Lazy? Well its all relative…

I know its been so long since I did a blog post … you probably think I’ve been sitting around at the salon like this lovely lady of leisure. I wish I had been but honestly, although I am literally the world’s laziest blogger, I am really NOT a lazy person (note the pleading tone in my voice). What follows may or may not be a very sad tirade of excuses as to why I have not been keeping my blog up to date. These are mostly aimed at my dear brother who may possibly be the only person who reads it anyway. It also serves as a little update on what I have been up to of late:

1. My “baby” started grade one this year and although my elder son survived the ordeal of starting school two years ago — the “baby” boy’s start into the world of formal education seemed a little bumpier than the first son’s. So that has been time consuming. Coupled with the fact that I seem to either get volunteered/ asked or offer to do – all sorts of things at the school. I won’t complain because I really love the school (and my children too). It does,however, take up more time than you would think! Can you believe I have even been coaching cricket and soccer this year?… Please don’t ever ask me to coach your children or even ask me about the games — I would just embarrass myself! However at Grade 1 level I am able to offer some help here and there!

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My two boys — just love them

2. My “big boy” started Grade 3 this year and that brought with it a whole new array of sports matches and busyness. Can you believe we now have to watch 3 or 4 hours of cricket at a time? I was so proud of my boy for getting onto the team and love watching his games but those really do take up a LOT of time! Ja — I know all you Moms who have boys will be looking knowingly at this and thinking that I still have MANY years ahead of me. I am thinking of starting a hobby like knitting to use up my time wisely.

3.The House of Heart Emporium at Dunrobin has been keeping me so busy this year. It has been doing very well under new management and I honestly have been keeping so busy making stock for the shop. My Dad continues to do an amazing job sourcing most of the antiques and vintage goodies for our space — I just wouldn’t have the time to do it myself. Once we choose the goodies for the week it takes me a day to wash them, price them and get them ready for the shop. Of course this is in between my “professional” coaching duties etc! I try to pop down to the shop every Friday and make sure all is stocked up and ship-shape! Surprisingly by the time I have sorted all that I pretty much have to head up the hill to fetch my children who finish school early on Fridays. Then its sports on Saturday, church on Sunday and back to school on Monday.

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Some custom-made earrings which I made from china plates for a customer.

4. I have been so fortunate to have found a few new outlets for my goodies this year as well. Rosewood in Hilton now stocks some of our jewellery, we supply some of our up-cycled pendants to the antique store at Patchwood Elephant and we have had various orders for other customers. We will also be renting some space soon at the new Dragonfire Beads Shop at 62 Main Rd Howick — so watch this space! This is so encouraging and I really enjoy getting in the extra work but it is also time consuming.

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Wykeham market day before the crowds arrived.

5. Although I have tended to avoid doing markets —  mostly because I need to spend time with my little boys over weekends — April has been a month of market madness! The Karkloof Farmers Market had a month of allowing crafters in so I was there every week for a month. I just love this market because I grew up in Howick and it is such a lovely opportunity to see all the familiar faces. For me its not only a place to sell but a chance to meet up with friends and customers — old and new. I also attended the Wykeham Collegiate market day on the 1 May and that was another wonderfully happy and busy day.

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Some market displays

I am not really sure if I have provided enough excuses for my lack of communication. I do try to stay in touch on the Facebook page with a few quick snaps every week but I know its lovely to keep more up to date with what is going on. Perhaps I will not be as bold as to promise a weekly post but perhaps I will aim for a monthly update. If I forget you can remind me :)

One of THOSE Weeks

Hi everyone, I think we are suffering from what one could term far-too-many-public-holidays-itis. Don’t get me wrong … the chance to sleep in a little on these increasingly cold mornings is always welcome. However, I would have preferred to be a little more productive than I have been lately. Anyway, I have all the stock packed and ready (well .. it will be soon) and will be popping down to House of Heart Emporium first thing tomorrow. I will literally be bashing down their doors at 9am!

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Lots of lovely cutlery sets priced from R140 to R240.

 In an uncharacteristically productive moment I managed to snap a few shots of some of the goodies I will be adding to our stand tomorrow. Please do have a look at what will be in store this weekend. If there is anything you fancy … I suggest you rush along to House of Heart asap tomorrow too.

