The more I thought about it, the more I realised that our current lifestyle has actually evolved from the vintage one. Vintage and second hand shopping opened our eyes to a whole new world away from over consuming and buying cheap crap that we didn't need. It taught us that quality over quantity is a wonderful thing, and that you often can't beat the quality of something from our grandparents or parents generation! This then led to a whole new interest in the other ways that our grandparents lived healthier and better. I started paying much closer attention to the ingredients in the food I was buying, started researching what I could actually MAKE rather than buy and focused greatly on locally grown and made items. I suppose that falling pregnant really opened my eyes to a lot of new things too. Do I want to dress my newborn in cheap, 'made in China', chemical filled sweatshop clothes? Errr no! So we looked into organic cotton clothes, vintage items and some super cute numbers made by local designers and mama's selling at the markets. Do I want my kid to eat over processed foods that it has no connection to? Uh huh. So we've started on digging up a big vege patch, starting our own compost (we've been using the neighbours one since we moved here) and are investing in some of our very own chickens! I pay close attention to the kind of detergents we use and have actually been having a whole lot of fun researching war time housewife tips etc.
Now don't get me wrong, we're not perfect. We haven't exactly become a couple of tree hugging hippies. We don't knit our own underwear, we don't buy strictly organic food (although that has more to do with finances than anything else), we probably drive our cars more than necessary and sometimes I forget my cloth shopping bags when I go to the supermarket (gasp)! But we are doing our best to try and get back to basics a little bit, and you know what? It feels pretty damn good!
So there you have it (if you're still reading), that's a little low down on where we're at right now and where we hope to go. I'll start sharing more about this little adventure, as well as our slow home renovation on this ramshackle little house, my DIY projects (and occasional mishaps), as well as the usual vintage mixed in there.