Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Storm damage

We wanted to say hello, we're here! and also apologise to all of our customers for not being in contact - nor posting - today. Unfortunately we sustained storm damage 24 hours ago and our roof hasn't been able to be saved! We wanted to say the fabrics are fine, we are fine and business will return to normal tomorrow afternoon.

We also wanted to say through-heartfelt-tears-of gratitude THANK YOU to the Victorian SES for coming to our rescue and saving our business. You were all knights in shining armor.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Change is coming

Testing putting a post up from ye olde mobile!

Friday, 24 February 2012

Key West


The above fabric is a 1970s hand printed fabric manufactured by Key West and designed by co-owner Peter Pell. I have often come across Key West fabrics - newer rather than vintage and always touting the Lilly Pulitzer name - but this is an original piece sold in it's golden era. I came across this interesting article while researching the fabric - it's a historical note on Key West and very interesting...

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Sanderson and The Skater Boy

My work time is currently spent wrestling with long large bolts. I wouldn't have Retro Age any other way at the moment! We have so many already here and many more we have to pick up. This is a fabulous Sanderson piece called Rea.

My private time has been spent at a skate park. I am wondering how I ended up here...after all, my own youth running around Brunswick and Carlton and then university at RMIT seems like only yesterday. But no. Time has flown and now I am leading another little human into the turbulent teenage years. I am so proud of him doing his thing surrounded by bigger and more experienced boys. You go, Logan!

Monday, 20 February 2012

Bolts of latte...

This morning had some lattes and chats and inspiration...

The afternoon was all vintage fabric order packing and photographing huge bolts. Gosh - fabric is bloody heavy en masse!

Sunday, 19 February 2012

The Road Trip and Bolts of Fabric...

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We took a big road trip yesterday to another state to catch up with loved ones and to pick up a companion for Syd the whippet. Photos of Dobby the whippet will be coming soon.

And we have so many fabrics arriving in the weeks to come. This is just a sampler that arrived on Friday. Very, very excited about these bolts...

Have a great week!


Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Today and yesterday

We don't do Valentine's Day as we choose to show our love any day of the year - but I thought this was a cute image on Instagram for kissing couples...
Home. Home is truly where my heart is.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Just admit it and go with the flow...

I am kind of feeling a little like Syd the whippet about this blog. A bit yawn. A bit meh. A bit can't be bothered. A bit I have no idea what to write.

So I am not going to write anything for a bit - I'll just be posting photos of things I am thinking about and stuff that's in our day-to-day at Retro Age. No grand writings from me!

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Sunday Snippets - My Personal Week


My oh my - no blog post for a week! Gosh - completely unintended, but it felt good to take a little break. Life is very, very full at the moment - hence why a little 'fiddich at the end of some days can be a lovely thing.


I am decluttering and reorganising our home room by room - still. This week it was sloughing my way through familial memorabilila - itemising, boxing and piffing stuff out. I love this telegram between my great-Grandparents...

The youngest started four-year-old kindy this week. He loves it - loves SpongeBob and Patrick Starr even more, though..

As I declutter the house it means deciding which 'pieces' stay and which pieces are donated. This one stayed - albeit in the bathroom, but it's still here!

I almost rotated my wall art around this house, but decided not to. I love this Mary White fabric...it cheers me up each and every day.

Last but not least it was playing...playing and more playing. Love life...just can't wait until this decluttering and simplifying and minimising ends!

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Sunday, 5 February 2012

Sunday Snippets - My Personal Week

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Thursday, 2 February 2012

A Year of Good Things - 14/366 - Friends


And inbetween it all...you sit with two lovely women and yak for three hours over several lattes and several glasses of water...and that puts life in perspective. Sigh.

The sun.
The surrounding bush.
The birds eating crumbs.
The divine latte (or two).
The chitter chatter about life.
The feeling of being understood.

So damn nice.


Wednesday, 1 February 2012

A Year of Good Things : 13/366 : Autonomous Writing


I remember learning about autonomous writing at uni when I was studying advertising - specifically copywriting. I can't remember the correct name for autonomous writing and I know someone famous started the whole autonomous thing, but for the life of me I can't remember what it's called or who started it. Jung, perhaps?

Basically it means writing without thinking about what you are writing. It's an amazing tool for creativity, as well as working with your psyche to lift issues that are underlying into the main realm of thinking....if that makes sense?

Usually my autonomous writing is basically creative babble - but you can pull the writing back, with some experience, until you have a free-flowing form of a message or an idea or two.

Here is my autonomous writing for today...

Are you where you want to be?
I mean – seriously – are you where you want to be in life at this very instant? Can you sit where-ever you are and honestly nod your head (vehemently, if necessary) and say with absolute conviction that there is no other place you would rather be? And how about this – does your heart give the same response as your head?
Wow - it came out very heavy today. Great food for thought for me, though. You should try to write without your thoughts clouding your creative direction - it's hilarious and oh so enlightening what comes out! It's certainly a wonderful every so good thing to do!

x Ness