My Vintage Childhood

My Vintage Childhood: September 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

When I lost a Diamond from Wedding Ring...

When Ben an I were planning on getting married we had been together for four years, we were still young, Ben had just turned 22 years old and I was few months shy of my 21st birthday. As young loves do when it came to an engagement ring and wedding bands we didn't have a lot money to flash around and be indulgent, so I suggested to Ben that we use the rings I had inherited from my Aunts passing a few years prior.

For many years I wore my Aunts wedding and engagement rings, but after seven years of marriage we hit a rough patch in our relationship and I stopped wearing my rings. As time went on Ben and I tried to mend our marriage, and I gave him my Aunts rings along with a design I had drawn for a new ring I wanted using the diamonds from her rings. I told him to only have my new ring made when it was a the "right time" for us again.

Pictured with my wedding band there is also my Grandmothers Brooch/Pendant and the pearl bracelet Ben had made for to wear on our wedding day, both precious pieces to me.

Well as is evident that day came because we are still together, still married, very much in love and stronger from that and other challenges and traumas we've faced together. Ben took me out to dinner and made a big fuss and gave me my new ring containing my Aunts diamonds from my original rings she wore whilst alive.

I was thrilled with the ring, my design, and the strength and commitment in our marriage again.The ring was perfect exactly what I wanted. I've never been one for counting carats or being flashy with jewelry, but I'm clearly sentimental. This wide band ring is me all over, being untraditional in design for a wedding band it certainly garners comment when people spot it on my left hand. Quite often it's men who ask if it's my wedding band and are surprised when I say yes and I'm not concerned about carat size.

Recently I've had two incidents occur with my ring causing panic and the other upset. In May I had several hours where I was convinced I had lost my precious ring, but thankfully it was found hours later in one of the kitchen drawers (long story). But even more recently one morning I went to slip my ring on after washing my face to see that one of the diamonds was missing. I was instantly sad, and decided not to wear my ring until I could have it checked over, because I didn't want to risk the loss of further stones until I could have it seen to.

All this has had me thinking about those really precious pieces of jewelry we all own.  I know there are many of us who would have drawers full of vintage costume jewelry, but where and how do you store your really precious pieces? Do you wear precious pieces every day? Do you take them off to shower, sleep or to do house work or gardening? Finally would you be a sentimental goof like me over the loss of a diamond big or small from a sentimental piece?

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

My First Time Experiences Selling at a Vintage Fair vs Weekend Market.....

On Sunday just past I pitched my stall at my first proper vintage fair. I'm not a stranger to pitching my gazebo up and selling my wares in person, but until now I have only had stalls at weekend handmade vintage markets and suitcase street markets.

The Collectorville Fair on Sunday was a wonderful introduction to selling in a vintage fair setting, and I am so happy with the experience. I'm thankful for having Ben's assistance and support in the lead up to the fair as well as on the day. We had to travel in two vehicles to the venue as we were without available babysitters. Ben not only helped with setting up, but took the kids all day and came back to help pack up.

The fair started at 9am but we had a 4am start with travel time and set up at the venue. I was thankful that my stall site was next to my most loveliest of vintage gal pals Celia from Kittys Vintage Kitsch. When I was getting frustrated with finessing my display at just before 8am, she encouraged me to take a walk. It was just what I needed to be able to come back to it with fresh eyes and have everything ready in time for the gates to open to the public.

The fair went from 9am to 3pm and from the moment people started coming through the gates I was busy and it was wonderful. It was a great joy to have people tell me about their collections and passions. I made new vintage friends, had many a happy customer walk away with goodies and was visited and surprised by old vintage loving friends of the special kind that are delicious to squeeze.

It wasn't until around 1pm a had a chance to grab a quick bite to eat in a lull and take stock and go to battle with the winds that were picking up and causing problems to some stallholders gazebos and displays......nothing a few minor adjustments in my display didn't fix.

I rounded off the day with my final sale whilst packing up and the final fair goers were making their way out, when I had a gorgeous lady come back to purchase a vintage Mabel Melamine Tray with a beautiful scene of two girls having a tea party.

I really enjoyed doing the fair and much more than I have had doing a weekend market. Those attending a fair are collectors and appreciators of vintage and precious items. People understand the experience, effort and knowledge that goes into providing quality items for purchase and don't scoff at prices. Where as those attending a weekend market are frequently looking for a bargain and wanting rock bottom prices and bargains.

I will certainly be concentrating my efforts on fairs, festivals and events going forward in conjunction with my Etsy store and other sales means. I'm far less likely to be attempting the weekend market scene again anytime time soon. Fairs, festivals and events are a lot easier for me to plan for and manage with pre-planning without causing changes to our family life and routine every weekend.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Where I live, the Gold Coast a Flashback.....

When I read the blogs of my fellow bloggers from all over the world, some of the posts I enjoy the most are those, where I see a peek into the world where they live. I love the posts where we are shown around a city, see pictures, videos or are told the history of an area or architecture.

