Saturday, December 15, 2012

Saturday, it's a Saturday

A beautiful start to the day. Sunshine and sea breezes!

A lovely morning walk on the way to the Lemon Farm Organic Market.

Some goodies bought at the market. The nectarines are super delicious!

Here's a sweet video made by Paul Bishop about The Lemon Farm...

And later in the day another market...

A little afternoon art-craft-knick-knacky style market held at the local primary school. Oh and sweet treats! Which of course I had to indulge in. Less healthy than the food purchases I made earlier in the day but hey it's all about balance right? And of course, most importantly, supporting the local community!

Between visiting markets I planted a couple of guava trees in the front yard (two varieties, yellow cherry and strawberry...yum!) and worked on some wood photo block orders to be posted off on Monday. Both a relaxing and productive day!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

It's gone all pear-shaped...

But hey, I was aiming for pear-shaped. So all good!

This is a paper mache (or papier-mâché if you want to be all fancy french about it) light bulb. I was inspired by all the lovely twine wrapped light bulbs floating around on Pinterest and decided to give it a go. Except I didn't have any twine. Hmph! So I improvised by smooshing it with paper instead. It's an easy peasy little project and fairly self-explanatory but I'll list here what I used anyway...

An old light bulb. I had a few of these sitting in the cupboard since making the switch to the energy efficient ones.

Paper for smooshing! You can use any type of paper you like really. The thinner the paper the better. I used old vintage piano roll paper simply because I have a large stash of it. (The text visible on the top of my pear is part of the song lyric printed on the roll)

Glue. The only types of glue I had on hand were super glue and adhesive spray. Neither of which appropriate for paper mache so I used some impasto gel from my paint supplies. It worked fine. If you're feeling really creative you could make your own glue from flour and water! Just google for correct ratios.

A twig. For the pear stem.

Varnish. Optional.

Attach the twig in place with some super glue (or a small blob of blu-tack would work a treat). Then cut / rip up your paper into small pieces and glue it to your bulb. I covered mine with three coats of paper. Leave it to dry and then apply some varnish if you wish. I chose not to varnish mine. And that's it! Finito!

Next I'm going to attempt a paperbark lightblub as I have an endless source of lovely paperbark from the trees surrounding my house. I'm thinking a paperbark pear would look rather sweet. If I have any success with it I'll share a photo!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Madeit Mega Giveaway!

What's better than free stuff? A whole pile of lovingly handmade free stuff is what! If you make a purchase from any seller on Madeit between now and Friday the 7th December you can go into the draw to win this super awesome fabbo Mega Christmas Giveaway Hamper. Also multiple purchases = multiple entries!

Pssst... Hey if you would like to shop in My Shop on madeit, the door is open!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

In the garden

I've been picking lavender from the garden and placing bunches around the house but I'm finding the smell a bit overpowering. Unfortunately the whole french country cottage chic look just doesn't work for me. As much as I'd like it to.

The first tomatoes on my pomato plants (potato plants grafted to tomato plants) are looking good. I hope the potatoes under the soil are doing just as well!

My strawberry field! Well it's not quite a field but a very large strawberry patch which has produced bucketloads of sweet strawberries this season. They've been delicious! It's slowing down now but there were so many that I now have a freezer filled with strawberries all ready for a summer jam making session!

Monday, October 8, 2012

laugh kookaburra, laugh kookaburra

Some scenes from the weekend. A Sunday sunrise. The first bunch of spuds harvested from my garden (very exciting!) & some cute little horses. They're not my horses. I wish they were! They reside nearby. In contrast to these pics, my weekend was mostly chaotic with one stupid thing after another going wrong. It was very weird. It felt like an episode of Fawlty Towers that was never going to end. We all experience those kinds of days & I reflect upon the above photos & remember it certainly wasn't ALL bad. There was a high quota of good too!

This photo below has nothing to do with the weekend as I took it a few hours ago but it has a sort of 'it's going to be an awesome week' happy kind of vibe about it. Well that's how I'm choosing to interpret it anyway! Bring it on!

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

into the trees...

The week started off rather foggy. Not quite as foggy as my photo depicts. I exaggerated the fogginess somewhat with a little bit of tweaking...

A pair of abandoned shoes at a jetty. Waiting for the owner to reclaim them.

Glass onion. I've since transplanted this to the garden as I think it will have a better chance of survival being in the dirt. It was a silly and fun experiment.

I have a serious addiction to Greek Shortbread. These beauties I bought from the mid-week Jan Powers Farmers Market in the city. Boy oh boy they were good!

