We take the day off every 12th of the December to celebrate our wedding anniversary Saturday, Dec 13 2014 

2014 is our twenty first wedding anniversary and the twenty eighth year since falling in love. The day and evening is always different, this year we caught ‘future beauty’ at GOMA and lunched at the restaurant there. We had tickets to the opening bash but were frantic with work commitments so we waited until we had time to do it justice. We then came home and both lazed upstairs reading and watching the summer sun fade before a long dog walk at dusk. A detail on the bedroom wall that we hardly ever see, even on most weekends as we are busy in the garden or I’m busy cleaning house or restoring some clock or colonial piece of furniture, just one day-in-the-(charmed)-life I lead with Barbara Heath!

Surprised to see this down pipe and pressed tin sheets that are faux tin and rust painted PVC Tuesday, Sep 30 2014 

William White has developed this product with his Chinese factory and then pulled his product from a huge national distributor because of the hike in their margin take . . . he told me what they demanded. He’s set up a web page, he’s used it on his building in Brunswick Heads and we are going to use both products in our Tasmanian renovation.

The pink • looks like 19th century corrugated tin down pipe . . . but its modern PVc formed and painted to look the part. The * decorative eave is PVC painted in rust finish that really tricks the eye and is so easy to work and so affordable. Go here to view their unfinished web, this info is straight from the horse’s mouth. Contact Wil at <willyandjo@hotmail.com>

Below is their three story building, shop (Fabulous Mrs Fox) and residence in Brunswick Heads, northern NSW. Seriously chic and killing the retail trade down in those trendy parts, search for their Facebook page and go-like . . .

We head to Brunswick Heads as does retro and garage . . . + Fabulous Mrs Fox Monday, Sep 29 2014 

First thing Sunday we hit the road for two days in and around Brunswick Heads, northern NSW – freaky really.

End of school holidays, needing some massage, long walks and snooping shops . . . new restaurants and we meet an old (creative) acquaintance  of Barbara’s, Jo and her Wil of (William White Industries) and www.theclassicfamily.com.au

+ Louise at <re sould> who is a friend of Scott Redford via Bet & Janelle Watson

+ Bangalow and Milton Cater’s (carpet) boys

+ The great black West London gent at the Greek restaurant ‘fatbellyKaf’ in Brunswick Heads

+ best kept secret shop, Gabrielle’s Closet on the way home in Murwwillumbah

We all await the new refurbishment at e’cco bistro, Philip tells me he hasn’t strayed too far from my original logo Tuesday, Sep 23 2014 

The old logo (above) and location has worked a treat, so much so that it is now almost 20 years since I introduced Philip Johnson to Robert Riddel and their relationship – like the restaurant has endured so well. We are in for the VIP re-launch, their invite (below) launches the new logo and this new phase in Brisbane dining pleasure! Bookings via the web.

The before and the after shots are always telling (telling me I shouldn’t try to do the impossible) Tuesday, Sep 23 2014 

French mercury gilded bronze and brass c1790–1820 is the last period of perfection. The case work is still robustly made with their steel and brass ties and nuts still substantial. The problem being two fold – removing the dirt and chemical residue remaining after time and abuse + finding all the bad repairs made over time to keep the case together.

The dial and bezel is in bad shape while the movement is totally rusted together. Dr Sal Rahman knows he has a particular divine clock and wants to spare no expense to have it restored, its the long period waiting that is the hardest.

This is a shot showing the clock and the studio garden.

Sometimes, conservation-wise less is more Wednesday, Sep 17 2014 

With this centenary of WW1 many public orientated organisations are presenting mementoes of service. A group of nurses from the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital – (Museum of Nurses History) . . . called the studio seeking assistance with objects in their care. This wonderful steel chatelaine has an intimate story but also shows surface breakdown due to rust and the previous storage environment. We suggested minimal intervention, first a scalpel was used to cut away the surface growth and burnish away the rust then brass brushing, cleaning with gum turpentine + olive oil and hand rubbing to bring up the patination. To be collected today and into their display tomorrow . . .

 

I’m impressed, Barbara has bought two large A2 prints and Max has given me copies of his two books Monday, Sep 15 2014 

I spent the morning with Max amongst his orchids and ferns at Kangaroo Point, Brisbane. Then into his folders of illustrator and photoshop files and his earlier workbooks, diaries and hand drawings. His web site has two books for sale that most of my contacts will simply want to have at home to adorn their library’s garden section; ‘the enchanted orchid’ and ‘striptease – It’s all done with flowers’. Both are beautifully post produced and printed on quality stocks, both are trimmed to 250mm H x 210mm W.