For quite sometime I've wanted to share with you all where I live and just the other day the perfect inspiration came my way. For those who are unaware I live on the Gold Coast in Queensland Australia. I have lived here my whole life with the exception of being born in Tweed Heads which is literally minutes across the boarder where Queensland and New South Wales meet.

Growing up I heard many stories of what the Gold Coast used to be like in the 1950's and 1960's, my parents, inlaws, grandparents and extended older family members would recount stories of summer holidays by the water and the freedom they felt. The pictures they painted with their words were wonderful and not until the other day I got a true visual to go with those stories in my head; when a friend posted a YouTube Gold Coast Tourism clip on Facebook of what the Gold Coast used to be like in those times.

I couldn't help but want to share the clip, there is simply not I thing I don't like about looking back at that time. The fashion, lifestyle, cars, scenery, buildings and the people. When I was growing up you could still see pockets of the Coast that had this vibe. In fact as a child I spent time visiting relatives staying on the Coast at some of the motels featured in the clip.

Nowadays on the Gold Coast there is still that relaxed vibe mixed with a bustling night life. Very few traces of buildings and venues remain that are reflective of times shown in the first clip or the traces I remember when growing up. However the beaches and hinterland remain of course, and one can still capture that feeling of freedom in weather that's pretty darn nice all year around. Yes I know I say it's gold here when it's winter but it's true for us Queenslanders it's freezing in Winter.

I had a look on YouTube at various clips from tourism outlets and tried to find a most recent clip that I thought would give a good sense of how different things are now but showed both the beaches and hinterland. The clip below although not an official clip from Queensland Tourism will still give a good idea to the contrast these days, it shows a bit of everything.

I grew up living only about a ten minute drive from the beach, I'm a fisherman's daughter so a lot of time was spent in the salt air. These days however with my own family we live closer to the hinterland not far from the base of of the mountains and hinterland you see towards the end of the second clip right in the background. It takes us about half an hour now to get to the beach. I like where I live now with my family and it being further out, it's a gateway out to the older rural suburbs and in inland western communities where the further you travel the more traces of times gone by you see. Not to mention the op shopping in smaller rural suburbs and communities.

So there you have it a bit of a visual of where I live. If I could bring the two different times shown in these clips together it would be wonderful. But that's my vintage longing heart always wanting to capture those times, fashions, decor and more from times gone by.

I'd love to hear about where you live and how your city has changed over the years?

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Final ProBlogger Style Round Up & Lessons Learnt.....

If you've already popped in this week you'll know that last weekend I attending my first ProBlogger conference and I've shared some style posts here and here

Well I'm not quite done, but I do have two outfits left to share with you all, but I thought I'd mix it up in a post with some of the valuable lessons I feel I've learnt from attending. I hope this mash up post with style pics and conference insights is fun and useful to others too.

On the first official day of the conference, I went with my old faithful and wore my most favourite maxi skirt and went for a pattern clash. I wanted colour and confidence and to wear something that showed what my style looks like most days.

1970's Pink Polka Dot Blouse: Op Shopped
1970's Purple Ditsy Floral Maxi Skirt: gifted from old work friend
Bangles: Op Shopped
Wedges: Retail

I was comfortable, myself and happy and was able to enjoy the day and take in everything. From Fridays conference sessions I heard and learnt so much that can be applied to life and not just to blogging or business.

Darren Rowse, Mr ProBlogger himself told us, success has a lot to do with doing ordinary things. He spoke about how so often we talk ourselves out of ideas and opportunities. As Darren says:

Starting leads to self discovery and the growth of ideas. 
"Start! Excuses begin dissolving on starting."

Pod Casting guru Pat Flynn, has inspired me to look at myself and give more of me in new and different ways. Although I feel I have the best of intentions on the blog of doing that, I'm sometimes unsure that it translates so I'm going to be working on giving more of me and sharing that with all of you. Pat says you're doing a wonderful thing if you can have your readers feel and say:

"I felt you wrote that post for me."

So whether it be on your blog, in your business or in life, put a bit of yourself into your blog or whatever it is that you do. Be human! People will respond to that. Geraldine DeRuiter from the Everywhereist spoke about LOVE: How to Make Your Audience Fall in Love with Your Blog. I took away so many bullet point zingers from her session that have resonated with me.

  • Good blogging is about love, it's about what you love and sharing it.
  • Usefulness doesn't necessarily equate to love, you can write stuff that isn't useful if you love it.
  • Figure out what you love and what you can write about every single day.
  • If you're passionate about something, you are uniquely qualified to write about it.

Considering I love all things vintage especially vintage clothing here's what I wore on the last day of the conference. I mixed it up and went with pants and a blouse, since I'd be frocking and pantsuiting (yep two made up words) it up all weekend.

Early 1980's Sportscraft Red Wool Pants: Op Shopped
1970's Retro Tree Print Blouse: Gifted from a lovely Facebook Fan
Shoes: Retail

I took away so much more from many of the other sessions (both practical and personal) at the conference but what I have come away with on a personal level from ProBlogger is how much I LOVE what I do here, and how passionate I am about my dreams. But not only that but how I'm passionate about so many other things in my world and why I'm always endeavoring to do more.

