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Sweet Swap for Santa

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Can you believe Christmas is less than 7 weeks away?

I LOVE this time of the year. I know its crazy busy and life is hectic but Christmastime is definitely my favourite time of the year.

For me, Christmas really is about Love, Joy & Hope. It’s about sharing kindness, love and generosity with each other; it’s about spending quality time with family and friends; it’s about adorning your house with fairy lights and decorations; it’s about delicious home cooking and of course it’s about the hope that comes from Jesus.

This year I wanted create a little community of people who love Christmas, love being generous, love creating new friends and love baking. So I created a Sweep Swap! It runs like a Secret Santa but all of the gifts are home baked sweets. It’s so easy to play… Sign up, bake some sweets, package them, send them away to the person you have been allocated to, and then wait patiently for a parcel of sweetness to pop into your own mail box.  I’m so happy some other gorgeous businesses on Instagram have caught my vision and want to be involved. We’ll also be running a few giveaways throughout the swap, but really, everyone who plays is a winner anyway!

So if you are in Australia and you enjoy baking I would LOVE you to participate. Read more about it and sign up here… http://eepurl.com/c8y_ij

I think a lot of us like to be generous but we are convinced we need to be wealthy to be able to give. You can be generous and make people smile in so many ways; with your finances, time, skills, encouraging words etc.  This swapsie is just a simple little way to give of your time, talents and although there is a small cost financially (ingredients and postage) if you are anything like me you will rush off to the post office (possibly skipping and singing Christmas carols on the way) feeling all warm and fuzzy knowing in a few days you will be making someones day even sweeter. x

Feb 14… The Day of LOVE?

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What does Valentine’s Day actually mean to you? Is it just an excuse to do something sweet? Is it the freedom to make a big, huge romantic gesture to someone you have admired forever? Is it a day of pressure because the world is telling you to prove that you love someone? Or is it a bit of a depressing day because the whole world seems to be in love and it makes you sick?

All throughout my childhood on 14th February I would open my school lunchbox to find a special surprise my Mum had put in there.  Sometimes it was a handmade little treat, other times it was a small heart shaped chocolate. I remember even from a young age knowing it wasn’t about the gift itself, it was about the thought behind it.  Sometimes simple little gestures can have huge impacts.

This Valentine’s Day I will be sending surprise packages out to a few of my friends, which I will to continue to do around the 14th of each month for the duration of the year. I’ve created a range of Valentine’s Day cookies and although some of them are directed towards couples (ie: The perfect pair), others are just pretty, girlie and oh so lovely – so really they are perfect for anyone.  We should be sharing love, kindness and generosity each and every day; we should regularly be showing people that we care and that we place value on them. So this Valentine’s Day, my challenge to you is to make something sweet, write some cards, buy little gifts or just send a few emails or messages – whatever it is, use this day as an opportunity to remind the people in your life that you love them and appreciate them. x

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The Perfect Pair

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Confession: I like things to be pretty and styled and perfectly placed… but I’m just as happy with natural, simple and easy.  I don’t mind mess (I actually enjoy making it – It’s the cleaning up process that I find quite draining!). I don’t care about getting dirty. In fact I love mud.

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As a 3 year old my parents would find me most days in the backyard, sitting in the dirt at the bottom of our slippery slide, mixing dirt and water together to make mud. Once it was the perfect consistency I would scoop it into cake tins and deliver it around to my neighbours, gifting them with a delicious (obviously that’s rather questionable!) pie.

In my early twenties I started a business baking and decorating cookies and cakes. I’ve spent thousands of hours standing in the kitchen whipping up sweet treats. I’ve tested and trialled recipes until I think they are just perfect (tough job).  It was and still is very important to me that my edible creations taste as delicious as they look and my chocolate mud cake is a definite crowd pleaser.

And now, in my early thirties, I have just launched an online store (YAY!) which predominantly sells handmade ceramic and clay (or in other words mud) products.  When I started working with clay I was instantly filled with joy and inspiration. Just like baking, this business venture started with love, it started with a passion for creating and a passion for sharing my creations with others. Working with clay is like entering another world – a world where things go slower. It’s quiet there. It’s a world of solitude, where I can do what comes naturally to me – create. It quite possibly takes me back to the place I was when I was 3. Obviously it doesn’t physically take me back to the bottom of the slippery slide, but it transports my mind to a peaceful, creative, limitless place; a place with no fear, worry or judgement; A place of complete creative freedom… A place I love.

I have thoroughly enjoyed working with different mediums and I’m so excited that my journey has brought be back to a place where I am once again sharing my creations with you.  Please let me know what you think.  I am so very grateful for your support and I would appreciate any feedback x

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Just a little something I wanted to share with you

This little verse has been on my mind lately so I wanted to share it with you. Proverbs 31:25

 

Proverbs 31:25

 

Believe it. Live it. x

P.S. No-one said strength and dignity couldn’t involve a pretty peplum dress with lace capped sleeves, right?