Silhouettes of Melbourne

| Photography | Travel | Black and White |

 

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––––––––– Van Gogh Exhibition: National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)

 

Myer Music Bowl

––––––––– The Sydney Myer Music Bowl

 

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––––––––– Waterwall, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)

 

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––––––––– King’s Domain Parklands

 

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––––––––– Shadow Monsters, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

 

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––––––––– State Library of Victoria

 

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––––––––– Chadstone Shopping Centre

Psalm 104:33

| Illustrated Psalms | Digital |

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Jesus, I will love you all my life.
I will declare your praises every day,
And sing songs of thanksgiving to You;
Songs of Your beauty and majesty throughout the years.

Let me never lose my wonder,
But awaken my heart with Your revelation day after day,
So that in youth and in ageing, I will give You glory.
Have my life, my love, and my worship.

Amen.

The Second Keyboard

| Digital Art | Worship | Testimony | Devotional |

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The Lord has taught me so much through playing second keys at church, and I wanted to visualise the journey. Music is powerful, worship is powerful, and it is not all about words. God sees our heart; He hears the prayers we tell Him silently, and the ones we play out on our instrument. When I play the keyboard, whether or not I am singing, I imagine myself playing out praise to God, and declaring His light in the congregation and into the world. I can sing out praise and encouragement, but I can also play it out.

“Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth;
Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises.
Sing to the Lord with the harp,
With the harp and the sound of a psalm,
With trumpets and the sound of a horn;
Shout joyfully before the Lord, the King.”
[Psalm 98:4-6] 

We can worship God in so many different ways –  at any time, in every place, with everything and with anything we have. So, let us submit our lives fully to Him, and give Him the glory in all that we do. Let us wield the weapon of worship, and see the world transformed by the kingdom of God.

Wedding Whites

| Original Fashion Pieces | Wedding Dresses | Formal Wear | Recyclables | Devotional |

Curtain, earring (singular), tablecloth, carpet.
Essentials for a wedding dress?

A touch of Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo (and a bit of sewing) will see them all transformed.
Special thanks to Tegan and Ebony for modelling two of these dresses;
To Mrs Barlow for the lilies; and to Dad who lent me his Canon EOS 600D camera!

 

~   T E G A N   w e a r s   H O M E   C U R T A I N   ~

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When my husband and I first bought our house, we inherited a bunch of spare lace curtains. Here they are, repurposed as a below-knee lace dress. The flower crown is from Quorn; a souvenir from my 6th year surgical elective in Port Augusta. Quorn was a daytrip with some friends, and I found the crown while lunching at Emily’s Bistro.

 

~ E B O N Y   w e a r s   E N G A G E M E N T   C A R P E T ~

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Oh, and by the way these photos were all taken in Ebony’s new home! Her partner’s old couch also features (though it may soon be replaced). The “carpet” is actually the material my now-husband purchased for a walk to candle-lit table spelling “Will you marry me?” I said yes, and now the “carpet” is a wedding dress. A left-behind earring adds a touch of sparkle to the neckline of this dress (I lost one of the pair at work) and my mother’s old sash gives an added touch of elegance to the outfit. The flower hairpiece is from my wedding. Ebony was a bridesmaid, and we all had one of these silk flowers in our hair; created by Blush Blooms and Events.

 

~ K R I S T E N   w e a r s   O P – S H O P   C U R T A I N ~

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The Anglican church next to my workplace has an op-shop (Opportunity Shop, Church of the Resurrection) which I visited early in my first year of General Practice. The idea of this dress, created from op-shop curtain, is that the top can be re-used post wedding day. It is a two piece outfit with sash attached to the skirt portion. The top can then be worn separately and features an overhang lace section.

 

~ B E H I N D   t h e   S C E N E S ~

Just a couple of candid snapshots to finish. Ebony’s home lamps came in useful, those dumplings were delicious, and here you can see the engagement carpet and curtain before they became dresses. Hope you enjoyed the photos and designs! #bylilyvalleysk

 

T H E    W e d d i n g    D a y  :
The Bible speaks about another wedding day to come; the wedding of the Lamb to His Bride, the Church.

[Revelation 19:7-8] says, “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His wife has made herself ready. And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.”

We can be part of this wedding day through the blood of Christ at the cross. His blood covers us, washes us and makes us holy to stand in the presence of the Father. What can we do to make ourselves ready for this wedding day? We can work out our salvation by pressing into Jesus, loving Him more and submitting to God, who always works in us to do what is pleasing to Him [Philippians 2:12-13]. Our salvation is by grace, because we are loved by God and created to be with Him in eternity.

Will you love Him, and let Him direct your life?

Gethsemane

| Digital Art | Face of Jesus | Gethsemane |

2017 Gethsemane Lighter

“O righteous Father! The world has not known You,
but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me.
And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it,
that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
[John 17:25-26]

Stirling Blue (DIY Kimono Jacket x 2 styles)

| Fashion Friday | Travel Souvenir | DIY | Kimono Jacket | Kimono Shawl |

I have just started working at a clinic in Stirling and it is beautiful – a freshness in the air, koalas crossing the road and flowers still-bloomed while the ones in the suburbs have wilted. After work last week, I discovered a local store selling crafts and cloth so here are my first Stirling souvenirs (one is for my sister!) – super easy kimono jacket and shawl.

Instructions are below each set of pictures.

 

| Style 1: Kimono Jacket |

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| Style 2: Kimono Shawl |

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DIY Flower Crown

Finally cultivated enough flowers in our garden to create a super easy flower crown.

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  • Cut a couple of flowering vines and twist them together to fit (choose the greener stems as they are more malleable and less likely to snap)
  • You can use some twist ties hidden amongst the leaves to help join them together if you need.
  • Cut off or tuck in stray leaves/flowers, and you are done! No extra wires or glue for this one 🙂

 

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Note 1:
To make a thicker crown, you may need the wire base. You can then use a glue gun to add and arrange extra flowers and leaves as desired.

Note 2:
Using fresh flowers means your flower crown is likely to dry out over the next couple of days. Consider artificial, or silk flowers if you are wanting to make a re-usable crown!