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Etsy T-T-T-Tuesday: I was lost but now i’m found(vintage)

It’s that time again, a little bit of etsy-ness to fire up your dreary Tues. This week I came across a lovely store called Found Vintage Style. All of their stuff looks in great condition and suitably vintage. These offerings were some of my favourite housewares Found Vintage had on offer:

found vintage style

1. Luthje Denmark Cheese Board with Lid and Knife– I have SUCH a thing for vintage mod-ish kitchenwares from Denmark..The craftsmanship and wood tone is spot on. This board is $50 and is a complete set with knife and glass cover.

2. Rosti Mepal Egg Holders Set of Four – I don’t come across egg cups in the USA so much. Don’t know why…soft boiled eggs and toy soilders were such a staple when I was a kid. And this set has a nice rim to hold a pinch of salt…ahh memories. Only $24 for four!

3. Waechtersbach Large Bowl, Creamer and Sugar Bowl Red with Hearts and Dots – WOW, the fire engine red is what caught my eye here. A lovely creamer and sugar bowl with a large bowl for treats is so cute and kitsch! From Germany no less and only $50.

4. Red Enamel Pot with Stand, 2 Small Bowls and Sauce Pot Japan – This totally appeals to my vintage fondue kit searchin’ self. The complete set would be a bonus! It’s from Japan – what an international store eh?! and is priced at $48.

5. Two Large Ceramic Shakers/ Gaytime/Lord Nelson Potteries – Made in England in the sixties these ceramic salt and pepper shakers are so colourful and peace n lovin’ sixties that it would brighten up any kitchen or table..J’adore! $25 for the set!

Be sure to check out the other items in Found Vintage Style’s store..such a treat of international vintage goods that in the very least will make you smile if not move you to buy!


all images via foundvintagestyle

Etsy T-T-T-Tuesday: Watercolours by Tarra Lyons

I’m not usually one for ‘food based art’ in the kitchen, but when I saw these watercolours by The Night Jar I fell in love. They are subtle yet with true colours that makes them just that bit more ‘edible’. The Night Jar is also known as Tarra Lyons. Tarra has a BFA in Painting with a Printmaking minor at Boston University, which shines through in her work.

the night jar


1. Cherries, archival print – $20 // 2. Oranges, one of a kind – $48 // 3. Pears, Original watercolour – $48 // 4. Apples, one of a kind – $48

Tarra’s work isn’t limited to fruits, check out her shop to see some of her amazing bird paintings too!

all images via the night jar

Etsy T-T-T-Tuesday: It’s Just Noey!

Just Noey has been a blog favourite for a little while now. Created by London based Parul Arora – her coasters and plates have been talked up all over and for good reason. This illustrator / animator / photographer presents her talents in a medium that defies their original purpose. Instead of a polaroid pictures, she makes polaroid ceramic coasters; plates serve as her canvas instead of a sketch pad. The result is a playful output to an everyday object.

just noey


1. C Plate…decorated with little cakes of course! – $35.50 // 2. Pink Monsta polaroid coaster – $10 // 3. M Plate – $35.50 // 4. Post a Plate – Analog Love – $28 // 5. My Cuppa Clothesline Mug – $15.60

Of course I HAD to go with plates ‘C’ and ‘M’ for my intials..and I love this particular Polaroid coaster as I adore DOMO monsters. Finally, the ‘postcard’ plate is the perfect size and layout for a sushi lunch.. I can’t wait to see what’s next from Just Noey!


all images just noey

Etsy T-T-T-Tuesday: Sweet Paul

You would’ve heard about Sweet Paul magazine on this blog before. Created and primarily styled by prop stylist Paul in Brooklyn, it is a veritable visual banquet for the discerning gastro lover.

