Wednesday, October 31, 2007

All the cats join in

This little 1946 collaboration between the Benny Goodman Orchestra and Disney(?) makes me smile...

(and tap my feet!)

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Pretty things make me happy

Thinking about beautiful, quirky artwork today, having bought a lovely piece last week by a local artist in a local gallery (...I've forgotten her name but I'll take a photo of it soon and make sure I note her details).

I always enjoy dropping into Outre Gallery in Melbourne over lunch when I can - it's a wonderful escape into a funky retro vibe, overflowing with creativity. The utterly fabulous Angelique Houtcamp recently held her 'Tattoo Darling' exhibition there...


I was also totally excited to see some gorgeous new works by kozyndan (exhibiting this month) - I adore their their innocent and engaging style, their technical skills, and most of all, their sweet and quirky view of the world. They live up to their motto 'We give you good things'.

Although I'd love to buy oodles of art from Outre I'll have to admire it from afar for a while.... In the meantime I guess it's worth keeping an eye on the kozyndan journal.

Recently I looked up details of the sweet and happy new Sonia Bravia ad to see how they made it (they did it with 2 tonnes of plasticine and an army of animators). What a shame they seem to have brazenly ripped off Kozyndan's panoramic picture 'USA chan' (without permission). Click on the image below to see it properly.

The similarities could be described as spooky, or (more probably) very naughty... what do you think?

Friday, October 26, 2007

Classic gifts of lasting loveliness

The end of the year is fast approaching, so I've started thinking of gifts for our nearest and dearest. As it can be quite difficult to find the perfect present, I turned to this 1945 Sears catalogue for some seasonal inspiration. It's the ginchiest!

Here are a few of the featured products (you can click on each image to enlarge it and read the snappy advertising copy):

...I'm so glad I now know 25 ways to please a man!

There are more delightful archived catalogues over here at wishbookweb.

I noticed that Spiegel's 1955 offering has at least four pages of guns.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Cherry ripe

I nearly cried ....

Having had my hopes raised by some very promising international web searching and conversations with the lovely ladies at Sole Devotion in Greville St, I made my way across town to buy some pretty shoes. Most people don't know what it's like to have feet that are just 1cm too long .... no pretty, feminine shoes for me! Seems as though there's a rule somewhere that says women my size shouldn't have cute clothing or footwear....... So frustrating!

Better get onto those sewing lessons and scour the world in search of someone who will make some fab shoes in my size. Meanwhile, all of you average-sized people might like to browse the lovely collections at Fluevog and Cole Haan (check out their surprisingly beautiful Nike Air range).

Monday, October 01, 2007


Ooooh, I love this painting - 'The Faceted Coroucou', by Carrie Marill. It's available here as part of the fabulous 20x200 art sale project, which I originally found over here.

Another Shade of Grey describes the concept: two new pieces a week, one a photo and one a work on paper. Each image is available in three sizes. The smallest size is reprinted in the largest batch (200) and sold for $20. Hence the name 20×200. They also offer medium-sized editions of 20 for $200, and large-sized editions of 2 for $2000 (for collectors). Each print comes with a certificate of authenticity numbered by the artist.

I think this is such a great idea. Enjoy and keep an eye on 20 x 200.

End Papers

A big thank you to Miss A at Three Buttons for pointing me to this beautiful collection of vintage book end papers .


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