I always enjoy his daily posts - so European . . .
Sunday, January 11, 2015
We are down in the midlands of Tasmania on our annual summer break staying at our 1856 shop and residence in Tunbridge. We have building restorations, paint removal and stain preparations ahead of us but we punctuate our efforts with visits to shops and bush walks.
Flywheel at New Norfolk has been a destination even before it opened as I follow Tammy on their Drill Hall blog. We managed to go there on our first free day last Friday.
Having been shop keepers we know how hard it is to manage the look and feel of an establishment, these three women do it first class, believe me. Please click the links and follow their prepared scripts to find out more. Their web is set for Android and IOS although I prefer the larger screen format.
My choice of their product should be no surprise:
I also bought this artist's palette, its French and it is my ninth in the collection although it will travel back to Brisbane, end Feb 2015.
Saturday, December 27, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Recently found in the urban_ archaeology archive - see
Friday, October 10, 2014
I found this set of 'French curves' in an antique shop in Murwillumbah, Northern NSW. They belonged to an old local hoarder who was a tradesman, I was told. The box is handmade and fitted to accommodate the longer parabolas curve, every one is hand cut from old tin with the remaining paper template still glued in place. The next question is: does this go into tinsmith collection or my graphic tools collection?
Thursday, September 25, 2014
I just love a silhouette, they work so well as illustrations also.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Stamped with the brand - 'Star Mirrors' these do pop up from time to time, all mine were found in the sixties and into the seventies. Barb and I had every one we own massed on one of our bedroom walls when Alan Carter came and did his two five minute episodes of "treasure hunt' at the house.
He had never seen one and came the following day with his wife in tow to see ours.
We moved the collection down to Tasmania to hang on the bathroom walls in Tunbridge, shown above. The local dealers and collectors were equally astonished to see them as they were not evident in Tasmania either. Ann Hesse bought one of the two spare ones I couldn't accommodate and took it home to their Avoca house. People made plastic and paper flowers on tall wires and placed them in the drilled masionite just viewable in the one on the bottom. Another shot here.
A shot of Barbara in front of a Michael Zavros' drawing at the farewell Main Street dinner at Craig Rose's house just before he sold earlier this year.
Friday, September 5, 2014
I've posted the story on our wordpress blog but left the detail to those who follow me here.
I spent 1972 and part of 1973 travelling and buying British antiques in India, working for the Meher Baba Australian fashion enterprise. I saw a few of these Tibetian prayer beads in the Colaba Market but never purchased as they were outside of my focus . . . these popped up on our recent trip from the antiquarian dealer in Hobart, Peter Lane.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
This graphic was quickly updated with the 'pink' element and joins the other lovelies in the "pinks' folder thanks to random comic book panels at TwistedVintageBlog