Our first weekend beach escape for the year

Beach
This photo was taken at Nobby Beach. I haven’t been to this part of the coast for years, but it’s the beach that we always came to when I was growing up so it holds a special place in my heart. While I love our place in New Farm, I think I could happily relocate to the coast full time.

Pav

 

Zebra glass

Zebra Glass

I spent most of today at my desk setting up the new look on my website (I’m so pleased with it!). A one stage I glanced down and noticed that the sun coming through my window was hitting my zebra paperweight just perfectly. It’s amazing the effect the right lighting can have.

~ Pav

Adding a bit of sparkle to my life

Sequins
I’ve started 2013 with a touch of sparkle. I’ve been having fun with some crafty creations that I’m planning to use in an upcoming shoot. I’m quite particular about my crafting style, so it’s meant stitching lots and lots of sequins on one by one. Still, the finished product is something to behold. Are you curious yet? Well stay tuned, and I’ll show you the results in coming months. 🙂

~ Pav

P.S. Who else noticed that my last two pictures are watermarked “2012”? At least it’s only the 3rd of January.

Melbourne

Melbourne
I have a very dear friend who’s planning to move interstate soon. She seems to be happily immersing herself in images related to her soon to be new home, so I thought I’d contribute.

Farewell to 2012

2012 Wrap Up

It’s been a busy year this year, filled with new adventures and more than a few rediscovered pleasures. We’ve travelled overseas and within Australia. We’ve acquired a range of exciting new toys. And, as always, we’ve had a lot of fun together. These are just some of the things that stand out when I look back at 2012.

Farewell to 2012

January – we started the year part way through our most recent eastern states road trip. I love our Australian driving holidays, and have been recently singing their praises to a good friend in an attempt to convince her to drive rather than fly when she moves interstate.

February – we made our first ever pet purchase together, six tiny fish. I’ve learnt many of the lessons that small children are supposed to learn from pets – they’re a surprising amount of work, they don’t always want to play when you do, and tragically they die. They’ve certainly tempered my desire for owning anything larger.

March – I had to have some minor surgery. The lead up to and recovery from it pretty much dominated this part of the year.

April – I got a shiny new camera. New toys are always good, and this one was, and still is, especially good.

May – seeing the great artwork at the Sculptors Queensland Annual Exhibition at Mt Cootha prompted me to purchase a piece of work from one of the artists that I’d been admiring for ages.

June – we discovered a whole host of new places on our latest trip to Japan. One of the most strangest things about this trip was discovering the work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama through the art gallery in her home town of Matsumoto, only to find it featuring in the window displays of the Louis Vuitton store in Brisbane in the coming months. We felt very on trend.

July – we rediscovered the the beach. Having access to such amazing beaches is a highlight of living where we do, even in winter.

August – I competed in the 10km race at the Brisbane Running Festival, finishing with a time I was really happy with. Now I’ve got a time to beat in 2013’s race.

September – Riverfire 2012 stands out to me not just because I love fireworks, but because we managed to lock ourselves out and ended up having to break into our own apartment by smashing a window (we’ve now addressed the security issues that process identified ;-)). It was certainly one of the year’s more interesting evenings.

October – I decided that my workspace needed a dramatic revamp. I’ve now got a desk that Barbie would be proud of.

November – Brisbane experienced some of the most amazing summer storms I’ve seen in years. The first set we watched from the balconies of the Griffith Uni Art College in Southbank. The second set we watched from the much safer space of our front room.

December – This year saw me discover and embrace of the wonders of felt as a craft medium (you can see examples, here, here, here, and here. This resulted in our first crafty Christmas, the pinnacle of which was our homemade Christmas Tree. I’m pretty sure we’ve started a theme which we’ll continue in future years.

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but I know that there will be lots of opportunities for new adventures in 2013. Stay tuned for the highlights via a soon to be revamped website – after all the start of a new year is the perfect opportunity for a new look.

Pav

Holiday Fun

Holiday fun
Holiday Fun
It’s been far too long since we’ve been to the beach, so today we remedied that. It was a gorgeous day, with the kind of weather that makes South-East Queensland such a lovely place to live.  We folded down the roof on our little Fiat and soaked up the sunshine as we drove north to the appropriately named Sunshine Coast for the day.

We didn’t have a clear destination in mind when we set off, but during the drive we decided that a visit to Underwater World was well overdue. We’ve visited aquariums in various parts of the world, but somehow never got around to visiting the one nearest us. So Mooloolaba became our destination of choice. We had as much fun as we usually do at aquariums – admiring both the cute fuzzy creatures and the weird and wonderful ones.

Then we went and behaved like proper Queenslanders and spent some time on the beach. It was as lovely as we’d hoped. And for a change we even managed to sunscreen Geoff enough to avoid sunburn!

Pav

New Toy

New Toys
After the usual amount of research and careful weighing up of all the options, Geoff has a shiny new toy. It’s our most exciting post-Christmas sales purchase.
Pav

I’ve been baking a lot lately

I've been baking a lot lately

When we moved into our tiny New Farm apartment I got rid of a lot of my baking stuff, assuming (rightly) that I would be buying fabulous locally produced things rather than making them myself. But recently I’ve started to get back into it, making biscuits and slices for Geoff to snack on. Today I made my favourite cupcakes – lemon and poppy seed – yum!

Pav