Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pyrex Hunting

Wow! There is a serious Pyrex drought here in Sydney. I blame certain magazines, who shall remain nameless (FRANKIE!!!) for featuring articles on collecting gorgeous retro Pyrex and hence making it popular and therefore increasing competition!

Despite this I have managed to find some really nice pieces, some online, some from op shops and others through a lovely vintage trade group I have joined.

First up and probably one of my most wanted pieces ever is this fab Butterprint cinderella bowl. I had given up ever finding one "in the wild" and when I saw this online at a great price I couldn't resist, it is in absolute pristine condition!

I didn't even know cinderella bowls came in this beautiful robin egg blue until I was offered this one in a trade with a very lovely collector, one of my absolute fave pieces!

Another cinderella bowl, this one in the "Town and Country" pattern was a few dollars at a market.

My pie dish collection groweth! All of them op shop finds apart from the turquoise which was part of the same trade as the robin egg bowl.

Yet again part of that same trade (best trade ever!!) were these gorgeous refrigerator dishes, or fridgies as they're fondly called by collectors, they are insanely cute!!!

This turquoise snowflake rectangular dish was an ebay purchase, at a very reasonable buy it now price, the perfect size for potato bakes :-)

A lovely friend bought me this gorgeous Anchor Hocking casserole, I had never seen this pattern before and absolutely love it, I am now obsessed with finding more pieces in the same pattern :-)

And finally a couple of Agee Pyrex (Australian made) divided dishes, I had cleared out my divided dish collection as I had way too many and they're a pain to stack but these two are such cute patterns and were only a couple of dollars each so I couldn't resist. Could I?

Now just in case you're thinking "where the hell does she put all that Pyrex" I have recently done a MASSIVE clearout through trading and on eBay. I have decided to concentrate mainly on cinderella bowls and pie dishes, both of which I use regularly and a few other shapes in patterns I absolutely LOVE!!! That's all :-)

Friday, April 4, 2014


I have found some fab Scandinavian pieces recently, most of these items were on my wishlist so I was thrilled to find them :-)

I have been on the hunt for a Swedish Dala horse for ages, I got this for $1 in Salvos!

This fab retro ceramic Arabia of Finland Sirpa chopping board was only $1 too from a church rummage sale.

Another Arabia of Finland piece, this bowl cost $9 in Salvos.

A gorgeous pair of Figgjo of Norway Lotte cups - $1 each in Red Cross!!!

Within a couple of weeks of finding the cups I found these Figgjo of Norway Lotte plates for $4 in Vinnies!

And finally this lovely cast iron Copco of Denmark omelette pan - $1 in Red Cross!

Now before anyone corrects me, I know that Finland is not actually part of Scandinavia BUT their retro pieces have the same beautiful design ethic and I always group these 4 countries together in my head :-)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Nice finds!

As always my favourite finds from the last little while are for my kitchen. I've found some really lovely things recently, here are some favourites...

A covered dish with a cute rooster - $5 in Salvos.

Yet another basket, this one is the perfect size for fruit - $2 at Salvos.

A lovely set of white embossed bowls each with a different pattern - $1 each.

A set of pretty Arcopal cups and saucers, made in France - $5 from Vinnies.

I have been looking for a retro biscuit barrel for ages then last week I found two! These lovely Hornsea biscuit canisters were $8 each, one from Vinnies, one at a carboot market.

I adore these Denby Arabesque soup pots - $3 each in Lifeline Op Shop.

This beautiful vintage batter bowl was only $1 in Vinnies!! It is just so pretty and floral on the inside as well as the outside.

These really pretty cups were $1 each.

This is only the tip of the iceberg, I have so many other finds to share including some really nice Scandinavian pieces and Pyrex too so watch this space!!!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


Just some little splashes of colour and pattern from my kitchen...

I love how beautiful different patterns and colours can look together. Nobody could ever accuse me of being "matchy matchy" :-)

Thursday, February 6, 2014

From the forest

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 :-)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


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?