I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!!
We spent the day with family and had a very pleasant time of it.
I handmade some little Christmas chocolate boxes to give out at a friend's lunch a few days before the big day. I featured our native Christmas tree, nuytsia floribunda, which flowers at this time of year and can be spotted from miles away with its fluorescent orange blossoms. I have been meaning to take a snap of one in local bushland but have yet to get around to it. So this is the best I had on hand to give some idea of what it looks like in the bush. I took this photo from the car window while travelling to Cervantes last year so it's a bit blurry.
I managed to keep my trips to the shops during the Christmas madness to a minimum, but when I did make an appearance at this local shopping centre it looked very festive and wasn't too hectic.
Speaking of festive, my friend Corinne always does things with flair. Her homemade fruit mince pies looked very fetching on this vintage plate but they didn't last long!
One of her lovely roses in full bloom below, and above, a colourful display hanging from her balcony rafters.
The beach has been very distracting of late with summer upon us.
Divine conditions! As is ever the way, a camera cannot compete with reality for capturing exactly how gorgeous everything is. To make things worse, my phone's camera was doing strange things and I couldn't get nice crisp shots.
Below are some photos taken from other recent beach visits.
The seaweed and shells are so pretty
I was asked to do a mug design for the Wildflower Society's 30 year anniversary recently and here is the printed product.
Below is my friend Katie reading my book at the iconic bathing boxes on Brighton Beach in Melbourne.
My book is also now available at the Bodhi Tree Book Café in Mt Hawthorn.
I am planning to participate in Leslie Saeta's famous 30 day painting challenge starting on the 1st January. This will be my third time so I'm not quite as terrified as I was the first time, but I'm not far from it!
Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!