Gloriously Shaded & Giveaway Winner

Oiled rice paper on a bamboo frame, this glorious hand painted vintage parasol was used by a gorgeous bride whose wonderful wedding I'm featuring here next prepared to swoon! A sneak peak below...

The lucky winner of the giveaway sponsored by Maximal Art is Megan! Congratulations Megan! Thank you to Maximal Art for sponsoring the giveaway and thank you to all who entered! A hint about the prize for the next giveaway I'll be hosting here, it's handmade and features vintage wallpaper.

Wishing you an enjoyable rest of the week my dears! :)

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Fancy a Sea Break?

Let's have a little break by the sea today. This looks like my kind of seaside holiday accommodation. The 50's Australian beach house style apartments are located in the village of Yamba, Northern NSW, Australia. There is a 1 bedroom bungalow apartment, a 2 bedroom apartment, and a 3 bedroom apartment available.

Here's a peak inside the bedsitter size 1 bedroom bunglow apartment which is separate from the other apartments.

Check out the Seascape Oceanfront Apartments website for more info:

Wishing you all a lovely weekend! :)

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Sponsor Highlight: Amazing Music Box Co.

Introducing Amazing Music Box Co. as my sponsor! Amazing Music Box Co. offers an enchanting collection of wood inlay music boxes handcrafted by the the renowned artisans of Sorrento, Italy. From a selection of sentimental melodies, music boxes can be customized to play the melody of the customer's choice.

Worldwide shipping is available and ground shipping is free for customers in the USA.

Music boxes are waiting to become treasured keepsakes and heirlooms at:
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John Wind Maximal Art Review & Giveaway

Please Note: This Giveaway is Now Closed

Designing vintage inspired costume jewellery with a modern twist is the forte of John Wind of Maximal Art. His designs have featured in many magazines including Vogue, InStyle, and O, The Oprah Magazine, and are a part of the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.

The Gold Initial and Pom Pom Bracelet from the John Wind Maximal Art Personally Yours Collection is 24 kt gold plated with an antiqued finish. Handmade in the USA, this bracelet features a double link etched chain, and is accented with an etched monogrammed charm and a cotton ball faux pearl. Chunky but not overly chunky, it isn't weighty, and is comfortable to wear. This bracelet is fabulously stylish, excellent quality and I love it! It came in a classy box too! Want to win one? If so, read on...

Maximal Art is giving away one Gold Initial and Pom Pom Bracelet with the winner's choice of initial charm. This giveaway is open to readers worldwide.

To enter, simply do these 3 things:

1.Visit Maximal Art where you will find more fabulous vintage inspired jewellery with a modern twist. Here is the link:

2. Leave me a comment and tell me about your favourite find or finds from Maximal Art. One entry per person.

3. Leave your email address in your comment so I can contact you if you are the winner. Alternatively, leave a link in your comment to your profile, blog or website where I can access your email address from.

This giveaway ends on September 28 2010 at 4.30 pm AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time). Comments will be allocated numbers in the order in which they are received. I will use to generate the winning number on September 28 2010 after 4.30 pm AEST. The winner will be notified via email on September 28 2010 by 5.30 pm AEST.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary 'Gold Initial and Pom Pom Bracelet' from Maximal Art. No payment was received for this review or to host this giveaway.

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Hankie Tankie

Ariana from Hankie Tankie is obsessed with vintage fabrics and everything French. These obsessions are reflected in her chic one-of-a-kind tank tops adorned with vintage fabrics, lace, and doilies.

Once upon a time, my Mom mailed me a package of vintage hankies with a note that said, 'Do something with these!' I had been experimenting with tank top designs, and voila! Hankie Tankie was born...says Ariana.

Great news! All the items at Hanke Tankie are currently on sale - tank tops, scarves and tote bags! Check out the handmade chicness on sale at:

I'm hosting that giveaway here next week that I hinted about 3 weeks ago. Just to refresh your memories - the sponsor is a costume jewellery designer whose designs have been featured in many magazines, and are a part of the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.

See you next week! Have a happy weekend all!

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Spring a Ding Ding!

As Spring has officially sprung here in Australia, I thought it would be fitting to feature some of my favourite vintage things that epitomise Spring!

I have a collection of mostly English ceramic vintage pomanders. Here are four from my collection. I purchased the first, third and fourth pomanders from English Preserves. The second one was a thrift shop find.

Ceramic pomanders each have a hole underneath where potpourri etc can be inserted, and also a number of holes on their tops and or sides allowing the fragrance to escape. I just add lavender essential oil to cotton wool balls and pop them inside my pomanders and refresh and replace as needed. I have them in various parts of my home. I'll show you more from my collection in the future.

Fabulous 50's Needlepoint handbag I purchased from Bottle Blonde Vintage.

Lavender sachet sweetly gifted to me by clever crafter Lisa from Rosamund. Lisa used a vintage handkerchief to create this lovely!

My dears, may the joy of Spring be in your hearts all year round!

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