Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Treasure Catch Ups

Here are some more op shopped treasures from ages ago.

A sweet owl tea set, and a double macrame hanger below

A new to me crochet cushion

I've had some crafty moments with a pile of granny square crochet pieces I picked up at Salvos.
Above are some handmade brooches, and below some bunting.

Red, white and blue beads, and some comfy red suede shoes.

Another set of old scales, which I couldn't leave behind at $1.50
Below is one of my favourite brooch scrums.

Friday, 16 October 2015

My first post pregnancy Frock Friday! Now that's an achievement!

Like most mums wrangling a newborn, getting frocked up is a bit more of a challenge then I'm used to. I wear daggy gear when I'm at home (I seem to be covered in breastmilk lately!), but I do frock up even if I'm popping to the pharmacy or grocery store. But since the Captain went back to work a week ago I haven't been out much, because I'm finding it more challenging to have the time or energy to go out, let alone take pics of my outfit. It's hard for me to imagine that leaving the house will become second nature again, it feels like such a huge effort, & hard to fit in among feeding, nappies & nap times.
These pics were taken a week ago, so our wee boy is 4 weeks old here. He's such a sweetie, & we are enjoying the journey so far, although he's been a bit more demanding this past week thanks to some wind pain, & him finally becoming much more alert & more reluctant to drop off to sleep.
I dropped all my pregnancy weight plus about 5 extra kilos within one week of giving birth, so I'm fitting into frocks that haven't fit for a while. This green vintage cotton dress is an Australian brand,  David Jones. It has button straps which are perfect for breastfeeding. I made the cotton bolero last summer out of a sheet I slept on as a kid. The brooch is made by me too so this is a typical combo of vintage & handmade items. Tobias's outfit is a Bonds suit gifted by one of my closest friends. I think green suits him too! Anyway I hope I'll be back to posting more soon. I miss reading your blogs & blogging! But it's a higher priority to look after Tobias & myself at this crazy, exhausting, challenging, yet wonderful time. 

Our boy! At 4 weeks old

Outfit Details.....

Vintage David Jones cotton frock - From a Brisbane vintage fair about 4 years ago
Vintage sheet bolero - Handmade by me without a pattern & all
Handmade brooch - Made by me from vintage fabric & an embroidery hoop & a tin brooch
Assortment of vintage bangles including some bakelite - Etsy, Ebay & op shopped
Wooden ring - Finders Keepers market
Plastic beaded bag - Another Brisbane vintage fair
Yellow sandals - Kids shoes on sale

I'm linking up to my fellow vintage loving gal pal Trudie's new Friday link up party called Shine Unique. You can find out more about it on the amazing blog My Vintage Childhood.

"Shine Unique is a weekly fashion and style link up, which is a fun, supportive link up for those who:
                  Wear vintage, thrifted, upcycled, handmade fashion and bargain/sale (retail) fashion.
Or.....Are wanting to breakout and find their inner unique fashion and style through a combination of the above sources. Here you will find a supportive community ready to encourage and support you, so you can let yourself SHINE UNIQUE."

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

My Finds

I have quite the backlog of finds to show you that have been sitting unpublished on the blog. I've almost forgotten where and when I found these treasures.

I have a love affair with old clocks, and this one is quite different to anything else we have. It's a gorgeous mint green porcelain kitchen wall clock that cost me $5 at a market

I'm not sure what drew me to this metal flower thing, perhaps it's my love of flower brooches? 

Some placemats that belonged to my Nana, and now me

I found another abbicus to brighten up my courtyard area

A Damascene necklace

I bought this lovely old lantern when Katherine of The Old Boathouse finished trading at the WAC

A 1930's Wade Heath bird jug from Lifeline

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Deer Me and some kitchy koo

These are some finds from AGES ago. I figured I should post the pics while I'm on a treasure hunting fast, thanks to this new mummy gig keeping me away from the op shops!
All of these kitsch finds were from various op shops....I do love an old deer, and a donkey burro!

