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Dylana Derjaj was born 13.07.2015. Born prematurely due to Major Placenta Previa, together we have had quite a tumultuous start to her life. 3 Months later, we are both finally out of hospital and healthy, but more importantly, happy. As a family we have so many reasons to celebrate, and I just wanted to take this moment to mark today. Perhaps one day she will look back through mummy's blog and see this, her very first post. We have so much to heal from, and so much to look forward to.
Dylana - feminine form of Dylan - Gaelic meaning "Born from Waves"
I will do my best to teach you to surf, so that the waves of your life are reasons for joy
When the lovely Kacey of Love Always Photography asked to shoot Sahana & I for a Sibling Maternity Shoot for her website, I was nervous but knew that she would produce something beautiful - after all she shot my first pregnancy 2 years ago here
Dylana was born 13th July 2015, and I could not have imagined the capacity of my heart until I met her
Pretty excited of this one. I've been contributing design and creative ideas to my twinnie's mega metallic glow-in-the-dark temp tattoo label GLO TATTS® since its launch exactly a year ago, so when she gave me free reign to create a complete pack, my concept came quick and fast. I had my hand drawn designs within an hour, and Saci worked her magic turning them into this stunning set of wearable skin jewels
The inspirations for my designs draw on my personal style and how I like to wear body jewellery. Subtle statement pieces with a touch of romance. As a wedding dress designer and a mother, these two roles reflect in each design. Intricate floral and gem motifs that can be worn as ear cuffs and necklaces without curious little hands pulling at the delicate jewellery. White and Turquoise compliment the metallic hues and sparkle on any skin type.
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All Garments featured are Rada Priya Custom Designs
This little Paisley Pinafore dress could not be more simple to make. You can order one from me (email request to firstname.lastname@example.org) or you can make one for your little lady yourself!
Its a simple as choosing a cotton fabric with a great print - recycle/up-cycle something old - go for a wander through your local op-shop. You'll get enough fabric out of any ladies blouse or dress for this little pinafore. Ive used a paisley print from my fabric supplier (as it runs through my collection)
If you can sew in a straight line, this ones for you
You will need:
1meter Cotton Print fabric
2 X colourful buttons
2 X snaps, velcro, or buttons for pinafore straps
Enough Elastic to go around your little ladies waist + 2cm for seam
Contrast or complimenting cotton
Newspaper, or any paper you can roughly measure out a pattern on
Mini RadaPriya Designs is currently undergoing a makeover in preparation for our New Collection, which will drop Mid Winter this year. Lots of exciting designs and projects in the works, as well as a new baby - She should be arriving about the same time!
As Mini suggests, the collection will be mostly smaller versions of the ladies designs, some you've already seen, like this MINI version of the Kaleidoscope Knit Dress from the very first collection in 2011! The mini version is a Tunic Style that can be worn on its own, or over leggings. Sahana is wearing a size 1 (6-12 months) here so that it is more like a Top than a Dress
This design is now available through out ETSY store here, or direct through PAYPAL BELOW
We are currently making Baby Moccasins also, in a variety of colours and styles. We source vegan leather. The cream in limited sizes is also available
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Once again Melbourne Fashion Festival did not disappoint - last night we attended Runway 1 presented by Miss Vogue. Although the main sponsor has changed from L'Oreal to Virgin Australia, and the set up was a little different, we still enjoyed the same buzz and inspo pulling experience as every other year. We actually had no plans to go (preoccupied as late with my new- and growing- family) but thanks to my girlfriend Dani for hooking up our tickets through David Jones Group. I was hesitant about taking my 18 month old, she came with us last year when she was only 6 months, but didn't come inside for the actual runway. Its dark, and the soundtracks are always mind numbing, body tingling, loud. Camilla & Marc, Scanlan Theodore and Bassike overwhelmed us with their black magic to a haunting theme tune, that had me on edge, but surprisingly Sahana found it enchanting and squealed and bopped her way though the fashion courses.
Hopefully this pic explains my absence from my blog and social media... 5.5months pregnant with another baby girl on the way - couldn't be happier!
My little darling wearing all her Mini Rada Priya Designs - Find us on Etsy
Saci is Rada Priya Wool Short Crop Suit / ASOS Metallic Tee / GLO TATTS metallic tattoo jewellery
GLO'd out fingers
In 12 months I have created 3 of my favourite wedding dresses. Unsurprising, as I believe its a natural process to continually grow and improve in your work, in your art. But it was particularly special creating my own wedding dress in April and than my twin sister's earlier this month (you might also remember the beautiful dress I created for Christine last November - featured here) Each unique in design and how I approached them, but all a product of a labour of love. Beading featured strongly in each, and while it is particularly tedious and time consuming, I enjoyed every moment, right down to those late nights before the Big day. Beading is my art, and to this day Ive never "completed" a beaded work - always feeling I could use another 6 months on each. But thats the beauty of it. Like paint to an artist, it can be layered and changed by adding more.
We decided on a little impromptu photoshoot while on our picnic last week. The weather was crisp, the scene was amazing, Sahana was in her element playing amongst the pebble beach, Saci was wearing her GloTatts, and just happened to also have her favourite Spell & the Gypsy Collective bikini on hand - this is the result. Our muse, Ariel, wished for legs so she could be with her prince
There's no other feeling in the world quite like the feeling I had waking up on the morning of my daughter's 1st birthday. I didn't realise the gravity of this milestone until it was here. And for the first time in a year, I really stopped to reflect. I'd made it! with (most of) my sanity intact, and a wonderful little creature that had suddenly become her own little person. She is no longer an extension of me, like a limb, but a bubbling, smart, determined and curious little girl. Her little fingers ran over every detail when opening her presents, from the paper and sticky tape, to the shapes and colours of every new object. She has a seriousness to her that makes me laugh, and in turn of hearing my laugh she lets out a squeal of delight, or a fake giggle, either, but never without an reaction.