To be honest while Ramona HATES the op-shop I love them, but for some reason (read inhouse architects demands for clean surfaces) i've been sadly neglecting my passion for a few months now. Maybe its because i've been clearing out so many precious things from the study in anticipation of the new 'arrival' that I found my op-shop antenna twitching yesterday. I don't know - something about out with the old and all that. I'm very glad I gave in and headed out on a mission. As it turned out with the first three things that fell into my lap it was in fact Misson Brown.
A little brown ceramic measuring metric cup jug, these amazing brown, fawn and lime green fairisle mittens and the brown bird tea-towel below.
As you can see from the brown owl detail below, the bird teatowel was really unputdownable. And I do love it when the op-shop gods start styling things in color palettes for you.
Then however things started turning blue...
This brilliant Better Homes and Gardens Barbeque Manual featuring fabulous thematic outdoor eating options like the one below. All the printing is that gorgeous litho style hypercolour that only the early sixties printing press can deliver.
Followed by this Richard Scarry What Animals Do book,
Which, while a faded tanny- red on the outside opened up to a brilliant turquoise interior, emblazed with the following...
and filled with the kind of illustration work that makes the ladies of HML such massive Scarry fans.
And the last find couldn't have been more topical (or indeed tropical) - and straight out of Miss P's amazing Queensland Flood Relief effort of last week...
I even managed to stash all my finds before the architect got home. Not that I was worried. BECK