Back to real life…

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It’s been a pretty whirl wind couple of weeks.  I am now officially a wife, have been and gone to Japan, have done another Frankie photoshoot, and this week…launched my own handbag! Holy Toledo, saying all that is making me a little anxious.  As a result of all these shenanigans, everything has just been go go go since returning from our honeymoon, so much so, that on Saturday I just cracked and had to cover my poochies…and then myself…in sticky dots!  I have to say, I felt so much better after that, and can now head into the week with a calmer, more focused outlook. This week I feel like I can begin properly settling back into everyday life and just generally getting used to NOT planning a wedding! Not planning a wedding really is a great thing.  Whilst I definitely had the greatest time ever on my wedding day, it is quite a relief for it to be all done and dusted, and no longer have to say words like table settings or wishing well (ewww I hate the term wishing well..I don’t know why, I just do. These words in the setting of a  Snow White movie or similar = fine. When related to a wedding = ewwwww). Instead, of all that planning, I can now get back to doing fun things…like posting on this here blog…which I feel like I haven’t done in ages!! So as a little catch up, I have loaded up some of my recent snaps….

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This is a little snap that I took at on the plane, waiting to head home from Japan, holding my favourite souvenir from our travels.  I feel like this little snowglobe captures exactly how I felt about Japan and our Honeymoon as a whole.

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The day after I got home from Japan it was time to do a Frankie photoshoot.  There were definitely some creative acrobatics involved with prepping this particular photoshoot…but all will be revealed in the next issue!

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These are my Tinsel bags. I have been working away on bringing these to life for the last few months and I am totally obsessed with them! You can purchase them in my Etsy store, or find one in a cute boutique near you very soon!

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I found this hat at an op shop recently and just felt like it would be so happy to have a pom pom hot glued to it.  This was one of the important tasks that I have had to complete upon my return to everyday life.

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The above and below are some snaps of heavenly items I bought in Japan. I am obsessed with all of these items – particularly the copy of Betty magazine! I have literally never seen a copy of it anywhere in Australia.

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Without a doubt, the greatest thing about getting home was being reunited with these two looney tunes.  Oh my god I MISSED THEM SO MUCH. NO AMOUNT OF IMAGINING THEIR FURRY LITTLE BODS DID THEM ANY JUSTICE. They just looked so cute in their little Kuwaii outfits too..they broke my heart.

Anywho, I’m off to bed!  Stay tuned for some fun projects that I’ll be launching in the next couple of weeks.  Ooooo and if you’re feeling like something zany to do on September 24th, I will be holding a class with Workshop Brisbane on how to make some cutie piñatas.  You can book for that event here!

Sweet Dreams! xx

 

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Hey-ho Tokyo!

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Just over a week ago I went and did a crazy, grown up thing…I got married!  Whilst I haven’t swarmed this blog with pictures of that particular day (YET), I couldn’t help but share with you some images that I have been collecting whilst on my Honeymoon in Tokyo.  Right now I am sitting in our little apartment in Shibuya, exhausted from a day of legging it through Disneyland, but dulling the pain of our small marathon with butt-loads of Pocky and red-bean buns. As to be expected, I am totally in love with Japan. Everything from the food, to the people, to the fashion…gah, just everything is so totally magical!  Never have I ever seen so many perfect uses of mint green and dusty pink! Never have I eaten so many delicious bread snacks! Anywho, I could go on and on about my love for this place, but instead…here are some little snaps of sweet things that have caught my eye so far.

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I love these perfectly organised stalls in the Subway. They make me want to be a better, more ordered person.
i make. you wear it. | Rachel BurkeNo one seemed to give two-hoots about this tiny taped off section in Ginza Station…but it has to be one of the most perfect little nooks that I have EVER seen.  Look at that pink door…and that green and white tape! This is what my doorway to heaven would look like! So obvi I needed to take a photo with it…

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All the things you never knew you needed can be found at the greatest shop ever…Tokyo Hands.

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i make. you wear it. | Rachel BurkeThe trees outside the Imperial palace in the heart of Tokyo were just so majestic and beautiful…perhaps even, imperial?
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Tiny pine cones from Yiyogi Park. Cue argument with new Husband regarding my bringing these back with us to Australia.  We deal with really big, tough issues everyday.

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This is a picture of me wanting everything in a shop. Obviously I knew that if I bought this cutie bear and took it home, Daphne and Daisy would find a way to steal it from me and tear it apart.  This is why we can’t have nice things.
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My crown *cough, EARS* from a day well spent at Tokyo Disneyland.

