Saturday, May 1, 2010

a few of my favourite things

Nana & Mum.

You can tell by her colour that she was very sick. She had Primary Biliary Cirrhosis or PBC and was on a waiting list for a liver transplant. This photo was taken in April 98 the last time I saw her, she died 5 months later, 2 weeks after having a liver transplant. I was 5 months pregnant with the twins.

Organ donation could very well have saved my mother's life, but she just had to wait too long for it. Sign up people!

Mother's Day is next Sunday here in Australia and for me it is a bitter sweet occasion. Sad because this year marks my 11th Mother's Day without my mum and Happy because this is my 11th Mother's day as a mum and I love love love how gorgeous my kids are on Mother's Day and every other day.

When we lived in Perth a few years back my sister and I heard about Trees for Mum. where you can plant a native tree in honour of your mum on Mother's Day. We went down there and it was really special. It's hard not having a mum on Mother's day so this certainly helped us feel like she was still apart of it. If it was here in Townsville, I'd be doing it for sure. I think I might get a special plant anyway, just for us.

I'm seriously not trying to sound misserable, the lead up to Mother's Day is just hard that's all. Mother's Day itself is always a happy day in our house, it reminds me of how lucky I am to have a gorgeous family who think I'm the absolute best. Even if I think I'm doing a terrible job they still think I'm awesome.

Now for the fun stuff... These are a few of my favourite things...

How cute is this necklace! I want it.

some Postcards by SYKO sure to brighten the day!

love this Parfait dress by Colette Patterns, check out how cute this one is.

The gorgeous Zoe has inspired me to start making my own clothes. She's going a whole month just wearing clothes she made herself! So I need to upsize my pattern department to include adult clothing and these Japanese pattern books look sweet. The scary part is they are only in Japanese but hey, who doesn't love a challenge? I need dresses and summer clothing, living in the tropics it's always summer here. I still have no clue why it never occurred to me to make my own clothes earlier! I made my own wedding dress 7 years ago, you think I would have realised then that it was a good idea...

I hope you get spoillt for mother's day and if you're lucky enoogh to still have your mum, squeeze her tight and tell her how much you love her.


  1. Mother's Day is getting to me a bit as well as my mother is no longer with us either.

    Thanks for reminding me to think instead of how much I enjoy being a mom.

  2. So sorry about your Mum. Thanks for reminding everyone how important organ donation is, and how we need to be grateful for what we have in our lives everyday and what we sometimes take for granted.

    Selina :)

  3. Hugs - Hope that you have a great day next week regardless. Plant a tree in your new garden - that would be a nice idea (i think that I will do the same thing here - although I am yet to loss my Mum being away from tem at this time of year is hard too)
    Becoming a Mum is the best thingI did:)

  4. Thank you. You girls are gorgeous. hope you have a fab mothers day too. xox

  5. I really am touched by this... I hope you do have a happy mothers day. I am so sorry to hear of your loss and grief but also amazed at the timing and circle of life bringing two new loves to your heart...I am glad you also shared the important message about organ donation, I recently signed onto the register after hearing on the radio about the need to. I think planting a tree in your mothers honour sounds perfect.

  6. Thank you Dash, it's a funny world we live in indeed. I hope you had a lovely mother's day. thank you for becoming an organ donor, really what better present could you give than that of new hope to a person or family in need? You're a star xox