4 posts categorized "Children"

I Watch & Pray

Sandy Hook School sign white balloons (courtesy of MSN)

To watch or not to watch the news about the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT ~ that seems to be the question, especially for parents.  I personally CAN NOT just shut if off and go back to life as it was before Friday, December 14th and pretend that everything is just "peachy keen". 

Is it because I have a little girl in Elementary School?   YES.  If you are not a parent, this may be hard to grasp, if you are, you will understand:  The sheer terror I felt in my heart when I dropped her off at school yesterday morning made me want to be physically sick.  But I also know that "normalcy & routine" are paramount to keep her from becoming terrified.  I am the adult.  She is the child.  I had to do the hard thing, I had to do what, as far as I knew, was the best thing for her, while all day long I feared  for her safety and prayed that she truly was SAFE in school...because the reality is that we don't really know that, do we?  A sense of the relative safety of our children in public schools was shattered on Friday.  And we'll never have it back.

Is it because I feel that by having some of the facts I can better process the tragedy and, as a result of that, prepare myself for the best reaction possible physically, mentally, emotionally & spiritually should such tragedy ever affect my life or the life of someone I know/love?  YES.

Is it that by giving those broken-hearted families my silent attention as a long-distance witness to their pain I am, in turn, showing "love of neighbor" and respect for them and those they lost?  YES

Though tempting, I can't just turn away, put it out of my mind, focus on the mundane, shallow, every-day things when I know that just a few hours away there are families and an entire community that are "crushed in spirit." 
(Psalms 34:18)

Seeing the faces of those children, and of the adults who bravely tried to protect them and gave their lives doing so is heartbreaking.  It is also a very real reminder that none of us are immune to the threat of this sort of horror.  And that is terrifying. 

So I watch, and I pray; for the victims, their families, for the first responders who have to live with the horror of what they saw that morning, and The Lord's Prayer ~ for God's Kingdom to come...because even if there was world peace, those families will never have peace in their minds and hearts without it, and neither will I.

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Writer's Block: From A Girl's Point of View

Vintage smith coronoa pink typewriter
(photo courtesy of Joe Vintage)

My daughter has been asking for a vintage typewriter for years now.  That's one vintage passion she shares with me.  She's an avid writer, her notebooks are scattered around our world--I find them in the car, all over our house, and occasionally in the trash when she gets writer's block.  I try to tell her not to throw it away, that sometimes you just need to leave it alone for awhile.  I guess I've been following my own advice.

It seems the faster paced world of tweeting & status updates have pushed the more time consuming, thought provoking world of blogging to the back burner.  Typical of the "instant gratification" culture of today.  I'm guilty of it--I know that as of today 281 people on Facebook will see what I scored at an estate sale if I post it there.  I highly doubt a blog post devoted to it would bring that sort of traffic. 

Reading and writing blogs is time consuming, but in a far better way than Twitter & Facebook can be.  I've come to know some rather amazing people through their insightful, witty, and informative blogs.  They make me laugh, cry, gasp & blush...I have, in a virtual sense, welcomed their newborn babes into this world and stood graveside with my arm around their shoulder when they've had to let someone go...

So here's to an occasional well-written blog post and finding my girl a pink vintage typewriter--something like this.

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The Tortoise and The Hare


The Tortoise and The Hare

There once was a speedy hare who bragged about how fast he could run. Tired of hearing him boast, Slow and Steady, the tortoise, challenged him to a race. All the animals in the forest gathered to watch.
Hare ran down the road for a while and then and paused to rest. He looked back at Slow and Steady and cried out, "How do you expect to win this race when you are walking along at your slow, slow pace?"
Hare stretched himself out alongside the road and fell asleep, thinking, "There is plenty of time to relax."
Slow and Steady walked and walked. He never, ever stopped until he came to the finish line.
The animals who were watching cheered so loudly for Tortoise, they woke up Hare.
Hare stretched and yawned and began to run again, but it was too late. Tortoise was over the line.
After that, Hare always reminded himself,
"Don't brag about your lightning pace, for Slow and Steady won the race!"