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Gorgeous genuine Enoch Wedgwood plates. So pretty and perfect for any blue-and-white-collector. We are selling them for R70 each

I think any of these goodies would make an awesome and original Mother’s Day prezzie … and how amazing would it be to be able to avoid the mall this weekend?

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A charming Wedgwood Duo … we have a few of these selling at R70 a duo. Lovely for the espresso drinker. PS aren’t those flowers pretty? I just love them.

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We have lots of pieces from this stunning Foley set. The trios are selling for R165 each. I also have the cake plate, milk jug and sugar bowl available

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The milk jug and sugar bowl. This is such a pretty pattern and the colours are just perfect.

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Some vintage tins to add some retro charm to your kitchen. These are just R25 each

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A glass dish with lid for R65, a patterned dish for R45 and a sweet little EPNS and glass jam pot with a spoon for R75.

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These are some valuable pieces. A romantic, French-style plate (selling for R120); a Booth’s Willow sugar bowl for R70; a gorgeous collectable Royal Doulton plate with a dog on it for R225 and a Copeland Spode plate for R195

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I adore this Sylvac doggie. If no one buys him he cans always come and live with me … but I do have rather too many of this type of thing already! He costs just R95

Anyway, this blog post was a fair amount of work … so I feel a little less lazy. Hope you get a chance to visit our stand soon!  xxx Ange

Dunrobin Market – April

Don’t you love the newly branded market poster?

On Friday afternoon my sister and I headed down to the Dunrobin Market at the House of Heart Emporium. Their newly branded markets are on the last Friday night (from 5pm to 9pm) and Saturday morning (9am to 1pm) of every month. The market has a strongly handmade feel so I took along lots of my up-cylced china pendants and other vintage-style jewellery. We also stocked up the shop with lots of vintage delights!

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Our stall at the market. Lost of pretty lights and bunting added to the atmosphere.

Photo: Blacksmith Company at Dunrobin Market. We loved it. Thanks to everyone who came and said HI! :)

Some of Blacksmith Co’s lovely range

It was lovely to meet up with old friends and make some new ones. Jessica and Justin from Blacksmith Co were there with lots of very cool metal creations (have a look at their website).

I also met Francis Ridl who makes beautiful jewellery with pottery accents and charms.  After talking to her for at least ten minutes it finally dawned on me that she is married to my dad’s cousin and we have met at a few family functions! I thought I recognised Frances from somewhere!

Erika Whitby was there displaying some of her beautiful photography; Silver Penny was selling some stunning silver pieces; there was stunning up-cycled furniture and loads of other tempting goodies.

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All the pendants, earrings and rings … ready to sell!

Apart from all the pretty, crafty items there was lots of yummy food on offer. Maybe a little too much…  There were wood-fired pizzas (made in a brick oven on site); hamburgers, pancakes, curry and lots of sweet treats.

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A close-up of some of the pendants.

People gathered around the bonfires, caught up with old friends and enjoyed the music by the group “Minor Adjustments”. Later in the evening some of the visitors took a chance to show off their dance moves. Particularly impressive was an elderly gentleman who seemed to manage to find a different lady with which to dance  for every song!

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A close-up of the ever-popular glass earrings :)

As always, it was wonderful to meet the friendly people of Pietermaritzburg (best city in the world!) and it was great to see the beautiful House of Heart Emporium packed with shoppers. My sister is the best market buddy ever … she has been so busy studying for her teaching degree I can’t bother her to help me out as often as I used to.

I am sure the Saturday market was equally entertaining. I had a another market to attend this time but I will try to make it next month. Hope to see you there!

Mary Poppins — Queen of “Lollapalooza”

This last week I was ridiculously  busy. I have been making up-cycled pendants for the House of Heart Christmas market. I thought I was pretty much ahead of schedule but somehow as quick as I made them I managed to sell them to friends, teachers and fellow moms from my boys’ schools.  I was delighted with the sales but the result was lots (like a whole week’s worth) of VERY late nights.  The assembly of the necklaces can be done in front of the TV so I used the opportunity to watch a few of my favourite TV programs and films. One of the evenings I managed to convince my little boys (ages 7 and 5) to watch Mary Poppins with me. At first they protested and complained that it would be boring but once the film got started they were hooked.

