A little bit random :)

Here is a little bag I sewed to hold some arty goods to give to an aspiring artist…

…a very cute shop I happened upon in Bangalow called “A Little Peach” where I purchased a wind-up jumping bambi :)

…I’m loving roast beetroot and sweet potato salad, with baby spinach, goat’s fetta and pine nuts….and lamb cutlets!

…some little gifts I made…

What’s random in your world at the moment??

La Petite Lulu…

My lovely sister Luana has just opened an etsy store called La Petite Lulu!
Go and check it out! She is selling beautiful toys…some knitted…some sewn and all so cute! Luana also has a special offer at the moment – free postage!!

Above is “Ollie the buccaneer, a sword fighting, parrot-less pirate who is yet to walk the plank!”

Meet Birgitta….”Birgitta is a Scandinavian sweetheart who loves simplicity and spends much of her time reading interior design magazines and shopping at Ikea.”

Meet Herr Rooster… “a serious type, a high school principal who loves his morning routine of a double espresso & reading The New York Times.”

Above is Bramble and Willowfly…beautiful woodland fairies…that Lu knitted and I happily have snapped up! Well done, Lu…you are a wonderful talented woman!


Tomorrow our country takes a day aside to celebrate Australia Day…
There are many things that I love about living in Australia.

I love the vast open spaces…the long, hot summers, the mixture of many cultures, the freedom I have in so many ways…to be a woman of faith…to have an education…

…and living on the world’s largest island does have its perks…the beach, the reefs, the surf…

I am also reminded of the many individuals and families who have fled their countries of origin to live in Australian and seek shelter from persecution and to start again.

My amazing friends (above) literally fled for their lives and after living for many years in different refugee camps with their four children in a room not much bigger than a double bed they have found refuge in Australia.

I am thankful that Australia can be a place where a refuge is found and a new beginning has begun…

Like a phoenix rising…

Like a phoenix rising
and circling overhead
Looking down upon the
fire and the ashes and the devastation that was wrought

It rises up in strength and glides high above,
stronger, full of freedom, new life, grace and love

That which was to cause death
God has used it for good
Life has been restored
Freedom has been won

Like a phoenix rising in strength and dignity
My life has been restored and from death I am free

As I look upon my future
I see joy and hope and life
and like a phoenix rising from the ashes and the soot
is a life renewed in strength and dignity to rise above and soar

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
I will fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff they comfort me.

I had heard of you God by the hearing of the ear,
but now my eyes have seen you.
Job 42:5

Beauty surrounds….

In all different places…like matching Nepalese hats…

…in paper bunting…which is always a beautiful sight…

…in handmade toys lovingly made by my very clever sister Luana…

…and in a blue bird swinging in the trees…

What things are beautiful in your world today?

The week that was….

I have really enjoyed this first week of 2010 (despite being housebound with gastro:)!
The Christmas decorations are gone and it feels great to have a fresh start with a new year.

This week I have been loving a pile of Christmas reads….

We’ve had heaps of rain and I hope the seeds that Noah and I planted will start to grow…

….and this week Granny (aka Sandy, my mum) and Grandad John (aka John, my dad) came to stay for a few days which was lovely. Noah enjoyed forming a country western band called “The Tinky Toks Toks” with Granny (both playing guitar and singing) and cooking up a storm as well.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

ps. A big thankyou to my wonderful husband Dan for sprucing up my blog for the new year!

The path…

Sometimes the path that your feet need to walk on is not a path you want to be on…

…its long and winding and sometimes unexplainable difficulties crop up just when you think you have it all figured out (like gastro while your doing a detox….ahhh!)…

…but you just need to keep walking and look back behind you and tell others on the path…

….my flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever…

Psalm 73:26