Thursday, November 18, 2010

BIG Market Weekend

This weekend is going to be huge. Firstly, Friday night is the BrisStyle Indie Twilight Market. Brisbane King George Square between 5 and 9pm, is going to be packed with lovely handmade goodies. Not to mention the big band music with jazz and swing standards from QWAZZ (Queensland Wind and Jazz). Hopefully the rain will hold off and it will be fabulous night.

Then on Saturday morning its off to The Handmade Expo bright and early. A great location in the Ipswich Turf Club and Soulman O'Gaia entertaing us with his soul tunes. This month is also time to buy your Fireman/men 2011 calender. Proceeds from the calenders go to raising much needed funds for the children's hospital, and don't forget the Swanbank Steam Train Rides running throughout the day. Another fun, fun day.

Hopefully I will still be awake at the end of the weekend. I am still busily putting the final touches on some magnets and pendants that I will be selling at the markets. If you are near by drop in and say hi. Mention this post and you can grab yourself a FREE pocket mirror.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday #11

A few weeks ago was my birthday and my wonderful husband took me away for the night to the Marriott on the Gold Coast. Such a beautiful place. These chandeliers were hanging in the foyer and in the restaurant and made lovely shadows. Just had to share. Enjoy!

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday #10

I know its Monday already, I'm a bit late with the Sunday Shadow Shot this week. Busy weekend, including my 40th birthday, woo hoo. More on that in later posts. Anyway here is some shots my sister sent me. She is a nanny in London who this week spent the week in the French country side. Half her luck. This shot was taken in Honfleur. Love the first one. Thanks Bec. Check out her blog here.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Mayo Festival

On Saturday I had the privilege of attending the St Margarets Mayo Festival. This festival is a biennial event at St Margaret's Anglican Girls School, and engages all ages with a range of activities and entertainment including elective workshops and student performances.

The Festival honours the life and career of Daphne Mayo, acclaimed as one of Australia's finest sculptors and acknowledged as an energetic and tenacious advocate of the Arts in Queensland.

The girls had made sculptures and lanterns that appeared around the grounds. They looked great during the day but even better when lit up at night.

I was part of the section of craft stalls that were in the court yard. Also there during the day were other BrisStylers, Teneale - Wicked Child Designs, Sophie - Strat Designs, Carla - Un Cielo, Melinda - Retro Bird, Jane - Perle J, Tree Party Designs and Melanie - Kimono Reincarnate. It was great to be able to catch up with these great ladies.

My stall was next to Jane - Perle J and Carla - Un Cielo, thanks for a great day ladies.

I had my daughter with me all day and she enjoyed watching all the performances during the day the girls put on.

The evening ended with a fantastic concert titled "The Mad Hatters Tea Party". The girls had created some awesome costumes.

The view of the city from my stall just topped off the day. All round a fantastic day. I'm already looking forward to next years.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday #9

Yesterday I was privileged to be involved in the St Margaret's Mayo Festival. What a fabulous day. The weather was fantastic and the atmosphere was great. There were lots of BrisStyle girls involved too. I will be doing a blog post about it tomorrow. But for now here is my shadow shots for this week.

This great Jacaranda was in full bloom. Topped off the day perfectly.

Some of the sculptures the girls had done.

The lanterns that lined the path were lit up when the sun went down.

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday #8

It's that time of the week again. Here is this weeks shot.

I love the way these two trees cast their shadows on the rocks. It's my favourite time of year, Spring. The sun is so shiny but not too hot yet. Summer is just around the corner...

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday #7

I spent this week at the coast for a conference. So needless to say I didnt get to see the beach much. Not happy! Anyway I grabbed my camera as we were driving home and got this great shadow shot from the car window.

These are a couple of other shots from my window that didnt turn out too bad.

This one would have been better without the random guy in front of the tree!

At least I did see the water, even if it was only from a distance.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Facebook Fans Feature #14

Facebook Fans Feature time. This week its the lovely Melissa from Simply Melissa Designs. Melissa lives in Charlotte, North Carolina in the United States. She loves life and tries to make each day better than the one before. Loves to create beautiful things and spend time with her loved ones! She is "designing to make life beautiful"!

All her hats and candle cozies are handmade with love using high quality materials and workmanship. Check them out at her etsy store here. Here are some of my favourites...Catch up with Melissa here:


Monday, October 4, 2010

Lovely Spring Day

Well I woke up this morning to the most beautiful spring day I could remember. I has been raining for days so to see the sun is wonderful. Well seeing today is my day off I decided to head out to the garden after walking the dog.

Well one look at the dog and he was in great need of a brush. That winter coat is coming out and there is hair everywhere. So the first half hour was spent brushing Max, the German Shepherd. For anyone who has owned a Shepherd they lose so much hair. This was the hair that I collected after one brushing session.

Then next to clean up the mess the chickens had made. I love having chickens and love that they are free to roam around my backyard but, boy do they make a mess...

Here is the before shot.

And the culprits.

About an hour later I had the backyard looking semi respectable. Only to have to do it all again next week, I'm sure. Oh well it was a nice day to be outside.

After, with Max, the slightly less hairy dog!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday #6

Shadow Shot Sunday time. I missed the last couple of weeks, life has that way of taking over sometimes, but here is one for this week.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Dear Departed Chicken

A few years ago we decided to get ourselves some chickens. My daughter was going to vacation care one school holidays and they had an incubator and hatched some eggs into baby chicks. They all watched them come out of the egg and looked after them till they were a few weeks old. Then the question came, who was going to take the chickens home? Well I was pleaded with and begged and finally gave in. Truth be told I had actually wanted to get some chickens for a long time, it was really my husband that needed convincing. Anyway we brought home these 3 baby chicks. Then we had keep them warm while they were babies, feed them, give them medicine, build a chicken coop, the list went on and on. But these chickens were definitely loved. They watched TV, were sung too, kissed and cuddled. They became part of the family.

Well that was about 3 years ago and they have survived all this time. That was until a few weeks ago. I started noticing that Petal, as she had become known (my daughters choice) was not acting herself. She didn't move around as much, stopped laying and generally looked not too well. As time when on she got worse and worse till she finally died. I didn't realise how attached I could become to a chicken. It's just a chicken, my husband said. But they all have different personalities and they really are quite cute. Anyway we had a funeral for Petal and have now moved on.

Petal a couple of days before she died.

We got some more chicks that are now growing very fast. I guess these ones will become part of the family too, and I guess they too will say goodbye one day, but until then we can enjoy their company and the yummy eggs they give us.