I read an interesting blog post at Circa Vintage this morning and it got me to thinking about this beloved Aesop fable.  Circa Vintage resides in Australia and is the brain child of vintage clothing extraordinaire Nicole Jenkins.  She runs a brick & mortar vintage clothing shop in Melbourne, an online shop , has written a fabulous book "Love Vintage" , and she has also worked in costume hire, film, television, theatre and fashion in Australia and in the UK after studying costume design and construction at Perth Technical College and the WA Academy of Performing Arts. 


It was her list of what is involved in adding new items to her website that got me thinking:

"It’s quite a process – I’ll take you through it…the item is….

1 – Mended.
2 – Hand washed or dry cleaned.
3 – Checked for damage and mended again if needed.
4 – Measured and the particulars written up on a product sheet (if it’s a pattern we also check all the pieces are there)
5 – Photographed.
6 – The photo may be edited if needed, and is also renamed.
7 – The photos are loaded online.
8 – The content is added to the photos.
9 – More photos may be taken if details or damage have been overlooked.
11 – The item is published!
12 – If I really love it, I may post it to Facebook or Twitter too.

This process takes around 2 hours for each item and all four of us who work at Circa will handle it at some point as we all have different roles. Not surprisingly, there are currently lots of items that are at some point in the process so not all 1100 are published but quite a few are – if you’re looking for something and you can’t see it yet, stay tuned because every week more are being published."  (source: Circa Vintage)

Whenever I read posts such as this one, I have one of two reactions, depending how things are going for me.  I either:

1.) Feel vindicated and understood.  At least someone out there realizes the work involved in running an online vintage clothing store~~which is far different than simply an online store, where merchandise is brand new, wrapped in plastic or boxes and there are probably 500 of a particular item available, but only has to be listed once.  Not with vintage~~every item is unique and almost always needs TLC before any of the work can really begin.  If you want to be a respectable seller, that is.  We won't even go there today.


2.)  Feel completely overwhelmed & discouraged.  I look at the long list of steps involved~~and she's right, it is about 2 hours per item, whether the item is worth $12.00 or $1200.00~~and wonder how I will ever get it all done.  With the obligations of running a household (properly), being a parent, community & spiritual obligations, health & exercise, and making time for family & friends it is no wonder days will go by without even one single photo being snapped in my workshop.  Not one hem mended.  Not one dress brought to the dry cleaners.  Not one pair of shoes polished.  Nothing. None. Nada. 

When I read her post today, I felt a little of both.  My little one is home with a fever, a thick coating of ice gave us a 2 hour delay for school, so even if she were well, the morning is shot as far as getting any work done.  With her little pink cheeks and glassy eyes brimming with tears because she knows if the fever doesn't leave she won't be able to sing her solo perfomance in the school talent show this weekend, I submit to the ache in my heart for her and silently switch from Work mode to Mommy mode.....what's another day. 

"Slow and Steady won the race...."  even if we are down to a very slow crawl.




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Pour Le Bébé

Childrens vintage clothing at The Red Velvet Shoe 

Yes, there will be some vintage wonderful for your precious little ones at The Top Shelf Flea II. 

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We'll have this lovely little girls vintage navy blue wool coat with matching hat from Ricky Craft Originals...about a size 3.

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And for your little man, this charming Liberty of London double breasted tweed coat with brown suede collar.  Start them early, I say.

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Who could resist this custom made in Argentina/100% cotton sailor romper?   Or the antique christening robe?

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A Black Watch Kinloch Anderson pure new wool beret~for a CHILD?  Tin Tin will be jealous.

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A green velvet cropped blazer by Donna Capozzi will delight your little fashionista.

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A little lamb basinette music box that plays "Rock~A~Bye~Baby" would make a perfect baby shower gift. 
And this little ABC caddy would be perfect for stashing ribbons and bows.

"Children are like wet cement.  Whatever falls on them makes an impression."  Dr. Haim Ginott

So why not let some fabulous vintage clothing make an impression on your little people? 

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