Wednesday, October 31, 2012

b & w

I want to get back to my basics of blogging.  The real stuff.  I'm a bit nervous.  There has been some unkind words in the land of internet I have come across.

Some days I want to live in my bubble.  It is safe and happy.  Few I know know this.  They are treasures to me.

We made a tee-pee last night.  Curtain rails ready for the fire - rescued.  My knuckles bleeding as I cut down some thin, spindly trees.  Fabric taken from the stash to adorn the top of our creation.  The vine was not strong enough.







I like this black and white.  Do you?

Rach xx

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

garden journal


Join in each week to share your Garden Journal, sharing what you are up to in your garden. The link will go up every Tuesday and the link is open for the whole week!

It might be what you are planting in the garden...
... pet antics...
.... family occasions, get-togethers, picnics...
... hints and tips - family garden secrets (like how to keep wombats from eating your crop)..
but it all must be in your garden!
Link in... share the joy xx

Pop this button in your sidebar - I can't wait to see what you are up to!

Rach xx

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Who knew how exciting mulch could be?  Mr DCT is now the proud owner of a mulcher, so as we clear our trees and undergrowth from around the house, we are also mulching the branches.  The highlight of my gardening week inbetween sick children and fighting sickness away myself, was filling one tiny garden bed with mulch between my apple tree and petunia's last night.  The warm summer nights are upon us now - my favorite time for gardening.

Since our move to this abode about three months ago, my thoughts on what to do with our 1 3/4 acres of bush has been a little overwhelming.  Some of it needs to be cleared for fire hazard.  The down side of our hill is beautfiully thriving.  The top side of the hill which is pretty flat has many dead trees and weeds that have seeded over the years.

My current thought is that we fence that 3/4 acre portion.  Clear the dead trees, weeds and undergrowth (with the help of a couple of goats or alpacas I'm thinking).  Ideally it would be great to have a couple of sheep and a cow, but I'm not sure what their land requirements are - I need to research.  Some vegie gardens fenced off, a green house, potting shed and there would be a few wood heaps from all the clearing of dead trees.

Here are some pics that are inspiring me from Pinterest...





What's been happening in your patch this week?

Love Rach x

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Yarn Along


I cannot admit to making this gorgeous throw (I picked it up in the op-shop); however the little bit of grey crochet is what I learned today at my second crochet class.  I am confident now with my Granny Square.  This is the beginnings of an amigurumi owl.  Next I am thinking I will finish that green blanket for Master S, putting all my knitted squares together in a hodge podge manner with crochet stitches.

I have not been reading this week and have a big library fine to pay... albeit feeling guilty about that and knitting instead.  I think I prefer to buy books, it seems to end up cheaper I think!  Joining with Ginny's weekly Yarn Along.

Love Rach xx

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Shirt and Skirt Market

We had a gorgeous sunny Sunday for our first ever market at the Abbotsford Convent.  The setting was delightful.  People watching was fun.  Creative people galore.  We met the beautiful Elise, such a talented illustrator and author.  Miss G bought one of her cards and we will frame it and pop it on the wall.

Here is our market day in pictures.  We will be there over the coming months, it's a keeper in my diary!  The marquee was looking very white... I am so happy with our yellow props!










Garden Journal link up was posted this morning too.

Love Rach x

Garden Journal


Join in each week to share your Garden Journal, sharing what you are up to in your garden. The link will go up every Tuesday and the link is open for the whole week!

It might be what you are planting in the garden...
... pet antics...
.... family occasions, get-togethers, picnics...
... hints and tips - family garden secrets (like how to keep wombats from eating your crop)..
but it all must be in your garden!
Link in... share the joy xx

Pop this button in your sidebar - I can't wait to see what you are up to!

Rach xx


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I am taken aback by some news of a very old friend that her four year old daugther is starting chemotherapy and radiation therapy tonight as an inoperable tumor discovered to be malignant yesterday is growing rapidly and pressing against her brain.

I can't think straight to update you on my garden... but children love gardens.... so as I ask you to pray for a miracle healing of this little girl named Harper... your garden journal is very welcome to brighten everyone's day!

Rach x


Thursday, October 18, 2012

my creative space

I haven't shared much lately over at My Creative Space, but I am trying to blog a bit more often.... and today I spent my day creating.  I am very blessed that my love of making and designing and gardening has brought me to being able to work with creating and start going to market with my creations!

Today I spent my day making terrariums for this Sundays market.... yesterday I learned to crochet... feeling very blessed for these gifts in my life!






My living room storage area ready for deliveries tomorrow and waiting to load the car on Saturday night.




