Vintage Australian linens

Upcycled cushions
made from vintage Australian linen

My partner recently found a batch of vintage Australian tea towels, all linen and all unused. I love the graphic qualities of the images- and the strong colours – and decided to make square cushion covers from them.

The backs of the cushions are either upcycled linen or new linen, in plain colours to suit the images. I salvaged the upcycled linen from 50s and 60s tablecloths- and finished the openings with vintage bindings. It was nice to be able to use some of my vintage sewing stash…so it can be considered less a collection and more a necessity!

The cushions are sized to take a 400 x 400mm insert [15.7 x 15.7 inches.] They are fully washable and would make a great gift- especially if the calendar date 1976 or 1985 has a particular association for someone. I have thirty cushions made- and they can be grouped in 2s or 4s- email me if you’d like to peruse the ‘collection’.

The cushion covers are for sale: $AUD35/pair

20s silver plate

20s silver plate toast rack & tea strainerYeoman Plate toast rack made in England 1920s
Clarendon tea strainer made in Australia 1920s

Silver plated items- EPNS- have been out of favour for the last few years – [all that polishing needed! reminds one of one’s childhood when one spent days polishing the stuff] – but gradually it’s becoming collectible again: especially if it’s still functional or can be upcycled for a funky new purpose.

Both these items- toast rack and tea strainer- have fantastic 20s styling; very art deco. They are not part of a set- they were collected separately but they look as if they are. They are both somewhat tarnished but are still good for tea and toast – or – do what I do: use the toast rack as a letter holder. And Etsy is replete with upcycled tea strainers- made into jewellery or other frivolities.

Add instant glamour to your office with a silver plate letter holder. The set is for sale: $AUD55

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60s platter [sold]

Coronet platterCoronet platter
made in Sydney, Australia 1960s

Coronet pottery was a small pottery that operated in Sydney, established in 1953. The last time I blogged about Coronet pottery, the grand-daughter of one of the original potters contacted me and we had a very nice chat about the pottery pieces produced by Coronet- and her own burgeoning collection. You might like to see the other Coronet pieces that sparked our conversation.

This is a large, biomorphic shaped platter in three pastel tones. So 60s! The platters were hand-made from slip cast moulds, so no two are the same. This platter is in perfect condition and ready for Jatz crackers, cubes of cheese and cocktail onions. The groovy cats of the 60s knew where it was at!

The platter is for sale: $AUD55