My Vintage Childhood

My Vintage Childhood: April 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

2014 Week 18: My Wednesday Style Collective......

Finally we've had a proper start to term two of the school year after last weeks short week. On Sunday night it started raining and thundering, and come Monday morning it was clear we were going to have our first school drop off in the pouring rain. I wasn't bothered by the rain I was excited as it was finally cooler to dress more winter like, which I relished the chance to do so. 

So got ready, we did and off to school we went. If you've ever had to do school runs and the dropping and picking up of children you'll know it's like running a gauntlet, add rain into the mix and you're taking things to the next level. I was all dressed for a morning of errands with Fraser and Sarah in tow after getting Cohen to class. So I took care making sure the kids had rain ponchos on and that I was wearing Fraser in a carrier so he would be protected by the huge golf umbrella I nicked out of Ben's golf bag. I thought I'd done well in the pouring rain to keep all of us dry, but if you read on you'll hear how Sarah had other plans.

Vintage Red Wool Sportscraft Trousers - op shopped
1970's Long Sleeve Tree Print Top - gifted by a beautiful MVC Facebook follower
Gold Cap Ballet Flats - retail

Now the shoes I'm wearing above we're not the original shoes I had on with this outfit. I actually had my blue suede ballets flats on originally. What happened you ask? Well when we arrived at school I had told Sarah to take her shoes off because she will always walk straight into puddles and drench her footwear, despite my efforts to tell her to steer clear. So I figured I'd get ahead of that and avoid it happening since we'd have a morning busy with errands.

But what I didn't bank on was despite me dressing her in a rain poncho, was that she'd whip it off right when I was getting Cohen into class and do a runner in the rain. Yep that's right, she went for the puddles jumping in them, running around the playground in the rain, laying down on the ground in water. She ran around squealing this is fun, she laughed at me trying to get her to listen to me, she yelled out come catch me. Catch her I couldn't because I was wearing Fraser in a carrier and it would be plain dangerous of me to do so. She even drank puddle water, and threw her head back in the air trying to catch rain in her mouth from the skies above. Other parents watched and laughed, and they laughed hard, she was a drowned rat.

Her antics didn't end there, and in the car park at school she proceeded to lick water off cars and tried to drink water falling from the tips of the umbrella and began spitting water at parked cars and at me, all whilst trying to pull away from me and jumping in puddles. She was off the hook on rainy glee, there was no reasoning with her she was a drenched giggling three year old mess. As you can imagine her antics resulted in this mummas lower half copping a drenching, so we were homeward bound. Mondays errands were cancelled and we settled in home for a hot Milo and biscuits to dry out and warm up.

The above photos were taken after I did some drying out but Sarah required a whole new set of clothes. I don't know what got into Sarah but at least she had fun and she was just being a kid, doing what kids do.

What's life if we can't dance in the rain sometimes?

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Happy Birthday Boy, five today woohoo......

There is one great big excuse to slow down and enjoy this week. My big little boy is five today. That's right the big five, the serious business of being of growing up but being sweet cuddly young kid. It's a wonderful age to watch my preppie grow and bloom right now. He still needs us for so much but is pushing so hard for independence and freedom.

Today he will be able read some of his own birthday cards and messages and when everything is done and dusted he'll even be able to draw and write thank you notes. He'll relish the time and chance to do that.

We are celebrating on the weekend with a party with ten of his school friends, he has no proper idea yet that it'll mean he is given gifts on top of all the fun he will have playing with his friends. He's a such a social, happy and confident kid he'll be busting at the seams to dance and play.

He asked me the other day if I could arrange pass the parcel for his party. I explained we really wouldn't have time as we are Ten Pin Bowling for his party. He told me that he wanted to do pass the parcel so he could share his birthday with everybody. Comments like these melt my heart from, what a joyous young man he is growing to be. Don't worry my sweet man the treat bags mumma is organising will be a joy to share with your friends.

To my dearest Cohen your birth, your breath, your touch and your love five years ago today cracked open our hearts to healing. Delivered to us by the delicate angel wings of your heavenly sisters Elle and Meg. Carrying a strong name, a family name, you my sweet man are quite simply amazing and I am honored and humbled to have mothered you for the last five years.

