Monday, June 25, 2012

the week that was..

Winter is well and truly here.  I love this season, I can't help it!
I know it's freezing cold and when it rains endlessly, which it has, and the yard is a swamp and your finger tips seem to be forever icy, it can be a bit depressing and restricting at times..  
I do my best, however, to embrace this season for all it's misty fog, early morning frost underfoot, and the opportunity to rug up in winter warmers.  That's my favourite bit, dressing up for winter. I put more effort into my 'outfits' this time of year, even if I'm just hanging about at home.  It makes me feel good.  I love everything about winter fashion! 
 I love stopping at local cafes in the poring rain, sitting on cosy chairs and drinking hot coffee..
notes from my big boy (nothing to do with winter, just a sweet sentiment that warmed my heart).. 
watching wild waves crash in and feeling the bitter cold mist across my face.. 
 these two little fella's, best mates, winter doesn't hold them back from everyday adventure..
celebrations of the best kind, a dear friends' 40th birthday...
there she is, lighting the zillions of candles before guests arrive. Her party theme was 'where glamour meets the bush' held in this amazing venue all rustic and glamorous, surrounded by candles, chandeliers tin and timber. Magnificent!  
where my gorgeous man cooked up a stunning feast, with me his trusty assisitant..

It was the perfect end to a crazy hectic week..

Thursday, June 14, 2012

enjoying the 'now'..guilt free at that!

We've a lot going on at the moment.  Lots of things to plan, decisions to make, big changes for our little family are underway.  When the time comes things are going to ramp up a whole lot, and at least initially, there won't be so much time to just 'be'.  So for now, I'm going to make the most of the calm before the storm, I'm taking things just a bit easier, and being particularly 'kind' to myself..

Everyday, I get busy, get everything sorted and in order around here, washing up to date, after school snacks and dinner prepared, house tidied, bags packed for swimming, basketball or whatever activity awaits us for the afternoon.

After all that, and before school pick up time, the day is mine.  I am taking myself out, going for walks, the occasional treat at favourite places, pottering, crocheting, I even managed a nana nap yesterday!  I'm doing this, finally after all this time, guilt free.  Isn't that astounding! Guilt free, I suppose, because I know what lies ahead, so I'm telling myself I deserve this time and one day it'll be a distant foggy memory that I want to be sure I thoroughly enjoyed.

One thing taking up the majority of this time is the re-kindled, and mildly obsessive love of take pictures. Photography has always been a joy, and blogging has been a great excuse to get camera happy again over the years.  I'm loving taking pictures of random moments, and really noticing what surrounds me.  To be honest, I frantically get all the necessary chores of the day done as quickly as possible so I can just get out there to wander, and explore!  There's not a day goes by that I don't take pictures.  There is something so incredibly satisfying about it at the end of the day, a sense of achievement and complete fulfillment.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

thank you..

Open Studio was a great success, what a buzz! 

Thanks so much to all the lovely people who popped in to say hi, to all my wonderful customers, sweet friends who stopped by to offer support, and blogging friends for never failing to pump me up and encourage me always!

It was a great day, despite the constant rain, and I'm most certain I'll be doing it again sometime soon.. 

Thursday, June 7, 2012


When I decided it was high time I had myself an Open Studio, I'm certain I didn't anticipate the the flood that would wash through my workroom/garage/storefront, the sewing machine breakdown, the discontinuation of a favourite yarn, or bitterly cold weather, though given it's winter that was really just being a bit vague..
but the show must go on, and it will!!

Eventually I hope to fit out the space more permanently (and flood proof) but for now, it may not look quite as pretty as I'd hoped, it may not be quite the ambient setting I was hoping to create, but there will be plenty of beautifully handmade pieces made by me and even just a few pre-loved furnishings to be had!  
So if you're feeling like a drive down to the coast this long weekend, rug up and pop in say 'HI!' 

Door opens Saturday only, as our boys are off to have adventures at Nan & Pop's, so the rest of the weekend is ours to wine, dine, coffee, breakfast and indulge in whatever whim we so desire..