Sunday, January 16, 2011

The week that was...

Bulimba Ferry Terminal 12/1

It is amazing just how much a week can change everything. I can't believe the events that have unfolded here in Brisbane and out West. I am so lucky that I have not been affected by the flooding in our suburb but is it just heartbreaking to see those that have not been so fortunate.

Driving to work today there were just piles and piles of peoples lives laid out on the sidewalk. It is hard to imagine the damage.

Luckily the spirit of community has come alive and everyone is out doing their bit, however small. I thought I might share a few ways you can help those in need:

Baked Relief.
Are arranging food and drinks for those out in the mud. If you think you can do some baking or deliver food please check out their website.

Premiers Flood Appeal.
Is where you can donate money to the Premiers Disaster Relief Appeal.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


I hope all my Brisbane peeps are safe and sound. I wish everyone the best for the coming days.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Market goodies...

Here are a few images of the lovely items I bought from Perpetual One on my market trip I detailed yesterday. I fell in love with these old bottles and jars. I can't wait to get some flowers to fill them with.

I also could not resist the beautiful bunting made from vintage hand embroidered napkins. The butterfly detail and colour is divine. The bunting was a steal at only $26. All photos have been taken with my new camera.I'm just loving how well it works in low light, especially considering our recent lack of sunshine.

I hope you have a lovely day despite the fact that you may be back at work like me.

A Sunny road trip ...

On Sunday we decided to head up to the Peregian Markets on the Sunshine Coast. I recently read about Perpetual One in Peppermint Magazine and could not resist heading up for a look at Georgina's amazing retro caravan 'Sunny' and look at her beautiful vintage items.

The weather was HOT with a capital H! Unfortunately I am not the kind of person that thrives on heat but rather someone that melts into a sweaty puddle. If you head up for the markets an early start is recommended. We unfortunately were a little late as my iPhone decided not to wake me up! (apparently it was a world wide Y2K thingo). It was a great day out despite the heat and the markets had a good mix of handmade, vintage and yummy food.

It was great to get out and about and use my brand spanking new SLR. I am still learning but I'm happy with how the photos seem to be coming out...

You can check out Georgina's beautiful blog Perpetual One here or you can go visit her yourself at the next Market on January 16th.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Flea Market Finds...

Its been a little while since I played along with my flea market finds. This of course does not necessarily mean that no shopping has occurred.

I was really lucky to come of across these items at a flea market sale I attended recently. There were a number of boxes on the ground with bits and pieces that did not really look appealing but of course I had to have a rummage around in the bottom (a skill honed during many a council pick up). It's amazing what you can find if you just take a look..

at the bottom of the box was this great portable slide projector and an original View Master still in its box! At first I was not sure what the little Cabin box contained but by the looks coming from the lady next to me, who was waiting for me to put it back, I thought it must have been something cool. The slide projector looked intact but the cord was slightly melted. My husband refused to let me plug it in at house, in case of a power surge but Dad surprisingly let me plug it in at my his house. It worked a charm.

The melting it appears was caused by the large amount of heat generated by the bulb as opposed to an electrical fault. It is such a nifty little thing which I think a. would have been pretty expensive in its day and b. akin to our our iPhone of today which makes our photos portable. It only holds two slides at a time but I could just image back in the day it would have been a prized possession which allowed someone to take their holiday photos anywhere.

I have a deep affinity and love of slides as I was brought up looking at the ones of my parents trip overland to the UK in the 1970's. On a Saturday night we used to get the projector out and mum and Dad would recount their adventures. It was so fascinating seeing pictures of Afghanistan and Egypt and have them recount their stories of earthquakes, Pakistan border guards confiscating passports and simply being able to escape to places we could only dream about. This find really resonated with me and filled me with such nostalgia. I just love how small things with not much current monetary value can evoke such a feeling. I think that is why I love looking for old things and find them so appealing.

You can see some more great finds over here at Her Library Adventures.