Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A NEW Year....A NEW Office & a NEW Project....

Happy NEW YEAR Vintage Friends FAR & WIDE....!

I hope everyone survived the silly season intact....Unfortunately, I didn't get to participate in the Christmas festivities with you all this year....The reasons for which are twofold....I downloaded a toolbar mid November which has created havoc when using Google Chrome....For whatever reason I'm no longer able to log in to several sites when using GC....Blogger being one of them & using my iPad to blog just hasn't been practical or possible as I have my iPhone in my pocket when I'm out an about to take my pics....I'm afraid to say it has ONLY just occurred to me today to use Safari....**sigh**....Technical issues aside, Mr SVJ & I have also taken on a rather substantial project....Our FIRST JOINT venture, we're frantically 'clearing the decks' here at home to ensure we're ready to take on this new gig....More about that later....!!!!!

Right now I want to show you my NEW office....

Almost two years ago we discovered our bathroom had not been sealed properly when this place was built & subsequently, water had been leaking into the wall cavity & into my office from the moment we moved in....
This wall, the floor joists below & floor in the adjoining hall were damaged....TERRIBLY....After MUCH tooing & froing with our insurer, we received compensation & Mr SVJ took on the arduous task of gutting the bathroom completely, replacing the floor joists & building me a new wall....
The NEW carpet was laid last week & the cream walls were repainted white & began moving back in....
Happy HAPPY....JOY....JOY....!
I moved in three locker units to house Etsy stock as well as the multitude of smalls I gather in my travels....
The pale grey really pops off the white....!
18 x cubbies to STASH Treasures in....**wink**....!!!!!
The new carpet received the HIGHEST of praise from little Hartley....!!!
As my office is quite often used to work on projects eg. painting pieces, pulling things apart etc....I need to utilise as much floor space as I can so my desk actually sits in the wardrobe....
Filled with tiny treasures to make me SMILE OUT LOUD when I'm engaged in the most BORING of tasks....eg....PAPERWORK....**wink**....
Aside from a few pieces gathered during my visits to the US, or given to me by Friends....The majority of these Treasures were gleaned from the Hard Rubbish....
The clear desktop is NOT an indication that I'm up to date with my paperwork....And that is ANOTHER reason why I need as MUCH floor space as possible....
But I digress....These 7 x plastic finger puppets from the 1950's are amongst my most VALUED Tiny Treasures....I positively ADORE them....!!!!!!!!!!
The little green toy cast iron bathroom set is also another long termer here at Casa de SVJ....!!
Gorgeous old matchbox cars & squeaky toy cat....LOVE....!!!!!
This little lantern is part of a brand new collection inspired my Friends, Glenny & Daniel from the Red Brick Barn who have a FABULOUS collection of these little cuties....!!!!!

I'll show you some more pics in a couple of weeks when my office is finished....Right after the above pics were taken I started emptying out our bedroom as we're repainting the ENTIRE house white to cover that AWFUL cream I've endured for the last 6 years....!!!!!

Now that I know I can use Safari to get into my blog I'll be back posting more regularly....Future posts will include:

Vintage Showcase Recap
Rachel Ashwell, The Prairie & Me
A Week In The Life Of....
Bread & Butter

Now I must away....I hope you all have an amazingly PRODUCTIVE day....Unless of course you're having a day off....If this is the case I hope your day is filled with Bonnie Doon type SERENITY....!!!!!

Cheers for now,
Tamarah  :o)

PS:  Hello Jenny & Sue....See you at Fryerstown....!!!!!

Saturday, December 15, 2012


I honestly do not know what to say at this time....I believe in my heart there IS only ONE WAY & HOPE for a better future.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas at Waverley Bazaar....


Will you be one of 'the many' standing in line at the Shopping Mall this year waiting to pay for poorly made, mass produced, overly expensive, ill thought of last minute made in China barcoded crappity crap....


Will you think long & hard about the person you're buying for....Consider their likes, hobbies & passions & go about finding them a UNIQUE gift that says....I KNOWyou....I CARE about you & think you are one heck of a Friend, Lover or Family member....

