I’m officially vintage. Yup, anything made in 1971 (or earlier) gets to wear that title. I’m cool with it, not even sarcasm (full disclosure: sarcasm will not be exempt from this blog, just sayin). I’ve led an eventful 50 years and I love how it has all unfolded. Great times and hard times make us all who we are today and of each of those, I have had many!
I probably should say I am first an individual, but that’s not true. First, I am a mom. Chicken/egg thingy, I know, but when I was young my favourite thing to play was dolls. I’d throw a few throws and blankets over the pool table in the basement (I’m Canadian, playing in the basement isn’t child abuse) put rugs and cushions under it and one end would be the kitchen with trays, bowls and baskets and the other end the baby’s bedroom with quilts, sheets, and slippers. Bliss.
When I met my kids’ dad (from now on known as Mister C) we started travelling… by air!! I had been a lot of places in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and even a toe dip into Manitoba, but those trips with the fam were by car, massive side mirrors attached, pulling the trailer (translate: touring caravan). So relatively new to air travel and decanting liquids into travel pouches and travel pots, I panicked every time we flew. Massive anxiety. I was terrified I was going to die before becoming a parent. After kid(s) were born, boom, sorted. Well… when I say sorted, I mean when we are all flying together, which rarely happens anymore. My eldest, Olivia is 21. My son, Liam is 19. My youngest, Rachel is 16 this month eeeek! Anyyyywayyy… to clarify, I’m a mom first. I DETEST the saying (next few words must be said in a whiny voice) ‘my kids are my world’ 🙄😒. But in my case, they are lol. (Hypocrisy will also, more than likely, play a part in this blog over time).
As a mom, we drop most everything for our kids. My three are amazingly kind, polite and have the best sense of humour. They have great friends and they are each a great friend to theirs. I could go on, but I’m already feeling eyes rolling at this much talk about my kids.
I’m a woman. A Woman’s Woman. I support and get supported. I divulge and I listen. I laugh and get laughed at. And I do my very best to not judge. I have amazing friends and hope I am a good friend to them. Simple life rules really.
I’m a daughter to two amazing creative parents and a daughter in law to two amazing second parents. I’m a sister, a sister in law, an Aunt, a Great-Aunt, a cousin and a niece. I have been a granddaughter and a great granddaughter in my lifetime and am currently a granddaughter in-law to the most amazingly kind, funny, gorgeous, well read, funny (did I say that already? Worth a second mention), current in all aspects of the world’s events from WAGS to snooker to politics. She is a proper Woman’s Woman. I’m actually pausing typing this, and I’m smiling… because I’m so honoured to be a part of her life. Nan C turned 100 in October and there is less wrong with her than people half her age or more! I’m proud. I’m proud to know her, love her, and be loved by her. She is like the best pair of slippers and the cosiest Christmas jumper rolled into one. Absolutely perfect.♥️
I have been a wife and now I’m the mother of Mister C’s children and his friend (I’d like to think).
hōm is the second ‘proper’ business that I have started. I say ‘proper’ because I’ve put my hand to loads of projects and as a creative, I’ll never make all my money from one source. I create, therefore I am. Fourteen years ago this coming January, I started ned & ruby’s Great Kids Salon. After being a full-time mom for eight years, I spent the following year, the first year of my new business, mostly crying. I hated that my time was no longer mine and my children’s but I got up every day and I worked my arse off marketing and spreading the word. All whilst not taking any wage, just paying others and did I mention I cried a lot? Well I did. But it has paid off. In spades!♠️
I haven’t advertised for ned & ruby’s in the last 11 of the 14 years. Word of mouth and fantastic clients that say kind things. And patience. For the children… they actually rarely try my patience, but folks feel the need for me to explain why I work with kids. Because of people like you that ask that question! (Inside voice? Eek) I can’t even imagine working in an adult salon. Kids are so funny, if you aren’t currently paying attention to each one you come into contact with, you’re missing out. For real.
…and then there is my love for all things hōm. My passion, my favourite topic of conversation (sorry offspring) and what has given me so much satisfaction and such appreciation for interiors my entire life (when I was about 12, I redecorated my eldest sister’s bedroom the second she moved out and I haven’t stopped adding cushions, throws, jars and storage boxes since!).
I am home proud. I pride myself on finding great things for my house at great prices. Because so many people are shocked at the price I pay for things (I like to show off my bargain hunting skills) I decided that there is clearly a gap in this market for nice useful (and less useful but a pleasure to look at) home stuff. I have already been told that my prices are too low, but my promise to you is to source cool things at a great price and NOT take the pi$$ on the retail end of things. I’d rather 10 of you enjoy something I’ve found than only two of you and the other eight say ‘if it was a bit cheaper maybe’. Of course this is a business and with that, one would hope there is a profit. As I am not money driven I look at this with perhaps different eyes than some. You know the ole saying… do what you love and…
Thank you for reading that entire thing. Well done, gold star for you!⭐️
For those of you that skipped a bit and just took the star, we will also get on just fine 😜.
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Merry Christmas and here’s to the next 50 years, right Nan C?! 🖤