Sorry that I've been missing in action. Truth is I haven't been doing anything exciting. Work, work, work and blogging. I did however spend several hours with 1 million books on Sunday at the world's biggest secondhand book fair - the Lifeline Bookfest. There were reportedly over 4km of tables stacked with books so maybe I could count it as my daily exercise. My mission was to find retro design books and vintage Penguins. Sadly this year there weren't as many classic penguins from the 30s and 40s. (I'm to blame. I've been clearing out their stock every year!) Lots from the 60s and 70s though especially from the Pelican series. Eight bags stuffed with paperbacks. About 175 (or was that 172 ... I lost count) for $40. OK I won't waffle on about my love for Penguins. Instead I'll show you what I do with them. I keep the really old vintage ones in good condition for bookcases and the randomly styled book pile around the house but any damaged ones (and that's the majority) I use in mixed media pieces. These are some examples from a recent sell out exhibition.
I'm trying to cut down on my thrifting addiction. Fingers crossed we'll have a house soon (I hate auctions!) because I'm seriously running out of space. This week I did find a few treasures though that I couldn't resist. The laboratory jar is HUGE ... 53cm in fact. It and the shell lamp were eBay purchases. My second shell lamp. I'm hoping to use these on a veranda with lots of cane furniture and greenery. The sailing cup is from the 1931/1932 sailing season and is going straight to the man cave. Kelvin is a very good sailor so he's particularly happy with this find. Secretly my favourite is the Trobriand Island footed bowl. I LOVE Papua New Guinea pieces and I have several of these island carvings. OK that's it for this week. I just have to promise not to buy anything more next week. Most of these are going in my prop cupboard. It's so bad now that I have to rotate things out of storage because I have no room. Fingers crossed soon I will have news!!!!
Flicka came home with Fred Flinstone's car. LOL. I had to make room in our over stuffed garage. That's the most space I have seen in there for ages! (I think I have too many projects on the go and also too much furniture!) Now the fun begins as we slowly restore them. We want to keep their cheesy homemade look but hopefully get them working. 5 cents a ride anyone?
Call me mad but I just had to have this vintage children's ride. "You're mad Jo!!" I love these old things with a passion (I used to have a big yellow duck) and when I saw that Katherine from The Old Boathouse had recently procured four (I'm an addict remember) I emailed then gas-bagged on the phone and Flicka will be ours on Saturday. He doesn't work but he is heading for the "man den" (think basement) in our new house. If we ever get a new house. I see lots of red wine while horse riding in my future.