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The Starry Night: Histology Remix
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The Starry Night: Histology Remix

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Retro sun visor

This week I have been SO excited waiting for this item to arrive. I’ve been lurking by the front door every time the postman was due.


Ever since we popped to Mothercare in Lakeside (20 miles away, when Aurora was four days old!) and I first saw the Jools Oliver Little Bird collection, I have been in love: reasonably priced retro kids clothes on the high-street.

Obviously I’ve sought out true vintage, retro, hand-made and second-hand clothes (and toys and books of course) for Aurora, but I have also had to use the high-street shops too. However, I’ve actively looked for vintage/retro/vintage style clothes, but I’ve also actively tried to avoid an exclusively pink and princessy wardrobe – not easy if you shop at the usual high-street suspects. It was flipping hard buying clothes for a baby whose gender we did not find out until she popped out. With regard to buying high-street though it’s necessary to paraphrase Henry Ford: you can have any colour you want, as long as it’s pink for a girl, blue for a boy, or yellow/grey for sex unknown. Yeah, great, thanks… I am aware these are things that annoy me (and many other parents/to be/rational people) and not everyone, but I honestly don’t see why I should almost HAVE to dress my child in a certain colour, or with certain set of animals/toys/images, just because that’s what’s been decided by other people, that a certain gender prefer. Grr! I feel the same about aiming certain toys, books and activities at one gender.


Anyway I sort of digress, I could bang on about that for ages, but I’m not going to. This post is about sharing the excellent retro sun visor from the Little Bird collection: a collection which is not just pink and princessy clothes for girls or blue and macho for boys.

And here it is!







As soon as I saw it I wanted it and being only £6.00, I was able to get it. Obviously one can Google ‘retro sun visor’ and find cheaper versions, but you can tell from the images that they are, well cheap. 

The Little Bird sun visor has a rainbow headband, which is elasticated at the back, with a yellow terry cloth on the inner part and a thick, yellow plastic visor. It’s not flimsy at all. Also, it’s totally unisex!



I remember having one when I was in primary school in the 80s, and I am so pleased Aurora will get to enjoy a good quality one too, although there are a few years before she can do that…


Mothercare Little Bird sun visor - £6.00 - for 3 - 8 year olds. 


(This post has nothing to do with Mothercare, I just love the visor/Little Bird… for what it’s worth; I hate the Baby K collection).

Aurora’s vintage wardrobe

As a lover of all things vintage, it is only natural that I force encourage Aurora to enjoy it also. Whilst she still has no say about how she’s dressed, she’ll be in carefully selected retro and vintage outfits, when she’s not slobbing-out in sleepsuits anyway. 


When I found out I was pregnant I started looking for vintage baby items straight away. I started with the usual suspects - eBay and Google. I really have no patience for waiting days for lots to end, or for bidding wars, so generally go for (reasonably priced) ‘buy now’ items on eBay. And there are many online shops selling vintage baby items now if you’re able to use Google.

I sell vintage and antique items (until recently in a shop in Leigh on Sea, but at fairs now) so I have been fortunate enough to come across some amazing items through meeting other vintage sellers and hunting around vintage, second-hand and charity shops. My parents found these gems in Norfolk when hunting for items to sell.   


As well as getting items online, at fairs and those old-fashioned things called shops, we’ve been really lucky that people have given us (lots) of clothes as gifts, and some have been vintage.


Here are some of Aurora’s vintage clothes -  she already has a better wardrobe than her parents…



 
From top left to right:
  1. Adams’ dress from the 90s bought from Rowdy Roddy Vintage* (RRV) - £14
  2. 70s dress, also from RRV - £18
  3. Vintage knitted cardigan from RRV - £8
  4. Vintage romper from RRV - £8
  5. 1960s romper - a gift from family
  6. The flipping excellent design on the 60s romper
  7. One of the 50s/60s dresses from Norfolk - part of a bundle of items 
  8. Another vintage item from RRV** - £9

*No vested interest here, I just love the shop!
**I’ve honestly not been given/promised anything to promote RRV!

Vintage baby

Here it is; my first post for this blog: one month and one day after giving birth to my first child.

Aurora arrived in March after I was induced early, due to having developed gestational diabetes. A much wanted baby, who my husband and I didn’t think we’d be able to have.

