Coffee, shopping, my family, teaching, party planning, blogging and
did I mention shopping?
But truly the one love, that I strive to pass on to my children, is my love of reading. As a child I was a self confessed book worm. Well “book” worm is perhaps not the best term as I would read anything! Magazines, newspapers, books, even the junk mail. I loved receiving books as presents and now I love to give books as presents. They have the ability to transport you to another world. When reading I am afraid the rest of the world becomes a distant blur. Now as a mother I am afraid I don’t have the luxury of having the time or ability to “transport” to anywhere. Instead I now get my fix online. Blogs, journals, online magazines. I can read them when I have that spare moment…I wish I was Oprah and could “gift” you all with a book but instead I will share with you my latest “reading” find…
This week I discovered the gorgeous “The Party Dress” online magazine or ezine….
it is absolutely gorgeous…pages filled with the most tempting parties, marvellous ideas, divine colour palettes and inspiring contributors (our “One Clever Chic, Sharnel Dollar is a contributor) have me swooning.
The school hall, usually a place of indoor P.E lessons, assemblies and capturing school photos, for one night is transformed to another world…disco world.
The lights are dimmed. The darkness broken by the occasional coloured flashing light. There are rumours in the playground, that some lucky schools even get a smoke machine!
The usual drab decor is decorated with balloons or even better in theme!!! The transformation is not limited to the place but the people too! Our everyday attire of school uniform has been replaced by a carefully picked outfit, especially chosen for its dance ability of just to make you look like the coolest kid around. Will it sparkle in the lights? Will my skirt twirl when I dance? Are these shoes made for dancing?
Last night “My Pigeon Pair” went to their very first school disco. Yes they are not yet school students but it is one of the many perks of having a mum who is a school teacher! I am not sure who was more excited by the event, me, my kids or the students from my class who were so in love with my two little ones. There was the usual hokey pokey, chicken dance and the occasional conga line but it is 2011 so there was also some Usher, Black Eyed Peas, real DJ’s and plenty of floor spinning!
Not to be outdone my Mr Sociable Master O broke out his best moves which are best described as a mix between, break dancing, gymnastics, martial arts and Elaine from Seinfeld. Miss A clapped her little hands until I am sure they were going to fall off but her signature move is definitely the bounce and bob.
I danced too, twirling kids under my arms, showing them some vintage moves like swimming and the lawn mower, and dragging those reluctant dancers up to do the twist. We sang, we danced, we sweated and got huge blisters but we had the time of our lives. In between all of this I noticed something…these children were aged between 4 and 7. It is a magical age of innocence. Self esteem is at an all time high. Every child there boy, girl, co-ordinated or not so much, thought they were the best dancer in the room. Nobody was judging. I get goosebumps thinking about it. I wish I could capture their joy and bottle it.
They don’t just say it they live it. They truly danced like no one was watching.
I have often thought that I was born in the wrong era. The fashion of the bygone days of roses, frills, and cutesy patterned fabric has so hastily been replaced by licensed “cartoon and movie” products that lack individuality and innocence. Whilst searching for some “vintage” fabric outfits for my pigeon pair, I unearthed a treasure trove of goodies at “Vintage Kid”. These gorgeous fabrics are reminiscent of a time when boys played cowboys and indians and not Buzz Light Year vs Ben Ten. Roses and ice creams for our little pink pretties, which now at most department stores, you will struggle to find, amidst the Hannah Montanna and Hello Kitty.
Girls Apron and Ruffle Pant
Owner of Vintage Kids, Bernice is a mother of 2 kids (Eli 4 and Eva 2). Bernice and her husband Sean are both educators. He still works full time and Bernice (who was an Early Childhood teacher!) is fortunate enough to stay at home and follow another passion of hers Children’s clothing!
After searching for unique products for her own children (sound familiar!) she stumbled upon Vintage Kid.
“Vintage Kid was actually started in 2006 and we bought the business in 2008 after starting our own online boutiquewww.thebeeskneeskids.com.au. I wanted to stock Vintage Kid products as I just loved how different and unique everything was. At that stage Vintage Kid mostly stocked hats, nappy covers, bibs and 2 styles of dresses. I have really enjoyed growing and expanding the range to include many more gorgeous designs in fabrics. We have also expanded our range of dresses have now included pajamas, library bags, long ruffle pants and so much more!”
Vintage Kid and The Bees Knees Kids are located in the Northern Suburbs of Perth where Bernice operates the business from their family home. ” I have our games room set up as our stock room. I manage everything from the selections of fabrics and trims, labels to marketing, promotions, sales, customer service, postage everything even maintaining our Facebook pages!”
A creative Mum, Bernice loves to be involved in the design process, especially shopping for new fabrics and viewing the completed products.
“I really like our Long Ruffle Pants and Swing tops. My daughter has so many of these as they mix and match so well, as well as attracting many compliments about how great they look! Our pyjamas are a newer product that have just passed through all the Australian and New Zealand safety testing. My kids love their pyjamas!”
So what does a typical day look like for this clever Mum?
“Busy!! Usually I am multitasking as any other Mum with school runs, washing, cleaning and running 2 businesses from home. Some days it can be a real juggling act trying to fit everything in especially when we get lots of wholesale orders as well as retail orders that need to go out the same day! We also offer exceptional service. The great customer service we expect to recieve ourselves, which is really lacking these days!”
So what does the future hold for Vintage Kids?
We would like to expand our range to include manchester and bedding so that is something to look foward to in the near future!
Vintage Kids is stocked in store and online throughout Australia and even in South Africa! For stockists visit
Welcome to the nest! Wife of one, Mum to 3, Teacher of a flock. Happy is..... a perfectly labelled storage solution, time with a coffee and my planner, creating memories with my family, navigating motherhood with style, making our house into a beautiful home and teaching children through play.
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