With ‘the enchanted orchid’ Max has designed, photographed and written this picture book that cleverly covers his chosen category. 144 pages drawn on to a folded laminated cover, first published in Sydney in 1999. Max has now done a second imprint co-published with Vanity House and his Cooroy Gardens entity in 2003 with a small number remaining from a very respectable second run. It sells for A$40.00 + postage of A$15.00

His ‘striptease – It’s all done with flowers’ was co-published later in 2005 with Vanity House and Cooroy Gardens also and is really a peek-aboo at his own marvellous story and talents with some generous take-aways for those interested in illustration, those with a handle on the Latin names for the floral species and those just looking for a great gift and read. It sells for A$25.00 + postage of A$15.00

 Again, Max is selling his remaining copies on-line so get in touch better still post him a cheque today <Max Fulcher 101/193 Main Street Kangaroo Point QLD 4169 Australia> and don’t forget to add your postal address. Repost this to your own blogs also.

 

Unique France in Brunswick Street is to close and move back to Paris in November Friday, Oct 4 2013 

Everyone with taste has entered either their Milton store or this last incarnation in Fortitude Valley. As the partnership ends with both of my friends striking out in different directions, you have until the end of October 2013 to carry away a bargain. I have enjoyed learning from and repairing the few high class timepieces they have entrusted to me over the years. Here’s a shot taken on thursday as I swung through to wind the last two clocks remaining.

This imposing bust in painted terracotta represents Jean Baptiste Colbert, Ministry of Finance under Louis XIV and is finely carved in a ‘movement of drapes with attention to detail and proportion’. The large framed canvas in the mirror is by the young Italian master Carletto Calliari (1570–1596). The subject of the masterpiece is the circumcision of the baby Jesus and most likely comes from the Church of San Francisco in Treviso which lost all its paintings during the Napoleonic wars. Denis says that everything is reduced drastically, we will see . . . what remains to fill the homeward bound container? I will miss their fun and friendship.

Studio sale this coming Sat 8th and Sunday 9th December 2012 Monday, Dec 3 2012 

Wonderful feedback received so far, the printed invite we mailed to commission clients last week has resulted in post comments, emails and phone calls to the studio … lots of anticipation. Plus we managed to connect two old and dear friends in different continents. Jenny read through the list and emailed us to see if “young Alex” was in fact the daughter of Wendy, a client who resides in Hong Kong. So the client list is also a “friend finder” – I always knew that!  The .pdf is downloadable here.

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The French cabinet was originally all-over gilt but as its c1870 – it has been painted on the exterior maybe 7 times over its lifetime.
Originally purchased in London by the Brisbane antique dealer – Michael Allen for his own house . . . it proved to be too large and then was a wee bit too small for his shop. So we managed to procure it for the Jeweller to the Lost studio. We are being forced to have more articles to show the clients who visit to arrange commissions these days although we refuse to retail from the studio. It will double as a larger studio sale showcase and joins the other three period French wall vitrines that came from South America and were sourced from Salvage, ages ago. Here is a wider pic.

Veronique White saw Barbara’s 2005 show at the QAG, bought the catalogue and years later made a weekend visit from Sydney to the studio in Brisbane Thursday, Oct 25 2012 

. . . the rest is now building her own client page in our studio history. We both spent the entire morning showing Veronique the studio gem collection, the ring design options – the studio stock, the bronze door handles in storage and ended up at Paddington having lunch and a Pinot Grigio.

Gem sales made for the ring below, an 18ct yellow gold and gem ‘birdy’ brooch for her Mum, bronze door handles for her favourite cupboard and a cast made from her own seal and made into an 18ct yellow gold  pendant. Veronique is also studying year 2 ‘gemmology’, interested in travel, organic food and like us – animal welfare.

Commissioned Ring Gem Stack / Double Shank © Bh Textured 18ct White Gold with x5 gem parcel: 1) Aqua RBC 1=0.05ct  2) White Diamond RBC F-G VS 1=0.03ct  3) Brown Diamond RBC 1=0.12ct  4) Star Ceylon Sapphire Cabochon 1=0.92ct  5) Diamond Crystal 1=0.83ct

 

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