Love Rach xx

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Yarn Along - I learned something new

Today I had my first ever crochet lesson here (well actually the real shop in Monbulk)..  This morning I woke up with a bounce, remembering a good read I had last winter.  Blossom Street.  Today reminded me of the book... a morning in a craft store spending it yarning along.


The gorgeous Kate at Little Red's in Monbulk instructing us so wonderfully!


It's all very red and my first official crochet stitches ever!!!!




It was divine, I felt special, and I met with some lovely ladies.  I even mastered the Granny Square!

Once home I finished my household daily washing dishes and clothes and had a spot of time to make some terrariums for this Sunday's market.  Reading the brand new issue of Frankie.  Some interesting articles - especially that of teen reading.

Love Rach xx

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Garden Journal

Join in each week to share your Garden Journal, sharing what you are up to in your garden. The link will go up every Tuesday and the link is open for the whole week!



It might be what you are planting in the garden...
... pet antics...
.... family occasions, get-togethers, picnics...
... hints and tips - family garden secrets (like how to keep wombats from eating your crop)..
but it all must be in your garden!
Link in... share the joy xx

Pop this button in your sidebar - I can't wait to see what you are up to!

Rach xx


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The sun started to shine here in Melbourne which meant we finally were able to do a spot of gardening.  This miniature apple tree has followed us for the last three house moves, and I am pleased to say it has found it's prime position!  The bee's visited over the last few days... where they came from I have no idea - because we do not have any flowers close by really.



It looks quite barren in this picture, but is doing really well.


Petunia's and lavender are underplanted.  The chickens loved to have their dust baths right next to this garden bed, so I had been trying to shoo them away.


We have begun to clear around the house for bushfire safety.  In the next couple of months we have to take out some huge gum trees.  Mr DCT has begun the smaller trees and started stacking fire wood.  The speck of blue at the bottom of the picture is the new mulcher hidden under a tarp.


We have wildflowers galore at the moment.  I am unsure of their species, I will have to borrow a book from the library to find out.  They are so pretty, I cut a bundle and arranged a posie in a jar on the kitchen table.





The spring colour is amazing.


Miss G is learning about the patience of gardening and waiting for her garden to grow.  She has also experienced something eating her Dahlia seedlings, much to her dismay.  She planted her new rose bush and dahlia bulbs.


Welcome to all our new gardeners from Ginny's blog - I so look forward to reading everyone's garden news!

Rach xo



Monday, October 15, 2012

a type of grief

I've been setting up my Squiggly Rainbow website and asked my amazing friend Hannah to write a bio for me.  The only thing I asked her was that is was whatever she felt to write - and it was okay to include Autism and if it could reflect me.  When I read it, I had tears.  Tears that a beautiful friend could know me so well.  Like the ditty "A true friend knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten the words"


"Squiggly Rainbow is the invention of a most whimsical mind.

That whimsical mind belongs to Rachael; owner, operator, designer and head moss collector at Squiggly Rainbow.
Rachael story goes a little like this:

One day, in cookie cutter suburbia, Rachael was washing the breakfast dishes. She had just given in to her youngest son and allowed him to watch Maisy Mouse for the thousandth time. Rachael must have been confounded by the absence of her child’s voice because she did something very strange. Rachael began to attend to the fleeting thoughts of fancy that flitted through her mind. Ric-rac and willow and floral designs; a bird on a branch and polka-dots too. Rachael removed her hands from the warm and soapy water; neglecting the task that she formally attended so diligently. She dried her hands on her yellow cardigan, walked to a long forgotten wardrobe and pulled out her sewing machine.  This was an extreme act of liberation. She looked at that old Janome for some time. She did not know what she would create, but create she would.

Rachael’s family wasn’t like most families. Sure they were gorgeous and with Rachael’s talent for whimsical artistry so was their home, but what envious passers-by did not know was that Maisy, offered Rachael her only respite. Rachael’s husband, her fabulous Mr Dream Come True and two of her three precious children have Autism Spectrum Disorders. Rachael, the loving mother and wife that she is, went to every length to create a space that her family felt comfortable in. Unfortunately, for the longest time, she forgot to leave room for polka-dots and butter-cream.
On that day; with dishes sitting in tepid water and Maisy adventuring away, Rachael created a space for herself. With the whirring of her sewing machine, her crafty, creative self was given voice and her business was born. Rachael and her children named it Squiggly Rainbow to reflect their family; just like a rainbow they are many different parts moving as one, but more like the rest of us, they’re a little off-beat and squiggly too.
The world of whimsy that Rachael carried in her head now lives in the miniature worlds she creates. Her terrariums, clothing, willow sculptures and many other fantastical feats reflect Rachael’s love for the natural world and her desire for simplicity."