Happy Birthday baby we love you.

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

When Mum Comes on a Thrifting Trip.....

Earlier this week I posted about an op shopping adventure with my mum and what I wore. Our little morning of adventure out with my mum turned out to do be quite a successful jaunt. Mum scoffed and laughed over the finds that I found exciting. I think she thinks because she's seen it, used it or had it once lifetime ago she just doesn't see the fuss now.

Take this Forda Drinko'matic Pourer Mixer for example, I was giggling at the coolness and novelty of it all. She commented on the box being tattered, whilst I was pointing out to her the actual unit itself had never been used before.

"Hey mum do you want to come over to ours for a retro cool cocktail party?"

"Whatever Trudie, sure! Are you going to use that?"

"Um hell yeah, why wouldn't I for a bit of fun?" 

So mum isn't coming to an ultra cool retro cocktail party at my house. But not to worry I have just the dinner guests coming over this coming week, which is a delightful excuse to have a laugh with the Drinko'matic, even if mum thinks I'm being silly.

Next up on our outing, was my glee over this Sea Gull Air Pot Vacuum Flask in beautiful condition. Mum was able to see some benefit in me wanting to purchase it for a steal when I said I'd lug it along to markets and fairs I'm selling at, filled with sweet strong tea to keep us going all day. But as I gushed over the flasks pattern mum just laughed and said:

"It doesn't take much to make you happy does it Trudie?"

"No mum, not all! Who wouldn't be happy with finds like these?" Anyway of course we searched on and as soon as spotted this pattern among some Pyrex dishes it was tightly held in my hand, whilst I called out to mum, telling her I've always loved this pattern and have wanted to find one of these. Whilst further declaring it to be a great day shopping and she should come with me more often for good luck.

It's been a lovely week with having some thrigting time with my mum even though she gives me a hard time in a loving way of course, she's one of my biggest supporters in all that I do. She tries to keep and eye out to find things she thinks I might like, and sometimes between all the misses she points out some real winners.  

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2014 Week 16: My Wednesday Style Collective....

Yesterday I had Lady Luck with me, my mum joined us for some op shopping and chit chat, and she must have bought good fortune with her because I picked up some awesome scores. Busy lives and commitments make it difficult to see my mum on a regular basis and with Cohen now in school opportunities are drastically reduced. But that's what school holidays are for right? Making plans, catching up and connecting.

Mum had wanted to do some op shopping so I surprised her with doing the rounds and showing her a few places she didn't know existed, as well as visiting a tucked away little gem that I recently became aware of and visited for the first time with mum.

We had a wonderful time, and she laughed at all the "old things" I was getting excited over. Mum busied herself spoiling the kids and buying them all manner of things of which some things are sure to drive me nuts. Mum if you're reading this, thanks very much, a certain toy may arrive on your doorstep in the dead of the night. Then who will be laughing? But jokes aside I guess that's partly a grandparents right to break the rules and drive their own child nuts, right?

For a day out adventuring with mum this what I wore. The glorious embroidered top is another gorgeous gift from Leisa, bless her heart she knows my vintage loving heart so well.

Vintage Embroidered Tunic - gift from Leisa
Skirt - op shopped
Shoes - retail
Vintage Tooled Leather Bag - op shopped as a Christmas present to myself a few years ago
Sunglasses - are prescription glasses and of course are retail

A gratuitous tooled bag pic, sorry I can't help it and I know you've all seen it before, but I can never get enough of looking at the back of this bag, I just adore it.  

Tell me, have you ever op shopped with your mum? Does she understand your love of vintage or does she think you're a little crazy?

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What Your Kids Will Learn from Being a Collector.....

Were you a collector of things as a kid? Perhaps you have a child who is a collector? I think I might! Either way you answer, many of us did collect something as a child or now have a child who does. I personally went through many phases as a child collecting different things from pretty stationary papers, stickers, collector cards, stamps, candles and elephant figurines. I even op shopped as a young child and as a teen and picked up clothing scores. No one called a garment back then vintage, it was just described as being old and something ones grandmother wore.

