Novelty Brooch Friday // September

Well, well! Whilst the original September brooch donation unfortunately fell through, the fill in brooch and supplier is a knock out, for sure! Rebecca has so sweetly donated one of these ah-mazing wooden skunk brooches for one of our 272 September entries for #noveltybroochfriday!

Claire and I both wish we could have gone into the running for this sweet little number because, as you can see, they are darling!

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Thank you so much, Rebecca for saving the September day and stepping in with such a unique and fitting brooch offering. (Imma gonna buy one myself once I finish ‘Buy nothing new in October’.) Follow Rebecca on Instagram on @squirreljunkie or catch her at The Plaid Thermos! This is one lady who knows her vintage and especially her Bakelite!!

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Foxy lady, no? 😉

Now, the lucky winner of this month’s truly novelty and all round wonderful brooch is……

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Congrats Lenore! From one sexy vintage lady to the next. I love it!

Email Claire (tunabake@hotmail.com) to claim your little skunk!

We will be back to our regular brooching schedule (that’s a thing) this week as we announce the very exciting seller and brooch for the October giveaway! Claire and I would just love to extend our thanks to all those who make the effort to share their little novelty brooches with the world every Friday. It lifts our spirits and helps us to promote local sellers, designers and jewellery makers that make our lives just that little bit sweeter with their inspired and talented work.

Peace and brooches.

E. x

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Recap

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In no particular order, here are some of the great things I have been focusing on, experienced or seen recently.

  • I have started walking the one and a half kilometres to the station of a morning and catching the train to work. It gives me exercise, time to read and listen to podcasts and I love leaving my car at home. Four days a week I am also going for an hour long walk in the morning in order to have some faster paced exercise. I’m loving my new routine.
  • A tiny dog for sale in a home wares shop.
  • I had a short stint in hospital earlier in September and it has done wonders for my health! Firstly, because they were able to stop me from being in crippling pain and also, in a more ‘overall’ kind of way by making me appreciate my normal health and how lucky I am to have it. I am working now on getting as healthy as I can as a result and I am keen for some fitness and healthy vibes!
  • Seb, OB and I have taken a few trips to house hunt recently. We grab a coffee and baked treat and set off up the mountain in search of our dream home. Hearing Ob’s assessments of the ones we stop to look at is hilarious and makes him being a part of the process so much more rewarding.
  • I am slowly getting through my cupboards and wardrobes. I did my kitchen and OB’s clothes today. I managed to take three bags from OB’s room to the charity shop and I organised my kitchen in preparation for having all my cooking staples arranged in lovely glass jars. I have a few and I’m working on it weekly. It will be amazing. The next thing to sort will be my wardrobe and the books. I’m optimistic that I will have far less shit by next weekend.
  • A little jaunt into Sydney last weekend was just what the Dr ordered as I was invited to help a dear high school friend celebrate her engagement to her huge hunk of a fiance. So happy for those two wacky peeps. I did my hair and everything for the occasion and felt a million bucks.
  • I went dancing. I didn’t drink. I had a great time.
  • Organic and raw food has really been inspiring me lately and I am now constantly on the hunt for my next ‘favourite’ product that can help me to live as cleanly and as deliciously as possible. I’m getting quite a list!
  • Podcasts. Hello?! Where have I been?
  • I have been chewing through books recenlty. I have thoroughly enjoyed Eating Animals, Destroying The Joint and High Sobriety. I am about to being The Beauty Myth and I just can’t wait!

These are just a few things but as usual, my brain is always buzzing with new ideas, questions, answers and a little craziness. Thankfully, I like it like that.

Stay curious. Always.

Peace and podcasts.

E.x

My way

 

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I have been taking steps to really live the way I want to recently. It’s so easy to get caught up in the ‘norm’ and how others think you should be living, looking, etc. 

It wasn’t until recently that I felt like I had the confidence to say ‘no’ to some things and totally embrace others. I think this came from fear of other’s reactions and having that somehow change the way I felt about something. For example, not too long ago I would shy away from having the ‘why I’m vegan’ conversation or feeling like I had to defend MY choice to not have a TV. I don’t have to explain myself to anyone. Everything I do has OB in mind and Seb totally gets me and they are the two most important people in my life. 

My challenge to myself is to live as closely to my ideal as possible, at all times. I am going to speak up when something is important to me. What I will defend are the voices of those who can’t do it themselves; animals in factory farms, asylum seekers being treated as criminals, orangutans being sacrificed for the money hungry palm oil farmers, natural environments being destroyed at the hands of powerful companies with dollars in their eyes, independent green grocers going under because large supermarket chains have a strangle hold on the Australian market. I know I can’t single handedly stop these injustices or reverse damage done but what I can do is important and worthwhile. I can say no to products that exploit animals and precious environments, I can choose to buy local, I can choose to support programs that give asylum seekers a voice and stand up and say ‘no’ when the government proposes inhumane practices that no one would ever allow to happen to a family member of their own. I can sponsor animal sanctuaries and help promote good and fair by having meaningful discussions with friends and family and by teaching Oli that everyone is equal and that precious things such as the environment and animals deserve our upmost respect and care.

My little family is going to try harder, be better, do more. I am reevaluating the way we do a lot of things at the moment and I’m hoping that by opening my mind to the possibilities, I can make some significant changes that will positively affect the impact we have on the environment, our community and the way we feel within ourselves.

I am currently going through all of our cupboards and really asking ‘do we need this?’ It is hard because I find myself rediscovering so many things and swoon over how pretty/ adorable/ lovely/ ornate the thing is but truth be told, if I managed to forget about it entirely and it holds no real family or sentimental value, why keep it? I think this process will not only yield a much tidier and cleaner house but I’m hoping that it will change the way I look at objects and consumption. I’m not the kind of gal that has 15 different types of sandals for summer and twelve handbags with matching sunglasses. I’m not like that but I know that I can do better.

I’m also committing to Buy Nothing New Month which is October in Australia. I love the idea behind it, that is, to not buy anything new other than food, hygiene products and fuel. I love this initiative. I don’t very often buy new clothes or things just because but I am a sucker for books and magazines, so that will be where I notice it, I think. What I will be doing more of is visiting the library more often. My local library has a great selection of magazines and no shortage of books waiting to be devoured. I’m up for the challenge. Join me, won’t you? 

I can make a difference. Everyone can. It’s about realising that living to your potential may not be the way everyone else does it but that’s OK and, if you’re like me, it’s even preferable. 😉

Peace and change.

E. x