Friday, September 30, 2011

I've got mail

I received four parcels in the post today.  Three gorgeous pieces of bunting and my new cd ,

Very exciting.  I may even just take myself off with some besties and the Mr DCT to see the girls playing in the city very soon.  Fun.

Thanks to all of you who have sent me off a little package - yours is coming!

I am looking forward to my boys maybe looking after themselves proactively so I can do some sewing.  How could my day thus far have been consumed with refereeing fights, washing dishes and doing the food shopping.  It's already 2pm.  Aaaahhhh!  Love school holidays!

Much Love Rach xx

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

for the boys pant range

There are so many delightful and quirky clothes for girls.... but what about our boys?  I have made these this morning and love them.... More to be made as soon as this birthday season is over!

Available to order or purchase at our stockists.

More creativity here too.

Much Love Rach xo

Monday, September 26, 2011


Lately, I have been gardening.

Lately, I have been celebrating the birthday of Master S; he is now 10.

Lately, I have been enjoying the sunshine with my family.

Lately, I have been getting organised for Miss G's birthday (twelve tomorrow).

Lately, I have been receiving some little surprises in the mail - and thinking about what my designs will be.

Lately, I have been feeling really good.
I have been making some more new connections, new friends.  
My old and dear one's visited yesterday with the kidlets lifelong friends.

Lately, I've been considering acquiring some new feathered friends.

Tomorrow, we are headed to the NGV.  Exciting.  Missing blogging - but life is busy.  Hope you are well.  Sending you my love and prayers.

Much Love Rach xoxox

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

bunting swap update

Hello Ladies!  Addresses are getting sent through - there has been a little confusion over your own name not being on the list I have emailed through.  That is because you need not send one to yourself!  Everyone has a different list as  you are all making different numbers of bunting pieces, I have organised it that if you make and send 5 or 10 or 30, you will receive the same number in return!

There are still some to email through, I will get to this asap - we are having a very ASPIE week in my home, which is delaying me!

Finally, Yaga at The Shiny Bubble has put together a flickr group for us to each upload some pics of what we are making and or receiving!  Here is the link.

Two gorgeous friends have blessed me with a gift of bunting - wow I felt treasured!  Aren't they pretty!

I feel like a bad mother of chickens at the moment, I did not lock our chooks away properly last night and our Milo girl was taken by I am guessing a fox.  She was our friendliest and cuddliest - I'm sorry Milo.  RIP.

Much Love Rach xo

Monday, September 19, 2011

gone fishing

He packed his pack, upon a stick.... tape measure, 'fish list', sunglasses, measuring tape, magnifine glass, bathers and goggles.  Master J was ready for a fishing expedition!

Master J is becoming an expert on different varieties of fish.  Thanks to the ipad application 'flick fishing'.  I must say as much as I dislike parenting with these gadgets, I feel there is no escaping it in my house.  We have put to task in real life, a virtual experience into the real outdoors and environment. My children love, love, loved fishing on the weekend.  They did not lose concentration or interest and we enjoyed the sunshine for a good 3 hours!  They would have stayed longer if I did not have to get home to cook dinner.

I think we have discovered a new family regular outing experience.  We do need to find some more local fishing spots though, the local park was a bit busy for fishlings.

In Master J's kindergarten years a kindred friend of mine made her boy a 'happy book'.  This book is to use when a child is having a meltdown, tantrum or basically a hard time adjusting to a situation.  Sometimes words do not help.  This is true for my boys at times.  I made a 'happy book' for Master J, it has a nice soft felt cover with a happy face on it.  The inside pages are filled with pictures of family, friends and things Master J loves.  One of these things is skeletal structures.

I loved the look on my little man's face when he saw this sign with fish skeletal details.  Precious.  Master J discovered a website with me that has fish skeletons, how amazed and enthralled he was.

What amazes me with my boys is there amazing re-call and retention of facts.  Tonight Master J counted to 400 by 5's - is this Prep material?   I am also amazed by their challenges, some which are hard to deal with.  These may be looked at by some as my lack of parenting, I have even felt I don't make the chop.  But, I do.  The fact is, Asperger's is a condition that affects one's perceptions of sensory input and this can be debilitating.  It is debilitating.  It is hard work.

Then we have break through days like this one.  More days of being able to be in a public place.  Days of making some new friends (albeit being aged just 1 and a half - but as delightful as all could be and my boys adore him).

Sharing these days with a gorgeous big sister and relating.

And sharing something as a family (except Mr DCT who was on night shift).

It is all about perspective isn't it?  I thank my lucky starts we do not have huge physical illnesses that bring about hospitalisation.  We do not have chronic illness that requires regular medical treatment.  I am thankful.

I wonder what I can do to help those who do have high medical needs?  Do these people wonder what they can do to help some like us who have developmental disorders in the family?  It's not tit for tat.  But to think of others, no matter what the deal, is always a good thing.

I have a new friend.  A blog reader.  Her family is sick, quite sick.  They need prayers and love and miracles. They need organ donors.  Are you on the list?  We are.  It is important.  It is something we can all do.  It's not hard, it's selfless.  Goodness, one won't even realise or feel the 'pain' of it when our heart and brain are no longer ticking in this world.  Sign up today, please.

Do you have a local fishing 'hole'?  Tell me!

Much Love Rach xo

Thursday, September 15, 2011

My Creative Space

I have been gearing up for more sewing and have a goal to get a few lines down to The Vintage Shed as soon as I can sew them all up.  HOWEVER .... my space was an absolute sty.  So a day off after being a working woman (in paid work) for two days, gave me my mojo to clean up the area.