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Julie Andrews was my childhood hero and both Mary Poppins and Sound of Music ranked highly on my favourite movies list. I thought I would find fault with Mary Poppins — now that I am older and more cynical — but I have to say I still think it is brilliant.  So here is my list of the top ten “lollapalooza” moments (in the order in which they appear in the film) on Mary Poppins:

1.  Glynis Johns as the Mrs Banks. Parading around in her “votes for women” sash (which she quickly packs away before Mr Banks comes home). “You know how the cause infuriates Mr Banks” she says at one point. Another favourite line runs as follows:

Mrs. Banks: I’m sorry, dear, but when I chose Katie Nana, I thought she would be firm with the children. She looked so solemn and cross.

George Banks: My dear, never confuse efficiency with a liver complaint.

Mrs Banks’ had a distinctly “lollapalooza-ish” dress sense. Those little white gloves are too charming.

2. The scene where all the sour-looking nannies get blown away.

All those nasty nannies are blown away.

3. The amazing scene where Mary Poppins pulls whole lamps and mirrors out of her carpet bag.

There is a lot more to that carpet bag than meets the eye

4. The “Spoon Full of Sugar” song accompanied by the fun-filled “tidy up the nursery” game.

Wouldn’t the world be a happy place if we had all had Mary Poppins as a nanny?

5. The beautiful scene where Mary Poppins, Jane and Michael and Bert dive into the chalk painting and enter an animated world. Dick van Dyke’s penguin dance was the epitome of “lollapalooza”.

The man might not have had the perfect cockney accent but he could dance (and sing!)

6. The “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” song at the end of the animated horse race. It was a big developmental milestone for me when I managed to get my tongue around that word.

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – ’nuff said

7. The hilarious ceiling tea party with Uncle Albert (those corny jokes were pretty funny). Not to mention the “Love to Laugh” song.  The closing lines of the scene run as follows:

Bert: Uncle Albert, I got a jolly joke I saved for just such an occasion. Would you like to hear it?

Uncle Albert: [sobbing] I’d be so grateful.

Bert: Well it’s about me granddad, see, and one night he has a nightmare. He was so scared, he chewed his pillow to bits. Bits. In the morning, I says, “How you feel, Granddad?” He says, “Oh, not bad. A little down in the mouth.”

[Bert laughs, Uncle Albert sobs harder]

Bert: I always say there’s nothing like a good joke.

Uncle Albert: [sobbing] No, and that was nothing like a good joke.

Best tea party ever!

8. The chimney scene with Bert, Mary, the chidren and a whole host of chimney sweeps. Awesome choreography.

The chimney top scene.

9. The somber scene when George Banks is summoned to the bank to be  dismissed (due to the chaos caused by his children earlier in the day).  Mr Dawes turns George’s umbrella inside and bashes out a hole in his bowler hat. The scene ends with Mr Dawes Snr contemplating the “wooden leg named Smith” . He ends up dying of laughter. It is interesting to discover that Dick van Dyke also played the decrepit Mr Dawes Snr.

The scariest looking board of directors ever … and you thought your boss was bad!

 

10. The closing scene of the movie is bitter-sweet. It shows a heart-warming reunion of the Banks family as they all join in with the “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” song. Mary Poppins is carried away, presumably to help the next family in need of her amazing talents.

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Maybe its just me, but the fact that a film made in 1964 (wow that’s 50 years ago next year!) can still keep two little modern-age boys and their mum happily entertained for a couple of hours says a lot. So if you are looking for a bit of old-fashioned family fun why not add this classic to your Christmas holiday viewing?

 

Wonderful Willow Pattern

The Willow Pattern (or Blue Willow) is a well-loved classic blue and white china pattern. It was originally designed by a Thomas Minton, in England in 1790. The pattern was inspired by similar pieces which the English imported from China in the 1700’s.

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One of the broken willow pattern pieces I had. All the elements of the story can be clearly seen here.

