Thursday, July 7, 2011


Right now I am asking myself who's idea was it to sell up and move off our farm and into town.

Oh that's right hubby's!!
Because I know that I cannot fully take the blame.
It's an idea we have been tossing around for a couple of years.
Kids getting older, the 3 older ones have lives of their own!
We barely see or hear from them.
So it seemed like a good idea to scale down in size.
Reduce some debt (you know how the story goes)

But one Monday morning over a cup of coffee it was not news I was expecting to hear.
 Hubby almost wore my coffee all over him when he came out and said
 "I think we should sell up and move into town with no land"
So then within the hour the realestate agent had been called he was coming to have a look and then before I can blink it's on the market.  Then hubby goes back to his work in the outback for another 4 weeks and I think I am still sitting at the kitchen table scratching my head.

Where does one start!!
At the beginning I guess
But wow this is one huge home and Frilly has more crap good stuff, to pack a truck all on her own.

Now we are 5 days away from moving and it has just hit me we are not packed yet.
Hubby is on his way home from his job in the outback and I am not sure he is ready for what he is about to walk in on.

I just wished it looked like this, there are boxes everywhere.

They say it is up there with death and divorce, and since I have gone through both more times than I would like to mention.
 They are RIGHT

Wouldn't it just be a darn sight easier if we could just do this?

Surely it would be easier.

Well if you don't hear from me over the next week or two

I have

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Spelling and Grammar

"I know my grammar and spelling are not the best in the world, but when you are operating a business or trying to get someone to take you serious. Please use proper grammar and yeah, nup, dude, man, cool gr8 m8 and so on so forth are not good enough. Call me a prude."
This was my personal Facebook status just a little while ago.

I belong to a few groups on Facebook and
"one dude was there tryn to pro his business".
I am sorry you are what.
What is wrong with "Hi there my name is "" and I would like you all to know that I am running a business and it is called XYZ and if you are interested you can call me on ......."

He then responded with "yeh man I cum get rid of ya sht for ews."

There is no room in Business for that sort of talk. It drives me mad.
As one of my lovely friends Belinda put it so perfectly
agree for sure! Not that you are a prude LOL, but there is no place for slang and text speak in business :) unless its the word AWESOME ;)
I do not care if you use LOL, ROFL and a few smiley faces.
But please speak proper English it is not that difficult, I do believe it is still taught at school here in Australia.
Oh and use a spell checker, if you do not have one download one they are free.
Please also remember we are in Australia and we have totally different spelling to the US.
I have to keep reminding my children it is Zed not Zee!

Oh and we use an "S" more often than not!
It is tyre not tire
We also spell it colour, neighbour, behaviour
I know I am guilty of wanting to hit the "like" button on an email or in a real life conversation saying LOL.
But when it comes to business I really try hard to be correct.

Okay stepping off now


Monday, June 13, 2011

Big Changes

I have officially become the new owner of OZ Handmade and therefore there needs to be some changes around Frillys Designs to make both businesses work.

Some of the changes to Frillys Designs will be the range I have on offer.

I will be limiting my range to Towels/Facewashers, Bunting Flags, Quilts (cot size to begin with), prints for loved ones and personalised embroidery.

These are the things I most enjoy doing. So I will continue to do so.
If there is anything else you you want/need I will consider doing if time permits.

I feel this is in the best interest of both OZ Handmade and Frillys Designs.

Monday, May 30, 2011

I have played!

Do you enjoy playing with different things and putting your stamp on them?
Today I have played with my blogger background. Found a few jpegs re-coloured
them into Frilly's colours opened photoshop and played.
I want to add some sewing quotes to the background but need to research more.

I often play with my logo and see what else I can come up with.

As many of you know Elephants are my favourite animal.
Next to Oscar my puppy (cannot really call him a puppy any more he is two)
and our Cat Rover, why rover your may ask.
It's actually very simple you don't mess with him he weighs about 10kg.
Is not classed as over weight as he is big all over. His nose is even huge.
So because he thinks he is a dog we named him rover.
Rover likes to be feed before anyone else in the family and often if you have
forgotten this, he does have a way of reminding you.
He will walk up to you and give you a little nip on the back of the ankles or
maybe your toes. It does not hurt, but you know it's coming and it makes you
a little nervous. 
Like this morning I was getting the kids lunches and had forgotten "Rover"
but the pantry was open. He walked in and put his head in the dog treat box
and proceeded to eat a chicken smacko. 
He does provide us with hours of enjoyment.
(sorry back to the original post got a little carried away)

Elephants that is where I was.
Are they not amazing graceful creatures.
I am not sure why I love them so.
But there are in my garden and in my home.
But today I have taken them out of my blogger logo.
But left them as my profile pic.

I hope you like my new blogger back ground.

Here is Rover guarding the Christmas Tree
Christmas Eve 2010
notice the paw on his present.

