Wednesday, 22 April 2015

DEAR SIX YEAR OLD ME



Dear Six Year Old Me,

what did you wish for? What were you dreaming of? Off memory it would be either books or new ballet shoes. Or lets face it, it was probably chocolate. 
Can I tell you to not stress so much and just to let things 'be' more? But other than that don't change stuff, as it may change where I have ended up.

Love

Fortysix year old me.

Monday, 20 April 2015

TOURIST TUESDAY: BRISBANE BY NIGHT

I love being a tourist. Love staying in places unknown. But then we, I, had just as much fun staying in our own city.


As a continuation on from last week's post.. here are a few of the images I captured that night. We set out while the sun was still high, with all three of us stopping to take images when we felt like it. Here is Jarvis's blog post.

Then, after the most delicious Italian pasta dinner, Justin took Jarvis into one of the games places. Jarvis is now addicted, as at his first attempt he came away with a huge chocolate stash.


Some people like buildings, but I like alleyways. What do you take images of when you are away?


With a detour past "silver balls" where Jarvis burnt off some energy.




We ended the night by watching skaters for ages, until all climbing into bed exhausted. 

Sunday, 19 April 2015

MOD BOX SAROUELS FOR BIG KIDS



I could title this post many things...Styled by? Or Styled as my Three year old. Who wore it Better? Being a Big Kid...But basically I wanted to show the fun side of wearing sarouels as an adult. Most know I love my vintage inspired skirts and dresses.

I love getting dressed 'nice', but I also love being comfy. So sarouels are my favourite item to wear. What is not to love about an elastic waist? And a drop crotch? So much comfort.

After hours of drafting and re-drafting this pattern to upscale it from Jarvis size to me size I think I have perfected it.


So I present Mod Box Sarouels for Adults in coral. 

Thursday, 16 April 2015

C SECTION MUMMAS, SOMETHING FOR YOU

Three and a half years on, my scar still hurts. I get twinges along the scar, often. Sometimes when I lift things the 'wrong' way. it pulls like I am going to come apart like a zipper.

However, I love my C section scar. I am proud of it. Through this was Jarvis's SAFE entry into the world. Yes, I capitalised safe, because I do not care how my two babies were born, as long as they were born safely. (For the record Tamika was a quick and safe vaginal birth)


I have had people, normally other Mums, express disappointment. I even had one to go as far as ask if I was disappointed "I did not have a successful birth?" Excuse me, but what the?

Tamika put a link to this article on my Facebook page. For those who have not read it I thought I would share it with you. Three Truths About C-sectionMamas

I recommend reading the whole article, but this paragraph so resonated with me.

1. C-Section mamas are brave.
Being prepped for a c-section is not a walk through the park. Many times, a mothers partner is not allowed in the OR until after the epidural has been administered and everyone has taken their place. This means that while doctors and nurses move about, readying the operating room for delivery (maybe talking about their lunch or what movie they saw over the weekend) a strong pregnant mama sits on a cold operating table considering what lies before her - often scared and often feeling very alone. 
Yup, look at my face in the image. You will not see disappointment at having to prep for a C, you see cold hard fear, and typical me when I am emotional, I cry. Plus a needle in the spine freaken hurts.

So for anyone who has ever felt doubt at their C section stand proud, you are a brave strong women who birth a child. Did you know April is Cesarean Awareness Month? 

How did you birthing go? Any stories you want to share? 

Monday, 13 April 2015

TOURIST TUESDAY: ANNIE'S B&B

Sometimes you really need a mini getaway. And what better, then one in your own city?

Justin had a photoshoot booked in a B&B on Tuesday, so we thought why not spend the night and act like tourist in our own city.


Annie’s Shandon Inn is a unique part of Brisbane’s history, I am sure most people in Brisbane have walked/driven past the pink and blue building at some point.

Annie Shandon moved from Ireland in the late1800s, opening and operating the B&B. She then passed it on to her daughter, who then passed in on to Annie's granddaughter. These Working Mums were way ahead of their time!

Jarvis and I bused it into the city, the B&B is a five minute walk from Brisbane City Hall. But, the B&B does provide parking at the back.

The placed is filled with history, for a vintage lover such as myself I loved checking out the place.



After a quick... hmm... long jump on the bed to test out the mattresses, we headed back into the city to see how touristy we could get...



I will show some of the images next week. Yes all three of us had our cameras.


Sunday, 5 April 2015

COURTNEY


Meet Courtney, my latest 1950's inspired skirt. She is fun and friendly, a skirt that makes you feel happy.



Oh, but don't get me wrong, Miss Courtney had a level of tough bitch in her.

This waistband/zip that took three attempts, and even now the OCD in me is screaming, "not straight".

Main reason is the stripes/checks pattern of the fabric are not even, so pattern matching was a nightmare. When you lay the fabric flat, the right side of the fabric has the lines running about two centimetres higher than the left. I solved the problem of pattern matching in the skirt by the huge pocket placement. But no where to hide the waistband.

She was super comfy and fun to wear. Even after eating excessive amounts of wantons on Easter Sunday. I love this style of skirt, hides a multitude of sins, while making me feel 'dressed up', when in fact I am dagging it in my bunny t shirt and skirt.  

Customer orders welcome. I have enough fabric left over for two more skirts. Just send me an email: iliska_dreams@hotmail.com

Thursday, 2 April 2015

PLEASE VOTE FOR JUSTIN

Justin has been short listed for the Lord Mayor Photographic Awards, Peoples Choice category. He would, (I would), love it, and really appreciate it if you could cast a vote to help Justin win. 


Justin is one of ten who have the chance to win. So each and every vote counts.

All you have to do is follow the link and your vote is done.



thank you to all of those who help Justin.