Thursday, February 28, 2013
More Art Deco loveliness
Here are some more photos of my day at Ranfurly for the Art Deco festival.
Left, vintage toys, top right amazing washing machine, both at the Centennial Milk Bar Museum. Middle and bottom right cute donkey and hat display in antique shop.
The Museum has an amazing display of Art Deco glass and kitchenware:
I have an extensive collection of Bagley glass myself - frosted glass from the 1930s - however in my 1950s state house it is difficult to display as there are very few shelves and only one fire place. In my dream home I will have (one day) most of it out on display. I really enjoyed seeing all the glass and lovely china together, and there was also a bed room display with a gorgeous curved dressing table and linens. In the back room which was set out like kitchen I found a very cute tin with two kittens.
One thing I love are the boxes made from cards. Vintage Bird Girl has a few. My husband's family had a very large hexagonal box used to store the scrabble tiles. I have very fond memories of playing scrabble and putting my hand inside the box, praying for a decent letter!! Anyway, part of the festival was a car boot sale and stalls - some sold what I affectionately call "tat". There were a couple of antique dealers and quite a few crafts. But, my favourite stall was a lady who sat crocheting under a gazebo out of the sun. She had lots and lots of vintage jewellry and .........she made vintage boxes!!!
Don't you just adore the one with the black and white kittens? She told me it was made from a Golden Book. What you can't quite see in the photo is that she had also made a beaded tassel to use as a button to open the lid. I really wanted it, but, had already spent my $20.
On the way home via a road called the Pig Route, we stopped at a little town called Palmerston which has an impressive monument on top of a hill nearby. Apparently you can walk up inside the monument and its on my "to do" list. Palmerston has a New Zealand Books only bookshop which my husband and daughter dutifully visited. If you look at the photo on the top right of the collage below...go one...enlarge it....you can see the shop sign.
Palmerston has a large bank (centre right) which would have held the gold found on the Central Otago goldfields before being taken to Dunedin or Christchurch. The bank is now a shop selling expensive but good quality locally made jewelry, clothes and other art objects. There were some very wispy cloud formations which I tried to capture in these photos. It was a lovely day trip, just such a pity that Sunday was spent doing washing, cleaning, etc etc.