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!

Spirit of Sturt

| Digital Art | Australia Day | Discovery |

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

| Illustrated Psalms | Digital |

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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

| Illustrated Psalms | Digital |

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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/