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Lurking behind cute couples and taking their picture is how I roll.

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These are just 2 of the MANY treasures we have collected from the capsule machines that are EVERYWHERE around Tokyo! So many wonders to collect and hoard.

And on that note, I will be off! I will post some more snaps of our adventures soon!

xx

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Splendour in Grass/Grates/Craft !!

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This weekend was such a mix of fun, hard work, craftiness, and musical wonder! Heading off to Byron bay on Thursday night, we settled in and prepped ourselves for the festivus of Splendour In the Grass by heading to the local Thrills x Stance opening party.  After snoozing off the bulk Budweisers that were consumed, we arrived at Splendour bright and early Friday morning, heading to our first (and main) stop, the Splendour In the Craft tent, where I checked in for my Craft Captain duties. After familiarising myself with all the workshops I would be overseeing across the three days of the festival, I was then shown around the Craft-Container which was basically a mini Spotlight store (ie. heaven) which would provide us with all the goodies we would need for the weekend. First up was an awesome quilting workshop, followed by dream catcher creating and then flag and pennant making with Kitiya Palaskas.  I was so excited to meet this delightful gal, whose wonderfully colourful creations I have witnessed on instagram.  But before I knew it, in a flash of felt, glitter and hot glue, the first day of crafting was finished and we were gearing up for Day 2.

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This is the felt pennant I made.  I kept offering people quick sew jobs throughout the day, and only later realised that this may have been sounding a little odd…

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This is the cutie pie Kit Palaskas wearing the John Howard frames I gifted her.

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Day 2 had to be my favourite day  of the festival.   I got to meet my craft hero Beci Orpin and hang out with cutie Kirsten from Eachtoown for her charm bracelet workshop (which was just SO amazing). Then I got to do some casual crafting with the Dandy Warhols, who stopped by for Beci Orpin’s session on Saturday afternoon…as you do.  But the main highlight for me had to be fiiiiinally seeing The Grates play with Patience wearing THE TINSEL JACKET THAT I MADE!!!!! It was just the most ideal thing that I have seen in a long time.  I actually felt a little emotional about it.   Patience is just such an incredible performer and it was phenomenal to see her jump about like a real-life rainbow. I felt so lucky to be involved in some way with their show as I just think they are so magnificent.

Tinsel Jacket for Patience Hodgson made by Rachel Burke

Human Rainbow.
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The other thing I loved about Day 2, was just HOW many people stopped by the tent for crafting.  It was incredible to see so many creative spirits taking the time to come by and whip something up. Some sessions of the day were just so packed with people grasping the craft tables for materials and the opportunity to get involved.  It was an awesome thing to see and be apart of.

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Kirsten from Eachtoown made me this cutie name badge so people could easily summon me for all their crafting needs.

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By Day 3 of the festival, I was needing bulk Fancy Cherry Lemonades from the Southside gals to stay perky and ready for crafts. I traded sunnies for beverages, and this was a triumphant compromise.  Sunday had to be the muddiest day of the festival, so  people were swarming the tent throughout the day for both artistic reasons and general refuge from the mud-swamps that had formed throughout the festival. Come 4pm, I got to do my Swamping Sunnies workshop with Pae for Fancy Free and that was a total hoot.  People got pretty intense about getting a free pair of sunnies to bedazzle. The intensity ranged from WANTING CLEAR FRAMES INSTEAD OF PINK FRAMES (one girl stalked me around the tent to achieve said swap) to NEEDING MORE GLUE to WANTING A SECOND PAIR OF FRAMES TO FULFIL CRAFTING NEEDS. So many feelings. It was all very full on. But great to see people so enthused.

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And then BOOM! It was all over-red-rover. I finished the festival like any raving, party animal by consuming 3 Byron bay donuts (one Choc, one berry and one traditional…of course). I felt really good about this choice…

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Until next year friends! Thanks so much to Splendour for having me as your Craft Captain and all the people who got involved over the three days!

 

 

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Australian of The YAY…I mean, Day!

Yesterday something tres exciting happened! I was nominated as the Australian of The Day on behalf of Pedestrian.tv and the Commonwealth Bank.  This was a super fun project to be apart of and I feel totally chuffed to be featured alongside so many wonderful Australians. Mega thanks to Patience for coming along on the ride and vogue-ing on top of a car with me.  I guess I can tick that one off the list of things to try.

