I did the unthinkable. I quit my day job. Six years ago I got a job at a very reputable corporate company. At the time my daughter was almost 2, I was unemployed and bored. The thought of being around adults all day sounded great. I moved up in the company and made a nice living. Although it was a good job with a great company, something was missing. Myself. I was the kid in high school who didn’t eat meat, marched in protests and surrendered myself to the music coming out of my record player. Sure I have come along way since then, but I’m not a completely different person.
Just recently I had a second child. A boy. The most adorable boy I have ever seen. To think of going back to my corporate cubicle job and miss out on his childhood was just too much. After much discussion with the hubby, we found a way to make it work. I would quit my job and be what I said I would never do again. A stay at home mom. I knew immediately that I had to have some kind of creative outlet or I would go mad. Luckily, my sister and I had been recently dabbling in vintage selling on etsy and we were having fun. So here I am. Home with Gavin and running the online vintage shop. Sure I love it. I get to spend the days with my baby and work on the shop to keep my mind active. The only problem with an online shop is that’s what it is…online. . I feel the walls closing in on me lately and although I love hanging out with my boy, he’s not much for conversation. While I interact all day with people online, it really doesn’t equate to a real adult conversation. I really don’t want to sound like I’m complaining. I think I just need a mommy getaway or something. I need to hit the refresh button and get my mojo back in gear. I have no regrets about the position I am currently in and would do it again in a heartbeat. Perhaps I need a better system for my day. But, crap, I’m terrible at schedules and I’m rarely able to maintain them for more than a week. Maybe I should start a “Stay at home-work at home-needs some stimulating conversation that has nothing to do with kids club”. Might need to shorten the name a bit. I have even considered going to the book club at the library. Ugh…Anyways…I need a plan.
Ok, so my vintage bag isn’t brand new, but it’s new to me! Every season I get a new handbag, however, I usually get some cheap TJ Maxx version. This year I was determined to break the cycle. I have been very addicted to woven leather lately and I wanted to continue this trend into my new handbag. As a very busy mother of two, my handbags need to be easy to carry, functional and big enough to fit everything without feeling like I’m carrying a piece of luggage. This always presents a challenge, but one I was ready to take on. As I combed the pages of etsy, I honed in on the genuine leather midsize vintage selection. Once I saw it on Starlets Vintage, I knew it was the one. It met all of my requirements and my price! I pressed the check out button and waited patiently for my package to arrive. Yesterday my wait was over as I eagerly opened the box. I was so excited. It felt like Christmas. My 8-year-old daughter watched me dance around the house with the beautiful vintage bag on my arm and told me I was “SO weird” but I didn’t care. I am very pleased with my new addition and will wear it proudly.
While new fashion is exciting, I love to reminisce of the earlier years and reinvent the past. As an indulgence, my sister and I have opened up a new vintage dress shop Alli Vintage on etsy. While we currently have an inventory of primarily dresses, I hope to add shoes, purses and more in order to create some fantastic full ensembles. Here are some of my current favorites.
With Etsy being my new favorite site, I came across the most gorgeous shoes ever! They are custom masterpieces that are made to order in every size. Although the $610 price tag is a bit steep, these truly are any princess’s dream.
About a year ago I tried to open a store on etsy.com. If you’re not familiar with this site, you really need the check it out. They sell handmade, vintage, antique items and supplies. It really is remarkable what you can find. I started dabbling in jewelry making awhile back and with NO idea what I was doing, I started up a little shop on etsy call Paradise Tree. Needless to say, it was not very successful. My pictures were horrible and since I was just starting out making jewelry, the quality was not the best. It’s been over a year now and I have learned quite a bit. I’ve learned that a good camera goes a long way and patience is still a great virtue. I have also teamed up with my wonderfully creative sister who makes gorgeous hair flowers. We have both sold our items locally to family, friends and through salons and events, however, we have joined forces online and reopened the Paradise Tree Etsy shop. We also included some vintage dresses which will probably end up in a different etsy store eventually. Just testing the waters on that one at the moment.
I’m very excited about the new store and hope you will check it out. Give advise, tell me if you like it, tell me if it sucks, either way – check it out! You can visit the shop by clicking on THIS LINK, or click on the image on my side bar to take you there.