Friday, 30 April 2010
Retro Age Vintage Fabrics is changing. Exciting. Times. I can't wait to just be yours on Monday....
Thursday, 29 April 2010
I write to the individual because all world change starts within each of us. You are the only entity that matters for change.
I want to see a world with no war, so I try to show you peace inside.
I want to see a world where we live in harmony with nature, so I seek to remind you of the simple joy you have while outside on a sunny spring day.
I want to see a world where people value experience more than material things, so I strive to show you that love, joy, excitement, and laughter come from experience, not the objects around you.
I want to see cities designed around pedestrians, so I encourage you feel the beauty of walking.
I want to be a part of this world, so I write to create this world and to connect with others that feel it too.
Thank you for reading and for being.------
This was written today by The Artist Farm Ideas - aren't the thoughts beautiful?
Wednesday, 28 April 2010
I first baked the caramel scones (aka cinnamon scrolls). That recipe has:
2 x cups of flour
2 x heaped ts baking powder
1 x tbsp of butter
1 x egg
1 x cup of milk
Topping is 1 x cup of brown sugar and 1 x tbsp butter (1 x ts of cinnamon is optional - we added this)...
Rub butter into flour, baking powder, salt - in centre of dry ingredients add milk and break egg into milk and combine these two - then mix everything quickly with a knife. Roll or pat out on a floured surface, making an oblong shape and spread topping over. Roll up like a chocolate roll, cut into slices and put onto a cold tray. Place in a 450f degree oven (220c) for 8-10 minutes and then let cool on a wire rack.
2 x cups of flour
2 x heaped ts of baking powder
1 x tbsp sugar
1 x tbsp butter
1 x cup of milk
Rub butter into flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, into centre of dry ingredients add milk - mix quickly with a knife. Roll of pat out lightly, cut into shapes or squares. Place in a 450f degree oven (220c) for 8-10 minutes and then let cool on a wire rack.
Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Our lives are changing in 2010 - there is now no doubt about that for us. Our move in to a more frugal - or simple - way of living has been an effortless and a welcoming change for us. One of these changes concerns our food - our focus now is to grow what we can and to make what we can.
This weekend I baked seven loaves of amazing bread - it is a no fault recipe I got via Nikkishell some time back. Knowing we were moving towards this lifestyle, I stashed the link to the bread recipe and have a ball of a weekend, filling the house with the addictive aroma of baking bread...
If I can do it - you can do it! This is all you need to do:
Get 1kg of strong bakers flour (I got this at my local bulk foodstore - 25kg for AUD$27 - I buy in bulk!)
1 tbsp of dried yeast (supermarket)
1 tbsp of salt (supermarket)
950ml of luke warm water
1. Basically mix the dried ingredients and then mix the water in well. Leave in bowl, cover and put in the fridge to prove overnight.
2. Take the mixture out early in the morning and allow to come to room temperature. This takes around an hour for me.
3. Put bowl on its side and take the mixture out (quite sticky) onto a floured surface. Shape. Flop over. Shape again.
4. Put in a tin or on an oven tray and put it into a cold oven*, turn on temp to 450 degrees (220c). Close door. Walk away for 45-50 mins. Take out when the bottom of the loaf sounds 'hollow'.
* I don't have a fan forced oven, so turn on my oven around 2-3 mins before putting the tins into the oven.
This bread has turned out perfectly every time - and, as you can see, we have tried different pans. It's a slightly dense Italian/French style bread with a nice crusty crust, perfect for sandwiches, dipping - anything, really!
I baked up a storm this weekend - I baked Easter buns, scones and cinnamon scrolls. I'll put the recipes up soon...
Monday, 26 April 2010
I've updated around 20 listings on the website - these photos are just a snap shot of a few! Photos link directly to individual listings...
Sunday, 25 April 2010
Saturday, 24 April 2010
Our top priority is to use as much of our back yard as possible to grow our own food, create a worm farm, caretake two compost heaps and look after a brood of chickens for eggs and organic manure.
I'll take pics of the garden tomorrow - sorry I didn't take any today. As it is now, we have two large vegie beds, one of which is fully fertilised, mulched and strawed and just awaiting seedlings - the other is new and needs to be built up. Justin retrieved an old massive fowl pen from a local produce/farm seller and he is setting about turning one bay of it into a spacey chicken coop and the other two bays will be a large cat cage to meet the requirements of new local Council laws.
We have mushrooms fungii now (not activated yet) and have a list of what we'd like to grow over the next 12 months. We'll be planting:
And there is sure to be more! I also want fruit trees, if I can fit them in - we already have a lovely plum tree, but I'd love an orange, an apple and a lemon tree. Some of these you can get in miniature - we'll have to investigate those...
