my smile inducers… august

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I finally heard from my son yesterday after quite a few weeks of no contact… I’m such a worrier when things go quiet. He’s volunteering at an animal refuge in Bolivia and tells me ‘things are fantastic’. He’s been travelling since January and it’s the longest I’ve ever gone without seeing him. But I’ll be meeting him at Machu Picchu soon (OMG I still can’t believe it!), and he’s so so happy and that makes my heart smile!

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My gorgeous daughter and her lovely fiancĂ©e have decided to get married in Iceland… by themselves! And although this makes me a bit sad that I won’t see her getting married, there are two things about this that make me smile. One is that there’ll be a big party to celebrate when they get back and they will be wearing their wedding outfits so I’ll still get to her as a beautiful bride. And two is that I’m so damn proud of her doing it her way. As you can see from this cute photo, she loves adventure and travel. The fact that her wedding will include both of these things is testament to her living her dream and following her big beautiful heart. Heart smiles all ’round.

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We are blessed with a lot of lovely Leo women in our family, so August means lots of yummy birthday cake and a family birthday gathering. My amazing sis made all of those cakes! And I can vouch for 3 of them, they were delicious! I couldn’t eat the cup cakes for my sweet nieces sweet 16th birthday as they weren’t gluten free, otherwise I would have had four pieces of birthday cake! Flourless Chocolate Brownie cake, Pavlova cake and Persian Love Cake smiles.

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Hubby has been getting lots of orders in for his Stockman Leathercraft hand plaited belts lately. He’s been plaiting non stop every night when he gets home from work. I love that people want to buy his beautifully crafted belts and it makes me smile when he has that ‘I just sold another belt’ smile on his face. There’s something special about that feeling when people appreciate your craft, it makes your heart smile.

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I’m finally ready to list my Popping Candy Blanket in the shop. I think if I wait to take the photos that I’ll be happy with, I’ll never get my stuff listed. So this baby is in the shop, ready or not! I have to laugh at myself being so pedantic about my photos. I need to accept that I can’t take the best photos of my finished products for the shop, but I do the best I can and should just get over myself wanting them to be perfect. So I’ve been doing a bit of smiling at myself lately, and given myself a good talking to about unrealistic expectations. Tell me, do you do that? You know, shake your head at yourself and have a bit of a giggle?

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Making this custom blanket order, it makes me smile every time I pick it up. I haven’t worked with pure alpaca for a while, I’ve been using a lot of alpaca blends, or wool or cotton. But pure alpaca is such a delight to crochet with. And what makes my smile beam from ear to ear, is knowing I’m heading to alpaca-yarn-city soon! Our trip to Peru is not far off and my hubby is under strict instructions to pack light so he can take an empty suitcase which I will joyfully fill with alpaca yarn! He’s got a new nickname for the trip, Alpacapacker.

So many reasons to smile, I do feel very lucky that these smile inducing things are going on in my life right now… And what about you? Is there something that’s been making you smile lately? Are they heart smiles or regular smiles or both? Add your link on the froggy below so I can pop over and see what’s making you smile or hashtag #mysmileinducers on Instagram.

Wishing you smiley days and happy hearts…

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Better on than off!

Thought I’d share the latest post from my husband’s website http://www.stockmanleathercraft.com – we’ve just added some lovely new belts and a terrific new two toned stockwhip.

Better on than off!



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it was an ‘s’ kind of sunday

My Sunday was full of Spring, Sunshine, Sunrays, Show offs, Serenity, Skeins & Socks.


Spring
The first of the cherry tree blossom was out… reflecting beautifully… in the lake… at my favourite park… in the mountains.


Sunshine
Glistening… on the other lake… at my favourite park… in the mountains.


Sunrays
Even heart shaped sunrays… shining through the tall gum tree forest… over the tree ferns… landing on the pretty pink rhododendrons.


Show offs
This blurry masses of feathers… were two very chatty little Lyrebirds… putting on a fabulous display… fighting to claim their own patch of dirt… to dig up some more dinner.


Serenity
Serenity Point actually… yes that’s really the name of this spot… overlooking the Yarra Valley… with the blue-est of blue sky blessing us… very serene.


Skeins
My skein was wound into a ball… my hubby is good at the winding part… I am good at the skein holding part… he is wearing an alpaca jumping… whilst winding alpaca yarn… we are a bit biased… regarding alpacas.


Socks
I started my second sock… at Serenity Point… my hubby plaited his leather belt… we crafted together… in the spring… sunshine… it was gloriously serene… we felt like we’d had a holiday… by the time we left… just a few hours later.


I wish all my Sundays were like this.

I’d like another ‘S’ kind of Sunday… sprinkled with daffodils… sunshine… craft… and serenity… soon.

Hope you get your dose of Serenity soon too!