I got to help the lovely Tamarah of Shabby Vintage Junk (http://shabbyvintagejunk.blogspot.com.au/) to unload her amazing treasures from the States ahead of her grand opening on Thursday at Waverley Antiques . She is someone who works incredibly hard to make these treasures accessible to a vintage appreciating public. It is something which she does with passion and laughter and when we were sorting her goodies, I could not help but smile and my vintage heart sang. She has an eye for the quirky and the beautiful and has a great talent for rescuing,repairing,reusing and rethinking. If there is the faintest glimmer of life in something Ms T will rescue it. She is a joy to be around and encourages my vintage passion and inspires me to do better.
Finding these treasures is not easy people but when I do they evoke memories, give me joy, make me smile. They remind me of a moment, a place, a friend, good times. I am lucky enough to be surrounded in my work by beautiful vintage things that are just.....me. This week in particluar I have been able to share my passion with likeminded people who 'get it' and share my passion, my sense of fun, my love of life and a desire to celebrate that which has gone before. So when its cold and wet and I'm out and about 'sourcing'. When people say 'what is it you do again' ?. When people laugh at my Rustic Ashitica (OK I can take a joke too). I go back to exactly why I love what I do........
The imperfect is perfect in my eyes (a mantra, by the way that is equally useful when dealing with children and the big man) .I love to surround myself with those things that have proven their worth over many years because there is a reason why they have lasted this long.
My style is elegant rusticity, shabby chic, eclectic, whimsical, new global with an urban twist and in some cases just stripped-back simplicity....You want to give it a label fine....and though they make me laugh I get it.
I live and work with the chipped, frayed, tarnished and faded the tattered, worn and weathered. These are things that bring comfort, character and joy to me, my business and my home......and thats why I Love What I Do!!!!!!!