The Winter of Our {Dis}content

In our little sub-tropical haven called Brisbane, we rarely feel “weather”. It’s either humid and hot and rainy or just a little less humid and hot and rainy.
That’s why I love August!
I get C-O-L-D and I love it.
I layer clothing; I break out the flannies, the ugg boots, and the beenies.

But what I love most is the outdoors in Winter.
Once we recover from the city-wide lurgies that occur about now, I take advantage of the dry, windy weather and prepare for Spring.

Lawns get mowed, garden beds get a makeover too:

This one will be my new, super-sized herb and vege garden for the full-sun-lovers.

I get the boys outside to take advantage of that crisp air that fills your nostrils with icicles.

And of course it’s Athletics Carnival time! Monday was particularly spectacular; shorts & t-shirt weather but a little cool in the shade.

(photos by Lynette, thank you!)

So as the sun starts to change it’s course over the daytime sky, I start to think about how many of my goals I’ve achieved so far, and how many need to be re-visited and how few need to be shelved.
Although I dream BIG, I am also your typical-realist-Capricorn-feet-on-the-ground-type …. so annoying at times!!

I hope the weather is being kind to you. I know my Northern Hemisphere peeps have finished their Summer Break and looking to prepare for Winter. My Mum comes home soon from her well-earned holiday to Italy (her place of birth) and I’ve missed her, but understand now she is on her own, she is being Brave and doing the things she’s always wanted to do.

But her story is for another blog post.



To Market, To Market…

I’m gearing up for The Handmade Expo so the MadeIt shop will be in “holiday” mode from lunchtime Friday until about Tuesday. This will give me enough time to adjust stock items manually or remove items altogether.

If you’re wanting to come say HOWDY, here’s the address
Ipswich Turf Club
TL Cooney Ave
8am til 2pm

There will be food, drink, craft ALL HANDMADE….no factory or imported stuff. The person at the stall will usually be the person who MADE the items. That sets it apart from most Markets I’ve strolled around.

Oh, and did I mention that the Annual Firefighter’s Calendar will be on sale? If you come between 9 and 11am you might spy a very very Firefightery person selling them. I suspect they will be fully clothed but I have it on good authority that the calendar images are prettttty darn good!

And that’s all you’re getting. You’ll have to just turn up on Saturday {{wink wink}}

Studio and Spring

Despite nearing the end of school holidays here in Brisbane, I have managed to steal some moments in the Studio.
Here are some In-Progress shots just to whet your appetite!!

And this one I had shown earlier, has now been SOLD!! Yay.

And Spring has arrived which means…..
the Perpetual Salad Bowl has returned

Pineapple is back in the fridge

and as our microwave carked it last week, meal planning is taking on new meaning..But I now have extra space to put some lovely things out of Rainer’s reach!!

Have a great weekend.

Studio Gist back to normal on Monday!