Finds from across the pond...

After a month of forgetfulness, I finally got around to photographing the few things I bought in America. Since being home, things have been scattered around the flat and organised into their rightful places, so trying to remember everything is a significant task in itself!
Frankie Magazine: a couple of issues old now I think, but a fantastic issue with an emphasis on the art of making (a strangely timely issue which coincides with the V&A Museum's Power of Making exhibit- something currently on my to-do list!)

Gold Gate postcard: I tried in vain to find more of these vintage style postcards as a set would look great alongside each other in frames.
Frankie magazine included an amazing tear-out map of the world poster which I've placed in one of my cheapo Ikea frames for now. I wish I had more wall space as I think I'd cover it all in pretty pictures and ephemera and posters of Ryan Gosling being a feminist.
And yes, another pretty picture. How could I go to the Tim Burton exhibition and not buy a print? Untitled (Romeo & Juliet) is the name of this odd little drawing and I absolutely love it. If you haven't read The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy, Burton's little book of dark stories about outcast children and their strange afflictions, I highly recommend it. It's the sort of book I wish I could have discovered as a child instead of an adult who's not supposed to read books with pictures.

Remember my post about Hidden Treasures? Well this is the dress I bought there. A sheer 1950/60's shift dress which my hips need to lose a couple of inches to accommodate. For $12 though I couldn't leave it behind.
And remember how I said I loved vintage souvenir scarves? I found a couple of Tijuana (party central!) printed ones in the huge scarf bin at Hidden Treasures for a few dollars each. I plan to make these into cushions for a Christmas present for someone I know who adores everything Mexican.
But the best thing I found all holiday was this big bag of vintage lace. I've never had much luck with finding vintage lace in this country, it's either very expensive or in appalling condition. This bag was $10 from a thrift store and includes collars, cuffs, hems and ribbons of lace cut from old dresses and blouses. Some of it is extremely intricate and must be close to a century old. It's purpose is a secret for now, but let's just say it will be making an appearance at the future wedding!

And now a question for you all: would you be interested in some DIY Christmas present/decoration ideas? I did a few last year and they seemed to be well received so just wondered what you all thought on the matter? Any thoughts appreciated.

20 comments:

  1. That magazine looks interesting - i'll have to keep my eyes peeled for that when I move!

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  2. I absolutely adore Tim Burton's drawings! Nothing wrong with an adult reading books with pictures, I do all the time :)

    http://living-a-pipedream.blogspot.com/

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  3. Great finds, the Romeo and Juliet print is my favourite. Yes, please any ideas for Christmas DIY decorations and presents would be gladly received!

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  4. What a lovely collection of purchases! That magazine looks divine, and the Tim Burton print is incredible ^^

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  5. Great finds! The Tim Burton print is wonderful.. I'd definitely be interested in some Christmas DIY! X

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  6. Some lovely buys! And I can't wait to see what you do with all that lace.

    Penny x

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  7. These are such amazing finds - really jealous of your Frankie magazine especially!

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  8. What beautiful thrift lace, and what luck too! I really like your stag skull btw.

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  9. Would LOVE DIY Crimble decoration ideas. On a bit of a budget but would love to brighten up my flat a bit for the festive season

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  10. I'd definitely be interested in some DIY xmas ideas!

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  11. Wow, Aussie-born Frankie has made its way across the globe! Glad you're diggin' it!

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  12. I love the Tim Burton print - SO jealous you got to go to that exhibition! I'd definitely be interested in DIY Xmas ideas too, loved your posts last year.

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  13. I love these pics! You look amazing in net ; )

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  14. I visited the Tim Burton exhibition in Melbourne, quite possibly one of the best exhibitions I have been too, such talent!

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  15. These finds are amazing, I LOVE the dress and the vintage lace is beautiful! Tijuana always makes me think of The OC, definitely going to have to watch that again!

    Maria xxx

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  16. I very much like that postcard, lovely print. Whenever I go away I always bring back a fridge magnet for my Mum and Dad and a selection of postcards to add to my travel frame collage :)
    L x

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  17. What beautiful finds! Wow!

    xo,
    Shannon
    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

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