Thursday, July 29, 2010

Sundress Heaven

Just a glimpse of some of the new stock I'll have this weekend ... upcoming markets are in the sidebar

Plus some new lines of skirts for this coming Spring/Summer ...

 Gorgeous pleated skirts in fun prints (only got 6 completed but there are another 8 in stages of completion)

Tulip skirts made from silk dupion

keep an eye out for the new line of stunning tops for the Spring/Summer

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Busy in Brisbane

This weekend sees Kitty Boo Boo at 3 markets over the City and Northside.

I'll be running a giveaway for a voucher of $20 to be spent at Kitty Boo Boo.

All you need to do is come and say HI at one of the following markets and ask me for the codeword.
Then simply follow the instructions to go into the draw. Easy.


BrisStyle Indie Twilight Market
King George Square
Brisbane City
Fri 30th July
5pm - 9pm


Red Hill Fair
Woolcock Park Red Hill
Hawthorn Terrace, Waterworks Road and Mossvale Street
Sat 31st July
10am - 3pm

South Bank Young Designers Market
Little Stanley Street
South Brisbane
Sun 1 Aug 
10am - 4pm

Monday, July 26, 2010

My little heart

The last week has been a bit full on.

My little man had an appointment with a surgeon for the removal of his adenoids and tonsils, also known as an Adenotonsillectomy.

Apparently this is quite a simple procedure with most worries concerning the anesthetic or bleeding or post op infections.
I was a bit freaked about the anesthetic as I have had some bad experiences with one kind but even though he took a little longer than they thought to regain consciousness, he seemed okay when he came up to the ward. (They don't let you hang out down in Recovery).

He was talkative and devoured an ice-block (poor kid hadn't eaten in 12 hours) but then his blood pressure dropped and there was a mini scramble of nurses. He came around again in about 10 mins.

With a tonsillectomy the pain increases as you heal. Apparently at it's worst on days 3-5. After day 5 you need to watch for signs of bleeding as the (gross) scabs start to come away. This is why eating as many regular foods as possible is good as it helps minimise the build up of the scab. UGH.

Unfortunately for us that night after the operation my little heart developed a fever. It was regulated after a while but it also meant we couldn't go home. Home = eating, drinking and no fevers for 24hrs. The next day he spiked again so I knew I'd be in for another night. That night he reached 40 degrees (C) for the third time. He was now on antibiotics but they didn't seem to be doing much so tests were ordered. His temp was maintained at 38 degrees (C) for 2 days.

Blood tests, urine tests, chest x-rays, and a possible nasal aspirate were ordered. The head paediatrician dropped by and determined it must be a post op infection. The main pain and fever relief at the RCH is Panamax. A concentrated version of Panadol. My kids loathe it. They spit it out. We usually use nurofen but can't for this adenotonsillectomy because it's aspirin based and this thins the blood and if he bleeds we could be in trouble. Panadol has a contract with the RCH so that is all they have. Try giving it to a kid who hates it every 4 hours when he has trouble swallowing, has a fever of 40 (delirious) and it's the middle of the night after you wake him. Hmmmm

On day 2 I bought a frozen dinner as parents aren't fed in hospital. I left it in the fridge in the ward kitchen and someone else ate it. (dark clouds)

On day 3 after 6 hours sleep total for the last 3 days and sleeping on a recliner (not enough room for trundle/cot beds) I was done in. Pete stayed that night while I went home and had a shower and slept - after getting my other little heart from school and getting her dinner.

Luckily that night he took all his meds, kept his temp down and the next day I brought him back home.

He seems to have some fond memories of the hospital. 

I don't.

The nurses on the ward were terrific. One in particular was my angel. She was about my age and kind of used me as a resource. She listened and my little heart did whatever she asked. There was another nurse there who just kept taking things away from him to get him to take his medicine. I tried to explain it wouldn't work - but what did I know.

The RCH is a great hospital ... if you like hospitals.

