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Mother’s Day Feature :: Sarah’s Mum Di

To celebrate Mothers Day, TVM co-founders Marissa and Sarah have interviewed their own beautiful mums. Words by Sarah about her Mum, Di. Growing up on the farm, either surrounded by…

To celebrate Mothers Day, TVM co-founders Marissa and Sarah have interviewed their own beautiful mums.

Words by Sarah about her Mum, Di.

Growing up on the farm, either surrounded by animals, in the garden, or cooking with the on the weekends with music blaring in the background, or being at the beach or river over the road from Nan and Pops are some of my earliest and fondest memories. 

Our childhood was a balance between beach and bush and its something that, as I grow older, am so grateful for. Growing up on the farm, we’d always be climbing trees, camping out, riding our bikes down the dirt road or generally just being wild. You taught all of us to cook, sew, garden, raise animals and importantly to dream big, constantly reminding us that we could do anything. 

With a deep love for your family and friends, a wicked sense of humour, a complete love of entertaining and cooking (and bubbles!), my Mum is happiest when surrounded by her family (three children and ten grandchildren). Actually I think the grandkids my have taken #1 position in recent years, but watching you with my children and the love they have for you, is by far one of the best things in life. 

Sarah and her children, Arki, Posie and Lola and her mama, Di

You’ve always been my biggest inspiration but your childhood was pretty different to mine, so let’s chat about why after growing up in Sydney, you decided to head North to raise your family. 

What appealed to you about raising your family in Northern NSW on 18 acres when you came from the big smoke?  

I wanted to have spirited children that had a zest for life that were also very competent. From an early age I loved animals and one of my best presents ever was a dog when I was eight years old.  I had been asking for years. I think raising animals teaches you about responsibility and kindness and how to care for something.  I had also developed an interest in self-sufficiency and was concerned about the chemicals we were being exposed to so growing our own food including meat and dairy goats was very important.

How did having three children under three change you?  

I don’t think it changed me but it did help me to understand myself much better.  I reflected on the things that I wanted either to continue or discontinue from my own upbringing and made me much more aware of the influences on my life.

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Did you adopt a particular parenting style or go with the flow?  

I had some very particular ideas about no physical punishment, breastfeeding and also allowing each child’s personality and individual characteristics to shine.  I was also aware of birth order and the impact on each child and worked hard to moderate that influence. 

Having worked in a male dominated industry in my first job and experiencing discrimination in the workplace, as well as having limits placed on me through my parents expectations because I was female, I was certain I did not want this for my daughters and I wanted my son to respect and value women.

I’d say you and Dad had a very free thinking, liberal parenting style. As we grew older, you always said that the most important thing was if we told you the truth and this trust formed a large part of our relationship growing up. Why was this so important to you as a parent?   

I always wanted to be available to you and for you to know that no matter what I was there for you.  There were so many taboo subjects as I grew up and I ended up keeping secrets from my parents which made me vulnerable and also harmed our relationship.  If there was truth between us I felt we could deal with things together and you wouldn’t be forced into making poor decisions.

Early on, you worked at home in your accounting business and Dad stayed home with Sam (my brother). This would have been rather unconventional in the 80s, but is testament to you and Dad’s ability to adapt to situations and open minded thinking. Why this decision?

I am not sure we planned anything just responded to life which as I age I find quite difficult as I feel the need for certainty.  Hans and I grew up in a very fortunate period where jobs were plentiful and I think we always felt that we were good at what we did and could always get a job.  I don’t think that is quite so applicable these days.   The world is rapidly changing and we need people to be quite flexible and innovative and often create their own opportunities.  I think your upbringing actually helped all of you in this regard as all three of you are very competent at what you do and have a good bag of skills.

An accountant by trade, you decided to return to uni after having three children to study a Bachelor of Teaching (early childhood) and later on your Masters. What inspired this later in life?   

When I saw you at preschool and learnt so much about how important the early years are I really wanted to be part of that.  I wanted to make sure that children everywhere grow up strong. It was a much more fulfilling profession than accountancy.

