Archive for March, 2012

justina blakeney blog give away…..

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The Hmong are a group of people from the mountainous regions of ChinaVietnamLaos, and Thailand. Hmong are also one of the sub-groups of the Miao ethnicity in southern China.  I had seen pictures of Hmong people before–and fell head-over-heels in love with the bright, sometimes even florescent clothing and accessories. I found a skirt at Shareen Vintage in her ‘costume area’ that was a wrap-around and fell in love with it–not only because I knew I’d be able to wrap it around my waist throughout my whole pregnancy, but it was made of this thick, beautiful linen with tons of little pleats. Score. I didn’t know where the skirt was from, but while shopping on Etsy recently, I came across another, similar one that said it was Hmong–and that got me doing Hmong clothing and accessory searches all over the web. The search let me to the most beautiful and vibrant pieces–with intricate patterns, embroideries, lots of pom-poms (which you know I love) and one helluva a color palate–not to mention gorgeous, chunky silver jewelry.
Today I’m doing a round up with some of my favorite Hmong designs I found on that search.  One of my favorites is a vintage Hmong tribe cushion cover that is made from old Hmong baby carriers from Thailand. This cushion will be given to one lucky reader by Gypsy River, an Australia-based blog and shop that carries striking pieces from around the globe. (The pillow is valued at $93.) To enter the giveaway you must be a follower of this blog– Next visit the Gypsy River blog and shop: Gypsy River and leave a comment here stating which item you’d love to have in your home (be sure to leave your email in the comment so that I can reach you if you are the winner). This giveaway is open to readers worldwide. The giveaway will close on Friday, April 6th at 5pm PST. Good luck!
Image Sources:
Black Hmong women at the Sapa trading post in Vietnam, August 1999. Photo by Bob Tubbs
Photo of Flower Hmong women in Bac Ha, Vietnam, August 1999. Photo by Bob Tubbs.

thanks so much Justine for sharing the Gypsy River love on your site…be sure to check out Justine’s blog here ……Kerrie xx

new treasures unpacked………

9:35 am
afghan pendants

afghan cuffs

afghan vintage stamps

banjara pendants

hill tribe silver rings

hill tribe cuffs

tribal head dresses

ceremonial hats

pom pom and bag tassles

wallets

artist printed gift cards

bone pendants

tribal necklaces

tribal head dress and anklets

hill tribe necklaces

tribal beaded pendants

hill tribe leather bags

banjara bags

unpacking and setting up my studio with all my new global treasures from my trip…..thought I’d share some highlights with you…off to sell them to retailers in the next couple of days, then I will list on my shop, so stay tuned….hope you love them…x

thai street food…

10:37 pm

Thailand is famous for it’s street food vendors….here is an example of just a few I snapped whilst at the markets in Bangkok….such an amazing array of foods, colour and of course smells, some good and some not so good!!! my favourite pic is the last one coconut ice cream…..love the signage too…
enjoy Kxxx

new tribal necklaces

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just sourced from my trip to Thailand these gorgeous hand beaded tribal necklaces adorned with old coins,pom poms,mirrors and beading….each one is a unique one of a kind $50 each, if you would like one please email me or shop via my Etsy store. 

a sneak peak…..

1:37 pm

well my first official buying trip has come to an end…..sitting waiting to board my plane home to Melbourne and I thought I’d share a few pics of some amazing global finds, that I have found on my travels!!! such a great trip and many more beautiful treasures I have to share with you over the next couple of weeks……thank you Thailand for a great experience xxxx

another day shopping…..

10:17 am

well day 1 complete in Bangkok…..and yes my focus today was jewellery!!! and trying to focus on all this amazing tribal jewellery was an understatement…..talk about brain overload…..
I just hope I got the best pieces, I will be heading back tomorrow for a second go, just to make sure I didn’t miss any show stoppers! hope you are loving……

a day antique shopping….

12:11 am

I found myself being inspired by beautiful antique handicrafts from Thailand,Lao,Burma,Cambodia China and India in this amazing house ….A collection which has been in the making for over 30 years!
As I enter the store I was greeting by a beautiful Thai lady who watched me as I admired and asked many questions about her precious wares…..her family brought out a tray of cold waters…it had such a great feeling, you could tell it was a family business they were so proud of.
As I had finished wandering around the 2 rooms on offer, she took me by the arm and out through the family kitchen and opened a door…..wow there was suddenly a beautiful garden full of more treasures and 2 more rooms full of antiques…..it was like I had gained her trust and she only offered these other spaces to people who were really interested in her wares….
Such a great experience, one I will not for get!!
a great message in service for retailers who want to make a difference, it can be the small things that count..its about creating a memory ( my old retail background coming out)
if in Chiang Mai be sure to stop by BILAN open daily, and they offer shipping to anywhere in the world…
How could I resist not buying anything, my Budda plus 5 monks and 3 antique glass paintings are heading home to Australia.

a hidden gem….

11:40 pm

this hidden gem is my little hotel that I ‘m staying at for 2 nights. whilst in ChaingMai……only a short walk from the night bazaar area! It’s quaint Lanna style architecture is certainly what I love, it has been beautifully decorated with antiques from all over asia too.
I would highly recommend ay stay at the boutique Manathai Village Hotel.

up up and away…..

9:38 pm

today I’m heading back to Thailand on my first GYPSY RIVER buying trip……very excited to see what I can discover…..follow my daily updates on Facebook and instagram to get your fix of Thailand and would love your feedback on some of my discoveries……Kx
images of the Grand Palace – Bangkok taken by me….

inspiring me…..

11:04 pm

loving being expired by these beautiful and unique vintage banjara tribe jewels………
my favourite being the forehead/tikka pieces.
all images via Etsy.