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All Systems Go!

Well what a couple of weeks it has been.. last week was spent preparing for the Way We Wear Vintage Fair. It was a wonderful weekend with my fair buddy Anna from La Bella Donna and many other dealers that I have befriended along the way. There were some very familiar faces and some fresh new ones too. I caught up with two of my favourites, Jim and Nina from Melbourne... they deserve a post of their own. When I was in Melbourne in May I visited their Wholesale Warehouse and nearly died!!! So much vintage in one place, I didn't know where to start. However I did leave with the most amazing leather overnight bag, which I am still chuffed that I bought home with me. Anyway back on track. I bought lots of things for me, including not one but two timber tea trays (rarer than rare in my books), a skirt from Jim and Nina, a wonderful black vintage hat, a roll of vintage wall paper, and I honestly can't remember what else. 

The wonderful roll of vintage wall paper

Full skirt bought from the Lovely Jim and Nina.
Complete with African Animals

The fair went for three days, Friday was spent setting up, and then open for trade for a couple of hours. Saturday, I couldn't help myself and went for my garage sale fix at 6am and then ran home to get ready for day two. Sunday I did venture out to the markets (in the rain mind you) and discovered a wonderful umbrella wall vase (I now have a matching set). After running through the rain, in bare feet so my ugg boots didn't get wet, to get the car I backed it up with day three!! It was a wonderful weekend but boy did it wear me out! 

Some of the goodies at the fair.

Someone finally purchased this magic ice-cream set,
I was a little devastated when it left,
but it did go to a good home.

Set of six glasses and matching jug, still available.

This week has been full on too. I get the keys to the kijaro house TOMORROW, yes tomorrow!! all systems are go, and packing and unpacking is the agenda for the next couple of weeks. I keep finding things I have forgotten I own and I honestly can not wait to find it all a place in my lovely new home. Well I best be off I have to pack more and drop off my lovely selection of sheets for the sheet swap over at green tea and red nails

Fat quarters ready to got to the sheet swap.

I hope you have a lovely day and that it stays fine today, tomorrow and Saturday (I would be ever so thankful if it stayed sunny for the move on Saturday but the forecast doesn't look so good). Okay, I'm really going now. 

Happy Thursday Everyone.
kijaro x

Good Morning World, bought to you by Vintage Dymo

because life has been so crazy lately i have by no means finished uncovering everything i bought on a recent trip up north. when the room cleaning started this morning i started sorting out some goodies i purchased from a stationary store and stumbled across two things i bought for myself (most was bought to offer to kijaro customers). what i found, with the help of amy and my dad, was not one but two vintage Dymo Labellers (it helps to have a Dad that is in wholesale stationary and a lovely friend with an eye for vintage type and packaging). 

the first labeller is the normal, well known, machine that embosses letters into coloured plastic tape. it is brand new, never been used still in its box and with its instruction book!!! unheard of these days. you will get to know that i gravitate towards anything that is in its original box with paper instructions to go with it.

i bought a few of every colour the lovely gentleman had... and left some for others when they found the magic of Vintage Dymo too.  (i should add here i have accesses to more of these wonderful tools so if you are interested just let me know and i will scout one out for you.) the owner of the shop thought i was crazy, everything i purchased from him was over 30 years old...  i collected vintage sketch pads, notebooks, pick squared paper and all will be on offer at the next suitcase rummage.. it was like i was in a dream. needless to say i spent more in one shop that i did on the entire trip, including my vintage lounge suite.

anyway back to the purpose of this post, the other find i had, which i owe to my lovely Dad was a Dymo Labeller which labels copper.. yes copper, as in metal... and its got glue on the back so you can stick it to anything.  i didn't even know these existed.... they tell me that they, back in the day cost more than i earn in a week in 2011.. they were the bees knees of the Dymo world. again it was in its original box with instructions. i took this little beauty home, and it still cost me half a weeks pay... but its just magical.

