Sunday, March 29, 2015

~Birth Family Meet~

     February this year I travelled to Melbourne to meet all my birth siblings together for the very first time since finding out I was adopted 2 years ago.  Now before I go any further I need to explain...there are 3 of us called Michelle.  I know...weird huh?

Ok the first born (my older sister) was named Michelle after a dear friend of my birth mothers' who apparently had died. This sister was given into the care of the grandfather (birth mothers dad) to raise. I was born next but given up for adoption upon birth and therefore not named.....I was given my name by my adopted parents (pure coincidence).  Next came my brother Peter, my next sister called Michelle (Given the name again for the memory of the lost friend) and then the last two siblings Tammy and David.  Hence the 3 Michelle's...we call ourselves M1, M2 & M3 so we don't get confused.

Now our meeting......I had preveiously met my oldest sister Michelle and my baby brother David when I went to Melbourne last year so I had already formed a bond with them and felt comfortable around them so they were the ones who picked me up and took me to my sister Tammy's house where we were all meeting.  I was very nervous to say the least...but I needn't have worried.  They were so wonderful and so accepting.  It was the best day of my life!

To finally meet blood family is like nothing I can describe.  Its seeing people with similarities,  its finding you have similar tastes and likes and dislikes....the things I knew were missing from my life but could never put my finger on quite what they were.  No matter what anyone says...blood is blood.   My only regret is I never found out I was adopted earlier...I feel like I have missed out on so much with them.....and its not easy also living in a different state from them all.  I miss them all terribly and look forward to going back to spend more time with each of them.
Tammy, me, David, Michelle (M1) & Peter

David & Peter

Michelle (M1) me & David

Tammy, me & Michelle (M3)

Tammy, David & Peter

♥♥All of us ♥♥





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Saturday, March 28, 2015

~ New Blog Look~

I have changed my blog look...again!  I love change, and  love this simple clean look.  Less clutter more focus on the pictures and posts....now if I could just apply that rule to my house........




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Sunday, March 15, 2015

~Creative Flo~


I have been Spring cleaning in Autumn...not sure why that is happening but at least I am motivated.  Its probably that same motivation that sent me off to the sewing room. I always like to sketch my ideas first....then comes the fabric choices followed by trims and notions.    That part alone (the selections) can takes me hours sometimes....and I have also been known to walk away at that point and put the project in the 'Too Hard" basket.  Not today though...........here is my Shabby Delights Dreamcatcher





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Saturday, January 17, 2015

~Pinterest.....a Hoarders Dream~


~I am a hoarder.....there I said it out loud!   
       I grew up in a time where we didnt have much, and what we did have was either a gift or a family hand me down.  We had bought stuff too but it was chosen with great care for durability more than looks.  Christmas and birthdays were a one gift item and often of the pratical nature and not for fun.  Nothing was thrown out if it was still usuable...often passed along to the next person to get their use from it.  Thats how I became the family hoarder......from the time I moved out of home my mother would pass things onto me with the words......   "don't you throw that out!"  So here I am ...50 something still hanging onto all the "Don't you throw it outs"  I did learn at a young age that all those pieces often came with a story of how they became in mums pocession, so as well as becoming a hoarder I also learned to love those vintage pieces and the history that went with them.  
    Thats what  started my buying of lovely old pretty pieces of other peoples history....no longer content with my own I wanted more....and so it continued until cupboards were brimming over with pretty vintage china, , linens, cutlery, pictures, dolls, sewing machines........you name it...I probably have it.  With each of these pieces my love for all things old grew and a new appreciation of a bygone era was formed.  I not only bought pieces but researched them as well so that I could look at each item with a new found love of its beauty and craftsmanship but with imaginations of who had used it before me and how lovingly cared for it was to have survived being around for how ever many years it had before it was added to my ever growing collections.  
     Then I discovered Pinterest and a whole new love affair with collecting began.  It was perfect....no money outlay, no storage issues, no washing or cleaning and  I could change my collections on a daily basis.  I could share my collections or I could could just lose hours looking and pinning.  It is perhaps the perfect place for all hoarders........so if you get a chance pop over to my Pinterest boards and pin what ever you like.....no limits just help yourself....you don't even have to follow...just enjoy!
      
