Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Teal Kind of Love

Colours by Dulux

Do you have a favourite colour? A colour that you are drawn to time and time again? For me, that colour is teal. All the pictures above are pieces dotted around our home. I'd love to hear yours!

Thanks for visiting and enjoy the new weekend, time does fly.......

~ New Earrings *Heart My Michealangiolesca Earrings* have been added to my blog shop ~ click here for all pieces available~

Friday, February 22, 2013

A Treasured Past Shop is Now Open

Please join me in the opening of my new blog: A Treasured Past Shop. While I currently stock items in my esty shop, I wanted to increase my footprint and accessibility for those who do not have an account.

I update my facebook page with all things stamps: here you will see information about new listings and the markets that I will be attending.

Please pop on over and say hello :) ~ links can be found on my sidebar. All feedback is welcome and encouraged.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Cinderella Stamp: Ausstellung von Hunden Aller rassen, Exhibition of dogs of all breeds

Do you ever get the feeling that sometimes things are meant to be found???

I'm not sure if you remember the post the I did of the items that we bought in England, 2011? One of the items we sent home was an old oil painting. We found it at Chipping Norton (an Antique and Old Wares shop in Market Street) and as the frame was very big and heavy we left that behind with the shop owners and posted it back.

As you know I am always on the hunt for interesting stamps and I often buy single pieces. My latest purchase is the Cinderella Stamp below located in Serbia*; it just so happens that it is the same image as my painting. I bought the cinderella stamp to keep alongside the painting.

I can only assume that the painting was painted from the stamp or an original painting as they often are. My researching efforts have met a dead end, and I can find little about the stamp or the image. I have translated what I can below. If anyone can point me in the right direction, that would be great.

Ausstellungshallen am Zoo: Exhibition halls at the Zoo
Ausstellung von Hunden Aller rassen: Exhibition of dogs of all breeds
Dienstag 18, Mittwoch (Busstag) 19 November, 1913: Tuesday 18, Wednesday (Day of Atonement) 19 November, 1913
Hektor Gesellschaft der Hundefreunde, EV.Sitz Berlin (Jm Kertell), Gegr√ľndet 1876: Hector society of dog lovers, EV.Sitz Berlin (Jm Kertell), founded in 1876
Printed by A Gerhard & Co Berlin 

Did you know that Cinderella Stamps are stamps that are not used for postal purposes (not exchanged as a form of money) but are placed as a decorative seal alongside a postage stamp? They include Christmas, Easter or charity seals, poster, revenue, charity and railways stamps. The term Cinderella could imply that they are a diamond in the rough but the graphics on these stamps are just incredible and every bit as interesting as a better known postage stamp. Collecting Cinderella stamps is a popular part of philately. * For more interesting Cinderella Stamps, I recommend probaj on ebay or Probaj-Stamps.

Thanks for the best wishes and kind comments from my previous post, it really cheered me up. Enjoy your week, Tam x

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Finding No. 16

I've been thinking a lot about things lately, what I can change, what will make 2013 a better year. I don't want to be depressed and have panic attacks, and stress and cry, I did enough of that last year. Whilst I have no control over certain aspects of my life, there are a few that I can take control of and I've decided to be more particular in what I bring into our home.

I've devised a checklist, and an item must satisfy at least one criteria. These include:
  1. Is it for a collection?
  2. Is it a present for somebody else?
  3. Can I live without it?
  4. Do I need it for a particular purpose?
As the new school year has started and our local Newsagency has closed!, I nipped to the shops in search of a student diary. As is was just up the road from the opshop I decided to prolong my lunch and take a look inside. I spotted the mannequin at the back of the shop,  enquired about the price and asked if they could do a little better, and a deal was done. It satisfied my checklist  (#1 and 2) and was within budget.

I had a peek under the new fabric and could see the original linen underneath. The previous owner had glued the new fabric quite randomly in places, but the front came away well; the back is a bit of a shamozzle but not too bad in the long run. Some 'artist' had drawn a couple of nipples on the poor dear and I can only imagine the original drawing under the now scribbled black rectangle.

