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Baby Updates

| Introducing Baby Raf! |

“Rafael Danvers Del Castillo was born on Wednesday 12th October at 10.45pm weighing 4.29kg, after a drug free, natural 6-9 hour labour (depending on who you talk to)…” Read my full post here {click}

| Photos of Baby Raf|
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| 5 days till due date |
“Sleepless in Ohio. Ohio? I don’t know. I’m tired. But awake. It’s annoying…” Read my (slightly delusional) full post here {click}.

| 37 weeks |

“So, give or take up to 2 weeks, I’ve got about 3 weeks to go…” Read my full post here {click}

| 33 weeks |

I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore Toto. But we are definitely in the final count-down, 7 weeks to go. Only one week left at work (people keep asking me why I’m having so much time off beforehand “Don’t you want to spend more time with the baby once he comes??”. Erm. How do I put this subtly. I’m going to have 8 months one-on-one with the little munchkin, where he will probably be barfing, pooing, crying or feeding for the majority of that time. I think having 6 weeks to myself first is a splendid idea. That, and, I actually run a business. I need time to get that sorted so the first 3 months of his life don’t kill my little brand. But I am SO looking forward to meeting him, as is his daddy =D

| My Baby Shower |
Read my post about my fabulous baby shower here {click}

| 31 weeks |

“31 weeks today, only 9 to go. The baby officially starting kicking my ass last night…” Read my full post here {click}

| 27 weeks |

I think we’re into the third trimester now! Never really sure about the maths on these things… Everything is trundling along, this little monkey is kicking the crap out of me, but it doesn’t hurt (yet) so it’s all good =) On school holidays right now, I go back in one week and then only have 6 weeks left until I start maternity leave! I think that will be pretty fabulous =D

| 24 weeks |

We’ve had a show or two put on by our little kicker, seeing my belly move from the outside is a weird, weird thing indeed. Very cool though =) I’ll be starting Yoga at the end of July, and will hopefully start doing some swimming in the next couple of weeks also. Only about 16 weeks left to go!

| 21 weeks |

Things are staring to happen now! For the last couple of weeks I’ve been feeling very very slight movements, not strong enough to admit they are “kicks” but enough to know that kid is getting comfortable in there. But in the last week I’ve had a lot more movement and definite kicks that can be felt on the outside also. Which is pretty cool =)

Estimated Due Date



14th October 2011

Calvary Private


Scans & Appts

@ 6 weeks
Saw little blob

@11.5 weeks
Saw wriggly little alien

@16.5 weeks
Listened to heartbeat on doppler

@19 weeks
Saw every inch of baby, we’re having a boy!

@21 weeks
7th June with OB
love that whoop-whoop heartbeat

@26 weeks
Check-in with OB, everything is good

Belly Pics

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Nursery Design

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Scan Pics

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To-Do List

To-Do List

The idea is to complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days. Why 1001 Days? 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Start date: Friday, October 9, 2009
Finish date: Friday, July 6, 2012

Some things I’ve put in here are things that should be happening far more regularly, so I’m hoping that having them on an actual list will help motivate me to make them happen more often. I’ve also tried to have some sort of order to the list, so things that I know or hope will happen soon are at the top, and things planned for later in the year or next couple of years are further towards the bottom.

My list is quite fluid, I allow myself to add things as I think of them, or remove them if I find out something is not on my priority list any longer. I’m still adding to the list!

    Handmade/DIY Projects

  1. Create and make rainbow magnetsSee Rainbow Magnets in my flickr set
  2. Create ribbon dispenser from empty tissue boxSee how I did this!
  3. Sew towels to make flat dog bedsThey love them!
  4. Create and sew chair cover for old single seater couchRead about it here
  5. Paint Goose & Gander canvases and trim with ribbon – Still need to do more, but see the first few here
  6. Sew First quilt from kit design – Almost done!
  7. Sew baby-size bunny rug
  8. Sew homemade Hug-a-Bub sling
  9. House

