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Jacaranda Season

Its that time of year again, bees are buzzing, the tropical version on spring has flown past and now almost summer.  Jacaranda trees are in bloom everywhere, bring on the theme song of purple haze.  These trees can be massive, like 20 metres tall when fully grown.  Grafton NSW holds the title for Australia’s oldest […]

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Taking Flight

Take Flight is this month’s prompt for the Unruly Paper Arts Group and one of my favourite creative themes, floating on air and coasting on a breeze sounds like it could be fun.  So then this would have to be a favourite photo and memory of a late summer afternoon watching the sun set when […]


Sending you wishes in a gift card Melissa Frances and Scrapbook Adhesives

Happy Holidays everyone.  My family’s culture is European so for us Christmas is not just on the 25th but we celebrate the full 12 days with gifts of gratitude.   Many of the ex Commonwealth Countries celebrate Boxing Day as the day you traditionally give small gifts to the tradespeople or staff who have worked with […]


Hopes & Dreams

“There is a world where hope and dreams can last for all times.”Ariel Happy Sky Watch Friday my friends, click the link to see what bloggers from all over have found in their skies to share this week.  Have been busy with a few projects the last few weeks, taking up new roles with the […]



“There are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.”  H. E. FosdickOrdinary days, ordinary walks, and ordinary moments, you never know when they can turn extra special on you and one of the reasons why I like Sky Watch Friday, it is great fun to see what bloggers from all over the world have found in their […]



In the right light at the right time, everything is extraordinary, Aaron Rose How very true, a pretty afternoon and view can turn spectacular with a change of light.  Am sharing a photo from one of my favourite beaches showing off a pretty play of light off encroaching clouds.  Click the link to Sky Watch Friday […]


Colourful Post Cards

Jot Magazine is a new digital publication from Kim Archer with a fresh new look to papercrafting, Project Life, off the page and more.  This month’s colour challenge is pink & yellow that makes me feel all fresh and summery.  Click the link to see what Kim and the creative team have going on.   […]


The Little Things

click to enlarge the purple jacaranda “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” Desmond Tutu I liked this quote, it tumbled around for the last few days and seemed to fit well with the jacaranda’s coming into flower. First you see the […]


“Dance in the fields of infinite possibility” Marianne Williamson   click to enlarge a gorgeous morning sky Early morning walks are a great time of day to appreciate the lighting, gentle breezes and consider possibilities. Not many fields about here but lots of sand to dance in. Check the link to Sky Watch Friday to […]


“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Jane Goodall click to enlarge a happy dairy cow with one of the best views on the coast Back in […]