Op Shop Treasures

I love the endless possibilities that are found in an op shop. To me its like a treasure hunt and you just never know what you are going to get. It is so much better than going to a huge shopping center where everything is new and nothing yet has a story. In the above picture everything was found in an op shop apart from the painting:) Each one brings a joy and reminds me of God’s beauty and creative genius. The retro pressed metal picture of the girl praying reminds me to send my prayers and thoughts to God who listens and is waiting……and the West German vases remind me of the creative genius of talented craftspeople who produced these vases that are very collectible:) I love to think about the story behind objects found at op shops. Recently my mother discovered a really beautiful leather travel bag at an op shop that had been well traveled. She delved into one of the pockets of the bag and found a letter addressed to the former owner with really special messages! It truly is a treasure hunt:)
Last year, I found an old globe for my husband Daniel for a present and someone many years before had written on the wooden base, “To Mark, Daniel and Sally, With Love from Oma and Opa”. I wonder who they were and what is their story…..well another Daniel owns it now!

An Elephant Bag

My new found love of sewing has sparked so many new creative ideas in my brain! It is so exciting to see an idea become a reality. So here is another bag I have made. This time its for my nephew William for a library bag, minus Noah’s hands!

I can rock on my rocking roo!

For my son Noah’s first birthday, my dad made him a rocking kangaroo. Noah loves rocking on it accompanied by the song, “I can rock on my rocking roo!!” Its such a joy to see Noah growing up and enjoying the simple joys of life.

A spot of tea anyone?

I love tea! Let’s make that tea and scones with jam and cream. Its so great bringing out my special vintage tea cups and making a pot of brewed tea. Its particularly special when its shared with another. I’ll put a pot of tea on then shall I?

Birdy delight!

I know this isn’t the best picture – but this beautiful beaded bird made its way onto my fridge with a lovely note from my lovely friend Esther. Such a simple beauty – a happy sparrow that brightens many days. Thanks so much Esther!

A box of yummy treats!

Everyone loves special treats – they are SPECIAL and a TREAT all wrapped into one. A few months back my husband Dan surprised me with this box of yummy treats and a feathered friend as well! We thoroughly enjoyed eating the yummy cheeses for an afternoon picnic in the lounge room. I found the bird a home in a birds nest I found on Stradbroke island. Pass on a special treat to someone in your world….

A very special island

I’m very blessed to live on the world’s largest island. One of the smaller islands not far from where I live is called Stradbroke Island. It is a very magical place to go for holidays. Earlier this year, I spent two relaxing weeks enjoying all the island had to offer: bushwalking, surf, swimming, the best gelati in the world (well on the island!), God’s natural wonders and a very slow pace of life.
I can’t wait to go back soon for another holiday!

A Festive Village

I know it is still September, but here is some more festive inspiration. Last year, my mum Sandy was inspired to make a really beautiful Christmas village. It looked beatiful at night with tea light candles reflecting through the windows and fairy lights. Is it December yet?? :)

Mr Fish

This is our pet fish otherwise known as, “Mr Fish” or “Bert”. Although he doesn’t do much other than eat fish food and swim around all day, he brings joy to our family. As one of God’s creation, we enjoy his presence in our home and my son loves to observe all of Mr Fish’s goings on. The highlight of the day for Mr Fish is feeding time, that reminds me I must go and feed him!