Have a great week

Saturday, April 30, 2011

1st May 2011

A day of Reflection

What does May 1st mean to you?
To some it's May day, to others it's just another day.
To me it is a day of reflection.

It is a bitter sweet day!
A day where I think about the many joys in my life
and it is also a day of much sorrow.

I thought I would share with you why the day
is such a huge one to me.

First of all it is the Day my mum was born.
On May1st 1937 Margery Davies came into the world
she was the 3rd and last child for my amazing grandparents.
I think Nana was so excited to have a little
girl after 2 boys.

Here is a photo of mum holding my first born "Blake"
he is two days old. The date is 14th December 1996 

 She was so proud to hold her first grandchild in her arms.
I look back at that this photo and wish I knew then
what I know now.
You see mum was to pass away 9 weeks later.
She was 59, I was 28 and the date was
14th February 1997.
Valentines day 1997 mum chose to be reunited with
He had passed away 16th September 1977 I was 8.

When I meet Drew in March 2004
little did I know I would marry him, and our 2 families would become one.
On December 25th 2004 he asked me to marry him.
Here is a photo of the two of us on our wedding day.

The day was May1st 2005.

Last year my amazing Nana aged 96 got sick.
She was still living on her own.
Taking care of everything for herself.
She was amazing I loved her to bits.
Since Mum had passed away she was
not only Nana but Mum as well.
When I was worried or had news to celebrate
she was the first to know.
I would sit with her and she would help me solve the
problems of the world.

Here is a photo of her with us on her 96th Birthday
24th January 2010.

Sadly Nan passed away
on May1st 2010
Mum's 73rd Birthday.
She was reunited with her baby girl.

So now you understand why May1st is such a bitter sweet day.
A day of reflection.

You see these two woman are who helped me
become who I am today.
They nurtured me they made be believe I could do anything that I wanted and more!
They are the reason I love to sew.
They are the reason I followed my dreams.
They are the reason behind
Frillys Designs.

Frilly's Designs is a tribute to them
and my amazing husband.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Hello everyone.
Wow April already this year is certainly running along at full speed.
My baby just turned 11 and I am sure it was only last year she actually
arrived into this world. She was such a cute little bubba.
Now she is what she thinks is a young lady.
11 going on 21.

Well there are going to be some changes to Frilly's.
Starting the 1st of May,
After some expert marketing advice Frilly's is going to wind back on
all the creations.
I will still make all the things I do now, just they will have to be requested.
I will not advertise them.
I am going to concentrate on my most favourite things and the ones you love the most.

Bunting Flags
Towels/Face washer/Sets
Satin Comfort Blankey's
Baby Blankets.

I will only be taking 10 custom spots a month.

I will work on getting some ready made items happening where you can
"Add a Name here"
Once payment has cleared if will then be posted the next day.

I am going to really work on getting designs and fabric samples for my buntings and satin blankets uploaded.
So it is just a matter of  you picking A,B and C and I get to it.

I want to make things less confusing for you the customer.

Please make sure you visit Frilly's on Facebook and my OZ Handmade Store.

I would like to hear your thoughts so please comment below.

Have an awesome day

Friday, March 25, 2011

The winner's of Frilly's
Friday Fun and Find Night:

1st prize $10 off you next order goes to Alice (acolbran)

2nd prize 15% off your next order goes to Lola

3rd prize 10% off your next order goes to Tamara

I hope everyone enjoyed the night of fun
Okay welcome to Frilly's
Friday Fun and Find Night:
There are 14 questions and the first person to comment back here on the blog with the correct answers will get a little prize.
I am going to send you to a few of my Sewing Sisters Pages who have kindly helped me with tonight festivities.
You must visit the pages and find the answer to their question and then you must visit Frilly's and find the answers to my questions.
A couple are a little tough  :)
Have fun!!  The only rule is to have fun, and while yes it is a race. If you are unsure of your answer check back over them. Just to make sure you are correct.
one) Suse from bysusehocking her question isWhat is the name of the butterbean with the robot flannelette body? 
two) Tanya from Pumpkin Snitch her question is
Tanya has a unique name for her nappy covers what is it?

three)Mel from MelliMoo Creations asks (this one is a little tricky)
what is the name of the apple singlets? 
four)Jane from lilpipdesigns asks  (also just a little bit tricky)How many Boobooks has Lil Pip made since starting in August 2010?

five)Bel from littlesewandsews her question
What did William name his Melly & Me Dragon soft toy?

six)Mel from selkiesmithdesign her quesion is
what is the name of the of the bag in photo 33 in the Yorkiepies?

seven)Michelle from Mscutebottoms
 asks (this one is tricky)
The newest addition to M's Cute Bottoms weight was?
eight)Holly from PuppyDogsTails asksWhat is the name of the first item from our winter range in that was previewed in the Feb 22 Market night?
nine)Bec from babychilli her question is (very tricky)
Im on sale now and a friend of Mickey.

