Jane Vanroe on collecting vintage powder compacts and compact mirrors. You can find Jane's designs at www.vanroe.com and on Amazon in the EU & USA
March has arrived with a cry in the Johnston household, as Joji’s first teeth seem to be breaking through. Poor chap isn’t sleeping properly at all, meaning that Mummy’s time to pack up Mothers’ Day orders is increasingly squished… or accompanied by a cranky baby soundtrack. He’s just dozed off after an hour of intermittent screaming, shushing and sellotaping.
Even so, it’s rather wonderful that as my compacts are given as gifts, busy times cluster around family occasions. Christmas, Valentines Day, and now Mother’s Day. I hadn’t realised that I’d be sharing these days with so many customers. One of my favourite things about running Vanroe is writing the gift messages in customers’ parcels. With or without a baby soundtrack, it’s surprisingly moving to be connected to mothers I’ve never met… to be writing the words that their son or daughter wants me to share.
There’s still silence in my house, so it seems the Calpol has finally kicked in. I’ll be stocking up on Calpol and compacts to make it through to March 18th… Maybe my Mothers’ Day fairies will bring me a 500ml bottle of baby nurofen this year….