Di and Arki

You’re the most passionate early learning educator I know. You started our local preschool, a founding member of the North Coast regional group and previous President of the Early Childhood Australia NSW Branch. What fuels this devotion for raising children?  

The early years are where education and care can have the most impact and young children need great advocates. It has been a constant battle to have people and governments realise the importance of the early years and that Australia’s and the worlds future depends very much on ensuring that every child is provided with their basic needs which includes opportunities to play and learn within loving and nurturing relationships.

Most of my earliest memories include Nan. She was always with us and as I grew older, although close growing up, she become like a best friend to me. She was a determined and strong woman who was fiercely independent and left school at 12 years old to raise her five younger sisters. What traits do you think you inherited from her?  

My relationship with my Mother changed dramatically when I had children myself.  It was then that I saw just how well she had provided for us and the sacrifices she had made not only to raise her own family but her sisters as well.  She ran a very effective household often on her own as my father was sometimes away for months on big jobs.  I never heard her complain. 

I still cost out most meals in head as I serve them up and get a buzz out of feeding a crowd on a small budget.   I reuse, recycle and not much goes to waste all lessons from my Mum.  I cooked, sewed, grew our food to ensure my family were healthy and happy and this all came from the foundation my Mother provided.

Way was the wisest piece of advice she gave you?   And how did this shape you as a mother? 

Mum often made some very astute observations of people and in her own way was quite broad minded. My best friend in high school struggled with her sexuality and at a time when homosexuality was never acknowledged or discussed and Mum told me to just be a good friend to her and let her sort things out. She also wanted me to be a teacher, so I could work but still look after my own children.  I initially rejected that but I now recognise that choosing to have children means raising them has to be paramount in your life.   

You’ve always told us that we could do anything and have been our biggest cheerleaders in life. What are your proudest moments as a mother?

There are so many but every day I am proud and grateful that I have three absolutely wonderful caring responsible adults in my life that just happen to be my children.  I watch you with your children and often have a quiet cry as you are all wonderful loving parents and great friends, all with many longstanding friendships that were formed at primary and high school, which is testament to the type of people you are.  I also know that you would all stand up for people if you felt that they were being bullied or disadvantaged.  That makes me so proud. 

I know there have been many a challenging moment (still are!). What would you say would be the hardest thing about being a mum?

Watching you face challenges and knowing that I had to be there but let you deal with it yourselves.  Trusting you to make wise decisions and learning from your mistakes. Sometimes just the sheer physical exhaustion and catching yourself before you repeated something from your own upbringing that is embedded and difficult to shake off.  And working as a team with your father making sure we didn’t contradict one another. And you never stop worrying, now I have grandchildren to worry about as well!

And lastly, impart some of your wisdom on us. What, if anything, would you tell mamas today? 

Enjoy your children because the time flies so quickly.  Slow down, don’t get caught up in the ‘having it all’ mentality, get to know them and cherish every moment.  Children won’t remember the furniture, clothes, expensive holidays etc. they will remember the time you spent together. Whilst your career and assets are important your relationship with your child will be the most rewarding and wonderful thing in your life.

Thanks Mama x

All images by Kirra Smith.

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Craft for Nepal this Sunday at TVM

TVM is on this Sunday 17th May at Burleigh Heads State School from 8:30am until 1pm and you’ll have the opportunity to get crafty for a very special cause, thanks…

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TVM is on this Sunday 17th May at Burleigh Heads State School from 8:30am until 1pm and you'll have the opportunity to get crafty for a very special cause, thanks to our friends at The Craft Parlour.

The Craft Parlour pop-up will be nestled amongst the trees and by the music from 10am until 12noon, where you can come and make a pom pom for a donation. All money raised on the day will be given to the charity - Save The Children. Join us for a craft and help give back to those in need!

 

 

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Sassy Australia

Sassy Australia is the ultimate lifestyle website and we’re excited to announce that Sassy Gold Coast has launched TODAY, woo! This means you’ll now have access to up-to-the minute news…

Sassy Australia is the ultimate lifestyle website and we're excited to announce that Sassy Gold Coast has launched TODAY, woo!