Recently I purchased this delightful little Instagram bag online from meemanan on Etsy and it arrived in the post this week. Hurrah! I absolutely adore it!

Sweet Sunday. A perfect end to the week! Hope everyone had a lovely week!

... a bit of a random mish-mash of the week that was ...

Sunday, September 16, 2012

koala and green blobs

Earlier this week I visited the Currumbim Wildlife Sanctuary for the first time since I was a child. Which was a very long time ago! It really hasn't changed much over the years. I was watching the koala above and he climbed down from his tree and started walking along the ground. I've seen countless koalas in my lifetime but surprisingly this was the first time I'd ever seen one walking on the ground. It all looked so awkward and unnatural and I couldn't help but laugh at the little guy! Now I know why they prefer hanging out in trees than walking around. Possibly out of fear of people like me laughing at them. Sorry koala!

Later that same day I went along to the Brisbane Festival to watch the evening light laser show. Unfortunately I missed most of it and this photo is all I have to show of the event. A couple of green blobby bits floating in the sky. Oh well...


It's been a while since last participating in Shadow Shot Sunday so it's nice to be finally joining in this week! The photo was taken at a jetty while people were lined up waiting for the ferry to arrive. A tall young skater guy was standing in front of me and I really liked the way the early morning shadows wrapped themselves around his long skinny legs. Have a super dooper Sunday everyone!

Head over to Shadow Shot Sunday to check out other shadows and to join in!

Monday, September 3, 2012

hello spring

Three days into spring and I've picked my first strawberries of the season. Not a huge harvest but hopefully many more will follow! They were oh-so-sweet!

This little guy watched from the front fence while I gobbled up my strawberries.

Happy Spring!

Friday, August 31, 2012

goodbye winter

Some scenes from the last day of winter. It's spring tomorrow. Hurrah! I have to confess that I didn't struggle with winter this year like I usually do. Either it wasn't a very cold winter or I've finally become more tolerant of cold weather.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wabbits? Where?

Karragarra Island is always such a joy to visit. It's so pretty and peaceful. In the 1870s it was known as Rabbit Island. I've never spotted any bunnies there...

Thursday, August 23, 2012


It's been a little while since I last blogged, so to break the drought I thought I'd just share a few of my instagram pics from this week. A little baking, a lot of coffee consumption and enjoying the beautiful Queensland winter sunshine!

Friday, August 10, 2012

simplicity makes me happy

Just snapped a few pics of some weeds I pulled from the garden. As one does! Weeding certainly isn't the most exiting of things to be doing, so this is my way of throwing an element of fun into an otherwise very mundane task.

This is a feather I found on the footpath on my walk home yesterday. It's pretty & I wish I knew what type of bird it came from. I was going to take a pic of it then & there laying on the path but others were walking close by so I felt a little silly. So I discreetly picked it up, popped it into my coat pocket & took a photo of it on my old garden potting table when I arrived home. I think the potting table turned out to be a nicer background than the concrete footpath anyway.

"Simplicity makes me happy" ~ Alicia Keys

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

new stockist

Above is part of an order I'd been working on recently for a lovely new stockist in NSW called Twig & Moss. Hurrah! Twig & Moss are located in Maitland, so if you're around the area pop in for a vist and say a big hello to them! They've recently created a Facebook Page where you can keep up to date with all their news.

Twig & Moss
319 High Street,
Maitland, NSW

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

bird watching

Early this morning while making coffee I looked out the kitchen window and spotted this egret wandering around the front yard. I grabbed a camera and continued watching him from the window while snapping a few pics.

Beady-eyed egret doing a very thorough check of the strawberry patch. Was he looking for strawberries to eat? Do egrets even eat strawberries? I wasn't too concerned anyhow as the plants aren't bearing fruit yet.

Arrrrgh! Now he's trampling through the strawberry patch. Stomp, stomp...

And he continues on with his journey stomping further through the garden

All that stomping calls for a rest to stretch the neck. Or he's doing tai-chi.

He proceeded to wander around for a while & then suddenly speared the ground with his beak. Protruding from that beak is a big fat juicy garden worm. MY big fat juicy garden worm. Grrrr! I've often noticed holes in my yard and wondered who created them. Mystery now solved. An egret sticking his beak where he shouldn't be sticking his beak. The culprit caught on camera stealing my garden worms! Oh well, such is life. He certainly appeared to have enjoyed his wriggley breakfast. Me? I had to make another coffee because my first one went cold...

Sunday, August 5, 2012

herb palette

Aromatic treats picked from my garden this morning. I then whipped up some omlettes using a few of those herbs. Delish! Hurrah for lazy Sunday mornings!