How often have I used a Sunbeam Beater Mix to make pavlova? A million times. How often have I used it to make anything else? Not so much.
So – when I came across this beauty- new in box, I had to have it. It’s been checked by an electrician and it is oked for pavlova making.
It’s a fabulous 70s yellow colour, on black bakelite. Oh so 70s. The blurb on the box describes it thus: “portable, lightweight, with three powerful speeds- and – ejectable beaters!’ Really- you had me at ‘ejectable beaters’!
So- for all your pavlova / other beating needs [remind me again – what they might be?] the Sunbeam Beater Mix is for sale: $AU75
Shalom ceramic wall tile, c.1960s A Christmas Story, by Richard Burton, 1966
Shalom and Merry Christmas! These two pieces have a lovely synchronicity, in shape, colour and form. The funky symbol of Shalom- Hebrew for peace- has a handwritten message on its timber back – ‘Jerusalem’ which I take to be its place of manufacture. The deep blue and orange of the ceramic tile are so very 60s. The tile is framed and has a hook for hanging on its back- this Shalom is meant for display.
Meanwhile Richard Burton- THE Richard Burton -has written a story about his [impoverished] Welsh childhood and Christmases. He also provided the illustrations. It’s a bit of a turgid read, but this book was continually republished until the late 80s. Must have been doing something right. I bought it mainly for the lovely graphics on the hardback cover.
Wishing all my readers Shalom, and Merry Christmas! And I am sure Richard Burton would want to add his wishes also.
A man named Edwin Land developed the Polaroid LAND camera; seen here is the now famous black ‘striped’ Model 1000. Land was the first to use film that developed outside the camera.
The Polaroid camera was the first cheap, mass-produced fixed lens camera that was marketed to the young – apparently Barry Manilow sang the adverts jingle, while Ali MacGraw frolicked on a beach. Since the beach-frolicking youth were new to this new-fangled photography lark, the camera was made as a point-and-shoot.
Polaroid film is no longer available, but a great company called the Impossible Project [www.the-impossible-project.com] produces new instant film materials for these classic polaroid cameras. Hurrah! You can now take pictures like a young Ali MacGraw!
The model 1000 came in both white and black forms- but the black is the best known. It uses SX-70 film, also available for the Impossible Project.
A Bambi and her doe, in planter-style. I have filled the planter with bok choy [all I had to hand] but of course flowers and/or growing succulents would also work.
I have quite a few Bambis in my collection. I have purposely collected 1950 era bambis that were made here in Australia or in Japan – these are NOT Disney figurines, which I think look more ‘commercial’. I’ve already explained my nostalgic love for Bambi [short answer: not allowed to have one as a child] elsewhere on the blog; so suffice it to say – I collect Bambis whenever I can.
The Bambi planter is in great vintage condition and is for sale: $AU35. Buy now for Christmas!