This means you'll now have access to up-to-the minute news about the latest happenings around the Gold Coast and special events (don't miss their Sassy Hours!), whether it be Style, Eat & Drink, Travel, Beauty & Health, What's On or City Guide's.

To celebrate Sassy Gold Coasts's launch TODAY, TVM is part of a HUGE (trust us, it's ah-mazing) giveaway up for grabs worth over $2,500!  See here for all the details and to enter!

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Polaroid Fun!

We had fun on Saturday at Bleach* snapping TVM’ers in our cool polaroid frame. We can’t wait to be back at Burleigh Heads State School this Sunday 3rd March, and…

We had fun on Saturday at Bleach* snapping TVM'ers in our cool polaroid frame.

We can't wait to be back at Burleigh Heads State School this Sunday 3rd March, and we'll be on the look-out  for some super stylin' TVM shoppers. See you from 8am - 1pm!

Don't forget to upload your TVM pics to Instagram and tag #ihearttvm for your chance to WIN a $50 voucher. We're giving one voucher away each month!

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#ihearttvm

Follow TVM on Instagram? Make sure you do! We’ll be giving away a $50 TVM voucher each month to one lucky TVM shopper. Simply take a pic at TVM (preferably…

Follow TVM on Instagram? Make sure you do!

We'll be giving away a $50 TVM voucher each month to one lucky TVM shopper. Simply take a pic at TVM (preferably using our amazing new sign, pictured here!) and tag it with #ihearttvm.

Show us your fave stall, what you bought, who you listened to, your whole market crew - just make sure you tag us and share the TVM love!

We'll be drawing one winner each month. x

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Dust

Literally, leaving them in her Dust is what she does best. Meet Jess Crawford. ‘Dust’ designer, super-mum and loyal TVM stall-holder for over four years now. There is literally nothing…

Literally, leaving them in her Dust is what she does best.

Meet Jess Crawford. 'Dust' designer, super-mum and loyal TVM stall-holder for over four years now.

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There is literally nothing this woman cannot do. Take juggling FIVE busy children, designing and producing her own fashion line, running a studio space to showcase her collection, playing 'market maven' at least twice per weekend, cooking spag bol at 6am so the troops have dinner when she gets home that afternoon, all while finding the time to boast (very proud mumma) about her son Dylan's latest surfing triumphs, show us Grace's swimming presentation photos - hell, she even baked cupcakes for TVM's 3rd bday party (yes, true story, she's amazing).

Dust has long been a favourite for TVM shoppers, with everyone rocking at least one of the labels signature tie-dye dresses. Whether it be over your cozzie, nipped in with a cute waistbelt or paired up with wedges for a launch party event, these dresses are a must-have item in every girls wardrobe. And then of course there's the capes, which we personally live in.

Make sure you swing by Dust next time you're at TVM! We promise you wont be disappointed.

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TVM + Bleach* Festival 2013

TVM is gearing up for a double whammy of Bleach* events in February. You’ll find two ultra cool pop-up TVMs at: Bleach* Treasure Trove – 15th February 2013 5-9pm Set sail…

TVM is gearing up for a double whammy of Bleach* events in February. You'll find two ultra cool pop-up TVMs at:

Bleach* Treasure Trove - 15th February 2013 5-9pm

Set sail for an evening of theatre, music, 30 beautiful stalls from The Village Markets and installation performances by the Broadwater.

This free community event will take place on Friday the 15th of February from 5pm– 9pm, with entertainment for the whole family as part of the Pre Bleach* Weekend, for a taste of the south in the north.

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Bleach* Boulevard - 23rd February 2013 11am - 6pm

Bleach* Boulevard is a festival in itself featuring live music, theatre, workshops, the return of The Village Markets and the Alley Fish-Fry. Centered around the leafy thoroughfare of Tomewin St, Currumbin, and extending around to Currumbin beachfront, Bleach* Boulevard offers a smorgasbord of free entertainment over one jam-packed day.

