Annie Get Your Gum (Leaf)

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Top: Michy Lou

Cardigan: Gorman

Skirt: Asos

Shoes: Chie Mihara

Boy oh boy, where did the last fortnight go? I’m sorry to be so absent – not even replying to comments or anything. All cylinders in my Real Life™ are firing at the moment, and the blog’s falling a little behind as a result. It’s a good thing – it’s a happy-making thing – but it does mean that I have less time for writing!

It’s been a whirlwind of a month so far; I’ve been jetting all over the country doing staff appraisals, my parents have been to stay, and I’ve had a lot on over the weekends too. It’s been a good end to the year, if an abrupt one. We’re – oh God – just over a month from Christmas, and I’m feeling spectacularly unprepared. Gone are my carefully planned present-buying spreadsheets. my tree, my stash of wrapping paper. I’m flying by the seat of my pants this year. I’ve been to a few of the pre-Christmas markets (and true to form have managed to find more for myself than for other people)

I was in Canberra for a wedding a month or so ago, and while I was my sister and I visited the (outstanding!) Canberra Handmade market. While we were browsing I spotted this lovely brooch taken from a cast of a gum leaf and a pair of gumnuts, and I loved it so much Mae bought it for me as an early Christmas present. I’m preeeetty sure it came from Ricardo Pewter.

Frocks & Frou Frou

When I was a kid I used to think that the Australian wildlife was so desperate looking. I craved rolling green hills, hedgerows, fields of bluebells, and I couldn’t understand my Mum’s affinity for our straggly, dry, native flora. As an adult though I love it. I love the scent of eucalyptus, the particular olives and golds of the Australian landscape, trees with resilient leaves, secretive blossoms, and rugged seed pods and nuts that need the kiss of bushfire just to fruit.

 

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 Top: Country Road

Skirt: Asos

Khloe Ballet Pump: Comfortview via OneStopPlus

Necklace: Cat Rabbit

After the Great Famine of Horizontally Striped Shirts of the mid-noughties I seem to be incapable of not buying them when I see them in stores, and this ponte number from Country Road is a firm favourite. It’s the lovely, long, tapered sleeves that made it a winner when I tried it on a few weeks ago, and the lighter stripe makes it a good trans-seasonal number for spring.

Funny story about this outfit. I was waiting to use the bathroom in a shopping centre and two little girls – maybe 4 and 7 – were also waiting with their Mum. The younger gasped when she saw the hot pink shoes, and said “I like your shoes are you wearing tights?” and when I leant down to show her that, yes, I was wearing stockings my necklace swung and caught the old sister’s attention who grabbed it to take a closer look. Their poor mum was a bit mortified (“we don’t just GRAB strangers!”) but as far as I’m concerned it was officially a Very Successful Outfit.

The older sister dubbed my necklace “Katie The Cat”, so here she is in all her handmade, felted glory:

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Necklace: CatRabbit

I bought her when I visited the (wonderful) recent “Cat Market” with my equally crafty and cat-mad friend Fi from Fisha Designs. She’s been hand stitched and embroidered, with dainty little eyelids and a jangly bell around her neck that chimes when I move. And if you’re not a cat person (it’s OK, I won’t judge you) there’s an equally cute “LiBEARian” necklace on offer in Cat’s shop right now.