Kindred Friends {Part IV} - Kimberly Taylor {10 years in the making}

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Some people just touch your heart in ways you really can't describe and Kimberly is definitely one of those people.  I fell in love with her photography, her great love of her family, farm and food and really noticing all the simple joys this world has to offer.
Over recent years this gorgeous woman started a charity called The Grow Hope Foundation,
a non-profit organisation dedicated to empowering people in rural Uganda improve their lives through education, skills training and mentorship.  
So thankful for her constant inspiration.

“Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.” 
― Roy T. Bennett

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” 
― Anne Frank

“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” 
― Mark Twain

Kindred Friends {Part III} - Jeanne Oliver {10 Years in the making}

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

She calls herself an introvert by nature but she truly shines so bright and touches so many lives with her eye for beauty, a heart for people, her talented artistry and her love for her family.
 I had been following her journey for a little while when I left my retail space and wanted some unique product to sell in my online store. I found Jeanne's gorgeous bags and dresses and that was the start of a new chapter for me. Her blog and online store were divine so when she approached me to do some charms for her store I was beyond thrilled and then even more exciting and totally out of my comfort zone I joined several other artists on Jeannes Creative Network with her first Christmas inspired course "Home for the Holidays".
In 2015 after a trip to the US with my daughter I returned home and fell very ill with an infection in my brain.  It has been hard to say the least and I still have difficulties but about 6 months ago I approached Jeanne to help me reboot my business and her enthusiasm and professionalism made such a difference... and really I will never be able to thank her enough.
You should go and take a look at my beautiful friends CREATIVE NETWORK 
“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” 
― Vincent Van Gogh
“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.” 

― Kalu Ndukwe Kalu 

Kindred Friends {Part II} - Sara Duckett {10 Years in the Making}

Sunday, March 05, 2017

I fell in love with Sara's blog straight away.  
The beauty of her home, her exquisite photography and her fearless fight to be a mumma.  Everything about this blog touched my heart and I feel extremely blessed to call her friend.  Over the years I have made charms for her shop and she has worked on design projects for me, recently she helped me update the format of this blog.  I don't think she really knows how amazingly talented she is.
Please go and take a look at sadieolive.com

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”  Aaron Siskind

Kindred Friends - Paige Knudsen {10 years in the making}

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

On the 5th of March I will have my 10 year anniversary of blogging.  I think one of the most amazing things is the beautiful inspiring people I have met on this journey.  So over the next few weeks I am going to share some of the extremely special friendships I have made.  
I thought I definitely needed to start with this gorgeous lady.  
Paige and I, well I think our love for our children was probably where it began for us.  Watching each others journeys from opposites sides of the world. Seeing our children grow through their school and university years.  One day I know we will meet and we will have so much to catch up on but for now I feel extremely blessed to know I have someone so special as a friend. 
If you would like to following this extremely talented photographer and exceptional mumma on her journey.... have a look at her blog simple thoughts or on instagram.
“Close friends are truly life's treasures. Sometimes they know us better than we know ourselves. With gentle honesty, they are there to guide and support us, to share our laughter and our tears. Their presence reminds us that we are never really alone.”
― Vincent Van Gogh



The start of a new year !!!

Sunday, January 08, 2017

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"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever"
I am so very thankful, to start my new year by the coast with the ones I love most in the world.  Eight glorious days of family and friends, walking on the beach, swimming in the pool, reading, visiting some of our favourite places and just being.  Casuarina/Kingscliff northern NSW is like our summer home away from home.  We rented a 4 bedroom home this year and it was just beyond perfect.  


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October - moving forward, creating once more ...

Friday, October 09, 2015

I was thinking today how very lucky I am to be able to create, to be able to do something with my heart that hopefully touches someone else's in some way or form.  I love finding pretty sayings to make the collage that I put on instagram and facebook, usually they have some meaning to where I am in that moment in time or where I would like to be...  I absolutely adore taking photos and to be totally honest I have no technical skills but I know what I like and that is what you see.  Making my little inspirations in glass really holds a magical place in my heart for a few reasons, meeting extraordinary people and their stories.... One of my first ever custom orders was for a girl whose sister had just lost a baby... they found me through an advertisement in Country Style magazine and I remember crying {the dad had written this gorgeous verse for baby Remy} while I made this ornament that they could hang on there tree each Christmas as just a tiny reminder of this beautiful little soul that they had lost.  It was such a privilege.   I have some days where I think I have been doing this for so long should I try something new and then someone asks me to do something special for them {one to wrap around there wedding bouquet, babies names and dates, anniversaries, special birthdays, special travel and so much more} and I know that is why I continue to do it.  So on this pretty Spring afternoon in my little railway cottage I feel pretty content and blessed to be doing what I love.
To live with purpose, to say the courageous thing, to celebrate the simple gift, to follow your dreams.  This is a happy life. - wayland henry


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My body isn't behaving .... but I suppose I am learning more about myself !!!!

Friday, July 17, 2015

{Images from my pinterest page}
Life can definitely be a little hard on you sometimes .... I am so a glass half full kind of girl.  I try to see the positives but for the last 7 weeks my body has not been how is should be and it was like a switch one day I was healthy and the next day not so much... I am not going to bore you with whats going on but it has been HARD !!!! I've worked out that I am terrible, I mean terrible at resting, taking care of myself or even putting myself first.  I am independent and quiet driven but I am definitely an everyone else comes first type of person.   Anyway, I am hopeful that one day soon I will wake and my body will say this is enough of this rubbish but for now.... I am TRYING to be good and rest.
It is about 5 degrees outside so I am snuggled in bed just about to watch a little Anne of Green Gables... I might need to get a little help to get my business back on track but hopefully it won't be too far away.   I update my instagram feed most days so please drop by and follow me.  I would love that.
“Some people go through life trying to find out what the world holds for them only to find out too late that it's what they bring to the world that really counts.” 
- L M Montgomery - anne of green gables