Now moving onto FrillysDesigns questions
ten)   What was the date that Frilly opened her doors on FB?              
eleven)   Other than her puppy what is Frilly’s most favourite animal?       
twelve)   Not including Frilly’s puppy how many children does she have?      This does not include her hubby!!                                          
thirteen)   What is the name on the 13 flag bunting?    

Other than facebook where does frilly sell her items?     

Now remember you will have to visit each other the facebook pages by following the link and search for the answers to their questions some a just a little tricky.

Good Luck and have fun. 
There are 3 prizes up on offer from Frilly's range:
1st $10 off your next order
2nd 15% off your next order
3rd 10% off your next order
**this does not include postage

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Frilly Friday Fun and Find Night

To celebrate 1000 likers
Frilly is having some Friday night fun and games.
With a little bit of help from some of her sewing sisters.

You will be given some questions and you will need to head off
and find the answers.

So who will be joining in the fun???

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

We're going a huntin

"Treasure Hunting" 
We have to celebrate reaching 1000 likers at Frilly's FB page.
Frilly is going to dress in her best 
Elmer Fudd Costume
 When I hear you ask!   Friday Night 8pm EDST...

Stay tuned to Frilly's blog for more details.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Happy Australia Day

Can I just say I am so proud to be an Aussie.

We are not even into February and we have already had one disaster after another here in Australia. 
Floods in Queensland, NSW and Victoria.
Fires in Perth.
On the 10th January I finally got to have surgery that I have wanted to the past 10 years and after it had been cancelled on December 13th. I got to have a 5 day stay in hospital and am at home now recovering. I am not aloud to drive for 4 weeks and no house work for 6 weeks. I am enjoying being treated as a queen in my own home :) But this no driving thing takes some organising.
Then today my husband who works in W.A got to experience his first ever Cat2 Cyclone Bianca.  I was a little scared and although he wasn't saying so I think he was too.
I knew he would be okay but I still worried.
Then to top things on Monday 17th January 2011, a very dear friend passed away very suddenly and very unexpected.
Kylie was an amazing lady who made the most amazing cakes and called a spade a spade but was a huge part of a circle of amazing ladies.  
There is a huge gap in our lives from her passing.
On Monday 24th January at 1.30pm we said our goodbyes to our dear friend and then released purple balloons in her honour.

On the front of Frilly's Designs well not a lot has really happened since Christmas.
But today I got in my sewing room for a little while and cleaned up a little and sorted out some fabric I had purchased. 
Ready to get back into it tomorrow.
I think I finally have a cutting table.
There are going to be some big changes at Frilly's Designs this year.
I plan to release 3 new things to Frilly's Range.
Clothing being one of them.
But just what will be the surprise.
Leave a comment of just what you would like to see.

In February there will be a big surprise so stay tuned.
Anyway that's it for now.
I hope your Australia Day was great.
The weather here was not that fantastic, misty rain for most of it and quite cool.
But we did catch up with Friends for a BBQ of snags in bread for tea.
I will leave you with something that a friend posted on their FB page that I just had to borrow and share.

You know your Australian can decifer "yeah nah" , your mates are shazza and dazza, goin down to see acca dacca and get maccas in ya trackies. You once lived in whoop whooop, your mates XF falcon died in the arse and you understand no wuckin furries is a good thing! Have a great Astraya Day everyone, repost if ya wanna mate....

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Happy New Year

Welcome to Frilly's Blog.

A new year and a new Blog.
I have tried a personal blog a few times but I am hoping with this blog I will be a lot more reliable. 

For the new year I have released a new part to my collection "Prints for Loved Ones" I unveiled last Sunday night on facebook and I have received so much positive reaction to it.

In the last month or so I have been very lucky to be introduced to a small group of woman that are mostly made up of WAHM's.  But wow what an amazing bunch of woman they are, the support and encouragement is just WOW! The knowledge of everyone of these woman in this small group is just out of this world.

"Prints for Loved Ones"
Is something I have been working on for sometime, with the help of my friend Mandi and her 4 delightful children.
The thought for this came about.  When I was sorting through our kids things from over the years, that they have made or given us as gifts.  When I noticed the hand prints from our youngest daughter on her first Christmas I thought I wonder if I can do that using my amazing embroidery software.
After a few months I now think I know just how to get it to look great.
I searched the WWW but so far have not found anyone else doing the same thing.
But that does not mean no one else has come up with the same idea.  
Just I have not come across it yet.
I hope you love my "prints for loved ones" they will make fantastic presents for mum on mothers day, dad on fathers day, grandparent, aunts and uncles alike.

Happy New Year may 2011 be the year that dreams come true and memories are made.