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Mary (the Grecian Princess) had a little Lamb…….

I was invited to a glamorous evening this week and had a “what am I going to wear?” moment because it is Black Tie and franky, that dress code scares me…….

But then I remembered the little blue number I have been working on, so I pushed myself to finish it off.  The first of a whole series of upcycled ball gowns, I hope you are as excited about it as I am! Continue reading

Frocktober Day 31 – Going out with a BANG

Dear Diary,

Well I save the best for last and broke out my SHOT GUN WEDDING DREES for the occasion of THE END OF FROCKTOBER!!!

What a ride it has been!

It took 3 and a half hours to walk the main street of Merredin and I am thrilled to say that today alone, the town of Merredin raised $426!!!!!  

I am so humbled by how amazing and generous the people in my little town are.  I am sure many of them have been questioning my sanity throughout the whole month, see the look on this lady’s face…….

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PRICELESS!!!!

Here is my day…..

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Thank you Two Dogs!

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Thank you Merredin Newsagency

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Thank you Super IGA

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Awww….Aunty Leah!!

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Thank you Girls from The Cutting Room

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Rest stop at The Cummins Theatre where I am planning to hold a spectacular Launch and cocktail party next year!!

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hahahaha, adjusting some bits and getting some air, oh Mum, you nearly got my knickers!

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My Flower Girl have a bit of fun at Atkinsons of Merredin, YAY colouring table!

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Thank you Target

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Thank you Toy shop

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Thank you to all the banks in town

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Thank you Christina’s Cottage (I have stopped drooling over your wares long enough to take some pics)

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Thank you Australia Post

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Thank you Information centre

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Thank you so much Merredin Wheattbelt Mercury for following me through this crazy event

And a big thankyou to all who donated and saw me in the street and didn’t call the ‘looney van’ on me, This experience has made me grow, again, imagine what I can do now after stepping out of my comfort zone for the whole month.  How am I going to top this next year??? …..don’t be silly, of course I already have plans for next year – you ALL may be involved!!!!!

So, online we raised, together $740

And today alone, you all generously helped me raise $426

I am so amazed by you all!!

And I believe that all of us FROCKTOBIANS have surpassed the $250,000 mark all together, that is astounding!! Getting us closer to some better early detection for ovarian cancer and closer to eradicating this awful disease.

Tomorrow, some of the money will go to the cause too, so COME AND JOIN ME FOR LUNCH TOMORROW!!! details HERE, bring your friends and your kids (there is a lolly buffet!!! and so many awesome little shops set up just for you)

I did do a little vlog and I will put it up with tomorrows finale blog post with the grand total you awesome people have helped me raise!

Love Kirsty

xx

PS. if you missed me today you can still donate here

 

 

Frocktober Day 27 – A mixed up, productive day

Dear Diary,

We achieved ALOT today, even after a sleep in!

Reticulation sorted, Master J helped with the Retic and mowed the lawns, backyard tidied, pool cleaned, flower seedlings planted, weeds pulled out (thankyou sheep for taking care of most of them) and we even got some inside tidying done – the toy room looked like the Tassie Devil had been through.  A spot of sewing was achieved too, today, I made a cute outfit for Miss D and cut out a ruffle tie top for Miss G (this top reminds me of a top my Mum made for me when I was little, I loved it and wanted to recreate the love of it with my girls)

We got a spot of outback netball in just before we jumped in the pool for the first time……

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I wrote about this little dress once before, it reminds me of my sweet Grandad, the shirt is something like he used to wear, it has ducks on it, I made it into this cute little dress.  I have lots more shirts ready and waiting for me to get stuck into. You can read more about this dress here.

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Now to sit back with a glass of wine and wait for my flowers to grow, and to ponder at how lucky I am to have a healthy, happy family (well, most of us, Hubby has health issues, but that is another story and maybe an MS charity event coming up) but, right now, it is about those suffering Ovarian cancer, so help me get behind them with a small donation here

Hope you had a great weekend!

Love Kirsty xx

Frocktober Day 18 – Watching the Whales

Dear Diary,

A pretty low key kind of day today, we stuck around the area we were situated and checked out the lighthouse and went for a stroll to see if we could spot some whales – Hubby saw them all and when he tried to show me where, they hid from me!

 

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We tried our luck over at Bunker Bay and they were swarming (do whales swarm?), a beautiful sight

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Se the whale?

They put on a show for us while we had lunch at the Beach Cafe, there were so many and all were breaching and playing around, it was magic to watch.

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I think I chose my frock well for today, very nautical!

I made this one from a vintage red blouse, I lopped off the sleeves and made a navy cotton drill skirt with a wide band and attached it to the blouse – my fab hat makes this outfit, don’t you think?

