Category Archives: BOHO


This is my rabbit hole, the place were I can scamper off to when I need to get my head in a more creative place, without the distractions of washing up and rampaging children…I even managed to wire up the light fitting, by cannibalising an extension lead… This will be the only room in the house that gets to stay in this “hobbit” eclectic style, but since it very small (200cm by 160cm), and it is separate to the rest of the house, so it can remain a cosy, cluttered space…











Of course there will be a few tweaks, a couple more pictures on the wall and a wire or two across the wall to hang current projects on… Hopefully it will fulfil its purpose, and create a flurry of creativity…

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Back in the saddle…

Starting to get back in the swing of mountain life, and also got to do a bit of op-shopping yesterday…. and it was just a bit, in spite of the quantity of stuff I found…

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An original Kartell storage unit… They still make these, but not in this colour, and in my opinion not of the same quality… I purchased this from an antique shop for less than half the price i have seen them in a local vinnies op-shop… so it counts as thrifting 😉

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The not so drab green, Splendid by Olympia… I am very bad at passing up typewriters, especially if they are interesting colours….



I have the same issue with scales… A nice little 70s Persineware with its original bowl…

photo 4-1A funky original paisley lamp shade for one dollar… I have a base in the shed that will work with this one…

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A lamp base that will end up as steampunk project… and a vintage hem measuring device, which will probably be put to use as an aid for scale in pictures of items being photographed for sale…

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I sold one of these a while ago… and now I have another… The willow brand budget tin, from an era when bills could be payed by saving coins…

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An art deco plane that has seen better days… It may be rescued or repurposed…

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Another pile of vintage SUBBUTEO table soccer players to add to the large box I already have… They have been on my “to sort” list for years… They need to go into teams and be identified, some are worth a few dollars, but some teams are worth a lot… So they will sit for a while longer till I feel particularly OCD…

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…and the find of the day… An old paper dispenser from a store… I have been searching for one of these for a long time.. I dream of one day having a little shop that allows me to wrap things in brown paper and string… Not enough gets wrapped these days….


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Hand Painted Heart…..

Forty Five minutes… Thats how long it took my sons teacher to phone me after school started yesterday….I have no idea what she wanted because her message asked me to give her a tinkle, so I didn’t respond… I mean really if a 50+ year old teacher cant leave a sensible message, what chance do I have of talking sense to her?… anyway the discussion was rendered null and void, by my son faking a stomach ache a short time later, so the next call I received was from the office to collect him… this also prevented me from turning up to her office with a urine sample… So all good…. And the weekend can start on friday this week, as I am sick of having to talk kids into going to a school that they clearly don’t like….



Besides a school free day gets me this face, and not the tired teary one…. She is becoming quite the little bargain hunter… I was surprised last night to find her watching a vintage home show that I had forgotten was on… She said “I want Kirsty (the host) to do my room, I really like her style”…. There is hope that my child will find her sense of personal style, against the odds of DNA 🙂

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Gypsy Blood….

Much to the embarrassment of my grandmother. our family has a nice thick vein of Gypsy blood running through it…. Proper Ukrainian Gypsy that is… I have decided to stop fighting my wandering, lusting after a caravan and making a living from selling pegs desires…. I also kind of fancy my next house being a bit more bohemian chic… or BOHO if your of the hashtag persuasion….



So in between trips to the storage unit to build the great wall of boxes, I also did a little op-shopping… I have added this original czech bohemian glass set to my collection (I am not that knowledgeable about glass, it still had the makers label on it)…. With the move only a few weeks away I probably shouldn’t be buying glassware that I need to pack… but I keep finding things I cant say no too…

Photo1-332Luckily I have also been looking at new gazebo tent things and fancy folding tables to continue my gypsy lifestyle when I get back to the mountains… I have asked some of my contacts to keep an eye out for a small 50s caravan I can use for markets, but thats a long term plan…. I kind of feel like I have narrowed my style down enough now to concentrate I items I like, and not just feeding the whole retro thing slavishly… I am always much happier finding stuff I like, rather than stuff I know will make a quick dollar….



I am just trying to trust my eye… I do better when I don’t second guess the items I buy…. I do better when I don’t second guess my path too, thats just a bit harder….


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