Monday, 30 May 2011

Shop Local

Flicking the TV channels today, I heard more of the doom and gloom that Australia will face if we continue to shop on the internet, supporting other countries and not our own.

It really has me thinking about whether we actually save money by doing international internet shopping, or whether we are buying surplus to our needs and actual save no money at all. Whatever the case, it certainly has me rethinking how I spend my hard earned money and I encourage you to do the same. I really love browsing in little stores. I love nothing more than going to one of many awesome bookstores that we have here in Sydney. I really want to be able to do that. They provide wonderful advice and service - often lacking in an internet purchase. But without our support, these little guys will not survive in the fickle world of retail. And it of course is not just limited to bookstores!

This subject is close to my heart, as I have the privilege of managing a cute little store. We are supported well by locals and crafty types who can come to the store and appreciate the efforts that go into orchestrating what you see as you step inside. We are a place where you can browse, ask, talk, learn a new skill, shop and be inspired. We love providing this environment. It's wonderful to see the delight of a customer going home with a new project that they are excited to start. We love that you are learning new skills that are old skills, passed onto us by someone who cared enough to teach us.

It is your perogative to spend where you see fit, but please, remember, your spending does affect this country, which in turn will affect you and your children. I think it is also fair to say that international internet shopping comes with a fair share of gamble as you do not get to touch, feel and experience your goods before purchase. So it is not respectful, nor fair to think that you can enter a local store and view it as your personal catalogue for your future internet purchases. This unequivocally is not ok. Ever.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Early Morning Market

I love snowdrops.

And my Nathalie Lete colouring in book.

She will be painting the windows of Blue Illusion in Double Bay on 28th September, 1.00pm - 4.00pm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Excited much?

When I found this at the markets this morning, it's whimsy reminded me of Nathalie Lete's pieces of art.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Sun, Shiny Day

Glorious day today. Flowers in the garden. First magnolia buds on the tree. The lone daffodil in chubby little hand.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

More, More, More!

It's Day 4!

Very emnbarrassing for me, but I hope this gives you a giggle. Picture this - pub on a Thursday afternoon, still full from lunch, mother walks in with children needing a toilet stop, toilet stop complete, rushing, rushing, make way through pub. Full. Of. Men. Are you dying yet? Racing out the door 5 paces ahead of my children when my 10 year old says, "Wait, Mum, Mum, there's a problem!"

Yes, that's right. Dress caught in pantihose! I skiddadled faster than Hairy Mclary.

Moral of the story....always throw out your holey pantihose. Firstly, because they are holey and secondly, because they will look ghastly when your dress is caught up in them.

So, in the name of my embarrassment, think of this often and smile. Bloody hell, it's all I can do!

Image from here

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Look at Me! It's Day 3!

Nice rhyming.

Today, I'm loving this by Anita Mertzlin.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Day 2

Commitment, commitment.

I've made a commitment and I gotta stick to it. Day 2 - are you excited?

These little pieces are from the box of stencils on yesterdays post. They are a recent vintage find and are ever so endearing. That fox is, well, foxy to say the least!

Over the next 19 days of habit forming blogging, I may just post the odd photo, something I'm working on, a covetable piece or two or hopefully something of inspiration. These days when I look around at blogs, I love nothing better than finding a simple image from somebodies private world. Usually, it's just enough to put a little spring in my step, put my shoulders back and generally feel grateful.

Note: Spell check is telling me covetable is not a word and the big fat dictionary is too far away. I think it is a word. If it isn't, it's a new word for today. Ok.