In order to promote Minton’s original design, stories were invented using the various elements of the pattern. These stories were English in origin and were not true Chinese fables. The most popular story was as follows (this is an extract from a Wikipedia article on the subject:

Once there was a wealthy Madarin, who had a beautiful daughter (Koong-se). She had fallen in love with her father’s humble accounting assistant (Chang), angering her father (it was inappropriate for them to marry due to their difference in social class). He dismissed the young man and built a high fence around his house to keep the lovers apart. The Mandarin was planning for his daughter to marry a powerful Duke. The Duke arrived by boat to claim his bride, bearing a box of jewels as a gift. The wedding was to take place on the day the blossom fell from the willow tree. 

On the eve of the daughter’s wedding to the Duke, the young accountant, disguised as a servant, slipped into the palace unnoticed. As the lovers escaped with the jewels, the alarm was raised. They ran over a bridge, chased by the Mandarin, whip in hand. They eventually escaped on the Duke’s ship to the safety of a secluded island, where they lived happily for years. But one day, the Duke learned of their refuge. Hungry for revenge, he sent soldiers, who captured the lovers and put them to death. The gods, moved by their plight, transformed the lovers into a pair of doves (possibly a later addition to the tale, since the birds do not appear on the earliest willow pattern plates).

A charming collection

This design has remained popular for more than 200 years and has been re-produced by almost all of the major porcelain and china manufacturers in England. The pattern has been made in all sorts of different colours but the classic royal blue and white remains a favourite.

I have been fortunate to obtain some beautiful Willow Pattern plates (and some other classic blue and white china) in the past week. These will be for sale at the House of Heart from next week. Any damaged pieces I find I make into pendants and the Willow Pattern pendants are always popular with our customers.

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Here is a pendant I made a while ago with the two birds.

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This is a pendant made with the boat scene

House of Heart Christmas Market 25 and 26 October.

I attended a lovely Christmas market this weekend at the House of Heart Emporium in Pietermaritzburg. The market was from 9am to 9pm on Friday and from 9am to 2pm on Saturday. It is such a beautiful venue and we were  fortunate to have two gorgeous sunny spring days.  Although Christmas is still two months away, we had a wonderful opportunity to get into the Christmas “spirit” a little early. The market looked stunning on Friday night… full of twinkling Christmas lights and lanterns.

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An overview of the display

Because the market focused on handmade goods I took my up-cycled pendants along with me. It was quite a week of preparation and I ended up making about 80 pendants for the market!

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My “Christmas Tree” decorated with my extra bits of broken plate.

The stallholders were asked to pretty-up their tables with Christmassy decor and I must admit I had a lot of fun decorating my “Christmas tree” with pieces of broken plate and bows. My husband hauled out the Christmas lights from the top cupboard and I am pleased to say they are now untangled  (here’s hoping they stay that way until Christmas time). Cute vintage postcards along the front of the table completed the look.

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Pendants displayed with pretty china.

Doing a market so close to home is always a pleasure because one gets to see lots of friends and familiar faces. It was also lovely to meet a bunch of friendly students from the USA who are currently studying in PMB. They were very enthusiastic about all the items for sale.

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Just some of the more than 80 pendants I had for sale

There is due to be another market on the last Saturday of November… if you will be in the area its bound to be worth a visit!

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The vintage suitcase display

This week I will be making a whole lot more pendants for the fabulous “I Heart” market. We will also be packing up loads of interesting vintage goodies to share with the friendly people of Durban. So here’s hoping for sunny weather for this week :)

Ways with Plates

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As you well may have gathered, I have a great fondness for pretty antique plates. I think this is because both my parents and grandparents always had very pretty plates on display in their homes. It was a wonderful day when my Granny first gave me a few of my very own “pretty”  plates — I was about 9 years old at the time — I was so excited to hang them on my bedroom wall. Some of those plates are still in my home today (23 years and 7 house moves later!).  Even in my teenage years I was forever on the hunt for plates at charity shops and fetes.

I was recently looking on Pinterest and found some lovely examples of the effectiveness of plate displays. Perhaps this will provide you with the inspiration you need to try some of your own?  I have put all the links to original sources onto the pictures so you can see where they are from.  Be sure to check out Pinterest for yourself too.