Well, Aurora’s here. And life’s got flipped-turned upside down - but in the best way ever. The nine months I spent feeling awful and the labour are all forgotten… erm, naaaht. But it was all worth it.

So now it’s all about getting on with caring for, nurturing, teaching, encouraging and discipling Aurora in the manner I (and my husband) think is best. I have not read any parenting books and don’t plan to either. I will accept advice from healthcare professionals, family, friends and even strangers, and I’ll Google things if I am concerned at all, but mainly I will be going on what feels right or… natural?

Anyway, welcome to my blog which I aim to be about Aurora, vintage and anything and everything. Watch this space!

Dawn x



Aurora and her dad.

Aurora and her dad.

I’m introducing Aurora to the Story Teller cassette tape stories: I’ve started with Gobbolino The Witch’s Cat from Story Teller 1. We’ll listen to them all in order.  

At 3 weeks old she’s not going to understand or appreciate anything, but she likes background noise to sleep to. And she will become familiar with the stories as she gets older, and hopefully love them as much as I do.

The cast of The Princess Bride 25 years on!

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After thinking we couldn’t have children, I am almost at the point where I’m about to pop. So my husband and I have got our wriggle on and have almost got the nursery ready.

If I’m honest, I’ve hoarded children’s books for years, just in case. 

So it’s been important in the design of our nursery that they are safely stored but easily accessible. We’ve gone for an eclectic nursery with craft and vintage items in; we obviously didn’t want to get furniture from any old high-street shop.

So here we have a re-purposed item, which I think is perfect for storing books for little people: a hand-made herb planter.

I was inspired by the book shelves you find in libraries, where the children can flick through the books. So I’ve been on the look out for something suitable for a while now.

On EBay I came across this unpainted herb planter, made from reclaimed timber, for £15.

It’s been sanded down, painted with a soft yellow nursery paint and filled with some of the books I’ve collected. 

I love it! 

 

#Rainbow Brite Sprite #1980s #nursery #rainbowbrite

#Rainbow Brite Sprite #1980s #nursery #rainbowbrite

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Lana Del Rey | 'Once Upon A Dream'

Lana Del Rey cover’s the Disney classic ‘Once Upon A Dream’ for the official soundtrack to the upcoming film Maleficent. It’s dark, twisted, and hauntingly beautiful in a way only Lana could have delivered. 

absolutely perfect fit

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im usually not a lana fan but this was absolutely perfect literally so amazing good bye

Haters gonna hate but I flipping love Lana Del Rey and this.

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Someone has made fake London Underground signs, and whoever did it is a ruddy genius.

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Definitely lol’d a few times!

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Gender neutral baby stuff doesn’t have to be boring beige!

Gender neutral baby stuff doesn’t have to be boring beige!

Story Teller

My Story Teller collection is complete!

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This week I received the Story Teller 2 set of cassette tapes and magazines, the final set I needed. They join the Little Story Teller, the Story Teller one sets and a Christmas edition:  all in time for April when baby Johnson arrives.

My brothers and I were lucky enough to have been bought the magazine and cassette tape, that was released every fortnight, by our parents.

Each magazine and cassette contained several stories, songs or rhymes from around the world: classic fairy-tales, new stories, folk stories and myths. They are all read by well-known actors and actresses, including Joanna Lumley, Derek Jacobi, and Brian Blessed, to name a few. Imagine being read to sleep by Brian Blessed (he read Sinbad the sailor).

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It was from ST1 that I found my love for Oscar Wilde; listening to The Happy Prince over and over again. The ending broke my heart every time. There are lovely stories, silly stories, happy stories, sad stories and stories that scare the bejesus out of children, like the Japanese fairy-tale the Goblin Rat. Hear it here; it’s the screeches!

As an adult, about to have my first child, I appreciate them even more than I did, as they are not gender specific; boys and girls can enjoy ST without feeling excluded or like they’re listening to and reading a ‘girly/boy’ story.  

Bought from EBay, they are not cheap these days, so it has taken a while to collect everything. However, I’d urge anyone with children to look into Marshall Cavendish Story Teller collection, which I have seen available digitally (although I’m not sure if they are legitimate), as there is nothing else like them, and never will be.  They are available on YouTube also.

Parents I urge you to check them out! 

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