I really love wood! Dark wood, gnarly wood, light wood, bamboo, rattan, love them all! Today I thought I'd share some of my favourite wooden finds, lovely big polished timber bowls from a single piece of wood, gorgeous baskets woven by hand from bamboo and rattan, I love how these pieces have fit into my home and are used daily...
I love this big woven basket/tray, perfect for fruit, it cost $3 in Vinnie's.
I found these two matching baskets on different occasions, one was $1, the other was $2. They're great for storing random "stuff" in.
A little bread basket, think it cost about 50 cents.
This lovely cane magazine rack rack cost $2 at a Church rummage sale.
I love this elegant lacquered bamboo tray, it looks very pretty on our sideboard and only cost a few dollars.
This long tray is even more gorgeous in real life, really rustic and looks lovely displaying a row of cookbooks. I think I paid about $8 for this.
These wooden bowls are perfect as fruit or salad bowls, the round bowl cost $5 and the oval cost $10, definitely worth it.
It's hard to tell in the photos but this basket is huge, I use it daily to lug my laundry out to the washing line.
I love this wooden cutlery tray, very country kitchen, $3 at a flea market.
I really appreciate the workmanship that went into turning each of these pieces from raw wood into beautiful, useful objects :-)
I just adore mismatched plates and bowls. Single vintage dishes are so easy to find at markets and op shops and look really beautiful all laid out when entertaining or just stacked up together on a shelf.
Here are some of my favourites.
These dishes cost anywhere from 50 cents to $3 each. Don't they just belong together?
It's hard to believe that our trip to Paris was 13 months ago! It was such a fantastic break for my husband and I getting away together without the kids for the first time!!! We had 6 lovely days in the most beautiful city in the world whilst our boys had a fantastic time with our wonderful family in Ireland.
Probably a bit late to be sharing photos but still thought I'd put a few up here. I'm one of those people who's perfectly at home with a digital camera and all its functions but is completely mystified by the process of backing up photos from an iPhone. But I've done it so here are a few Instagram snaps :-)
The stunning Sacré Coeur. We walked up many, many steps to see this and it was worth every single one of them. Because we were there in December there were lots of little Winter market stalls everywhere and such a fantastic atmosphere.
Beautiful rooftops with lovely little apartments tucked away inside. It's always been one of my dreams to stay in a tiny little Paris rooftop apartment and that dream was fulfilled on our trip. We stayed in a gorgeous little place at the top of many flights of little winding stairs, French windows opening out onto gorgeous views of all the other rooftops, I was in heaven!
This structure needs no introduction. Who doesn't love the Eiffel Tower, the most famous symbol of this beautiful city.
The Moulin Rouge!
The Louvre. We were lucky the day we visited that it wasn't crazy busy and were able to have a good long look at the Mona Lisa and the many other stunning treasures this unbelievable museum houses.
Notre Dame Cathedral.
Shakespeare and Company - possibly the most famous bookshop in the world. It doesn't disappoint on the inside either, a little warren of book-stuffed rooms with arty types lounging around on sofas, in one room a guy playing guitar, in another a poetry reading, I could have spent a whole day there!
Delicious seafood at one of the many produce markets.
Jim Morrison's grave at the Pere Lachaise cemetery.
Sigh, I have another squillion photos on my camera that I haven't sorted yet but these pictures really bring back memories and make me ache to go back again. As Audrey Hepburn is famous for saying "Paris is always a good idea".
It was back to school day here in Sydney yesterday! The start of a brand new year, shiny new shoes (won't look like that for long) and new teachers and friends. I can't believe how quickly the last year went. My baby boy started kindy and now in the blink of an eye he's in year 1.
Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while now may have noticed the absence of my 3 little rascals here. It was a decision I made early last year. When I started this blog I had never intended to blog about my kids at all. It was simply going to be about my vintage finds. But of course the little rascals, who fill my heart absolutely, infiltrated my blog every now and then. Not that much, just occasional little posts about birthdays, starting school etc.
But then I read a couple of stories that made me uncomfortable. A well-known blogger whose photos of her kids were used by a random person on Facebook who was passing the kids off as her own! Then another story of an Instragram user whose kids' photos were being shared on different groups.
My bog isn't that big, it generally only attracts the attention of fellow vintage-enthusiasts, thrift-store addicts etc and I was probably worrying about nothing, but still I made the decision to remove the boys from my blog. I did feel a bit sad deleting the posts, there were some nice ones there including my Dad's visits and stuff but in the end I think it was the right decision.
Maybe they will appear now and then, their feet, the backs of their heads, who knows?
Hi, I live in Sydney, Australia. Formerly a graphic designer, I'm currently a stay-at-home-mum with 3 little munchkins. I love all things vintage, particularly kitchenware and cute decor for my boys. My favourite way to relax is to go wandering through flea markets and op shops/thrift stores and I love sharing my favourite finds on this blog :-)