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11.00am – 11.45pm – Tully John & Eliza Jane
12.00pm – 12.45pm – Jimmy The Saint and The Sinner
1.00pm – 1.45pm – Alone With Wolves
2.00pm – 2.45pm – The Vernons
3.00pm – 3.45pm – Fairchild Republic
4.00pm – 4.45pm – Kingfisha
5.00pm – 6.00pm – The Lamplights

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Live Music Lineup at TVM this Sunday

We love local live music here at TVM and even more-so given that you can listen along whilst shopping! Check out this Sunday’s lineup… Chantel Cadden from 8am Kiku from…

We love local live music here at TVM and even more-so given that you can listen along whilst shopping! Check out this Sunday's lineup...

Chantel Cadden from 8am

Kiku from 9am - 11am

Residents The Ellie May Band until midday

Then Ash Mannix is up until 1pm

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Designer Profile: Hattie

From tiny hats and floral fascinators, to cute and quirky decor and homewares, this week we get inside the mind of Hattie designer Rachael Mandregin. Years in operation: Two years…

From tiny hats and floral fascinators, to cute and quirky decor and homewares, this week we get inside the mind of Hattie designer Rachael Mandregin.


Years in operation:

Two years as Hattie Petite Handmade Hats and just a few month as the re-branded label Hattie.

How did Hattie begin:

The re-launch of Hattie began when I wanted to be more than just hats. My millinery skill where still developing but and I had so many different ideas flying around my head I just had to set them free and get crafty!
So I diversified my label to all things vintage, bespoke, and reclaimed..then re-branded.

What is your creative background:

I've always been the crafty kind.
My father is super creative and super talented, he was always using his hands on all different mediums when I was growing up. Mum was a brilliant sewer making little frocks with lots of hand embroidery goodness for me rock out in.

So I suppose I was destined to become a keen maker of things. I actually didn't learn to sew until much later in my life when I studied fashion for two years it was there that I found my love….Sewing! And shortly after Hattie was born.

Where is Hattie designed and made:

In my humble Miami studio.

What inspires you:

The environment, up-cycling, music, sunshine, fashion, people, nature.

Latest collection consists of:

Lots of reclaimed products that are very planet conscious. Fashion impacts on the environment in so many negative ways. We have become so disposal, there is a lot of wasted items out there screaming to be reclaimed and reinvented which is why I strongly adapt these ideals and use reclaimed fabrics/products as much as I can. All my cushions are filled with a high grade fibre that is derived from plastic water bottles. My supplier which is an Australian company has so far has saved one million PET bottles from landfill.

Favourite piece from your latest collection and why:

Mister Moustache cushion…He is a little fun and a lot quirky.

What's on your mood board:

Lots of vintage hats, navy, red, white and grey hues, sailing ships, anchors, pin up girls, everything 50's, full skirts and suitcases. It makes me want to sail away to somewhere charming.

What’s your creative space like:

Cluttered with a lot of projects on the go at one time but I recently had a major clean out and things are a little more organised now.I have absolutely no will power when it comes to and op-shop bargain, I'm a bit of a hoarder with most treasures ending up in the studio.

What do you listen to while getting crafty:

I am a big fan of the Ipod on shuffle with Nick Cave tracks being a frequent friend. Lately I dug up some old favourites that took me on a very nostalgic trip whilst crafting like….Lamb - Best of Lamb, Sublime - 40 oz to Freedom, Brad - Interiors and Goldfrapp -Black Cherry.

Favourite reads/blogs:

Bleubirdvintage , Oh happy day , Hello Sandwich and 4th and Bleeker

A day in the life of Rachel consists of:

My life lately has such a great balance with every day full of variety I'm really feeling fulfilled and grateful. The start of my week is filled with my part time job at a little sewing alterations shop. I usually go to yoga in the evening after work so Hattie kind of takes a back seat on those day. One day a week I head to Brisbane for my Millinery studies which I'm am just loving its so creative. The end of me week is then dedicated to Hattie and Market peddling - creating, designing, and gathering inspiration. There is not much time for relaxing these days but I am just rolling with it while I am feeling so inspired and motivated.

