Thursday, December 18, 2014

Mailing Dates + Store Opening

Just a quick note to let you know that the deadline for domestic mailing for Christmas is Midday today! All items are gift wrapped and include free postage.
Express Post is available at an additional charge until the 22nd.

Pop over to the shop and cross everyone off your Christmas list!

The store will remain open after these dates, but mailing won't recommence until the New Year.

Thanks so much for your continued support!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday Things To Do

Toddler painted wrapping paper

Building a Candy Maze

Cohen writing in his diary

Day three of the holidays and I have been miserable with a cold since day one. Out door adventures have been put on hold while I work my way through a third box of tissues. Instead we have been crafting and working on a list of things to do this holiday season, which will live on the fridge and be crossed off as we go!

Build a blanket cubby house
Bake biscuits
Visit the koalas at Daisy Hill
BBQ at the beach
Swim at Southbank
Explore the Art Gallery
Go to the movies
Play at the park
Run under the sprinkler
Borrow books from the library
Fly a kite
Make playdough
Go bird watching
Draw in our Nature Books
Ride bikes
Write a letter
Plant some seeds
Make a collage
Blow bubbles off the deck
Jump on a trampoline
Have a play date
Read a book
Draw on the footpath with chalk
Press flowers
Keep a diary
Get a photo with Santa
Have breakfast at a cafe
Surf with Daddy
Go on an indoor treasure hunt
Paint a picture
Learn to finger knit
Have pancakes for dinner
Write a story
Collect stamps
See the Christmas lights
Build with Lego
Go to the cricket

What's on your list?!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Six Months - Oscar

Antique buoys from The Spring Shop, calligraphy by Didi, Brisbane pennant by Yardage Design, 'War is Over' postcard from Sydney Gallery, owl vase by Sharon Muir.

I know I'm biased because he's mine, but seriously, this little chubby baby is just divine. Oh the cuteness. His smile lights up my days and his laugh is adorable and infectious. Those blue eyes take in everything, and those little hands reach out to grasp everything too. I often find strands of his sister's blonde hair between his fingers, after she has leant in close. He is so cuddly and smells like milk and baby. Those sweet babbled 'words' began one morning recently with 'da da da' coming from his cot. 'Ma ma ma' and 'bub bub bub' followed a few days later. Cohen's first sound was 'da da', while Emerson's was 'ma ma.' 

Oscar continues to roll and turn himself to travel surprising distances on the floor, and has learnt this month to push himself back wards. It won't be long until we are fitting the child gates for the final time. Despite the absolute lack of teeth, he has taken happily to solids and is a fan of mushy food, so we are doing a little baby lead weaning, a little mushy food. He breastfeeds to sleep and is feeding up to three times a night, which is fine as long as I can squeeze in a nap at least once a week! As soon as I lay him down in his bed he pops his thumb in his mouth and his whole little body relaxes. 

There is no end to the dribble and the reflux, but neither seem to affect his general happiness. He's had a few unsettled days, which I tend to attribute to teething. But generally, he is a happy, relaxed little man, who loves being worn in a sling, and only really spends time away from me while I attend a weekly yoga class - one very important hour of 'me time' with three children.

I see quite a few similarities between Oscar and Emerson at 6 months.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Custom Order - Triple Sapphire Stacker

As a maker I am passionate about designing and crafting unique handmade jewellery, future heirlooms to be cherished and limited edition collections. My practice involves traditional gold and silver smithing techniques, combined with contemporary art and craft, while concentrating on customer focused service.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Celebrating Beauty

A cool over cast morning and a cup of tea and a sleeping babe make for a lovely moment too dive in to Pinterest and potter about from one page to another, absorbing the visual feast that is available and pinning those pieces that make my heart flutter. It's a wonderful way to discover new artists and click your way to their portfolio and explore their work. Each of these jewellers has such a strong and cohesive sense of style, so I like to call such internet wanderings 'research' rather than just 'play' or 'procrastination'.

I like to think of all the hours of work that went in to each piece, and all the hours before that learning and practicing. I like to think about the materials, how they were sourced, the techniques the maker employed on them, the value or lack of value in an item before they incorporated it in to their work. And I like to think about some one owning each piece, wearing it and loving it, like a visual extension of self - for don't we want the jewellery we wear to say something about ourselves? Perhaps that we have simple tastes? Perhaps that we have wealth? Perhaps that we support handmade? 

Or perhaps just that we celebrate beauty where ever we find it. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ten Good Things

Poincianas in bloom, flaunting their red blossoms and scattering them like rich carpet.

The imagination and honesty of a two year old.

Baby wearing - I can't think of a better place for my six month old to be than in my arms or in his sling, his head close enough to kiss. This third child is missing out on none of the cuddles.

A five year old's joy at taking a found nest and tiny blue egg shell to school for show and tell.

Parcel delivery drivers who are funny and kind.

Handmade ornaments with hand prints, glitter or drawings.

Old ladies who stop to tell me how beautiful my children are.

Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon and Kewpie mayonnaise. Nom nom nom...

Lightning storms that thrash and pour throughout a yoga class, and remind you how small you are in the universe, in a good way.

Family Christmas traditions.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Last Days of School

My two little ones are asleep and I am savoring a cup of tea after running errands and grocery shopping, before hanging out the third load of laundry. There's three more days left of Prep and I am feeling a little sentimental. Only three more days, and my big boy has finished his first year of school. His first year away from me, given that he never attended childcare. On top of which, he turns six this week. Oh my. 

Time seems to speed up when you have children, because they are like yardsticks for time. How quickly they grow. How different he seems from the little boy who first put on that brand new uniform, to child dressed in the paint and play marked uniform he wears now.

I'm so proud of my boy. He has always been confident and social, and so accepting of anyone who is 'different'. 
And his Mona Lisa is pretty awesome too.
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