Re-purposing vintage ashtrays

Remember when smoking was glamorous?  I used to have quite a collection of cigarette holders that I loved to take to parties.  Those days have long gone…lamentably…sometimes it would be nice to throw all caution to the wind again and forget about lung cancer and damaging my skin!  Anyway, I couldn’t resist buying these two gorgeous ashtrays recently, even if I never get to use them.  But I’m wondering how I could re-purpose them…

Blue and white imari ashtray
Blue and white ceramic ashtray

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Vintage Japanese handbags

Silk drawstring purse

I  recently went out to dinner at Matt Moran and Peter Sullivan’s Aria restaurant in Brisbane to celebrate my 60th birthday. It was interesting that my sister Anne, niece Taryn and myself , each toted a different style of Japanese handbag.

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Are Styled in Japan’s vintage bags vintage in age or simply in style?

Recently I started selling vintage Japanese handbags and clutch purses in my Etsy shop, and posting some photos to my Facebook page.  One of my friends asked , ‘Are these bags vintage in age or simply in style?’   Continue reading Are Styled in Japan’s vintage bags vintage in age or simply in style?

Haori: a versatile Japanese kimono style jacket

Haori are traditional Japanese jackets that are worn over the top of kimono.  They have long sleeves similar to a  kimono, but are worn without a sash or obi.  They are usually  loosely fastened  at centre front with a decorative ‘himo’ tie, but you can leave it open if you prefer. Continue reading Haori: a versatile Japanese kimono style jacket