Sunday, January 27, 2013

You asked for it...

Many of you will know that I started a personal blog a short time ago to record all my non vintage/ everyday kind of happenings. The main reason for this was really to share home life, pregnancy and baby with those friends and family who we so wish could be here but alas aren't.  Anyway since then I have had requests by you guys to please share some of our farm life/ DIY projects/ changes to a more eco lifestyle/ house renovation adventures on here.  I thought about it a lot (there happens to be a lot of time to think when you're always awake at 3am) and decided, sure why not!  There has been so much stopping and starting, content changes and a general lack of direction here for some time now that it's starting to get exhausting.  I guess I've always thought that I started this purely as a 'vintage' blog and therefore that is how it should strictly remain.  But the thing is that over the last couple of years I have grown and evolved, as have my interests and so I haven't really been able to relate to this blog so much any more.

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.

1 comment:

  1. Hello, just been catching up on your blog. I am looking forward to following you on your journey with your family.