Sunday, 4 October 2015

You've got the best of my love

I'm finally taking a moment to write a quick post to fill you in on our vintage baby bean news. This  has taken so long to write! Such is the busy schedule of a newborn!
Our sweet baby boy Tobias Josiah arrived a few weeks ago.

We were all booked in for a cesarean section due to happen at 38 weeks. That was decided long ago because of my complex health issues. So I wasn't at all expecting to go into labour even earlier at 37 weeks. In fact I hadn't even read about labour, nor had we done the usual antenatal classes, as the sessions were simply too long & exhausting for me. So when I started having contractions every 5 to 10 minutes at 6pm as we started dinner one night, I had no idea what they were. We spent the night googling contractions, labour & braxton hicks. After 3 hours we called my obstetrician, who told me to take some pain killers & go to bed, because he doubted it was labour. We tried that, but over the next 3 hours the contractions got stronger, every 5 minutes or less for 40 seconds or more. At midnight we called the hospital, & they told me to come on in & get checked out. At that stage I'd gone through 6 hours of labour. I wasn't at the hospital for long when my waters broke rather dramatically. It felt like a warm Niagara Falls. There was no doubt by then that this baby was on it's way. I was finally prepped for my c-section, which got started at 2am. So after 8 hours of unexpected labour, our wee 7 pound boy was born at 2.12am. It was an unreal experience, I kept on saying "I'm not ready!" We didn't know whether we were having a boy or a girl, so it was a lovely surprise

I spent a full week in hospital, with the Captain by my side every moment. My recovery was slow & challenging. I live with chronic pain most of the time to some degree, but the pain from surgery was very intense. Getting upright again was huge for me, & having a heartless midwife getting me up didn't help matters. The other big issue was my ongoing insomnia. I had 5 nights in a row with 1 hour total sleep over that time. After 5 sleepless nights I thought I might go mad, between that & the crazy hormones before my milk came in.  I found it impossible to switch my brain off with our newborn bub in the room. Finally the doctors decided to bomb me out on sleeping & pain meds, & the Captain was sent off to another room with Tobias for a couple of nights so I could sleep for as long as possible uninterrupted.

That first week is one I wouldn't want to do over. It's such an all consuming, overwhelming time in every way. Full of so many emotions as well as the physical changes and recovery, and so much to learn. It was good to finally be home, but once there our wee boy started to become very sleepy. I was having great trouble waking him for feeds, and he would barely cry at all. He had lost weight, and after a day of fruitless hours trying to feed him, we were advised to go straight to the emergency department at our local hospital after midnight one night. Tobias was admitted and checked over. It seems he was in a cycle of not feeding well due to being so sleepy, which then became a slippery slope where he was too lethargic to feed. The nurses got him topped up with some formula, which seemed to strengthen him to feed again. We were so thankful to avoid a naso-gastric tube, and grateful it wasn't anything more sinister.

As you can imagine it's been a busy time. The newborn schedule doesn't leave much time for anything else, let alone blogging or treasure hunting. And any spare moments seem to be spent having visitors who want to meet the newest member of the family, as well as me trying to factor in some essential rest.

I questioned becoming a mum for so long. Now I wonder why I did. It's already so much more then I could imagine. This new little life has brought us so much joy and laughter, and our hearts feel so full they could burst. We sit and look at our baby in awe and amazement. Of course it's challenging, especially physically when living with a chronic illness, but so far it's been more then worth it. We'll no doubt be living in our baby love bubble for a while longer, so forgive me if my posts aren't as regular as usual.

Here are some pics of the first weeks with our Little Bean. I'll try not to flood my posts with baby pics all the time!

Finally out of my PJ's!

I hope to catch up with you sometime soon! I've got some serious blog reading to do when I've got the brain capacity to take it in. Thanks for all your congratulations and lovely comments on Facebook and Instagram. We appreciate it! Xx