Last day today, get to see the kids tomorrow – yay!!

I hope you enjoyed your holiday with my Hubby and myself, I have been given many a pep talk by him about taking on too much etc and feel ready to go home and relax into a more stress free life and also the excitement of organising the FABULOUS FROCKTOBER LUNCHEON.

I still have many more frocks to dust off for the next few weeks so keep those donations coming

DONATE HERE

Love Kirsty xx

 

Frocktober Day 11 – Stranded…….

Dear Diary,

Believe it or not, this kind of stuff happens to me quite a lot!!

We attempted a trip to town to stock up on a few things for the kids and Mum and Dad while we are away and wouldn’t you know it…..we ran out of fuel!!

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Before you start ‘tsk, tsking’, I am still getting used to my fuel gauge after having the fuel pump replaced (it started working backwards, so full is empty and empty is full, and then just started to be random – quite a lot like me I guess haha) I was informed that I had a 75 litre tank so I have worked out a system to keep tabs on how much I have used – it turns out my car has a 70 litre tank, DOH!

So you can see that it wasn’t entirely my fault hahahaha

Anyways……I was just able to get signal on my phone and called good ole Mum (another miracle, I often forget to take my phone anywhere), but while we waited, we watched in awe at the monumental amount of wind turbines we drive past most days at Collgar Wind Farm – there are over 100 of them and they are quite a sight – I do take notice of them every time I drive by but we got a good look at them today.

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Waiting….

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Waiting….

 

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Waiting….

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Being chastised by Miss G…..

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Yay for Mum!! We have fuel!!

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I can’t be bothered going to town now – lets go home and watch a movie!

Mum offered to bring out some milk etc. tomorrow when they come to settle in for the week with the kids – all is good, it’s just a shame that no one got to see this dress – it is my favourite jumper which was coming unraveled and a vintage dress in which I wasn’t fond of the top part of it, so I merged them together to make one fab dress which will be living in my ‘most worn’ part of the wardrobe I think!

Do you often have things like this happen to you? or is it just me?

Love Kirsty xx

Drop a donation for Ovarian Cancer here

https://frocktober.everydayhero.com/au/kirsty

 

Day 4 Frocktober – A lovely day for a stroll……

Dear Diary,

Miss D and I decided to take a stroll today, all be it at the back of the farm, so we jumped in the car and took off to my favourite place where it is so peaceful and stress free.

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Dressed up in our Frocktober best – Twiggy dress from

https://obsessivecreativedesign.wordpress.com/2013/08/12/the-secrets-of-the-forest-with-a-lace-addiction/ 

and a little upcycled number called KELLY (which Miss D is rocking) made from a ladies lace top and a mans business shirt, we set off to check how the crops are growing, and I must say, they are looking great!

So much better than the miserable year we all had last year, the weather has really been on our side, so hopefully that makes for some very happy farmers out here by the end of harvest!

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It’s so beautiful out here, I am so grateful of our decision to come back home to the country after some tough years away.

It is so peaceful and I love watching all the seasons fly by, from this time of year – watching the crops grow (sometimes you can even hear them grow, it is so quiet), to the bustle of harvest and all of the hard working harvesters out there when the weather is warm and balmy.  My favourite time of year would have to be seeding time though, the smell of freshly turned earth and the intense colours of bright blue sky, green trees and rich brown fertile land.  I swear, my eyes have been turned on since coming home and I see things so much more brightly and these walks intensify it more when you have time to breath it all in (that is until the flies get too bad and you breath them in too, only a small hazard which is really quite insignificant to me in the scale of things)

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Better get home and get some dinner on, the older kids can come next time, get them off their butts and enjoying the sunshine.  Now to get this gate closed so the sheep don’t have a “field day” in here…..

Don’t forget about donating while we are feeling relaxed and calm to remember that while we are living quite a blessed life, there are others suffering and we can all do something, no matter how small, to make others lives easier.

https://frocktober.everydayhero.com/au/kirsty

Love Kirsty xx

 

 

 

Day 3 The School Holiday Saga in Miss G’s perspective – “I don’t WANNA clean my room…..” (Frocktober Files)

Dear Diary,

It’s the holidays and Mum has got me cleaning my room AGAIN!

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I don’t know what she wants of me, every time I clean it, it isn’t good enough, so why bother??

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I am only going to sleep in my bed tonight, so why make it?? ARRGHHH

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I don’t know where to start

It’s not FAIR!!

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I am a kid, I am supposed to be having fun, I don’t wanna clean my room!

I suppose I’d better start before she flips out…..

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See you after my prison sentence…….

Love Miss G

xx

PS. Do you like my dress?? It’s a CARRIE skirt from my Mum’s Collection