Friday, January 30, 2015

Grown up colouring in books for adults, it's a thing now......

For many years before Ben and I started trying for a family I used to attend art classes, initially I took adult beginners classes, which  over time graduated to me trying several different mediums as well as taking classes under one of Australia's best pastels artists. In the last seven years though, through multiple pregnancies, kids and more I've not devoted much time to maintaining my artistic skills even though the desire has been there.

I've tried my hardest to pick up small craft projects over the years that call on some of my artistic skills I've previously learned, when I've had pockets of time around the kids. Recently though, there has been some changes around home and I've had somewhat of a calling to art again. You might laugh but the calling has come from an adult desire to fulfill a childhood goal of mine.


That goal I have is to beautifully colour and complete an entire colouring book by myself. Key words here are "by myself", meaning a colouring book that I don't have to share with one of the kids and to be directed by their thoughts of the colours I should be using. Have you ever noticed when colouring with kids how they want to control what you're doing and the colour you use, oh and suddenly they need the coloured pencil you're using even though they had it five seconds beforehand? You're nodding head aren't ya? All kids do it!

Anyone who knows me well will know I've had this goal and have been talking about it for years. Of course I've been talking about it so long that now it's become a popular thing with all sorts of colouring books available for adults through bookstores. I recently picked up this Art Deco Patterns to Colour colouring book from Usborne from a local family owned indie book store here on the Gold Coast.

It's been wonderful to sit with Cohen and his colouring books and me with mine over the recent holidays, when Sarah and Fraser have been napping and have some quite connecting time over colouring in. Art Deco patterns and colours are something I need to study more so that is why I opted to buy this colouring book as indirect way of doing homework. Usborne has many other colouring books for adults but there are many other publishers selling adult colouring books too, there are florals, patterns, tattoos, fashion and so much more. I'm eager to purchase a floral and tattoo book very soon.

I've been finding the time spent colouring, quite meditative as it let's my constant busy mind have time to calm and focus on one thing peacefully. It's also fired up my artistic interests and desires again and I can see an itch to sketch and doodle developing once again. It feels great to have artistic desires being stirred up again. It's been a very long time for the itch to return which is an impact of lossing our twins back in the 2008. I have also felt the desire being pushed in me by watching my lovely Queensland blogging friend Deb from Inner Compass Designs go through her own creative exploration over the last twelve months. Her journey really has reminded me so much of myself and finding my adult artistic soul so many years ago now.

It's been great to have this artistic awakening again, and it's been so wonderful to hear how many others have been thrilled by the concept of adult colouring-in with many readers on the blogs Facebook page and Instagram express a similar yearning or love to colour. I've been researching some great resources which I'm looking to prepare in a blog post soon.

Let's colour-in together!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Business: Transitioning to working at home during school hours.....

The start of a new school year happened today, Cohen is no longer a prep student but officially a big grade one kid. Tomorrow there are more changes taking place with Sarah starting a pre-prep program at kindy that is next door to Cohen's school.

Changes have happen in recent weeks for Fraser with him starting family day care three weeks ago. What it also means is that changes are happening for me too. Not only do I have new morning and weekly routines to implement for my brood, but these changes will allow for me to have two working days a week.


I will be using these two days a week to work on My Vintage Childhood as a whole both with my vintage children's business and blog as well as other social media profiles. I'm so excited about these positive changes and the chance to develop my business further, and I feel fortunate to do so whilst also being able to be at home.

So now that the school holidays are over the true start to "my year" and "my plans" start this week. I've heard from many other mums that such a transition to have child free time again can be hard and and one has to be disciplined to make working at home successful. So my current plan of attack is this:

* Saying no to coffee catch ups with my school mum friends on my work days. Coffees on work days will be reserved for meetings for business or blog if necessary.

* Doing as much housework I can in the early morning before we leave for drop offs so that when I get back home, I can get straight to work in my office and not feel called to put on a load of washing or get distracted with domestic stuff.

* I plan to inform family and friend to kindly respect that my work days are to be just that my work days and I won't be answer the home phone for chit-chats. I will have three other days a week in which to do those things.

I have other plans to implement but the three points above are what I feel are the most important to get going and give myself the best opportunity to forming healthy habits working at home for the first time in a long time without any children at home.

I'm excited about the year ahead and hoping to make the most of the changes to my working at home life as it's always been juggled around one or all the children at home. This is the year to take my dreams further.

How does the year ahead look for you? Are you working at home, juggling kids and home life as well as your hopes and dreams? Share your hopes for the year below, I'd love to hear them.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Antique and Collectible Book Store on the Gold Coast, a must visit....

Before Ben and I started our family we could waste away hours in a day browsing in book shops and being drawn in by all different topics and texts. Some days we'd walk out with nothing after hours of browsing and sometimes we'd walk out bags heavy with several books each.  Our interests have always been very different from one another and for the main part worlds apart. Although Ben has grown more accustomed to my thrifty, op shopping, vintage loving ways, there's one place on the Gold Coast we could both waste hours away in when it comes to books and bringing the vintage and antique world to it.