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Hennings and Happenings

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I haven’t posted too much in the last few weeks because things have been pretty hectic in my neighbourhood! But I have finally found a pocket of time and so need to share some recent happenings with you all!  Last weekend I felt like the luckiest girl in the land.  I was thoroughly spoilt by all my lady friends and family, who threw me the most festive hens party filled with plaster fun, hot glue delights, a japanese feast and a karaoke marathon.

I was so impressed with the lady-non-crafters in my family who embraced all the tasks they were burdened with, dulling the pain of hot glue burns with miniature sausage rolls and tiny donuts.  It really was a sensational day.
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Can we please take a moment for these heavenly decorations?  The girlies did an incredible job decking out the space which was complete with shimmery tassels, floating flowers, daisy clusters and general cutery. Tehy really know the key to a gal’s heart.

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Other than mad wedding prep and henning up a storm, I have also been working on getting a couple of other big projects sorted.  This week is Splendour in the Grass and I have the total pleasure of being Craft Captain at the Craft Tent.  This will entail a bunch of fun things like meeting and greeting some of the most splendid creative faces and also hosting my own workshop alongside my Fancy Free comrade.  In addition to prepping for the craft tent, I have also been hot gluing up a storm, whipping up some treats for The Grates, who are playing at the festival. High on the agenda is a powerful tinsel jacket which I am JUST SO EXCITED ABOUT. It’s spinning > glittery ratio is really on point, and I can’t wait to see it swishing about on stage. Should be a real highlight of the festival.

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Daisy is very fond of the jacket I have made too. Always a good sign.

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Today also saw some epic wedding prep. Without giving too much away, I simply had to share these snaps of my Mum sorting out our sugared almonds (which are a traditional European treat that we give our guests).  I just love all the colours and they looked like little baby Robbin eggs.  Just so beautiful.

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On that colourful note, I best be off as I am anticipating a busy Monday and will need to get some zzz’s in. I can’t believe that it is less than 4 weeks to my Wedding this week!  Time is flying by so so fast.

Chat soon!

x

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How To : Sweetly Swamped Nails

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On the weekend I realised that I have been missing a glaringly obvious area of my body that is ripe for the bedazzling. My nails!  When I realised that I have been neglecting the small, blank canvases on the tippy tips of my fingers, it became necessary for me to RUN to the bargain shop and get my hands on some acrylics STAT.  My next step was obvious, and the results were splendid.  As such, I felt it only fair to share with you how you may also achieve nail oriented wonder.  So, here goes…

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You will need:

– A bunch of junky bits and pieces.  For my sweetly swamped nails I have used small pearls, gems, pink pom poms and googly eyes.

– Hot glue gun

– Set of acrylic nails

Method:

The process of putting your nails together is so easy.  Literally all you have to do is glue all your gems/treasures/poms onto the nails in arrangements of your choosing.  For mine I began with a pom pom on the tip of each nail and then glued the gems and pearls around the pom.  After doing this, I topped each pom pom off with a googly eye.  The results? Ideal.

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Once you have finished gluing all the goodness to your acrylics, it’s time to affix these friends to your nail beds.  Simply use some nail glue to attach them to your fingernails and then BOOM, you are the envy of everyone you have ever met and are yet to meet.

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Do not underestimate the raw power of a set of jazzy nails.  As someone kindly pointed out on instagram, washing dishes would be pretty much impossible with these champions on your tips…and isn’t that just delightful?!  What better excuse is there to get out of doing chores and general hum-drum activities?

Have fun!

xx

 

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A-pom-ogising

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Sometimes it can be hard to say, “I’m sorry”…particularly when it comes to the little things.  The everyday human might think, why bother? I’m sure this little slip up doesn’t even matter and yet, this is the point where I really struggle.  I am a chronic ‘stewer’. Once I think I have done something wrong, or haven’t said the right thing, I can’t let it go.  I stew on it and stew on it, until I have become a fully boiled, anxious, soup.  It would seem that the easy solution to this would be verbally apologising – just confronting the issue head on, and saying, “I DID THE WRONG”.   But, it’s not as easy as this for me.  My anxious soup is counter balanced by a really delicious, stubborn, pie…which I am so good at baking, and then feeding to myself.  Often I will feel like I have done something wrong and then am too stubborn to allow myself to apologise.  It can be a really vicious cycle that leads to lots of fretting and general annoyance to the people around me…who I then feel like I should also be apologising to because I have been talking so incessantly about something so petty…but then that whole stubborness thing comes into play…and now here we are again.   So, when it comes to doing things wrong, like accidentally spoiling the end of a TV show, incorrectly tagging people on social media, or not  appropriately responding when someone tells me they have broken up with the love-of-their-life…I decided that I needed to find a better way to confront these mistakes…and how better than with the assistance of a pom?