This blog will follow our garden (so if you live in the Southern part of Australia and interested in doing your own/have your own vegie patch keep in touch!) over the coming 12 months - but it won't be the priority of the blog. The drive is still to keep you all informed of Retro Age - and to see what we're up to on the side. And there is so much we're up to!
Friday, 23 April 2010
After next Friday I am all yours. I will be free from freelancing - free from routine and available 24/7 to service Retro Age Vintage Fabrics customers worldwide. I have dreams - and I am just about to start living one.
I can't wait. I am so excited I seriously think I am going to burst.
Have a lovely weekend, everyone!
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
I can't wait.
Monday 3 May.
Tuesday, 20 April 2010
I loved the idea of it so he got the first series and we settled down to watch the first couple of episodes last night. It's a wag - I love it. It's funny - and it hits the right nerve for us at the moment. In episode two they waited for their chickens to lay their first eggs - I think I'll be exactly the same...
I have tried to Google the script for the first episode, as some lines were very pertinent. The main character - Tom Good - realises what the 'it' is that he has been yearning for. He realises the 'it' is getting out of life's circle - to work to live instead of living to work (and living more than working). Love those lines...they are very true in 2010, I feel.
Monday, 19 April 2010
In life, we don’t have road signs and often times the paths aren’t clearly marked.
In hiking (and in life) you know the feeling of finding a long flat, clear, grassy stretch where you can see the path unfold in front of you. The sun is high overhead and it is so obvious where the path is headed that you can pick up some momentum. But no matter how great you are at navigating the trails you will inevitably come to places where the path splits off into 10 different directions or the path seems to disappear all together. In life there aren’t usually obvious road signs to guide you. You need to use your intuition to find the way. These moments can seem scary. They can seem daunting. You can feel lost. I’d propose that instead of freaking out at these junctures, just sit down and enjoy where you are. Take in the sunshine, take in your surroundings… maybe enjoy some lunch. Let go of everything and just be in this place. If you wait patiently and enjoy the moment your path will eventually show itself.This blog post is from one of my favourite blogs - The Artist Farm Ideas. I think this is so apt at some stage in everyone's lives - it is for me at this moment...
Sunday, 18 April 2010
Today the games room shag rugs are out on the line getting some fresh air and sunshine. I love watching them in the sunlight. That room has a double later of shags - I put the red one on top of the slightly larger white one for a la retro effect. But I think the red one is just about to make it's way into our bedroom...it's my favourite...
Cleaning is easily done in this household - we use one product only. 100% pure eucalyptus oil is my cleaner of choice. We clean benches, baths, mirrors, floors, toilets - everything - with it. You can get it at any supermarket in Australia (not sure about overseas) for not much more than those horrid chemicals in the cleaning aisle. The versatility is amazing - put on cuts, scratches, soothe muscles...I love eucalyptus oil, as you can tell. I would highly recommend using it instead of any other cleaner - and it sure does beat having a billion cleaners in the laundry cupboards...
Bah - the website is down - sorry, peeps! Oh well - I can control cleaning products but I can't control servers...
The sun is shining here - off to enjoy a slow Sunday. Have a great day, all!
Saturday, 17 April 2010
I have some notes I am carrying around that resonate in me at the moment - especially the second and third ones:
Support your parents, and care for your own family. Follow peace at all times. This is a true blessing. Mahamangala Sutra.
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly. Buddha.
As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life. Buddha.
These sayings remind me to always be in the present - as I have a tendency to think about the future too much!
There will be more daily reminders coming to this blog - I have less than two weeks to go before Retro Age gets my 24/7 attention...woot!
Thursday, 15 April 2010
Today I took a big step into my perfect world. I resigned from my writing position, effective immediately. I am two weeks away from dedicating my entire day, Monday to Friday, to Retro Age Vintage Fabrics.
What this resignation heralds is a new pathway for Justin and I. We are now both servicing the business full-time - and this means we can triple, almost quadruple - the time we spend on it. It means we're available to our customers 24/7, seven days a week, basically.
And what we're also aiming for is to be sustainable and off-the-grid (don't know how long this part will take). I'll be baking our bread, making our custards, making our yoghurts and cheeses and we'll be tending our vegetable garden, herb patch and patting our chickens.
I hope you'll enjoy our stories along the way. We're living our dreams, owning and running our own business and hope to be self-sufficient. If you're interested in any of these things you're welcome to visit any time...
I'll be in touch more in two weeks...can't wait! So much to tell you all about...
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
I updated some listings on the website - if you click the picture it will link directly to the listing...new arrivals are also listed below...
I also got some lovely new arrivals into website stock - I have to admit, the atomic barkcloth is my favourite in this bunch, closely followed by the beautiful velvet...