PS… once you are provided with all the inspiration you need …. we will provide with all the plates you need :)

Welsh Dresser Hutch Spring china plate display

The classic Welsh Dresser perfect for your china collection. (I am still hoping to own one of these one day!)

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These floral themed plates are different but they look so pretty together.

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A mix of blue and white plates can look so stylish and elegant

Love the plate wall.... Must remember for formal dinning room!!!

I love how even the plain white plates look amazing on a dark grey wall.

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How I would love to have one of these amazing display areas!

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An adorable plate “tree” makes for an interesting display

Like this plate display idea!

This little rack is just perfect!

Pretty Porcelain

I am not sure why, but as you may have guessed, pretty porcelain has always been a great passion of mine. There are so many beautiful styles and designs — I must confess to “falling in love” with far too many of them. This week I have come across a few appealing items which I have listed on bidorbuy. You can also buy directly from me by emailing me at info@thedaisychain.co.za or contacting via the facebook page. So without any further ramblings …. here they are:

1. 27cm Minton “Haddon Hall” Plate (Designed by John Wadsworth) (R180):

I know I shouldn’t have favourites but this is my favourite of the week! (and one I was sorely tempted to keep). This exquisite plate would look beautiful on display. In excellent condition, this is a must for any collector of English porcelain.

 

2. Tiny 8cm Wedgwood Pin Tray/ Plate (R30):

This is a small 8cm plate/ pin tray made by Wedgwood. In good condition and a very appealing little piece.

 

3.Antique Booths Lovesoft Border” 25cm Serving Plate (R130):

From what I can work out, this plate would have been made between 1906 and 1912 — making it a very old piece. It is in good condition. There is just one small imperfection on the back of the plate which looks to be a manufacturing flaw rather than a chip. The piece is beautifully detailed, complete with gilding and raised sections on the handles. Would look stunning on display.

 

4. Booths “Lovesoft Border” 17cm Plate (R40):

From what I can work out, this plate would have been made between 1906 and 1912 — making it a very old piece. It is in good condition. There are a couple of small brown stains on the plate — it is an old piece

 

5. Wedgwood “Metallised” Bone China Vase (R40):

This elegant bone china vase is in good condition and stands 13cm high. Perfect for a single rose.

 

6. Royal Winton 12cm Vase (R90):

This elegant Royal Winton china vase is in good condition and stands 12cm high. A stunning, collectable piece.

  

7. Copeland Spode 19.5cm “Wicker Lane” Plate (R55):

This pretty plate is in good condition. It has a wire plate hanger with it which I will include as it does make hanging it up easier.

8. Royal Albert 15.5cm “Celebration” Plate (R65):

This beautiful plate is in good condition. Would look stunning on display. Definitely one of the prettiest plates you could find!

 

9. Enoch Wedgwood “Asiatic Pheasants” Blue and White 17.5cm Plate — 6 Available (R40 each):

I have 6 of these gorgeous blue and white plates available. The price  is PER plate — you can buy on as many or few as you like. All of them are in good condition.

10. Royal Warwick “Lochs of Scotland — Loch Awe” 22.5cm Plate — 2 Available (R45 each):

I have 2 of these gorgeous blue and white plates available.The price is PER plate — you can buy on one or both. Both of them are in good condition.

11. 13cm Brown & White Alfred Meakin Pudding Bowl (R20):

This little bowl is beautifully detailed — it is a hand engraved pattern applied under the glaze. The bowl is about 3cm deep.  It is a small pudding bowl size.

 

12. A Pair of Royal Vermont Snack Dishes (R35 for the pair):

These elegant hand-painted black and gold piece are each about 15cm.  With lovely “leaf stalk” handles.

 

13 A 9cm Gouda Jug (R45):

This charming little jug is in good condition.

  

 

New Goodies for Sale

I am busy listing some new goodies for sale on bidorbuy (which is currently my main selling platform). I find people enjoy the fun of bidding on my listings (especially since I always start the prices nice and low!).

We have a bit of a quirky mix of items for sale … so hope you enjoy the variety!