If your child is a collector it's important to honour and respect their interest and enthusiasm. There are many things a child will learn that will assist in developing life skills through collecting, so it's worth supporting and encouraging their interest.

Children's interests in collecting things can be as wide and diverse as adults who collect. I asked a group of my mummy friends recently and these are just some of the things kids are collecting at the moment:

  • Container Lids
  • Handbags
  • LaLa Loopsie Dolls
  • Crystals, rocks and shells
  • Animal figurines
  • Pokemon Cards
Sometimes what a child collects makes no sense to us as an adult but whatever your child's interest in collecting are, they're learning many things as well as basic life skills. Very young collectors can start to learn and test basic math skills like sorting, sequencing, counting and grading, through collecting. Encouraging a young collector can engage them in being responsible and having responsibilities for arranging, managing and taking care of a personal collection, which can all have a knock-on effect to other areas of a child's life.

As children get older collections can give them focus, and assist them socially in forming friendships with like minded peers with similar interests. Collecting can also teach children to identify value and how to manage money. Many children who are collectors will often assign and manage money given for a special occasion or pocket money to add to collections or complete them.

At the end of the day whatever your child collects whether it be rocks and twigs or a collectible toy or anything else in between, it only benefits to encourage and validate your child's interests. If your child is a collector, one of the biggest steps you can take in showing your support to them is helping them find a defined space or area they can store or display their collections. 

By allowing your little collector to bloom, you're benefiting them now and into the future. Who knows you might have a cheeky kid watching your habits now, ready to put their hands out for some of your own collections when they're older. Encourage them now and they'll form great habits and life skills through your guidance and acceptance and things like tomorrows "vintage" will be in safe hands too.

Is your child a collector? Have they got their eye on your vintage?

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Retro Cool Glasses for a Dinner Party.....

Do you know what is always exciting to an op shop lover and vintage hunter? It's finding out about an op shop tucked away that you never knew existed. Last weekend we ventured out on a bit of a pre-lunch adventure and it turned up trumps straight away.

There was no possible conceivable way these retro amber glasses were going home with anyone but me, so I grabbed the attention of volunteer pronto and got these babies wrapped up safely. I know it's a long way off but we are hosting Christmas dinner here this year with Ben's family, and these glasses are going to look amazing as part of our table setting I'm dreaming up......yes I'm planning that far ahead, I'm aiming for an epic blow their socks off celebration.

I love op shopping throughout the year for special occasions, celebrations and events and tucking things away. I know many people shop retail bargains through the year for Christmas a birthdays, but do you do the same for op shops scores as well? Do you have anything tucked away already?

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

2014 Week 14: My Wednesday Style Collective....

I wasn't running at one hundred percent the other day I was moody and broody, headachy and just feeling rather generally irritated. I never like the feeling of a mood that I can't shake holding me down for long, so a quick an easy solution for me is to get dressed in an old favourite.

This all time favourite maxi skirt of mine has had several outings on the blog over the years, because it just makes so damn happy and lifts my mood anytime I'm down or not feeling myself. Every single year when the cooler weather starts to strike and I bring this one back out I'm always excited by the new combinations I come up with to style with my "old faithful".

Ditsy Print Maxi Skirt - gifted from an old work colleague who bought it in England for 50p
Lilac Tank Singlet - retail
Crochet Cardie/Vest - gifted from the sweetest girl underneath

There is also not much that this little one has to do to make me smile and change my mood. His smiles, sparkly eyes and wet kisses make me happy.

Fraser is a wearing a modern cloth nappy from Baby Beehinds* and cuteness and deliciousness come from his mum and dad of course. Yep I'm sufficiently bias and up myself about that, but hey big deal I'm his mum and I'm allowed.

Clearly moody broody mood didn't last long, how could it when I've got a little guy like this admiring my outfit. Which is code for waving my skirt around and watching it swirl about.

*the Baby Beehinds link is not sponsored I've been a long term cloth nappy user for the last five years and these nappies have lasted the test of time, in my books that deserves a mention, wouldn't you say?

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