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I just wanted to post in the relative calm before the storm…if you have no idea what I’m talking about that’s ok. I’m sure a future post or two will explain! It has been pretty busy around here. I just wanted to say hi and let you know I haven’t forgotten my lovely readers. I will leave you with a photo of something that has been keeping me really calm lately…I must be a little old grandma in disguise!

I’ve been getting a lot of work done on this beautiful rainbow crocheted blanket lately. I think the last time I was crocheting it was on Sunday when I was watching Doctor Who. I have to admit that although I was never really a fan of Doctor Who before I have sort of fallen in love with the latest season and the 11th doctor is just adorable. And the last episode actually brought me to goosebump-y tears. It was beautiful and it played out a dream that I’m sure many Van Gogh fans would have fantasised about. 

That’s all for now, I have to go bake bake bake!!!

xo

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I have always been a believer that it’s the little things in life that can make you happy. Long long ago I started a blog-ish type thing with my best bud where we would talk about all the things we were grateful for. It never went very far, but the concept has always stuck with me. I think it’s important to find enjoyment and appreciation in everything in your life, especially the little things that make up the bulk of the day.  As cheesy and hippy-ish it sounds, it’s almost as though you need to open your mind to being aware of the small things. Sometimes the things that have really turned my day around have been tiny.

Once after uni a few years back, in the early evening, I was feeling particularly grumpy and I decided to go for a walk. I wandered around thinking that I was so sick of seeing the same things everyday, hearing the same sounds, learning the same stuff. I was probably a teeny bit homesick too. Anyway, after wandering for a while, I heard these strange birdcalls that I’d been hearing at night. I never knew what they were. It sounded like there were heaps of them and the sound kept getting closer…I ended up walking through an entire flock of them. It was amazing. It turns out they were Bush stone-curlews. Maybe it wasn’t such a little thing, but it was amazing all the same. I recorded them on my phone and I used to use it as an alarm tone for a while so I could wake up to the sound of birds while I lived in the city. That moment woke me up and made me feel as though the world was there for me discover, wherever I was at the time.

My inspiration for this post came from picking tomatoes. I could pick them in a boring bowl and be done with it but there is a nostalgic joy from putting them in a basket. Everything is more fun when you use a basket! Well, maybe not everything, but picking tomatoes, collecting eggs and picking flowers is always better in a basket. 

See what I mean? If I was being cynical and boring, I could say that it doesn’t matter what the heck I put my tomatoes in, they’re still the same tomatoes and I would be right but there’s no fun in thinking that way!

So today, I hope you can find enjoyment in something…whether it be picking tomatoes, seeing a particularly amazing sunset, having an unexpected conversation with a friend or stranger, watching the stars, eating your lunch, discovering a flock of birds or smiling at a stranger and getting a smile in return…the possibilities are endless! You can make life much richer without having to spend a cent. 

I will continue to use my basket. Just because.

Everything was beautiful this afternoon.

See?

My dad, an art teacher, was asked to do an illustration for a primary school reading program called ‘Ride the Reading Wave with Hervey the Whale’ or something to that effect. Dad passed the job onto me and this is what I came up with.

It will be used for stickers, posters, t-shirt and whatever else they like. I’m pretty happy with it! I will get samples of all the products they come up with and due to this illustration I might have a foot in the door to get a few paid illustration jobs! Exciting!