Hello and welcome to These Golden Daze, a little dream of mine conjured up during those bleary eyed, love filled newborn days. Or the newborn 'daze' as it is so often referred to. You know the one. Where night and day are interchangeable, clothing is optional and sleep deprivation is all consuming. But as many others before will tell you, these really are the golden years. And whilst the days may feel long, the years are short.
I have always loved interior styling and after having my son, my eyes were opened up to the world of children's interiors during those AM feeds whilst scrolling through social media just to stay awake. More importantly, the world of small business and fellow women and mummas just like me who had taken the plunge and had turned their passion projects into full blown hustles. I'm not going to lie, my maternity-leave stricken bank account took a hit during those first few months as I shopped small and adorned my little one's room with the beautiful products I had come across on Instagram. I soon realised however that my budget would not accomodate my taste and with my little boy growing and changing so quickly, I wanted to keep updating his room and allow him to feel a sense of ownership over the space. With many items still on my list, I started looking to places like Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace in the hopes of finding some unique pieces second-hand within my budget. I was blown away by the sheer volume of amazing items in fantastic condition that were available and soon enough I had found some beautiful pieces. My searching had quickly become an obsession and I started selling my own unwanted possessions from around the house in the hope to declutter and also recoup some cash. Not being able to stop my searching even after finishing Xander's room and telling everyone who would listen about my lucky finds, it didn’t take long for friends and family to start asking me to keep an eye out for specific pieces and source different items for them.
My son Xander is the driving force behind every decision I make, every direction I turn and every goal I strive for. And I am so thankful to share this journey with him as we grow and change together. I started this project when he was 8 months old as an outlet to express my creativity and promote sustainable, eco conscious ways of styling children’s spaces. This quickly morphed into something a little different and 18 months later, this business looks completely different. My values of sustainability and eco-consciousness still remain, but the vehicle looks a little different. Many of you know, but a lot of you don’t, that I am a qualified Primary School Teacher with 10 years of experience. I have taught Kindergarten through to Year 6 in some capacity during that time, but my niche and 8/10 years was taught teaching Kindergarten students. Early Childhood (0-8 years) is where my passion and strengths lie and the basis for my products and resources in These Golden Daze.
Embedding my educational background into my business was not the way I expected this business to grow. I had never considered that my skills and knowledge could be applied in a different format, outside of the classroom. That I could take the best parts of my role as an educator, leave the parts that made it difficult to see why I chose that career in the first place, and combine it with my other loves. My son, my love of beautiful, calming spaces and the natural world around us. Turning it into something that tapped into the very best parts of me. So in an effort not to sound like I’m sharing my resume with you all, I just wanted you to know a little more about my ‘why’ and the purpose that drives this little business of mine. Because yes nature play is beautiful. Yes it photographs well. Yes it is definitely on trend right now. But there is a greater and deeper meaning that underpins everything I do in These Golden Daze, backed by educational philosophy and knowledge and experience of children’s holistic development. From the bottom of my heart I thank you for stopping by.
The days are short and the years are shorter. Let's celebrate These Golden Daze.