Of course I've come away from ProBlogger changed. I've already been making changes within myself and home life since last weekend. These changes have a knock on affect, all of which give me more energy for dreams I'm working towards. There will be changes here of course, nothing frightening, no new directions, it's just me as it always as been......just more of me. I'll be sharing more of the other things I love and am passionate about.

But as much as this is my blog, you come here and you invest time in reading posts and leaving comments. So if you have any suggestions of things you'd like to see me post about let me know.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

"AHOY" What I Wore at ProBlogger Nautical Theme Night.....

Early last week Ben and I were having a chuckle at  my chosen outfit for the ProBlogger Networking night. The theme was "Ahoy" so a nautical edge was required, but me being me and different, I of course had to go with an abstract interpretation on the theme. My frock of course was vintage and I even got all thrifty with some op shopping and did some upcycling to have the perfect bag to accompany my ensemble.

Ben will happily tell you that he thought that my interpretation of the theme was tenuous at best. But thank goodness for fellow bloggers whether they be vintage loving or not, for appreciating a different take on things. 

Dress: 1970's Diamond Head Sportswear Maxi altered into a Mini made in Hawaii
Fishnets: Retail
Shoes/Boots: Retail on sale from Kmart $9
Clutch - vintage & revamped by me with an op shopped rope and leather belt

This dress was originally a maxi dress and had no hope of being worn in my wardrobe in it's original state, so I opted to have in altered into a mini dress. Much thanks has to go my lovely friend Amy, who took care of all the necessary alterations and had me looking fab on such a fun night out with fellow bloggers from near and far.

It was a fun and fabulous night as was the whole conference and as time was limited to faff about with outfit pics each day, I had Ben snap pics of me at home. Fortunately though on the Friday night event there was an Olympus photo booth which was a load of fun for us bloggers, as you can see above. Check out the Olympus link if you're interested to see what other bloggers were dressed in for the theme night.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

What I Wore inside the Annie Sloan Cocktail Event at ProBlogger.....

If you caught yesterday's post you'll know I'm riding high on happiness from attending my first ever ProBlogger conference where I met some amazing people and had some super fun opportunities.

One of those super fun opportunities was to be invited to attend the Annie Sloan Unfolded Cocktail Event, which was held for thirty bloggers where we were able to get up close and personal with the popular and versatile Chalk Paint. 

Even though it was a cocktail and workshop event where we could get hands on with the Annie Sloan products, I took the opportunity to dress up in cocktail attire of course.

Thanks to Celia from Kittys Vintage Kitsch for dressing me for the event I was super comfortable and confident and free to get hands on at the event.

I'm wearing: 1970's Domani Creations Pantsuit/Jumpsuit
All accessories supplied by: Kitty's Vintage Kitsch
Boots: are mine bought retail from Kmart on sale $9

We saw the Chalk Paint in action and finished on furniture pieces and had fun using the products ourselves in a craft application on wooden beads and bangles. We were gifted goodie bags of test pots of paint, wax and brushes for attending. I'm excited to get more hands on experimenting with these products for a display idea and other projects I have for an upcoming vintage fair we will be selling at in just a few short weeks.

Expect to hear and see more about how my upcoming display and projects go, using these fun paints and products, as well as details for our upcoming fair and where you can catch us.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

All about the moments: My first ProBlogger experience......

Oh WOW, what can I say. The past three days have been amazing, attending my first ever ProBlogger conference. Leading in I was looking forward to the conference and I was calmly and serenely excited if there can be such a thing. But with the conference over I'm reflecting about what has made it so special and unlike any other type of conference or personal development experience I've had in my adult life.

What's "made" the weekend so wonderful for me has been the conversations, friendships and connections I've made. I truly believe that no encounter is by chance but a destined crossing of paths and moments. Every session I attended over the weekend I left with reams of notes and insights, things I'm inspired to do in my personal life as well as my on line life with my blog and business.

A question that is asked by seasoned attendees to first timers like me is what has been your "takeaway" from a session, what has clicked and inspired you? My "takeaway" moments have actually come through one on one moments with amazing souls like Bron from Maxabella Loves (it's been a long wait) and many others.

I've made new friends and have new blogs to follow written by people who I've spent a weekend talking to, and finding that we have personal beliefs, philosophies, goals and life paths that intertwine.

Ultimately my experience at ProBlogger has been about the conversations and the moments with so many people, too many to name and link to right now. But in coming days and weeks I will be endeavoring to connect those people again on a private and personal note to thank you for the "moments".

Squishing "the moments" together with the amazing line up of speakers arranged by Darren Rowse and the ProBlogger team, has left me with an incredible memory. Not only a memory but one that is surely set to have a life changing affect, as I continue to seek out bliss and happiness in all that I do on and off line.

Finally one can not come away from a weekend like this and not expect some change. I'll be spending some time working on showing and delivering myself and you some of those changes. As for this coming week on the blog expect some further round up posts, what I wore (all vintage, all the way baby)and practical and actionable insights from what I learnt.