The Courthouse {Part I}

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

About 10 years ago, this beautiful old building {that we affectionately call The Courthouse} went on the market.  In our tiny little town this used to be the original police-station/courthouse and residence. It sits on 1 acre of land and neighbours our little railway cottage. It was in pretty bad repair and we really couldn't afford it but the thought of someone knocking it down played with our heartstrings so with the banks help we bought it, did a little painting inside and put tenants in it.  
Fast forward to January 2016, our daughter was looking for somewhere to live and rents being so high everywhere we thought why don't we make the courthouse section into a studio apartment.  So the renovation process began.
 Firstly, it needed re-stumping and a new roof and guttering.  We found some local tradesmen to help us with this construction process.
Next Part II - removing internal ceiling and construction inside

“If I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with.” 
― L. Frank BaumThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz




"The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.”  - ralph waldo emerson 

Kindred Friends {Part VI} Ness Lockyer {10 years in the making}

Friday, March 31, 2017

Well last but definitely not least, Ness Lockyer.  This enormously talented, beautiful soul with a wonderful eye for detail touched my heart through her love for renovating a beautiful old home in Tasmania.  I think even though Ness and I have never met in person, we have a similar love for giving life back to things that once were, loving simplistic design and are driven by our love to create in this sometimes crazy commercial world.
Ness has not long moved into a new adventure of another old home, studio and farm to make her own  where she designs and produces her beautiful ceramics and like the rest of the population I can't wait to see all the adventures she has ahead.
Ness, has just released some workshops that would truly be an incredible experience you can go and look at her shop here.

"So go create. Take photographs in the wood, run alone in the rain and sing your heart out high up on a mountain
where no one will ever hear
and your very existence will be the most hypnotising scar.
Make your life be your art
and you will never be forgotten.” 
― Charlotte Eriksson

Kindred Friends {PART V} Elizabeth Maxson {10 years in the making}

Monday, March 27, 2017

Over 10 years ago I bought a Romantic Homes magazine that featured an article about this immensely, talented lady and I felt a strong urge to contact her to let her know how she inspired me through her images of her retail shop.  We formed an instant friendship !!! Not long after that Elizabeth asked me whether she could use some of my charms in a photo shoot and I was so beyond thrilled and excited.  I am thankful everyday for finding that article.  Elizabeth made such a huge difference to my work and giving me the confidence I needed to go with my heart. 
You should all follow Elizabeths INSTRAGRAM feed. 
Truly exquisite ....

“After all," Anne had said to Marilla once, "I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.”
- LM Montgomery

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