Saturday, February 6, 2010

Hello to you all!

Rachel now 5 1/2 months old
Wow, i can't believe it has been about 4 months since I was last on here. That is just crazy. Where has the time gone I ask? Hope you are all well. I must admit I haven't been visiting often and I want to apologise for being such a slack cyber friend to you all.
The boys are back at school now, so the girls and I should find more time for socialising during the day. Should I say, should!! We are all well thank you, This year already has come with it's many challenges and we are always being tested and shaped. We had thought we would head to Brisbane to live this week and went house hunting down there, only to realise through means outside of our own, that we are meant to stay where we are for now. So here we are, staying put and loving it. my wholesale site is still going strong. I have been pondering the addition of a new Retail site though, with the possibility of a brick and mortar one as well, but that is all up in the air, and may never eventuate. Not sure exactly what the future holds. Through trying to source products for myself, and having difficulty it leads me to the next step and makes me wonder if I am having such a hard time finding things, maybe others are too. So that is what got me started again with the Retail idea. My thought is to not only sell a small selection of what I create for but to include other quirky or hard to find gifts. I would like to cater for women and children in particular, but not the usual things you find everywhere. There are enough of most things around but some just aren't easy to locate here in Australia. So that was my plan with that. Anyway, not sure why I am even saying all this, just rambling my thoughts on the keyboard.
Has anyone heard about what is happening over in Israel. Apparently it is being supressed in the Western Media, but the Arab Nations including Syria, Iran and Lebanon etc have begun to surround Israel and are preparing for war. May our Heavenly Father have mercy on His people and the land of Israel.
Take care everyone and talk again real soon. ox Ali

Monday, October 5, 2009

6 weeks and counting!

Rachel and me

Grace and Rachel

Grace, Liam, Rachel and Joshy.

Hello friends and family, hoping you are all well and keeping out of mischeif. To all those of you who have been enjoying the recent dust storms, lol, how did you fare? Hopefully no body was too seriously stricken by the dust. We seemed to just cop sore throats and dry eyes. We kept the windows and doors shut when we could stand the heat as to not welcome to much into our home.

Well my little princess Rachel is 6 and a half weeks old now. Been a little bit unsettled of late, but nothing she won't get through I am sure. Bit windy is all. She is so delightful and is talking and smiling at us when we focus our attention and converstation her way. The top photo of her and I was taken a few hours ago on the web cam, but the other ones of the kids were a couple of weeks ago. She looks different to that already. Alert and strong and very aware of what is happening around her.

The two big boys are on school holidays, well one started back today actually. It has been lovely having them at home, and at Grandma and Grandads. Matty (hubby) took the two boys away for a week to a job he had in Sarina, and the eldest three have spent time off and on at my parents, so all in all a lovely relaxing holiday for everyone, especially me lol.

Ok, Rachel must have sensed i had sat down to type, as she has just woken up crying. I tell you, I can do housework, cooking or anything but sit down and she won't wake, soon as i have some ME time, she wakes up wanting my attention. Oh well, that is what it is all about isn't it. I shall enjoy the time with her this little while i have it. Ok friends, that was quicker than i had planned but it is a good excuse to come back and do another one real soon. Let you know what I have been up to in the crafty department. Much love to you all, Ali

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Welcome Rachel Bethany !

Hello lovely friends and family. Sorry to take so long to announce our Princess. We welcomed Rachel Bethany into our hearts and family on Friday at 11.06am. We ended up going in on the Thursday night for an induction but nothing happened during the night, so in the morning my waters were broken and another two hours went by with still nothing. So with the threat of the syntocin drip I headed out to the stair well. Before long I was in the middle of 2 minutely contractions with which I waddled ever so slowly back to birth suite where I anticipated all sorts of interference. Thankfully they could tell I was in proper regular labour, so they left me to it. I hopped straight into the shower and stayed there till she slid out. From beginning to end of labour was 1 hour and 22 minutes. So it was intense and effective and ever so unfomfortable lol. But out she came all 7lb 9ozs of her. She is just delicious. She seems so very tiny and fragile and my other three kiddies seem so much bigger than they did only a few days ago. My husband has been such a blessing and has been getting in there holding the fort while I recover and spend time with our little one. He was fabulous during labour and came in the shower with me fully dressed mind you, and rubbed my back during each contraction and sprayed the warm water where it hurt most. It was very comforting knowing he was with me and I felt like it was a team effort this time. Treasured memories for sure. Ok well, so pleased to have the labour and birth behind us now as we look forward to our future with our ever growing family. Blessings to you all as you embrace what each days brings to your families. Much love to you all. ox Ali

