January Challenge:Cheeky Summer Daisy … and introducing Boot the Mutt

Summer lovin happened so fast,Daisy and Boot down at the beach for bit of a splash

A girl of style she is,in her  happy summer dress and  bright yellow heels

 I made it!!!

Summer Daisy for January and also introducing Boot, Daisy’s little dog companion Boot the Mutt. I was starting to think that I wasn’t going to be able to make it as I have been busy  with other craft work ideas ,desk-jockey affairs, meeting up with friends, Chinese New Year, doing day trips   especially in the last two weeks!!

And boy, I am glad to have met the January challenge, admittingly  I had neglected Summer Daisy a bit due to my slight frustration  to her head flopping a lot in the last 2 weeks  as I have resized Summer Daisy and made her a little smaller than the other Quirk  and Elm but I made Boot to cheer her up!

But all the same, here she is with her little friend,sitting on her beach towel (both which I made to finish the picture) and showing off  her  legs right down to her bright yellow high heel shoes. (it is summer after all)  Not bad for my 50th post:)

And while we are talking about Chinese New Year, I hope the year of the Water Dragon brings you lots of prosperity,luck. great opportunities ,love and joy. x Rachel


DIY Macaron Purses

Macarons has become the new “chocolate” (figuratively speaking) and in the Melbourne CBD alone, what used to be a bit of hunt for macaron stands around the city  or the most convenient stop will be the Lindt Chocolate Bar on Collins,macaron stands have now mushroomed in various parts of the city  and the dessert tray in cafes tempting Melbournians with sweet tooth. Fortunately I have enough will-power to resist these little sweet treat..however while web-surfing yesterday, I found  another form of macaron to cute to resist!

Found this delightful craft idea from Craft Passion complete with tutorial, it is one of those  cute DIY projects that do not require the sewing machine which is great! Makes me want to seek out some polka-dot fabrics to work on this idea, once I am done with the January Daisy Doll…:)

If you like this purse idea, you might enjoy making this self-zipping purse craft  idea as well from Craft Passion. 🙂

Have a  wonderful day…crafting.

xx Rachel

Facing the pending BIG 4-T(big 4.0)…Eek!

This is a photo of me taken last December at a friend’s 40th celebration. , it is a rare one of me showing my face instead of the back of my head.:)one of  my personal favourites of the many photos taken of me,because I look so happy in this picture and at ease. It was a happy day, catching up with so many friends, some who I haven’t seen for over a year and of

course it was one of the craziest parties (a memorable one as its been awhile I gone  to really crazy party here in Oz) which ended me in the hot-tub with the birthday girl and other friends until 4 AM.

It was a nice reminder of the crazy times I had as a 20- something in KL and and  still have it in me as to be as crazy and spontenous!

Yes, 2012 is going to be a  huge year for me, aside from completing the Daisy Doll Challenge, it is about overcoming many fears as I face the big4-T in 4 months time exactly on this date, the 13th!

Much I have enjoyed my 30s which I describe as  some of the best years of my life so far, but I look forward to better years  as I aim to age beautifully, gracefully and wisely.

It will be a year of celebrations (big and small) as this 30 something starts to prepare herself  for the next best 10 years of her life as she embarks to better things!.

Daisy Doll update: I have almost completed  Summer Daisy,think yellow lemonade, sorbet and fun in the sun and sand . Come back and check her out soon! 🙂

Happy weekend everyone!

xx Rachel@ Nota Hati.

‘Fear not” doesn’t mean you won’t feel fear, it means when you feel fear, don’t run. Do it afraid!-Joyce Meyer..(reference :2 Chron 20:15)

Happy New Year..a few days later

Enjoying the beautiful view at Foxeys,Jan 2012













Happy New Year  to you lovely people out there!In regardless which corner of the globe you are from and reading this, I wish you joy and happiness for the new year

If 2011 has been a year full of turbulence and hasn’t treated you well, I hope and pray this year will be a kinder one filled with exciting new starts and opportunities.

And if 2011 has  been good to you, I pray 2012 continues to be a year filled with goodness and blessings  for you.

As for me,2011 started off rather quietly, relatively placid almost a routine start to the year,back to work with the usual monotony and I even wrote on the relevance of writing new year resolutions…or not…I was quite happy to go with the flow, true to the water sign that I am.

But as the shininess of the new year started to fade,aside from hearing bits of pieces of bad news from family and friends being afflicted by sicknesses, natural disasters and a few deaths(which had me going wondering what the f*ck was going), my own family here had a dark cloud hanging over our heads. A loved one who was in remission, is back to fighting for her life, and I felt myself unwillingly withdraw into self-protective mode while a part of me slipping into despair over this and the same old fear of loss came creeping back .

I had a great time in late April to May  with  travel back to KL and going to Sri Lanka for the very first time, catching up with family and friends in both countries was a fantastic time but in honesty,while each time I return to Oz from KL, I experienced extreme” home-sickness” for my closest of  friends in KL, this time the home-sickness had intensified  more than before (which is unusual as I have moved over 8 years ago).

I think that is when I started to slip…

I love getting lost in the vines

I don’t know when exactly it started, perhaps it had always been there masked by my efforts of trying to cope in every sense with emotional issues which I could not even pin-point or had difficulty dealing with, the final push was probably extreme dissapointment with friends who I thought were genuine and cared about me and dealing with extremely negative work environment.

Learning to be true to myself and recognising the fact that I am “not happy” and acknowledging  that I was feeling tired emotionally  were the first few steps to self discovery and for once, I can honestly feel that I am truly on the road of finding myself.

I thank God for one friend who cared enough to encourage me to seek professional help and  even referred a really good psychotherapist to me, whom I started to see 3 months ago.I’ve come to accept there are years of emotional de-cluttering to do and the end result will be rewarding because I will emerge a much healthier person in every aspect and I look forward to that day.

So 2011 has been tough on me but liberating in the personal sense, I am feeling less afraid and working on liking myself more and feeling more positive about 2012.

Which is why two days ago I completed my resolutions for 2012  and glued them on my journal so that I could go through them as personal mantras or goals which I would like achieve as I believe this  is a year of growth!!

Love, Rachel

There are things that we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind. But keep in mind that letting go isn’t the end of the world, it’s the beginning of a new life.
— Author Unknown

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.
— Joseph Campbell