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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Parasols with love AND anti-UV care: 5 hot tips 

Cool Plus parasol blocks heat and 99% UV radiation.
Cool Plus parasol blocks heat and 99% UV radiation.

Has the heat wave in Australia sent you seeking shade and a parasol or sun umbrella?

 

 

 

5 hot tips:

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Vintage Japanese nylon furoshiki: surprising beauty

CIMG4706 Japanese ‘furoshiki’ gift wrapping cloths are eco friendly, pretty and an economical way of wrapping gifts.  There are many charming designs in silk and cotton, but I have discovered the surprising beauty of vintage nylon furoshiki which were popular in the 1960s and 1970s. Not only are the designs stunning, but they are super lightweight, and very easy to wash and re-use over and over again. I love  searching  for them at  the temple and flea markets.   You can find a selection of them for sale in my Etsy store.

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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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Japanese Ningyo Dolls: five different kinds

Shopping at the flea markets in Kansai this month, I purchased five different vintage dolls. Dolls are made all over Japan as objects of art or toys, and there is a huge variety of styles and materials to choose from. It’s funny that I was never interested in dolls as a child, but now I’m starting to find them fascinating!

From left:

1. Kimekomi doll:  The dolls are made of wood into which has been carved shallow grooves. The wooden base is then covered in fabric which is tucked into the grooves in the wood. Why are they referred to as kimekomi dolls? ‘Ki’ means wood in Japanese, and ‘mekomi’ refers to the technique used to tuck the fabric into the grooves in the wood. Continue reading Japanese Ningyo Dolls: five different kinds

Hand painted blue and white Imari porcelain

Earlier this week I re-visited Kurashiki, my first ‘home’ in Japan. Back in 1987 I lived there for a year while I worked on the JET program as an assistant English teacher. Lots of nice memories as I walked around the Bikan Chiku area… I came across a lovely antique store near Ivy Square and couldn’t resist adding a pair of hand painted Meiji era Imari plates to my blue and white collection. Aren’t they lovely?  Two fan shaped Imari plates

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?