Assuming there are others out there that are in need of a little assistance when it comes to saying sorry for the little things, I thought I would show you how to prepare your own apology pom pom.  It’s really very easy.

You will need:

1 x reason to apologise

1 x pom pom (handmade is always ideal)

1 x toothpick

1 x black texta

1 x glue (preferrably hot)

1 x scissors

1 x rectangular strip of cardboard

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To make your Apomogy, you will need to cut yourself up a handsome rectangle of white cardboard. Then you will need to write what you are apologising for on the cardboard. Once this is done, glue the strip of cardboard to your toothpick.

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The next step is super easy, but really the most satisfying part of the exercise, and that is jamming your little sign of apology into your prepared pom pom.

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And then VOILA, you are done.  But don’t let me stop you there.  Please feel free to embrace the sensation of being an OVER APOMOGISER and showering all your friends…or perhaps just the same friend…in apologies.  They can be big things, little things, silly things, or things that are out of your control.  Whatever the thing is that you want to apologise for, let your heart run wild and express it all through the power of a pom.

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This is an example of an apology for something I have no control over but am truly and profoundly sorry for.  I might leave this on the doorstep of my local Pizza Hut.  Hopefully they will appreciate my craft-workmanship and take on board my feelings. Perhaps this humble pom will make them see the error of their ways.

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I hope you have found this project useful.  I would love to see your own apology poms, so feel free to tag @imakestagram on the instagram if you feel so inclined, and share it with my eyeballs.  I would really love to see.

xxx

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Made My Week

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Last week was pretty crazy on the making front.  As I have mentioned in earlier posts, I have been frantically trying to get Bridesmaid dresses finished, and last week I made some really good headway!  I have 3 of the 6 frocks completed…and I am so happy with how they are looking!  In other news, I have been a little obsessed lately with the idea of making a Pom Pom Magic Crystal Tree, which I fiiiinally finished after weeks of pomming.  However, now that I am finished, I am not really sure what I intend to do with it.  I think maybe just stare at it?  I wish so hard that I could make a life size magic crystal tree.  But if this took me weeks to make…a life size version could very well claim the rest of my life…

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In other, other news, on Sunday I scooted off to my friend Pae’s house to work on some outfits for the upcoming Grates Tour.  I have attached a little sneaky peak photos of some of the glittery ‘Junk Jackets’ we are working on for the shows, and also some snaps of the matching gumboots I made just for funsies. Also, we will be decorating sunglasses again at this year’s Splendour In the Craft Tent, so I couldn’t help but whip up a couple of new frames for inspo because, why not? Also, for some added fun, I have FINALLY started an Etsy account…where I will be selling many of my creations from now on.  It’s been a long time coming, but I have finally gotten my act together…so go!  Buy the things! You can browse here and the link is also available in this page’s header.  I will be adding more goodies as the weeks go on, but in the meantime there are a couple of treasures there to get you started if you are keen.

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But crafty pursuits and swamped adventures aside, the true highlight of my week would have to have been introducing my two darling daughters, Daphne and Daisy, to their new Winter jackets. Late last week my poochies started doing what I like to call The June Shake, which is essentially a jazzy title for ‘the dogs are shivering because they are cold. So obviously, I had to go and find them some winter jumpers to keep their furry bods warm in this frosty weather.

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Aside from these light making-adventures, I don’t have a whole lot else to report.  This week I am going to try and make some headway on a little Zine that I am putting together and get going on my plans for the next photo shoot for Frankie Magazine – which I am SUPER excited about!  Anywho, hope everyone has a splendid week!

Speak soon! xx

 

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Hold Me Closer :: Behind The Scenes

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A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of working alongside photographer extraordinaire Natalie McComas to bring to life the latest fashion editorial shoot for Frankie Magazine.  This shoot was the culmination of weeks of meticulous planning and garment sourcing to ensure that my concept of “giving yourself a hug” could actually be pulled off.  With the help of some excellent humans including Alex Atanasov (who assisted with both styling and hugging on the day), her crazy talented sister Elena Atanasov (who put the amazing hair do’s together), and some heavenly models, we managed to bring it all together and create something really dreamy.  Natalie McComas was a delight to work with and as expected did such a beautiful job on the images! We were also extra lucky to have her snap away some shots of what was happening behind the scenes, so I can now share the results with you on this here blog. You can see the results of our shoot in this months latest issue #66 of Frankie Magazine.

