Tuesday, 14 October 2014

We decided to make a video

Well, actually, three videos. Or possibly four.

Let me back track.

A couple of meetings ago, Gabby and Lisa mentioned that they were going to visit some houses as part of Sustainable House Day, which is supported by the City of Vincent.

I got excited and asked them approach the owners to see if they would be willing to be interviewed about their houses.

Lo and behold, three owners said yes!

So, Gabby and I met to discuss how we are going to do get the videos done.

Celebrating the project's kick-off meeting


We want to make the freely accessible online videos to inspire locals to build sustainability into their homes when they next build or renovate.

At least three Cityof Vincent locals have done it, so can the rest of us!


These are some of the questions that will be posed to the home owners:
  • Why did you do it?
  • What were the challenges you faced?
  • How can we make it easier for people to adopt sustainability?
  • Would you do anything differently?
Do you have questions you want answered? Write them in the comments.


To make this awesomer, we need more hands on deck!

Can you:
  • write a catchy tune?
  • help on a video shoot?
  • operate a camera or microphone?
  • contribute the use of your camera or microphone?
  • write blogs around sustainable housing issues?
  • help coordinate the videoshoots?
  • brew a cup of tea to keep the video team going?
Basically, if you want help out in any way, please let me know: ttmthawthorn@gmail.com


Read about progress since the initial meeting.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Seeking Pre-Loved Jewellery Treasures

I was looking for that extra special his and her gift, something unique and sustainable.

So I decided to go pre-loved and old-school. It needed to be small, so my niece could pack in her suitcase and deliver to family in the States - for their big 50th birthdays.

This led me onto a fun treasure hunt, seeking out antique and vintage jewellery.

During my treasure travels, I fell for the Art Deco style and found many timeless pieces. I loved the strong repeating lines in cuff links and the elegant sleek curves in brooches. There was so much to seek and find, as I was tempted by bold colours and shapes of the 70’s; and the striking curved lizards from the 20’s.

I was eventually hooked on the classic Art Deco look as I felt these would be admired by my gift recipients too.

It was fun looking but sadly I found stores no longer on the map and visited some when they were closed!

As it is our aim to make it easier for you, here is a list of open antique – vintage stores with websites to find out their latest opening times[1]:

      I was feeling good: I had found treasures, supported local business and supported the earth's resources by re-using. So consider a pre-loved gift with some history and enjoy your next local treasure hunt.

      [1] Stores are listed by distance from our Mt Hawthorn hub, visited in September 2014 and included stores with jewellery (other than costume).