My Vintage Childhood

My Vintage Childhood: December 2011

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Looking at 2012 and all its possibilities and saying thanks to 2011.....

What an amazing year 2011 has been. Without a doubt the best thing to happen this year was the birth of Little V on February 17th. She has expanded my heart, my love and my healing to measures I would never had imagined.

It hasn't been the easiest of times finding a groove with two children just under two years apart. But despite the trials we've had with Sarah, I have slowly been able to carve a path and direction out for my business. 

I'll admit that I had all the hair brained schemes in the world that I would have been selling at markets by now and not just online. But it just has not been possible. Despite it all, I'm grateful, because coming into 2012 my hopes, dreams, plans are more defined. 

Ever since my final year of  high school in 1995, I've been telling people of my dream to have a second,vintage business selling cool old clothes, and it's only now I can see my desires taking shape.

In 2012 I hope to take opportunities full on. I have so much I want to do and achieve and time I realise with young children time management is going to be key in achieving results.  


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas 2011 and Minxy Vintage by Kelly Doust.....

Ben and I set a budget for our Christmas presents this year, the budget was fifty dollars each. Even though we've had budgets for Christmas set in the past it hasn't stopped either of us going stupidly over budget to surprise one another with one thing extra special in previous years. But what would you know this is the one year that we have both stuck to the budget without one of us going crazy.

So with that being said, the gorgeous art deco watch I tried on at Kittys Vintage Kitsch has not found a new home with me.

However Ben, knows how to make me happy by fueling my interest and love in my passions and bought me the best book - Kelly Doust's - Minxy Vintage......How to Customise and Wear Vintage Clothing.

I've been sitting down soaking in every word whenever I get a chance. The pictures of clothing from her collection that are featured are exquisite, there is something on nearly every page to swoon over. Kelly's book and the way she writes about altering vintage items from all eras is so inspiring boosts your confidence to want to give it a go yoursself.

Here are a few vintage lovelies I've been swooning over that Kelly has transformed.

I am always incredibly grateful to have a husband who supports my passions interests and tries his hardest when it comes to those special times in the year to purchase gifts to show his support in anyway he can.


Monday, December 12, 2011

Up-cycled placemat clutch handbag.....

It's a day of fiddling and tweaking today. As you can see the blog is getting a bit of a makeover and tweak. You may of noticed at some point Friday my header went all wacky and fragmented. I am not tech savvy by any extent of the imagination, so several emails and calls to friends and blog buddies and it looks like some blogger changes in the last few days made my header incompatible with the new changes. So with a little bit of help we are now playing around with a slightly new look, so please bare with me through these changes, as we're not quite there yet.

Aside from tweaking with this here blog today, I have been fiddling around with some sewing and getting the kids Christmas outfits sewn up (well started anyway). I have also finally acquired some appropriate coloured thread and finished another clutch handbag. I must say I am really thrilled with this one. This one has an extra special factor to it with the vintage hand painted wooden button cover. So whoever ends up with this lovely down the track will be able to make use of the button cover as an accessory on their clothing and this clutch.

Do you have any Christmas craft or sewing projects you are needed to get on top of?

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Flea Market Finds and some kitschy fun....

I have been in Brisbane for a end of year blogger meet up today, thanks to Hello Blogger Events. All the Vowers in this family headed out today and joined me on the trip to Brisbane. Little V came with me to the meet up and Master V and the Big V went off looking for some fun and mischief.

Anyway I thought I better finally show you this little number I scored a few weeks ago I have been waiting for an occasion to share with you all, as well as linking up for Flea Market Finds this week.

Perfect vintage dress, with some bowed ballet flats I bought retail, blue nail polish (the Big V is shuddering, as the toes are yellow.......oh the humanity). I'm felt perfectly lovely, having a chance to put something nice on for a special day out. The pic isn't the greatest as it's rainy and severely overcast, so lightening isn't great.

But before I sign off I best show you some more of my flea market finds my from Friday's crazy op shop trip with my friend.

Pretty kitsch huh? Perfect for a kitschy BBQ wouldn't you say? I came home with other randomness, that I hope to show you when I get a chance.

As I mentioned before about linking up for Flea Market Finds, make sure you pop over to Sophie's to check out everyone's finds this week.