  10. Get photos printed to fill empty frames hanging on wall above TVI’ll probably move these around now we’ve moved the furniture around! They are mostly my photos from Hawai’i, with some family ones.
  11. Steam clean the carpet throughout the whole house – read about how this may have been a waste of time
  12. Finish painting all the skirting and architraves in the house – almost!
  13. Renovate the bathroom with new tiling, new shower, new vanity & new paint – Just needs paint!
  14. Remove big electric space heater, fix wall, add shelves/alcove
  15. Fix shelf in bedroom that has been wobbly for 2 years
  16. Finish Office makeoverSee my home Office Makeover
  17. Finish Laundry makeover
  18. Rip up carpet in main living areas, get timber floors stained and finished throughout TADA! See my beautiful floors.
  19. Paint living room walls white
  20. Measure, quote order and install blinds for windows in living room
  21. Measure, quote, order and install screen door for front door
  22. Replace carpet in spare room
  23. Paint spare room deep turquoise and whiteSo pretty!
  24. Buy new furniture for spare room
  25. Reveal new NurseryCheck out my Nursery Reveal post
  26. Garden

  27. Dig out triangle of dirt in front of rubbish bins and fill with gravelSee post about mini landscaping project
  28. Mulch front circular garden and put in watering cones
  29. Finish putting watering cones in with hedges and build up garden bed
  30. Purchase 1 tonne of compost soil and get delivered
  31. Create garden to fence off front corner
  32. Get big dead tree chopped down
  33. Create Garden at end of house (dead tree end) – needs more plants!
  34. Edge all garden beds in same style of edging
  35. Food

  36. Cook 30 new and different recipes out of our many recipe books (2/30) – this is not going too well
  37. Make homemade sushi
  38. Bake and decorate an awesome Halloween cake for birthday partySee photo of Haunted House Cake
  39. Bake and decorate sugar cookies for my baby showerthey turned out so cute!
  40. Happy Holidays

  41. Buy a new Christmas tree for this christmas that is no taller than meSee post about my new xmas tree
  42. Host Christmas 2010!
  43. Cut down my own Christmas tree in 2011This was a fun experience!
  44. Decorate house for Christmas 2009 and take photos!See my minimalist Chrissy decorations
  45. Decorate house for Christmas 2010 in Black, White, Silver & Purple/Green theme
  46. Personal

  47. Dye my hair dark and cut a fringeSee post about cutting my hair
  48. Go to Floriade & take photosSee post about going to Floriade with lots of pretty flower photos
  49. Go see a movie at the Premier lounge at Dendy for JA’s birthday presentDid so on our Anniversary
  50. Throw a Halloween Party for my 25th BirthdaySee post on Halloween Party
  51. Host 12 afternoon tea parties with the girls (7/12)
  52. Go see Avenue Q show – Natalie Alexopoulos filled in for Michala Banas and she was AMAZING
  53. Read (on average) one book per month (17/33)
  54. Create a typeface from my own handwriting
  55. Go to 15 new restaurants in Canberra for a meal (11/15)
  56. Go see Arj Barker liveSee post about date night
  57. BOOK IN and get another tattoo on ankle/foot of starsSee my post about tattoos
  58. Go to Britney Spears concert with Britney obsessed sister-in-law for her birthdayRead briefly about my Britney experience
  59. Go to the coast for a weeks holiday with husband and doggies
  60. Go on holiday with husband to QLD during winter, visit the “worlds”Bliss!
  61. Go on week long coast holiday with JA & dogs, January 2011
  62. Invite friends around for dinner at least 12 times (0/12) – wow, I’m such a good hostess!
  63. Attend and photograph my Aunt’s wedding, November 2011
  64. Order wedding photo book for ourselves
  65. Have artistic portrait photos taken
  66. Go on 30 dates with husband (movie dates count)(30/30):
  67. Complete a silversmithing course & learn how to cut & solder sterling silver sheets
  68. Participate in the Million Paws Walk for the RSPCARead about the craziness here
  69. Go on a road trip along the Great Ocean Road
  70. Go to Michael Bublé concert in Feb 2011 – I luff him: Booble and Ikea
  71. Go Sky Diving
  72. Go in Hot Air Balloon ride over Canberra
  73. Get Pregnant
  74. Have Baby
  75. Get baby photos taken / Take baby photos
  76. Coast Trip with new little family in March 2012
  77. Charity/Being a Good Person/Karma Points

