Welcome to Life Images by Jill

Welcome to Life Images by Jill.........Stepping into the light and bringing together the images and stories of our world.
Through my blog I am
seeking to preserve images and memories of the beautiful world in which we live and the people in it. And in many ways it is my journal of everyday life. If you click on the Index you can see my posts under various topic headings.
I am a Freelance Journalist and Photographer based in Bunbury, Western Australia. My published work specialises in Western Australian travel articles and stories about inspiring everyday people. My passion is photography, writing, travel, wildflower and food photography.
Most recently I have been enjoying exploring other art genres, including Eco-printing with Australian leaves onto cloth and paper.
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Sunday, 16 December 2018

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas - December randomness

If you are anything like me once December hits Christmas seems to be here before we know it. So for today just some December randomness.

It is summer in Australia and the colours around where we live during the lead up to Christmas are vibrant - the yellow of the Candlestick Bankisa, the yellow-orange of the Australian Christmas tree and the purple of the Jacarandas.

And my front garden this time of year in particular looks a treat - with the yellow and green kangaroo paws flowering in profusion with the backdrop of red Coral Bush and purple agapanthus.



I've been to a few Christmas crafting free workshops lately in our local library, handprinting gift wrapping paper and making twig decorations


On Friday I went to another short workshop - floral gift wrapping toppers.  This one was run by lovely Francine Metcalfe from Pollen Nation Floral Studio. Francine makes the most glorious wreaths and bouquets from Australian natives and she is partners at the Green Depot floral studio and gift shop.  We simply wrapped boxes in brown paper, tied with string, and topped with florals. Inside the boxes we popped an inspirational card - a present to ourselves or to a special friend when you or they might need a boost. I spent a lovely hour with the ladies in the workshop.

This time of year there are parties and get-togethers with family and friends. We live in a small cul de sac street, and every year we have a "street party" on the front lawn, rotating which lawn hosts the party. We all bring our own chairs, drinks and a plate to share. This year I made Cranberry Brie Bites, which someone had shared on Facebook, from Delish.com - they really were delicious and oh so easy to make. Here is a link to the recipe - Cranberry Brie Bites. 
I used almond slivers instead of the pecans and didn't use the rosemary springs. I used puff pastry sheets and the recipe made about 30 small tarts. They are just as good cold. 

I am yet to do my Christmas baking - but will have to get to it this week!
This is also the time of year for cherries - yum!

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you have enjoyed my little look at the lead up to Christmas. I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. I will try to visit your blogs in return. Have a wonderful week. 

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Monday, 10 December 2018

How to fold a book Christmas tree table decoration

Do you do Christmas crafting? A few years ago I tore this how-to page out of a magazine. The project was to make Christmas tree table decorations from old books. I put the page away to do "later". It is now "later". 


I had a quiet morning to myself the other day, so I sat down with the bits and pieces I had, to make the book tree. I had stored away a couple of 6-monthly programme books from our city entertainment centre which had a thicker paper and coloured pictures which I thought would be nice to add some colour to my book tree. Old Reader's Digest condensed books, or unloved paper back books, the ones with slightly thicker paper, are great for these projects too.
The instructions say you need about a 100-150 page book for this project.  It is a good idea to have a paper folding tool or a ruler, so you can fold nice crisp edges, and work on a firm surface.


First you need to carefully tear off the cover of the book.  Then fold over the right hand side of the first page diagonally longways so it lines up with the spine.



 Then fold this page again diagonally longways, so it again lines up with the spine. Sharpen your folds with your folding tool and make sure you get your fold right into the spine as far as you can.


 Then fold up the little triangle at the bottom of the page, and tuck it in, so that the tree has a flat bottom.
Repeat with the rest of the book.

Form the completed folded pages into the tree shape, and put a line of glue down the spine to hold. I had two 50 page books, which I glued together once I had folded all the pages. Make a star to go on the top, or decorate as you like.  For some reason I didn't end up with a star on the top of mine, I might have to fix that!


 Another project I did this week was started at one of the free mini workshops at our local library - making stars and trees out of twigs. All you need is thin twigs, a hot glue gun, leaves, gold, silver, red or glitter paint if you wish, string, ribbon and embellishments. Thin florestry wire is also useful. These can be small to hang on a tree or bigger to decorate your front door instead of a wreath. And can be as plain or decorative as you wish.

 Thank you so much for stopping by. Do you have a craft project for Christmas. Perhaps you would like to tell us about it in your comments. I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. I will try to visit your blogs in return. Have a wonderful week.  

You might also like:
How to make a paper wreath 
How to make a simple paper flower 
Exploring your creative side in retirement

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Tuesday, 4 December 2018

December!

December is here! In all the flurry of end of year events and Christmas preparations, I think I need to have a little lie down, with a book preferably. Doesn't this relaxing spot at Peppermint Lane Lodge in the Ferguson Valley look delightful? I want one!


Seriously though, during this time of year do you feel like you are being pulled every which way? We knew it was coming, but now December is here, and only three and a bit weeks to go! what!!!!

At least we have put up the outside Christmas lights at the front of our house, and today hubbie and I sat down to write Christmas cards and letters, and my sister (teacher-farmer's wife - always organised) has been on the phone to sort out Christmas with me.  

But no sorry, I don't have any magical tips to get you through the mad rush of December, but I am sure there our lots out there in blog-land.

I know it is December because the Candlestick Banksias - Banksia attenuata - are flowering in bushland near where we live.  I always think they rather fit into the coming Christmas season.

 I love my December summer garden - I've shown it to you before - and this year is no exception - these are the gorgeous purple agapanthus with a backdrop of red coral bush - they look so gorgeous in summer.


What else has been happening.....

During November I displayed my wares at three markets - at Peppermint Lane Lodge for the Ferguson Open Gardens trail, at the Stirling Street Art Centre Christmas market, and the Bunbury Market.  

At these markets I have been able to showcase some of my work - photography prints, greeting cards and on products such as cushions and tote bags, and my leaf eco-prints - framed prints, greeting cards, and silk scarves.  And also hand folded paper flowers.


 Peppermint Lane Lodge in the Ferguson Valley is a Bed and Breakfast property set in forrest, with wonderful walks which incorporate land art.  Kim is very supportive of the arts and promoting the Ferguson Valley and I have worked with her before.  And I sincerely thank Kim for the opportunities she has sent my way.

 But you also need to take time out in the bustle of life, and we drove up to the Ferguson Valley one Friday to have lunch at Green Door Winery. The food is mainly shared grazing plates, and they bring you little sample bottles of wine to your table. The views over the rolling hills and vineyards to the ocean are beautiful.

 Also this month I borrowed a beautiful book from our local library - Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. Beautifully illustrated by Dan Williams, Sea Prayer was inspired by a 3-year-old Syrian refugee who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea in September 2015, and is a vivid portrait of life in Homs, Syria, before the war, and of that city's swift transformation from a home into a deadly war zone.

In the rush of our relatively safe suburban life, this little book in a few pages puts our life into perspective, and how grateful we should be.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you have enjoyed this little look into life in my part of the world. I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. I will try to visit your blogs in return. Have a wonderful week. 

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