Yesterday we went to church and I was speaking about our move to the hills.  Upon the question of how it is going, I held back tears.  I responded that it is lonely.  Lonely because we are going through a whole transition as a family.  Lonely because all my babes are at school now.  Lonely because I can't have any more.

I met some new mothers there.  The time of playgroup and carting toddlers around seems so long ago.  It's a type of grief.  The grief has many faces.  The grief that bearing more children (unless a miracle occurred - which I do pray for) would most likely see me rocking singing Vincent over and over in my head.  The grief that the connection with my boys is limited and revolves around their Autistic minds.  The grief in analyzing all that grief.


In that loneliness and grief - my Miss G had tears this morning asking if she could be home-schooled.  I don't think I could home-school the boys.  I feel I don't have the know-how to home-school Miss G.  She is so, so bright.  She loves people and I do believe she is at the right place at the blessed school.

I have my new routine and am enjoying that.  The transition is interesting.  Times are changing in our home.  Friends have gone.  New ones to be made.  New rituals and traditions.  It is refreshing, but why am I feeling that grief?

Love Rach xo

Saturday, October 13, 2012

almost famous

Master J asks if I am famous because of Squiggly Rainbow.  He has seen our three articles published in print and thinks I am pretty famous.  I remember being his age and thinking one was famous if they were in the newspaper.  I don't usually feel famous.



But today I did.  You see, I was mentioned on one of my favorite blogs.  I didn't even think this gorgeous lady would have visited my blog.  Apparently Ginny has.  Bless her.  Ginny is in the US, has a gorgeous family and way of life - quite inspirational in every way.  Usually Ginny hosts a garden journal which I thought was most likely for US readers, I discovered it after I began this Australian based Garden Journal.



Today I felt famous because although unfortunately Ginny has to give away blogging the garden journal aspect of her blog for a while - she directed her 200,000 plus readers to this little Squiggly Rainbow blog.  Blessed I am.

It seems my blogging mojo is coming back.  Mr DCT is working long, long hours - it's a bit lonely here in these hills.  Blogging keeps me connected, I like it.

Looking forward to Tuesday, for our next Garden Journal.  I hope you can link in too!

Rach xo

Friday, October 12, 2012

a fresh start - or should I say - back to it


Yesterday while Miss G and Master S were sick, I spent my time between nursing to make my own official Squiggly Rainbow business page.

When I first started creating I wanted the blog to be both the business page and personal page.  The thing is, it's getting busier at markets.  Store owners are asking to wholesale - it's a bit more professional I guess - and my nutty and whimsical thoughts need not be business public I am thinking.

So no more posting links to the blog on the Squiggly facebook page.  This is the last.  If you want to follow my story, my fruitloop thoughts and daydreams, worries and journey (and the garden too).  You will need to click on the 'join this site' button in the right hand margin.

I have not been blogging much of late - I've been quite self-conscious of being myself - of letting too much out of the bag.  Blogging is an outlet for my everyday journey with Autism and Depression.  I'd love you to keep reading if you are a regular reader - and I love each and every comment written.  It blesses me so much.

Happy days to you - and I hope you keep on enjoying the Squiggly blog!

Tomorrow I think one of our pics is featuring on Village Voices.  And here is my new website - it still has a bit of work to be done - but I'm pretty happy with it for a budget DIY job!

Mr DCT found this clip a few weeks ago - I really love it and it spoke to me about mental illness.  Can you relate?



I am wondering if I can relate because of many reasons in my life.  I'll get to the bottom of that... but I wanted to share it as a little last horrah to linking my blog on the fb page!

Love Rach x

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Thankful Thursday

I have just re-found a blog I was introduced to a while ago.  You know when you visit somewhere and the time is not right.  I love how time becomes right and things fall into place.

I usually don't like reading other blogs where there is ASD in the family - I have found them so negative.  But Kate Says Stuff - is a bit of a happy place and she has two boys like I have two boys with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Today I am so thankful for love.  Mr DCT has been a little stressed with the sale of the house and banks.  Miss G has been vomiting profusely overnight.  Master S is on the mend with strong antibiotics for Scarlet Fever.  Master J is at school.  I'm drinking coffee.  But we have love.  I can be home to nurse my babes.  Mr DCT has called three times to tell me he loves me.  The sicklings tell me they love me.  I'm so thankful.



Joining in with Kate.  What are you thankful for today? Everyday?

Rach xo

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