I finally got around to washing this pile of Vintage buttons from last weeks oppy find.

And then the post-man turned up with this delightful book I ordered only a few days ago - goodness I love the Book Depository!

Not long before school pick-up, I might be able to sew a skirt in time!

What have you been making this week?  Check some ideas out here at Our Creative Spaces!

Much Love Rach xo

ps - last day to register for The Bunting Swap is tomorrow xx

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


There has been a crisp Spring chill in the air.

My sewing machine has been skipping a beat - not sure why.

These are my latest three designs, I am so happy with them and will be sending them off this week to a store in Hawthorn!

Today I began my casual job as a teachers aide at my kidlets blessed school.  How nice to work near them and see them running about.  I am back there for a full day tomorrow - my pile of sewing will be waiting for me on Thursday I'm sure!

Hope you like these little frocks!  How are you?  The Bunting Swap is almost organised, you should all receive your addresses by the weekend!

Much Love Rach xo

PS - It's Master S and Miss G's birthdays in just under two weeks.... after many an idea thrown our way - a lovely kindred spirit suggested an outdoor cinema screening on our big white space where I will eventually hang the bunting!  How exciting - now to start decorating!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

earthly treasures have blessed

I feel I have had a bit of a confirmation for our path we are travelling at the moment.  It has been a difficult week with some news of friends close to us - but that news has confirmed another way that our move was the right choice.

Our move to concentrate more on the simple life.  I have been chatting with my boys about giving this week.  Another blogger discussed kindness and giving on her blog last night.  Interesting reading - lots of thoughts.

This week I have been gifted five amazing bundles of earthy treasures.  To be blessed with bundles of vintage and antique fabrics together with lace trims has been nothing short of miraculous.  Mr DCT has wondered if my sewing efforts are worth my while.  Somehow this has been a confirmation.  A blessing.

Then today I went to a garage sale (yard sale) - and wow.  I met a lady who shared a similar view to life as I do - albeit she was older and has had many a hardship.  Her blessing, her kind words - one of those chance meetings; we exchanged numbers.  She was an art-therapist at the Royal Childrens Hospital years ago.  Mmmm, interesting.  Isn't it amazing how when we have felt to isolated or lonely - answers to prayer just start flowing in and we meet people or read something that blesses us!

I bought this collection of books at her sale.  And I love the vintage illustrations in a poetry book I picked up.

My how I love this mamma Owlet.  Please read this amazing post she wrote last night.  How I yearn to do something like this.  Maybe I may start paving the way - it may take some courage.  It brings me back to The Bunting Swap - a bit of courage - listening to what I felt I had to do.  The blessings that have come.

Aren't these treasures amazing!  How grateful I feel.

Much Love Rach xo

Friday, September 9, 2011

for the boys

I will be back on a more personal note soon, still need my mind space!  This is what I've been making this week.   My "For the Boys" range.

Much Love Rach xx

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

what do you think?

My first consignment went out in the post today, a gorgeous little store in Norwood, South Australia called Econest.  Word of mouth from a fellow Vintage Shed stall holder - Septembre Vintage, blessed me with my first client.  I am thinking of emailing a few more stores and including this little advertisement.  
Does it look okay?  Just whipped it up on Picnik.

Much Love Rach xo

Monday, September 5, 2011


I just wanted to say hello!  We have had a chaotic weekend going through some difficult news with some of our dearest friends.

So I just wanted to say hi and let you know I am here, and also keeping busy with The Bunting Swap and making a range of baby girls dresses that are being shipped off to Adelaide this week!

I hope you are well - I may not be online much this week due to personal prayerful time and supporting loved ones..... I will most likely be on facebook, it is a no-brainer stress release!

Much Love to you and yours  Rach xx

Thursday, September 1, 2011

the arts

I spent today on a school excursion to the Melbourne Writers Festival with my young Master S.  He was chosen as one of four in his class for his creative writing - to participate in a Year 4 to Year 12 English excursion.  Master S met his favorite author; Emily Rodda.

It reminded me of my teen years, the years where I was discovering my academic abilities.  The years that I began to explore the City.  The years where my creativity began.  The years I met Mr DCT at Flinders Street Station to spend days together.  The years that I now feel, I am getting back to similar trains of thought.

I loved being with all the 'kids' today.  My group was just delightful - I even got a hug from one of the boys.  How sweet (I felt valued).

On the bus on the way home, chatting with another mamma.  The conversation came to being a mamma.  The tasks, the choices, the role, what we do, the sacrifice, the loneliness, the joy.  One of the teachers, a beautiful lady - let me know she remembered those days, when her last babe went to school.  The feeling of climbing out of a hole.  I love being a mamma, don't get me wrong - but it is hard.  That is not talked about much.

I was thinking.  Where did I go?  What happened to that teenager that whimsically loved going to the City and  experiencing the Arts, culture, OP-SHOPS!  She had babies.  I had special babies.

Last night I received an email from a fellow stall holder - she too has a child on the Autism Spectrum.  One of the mamma's on the excursion today has a child on the Autism Spectrum.  I have two.  I remembered that only 12 month ago, if we took Master J to a shopping center, movie theatre - or the like.  I remembered the stress, the tantrums, the sensory overload; the anxiety it caused the family.

Today I had a little hope.  As I accompanied Master S on his excursion - that maybe one day soon - just maybe - we might be able to be a 'normal' family.  We might be able to start experiencing culture, the Arts, trips to the City again.  I hope so.  I felt like me again.

Much Love Rach xo


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