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February 2012

1950's ~ Style, Colour and Inspiration!

When you think of an era, what comes to mind?
Is it the fashion, the decor, the music? For me it is colour!

I realise that an era cannot be defined by one colour palette, but when I think of the 1950s, these are the images that spring to mind.

1950s Home Journal Cover
Cover of Australian Home Journal December 1952. image source

1950s advert
A 1950's advert for telephone and essential matching address book!
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1950s bathroom
Got to love the high heels/dressing gown combination!
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1950s ovens
Early 1950's green Wedgewood Stove! Image source
Gorgeous pink General Electric washer and dryer. Image source

1950's kitchen cupboards
What a beautiful collection of 1950s kitchen cabinets. I don't think I could choose between them, if I had the chance to pick one.
You can see more at Made for you by Mrs Woo.

And let's not forget dressmaking...

1950's sewing patterns
I love the illustrations ~ promoting the ideal waistline, posture and glamour in addition to beautiful designs!

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And I would be remiss if we didn't mention those pretty, essential sewing notions...

1950's French grosgrain ribbon
Beautiful 1950's, French grosgrain ribbons found at Such Pretty Things.

But, this is the item that would be at the top of my birthday wish-list if I were a 1950's girl!!

1950s Elna sewing machine
You can find lots of vintage machines including this one at Sew Muse.

 So where does this lead me?
To a new collection of small patterns of course!

1950s inpsired fabric choice ~ One Day In May

I recently popped into Lily Lane in Rosedale, Victoria. What fun we had choosing these fabrics together, inpsired by all things 50's!
My plan is to create four brand new "faux doily" designs with these sweet prints, the perfect addition to any 50's home.

Until next time,

 Melissa  x


Blackberry Harvest...

I must have had my eyes closed, when travelling up and down the driveway lately...
Somehow until today, I hadn't noticed this lovely crop of blackberries that have been flourishing on a small parcel of council land next to our home. I love their changing colour as they ripen from a lovely red to the deepest of purple blacks.

Blackberry Harvest ~ One Day In May 1

The land there is steep and quite messy in an out of control, overgrown kind of way. Over the last 18 months, we have spent many a phone call asking the council to come for a clean up... to no avail. Today however, I'm kind of glad they haven't been around.

Just look at this gorgeous harvest of blackberries we have for dessert this evening!

Blackberry Harvest ~ One Day In May 2

Blackberry Harvest ~ One Day In May 4

Blackberry Harvest ~ One Day In May 3

Don't they look pretty in these little French hanging glasses. (I'm not sure what else to call them.) I found them a year or two ago in a favourite local shop... Metisse. It is such a beautiful little shop to visit, overflowing with giftware and vintage items all lovingly handpicked in France.

These tiny terracotta pots are another favourite purchase from Metisse. You can get an idea of their size from the spool of Perle thread I've sat next to them. The owner fell in love with these pots while sourcing beautiful wares in France for us to enjoy.

Miniature Terracotta Pots ~ One Day In May

They were covered in soil when she found them... but how could she resist bringing them home? So, that they would be allowed through customs, she spent hours and hours sitting in a poppy field, scrubbing each one clean!! Her hands were raw by the end of they day. How's that for dedication? Talk about having passion for your work!

If you are ever in the Dandenong Ranges, it is well worth a trip to Olinda to visit this sweet store. There is always treasure to admire, and purchase is almost always impossible to resist.

Until next time,

Melissa  x