I am sure the No. 16 is original to the mannequin as the number also appears on the wooden stand. The stand looks deco, so I imagine it to be from the 40's.

Have a lovely week, enjoy Valentines and I will be back with a few photos of our day trip to the sea, and more of caravan #2, Tam x

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Etsy Treasury

Etsy is one of those places where you can spend hours. I know, because sometimes I do. There's some very talented people in this world, isn't there? I like that fact that you can buy items from all corners of the earth and at reasonable prices. Not only is it a great source of handmade pieces, but also vintage pieces too. For the last year or two I have purchased a number of Christmas and Birthday gifts from here.

I've decided to be a bit more active since I have restocked my etsy store and have been making a few treasuries. I thought I would share one with you below. Enjoy. x

'The Eyes Have It!' by ATreasuredPast

A remedy for tired eyes......

Rave Eyelash Jewelr...

Cateye glasses. Vin...

Stupid Girl Mineral...

London England Lond...

Oval Doll Eyes Grea...

Jane Austen Eye Cha...

Original ACEO Blue ...

Antique Celluloid K...

Miniature Eye Photo...

Vegan Mineral Makeu...

Under Eye Cream wit...


London Eye Giant Fe...

Eye on You Venice B...

SALE-Evil Eye Trio ...

Rubber stamp Steam...

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Treasured Finds; Some Things to Share

Its been a while since I posted my treasured finds; to be fair I have not been searching or buying a lot lately, but I do have a few photos to share with you. I decided that this year I would only buy things that I either collect, or can't live without (or for the caravan). I've left a few pieces behind this year already!

I hope you all enjoy a fun filled weekend. We are heading to the coast to sort out our newest purchase, caravan #2. The kids are itching to go to the beach as they haven't been there in years. I will catch up with you all in a few days. Tam x

1960's tin moon globe and silver plated footed bowl from the Canberra Swap Meet Nov 2012

Hubodometer...I know what you're thinking...awesome right? haha

Two tiny miniature oil paintings for the dolls house

Original Kookaburra painting, c1920's, found amongst the rubbish at the tip shop

I asked the seller of the clock if it worked or if the ballerina danced. She said no to both, so she reduced the price. I was pleasantly surprised when I got home that the clock does work and the ballerina dances when you lift the dome. She is c1940's, made in West Germany.

Picked up this gorgeous tile at the annual Church sale for $2.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

2013 The Year of The Caravan

Hello! Its good to be back. I have had a lovely long break to clear the cobwebs and refresh for the new year. School and work have all started again and I am slowing getting back into a normal routine.

This year we have a few projects on the go. After searching for what seems forever, we now have a 1950's caravan which will be our focus for the new year. It will be given a full makeover, inside and out and decorated for the period. It should be fun and we are looking forward to it. Whilst it is not registered, it will only take a little modification before it will be roadworthy. Until then, it will make a great summer/guest house in the backyard and a lovely view while washing the dishes.

Here is a photo of our Millard Safari caravan pulled behind Henry (XY Ford) on our family holiday to Queensland. That's me as a baby, c1971. I don't remember our Queensland trip as I was too little but we travelled to Lightning Ridge and fossicked for opals when I was around 9. I remember sleeping in the annex and something rustling outside during the night. It sat in our backyard for many years. It was always stinking hot and had that funny smell (you know that one), teemed with Huntmen spiders inside. Our dad sold it in the late 80's. I wish he had kept it...that's why we've been looking for a new old one.

I will keep you posted on the renovation and hope to source some interesting bits and pieces at the swap meets this year. To celebrate the Centenary of Canberra, vintage caravans are travelling from all parts of Australia to meet on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin, its called the Museum of the Long Weekend. We will be tootling along to see and meet the owners that have travelled so far. I will be sure to take a few photos to share with you.

Thanks for popping in, have a lovely weekend, and hope to catch up with you all soon, Tam x

p.s. Thanks Simmone for the link to Pixlr . Our bike and caravan photos are taking a pizzling (ie, doing it to death) :)