  78. Donate Blood
  79. Sponsor someone in Kiva.org
  80. Donate money to the Haiti cause
  81. Donate money to the Pakistan flood victims
  82. Donate money to the Japan tsunami victims
  83. Donate money to the NZ quake victims
  84. Donate money to the RSPCAThis one is ongoing
  85. Donate money to ActionAid monthly
  86. Donate money to the Vinnies general appeal at Christmas
  87. Money

  88. Sort out current finances
  89. Pay off the Monaro
  90. Pay off Jazz
  91. Office

  92. Backup computer onto external drive, client files and business files
  93. Sort out and delete old files from downloads folder, clean up hard driveThis took forever but I got there!
  94. Buy a new scanner and find a good spot for it on my deskReplaced my old printer with new scanner/printer combo
  95. Fix the paper shredder or find out how to get it fixed under warranty
  96. Business

  97. Finish and launch MadlyDeeply.net website with online storeRenamed to JunoSee Juno Website
  98. Update Etsy store with all completed jewellery designs and handmade goodieswaiting to be able to list in AUD – waiting for Uni to finish – waiting for Mat Leave!
  99. Create mikaela handmade websiteall done, go check out my designs for sale!
  100. Update Danvers Creative site with recent projects and add more portfolio imagesSee Danvers Creative website
  101. Convert Danvers Creative website into WordPress theme to integrate blog features
  102. Complete Just Details website, integrate blog and forumsselling this!
  103. Sell 5 pairs of Juno earrings (5/5)
  104. Sell 10 pairs of Juno earrings (10/10)
  105. Sell 50 (!) pairs of Juno earrings (50/50)
  106. Create sets of Handmade gift cards
  107. Hold a stall at the Canberra Handmade Marketssuccess!
  108. Hold a stall at the Old Bus Depot Markets
  109. Hold a stall at Fash’n’Treasure MarketsFun market! Will be continuing this one
  110. Hold a stall at Mathilda’s Markets in Canberra – Less successful, I won’t be continuing at Mathilda’s… lovely markets though!

Via Caity.nu



Here are a few of the local, national and international causes I’d like to garner some support for. Please donate to them if you have the ability to do so!

RSPCA – www.rspca.org.au

The RSPCA is a community based charity that works to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection.

RSPCA Australia is a Federation of eight independent State and Territory RSPCA bodies called member Societies.

RSPCA member Societies do much of the hands on work traditionally associated with the RSPCA such as the operation of shelters and the Inspectorate plus community education and fundraising.

RSPCA Australia is home to a strong science and campaigns team, with a particular focus on farm animal issues. RSPCA Australia is responsible for facilitating national campaigns and events and representing the interests of animal welfare with Government and industry across all areas.

KIVA – www.kiva.org.au

Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.

Kiva is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs around the globe.

The people you see on Kiva’s site are real individuals in need of funding – not marketing material. When you browse entrepreneurs’ profiles on the site, choose someone to lend to, and then make a loan, you are helping a real person make great strides towards economic independence and improve life for themselves, their family, and their community. Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates and track repayments. Then, when you get your loan money back, you can relend to someone else in need.

If you know of a worthwhile cause that you think I would be interested in, please contact me and let me know!


About Mikaela



I am a designer, small business owner, creative entrepreneur, photographer, teacher, homeowner, wifey and muma. My passions (besides design and photography) include Food, Sport, Landscaping and Renovating, and fun DIY & Crafty projects. I am madly in love, with my family, my fur-kids, and life in general.

I am the founder of The Makers’ Collective (formerly Canberra Creatives), which is now my full-time occupation. You can read all about what we do on the website, and also get advice, tips, encouragement and support in your small business adventures.

I’m into photos. Not just professional photography, but snapshots of random events. I love that these images are documenting a time in our lives, be it happy or sad, for us to look over later and remember that moment. So Instagram was pretty much made just for me 😉

I’m also into creating. All sorts of things. Since I was little I’ve always loved making things, building stuff, painting, crafting, sewing, drawing, writing.. This is definitely my area of creativity, since I am severely lacking in any kind of musical, singing or dancing talents.

My blog is about the things I love to do, when I can find the time to do them, and serves as a photographic journal of day-to-day happenings.