Spirit of Sturt

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A number of Australian themes, icons and references are incorporated into this artwork. Can you find them? Scroll down for the answers!

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  1. The Sturt Desert Pea (Swainsona formosa) – this is the floral emblem of South Australia
  2. Aboriginal symbols for “emu” and “kangaroo” – making up the leaf markings, these are also arranged to form the Australian Coat of Arms 
  3. Dot Painting – a traditional Aboriginal art technique
  4. The Southern Cross – a star constellation which is also featured on the Australian Flag, and is a reminder that this is the “Great Southland of the Holy Spirit”

Les Fleurs – Card Collection and Headbands

This 2017 collection was inspired by the beauty of the Psalms and the promises God speaks to us through them. Psalm 103:15-17 says this:

“As for man, his days are like grass,
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.

But from everlasting to everlasting
the Lord’s love is with those who fear Him
and His righteousness with their children’s children –
with those who keep His covenant
and remember to obey His precepts.”

Life flies by with its joys and its challenges, but God’s love is eternal, everlasting, and ever faithful towards us.

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Psalm 5:11

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Lord, we rejoice because You are fully trustworthy and faithful.
We shout Your praises joyfully because You are our defender.
We love Your Name, and it gives us gladness in our heart.

You, O Lord, are our Joy, you are our Assurance,
You are our Victory, You are our Shield.

Thank you for shining Your light in our lives every day.
Let us abide in You always. We love You.

Amen.

Psalm 65:5

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God, you are my hope
You are the hope of all the earth
There is no place where Your hope cannot be found

When we call, You answer
You do mighty works according to Your righteousness
You are for us, and Your work is always good

Thank you for the eternal hope You have given us in Christ
Thank you for Your faithfulness
Let Your righteousness and Your hope be seen in every nation

Amen.

Three Years – Leather

Each year for our wedding anniversary, we try to incorporate the traditional anniversary gifts into a creative photoshoot. In our first year of marriage, we had a paper dress and vest. In our second year, we ventured to the magic cave for some cotton candy and matched it with a cotton ball bowtie and dress.

This year, for our third year anniversary, we sourced some scrap leather from Sydney’s Paddy Markets and created a leather bowtie and hairbow.

Travelling to the Adelaide Hills for a couple of nights, we stayed at the picturesque Apple Tree Cottage.

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Though we only stayed in the backyard for this particular shoot, you can catch a glimpse of cottage’s vast grounds. Beyond the rustic wooden fence lies a herd of wandering cows, a rowboat patiently parked by the edge of a peaceful lake, and a number of paths through hills, fruit groves, and other beautiful sights.

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We choose to wear a few special items. For Jerry, his wedding suspenders and for Kristen, her mother’s old dress.

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It was awesome to breathe in the atmosphere of nature here and to feel the land beneath our bare feet. We saw the marks of the Creator’s majesty and of His eternity – His creation is more incredible than anything we could make.

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So, here’s to three years with each other and to Jesus – our foundation, our root, our Christ and Creator.

A reflection on freedom in marriage, and freedom in Christ: https://lostnowfoundk.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/three-years-in-freedom/

Noah’s Ark

Noah’s Ark – Digital 2016
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“And as for Me, behold, I will establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth.” – [Genesis 9:9-10]

Over and in the Blue

Blue Dresses | Dresses from Travel | Fashion| Story Behind the Dress | Homemade | Work-wear

 

These dresses all tell a story from either across the sea (materials sourced from other countries), or from my island home here in Australia. These are my souvenirs from travel, and also reminders of special moments in my Adelaidean life.

NIPPORI KIMONO DRESS

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Made with fabric sourced from the Japanese textile district in Tokyo, this dress is just in time for the warmer weather to come Down Under. In Nippori the streets are lined with all sorts of fabric and haberdashery stores. Pedestrians can be seen modelling their own, handmade attire, hats, bags and accessories. There were rolls of fabric to admire, and I ended up buying some bracelet beads as well. All this, thanks to my little sister who led the way on what was an epic sister holiday.

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LA ROBE MARSEILLAISE

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In my final year of medschool, I travelled to Lille for a 6-week medical elective. Towards the end of my rotation, I had a couple of weeks to travel down south. Marseille was my favourite place to visit dans le sud. For one thing, it was warm when the rest of France was in a snowy winter. I loved the sea, the cobblestoned port, and the delicious seafood lunches that spread their aroma across the mast-scattered bay. One evening, I stumbled upon a little fabric store in the middle of the still-bustling city centre. Upon returning home, I made a dress for myself, and a bowtie for my hubby (which I have borrowed here as a headband :P).

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MADE IN MURRAY

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Towards the end of my internship year in the hospital, my husband (who also works in the hospital), had a GP placement up at Murray Bridge. Just before Christmas, I took a couple of days to stay at his Murray Bridge accommodation. In between the grocery and Christmas shopping, I explored a local fabric store and picked up this material. The skirt was a style I had been wanting to try for a while. The top was more practical and something I planned to wear for work. Though… they also did seem to work reasonably well worn together as well.

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MIDNIGHT SEW

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This dress, made from a curtain, was a spontaneous project that was started when I could not decide what to wear to a wedding. Fast forward to the early hours of the morning, and a suitable outfit was completed (with pockets of course!).

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KEYS DRESS

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I currently play second keys at my church, and my goodness I have come a long way since I first started. The second keyboard produces all the “atmospheric” pad sounds and arpeggiators. We use in-ears when we play so I needed a pocket to hold the pack, and I also wanted to make sure the dress had sleeves and was about knee length. Pretty happy with the end result (first time I had sewn bodice pleats) and it is indeed fulfilling its intended purpose!

 

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