PS Your also welcome to pin any and all pictures from this blog...all I ask is you don't claim ownership of my images.  Happy Pinning!


You will find my Pinterest page here: http://www.pinterest.com/shabbydelights/


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~33 Days~



         ~Whats happening in 33 days.......life changing events.  In 33 days I will be hopping on a plane (scary) and flying to Melbourne with hubby and friends...where I will be meeting all my birth siblings (5)..........3 of them for the very first time and 2 of them for the second time.  I will be spending the day with them, hoping to get to know them a little and them me.  I have so many questions to ask but more than likely I will forget them all.  How does one put a lifetime of getting to know someone into one afternoon.   It is a start and one I am looking forward to in a scary kind of way~
           ~The second part of this trip is we a doing a mini cruise with 10 friends from Melbourne back to Adelaide to see if we can all cope,  so that in the future we can perhaps do bigger more exciting ones.  Me and water just dont go together...I cannot swim and I am terrified of anything water related thats deeper than waist height.  Then there is the whole sea sickness thing.......I dont do getting ill at all.....worse patient ever.  So while these two things are big negatives in my life (Water and sea sickness) I am def going to try to overcome them.  I cant do much about the water thingy but an appointment with the docs before we go is on the cards~
        ~If anyone has some tried true methods of avoiding sea sickness I would love to hear them~




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Friday, January 2, 2015

~New Year New Look Blog~

I done it again, although this time quite accidently.......I deleted by template without backing it up so I have lost all my gadgets...well everything...hopefully all back to normal soon ♥.








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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

~HAPPY NEW YEAR~


~Its New Years Eve in Oz....and I sit here refelecting on the year that has gone.
           This year I have spent time learning more about my birth family and talking with another of my sisters Tammy......and while all of this is still a bit like a dream,  I am actually starting to feel more connected with them.  I lost an aunt I had never met,....she was the first person I ever spoke to from my birth family and I will never forget her kindness and compassion towards me at one of the scariest points of my life.  RIP sweet Aunt Rosa ♥
          I had to put my mum in a nursing home this year as she just wasn't coping at home any more.  Its not easy to pack up someones life and downsize it to not much more than a few boxes and a couple of suitcases.  There was alot of memories to deal with and we had to pack up the last of my dads things and give them to charity (that was possibly the hardest thing), and while another chapter in my mums life is over she is now living in a beautiful nursing home that is like a 4 star hotel, with lots of lovely caring people around her and a social calender like she has never had before.   All of that has taken alot of pressure off of myself and my brother, so we are breathing a little easier.
          Its been a tough year with my furbabies having to say good bye to two of them.  First Charlie girl lost her battle with cancer....and then dear little Molly succumbed to the pain of brittle joints and old age. 
          One of the best highs this yeas is I got to watch my son marry his childhood sweetheart and also finding out I am to be a nanny again.  
  Well next year promises to be full of highs and lows again I am sure, and every day I am thankful for those around me, and that I can get out of bed and greet each day with a smile.
      I dont do New Years Resolutions because I think life is tough enough without adding to it....instead I just try to be a better version of myself.
      So from my family to yours......I hope you have a


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...Happy New Year....♥.









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Sunday, November 30, 2014

~Goodbye Sweet Molly~



I had to say goodbye to another of my furbabies a couple of weeks ago.....dear sweet little Molly was in so much pain and nothing was helping I had to make the hardest choice to euthenaize.  This has been a horrible year in that I have now had to say good bye to two of my precious pets.  It never gets easier but I wouldnt change a minute of the time I had with them.



~Goodbye Molly...Always Loved....Never Forgotten~
November  6th  2002 - November 12th  2014
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