My Vintage Childhood

My Vintage Childhood: July 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Brighten a Winters Day with Colour....

Often in winter there is a trend in mainstream and current fashion for darker, deeper, richer colours to be popular. I'm a winter lover and adore nothing more than playing with layers and textures and getting all cosy, but I still must have colour somewhere somehow to lift my outfit. Along with that I find colour and brightness to be such a big part in helping keep a postitive and happy outlook.

It seems that what I see as simple act of dressing for me brightens others day too, when strangers are compelled to tell me that my outfit has brighten their day and that it's nice to see colour. So if dressing for me acts as a public service to others even just one I'll take it.

This is exactly what I have worn today to do my grocery shopping with Fraser today, and we had a great time singing and pretending various grocery items were guitars. Sometimes you've got to act a little crazy with the kids to get through such every day but necessary tasks.

This whole outfit from top to to bottom is thrifted and gifted.

Red and Silver Fleck 1980s Top - Thrifted
Dark Brown Velvet Skirt - Gifted from Allison
Denim Vest - thrifted
Suede Ankle Boots - hand me downs from a friend
Accessories - thrifted except for my birdie Erstwidler necklace and Love Locket Necklace which are gifts from Ben

So glam it up, brighten it up and rock it out on your pretend guitar doing the groceries, you'll brighten your day and others.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Roundup of the Everything Deco to Retro Fair.....

Now that I have had a week after doing my latest fair, to find my feet and some organisation again I thought I'd share some pictures of my set up at the fair and a few feelings and insights of doing my first indoor and multi day fair.

Many of you will know that I have been a lot quieter on the blog in the last month. Ben, Cohen, Sarah and myself suffered a sever bout of bronchitis during the school holidays. Frustratingly our sickness and recovery ran right into preparations for the Everything Deco to Retro Fair. So with all that being said, time had to be taken offline in the last month to be ready and organised for my first three day fair. But with that all being said I go there in the end and even with less time than I had hoped and I'm pleased with my efforts.

All previous events, fairs and markets I have done until a week ago have been one dayers, so doing a three day fair was a whole different kettle of fish for me. But it's one I enjoyed thoroughly, as it gave me more time to finesse stall presentation and connect with buyers and other dealers.

I really enjoyed having a whole day to be able to set up, with all the kids in school and care, Ben took the day off and helped me with transporting everything and setting up. We get very little child free time together and it's fun having him around and supporting me as well as being my muscles.

Above was my stall an hour out from the doors opening on the Friday night, it was great having a larger stall site than what I usually take at one day fairs. The larger stall site allowed me to spread out and bring along some of my larger items.  The response to my stall over three days was wonderful, with comments about it being different from others because what I do with vintage children's stuff is specific and niche.

Many a fair goer, stopped and sighed hearing children's LP's playing whilst they reminisced over having the very same Patty Biscoe or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang LP. If a fair goer didn't walk away from my stall with a purchase they sure did walk away with a smile and a childhood memory recaptured.

It was wonderful to be visited by my fellow vintage loving blogging, social media friends as well as lovely customers and personal friends. Thank you to everyone who popped along and said hi and to new friends made. I hope we can all be catching up again real soon.

Our next fair date: Collectorville Fair at Rocklea Showgrounds, Brisbane on September 6th.  If I had previously told you I wasn't doing any fairs in August or September......things changed and we will be there. Come and say hi again!


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Rainy Winters Day Mixed Tape....

If you're an Australian many of will know and have felt the results of crazy winter weather that hasn't been seen in a long time. Some say that Melbourne is boasting the coldest winter in twenty years, whilst inland regions between New South Wales up through and into South East Queensland have recently had snow.

The Gold Coast has had some of the coldest winters days in a long time, not to mention our share of torrential rain and sudden bursts of warmer midday temperatures than usual. It's certainly a time for us who are more use to warmer temperatures even in winter to be rugging up and for some us staying indoors even more and looking after our health.  We're certainly being cautious after such a horrendous bout of bronchitis for this family over the recent school holidays.

But despite the sickness (it's just one of those things), as far a I'm concerned there is still a very special delight in rainy wintry days, a time to quieten oneself, go a bit slower, enjoy leisurely indoor pursuits and fun. I love having friends over in winter or having cozy cold nights in with Ben when the kids are in bed, drinking red wine. There's just nothing quite like enjoying each others company and pottering quietly around with some tunes playing in the background and rain is falling.