Favourite TVM stall (besides Hattie of course):

Lovebird!!! Ange is such an inspiration her creations are so amazing, creative and labour intensive!….And she seems to do it all so effortlessly. She is a really talented designer and recently inspired me to learn how to crochet.

Best TVM finds so far:

Too many amazing vintage finds to mention!

What new pieces are you working on at the moment and what can we expect from Hattie in the future:

I've just started gathering inspiration for my next headwear collection for Spring carnival, so I will be working on that over the next few months. It's really fun because I am going to use all the techniques and skills I have been learning from 18 mnths of Millinery studies, its such a beautiful creative process.

Find Hattie at TVM or on Facebook.

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Hip Hip Hooray!

Hip Hip Hooray, TVM turned three this month! To celebrate the occassion, we hosted 50 AMAZING stalls on Sunday and then headed up the road to our local cafe Commune, for…

Hip Hip Hooray, TVM turned three this month!

To celebrate the occassion, we hosted 50 AMAZING stalls on Sunday and then headed up the road to our local cafe Commune, for an afternoon of sunshine, cider and good company.

Thanks to Rekorderlig for supplying us with delicious bevvies and also to some TVM faves for joining us including Lost.Found.Made, Blossom, Bikini Lover, Hattie Petite Handmade Hats and Celeste Twikler. An extra special thank you to Dust (formerly Kama 7 & a fab b'day cupcake baker!), Red Vintage and Drowning in Decadence, who have been with us since our humble beginnings three years ago, big love! xx

It was awesome to catch up with you all and celebrate our three years, thanks for your support and we're looking forward to many more good times to come! x

 

  

 

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TVM Hearts: Commune

TVM has a cool new neighbour and we wanted to share the love. Nestled in on the Lower Gold Coast Highway Burleigh Heads, just north of TVM, is Commune a delightful…

TVM has a cool new neighbour and we wanted to share the love.

Nestled in on the Lower Gold Coast Highway Burleigh Heads, just north of TVM, is Commune a delightful cafe run by locals Nerissa and Mitch. Next time you're at TVM, wonder up to Commune - the coffee is delicious and the 'walnut loaf' is a personal favourite.

TVM: How did you discover the venue for Commune, was it really after a Sunday visit to TVM?
C: We were driving back from Byron and popped in to TVM on our way home to Mermaid Beach - after picking up a few creative delights from the talented GC locals, we drove by the "old butcher" with the For Lease sign out the front and instantly knew that it had the potential to become something amazing - we just weren't quite sure what?!

TVM: Tell us about what visitors can expect to find at Commune - a mix of coffee, food, vintage and eco friendly wares? How did you come up with this mix?
C: My husband Mitch and I both have hospitality backgrounds and I have been lucky enough to work for some very talented cafe owners over the past few years. So with loads of experience and a love for the cafe industry, we have combined it with our love for the enviroment and our other business called All Eco (www.alleco.com.au) which we have run prodominantly online for the last 4 years. Our All Eco business started as mainly selling organic fabrics and textiles online, but has now grown to inlcude homewares, jewellery, bedding and lots more.

TVM: You have your own fashion label also?
C: I studied fashion at Uni and have been making clothes and selling them at different markets and at a few little boutiques on and off for the last 10 years. I also had a joint label with my sister called "Repossessed" which we made all the clothes from mens shirts that we souced from OP shops. We sold them at a few different markets including TVM.

TVM: Any special events on the calendar for the café?
C: There are definatley ideas that we are looking in to - and also a few charity event evenings coming up - so we will be sure to let everyone know when they are confirmed. We are promoting Meat Free Mondays at the cafe - so every Monday our food cabinet is stocked with yummy vego options. We will still have a few smoked salmon and tuna options available.

Opening hours are 6.30am - 3.30pm - 7 days. 

 
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