Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Sun Hat Season Again

It's the end of September, and here in north Queensland the days are warm and sunny. It's definitely back to sun-hat weather.

For someone who has just had a skin cancer removed from their face, hats are a must! It's still possible to get sunburnt here, even in winter.  The sun in Mackay in July is stronger than the sun in Chicago -  I spent two weeks walking around Chicago one July a few years ago without burning, and two hours here on my return and burnt!

So for a little vintage inspiration, here are some hat ideas from 1954 -


Even a small hat will stop your scalp burning, and I do have a few cute little hats in store a the moment - just $25 each!

vintage 1960s hats
Vintage Hats

Deb x

Friday, 23 September 2016

10 Painted Furniture Before and Afters

I've got back into painting furniture in the last few months, both for myself and to sell. I have been experimenting with a  variety of paints, including latex, Annie Sloan chalk paint, Fusion mineral paint and home made chalk paint. I think I like the Chalk paint the most, but am looking for an Australian made product, and one that I may be able to sell in the future. Let me know of any recommendations!

I do list everything I'm selling on my Facebook page (click the link at right or go to kittenvintagemackay), but I thought I'd show you all a few before and afters.....

1. This one was for a client's daughter, home made chalk style paint and beeswax, hand painted lettering (sold)

2. An old kitchen cabinet I found on gumtree, sanded, sealed and feet added (sold)

3. Old meat safe, replaced mesh, sanded, decoupaged and sealed (sold)

4. Old dressing table, stripped, sanded, painted, sealed and new handles (for sale)

5. Cane bedside table for a client, sanded, painted with gold, distressed and waxed (sold)

6. Old dressing table, sanded, painted in home made chalk paint and waxed, new handles (for sale)

7. Small lamp table, painted, distressed and waxed (for sale)

8. 1920s timber chairs, contact removed (yes contact), sanded, repaired, seats painted and sealed (sold)

9. Small laminate bedside table, painted in chalk paint, waxed and new handles (sold)

10. 1970s carved timber cabinet, painted and waxed with dark wax (sold)

I try and paint every day, weather permitting as I work outside....for now!
I have been working on staging and found a spare wall to photograph against, and things have sold faster. Here's another photo of a dining set I painted and sold the first day...I just don't have a before photo.

Hope these inspire you to get painting!
Deb x

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Vickers -From church bells to Sewing Machines

Vickers was formed in Sheffield as a steel foundry by the miller Edward Vickers and his father-in-law George Naylor in 1828. The company began life making steel castings and quickly became famous for casting church bells

 In 1867 the company went public and gradually branched out into making hints like marine shafts, propellers and armour plate. In 1890 they made their first artillery piece and soon manufactured everything from torpedos to machine guns.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Vintage Pattern - 1930s Cosy Knitted Slippers

I do love knitted slippers, as you may remember, and this week's magazine from 1935 has another lovely pattern.  These have soft leather soles and are lined with fleecy lambs wool.  They are apparently simple to make, in any 4 ply wool. Perfect for our wintery Australian days...

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Kleenex and the death of hankerchiefs

As a child, I learnt to iron when mum let me do the hankies and the tea towels.  I loved the large checked hankies for Dad, the smaller hankies for Mum that I folded into rectangle, and the tiny hankies for my sister and I that went into neat little squares.  I still use tea towels every day, and now my own children are learning to iron on them, but hankies have sort of fallen by the wayside.

My family love their aloe-vera softened, eucalyptus oil enriched tissues - recycled tissues are 'too scratchy" and hankies are too much effort....until they leave a tissue in a pocket in the wash!
A pretty vintage hankie
A pretty vintage hankie