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welcome to the world little one

welcome to the world little one

introducing Lucas Tate. the warm little bundle now filling my days with joy. who knew i could feel like this, such an intense love that makes everything else seem insignificant. such beauty. the most creative thing. life. 'all that has ever charmed my eyes is but the poorest reflection of your infinite beauty'. i am blessed.

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red bull 06

red bull 06

‘ It’s a trade event like no other in Australia; it features only newly released quality products, newly developed materials, technologies and services. It is the hub for many of the Festival’s business and social activities because it focuses on the people and the products. ‘Designers, business, industry, government, trade and media groups have all contributed to the vision that is Under Capricorn,’ Says national Design Centre Director, Kathy Demos, “ It is a vision that will further develop the credentials of the design sector and promote this region’s ever-expanding roll as the hub of design excellence”
Specially created commissions by emerging designers such as Pseudo Republik, Simon MacEwan and Poppies for Grace will decorate the space, and every element of the Under Capricorn environment will reflect a consideration for design and the comfort of its visitors.’- Kathy Demos. The National Design Centre.

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pretending to be cool

pretending to be cool

i thought i'd post a little something on the trade show we did last August...
which we are now preparing to do again in 9 short weeks.
this is the place where we felt exposed to say the least. we set up shop amongst talented, established australian brands and nearly peed our pants. i can still remember our first customer... oh dear, he wandered into our stand and sara and i looked at each other with that 'what do we do now' look. thank goodness by the end of the day we got the hang of selling!
the pics are of our stand, the little dolls house and sara and her dear little man charlie (he's only a month old in the photo)

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wedding bliss

wedding bliss

this photo is a peek at our wedding stationery range,
due to be up on our website in a month or so.
i'm so excited that I snapped a quick one on my camera phone,
not the greatest idea...but you get the gist.
six glorious sets to play with.
and finally the 'coming soon' sign can be taken down.
oh baby oh baby they are here and not blurry, discoloured,
ugly or odd.
I've also been drawing things to go on new cards, invites, writing sets and book plates.
we're also experimenting with five new products...
ohhh i hope you like them!

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with the trees

with the trees

dear johnny and I are off to visit family for three glorious weeks. this little snap was sent to me by my mother-in-law just the other day. they live in a little village in Yorkshire, I plan on laying a big blanket under those trees, and staying there for hours with my thermos of tea, what joy.

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our lives begin

our lives begin

our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter- martin luther king
to not feel held back.
but let these words live in me:

sight
perception
liberation
wholeness
wholesomeness
movement
health
fullness
sanity
balance
hope.

i have been reading heat (it's about global warming) and taking notes, i'm not sure why i'm taking notes but i am.
along side it i've been reading about poverty and social justice. for a week or two I felt like I could'nt breathe.
How can I make pretty things out of something that takes and consumes. Surely the beauty is not true beauty unless it gives.
Unless we stop kidding ourselves by thinking we can live without limits.

We have found a printer who prints to the green standards, which is more than eco inks and recycled paper.
this is thrilling to me, but only the beggining.
I now have a list that could possibly be unachievable, but i'm going for it anyway.
a list that gives life and dignity to my brothers and sisters in poverty.
How can my joy be complete while someone else is in distress.
i will give.
i will donate.
i will pray and move my feet.

xx
alana

p.s the photo is from Sara on her holiday in tassie, it's so glorious!

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call me simpson

call me simpson

sara received a beautiful card this week.
simply because a man saw one of our tea towels in a magazine,
and fell in love with it, cause it was a way he could bring the birds inside his home.
unfortunately we don't sell tea towels anymore, but do have a few lying around.
sara bundled two up for him, as a gift, and into the country they went.

He wrote,
'My dear Sara,
Thank you for your delightful gift and the sincerity that inspired it!
I assure you, the "little birdies" will have a place of honour in my home
and often remind me of the lovely ladies who created them...
may life continue to be an enriching experince for you and alana'

how he enriched our lives, with his blue pen and handwriting.

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magnolia

magnolia
well, it seems everyone is delighted by 'alfred's garden'. Thank goodness, we're rather attached to our little bird friend.

The new card designs have been a long time coming, magnolia square market was the perfect place to launch him into the big wide world.
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