If you are interested in buying any of these items directly from me please email me at info@lollapalooza.co.za or you can bid on them on bidorbuy :) Prices are in brackets of each title. Postage costs will depend on the size and weight of the items and will range between R25 and R50 per package.

1. Denby Pottery Jug (R35):

This charming little pottery jug is a vintage Denby pottery piece, made in England. It is 8.5cm tall and in good condition.

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2. Swiss “Bopla” Coffee Mugs (Pair) — (R90):

This unusual and “arty” pair of coffee mugs are in good condition. From what I can see these mugs sell for about $40 each in Europe they are clearly quality items. The price I am asking is a real bargain! The name of the design is “Rhinophant” . Each mug is about 10cm tall and both are in good condition. The mugs are stackable.

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3. Crown Devon Dog Ornament (R220):

These adorable Crown Devon dogs are highly collectable. Made in the 1930’s they are full of “retro charm”. This little chap I’m selling is in good condition and he stands about 14cm high. Perhaps he would cheer up a little if you would give him a home in your collection?

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4. Rhodesian Copper Tazza (R40): 

This is a beautifully made little tazza. It is solid copper and in good condition. The top section is about 13cm wide and it stands 8cm tall. I got this with a lot of other Rhodesian copper so I am almost certain is also a Rhodesian piece.

5. Minton 9cm Trinket Dish (R40):

This beautiful piece is in good condition. Bone China, made in England by Minton. Would make such a charming gift.

6. Royal Vermont 9cm Trinket Dish (R30):

This beautiful piece is in good condition. Royal Vemont Porcelain.  Would look so pretty on your dressing table.

 

7. WMF Honey Spoon (R50):

Although this item is secondhand it looks like it has never been used. It is still in its original box. The exact same item sells new on Yuppiechef for R220 http://www.yuppiechef.com/wmf-bistro-range.htm?id=7691&name=WMF-Bistro-Honey-Spoon

8. Grindley Sandwich Tray (R45):

This lovely sandwich tray is in good condition. It is 29.5cm x 14.5cm in size. A very elegant way in which to serve your cucumber sandwiches!

 

9. Cute English Made Shoe Vase (R25):

This cute little vase stands just 5cm tall. It is marked as “Made in England”. In good condition.

10. Devon Pottery Minature Vase (R40):

This collectable vase is a lovely Devon pottery piece. It is in good condition and stands about 5cm.

 

11. Leaf Shaped Trinket Dish (Vertex) (R25):

This pretty little trinket dish is in good condition. It is 10cm long.

 

12. Set of four Pewter Cat Tablecloth Weights (R100):

This set of four lovely table cloth weights is in good condition. Each is marked copyright HOA. The pewter section of each measures 55mm from the cat’s back to the end of the mouse,

13. A Pair of Antique EP Knife Rests (R140):

Each knife rest is about 8cm long. Both are in good condition. The markings on the pieces are hard to make out but it would seem most likely that these are EPNS pieces.

 

Introducing Our Up-Cycled Pendants

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As you may have guessed, we are always buying in job lots of vintage goodies. For time to time these “lots” include broken, cracked, chipped and damaged porcelain pieces. Call me sentimental, but it just seems wrong to throw these pretty pieces from the past into the rubbish bin.

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This dilemma, therefore, led to me thinking of what could be done with these lovely pieces. The result? Lots of planning and hard-work which has ultimately culminated in Lollapalooza’s very own range of up-cycled vintage porcelain pendants.

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I have called the range “The Weeping Willow” — partly because it describes how someone must have felt when these lovely pieces were damaged and partly because I seemed to be making lots of pendants out of damaged “Willow Pattern” china — which is a classic blue and white design.

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The pictures in this post are of the pieces we took to the recent “I Heart Market”. Most of these have been sold but, have no fear, more are being made and these will be listed very soon on the “Hello Pretty” website and our facebook page.

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Pendants cost R60 each or R100 for two! Postage is just R25 for as many as you would like to order.

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They come complete with matching chains and are packed in pretty boxes. All items are marked with a label stating the origin of the porcelain inlay.

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Every piece is unique and hand-crafted, making them the perfect gift. It was lovely to hear people at the market saying that they recognised a certain piece as being like something their mother or granny had :)