If you belong to the latter group, grab your Friends & Family & come on down to the Waverley Bazaar at:

11a Aristoc Road, Glen Waverley

Saturday 15th December & HUNT out that very special something for that very special someone among one of the 180 stalls in the center....!!!!!

Open from 10am - 5pm, a number of Vendors will be manning their stalls throughout the day & will be on hand to assist you with your purchases....!!!!!

Christmas Nibblies & drinks will be offered throughout the venue at various stalls & I have it on good advice that Santa will be making a visit to ensure his 'Naughty & Nice' lists are up to date....!!!!!

I'll be in the Shabby Vintage Junk Shop with my kettle for anyone who'd like to pop in for a NICE cup of plunger coffee & will have an abundance of YUMMY mince pies to help keep your 'shopping stamina' up....**wink**....!!!!!

I'll also have my Paypal Here device at hand & will be able to accept credit card, Paypal & cash payments....!!

So what are you waiting for....Filofax it, post-it note  a reminder to yourself NOW....!!!!!

If for some reason you can't make it to the Waverley Bazaar on the 15th, make an effort to shop locally....Support small businesses & keep way from barcodes.....Bleckkkkk.....!!!!!

Cheers for now,
Tamarah  :o)

PS:  Hope to be back soon with an update re the Vntage Showcase which was a WONDERFUL success for Lisa & I....Just waiting on pics....!!!!!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Flat out like a lizard drinking....

WOOHOO Vintage Friends....It's Friday....Can you BELIEVE it....??!!!

I hope you all have a fun & relaxing weekend planned....Me....Well I managed to 'waylay' myself quite a bit this week so I have a bit of catching up to do....It'll be head down, bum up for me I'm afraid....!!

Speaking of 'waylaying'....Yesterday, with numerous tasks requiring my attention....I took myself 'off' for a while & lost myself in a very pleasant activity....

I've seen some LOVELY large Wall Rosaries around about & I know Rachel has a DIVINE example over at Shabby Chic Couture ....What better way to shirk my responsibilities than by immersing myself in the pleasant task of creating my very own Wall Rosary....

Spent WAY too much time picking the PERFECT piece of wood to use....
Mind you I spent WAY more time choosing the bead combo.... 
Oh & deciding HOW to hang it....Let's just say a tad more of my time was 'whiled' away.... 
Just as well I'm HAPPY with the end result....**wink**....!

Take care & have a WONDERFUL weekend....Now I gotta get back to work....!

Tamarah  :o)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

5 x Tickets left....

5 x Tickets left....

If you'd been thinking of attending the Vintage Showcase being held on the 28th November from 12noon - 3pm but thought you had missed out on a ticket, today's your LUCKY DAY....!!!!!

Lisa & I have been doing our best to contact 5 x Vintage Friends who registered their interest however, have not responded to our follow up emails. 

With a number of time consuming details to keep us busy right up until the BIG DAY, we need to move forward so we can concentrate on the tasks at hand....!!!!!

If you would like to attend the Vintage Showcase which is an INVITATION only event NOT open to the general public, all you need to do is pop into our EmailMeForm & register your details:

We will contact you with payment details etc.

Tickets are $15.00 per person....This includes a YUMMY High Tea....One of lucky Guests will also be the recipient of a FABULOUS Door Prize courtesy of one of our WONDERFUL Sponsors, RUNDLE & Co....Oh & lets not forget the GORGEOUS prizes hidden throughout the venue....!!!!!

*** The Vintage Showcase is being held near Burwood / Camberwell (Melbourne, Australia). ***


NB: NO PRE-SALES....Items shown in pics advertising the Vintage Showcase will NOT BE SOLD prior to the event on the 28th November.

Between us Lisa & I will be offering approx 450+ items....! 
From our OWN personal collections....
Treasures we've ADORED for MANY years.... 
As well as items sourced internationally.... 
This is one of SEVERAL Vintage Mannequins on offer during the day.... 
Oh & it WOULDN'T be a Christmas Vintage Showcase WITHOUT a healthy helping of Vintage Christmas....!!!!!

Our fabulous event sponsors:

*** NB: Pictures are the property of individual sponsors. ***