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    Hello and welcome! I am Joanna, a wife, a mother and the artist behind the olive bird store. This blog is a space to scribble notes on a life filled with creativity and joy. Along the way I'll share arty endeavours, things that inspire me and other random streams of consciousness. I hope you enjoy and come back and visit often!

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    19th of December hide and seek markets


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    This moment

    One photo capturing a moment from my week. A simple, beautiful moment to be soaked in and cherished. No words needed. Feel free to share a link to your moment in the comments. 

    Our Christmas market

    I know I must have been busy over December, as I still haven’t posted the pictures I took of our Christmas market at Hide and seek. It was great to have some new products out on display and to wander around the other stalls. I’ve already started sketching ideas for next Christmas!

    Our little stall

    Christmas gift tags

    Mr Nutcracker soldier and little Christmas Fawn

    Some framed prints

    Christmas cards

    Large and small prints

    Tiny Christmas gift tags

    If you stopped by we’d love to hear what you thought of our stall and the markets!

    Some Christmas cheer for your day!

     

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    Over 3 days the Foster family took 6000 photos and created the cutest Christmas video ever (yes, ever). This gorgeous family forgoes sending Christmas cards in exchange for video greetings . This years whimsical, vintage Christmas inspired video ooses fun. What a beautiful way to share some Christmas joy with your kids whilst inspiring creativity (and lots of patience). I’m inspired to get my bub involved in some Christmas cheer! Take a look at their cute blog (found at Ohdeedoh).

    Christmas designs!

    Here’s what I’ve been up to during nap time today. It’s starting to feel like Christmas round here! We’ll have prints and gift cards with these little guys on them at the December Hide and Seek Market on the 19th!

    New Christmas print/gift card designs

    Fawn and Nutcracker soldier

    Prettying up the place for Christmas

    This moment

    One photo capturing a moment from my week. A simple, beautiful moment that deserves to be soaked in and cherished. No words, just a picture. Feel free to share a link to your moment in the comments. 

    Our first market

    On Sunday we packed our car full of prints, frames, cards, clothes and bags (and a baby somewhere under all of that) and headed off to hide and seek markets. It was our first market so it was great to meet other stall holders, chat to market goers and sell some things! We can’t wait for the December market on the 19th! We’ve got four weeks to get ourselves ready, and you’ve got four weeks to procrastinate with your Christmas shopping so you can come along and stock up on some cards, prints, totes and kids clothes! Hope to see you there! Here are some shots of our first market experience:

    This first little collage is the work of Maddison Scarlett Photography. Jacqui’s love of photography shines through her pictures.

     

    Our little sales assistant

    To market, to market!

    I can’t tell you how excited and nervous I am to be holding my first stall at a market next Sunday (21st November). I was so surprised and flattered to be accepted to be a part of the hide and seek market in Kellyville. I’ve been working on lots of new little creations to tote along with me. I’m very new to this, so we’ve been spending lots of time running around trying to find all sorts of bits and pieces like recycled paper envelopes, cello bags, cotton baby clothes, picture frames and baby coat hangers. The market runs from 10am till 2pm, it looks like there will be some beautiful quirky, fun, arty stuff to browse through. I’ll be stocking up on Christmas gifts!

    Here’s a taste of what will be at our stall:

    Framed prints

    Baby and kids clothes

    Gift cards

    Gift cards

    This moment

    One photo capturing a moment from my week. A simple, beautiful moment that deserves to be soaked in and cherished. No words, just a picture. Feel free to share a link to your moment in the comments. 

    The making of a toddler’s wallet

    Last week my lovely nephew Benjamin turned two! This little man has a penchant for rummaging through wallets, so I thought I’d make him one of his own. I’ve put together a little ‘how to’ in case you know a wallet rummager too (click on ‘read more’ below).

    Benji's wallet

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    New designs available!

    Here’s what I’ve been up to lately! These will be available in the etsy store as prints and greeting cards soon! 

    Tea? And cake!

    I’ve started playing around with inks. I’m loving how bright the colours turned out.

    We set sail for a new land

    The floating village. When we landed a great celebration began!

    Washing day

    I didn't speak for a long long time because I didn't want to run out of words.

    Life is (crazy) beautiful

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