Music is always a mood-setter isn't it? When it comes to a rainy wintry day I tend to like tunes with a big message, emotion or something to have me stop and contemplate. I don't know about you and what would be on your rainy wintry days mixed tape or play list. But I thought in preparation for the next dump of rain this winter I thought I'd share a few songs we enjoy and are rather defining of time we grew up in being in our late thirties.

Janie’s Got a Gun – Aerosmith
Wicked Games – Chris Isaak (yes strange when the video clip is on beach and hot)

Come as you are – Nirvana
Pleasure and Pain – Divinyls.........R.I.P Chrissy!!!!! The best women's Australian rock voice EVER!

Bat out of Hell – Meatloaf
Yellow – Coldplay
Never Tear Us Apart – INXS
Have You Ever Seen the Rain – Creedence Clearwater

My dear friend Helen Edwards at Recycled Interiors is one of my fellow winter loving friends, like me she's not one to be brought down by the change in season of weather and rejoices in the beauty and it's possibilities.  I asked Helen being a fellow winter and rainy day lover to tell me a few songs that are on her rainy wintry day play list.

Fields of Gold – Sting
Graceland - Paul Simon
The Horses - Darryl Braithwaite
Landslide - Stevie Knicks but the Dixiw Chicks version
Hurricane - Bob Dylan

I love Helen's selection as it's much different to mine but all of the songs I have a significant connection to and have a message I take away from each one. I find that during winter I spend time in contemplation about many things........where I am, where we are as a family, how we are going and relating to one another and what messages we are giving our children.

I find that song lyrics can have different meanings to different people based on their relation to the world and where they are. Despite what a musical artists intention is with writing lyrics, I truly believe that it's the greatest compliment to an artist when lyrics can be interpreted in many ways and can transcend to serve or give comfort, solace, understanding, enjoyment or connection for someone in a myriad of ways.

I connect with this verse from Landslide:

Oh, mirror in the sky, what is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changing ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?

I hear so many people make complaints about rainy and wintry weather and how it makes them miserable, or how they simply just hate it and it's boring and there's nothing to do. I have never felt that way and I put it all down to my upbringing and my mother's outlook about the seasons through the changing years. She has always rejoiced and embraced this type of weather and as I result I have always felt the same. When everyone else is moaning about the winter and the rain, I'm the one delighting in it, and finding comfort and connection with myself and my family with cozy leisurely pursuits.

What is on your rainy wintry day play list, are you one to worship the rain and the wintry weather or do you find something special in all the changing seasons of the year?

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Friday, July 24, 2015

At this Years 2015 ProBlogger Conference I Will......

Last year I attended my first ever ProBlogger Conference.

So at this years ProBlogger Conference.......

I will NOT grab Tessa from Down That Little Lane in a weird way and say you are not the person I am looking for and walk off and not say anything else. It's highly possible Tessa doesn't remember this encounter but I do and even though I'm an extrovert I made myself feel weird, so if she does remember this encounter and feels violated I would not be surprised.

I will EMBRACE my preparation and effort in pasting a print out of the program in my notebook, even if it does make me look like a weirdo. I will do this despite immense laughter from Melissa at Suger Coat It last year, telling me not to show other people, because people will laugh at me. Sidenote: Mel told me not to show other people, but then made me show other people last year. She's lucky I love her and can laugh at myself. Can't wait to see you Miss.

I will SQUEEZE Annette from I Give You The Verbs, because she said I could (unlike the above Tessa incident) and told me to BRING IT. Well I'm bringing it so be warned and watch out!!!

I will NOT act like some other bloggers are celebrities, for goodness sakes Trudie they're human and go to the toilet too you know?

I will CONNECT with more people in my niche and similar niches. So if you like the world of vintage, enjoy op shopping, collecting, up-cycling and more, let's connect but I promise not to grab you in a weird unsolicited way.......unless you invite me to.

I will SURELY be dressed in vintage and thrifted attire, there's no doubt about that......I should be easy to spot, because I will NOT be on trend. I will be ME.

I will LIKELY tell you it's my birthday, because it actually will be on the 14th, and as a result I WILL have a cracking good time being at ProBlogger and child free. I will LIKELY be super happy, bubbly and somewhat crazy, given all these factors. So watch out as I could be particularly animated and I could forget everything I said about grabbing people in a weird way.

I will LEARN a lot and will come away with plans and ACTIONS for the future.

I will be TRUE to me and my journey.

What will you do this year?

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Top 4 Tips for Buying Genuine Vintage Coloring Books.....