If you're new here you may not know that I live on the Gold Coast in Queensland Australia, it is one of Australia's premier tourist destinations. For those who know the Gold Coast you may be surprised to know (if they weren't already aware) that a ten minute drive from the Surfers Paradise glitter strip we have have an incredible antique and collectible bookstore.


Known simply as Antique and Collectors Books based in Southport the family business has been established there for over 25 years and they stock over one hundred thousand books and specialise in out of print and antiquarian books as well as stocking modern day literature. It is an incredible store to visit all two stories of it which was once in my childhood a fishing gear and tackle store.

If you want to be lost in a wonderland of books, stories and possibilities this is a must visit. The store is quite literally stacked from floor to ceiling with every possible genre of literature. There are steps placed throughout the store for those who need extra height to grab a book from above and there are chairs peppered throughout the store for you to take a break and take in a few pages before of book before you decide on a purchase.


Going up to the stairs to the second story of the store the stairs along the way are lined with more books, in fact everywhere you look in this store there are books upon books upon books. On the second level there is a small area in the back of the room where you can sit at a table if you're wanting another quiet place to read.




Finally adding to the store they offer a variety of services from a book finding service and a valuation service for books for five dollars (more if you require it in writing). They also offer cash for good books which I find an incredible rarity these days as there are very few full fledged used book stores around.

If you're interested in loosing a few hours they are located 162 Scarborough Street, Southport QLD they can be contacted on 07 5591 2066 or via email antiquebooks@bigpond.com

*This is not a sponsored post, but quite simply an amazing place I know and love and thought it was due to time I shared it with you all. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Old photo booth fun and a first time movie experience for the kids.....

We're still easing into the start of the year here as some changes, new rhythms and routines take shape. A big change here is that Fraser has started attending family day care and once the official school year starts back Cohen will heading into grade one and Sarah will start to attend kindy. In turn it will mean, I will start to have two child free days a week to myself.

With two child free days I will actually be able to define them as clear working days for concentrating on developing my business further and to write more. But whilst school is still out for few more short weeks, I've got some rare and special time to be able to connect with Cohen and Sarah two days a week where we don't have to work around the needs of Fraser with him being younger.

As a result it was very exciting for me to take Cohen and Sarah to the movies last week for their first time ever to see a film at the cinema. The kids didn't know what to expect so it was rather special seeing them delight in the experience. We captured the day with photos by piling into a photo booth, which was rather hilarious trying to get everyone to look in the right place at the right time (Sarah much preferred watching herself on the screen than looking at the camera).


We saw the Penguins of Madagascar which was a really good movie with lots of adult laughs to be had as well (surprisingly non-suggestive references). The whole day got me to thinking about my first ever cinema experience and I was wondering what was the first movie you ever saw at the cinemas, was it a memorable experience that you look back on now?

Cohen and Sarah had such a wonderful time and they loved the photo booth so much, so I've decided as a way of recording our special times together going to the movies we're going to have some photo booth fun each time. I think it will be a wonderful keepsake to have and appreciate as they get older.

I'm very much looking forward to other movie experiences with the kids this year as there's quite a list of children's movies coming to the big screen, that not only will capture my nostalgic vintage loving heart, but I'm sure will have the kids in awe too.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Gold Coast 2015: Rotary Antiques, Collectibles and Book Fair at Jupiters Casino......

January always marks one of my most favorite times on the Gold Coast antiques and collectibles scene with the Rotary Antiques, Collectibles and Book Fair held at Jupiters Casino in Broadbeach on the Gold Coast. If you're a serious collector of antiques and quality collectibles it really is the one and only must attend event on the Gold Coast "vintage" calender.

You will see everything from fine jewelry to current day collectible Erstwilder pieces. There are the likes of rare books, war memorabilia, collectible toys, pedigree dolls, loads of incredible fine collectible china, ceramics and glass. You'll see beautiful art deco pieces, one of kind pieces, high end antique furniture and more. There are exquisite and simply amazing rare pieces that unless you attend fairs and events like these you're unlikely to see elsewhere.

The above is one of my hands down favorite pieces from the fair a Wadeheath Pottery Jug of The Three Little Pigs - Manufactured under license from Walt Disney c. 1935, it captures my vintage childhood loving heart.

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The fair is always a wonderful excuse to dress up and feel fabulous (at least in my books it is) since I'm free and I simply take hours just leisurely browsing all the glorious pieces for sale. Attending the fair always has me talking myself in and out purchases. It's a day where I get to catch up and see many friends in the business and see my best vintage gal pal Celia from Kittys Vintage Kitsch and make new connections with others.

It's nice when a lovely gentleman asks if you're wearing 1950's and says you look lovely......why yes I am wearing 1950's and thank you kind sir.

If you are a super sleuth hunter at the fair and keep your eyes peeled you'll find some dealers with reduced stock, especially those who have ended up with pieces here and there that don't quite fit their niche that they've not been able to off load. Hence I was able to pick up two fabulous vintage unisex children's short overalls and some Disney Record Picture Books, which is fantastic because I always have demand and inquiries for Disney items.


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