i have plans to make labels for artist books and other very special projects that i am sure are going to happen in the new studio at the new house. although the only downside is i only have a limited amount of copper tape, so we have to use it wisely.

 on a side note i get the keys to the my abode on the 26th of August and i am just a little excited, to say the least.

well i best be off, have a meeting at the house with the builder. Happy Friday everyone.

kijaro xo


in the rush of everyday life latly i have realised that i have managed not to post anything of over 4 months... a bit really shameful if you ask me. but i thought i would bring you all up to date with whats been happening in kijaro HQ lately. well after all the flooding stopped in queensland my house got underway and since then as made a radical transformation from a piece of dirt to this.

once it has all been finished and all the wonderful treasures of mine are thoughtfully positioned i will let you all in for a tour. As well has house building there has been lots of picnics,

a trip to Rockhampton with one of my lovely friends amy (she grew up in rocky so i had inside knowledge to all the places to go). we spent some time in Yeppoon

and not to mention a good lot of time treasure hunting for items to bring back home (although i was given 2 hour time limits in op shops). on one of this short trips i found this amazing couch. it was just there, waiting for someone to pick up where its previous owner had left off, with new foam already supplied an afternoon of sewing is on the books to cover the cushions and make it as good as new again for the house. i was just extremely lucky that my wonderful father was in cairns and could bring it back home in the truck. but that little adventure deserves a post of its own.. needless to say we had lots of fun repacking dads van.

lots of other treasures were found and they were put on show for the first time last weekend. market goers at the valley lane way markets in Winn lane on saturday got the first glimpse and a couple of my favourite pieces from the trip found new homes to go to. amy bought some lovely red velvet cupcakes from poppy cakes for afternoon tea and combined with the lovely people and flash back tunes it really was a lovely day out.
sunday morning saw the little swift off early to pick up laura and kit & nancy ready for a day of selling at at the suitcase rummage in the brisbane CBD. we made sure we were there bright and early to be set up for the day ahead. my lovely dad (pictured below) came with the luggage that the swift could not hold. kijaro held its second suitcase sale and once again only left with two of the many suitcase that were on offer. 

more of the treasures found up north went on journeys to new homes and created more room for future buying trips (i had so much fun on the last one i can not wait till we can venture out again, we have just decided we need a bigger can than the swift to get it all home). i spent half the morning unpacking and colour coding... and you can see my efforts over at the  kit & nancy blog.

it was a wonderful day with old friend and new ones too who decided to pop by and say hello (and also putting some faces to names of some of my facebook followers). some even took home a new vintage treasure and a story to go along with it. planning was made for baking dates and treasure hunting dates in the new house. 

well i best be off now, and sort of some more goodies for the way we wear fair, which kijaro will be at with the lovely anna from la bella donna next weekend. stay tuned for more details coming soon.

kijaro x

Friday Adventures

today was meant to be a making day.. however it turned into an exploring day. i ventured to my three favourite shops (and a few more), and found some little treasures... some of which can be seen here.

i browsed one of my favourite bookshops, which looks like this...

and came out with a couple of books on design and colour use in design.

although i found lots of little things to pass on to my lovely customers in one of the antique centres i there were a couple of things i found to add to my private collection.. one of which was this little book, ' Around the Corner and other bits and pieces of verse and prose'. its simple line illustrations are teamed with delightful words and is a pleasure to read. just another little book to add to my growing collection.

gifted at christmas in 1947

i also stumbled across these divine set of five black and white gayware canisters... 

set of five canisters, coffee, tea, rice, sugar and flour.

i am absolutely in love... and am kicking myself that i can not afford them right at this second. they would sit perfectly in my new black and white kitchen that is coming with my new house. i am hoping that when i get back from my little journey to melbourne that they will still be there and thus be mine (on layby of course). fingers crossed, actually everything crossed. i also fell in love this this victorian inlayed timber jewellery box. sometimes i wonder how i got my champagne taste on a beer budget.

