Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Photo Post

It has, as usual, been super busy around here lately, but I think that we are mostly striking a balance. . . .

 there has been time for a little duck watching,

 harvesting goodies from the veg garden,

 Rummage Style custom dresses are being made and posted,

 little hands are keeping busy,

and just sometimes there is a little time for me to chill out!

T x

Sunday, February 24, 2013


Gosh, it has been a little hectic around here lately!  I am head down bum up sewing my way through all these orders but it has all been GREAT!  See, I told you that 2013 was going to be a good one for Rummage Style.  

It has been a little bit of a challenge to find that balance between work and play and you know, things like making sure my children aren't up to too much mischief while I am distracted with answering emails or something...

Sometimes things do get a little out of, ahem, hand!

There have been many late nights sewing away while the family is in bed and I have gotten a bit tired at times but I am always grateful for being able to work from home.  I get to hang out with the fam during the day and also get to work on my business - it's a win win situation (although my tired body might not agree at times!).  Still, we find times for fun things; yesterday was just too hot to stay at home in the house so we packed up the kids and went to the local public pools - was great even though I am constantly trying to not gag at icky public pooly things.  I just can't get out of my head that I am having a bath with hundreds of complete strangers, and don't get me started on walking around bare foot through puddles of water in the change rooms - YUCK!  Anyhow, I try to contain my repulsion and take one for the team.
After the pool it was off to the ice-cream shop for dinner, no I mean special treat!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Frankie Mag plug!

Within 24hrs yesterday I got more online custom dress orders than what I was expecting in the entire year!
It seems that Frankie Mag decided to do a little plug for us on their blog and facebook page....and Rummage Style changed over night...

The in-laws were called to help with the kids, there were emergency dashes to get more fabric, I was having conversations to people on my phone whilst having another at the same time via email; it was crazy!  But totally great.  Things have calmed now and I am sorted, the orders are piled and sewing has started.

It was a weird thing at the beginning of this year, I just knew it was going to be good for Rummage Style - I have been working hard and now reaping some rewards...

If you want to see what all the fuss is about go to my shop and check out the Scarlett Dress .  This is the dress that they featured and the one that everyone has ordered.
Well, it's early, the kids are still in bed and I need a coffee!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

an arty day

With Scarlett getting up for the day at 4.30am it was getting tense inside with both her and I a little bit cranky I bustled us all outside for some painting.  
It kept us happy and occupied for a few hours at least!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Rummage Style Online Store Open

The new Rummage Style online store is open for business!  I'll be making custom garments in your chosen vintage fabric.  To check it out click on the pretty button to the right....
(or here in case you don't know what I mean ;)

Day Dress

Scarlett Top

Penelope Dress

Ruffle Top

Trapeze Dress

Summer Dress

while I was away....

What was meant to be a little break from blogging turned out to be a very long break indeed!
We haven't been resting on our laurels though and the extension and landscaping have been edging along;
last you saw, the back of the house looked something like this...

and now it looks like this....

clearly there is still a lot to be done and I won't show you inside the extension yet as it is just blank walls at the moment; a lot of painting, sanding and other jobs that I wish would miraculously happen all on their own.  But, we are stoked with how it all looks.  Dave put in a stellar effort late last year and basically built the whole extension from the ground up in about 8 weeks.  I have been in charge of the landscaping and there has been much digging and carrying stuff down the hill in buckets.  But, it seems that it can be done and now I have an enclosed, safe, flat, fun area for the kiddies to play!
This part has seriously changed the way that we operate here.
No more chasing them as they run, out of control, picking up speed, down the hill.

The vegie garden has been serving us well also.  We have at the moment potatoes, spinach, cabbage, kale and blackberries(wild) as well as the odd strawberry if it can be saved from Scarlett's overly keen fingers.  Tomatoes, eggplant, lettuce, pumpkin and silverbeet are next in line and should be ready for the picking in the next couple of weeks.

As we settle in to the new year I feel that we are set for a good one.  Things seem a bit more sorted and I feel a little more on top of things.
I love the beginning of a new year.  Wiping the slate clean and all that kind of stuff.  I'm one of these people who write new year's resolution lists along with action plans, financial plans, etc.  I love a list.  But this year I actually seem to be sticking to them and am finally getting some things done that have been on the list for, ahem, a couple of years now.
I have big plans for Rummage Style too and have already gotten onto some of those jobs.  
Yep, it's going to be a good year, I can feel it in my bones.

(I will do a post shortly on that tempting little glimpse of special artwork behind Scarlett!)