Tuesday, November 18, 2014

An afternoon off work

This afternoon the vet visited to check Mister Nibbs out (and, it ensued, take him back to the surgery to do some work on his teeth).
A vet looks at a cat in a cat carrier.
My boss preferred I take the afternoon as flex, rather than work from home after the vet had left. So I took the opportunity to run some errands that had been on the 'To Do' list for a while.

Buying wood filler, for example (thanks, Pepper, for the info). And 3D paint for a chest kit I ordered from the August AMEA workshop that I wanted to attend, but wasn't able to.

But the Typo factory outlet was slap bag between the hardware store and the craft shop that sold the 3D paint. What's a girl to do on an afternoon off with such temptation, except give in?
A selection of items from Typo (including a wooden Coca Cola magazine holder,a handlloom weave kit, a snow dome, tin of neon lime paint and a small orange alarm clock, Plus a small container of wood filler and a tube of  3D paint.
So there was a visit to the 'Not Quite Right' table, where I picked up (for a dollar each) a handloom weaving kit (which needs to be glued back together), a wooden magazine holder (to be pulled apart), a second packing crate (I wonder where that's heading...), a broken New York snow globe (just waiting to be broken into and harvested), a tin of neon lime paint (...) and an orange mini alarm clock,

While I was in the centre, I checked out the new Pottery Barn/ Williams Sonoma/ west elm outlet
Hand holding a very large safety pin.
And bought something very big.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Dream Home, Small Home

I'm only a week late in sharing the photos I took on my visit to The Museum of Sydney last weekend with my Co-Editor...
Entry title for the exhibition 'Dream Home Small Home'
('Dream Home, Small Home'. How could we not?)

Especially when I spotted this as I entered the exhibition:
Side and rear view of a model house in the exhibition 'Dream Home Small Home'
More info on the ready-cut cottages can be found on the Sydney Living Museums website (and of a local one, which is used as part of an artists' residency, on the TaMS website). And I'll stop there with the links, as that's a rabbit hole I could very easily fall down.
Exhibition information card for the model 'St Ives' house in the exhibition 'Dream Home Small Home'
Original pamphlet for the house depicted by the  model 'St Ives' house in the exhibition 'Dream Home Small Home'
Model 'St Ives' house in the exhibition 'Dream Home Small Home'
Side view of the model 'St Ives' house in the exhibition 'Dream Home Small Home'
 The exhibition included lots of fabulous magazine and newspaper articles and promotions featuring DIY homes from the era
View of vintage plans and magazine articles in the exhibition 'Dream Home Small Home'.
 including a number of plans available by mail order that the time, which would make modern miniaturists swoon...
Newspaper plans for a modernist house in the exhibition 'Dream Home Small Home'.
(Dream Home, Small Home
23 August 2014 - 23 November 2014
Museum of Sydney, Cnr Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney, NSW 2000
$10 entry)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sale-price Sunday

There's a newsagents I know of that sells off the bits that were attached to magazines that didn't sell. Whenever I'm in the vicinity I make sure to spend five minutes digging through the box to see if there's anything I could use in miniature. (It's like a $2 lucky-dip box but you get to see what you're getting before you spend your money.)
Box of nail art pices in the shape of miniature slices of fruit.
Today's find was a box of nail art from a Girlfriend magazine, which included slices of orange, lime and apple.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Recollect: In the city

View of the exhibition Recollect 2: Models at the Powerhouse Museum.
Exhibition sign for the exhibition Recollect 2: Models at the Powerhouse Museum.
Here are the rest of the buildings that caught my eye at the Powerhouse Museum's Recollect: Models exhibition last weekend:

Metropolitan Water Sewerage and Drainage Board building: a lovely wooden model of the building, which is still standing (there's a great Flickr album of how it looks now)
Wooden model of the Metropolitan Water Sewerage and Drainage Board building.
Wooden model of the Metropolitan Water Sewerage and Drainage Board building.
Exhibition sign for the model of the Metropolitan Water Sewerage and Drainage Board building.
Own house, Trier Center by Walter Burley and Marion Mahony Griffin.
Model of 'Own house', designed by Walter Burley and Marion Mahony Griffin.Model of 'Own house', designed by Walter Burley and Marion Mahony Griffin.
Exhibition sign for the model of 'Own house', designed by Walter Burley and Marion Mahony Griffin.
This particularly interested me as I recently read a book on their work and lives which covered this estate, and the house was never built because they moved to Australia to work on their winning design for Canberra.

The House of Tomorrow, by Robyn Boyd.
Model of Robyn Boyd's House of Tomorrow.
Model of Robyn Boyd's House of Tomorrow.Exhibition card for the model of Robyn Boyd's House of Tomorrow.
(Which I've always thought would make an excellent dolls' house design)

And, finally, Le Corbusier's Villa Shodhan
Front view of a model of Le Corbusier's Villa Shodhan.
Rear view of a model of Le Corbusier's Villa Shodhan.
View of internal courtyard of a model of Le Corbusier's Villa Shodhan.
Exhibition card for  a model of Le Corbusier's Villa Shodhan.
If you're in Sydney any time before February 1 next year, I recommend popping in to the Powerhouse Museum to see the exhibition for yourself.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Recollect: Home

Apart from the farm buildings on display, the Powerhouse Museum had a Walther & Stevenson doll's house in the their Recollect: Models exhibition.
A vintage doll's house and model hut on display in a museum.
Museum sign for 'Doll's house and contents wood, 1942-47'
 (Although as far as I could see, there were no contents.)
Front view of a vintage doll's house displayed in a museum.
 There were, however, pine cone trees
Close up of a vintage doll's house window, with trees in front of it, made of pine cones.
and super-giant-sized light switches on the side. 
Side view of a vintage doll's house, showing a row of four light switches mounted on the base.
I swear I blogged about the house ages ago when it first arrived at the museum, but damned if I can find it. Instead, I found this awesome blog post from The Powerhouse Museum with great pictures, including ones of the original owner as a child with the house. Enjoy!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Recollect: life on the farm

(A post for Rebecca, who is our Walther & Stevenson expert...)
Museum exhibition explanatory sign for a display of vintage toy farm buildings from Sydney shop Walther & Stevenson.
 The first exhibition Jennifer and I visited while I was in Sydney on Sunday was the Powerhouse Museum's Recollect: Models 02 (I was concerned that there was a first exhibition of models that I had missed, but was told that it was really Recollect 02: Models. The Recollect series is a chance to bring things out of storage in themed collections)

Yesterday's post was just a taster: I plan to share more in-depth photos and information on what was displayed over the next few days. First up are a lovely collection of Walther & Stevenson toy farm buildings, designed to go with the Britains farm animals and accessories...
Front view of a vintage toy farm outhouse and house from Sydney shop Walther & Stevenson.
Front,
Back view of a vintage toy farm outhouse and house from Sydney shop Walther & Stevenson.
 back
Side view of a vintage toy farm house from Sydney shop Walther & Stevenson.
 and side.
Vintage toy farm buildings from Sydney shop Walther & Stevenson.
 There were outbuildings,
Vintage toy farm building and windmill from Sydney shop Walther & Stevenson.
 the ubiquitous windmill,
Vintage toy farm building and accessories from Sydney shop Walther & Stevenson.
and other farm components..

(To see images of the original catalogues, visit Rebecca's blog.)