Vintage coloring books are a collision of my hobbies and passions these days. You all know how much I love vintage baby and children's items and I have the softest spot for vintage children's books. So it's no surprise that it my interests extend to vintage coloring books as well.

Over time I have had countless vintage coloring books pass my way through my business, through buying bulk lots of children's books but sadly most have seen better days. Do you know though, there is quiet a collector market for vintage coloring books with vintage paper-craft and ephemera collectors?

When it comes to collectors, I'm one of those vintage lovers and collectors who depending on what it is has the opinion that some things are best used and enjoyed. You've heard me gush many times over about storybook illustrations and the innocent imagery often depicted. Well I feel quite the same way about vintage coloring books, and have just recently purchased my first completely unused vintage coloring book from The Pink Room on Etsy.

If you're keen to track down genuine vintage coloring books there a few things you might like to keep in mind.

1. First up decide do you want the coloring book to hold and have and look at, or is something you'd actually like to bring to life with color? If you'd like to do that latter I'd suggest that you be very happy and confident in your coloring style, technique and preferences before you get started if you're wanting a completed book at the end that you are happy with.

2. Try to look for listings where the coloring book is unused, if you're wanting to complete a coloring book with your own stamp of uniqueness on it you'll want a book that hasn't had another little hands at it, back in the day.

3. Some coloring book pages could be fragile and if you intend to color the book, your coloring medium will have to be carefully considered. Felt tips or copic markers would most definitely be a no, no due to the quality of paper used over many decades for such things as coloring books for children, as a result felt tips and markers would most likely bleed through to other pages.

4. Decide on your budget for a vintage coloring book, some rare coloring books can fetch prices well beyond the $15 - $30 price point for a lot of popular coloring books for adults currently. If you stick to a similar price point of between $15 - $30 you can certainly track down a good variety genuine vintage coloring books for your pleasure.

Are you a grown coloring fan? Will you be tracking down some vintage coloring books to put your own colorful stamp on?

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

How To Make a Tape Measure Brooch.....

I've been making and wearing tape measure brooches for the last few years and for just as long I have been meaning to show you all how you can simply and easily make your own tape measure brooch in just a few minutes.

So here goes this is a simple and easy crafty project that you could finished and be wearing in under ten minutes.

What you you will need to get started:

* Tape measure (thrifted or cheaply bought inexpensively) 
* Hot glue gun
* Scissors
* Stapler 
* Buttons (I've actually gone with an old clip on earring that lost its think outside the box)
* Brooch back (get thrifty take a back off a broken brooch if you need be)

How you do it, it's easy and you'll get lots of wonderful comments on your unique brooch once you're done and wearing it.

1 & 2. Decide on the size you would like your flower tape measure brooch to be and cut the metal end off your tape measure and then cut three even sized pieces as pictured, I recommend three pieces 7 1/2" to 8" to be a great statement size, as these pieces will come down to half that size in diameter to make your brooch in a few moments.

3 & 4. Decide weather you would like your brooch to show inches or centimeters and proceed to make the three pieces you've cut into simple bows by folding the ends in as pictured (pic 3) and pinch them together.

You will need to use your stapler to staple through the center of each of the bows to have three pieces as pictured (pic 4). Now you're ready to construct your brooch.

5 & 6. Arrange your three tape measure bow pieces so that they appear to mimic a flower shape, and staple through the center of stacked three bows. They should now be secure, if you're stapler is struggling to get through you can always secure the bows with a couple stitches with a heavy duty needle and some thread. Otherwise the next step will help secure everything a little further for you.

With the hot glue gun glue on your button or other adornment on to the center of the tape measure flower then flip it over and place hot glue over the staple ends to help secure the brooch further and also to glue on your brooch back. Allow a few quick minutes for the hot glue to harden and then you are ready to wear your funky new pretty tape measure brooch.


* Alternate your bows to show inches and centimeters showing in your completed brooch.
* Go crazy with your brooch center, do a button stack with two or three funky or vintage buttons.
* Mix things up with your brooch center you could use old earrings, tokens, coins.....get creative.
* If you've got old colored tape measures mix it up with various colors.
* With this method you could use different findings on the back and make show clips, barrettes but playing with sizes.

How to make it thrifty...

Aside from necessary equipment to make the brooch (hot glue gun, scissors and stapler) this brooch could easily and inexpensively be made from thrifted supplies from an op shop. You could even construct this brooch on top of old brooch I take a brooch back from an broken brooch. So make sure you take a look through the sewing and craft supplies on your next op shop visit. 

Happy brooch making, I guarantee you will get comments on how unique it looks.

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