Tag Archives: inspiration

Not a travel blog?

My husband commented the other day my blog was looking heavy on travel posts. “What happened to the business development stuff?” Good question! Short answer is HEAPS of REALLY fun travel!! Keeping my eye on the business ball whilst making the most of our expat stint has been a little tricky. The time frame was 2 years whilst we’re here in Manila and honestly it was just too long to keep focussed. It’s lurched along in spates of enthusiasm …. then sat idle for weeks …. punctuated of course by trips of a life time!

But our time is running out here and all of a sudden I can see it’s finite (read emerging sense of PANIC). You had 2 YEARS!!! What do you mean you’re not ready to go??

So heads up people. It’s business business business coming your way …. except maybe that trip to Vietnam next week …. and that island at Christmas …. and did I tell you about the awesome fares I discovered to Borneo ?? …. Oh dear …. I would make a brilliant travel agent!


Scary things

Does it scare you to do something totally new that you have no knowledge about at all? Does me! Here’s the confession …. the digital world scares me witless. I spent 20 years protecting my privacy as a health professional (okay …. psychologist) and yet here I am putting it all out there into cyberspace! I love other people’s blogs, could grow to like mine in an almost therapeutic kind of way, but I’m still working on the facebook, twitter, pinterest etc. So it’s all up hill for this little black duck. But who wants to be left behind? They say the only failure is in not trying and I truly believe regret is soul destroying so what else is there to do? Baby steps. One foot in front of the other. Lots of learning. Lots of reading. Lots of muttering!

Red letter, digital world achievements for this week …. my very own photo installed on my blog banner (lanterns in Marrakech), some tags on posts and a post with a photo. Yay for me!

Real world achievements for this week …. enjoying my kids (mainly) whilst they are on holidays and my husband is away for work in Oz, and producing some bedlinen trimmed with vintage kimono fabrics in vivid reds and blues. Photos to follow soon.

Once upon a time

It might not be a fairy tale but it does have a happy ending ….. Grab a cuppa and enjoy my story ….

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In my previous life I worked fairly seriously at being a health care professional. Outside of work I loved to travel, eat, grow things and keep fit. When I met my Prince Charming at the not so youthful age of 37 life accelerated rapidly. Several moves of house in the “deciding where to live together” phase were followed by the purchase and whirl wind renovation of a new (90 year old) home. As a last hurrah before trying for children we took off to Nepal and India for a trek and general holiday. Waking up to a view of the sun rising over Everest and monks chanting remains one of my most treasured memories. Two weeks after getting back we moved into our new home and our first child was conceived. Sadly I didn’t glow whilst pregnant but rather lurched from episode to episode of “morning sickness” (such a quaint term!). Lots of time was spent just lying and contemplating life. Once our gorgeous boy arrived of course life was set on an irrevocably different course. Sleep deprivation, hormones and 2 o’clock in the morning moments of creativity gradually gave rise to the wish to make some even greater changes. I wanted a positive, creative work experience. Something that could bring joy and fun. I had found health care personally exhausting and didn’t want to return. A second child 2 years later reinforced this desire.

As a child I had fantasies of opening a cushion shop or being an interior designer. As an adult I collected textiles in my travels. As a mother I wanted bed linen for my children that was organic but not boring or commercial. Gradually the seed for what has become vintage + organic grew. Today vintage + organic aims to bring you beautiful home wares which combine the best of vintage textiles from around the world with luscious organics when something new is required. Silk kimonos remade into cushions and lampshades. French linen and lace made into bed linen. Psychedelic 70’s to sleep with. A treasure trove of textiles!

I hope you enjoy the stories.