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Dollhouse Imitating Life?

My daughter has a lovely eclectic collection of ‘friends’ in her borrowed dollhouse and I couldn’t resist the temptation to photograph them how she had (quite neatly) arranged them one morning.

As I was looking at them I got thinking about how I hope that her real friends in life will be just as diverse and interesting. Two in particular took my attention – Buddha and Dinosaur…

What fascinating friends these must be! Two of my main interests in life – spirituality & evolution and I got to thinking that her other friends could represent other aspects of life.

Here is Friendship. These two (Maggie calls them both ‘girl’) are inseparable and often found sitting on the couch watching Maisy!

Here is Food. Frog is sitting in the kitchen and having already had a big struggle with food in her life I’m hoping the whole food journey we’re just embarking on will heal, nourish and delight Maggie and give her a healthy relationship with food.

Here is Family. I hope that not only ‘Mumma & Dadda’ are a constant support in her life but all her family are there for her when she needs them and that they need her too.

Here is Craziness. We all need a bit of crazy in our lives – impulse, abandon and letting it all go. And if putting a t-shirt over your head in the bath works for you then go for it! Crazy helps you keep sane.

Here is Rest. Ahh, one of my favourites. My highschool friends knew never call me before midday on the weekend, but sadly those days are long gone. This is a wonderful thought from Mr Curly to Vasco Pyjama…

Dear Vasco,

In response to your question, “What is worth doing and what is worth having?” I would like to say simply this. It is worth doing nothing and having a rest; in spite of all the difficulty it may cause, you must rest, Vasco — otherwise you will become RESTLESS! I believe the world is sick with exhaustion and dying of restlessness.

(Curly Pyjama Letters. Leunig)

So true Mr Curly – Nanna naps are incorrectly named – everyone has the right to nap!

Here is Adventure. What is life without adventures? If she has Goodrich genes in her then I’m sure she’ll have plenty. But you don’t have to go far for an adventure. I like to go places by myself and see what happens. A night at a new pub many years ago turned into an amazing adventure of new friends and new music – listening to Fats Waller records in the dark.

Here is Love. Wherever she may find it, may she have it in bucketloads.

And I hope that all of you out there in the big wide world have all of these things in bucketloads too…


I Dream of Vintage

Having been inspired lately by Twinkle Sparkle Shine to hunt for some vintage sewing patterns on ebay I thought I’d share a few of the gems I’ve found. My criteria for purchasing is pretty simple – old, cute and affordable (I’ve promised myself not to spend more than $25).

1959 McCalls pattern

I love this style of dress – it reminds me of Audrey Hepburn. I plan to make this for myself (one day!).

Vogue pattern - not sure what year - 60s perhaps?

Love this very stylish Vogue pattern – cute hat too.

1960s swimsuit and sundress

I loved this set as soon as I saw it and I’m thinking that I could end my ethical clothing challenge by making these bathers next summer.

1970s McCalls dress

This 70s dress could so easily be worn today and it’s a style that suits me (and most body shapes) which is why I grabbed this pattern too. One day you may see some in the Ragged Blossom shop!

1983 summer dress & top

Another style I love – it reminds me of the wrap dresses I used to wear when I lived in Darwin.

1968 'Jackie Onassis' Dress

How beautiful is this pattern?? I call it the Jackie Onassis dress because it instantly reminded me of my niece. In 2001 the women in my family were travelling togther in Italy and my niece wore an almost identical dress to this. Some backpackers we met thought she looked just like Jackie O and she wore her wee sunglasses with the outfit.

Aiya and Susanne in Italy


Isn’t she just beautiful? She’s just about to turn 13 and I feel so old!

Last one… this will definitely be making an appearance in the Ragged Blossom 2012/2013 Summer Collection.

1976 wrap dress & top

As much as I love all these patterns it’s just not the same as hunting through op shops in the hope of finding something special, so that will be the last of them for a while. Also my husband has been checking the mailbox before me lately and has just clicked onto what I’ve been up to! In my defense, I think he should be happy that I’m not into expensive antiques!!

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