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

10 Days overdue

Hello friends, well, just a quick post to let you know what is happening with this baby. I am 10 days overdue now and booked for an induction in less than an hour now. So thought I would take one last pic (with my video cam lol) as I am hoping to come home a little smaller in a few days. I had my first two boys induced and then my daughter came on her own and now number four reverting back to induction. Not sure what the go is there but at least I know the time till I meet her will be short. (hopefully). So this is me saying goodbye and hope to talk to you soon. Will do a post when I get home from Hospital with my special news and photos. We think it is a girl, but now I am starting to wonder if maybe it is a boy, late like the others. Anyway, we shall know soon. We covet your prayers as we go and face this adventure. Blessings to you all and will be in touch soon I am sure. oxox Ali

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

6 weeks to go!

Hello friends. It has been ages I know and I do apologise for that. I won't go on with how slack I am etc, you understand I am sure. Well i have been rather busy in fact. I have realised that when I am pregnant or just had a baby I tend to get creative and start something. Well this time has been no different. I decided in the end to start making my stationery and giftware once again and only offering it wholesale through my old domain Miss Ali's. I got it up and designed and stocked this week and it didn't take me long at all. I had been using a paper catalogue which I had done up recently so it made the whole process so much quicker. Anyway, I now have to turn around and actually make the products up and hope to do so before this little girl is born. So if I do get any orders around that time I can simply pop them in a box and be done with it. So if you were a Retailer of Miss Ali's products in the past or would like to be in the future be sure to pop on over and sign up for your Wholesale account. I am not officially open yet but will be able to start filling orders in the next couple of weeks. I have some new product ranges too which is fun and offers a nice selection for Retailers accross Australia.

PS. Baby Lily has been renamed lol. My hubby hadn't warmed to that gorgeous name and has chosen to call her Rachel. So Rachel it is, he chose our other daughters name as well, and I figure it is a great way to have him feel included as so far it has all been me enjoying ( and not so enjoying) the adventure.

New! Ribbon Plaques

Monday, May 4, 2009

And the winner is...

number 6: Carol at Antique Rose Designs, for her daughter. Many thanks to all who commented on the clips post below. Carol if you would like to contact me with your choice of the sets below cutie and your address and I can send those out to you shortly. Congratulations!!

Monday, April 27, 2009

100th Post Blog Giveaway

My little angel modelling some of my newest creations - hair clips!

- Precious Lily Handmade Vintage Design -
is my new logo for my handmade products.
Inspired by my little bump Lily.

Hello everyone, I have been itching to sit and blog, but being at number 100 post, I kept putting it off till I had something to use for my giveaway. I still haven't thought of anything big or amazing, but have been making some gorgeous little yo yo hair clips and thought I would show you those. If anyone would like a set, then make a comment on this post and I will draw a name out of the hat next Tues. I know they won't be everyones cup of tea, as they are probably more suited to the little princess in your life, or I guess could be worn as a brooch to spruce up a cardi or something for you. Anyway, if anyone would like to enter, then comment here, and the winner will be notified next Tues and will be offered their choice of the three sets shown below. That is it. Simple as anything.

Set 1

Set 2

Set 3

This photo shows the back of one of the clippies.
Strong alligator style, pinch and slide on, then let go.
And these tiny little ones I made for the little baby girls at TLC in Africa where my precious friend Tammy has just gone back over to a few weeks ago. TLC is a loving orphange that take in abandoned babies and looks after them and most of the time finds loving adoptive homes for them. The precious babies have black afro hair as you can imagine so I made these with black tiny clips which will be camoflage in their hair and will just be a burst of colour.