Now you can have a piece of Sweet Paul all to yourself as an etsy shop has opened to sell the props from past photoshoots. Walk don’t run, these goods promise to sell out quickly!

sweet paul


1. Vintage painted salt jar – $12

2. Plexiglas vase from Space London – $125

3. Knitted teapot – $50

4. Vintage Pyrex polka dot mugs – $15

5. Vintage stone owl (great centerpiece vignette) – SOLD

I can’t wait to see what else comes up for sale in the future..that knitted teapot is calling me like you won’t believe!


all images sweet paul

Etsy T-T-T-Tuesday: Ethan Ollie

I +fave and bookmark on etsy so much so that sometimes something good falls through the cracks. One such ‘something good’ is the store Ethan Ollie. The vintage wares in this store are clearly pre-loved but contain enough character to bring story to your space and not junk. I spied a few houseware pieces that got my heart racing..I hope they do the same for you.

ethan ollie


1. Mid-century Turkish pot – $30
2. Vintage handmade apple baker – $29
3. Vintage enamel pot – $20
4. Vintage Flask and case – $29
5. Vintage German wine bottle – $10
6. Vintage hand painted tray – $15

Not only are the wares lovely but the shots have a beautiful atmosphere. If you buy anything let me know…a choice few items are going on my wishlist for sure!


all images ethan ollie

Etsy -T-T-T-Tuesday: Japanese Inspired

Yesterday’s post about rice paddy art had me wondering…and so today’s Etsy T-T-T-Tuesday is all about accoutrement associated with Japanese food traditions.

noodle bowls with chopsticks
Noodle bowls with chopsticks

These little noodle bowls with a grass design are adorable! They come with a set of chopsticks as well and sell for $65 for the pair via Yevgenia‘s store.

Vintage Hand Painted Bento Box
Vintage Hand Painted Bento Box

So ridiculously beautiful! Look at the intricate lattice like design on this brass and enamel bento box. This could work for carrying snacks to work or to the cinema or even just to hold herbs on the kitchen counter. Love. It’s $30 via The Vintage Vagrant.

Crochet Pattern - BENTO -  Playfood
Crochet Pattern – BENTO – Toys / Playfood

Food toys were always a fave of mine when growing up { go figure }. This PDF crochet pattern is for a bento box food toy. Forget the kid, I want this for myself!! Pattern only costs $5.99 via Sky Magenta.

Vintage Japanese Lacquered Wooden Chopstick Rests
Vintage Japanese Lacquered Wooden Chopstick Rests

A set of 5 vintage chopstick rests. The simple black and orange has a nice mod feel to them which is what initially attracted me. $10 for the lot – in a lovely Japanese box no less via blue rose retro.

images courtesy of the respective etsy store mentioned

Etsy T-T-T-Tuesday: Comfort Cooking

All this talk in my earlier post about comfort food made me seek out the tools to employ in such cooking. Therefore, this weeks etsy round up should keep you warm and snuggly.

Vintage Arabia Wartsila Finel Finland Enameled Dutch Oven Pot Pan -
Vintage Arabia Wartsila Finel Finland Enameled Dutch Oven Pot Pan

Ahh this pot is beautiful and vintage Finel Arabia to boot! I can see it now, brimming with bean stew..get it at blue flower vintage for $85.

Vintage Glasbake Soup - Casserole Bowls with Handle
Vintage Glasbake Soup – Casserole Bowls with Handle

Erm, don’t buy this because I kind of want it for myself…milk glass green and grey soup bowls. Beautiful and in near perfect condition and only $12!

Vintage Cookbook SOUPS and STEWS / Better Homes and Gardens circa 1978
Vintage Cookbook SOUPS and STEWS / Better Homes and Gardens circa 1978

I love vintage cookbooks. With their oversaturated colours and decadent well oiled dishes styled like a good old family dinner table. There is something familiar and novel about them. This one from better homes and gardens is a good year. 😉 And costs just over a fiver!

Vintage Avocado Green Winter Thermos
Vintage Avocado Green Winter Thermos

Now you’ve made your stew, how are you going to get it to the office? Simple..a good ole fashioned Thermos of course! This lovely advocado green one is only $8 at Vim Vigor Vintage.

images courtesy of the respective etsy store mentioned