I'm not going to talk about the fact that I've been away so long from Blogger they have changed the WHOLE system! I'm just going to share some pretty pics from last weekend, Carnival on Collins aka fathers day market in Cairns, the best market of the year, they close the street off near the botanic gardens and have a huge mix of stalls, vintage, plants, handmade such a delightful way to spend the day xx
A US man has bought an original Picasso print for just $13.50 at an Ohio op-shop. Zach Bodish spotted the framed poster advertising a 1958 exhibition of Picasso's work hiding behind some other artworks at the Volunteers of America store, local newspaper the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Thinking it was just a nice reproduction, he bought it and took it home, where he discovered a faint signature by the Spanish artist.
"I started shaking a little bit," Mr Bodish told the newspaper.
"I realised it wasn’t going to make me rich, but still, how often do you find a Picasso?"
In addition to the signature the poster was numbered 6/100 and had "original print, signed proof" written on it in French.
Experts have estimated the poster could be worth up to $11,500.
Recently my mum received an email from a chef in Melbourne asking if this painting was one of hers. Painted in 1969, this Kangaroo Point landscape was purchased from a Chapel St opshop. It seems she is in good company.
Gifted: Beautiful 1950s lace dress from Julie, a few alterations and it will be the perfect wiggle dress. I will treasure this dress as I treasure our friendship. We spent the afternoon yesterday playing dress ups with the Dear Pearl Wardrobe in anticipation of a very special "do" in April. Thrifted: My fave opshop find of the week, 1970's Royal Doulton "Hill Top" Trio, tucked away in a corner at Salvos, waiting to come home with me. Visiting Sophie, for more vintage lovely x
I am smitten with this vintage Yves Saint Laurent frock, if it lived at my house I would call it my Sing A Rainbow frock. And just when I thought I was revisiting the eighties love, this afternoon my gorgeous girlfriend Julie gifted me the MOST amazing fifties frock from Circa. Will share piccies tomorrow, it is divine x
Today at my place I have been playing with the pretty stuff. My main dress rack is up and running again after I returned home one day last week to discover it had buckled under the weight of dresses. They spent a week piled high on the bed aka princess and the pea. A new tapestry bought from Salvos and sold to me by the very lady who created it, thanks Val. Dreaming of Lemon Chiffon Pie the way my grandma used to make, ssshhh don't tell Rock Chic she has me on the no sugar diet atm and she's a little bit bossy x
I've been playing in the studio this week photographing some new goodies for the shop. A range of "fortunes in a teacup". When I was little my grandmother would read my tea leaves, there was magic in that cup, and so in these, vintage teacups filled with sweet vintage haberdashery and ephemera. I love this photo "Teacup Ballet" by Olive Cotton, one of my all time favourite photographers taken in 1935. The photo evolved after she purchased some inexpensive cups and saucers from Woolworths to replace the chipped mugs no longer suitable for visitors. The angular handles reminded her of ballet dancers and this led to the idea of creating a photo to express a dance theme.
Fashion shot, Cronulla sandhills 1937. Olive would accompany her then husband, Max Dupain on photo shoots, her role being to assist with the model's makeup and change of costume, she took this photo as Max was photographing an evening dress for his client, David Jones.
Another favourite, "Girl With A Mirror" taken by Olive (whose portrait by Max is pictured to the right) in 1938 of a model waiting to be photographed by him.
This week has been a bit of a drought in the opshopping department, seems I spoke a little too soon. Never mind thought it would be fun to share my favourite frock find in quite some time thrifted on our honeymoon late last year (that Renoboy is definately a keeper). It has now become a "communal frock" in our family of girls with lots of oohing and aahing over this little number! It reminds us of Marilyn. Smitten Kitten x For more thrifting lovely visit Sophies and Sunday Best
Yesterday we had so much fun on our first photo shoot for Dear Pearl Vintage, thanks to the gorgeous Nadine of Abstract Exposure and my babe, who looks absolutely beautiful despite the crazy heat. Only ten days to go, we will be uploading sneak peaks onto our facebook page over the next week and announcing a fun vintage giveaway. Happy Saturday x
The wet season has arrived in Cairns, playing havoc with my photography endeavours this week but so good to finally hear rain on the tin roof, cooling things down a little. I've started naming our Dear Pearl frocks after songs from the eras they come from, lots of fun, this one is Purple Rain in honour of todays deluge and that funny little man called Prince.
So yesterday I decided first thing Monday I would buy a mannequin, after trying plain backgrounds, coloured backgrounds, pretty coathangers, floral hooks and even the back of my grandmothers old wardrobe, I felt I needed something to give the clothes photos for Dear Pearl a bit more dimension so here she is, isn't she gorgeous, I have spent the day dressing her up, kind of like playing dolls for big girls. SQ has decided to name her which could prove interesting the last time she named the cat we ended up with Princess Diamante. Speaking of cats don't you love this old photo from Life Magazine. I've always wanted a black cat instead I have a ginger with serious codependency issues.
Collage Artist & Cardmaker, Collector of Pretty Vintage Frocks & Domestic Goddess Wannabe.
Mum and stepmum to four gorgeous girls, Style Queen (SQ), Rock Chic (RC) Photo Girl (PG) and Numbers Lady (NL) and nanny to three little ladies. Lives with boy, RC, two naughty dogs and stalker cat in 1950's cottage being renovated by said boy just like Noah from The Notebook.
Rather partial to opshopping, vintage haberdashery, old frocks, trashy romance novels, glass glitter, Australian ephemera, Florence Broadhurst wallpaper, vintage tickets, doilies, polka dot mixing bowls, millinery flowers, rhinestone brooches, nanna tins, salvaged sewing patterns, retro flower curtains, chenille bedspreads, chandeliers, discarded photographs, cut glass cakestands, kitchen cannisters, royal winton teasets and baking cupcakes. Perfect holiday would be travelling Australia with vintage caravan in tow and stopping at EVERY SINGLE country op shop along the way.
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