Some Wonderful Vintage Advertising…

Some Wonderful Vintage Advertising…

Friends, I’ve been super-busy in Mama Land lately, which is why I’ve not been blogging and sharing the love. Honestly, it’s not that I don’t adore you all, it’s just that I’ve had to make some difficult decisions…

Gorgeous, Mr Jones and I had a truly honest and thought-provoking conversation last week that made both of us think about our priorities and how we both put so much effort into parenting and family that we’ve been neglecting the depth of our relationship, as well as the time we give to it…

I’ve moved a little ahead because at the end of the conversation we’d only worked out that we both put our kids before us, as a unit, every time and we really needed regular time to just talk (really talk!) and clear the air of any niggling worries or problems and really enjoy being together like we used to when we were dating…

This then got both of us thinking and after we went off on our week and each discussed the matter with a friend (him), therapist (me… I sound neurotic, but in promise I’m not! It was just that I had my appointment on the Monday!) these fantastic people both spoke a great amount of truth to us.

We both adore our kids – true. We both adore each other – true. But… As husband and wife we really need to stop over-thinking every little kid thing – they will probably turn out okay with the love, support and skills we’re giving ’em – and just enjoy the moment! Ahh… Live in the moment and stop over-analysing, stressing, borrowing worry and most of all that perfectly true quote that applies here, ‘Comparison is the thief of joy’! We don’t compare ourselves and worry about other families, but more that we both worry and ‘compare’ what we could have or should have done, or should be doing.

Relax. Enjoy. Appreciate. The moments that are our life.

Kinda simple really. Easier said than done though, so we are now endeavouring to truly put this into practice and take some time for ourselves, alone, to recharge and not think this will damage our kids because we are being selfish; enjoy our days and the ‘bits’ of life they’re made of; enjoy and compliment each other on the great job we are doing just by being loving, caring and honest to each other and our little family…

Whew, again this plan for a quick post has turned into a thesis! My plan was to show you these awesome, and rather funny – looking back nowadays – mid-century advertisements that will give you a laugh, and pause to think about just how our society’s values have changed… Like I’m going to! Hopefully, I’ll look back and laugh at how stressed I used to get… Hopefully ;/

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Crafty minxes…

Crafty minxes…

I’ve decided to start featuring local crafty or handmade businesses with a vintage vibe, products or vintage style that are locally run (or further afield in Australia) by awesome women!

I know that there is much hoo-hah (is that even how you spell it?) about small business being the backbone of the Australian economy (and I believe the US economy?) and how the majority of these businesses are run from home, by mothers and are of a creative focus.

I’ve been thinking lately of how to hone in on the focus of this blog and my business and how I can spread the love and goodness further afield to those who could do with a little cheer on, or promotion further afield and, in turn, increase their business. After having this run through my mind for weeks now, I decided that every fortnight (family permitting) I’d focus the love onto another small businesswoman who is making or selling things that are vintage,have vintage styling or vintage-values (good, old-fashioned cooking, focus on family and children, crafting perfection over mass production, etc.).

So, friends, I present to you ‘Mama Makers‘ a fortnightly feature on Australia’s most amazing makers, finders and curators of vintage-styled goodness… and who do it all while juggling a family!

Whew, that’s it! Stay tuned for the first installment…

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Edie’s Outfit Autumn 2014

Edie's Outfit Autumn 2014

Outdoor Brightness…

Outdoor Brightness...