Thursday, September 1, 2011

Must do list

No. 1 on my must do list is find time to go to Bendigo to see the White Wedding Dress Exhibition, in the mean time I am savouring this beautiful new book that arrived in store last week. It is by the V & A Museum, and it full of beautiful images of their divine wedding dress collection, I am not sure yet which pieces are in the Bendigo show.

No. 2 on my must do list is a little closer to home, Louise McDonald, maker of exquisite hats is having a retrospective exhibition in the Nicholas Building, so if you love fine millinery make sure you get along to see it. Click the link to the Nicholas Building blog in the right hand column for all the details

No. 3 on my must do list, after making hundreds of paper blossoms for their window display, I must get up to Kozminsky Jewellers, (421 Bourke Street Melbourne) because they are having a sale. Kozminsky stock the most divine range of jewellery, both new and antique, exquisitely refined and always fascinating, this Melbourne icon is home to an eclectic collection of treasures including fine art and objet d'art.

No. 4 on my must do list is to sort and price a small mountain of new stock that has just come in, including these delicious coloured vintage Czech glass buttons.

And these divine creatures from the early 20th century, again from Czechoslovakia

And these fabulous casein and Bakelite and celluloid buttons, perfect for coats or hand knits.

Clearly, whoever said blue and green should never be seen was crazy.

New vintage French ribbons in lovely rich russets, burgundies, black and a perfect shade of barely lilac grey.

Then there is the new velvet leaves and vintage stamens, it's very hard to get work done when everything is so lovely, it's very tempting to just paw over it all day.

New l'uccello Collect rosettes made with Victorian French silk ribbon and special covered buttons including some covered in a fragment of an antique flag and others covered with 19th century metallic lace.

And finally this gorgeous old chocolate box is full of delicate antique lace, divine!

What is on your must do list?

Have a great week, hope you are enjoying some of the lovely early Spring sunshine X


  1. I'm avoiding my to do list by reading this blog.

    But I'm dying to somehow get to Bendigo for that exhibition. Despite being in Melbourne twice this month, I wasn't able to get away, and now I'm back in Sydney. (Damn the tyranny of distance!) The organdie dress featured on all the posters is one I once saw in Manchester, 1989, in an exhibition of British cotton fashions. It was so memorable that I recognised it at once.

    And I love those 'spoked' Czech buttons on the card. Do I NEED them, or just WANT them? (Could it be both?)

  2. Whilst you are in the Bendigo region, come and visit Sew What at the Maryborough Flour Mill Gallery. Over 300 sewing machines on display in our museum of antique and vintage sewing machines, plus lots more to see. is our website.
    Judi and Wayne