Friday, February 15, 2013

Australian Subscription Boxes

I have a new blog, dedicated to all the subscription boxes that are available to Australians.  Just head on over and check it out - I have box profiles, news and reviews.  There's even a cheese box out there. Who knew!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Four Beautiful Vintage Valentine Gift Ideas

Do you need some ideas for Valentine's day gifts for your vintage loving significant other?  Ladies, I'm not too sure I have very many male readers so you might want to forward this post "accidentally" to your valentine if he needs a hint or two!

Huge bulk pack of vintage costume jewellery.  I've purchased a bulk pack myself from this seller and it was amazing value.

Vintage rhinestone shoe clips.  Beautiful sparklers for your feet.

Vintage red slip with lace and mini pleating.  The only thing to wear in bed.  Throw those big t-shirts in the bin ladies.  Vintage slips are THE way to go.

Garden Date Dress by Modcloth.  I have so many pieces in my wardrobe by Modcloth and they're always the ones I get complimented on.

Friday, February 8, 2013

A Treasure from the Rubbish

I spotted a treasure in my mother's hard rubbish pile.  It had three broken wheels, dirt, spider-webs and was rusted all over.  I do regret not taking a photograph before just to show how bad it really looked.  It was so bad that I wasn't even sure that it was fixable.  I suspected I was making a mistake and actually left it on the rubbish pile for a week until I changed my mind and went back for it.

The trolley had belonged to my grandmother and had spent years and years (decades I believe) outside in the rain and heat in my mother's garden.  It had suffered but the design was just so beautiful I really felt it was worth saving.

My darling husband fixed it up for me and it looks amazing.  He pulled off all the wheels, scrubbed it all over with a metal brush, wore out the brush completely, and scrubbed it all over again with a metal sanding disk on his circular saw.  He said it was much easier the second time.  Then he spray painted two coats of white rust-proof primer.  We finished with a couple of coats of metal gloss spray paint and it's ready to rock!

I have plans for a tray on the bottom for my son's outside cars and trains and some pretty pot plants on the top.  We're in the process of building a pergola outside the laundry and this is where it will live when it's finished.  It will be undercover so it will hopefully last for many years to come.

PS I'm going op (thrift) shopping tomorrow to a store that's new to me that I've been told has lots of deceased estate vintage stock.  Cross your fingers for me!