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A big thank you to all the models Emily Chamberlain, Ryan DeVeau, Jas Guy, Samantha Hardgrave, Lucinda Kent, Alexandra Otter, and Katie Wighton.

xx

 

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Let’s Share Our Eyeballs

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Last weekend was a pretty dreamy affair. Me and my gal pals hopped on a plane and headed down to Melbourne for a fun filled adventure, where we ate our way across the city and beyond.  I thought it only right to share some snaps of our journey with you as, after all, so many wondrous things happened!

On Thursday evening we stayed at a heavenly little AirBnB in Fitzroy, which meant that come Friday morning a hearty breakfast and some drool-worthy street art was within arms reach.  Breakfasting at the Auction Rooms, I feasted on a very pleasing brisket/hash situation and guzzled down 17 coffees.  It was a pretty great time, particularly as we got to share the meal with our friend Vonny, who lives in Melbourne, and who we all yearn to see when we’re back in Brisbane town.  After Breakfast, it was time for a wander.  Strolling down various streets and lane ways, we discovered the most lush store called Looseleaf, which was positively filled to the brim with all sorts of green delights.  Here I picked up the below little cacti friend as a little gift for the A+ people at Frankie Magazine, which was my next stop after some Boutique shopping and…another 17 coffees.

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Skooting over to Port Melbourne, I was totally stoked to be able to meet the staff at Frankie Magazine’s HQ.  I have been doing a mix of photography and styling work for them over the last few months, so it was grand to be able to put faces to names, have a sticky beak at the latest issue, share in some cups of tea, and then just partake in a good chatter.  After this, I was so giddy on Frankie-Fumes that there was really nothing else to do but go straight to Gertrude Street, meet back up with the girlies, and eat some fried chicken from Belle’s Hot Chicken.  The preceding hours were spent browsing shops along Smith and Gertrude street before walking back to our apartment to drink some wine, and really just kill some time before it would be sensible for us to eat again.  Eat again we did, and the night was spent at the Builders Arms where we ate and drank ourselves into a state of merriness.  The evening was finished with dessert from Messina Gellati, and a late night impromptu viewing of a Drag Show at a pokey little Cabaret Bar on Brunswick street.  I felt like I was in a very ideal dream sequence.

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Saturday was also a blur of wonderful.  The morning was spent hunting down All Day Donuts (i.e.. The greatest donut shop EVER run by Beci Orpin and her husband) to procure snacks for our epic road trip to Rye.  I got the Strawberry Cheesecake flavour, which was very tasty and successful in inducing the sugar coma I had anticipated.  This sugar coma was an ideal companion on the preceding 2 hour drive to CUTE TOWN (otherwise known as Rye) because it made us all very delirious, giggly, and generally singsongy throughout the car trip.

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A small insight into the group I was travelling with is that they are all very interested in good times and (if you hadn’t guessed it already) good food.  As such, they had the bright idea, that we would gather fresh ingredients for our dinner from farm gates and local stores throughout Rye. We stopped at a whole variety of these spots to gather our ingredients – my favourite of which was a small Goat Farm in Rosebud where we got to meet all these merry goats.  My chosen goat was Sean Penn, who was too busy and important to walk on his legs, but instead scurried across the field on his elbows. He also appeared to have two dangly, white, pom poms hanging from his neck which indicated to me that under different circumstances we might have been the very best of friends. Anywho, after meeting the goats and then purchasing some of their cheese, we trotted off to the beach to watch the sunset and SHIVER INTENSELY together because it was so bloody cold.  It was beautiful though, and by the time the sun had scooted off, we knew it was our turn to do the same.  Arriving at our Cabin in Rye, we changed into our Pj’s, lit a fire, and huddled around a cheese board to laugh the night away.  It really was an ideal time.

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Sean Penn: The Elbow Strolling Goat

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Cutest Farm Gate EVER. Would live in this tiny cubby.

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Friends who are freezing cold together, stay together.

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Anywho, I could go on, and tell you more about Sean Penn’s Poms, but then we are entering novella territory and who really has time for that? In summation, it is very certain that I will be spending the rest of this week dreaming of our splendid times and looking forward to our next adventure. xx

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