i finished off my morning exploring with a late home made lunch of avocado on toast... 

it doesn't look that appetising
but it was pretty tasty.
i had to make a few adjustment for
the fact i didn't have a ripe avocado

ready for the afternoon and evening adventures that are ready to be had.

and a status up-date and pictures for those who are interested, my house is now bricked all the way around and to the roof. we are nearly at lock up stage and i am getting more and more excited by the day. kim xo

a time piece of history

a short while ago I put on lay-by this beautiful time piece from Harrington Antiques. i ventured into the shop one day, i had always driven past and admired the glistening chandeliers in the front window, and found this beautiful time piece. after a very short discussion (he told me the price and i said yes) i took the steps in making it mine. i finally picked it up last week and am now looking into getting it restored to go into my new house over the buffet in the kitchen.

the clock itself is double sided and hangs by two chains. it was taken out of a railway station in the eighties, when the clocks were upgraded and tossed away. a very lovely gentleman rescued it and through a couple of hands it came to me. why anyone would want to dispose of it has me stumped but it will take pride of place in my new abode in a couple of months.

Belated Saturday Morning Finds.

sorry for my lack of punctuality, but better late than never right?... (i'll try and be a little more punctual next week). but here are a collection of my saturday morning finds from this weekend. some of these will be available at the vintage fair at mt gravatt on the 25th, 26th and 27th of march at the mt gravatt show grounds.

One of my favourite finds of the day.

(now apart of the kijaro private collection)

I stumbled across several vintage hats. 

(More can be seen on my facebook page) (now apart of the kijaro private collection)

Set of three marching elephants.

Another one of my favourites, a hand vase. 

In the palm of the hand there is a hole for a pretty flower.

(now apart of the kijaro private collection)

My Needlework Book

(now apart of the kijaro private collection)

so there you go, a selection of what i found this weekend. please pop over to kijaro's facebook page for some more of my weekend finds. kijaro x

Kijaro makes it into another shop!

yesterday i had an appointment with the book store Folio Books in Brisbane City. it was a complete success! kijaro is now stocked there with some very other creative card creators. i also love going into this magic shop, there is inspiration and knowledge everywhere you look. 

below is a list of where you can pick up some of my little artworks (or more commonly called greeting cards)

La Bella Donna at Morningside
The Inn Florist at Moorooka
Bleeding Heart Cafe in the City
Avid Reader at West End
The Nook at West End
Retro Metro at Paddington
The Swich at Ipswich
Precious Packages at Ipswich
Bathed in Beauty at Moorooka

i would love for kijaro to be found in a few more places so if you know of anywhere you think they would fit in please feel free to offer suggestions.

kijaro x

Retro Age

a little while ago i sent Ness from Retro Age a parcel in the mail, the old fashioned way, to say thank you for her pretty parcels of vintage fabric i receive every now and again. i use off cuts of original fabric for a lot of the cards i make for kijaro. i took her a little by surprise, receiving things in the mail these days, and she offered to do a little write up on me on her which you can see here. Retro Age specialise in vintage fabrics from all eras and they find some amazing pieces ready for you to create your dream dress or outfit. you should pop on over and have a look. 
i hope that who ever receives my creations in the mail is as excited as Ness was. The art of the letter seems to be dying, and it is really quite sad. i am actually off to write some thank you notes for some of the items i have received from etsy lately, just to put a human touch on the whole online shopping experience. i challenge you to do the same for your next online purchase, or just to a friend or family member to let them know your thinking of them.  kijaro x

taking the leap

So here i am in the blogging world, i may have taken my time (truth be known i was a little scared, or maybe a lot) but i'm here now and ready to jump in. it may take me a while to get into the swing of things but at least its a start. i invite you all to come along for the journey that will be full of vintage finds, some of my creations and who knows what else. i hope you all enjoy the journey and come along for an adventure or two. kijaro x

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