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Mushrooms for days

Mushrooms for days

The delightful thing about all the rain we have been having in Brisbane are the many mushrooms that seem to spring up overnight! School was cancelled today, due to the severe weather conditions caused by ex-cyclone Debbie, so we cosied up at home with brief forays outside exploring with our umbrellas.  We splashed in puddles, checked on our newly planted Autumn veggie patches, gathered mushrooms, drew them in our Nature Books, attempted to identify our finds and made mushroom prints. A little bit of 'homeschooling', and a little bit of Mama trying to pass on her love and fascination for...

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Country Dreaming

Country Dreaming

I have lost my way with this blog. Not knowing for sure if it is just about jewellery, about my business, or about me too. I know it can really be any or all of the above, as it once was. But blogging has changed so much since I started in 2008, pregnant with my firstborn. Now here I am, a mother of three with two businesses and less time than ever, and yet I am drawn back to my blog. To sharing my adventures and inspirations. So I am starting with the posts that have been sitting in drafts....

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Valentine's Shoot

Valentine's Shoot

This year I celebrated my 17th Valentine's day with my darling husband. We were just babies when we were married! I was 21, which at 35, feels like yesterday and forever ago at the same time. (Funny how that works.) Anyway, this Valentine's my dear friend and photographer Trudi Le Brese and I organised a soft, romantic shoot featuring the lovely Sophie Seaton as our model. We also collaborated with Handmadely, who created Valentine's Day cards and ornate paper-cut hearts, and Ginny and Jude, who supplied clothes. Trudi and I had decided on a background of hearts, which Trudi then cut from...

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Art Deco Sapphire and Diamond Pendant

Art Deco Sapphire and Diamond Pendant

I recently finished a special commission for a 60th birthday gift - a white gold, Sapphire and Diamond pendant that I designed and made by hand, and which was set by my fantastic setter. It was an interesting challenge, planning the process to create the piece I had designed! I used to hold myself back and design to my perceived skill level. I was afraid of designing something I couldn't make. But how does one improve without challenging themselves? Once I overcame that fear, I realised that I could find a way to create anything I wanted to make -...

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Wellington Point Adventures

Wellington Point Adventures

ad o We had lots of little adventures over the school holidays, and I was reminded today of our low tide walk along the sandy causeway to King island at Wellington Point. I read an article about a bloom of jellyfish, just like the one we saw, that had washed up on the beach at Deception Bay. The sheer number of blue blubber jellyfish is a little mindblowing. And though beautiful, I'm glad I wasn't swimming with them! Photo by Charlotte Lawson

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