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Thirning Villa, Ashfield Pop Up Project

I love supporting local business but my suburb of Ashfield is more renown for tasty eateries than pop-up shops. I was so pleased to see this fabulous Pop Up Project by Apricot+Lime  (Rosell and Eleni). A collection of vintage homewares; selected artworks by local artist Jacqueline Larcombe and even more exciting to me - a few racks of fabulous vintage clothing! The beautiful Thirning Villa (gallery & artist in residence space) is just so well suited to this kind of venture. It's picturesque setting in between the tennis club, the bowling club and the sports oval mean it's a perfect place to sit on the verandah and enjoy a coffee or tasty treat. I'm sure in the roaring 20's some rather fabulously dressed local types...

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Socially Distant Shopping

With a huge array of vintage clothing and accessories, a double rack of reworked and refashioned clothing and a growing range of clothes in the kit//ten collection, there's lots to see in the Kitten Vintage studio.We moved into a wonderful new studio space in Little Majestic just before Christmas and had plans to have regular open studio events with the first one planned for late March. Due to circumstances that no one could have predicted (yes that pesky Covid-19), all the events I usually participate in are cancelled. I'm slowly but surely adding my collections to my website and ebay store but as you can imagine it's a huge task and it's going to be some time before I have my full...

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2020 the journey so far...

Well what a year and we've only just scraped through the first quarter! I've been meaning to get back to blogging since the start of the year and it really has been one thing after another.... Fires, Floods, Plague and goodness knows what is in store for us for the rest of the year.     The latter part of 2019 was a real battle for me, as a full time mum and small business owner I'm already a bit time poor and over-stretched. Moving into our glorious new studio space in Little Majestic was no mean feat. Logistics, toddler wrangling and a lot of hard work. It took me to late November to really get settled in and I celebrated...

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Art Treasure Hunt - HIDDEN Rookwood

Not too far away from where we live in Sydney there is a wonderful old cemetery - an actual Necropolis for all the different cultures and religions throughout the city. It has been operating continuously since 1867 and is one of the oldest working cemeteries in Australia. It has rather wonderful ornate and decaying splendour and some botanical delights. This vast city of the dead has so many different sections, with churches, mausoleums and memorials from all ages and is a wonderful place to stroll through and be at peace.Every year the HIDDEN Sculpture Trail is held for a few weeks in September / October in the oldest section of the cemetery amongst the gardens and the graves. You get a map...

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Op Shop Adventures - Ashfield Baptist Church

This post is the start of my new series of Blog Posts sharing some of my "Op Shop Adventures" around Sydney. People always ask me "Where do you find everything?" and the answer is "I go in Op Shops... a lot!" I can often visit 2-3 Charity Shops a week and it's part of our daily life - we visit a park, go to the shops, nip in an Op Shop...The thing is with these secondhand stores is they turn over a lot of clothing and accessories - you can visit the same one regularly and see something new - or sometimes you just don't - it's something of a lottery!These days Op Shops have to make a decent profit for themselves too - not...

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