I don't.

Now I need to prepare for three markets this weekend so excuse me while I go freak out.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Friday BrisStylin' ...

Last Friday night the kids and I set out after school to visit the Brisbane Square Library for the BrisStyle Indie Designers Exhibition and Website launch. 

We wandered around looking at all the beautiful handmade bits of awesome with the occasional exclamation of  'aww' or 'ohhhh' or 'oooooh' or 'can I have that please, can I have that pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease'.

Helen gave a great little speech about BrisStyle, and we ate little sandwiches and cupcakes and drank tea while we listened to some live music and checked out the funky library.

After the exhibit opening and launch the kids and I walked through the city down to Govinda's Krishna restaurant for dinner. I forgot how magical the city is to kids, especially at night.

(I couldn't resist this one - I love random graffiti)

The BrisStyle display is on Level 2 of the Library for two months in July and August this year. The exhibition will have a loosely interpreted kitsch/retro theme. 

BrisStyle Indie Designers Exhibition
Brisbane Square Library
Level 2, 266 George Street, 
July and August, 2010

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wednesday Blues ...

I've been feeling very nostalgic lately, that yearning for what was rather than living what is.

When the cuddles and kisses of my children are just sweet butterflies now they are asleep and I am here on my own ... my man is asleep and I am reminded in my solitary state (tinted with blue) of a time when I was alone ... or at least not living with my love.

image: we heart it

A time of flatmates who may have been relative strangers that fast become family, laundromats and rusted clapped out cars, a time of freezing winters watching fuzzy tv's huddled under blankets and summers spent on the lawn at night drinking wine straight out of the bottle.

image: we heart it

A time of music festivals and beer, small rooms in overcrowded houses, when walking was how you got places not exercise. A time of experimentation and no curfews ...

image: we heart it

A time when nights were bright and days were for sleeping, a job was what you had to do to pay for stuff, a time when making friends with strangers was easy, a time of finding strangers sleeping on your lounge room floor when you wake up in the morning.

 images: we heart it

A time when the most money you ever had on you was on it's way to someone else for rent or bills, food was frugally and sometimes fungally found in the fridge, and if you were really hungry you went and visited mum. A time when craft wasn't a hobby it was a legitimate gift and op shopping wasn't just  cool, it was necessary.

I loved those days of cheese, bread and chateau de cardboard ... and I'm glad I can visit in memories

but I wouldn't want to give up this

 image: kitty boo boo

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

BrisStyle Indie ECO Markets wrap ...

What a great day. Instead of having my own stall I was a part of the co-op stall and had a wee little table with all my newly created ECO items.

I purchased a new brooch from Rebecca at Edward and Lilly, a monster shirt for my boy and a wooden guitar magnet from Sam at Jetta's Nest, a gorgeous cuff from Nel at Feybles Nel, a beautiful hand dyed skein of silk thread from Trish at TrishAlan Designs and lastly as I had helped out Mel from Kimono Reincarnate she packed me a little takeaway bag full of gorgeous vintage Kimono fabrics.

It was a gorgeously warm mid winter day and my favourite part was when this lovely lady popped by. I asked her if I could take her photo and post it on my blog as her cardigan was to die for - red AND with flamingo's. *sigh* sure is hard to beat that.

I had a very yummy vegan hot dog and some really yummy coffee ... not a bad day at all for a birthday :)
 There's plenty more markets to catch me at this month ... just have a glance at the top right of the blog to see where!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Story Book Bunting ...

I have yet to go through my stock to see what is left after the BrisStyle Indie ECO Market but once I do so I will be listing some in my Etsy store, my MadeIt store and my Ethikl store.

They are all salvaged from old books which have been damaged and defaced.
They are a fantastic way for early readers to begin the process of the narrative whilst not confining them to the words. The kids are free to hang them in their rooms and make up stories that they feel are right for the images.

You can also play "Spotto" games with them too.