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Family KnitsIn this age of consumerism, surely nothing says love more than matching hand-knitted woollen vests.Matching Yellow KnitsMake a public statement of your love this year by crafting his n’ her outfits from Women’s Weekly Family Knits (1971).

Matching Red VestsCan’t knit? Not a problem.

How about preparing a romantic meal for two from Women’s Weekly’s Cooking for Couples (1982).Cooking for CouplesPerhaps you could start the meal with an avocado entree garnished with capsicum and black olives.Avocado with Herb DressingTry a trout main, featured alluringly alongside a fern in a wicker basket in an early 80s example of food styling.Trout with CapersFinish your romantic tête-à-tête with a refreshing icy mint dessert. Don’t forget to add that essential ingredient, green food colouring.Minted IceWishing you a happy Valentine’s Day this weekend, however you choose to celebrate it.

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Meet the GirlsA few months ago I welcomed three lovely ladies into my home….Shirley, Dot and Betty. These pink feathered creatures reside serenely over our mantlepiece and were handcrafted only 5 hours away in Wagga Wagga, NSW by Studio Australia. Galahs are native to Australia and I’m especially fond of them as they can be seen everywhere in my home state of South Australia.

After ordering online, I was worried that the dainty ceramic birds would not survive the transit, but it turns out I needn’t be.

This organisation takes its packaging seriously.

And so do my kids.

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Vintage Sacrilege [ˈvin-tij ˈsa-krə-lij]

n.

1. The violation or injurious treatment of a mint-condition vintage item.

I love all things vintage, however it’s recently occurred to me that some of the behaviour I exhibit towards my vintage collection may be a little less than admirable. Today, in the spirit of honesty, I reveal my top six acts of vintage sacrilege.

1. Cutting up vintage sheets to make fabric tape for gift wrapping.Fabric Tape

2. Ordering vintage Thunderbird 3 online for my son to tear open the packaging and use as a…toy. Vintage Thunderbird

3. Drilling holes into the bottom of tin kettles to convert into plant holders.

Vintage Kettles

4. Bedecking my toddlers’ beds in beautiful vintage quilt sets (not injurious but high risk).Vintage Childrens Bedding5. Dismembering vintage atlases in the name of craft.

Vintage Atlas Hearts

6. Dismembering vintage dictionaries, and other vintage books, in the name of craft. Vintage Book CraftThere…I’ve fessed up.

My deepest apologies to any lovers of vintage offended by this post.

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Blanket I discovered this crocheted blanket at a little church run op-shop. It’s one of those op-shops that’s only open one morning a week and only the locals know about it. I was told that the lady who made this blanket passed away peacefully at home two weeks ago at the age of 83. She had kept active with her crochet and was quite renowned for her handiwork in her church community. It’s nice to know the story behind a blanket. Lego My son keeps producing the most extraordinary lego creations. For some time he followed the instructions meticulously…but like every great artist has kept his style evolving. The past few months have been an era of unbridled creativity. His vehicular creations have extraordinary names like “The Flying Audiologist” in a homage to a recent medical check-up. MintOur mint plant was on death’s door so I gave it a generous scoop from our compost and a good watering. There’s obviously something magical in our compost, because here it is a few days later completely reinvented with a new lease on life. Kitty My daughter has become quite attached to this stuffed cat and sleeps with it every night. It’s called “Kitty” and is getting pretty worn and smelly…but I love this thing.Homemade Golden Rough

This is a wholefood version of a Golden Rough. It’s completely natural, raw, organic and vegan. But don’t let that put you off…it tastes amazing. I will be posting the recipe soon. BooksThese past few weeks I have been quietly amassing a little stash of books and get a ridiculous amount of pleasure at the thought of reading these. There’s nothing more decadent than ignoring the 1001 things that need to be done and reading a novel in bed.

Vintage sheets

And finally…watching vintage sheets hanging on the line in the sunlight. And how do you know that a gorgeous little floral number is vintage?

Vintage Sheet Tag

Check the tag. Made in Australia’s the giveaway.

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Vintage Cushion CoversVintage fabric makes me swoon. This fabric comes from a set of old curtains that I discovered in an op-shop. Beautiful condition, virtually unused…be still my heart. I wanted to use the fabric to make up some new cushion covers for our sofa. I used the old cushion covers as a template and followed the zipper tutorial here.  It felt so good to dust off the sewing machine and do some craft again.

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I’m a little ambivalent about succulents, but when you plant one in a vintage tin kettle…it’s ooh la la très chic!

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Today was the local government elections in NSW. When we turned up at our local school to cast our vote there was a sausage sizzle, jumping castle and a second-hand stall. I scored this gorgeous vintage Gartrell-White Ltd Australian cake tin for $2.

I love democracy.

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When Lego announced its controversial Friends range earlier this year, this 1970s Lego advertisement went viral. It featured a young girl in jeans and a blue t-shirt proudly displaying her free-form lego construction. Who knew girls could play with blocks that weren’t pink?!

With all the Lego activity that’s been happening in our home, we stumbled upon this extraordinary website for spare parts called Brick Link. It’s an unofficial Lego marketplace, or as I like to think of it…eBay for Lego. On this website you can purchase just about anything relating to Lego including rare missing parts and old Lego kits from as early as the 1960s.

Some of the old Lego imagery is beautiful in its simplicity. Here’s a selection of my favourites, alongside their contemporary counterparts.

Lego House: 1970 and 2011

Lego Police Headquarters: 1976 and 2011

Lego Fire Station: 1970 and 2011

Lego Aeroplane: 1974 and 2010

Lego Truck: 1967 and 2010

Someone could write a thesis on how Lego reflects changing trends in our society.

Though I think I’d rather build it.

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I have had a disproportionate number of tea cosies enter my life lately.

Methinks the tea cosy gods are smiling down upon me.

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Yesterday I bought this little dripping pot at Salvos for $3. What a beautiful relic of times gone by. It’s from a more frugal era when everything was used and nothing was wasted.

After cooking your meat, you would pour your roasting tray full of remnants and juices into the dripping pot, over the metal sieve. The sieve would catch any chunks and separate all the fatty juices into the pot below where it would form a thick, jelly-like substance.

Dripping was very fatty and flavoursome and usually served with bread. I have relatives who lived on missions and this was one of their staple foods. It was poor man’s food, though perhaps the ultimate in comfort food.

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