a very large stage and dressing rooms on both sides of the stage. 

It has it original hexagonal ticket box in the middle of the foyer and still has it original seating. It also have a 1938 slide projector and slide panel, art deco light fittings, mirror, velvet circular lounge, wall paper and murals. 

Unfortunatley the Theater was closed as it is for sale. Please someone buy it and reopen it so we can visit it!!

A sneak peak at some new goodies

I am sorry I did not post any pictures of website goodies this week so I am going to catch up now. This is our last week of taking pictures then we will be putting it all together. So here is a sneak peak...

This gorgeous gentleman is a 1940/50s jointed Teddy Bear with glass eyes, painted linen paws and a square snout. He is straw and kapok filled. He is 45cm tall.

This is an amazing Royal Doulton Rustic England cabinet plate. It is marked on the back D5694. It is 26cm. 

This is a beautiful Murano ruby art glass controlled bubble bowl. It has such amazing detail. 

This set of three jugs are the perfect addition to any sideboard. This is a set of 3 graduated Arthur Wood Royal Bradwell Art Ware hand decorated art deco jugs. The smallest is 11cm high, then 12cm and the largest is 13cm. There is some slight crazing, but no chips or cracks.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A trip to the past (part two)

So after Sofala we ventured onto Hill End. Hill End is described as an 1870s ghost town. In the 1870s it was a thriving gold town with about 8000 residents (the largest inland settlement) and had a kilometer of shopfronts, which included 28 pubs, an oyster bar and even an opium den! By the 1920s gold mining had dropped off and today its population is about only 80. In 1967 it was proclaimed a historic site and National Parks and Wildlife Service is preserved and restoring Hill End. There are also many great lookouts where you can see forever. It is a really beautiful place to visit and because of its history and beauty it is home to many artists.

Unfortunatley we took mostly video and not pictures of the buildings so my partner put together this little video which has both Sofala and Hill End. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Composition Shirley Temple Dolls

Shirley Temple dolls were first produced in 1934. Made of composition, these dolls had hazel eyes with hair upper lashes, handpainted lower lashes, and painted eyebrows, lip paint, and nostrils.

The wigs were made of mohair and styled in golden curls similar to Shirleys own hair. These dolls wore replicas of the dresses from Shirleys movies. They were originally designed by Mollye Goldman.

The dolls were made into several sizes 11, 13, 16, 17, 18, 20, 22, 25, and 27 inches. Most were marked SHIRLEY TEMPLE on the back of the head and/or the back of the neck. These dolls were made by the Ideal Novelty Toy Company who held the licence.

Production of the Ideal composition dolls ended in 1939.  Vinyl dolls were released by Ideal in 1957 in conjunction with Shirley Temple's movies being released on television.

Other companies also made composition Shirleys, Reliable Canada being one manufacturer who produced their own version that was not licensed for export to the USA. 

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Lucy Luxxe Love

I was so happy when I opened my package from Renee at Lucy Luxxe. She custom made for me this beautiful 100s and 1000s resin necklace. This necklace has real 100s and 1000s. I love it so much and I wanted to share with you. It is a perfect accessory for me and I always get comments when I wear it out. 

I also could not resist ordering some hair clips because you can never have enough hair clips right? 

She has such a great range of rockabilly accessories and she hand makes everything herself, hop on over to her website and check out her. 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

A trip to the past (part one)

Not so long ago we decided to make a trip to Hill End. Ever since we brought our 1830s house we have been keen to see others. It is lovely to see others who love their historic houses like us and it is great to see what people have done with theirs, how they use it now, how they furnish it. We decided to go to Hill End, which is a town that was the heart of the gold rush in the 19th century (but more about that later). On our way we stopped in a town called Sofala. We took so many pics of Sofala so I will do it as its own post.

 Sofala is also an old gold town from the 19th Century, but much smaller. It has a wonderful main street where there are plenty of places to get something to eat and have a drink. They are currently doing up some of the buildings so we will be going back for another visit.

The old Goal has been turned into an antique shop and coffee shop. Sofala is definitely worth a visit. 

As we were leaving town we found this caravan along the river. The person living there must love the peace and quiet...it looked so peaceful.

We then drove to Hill End. I will post the second part of our trip to Hill End shortly. 

Meet my beautiful boys

I have already introduced you to my beautiful Frankie so I thought I would introduce you to my other babies. First off is Rags who always has to be the centre of attention. He is 2.5 years old and is an Airedale mix. We got him from a local shelter Save our Strays. They are a great shelter their doggies are all on the put to sleep list on local pounds so they take them. He is very good at doing cute and sad faces depending on what he wants. 

This beautiful boy is my special baby. His name is Scruffy and he is about 6 years old. I have had him for over 5 years now. He was dumped on my parents road and we looked for his owners (vet scanned to see his microchip, add in the paper, signs etc.) so he became mine and we have been inseparable since. He was diagnosed with a heart murmur and fluid on his lungs so he is on medication for the rest of his life. As you can see I have a summer Scruffy (short coat) and a winter Scruffy (long coat), both are gorgeous.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

More Goodies!

Here are a few more items that we will be listing on the website. We are taking more pics this week so I will be able to show you some more next week.

I had a question the other day if we have a desk, well yes we do and it is a beauty. It is a fabulous vintage desk perfect for small rooms. It has been finished in antique white and deco green.
We also have this amazing vintage cane and bentwood rocking chair. It is perfect for a nursery.

A gorgeous marble top and back washstand. It is dated early 1900s.

Friday, July 8, 2011

The defining item of country kitchens

When you think of country kitchens you cannot help but think of enamel canisters. They are a must for any country style kitchen. 

This is an original 1930s full set of cream and green enamel ware canisters, not reproduction. This is a full set and includes flour, sugar, tea, rice, sago and coffee. They range in size from 12.5cm to 24cm. The whole set is $195.

We also have a 1930s cream and green bread bin. This wonderful bread bin is 32cm high and has its original bakelite knob. It is $95.