A visit to The Society Inc Paddington

Having enjoyed reading some of the beautiful inspiring books by stylist Sibella Court

we decided to visit her wonderful terrace house shop in Paddington, Sydney, this weekend.

Set on the corner of a peaceful, leafy inner city street, with it’s double display windows

the shop instantly inspired the bower bird in me…

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I found some lovely chalk for my blackboard, chalkboard art:)

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Mirror, Mirror on the chalk board wall

who is the fairest of them all…

It is my 6th Anniversary today of selling online.

It has been quite a roller coaster and we have come a long way.

My first little shop Mulberry Muse opened on etsy on June 11th 2007.

It is exciting to see so many of my designs licensed and sold all around the world,

as books, diaries, notebooks, wall art, calendars and cards.

I have been truly blessed..

in celebration a little fun…

a discarded mirror, a little Annie Sloanโ€™s chalk paint and some creative blackboard, chalkboard, art.

This is my second piece of kitchen wall art, the first can be seen here

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It is difficult to photograph a mirror without unfortunately putting oneself in the image,

after taking it I realised all the breakfast things were still unwashed and in full view!

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Painting with Anne Sloan chalk paint and vintage treasure weekend

candleabra Wendy Paula Patterson Saturday, we went to the flea markets at Rozelle

and then enjoyed a visit to ourย  local coffee shop with my husband’s Mother.

The Astor, coffee shop, was once a theatre built in the Art Deco style.

It was a venue much loved by her in her courting days with my father in law.

They would travel by tram from the city of Sydney.

This is the only image I could find of the old theatre and tram.

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We also enjoyed a stroll around the South Dowling St Antique centre

where I found the lovely candelabra,

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I know it has rust and needs some repair work but I think it is wonderful!

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Sydney Antique Centre, picture from here

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This weekend was also a time to try Annie Sloan’s chalk paint

it transformed a lovely little table found at the markets.

The paint is so easy to use and having no odour makes it a pleasure to work with.

I am smitten and will be using it for many more pieces of furniture collected over the years.

The roses were a gift from my husband for Mother’s day,

this was my first “empty nest” Mother’s day, a little sad, but I did spend almost 3 hours on the phone

chatting to our 2 children, our daughter Tabitha is soon to be a Mother herself !!

 

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