5 things... I've been loving lately // Ramblings

I can't believe it's December. December! Holy shitballs, has this year flown by or what?! The first part of this year cruised on by, and then about September it felt like everything just went in to overdrive.

To say that so much has happened in the last 11 months would be a total understatement. I have a post planned to do a little wrap-up of the year that was, but in the meantime, I thought today I'd just stop for a moment and ponder the small things of late. The things that I've been loving lately...

My Tattoo

I got my first tattoo when I was 21. I'd been thinking about it for ages, and when a friend asked me to go with her when she went to get a new one, I decided to finally do it. I thought heaps about what I wanted and decided it had to be something for my Grandma, who had passed away 2 years earlier.

One of my best memories as a child was when Grandma gave my cousins and I butterfly nets. We spent so many hours in her backyard, trying to catch butterflies. It was so much fun. When we went on one of our many family holidays together, she bought me a butterfly brooch at the Big Merino. It was beautiful and I can't tell you how much I wish I still had it.

So I chose to get a butterfly on my shoulder blade, with the thought that I would carry Grandma round on my shoulder.

I got my second tattoo in September on my Wicked Girl's Night. Again, i'd been thinking about getting my next one for ages. Since before Zee was born. I knew that I wanted to get something for my girls, I just hadn't decided what. When Kelly said she was going to get a new tattoo the Friday arvo before the big night, I knew it was time.

I had been pinning a lot of design ideas on Pinterest, and I knew I wanted the tattoo on my wrist. I loved the idea of an infinity symbol and using the phrase "My Life". Punky's name means 'my' or 'mine', and Zee's name means 'Life'. I created a rough sketch of what I wanted in Illustrator, and Mel at LDF Tattoo in Newtown made it a beautiful reality.

And I LOVE it!

My Uberkate necklace

When Sonia contacted me about jewellery brand Uberkate advertising on the blog I was totally on board! In return for 3 months of sidebar advertising I was given a gorgeous, personalised Ubercircle.

I knew exactly what I wanted it to say and got the word 'Smile'. It's my lucky photography necklace and I've worn it when  I've done my last couple of photography jobs. I also wore it quite a bit when I was in Perth and I just love it. It's so damn pretty, and after eyeing one off for a while now, I'm so stoked to have one of my own.

Moo business cards

I was keen to get some business cards for my photography work and after having a look at a few online stores I decided to go with Moo. I wanted something a little bit different and fun, and I loved the fact that I could have a different design on the back of every card if I wanted.

I designed a logo for the front, and chose some of my favourite photos to adorn the back. I chose to get half as squares and the other half as mini cards. They arrived while I was away, and I am super impressed with the quality. It's good card stock and the pictures turned out great, the colours spot-on.
(This is not sponsored at all, I'm just a very happy customer)


I had the best time in Perth. It was really awesome to spend time hanging out at the iinet offices and getting a little insight in to the way things work. We got to do some really cool stuff while there, as well test out some cool new Samsung gear.

Without a doubt, some of the highlights were the lovely, lovely people who work for iinet, a visit to the supercomputer and the awesome food on offer. I'm planning a series of posts about my time in Perth and at iinet and I can't wait to share it all with you. And don't worry, I took plenty of photos.

Playing with the girls

Despite how much fun I had in Perth it was still amazing to come home and be with Dave and the girls again. Unfortunately Zee caught my cold and wasn't the happiest of kids on my return, but even that hasn't been enough to dampen my high.

I let Punky have the day off school yesterday, for no reason other than to spend time with her. In just a week it felt like they had both grown so much, and I really loved the one-on-one time Punky and I had when Zee was sleeping.

Being away from them for 5 nights was hard, but at the same time it really made me appreciate how lucky I am to be at home with them during this stage of their lives. I don't know how long the calm will last before Yelly Mummy comes back, but I'm gonna try to ride this Zen wave as long as I can!

So that's what I've been loving lately. Usually today would have been my Reading writes Linky, but I've decided to give it the silly season off and it will be back bigger and better in January.

Now it's your turn, tell me 2 things you've been loving lately, in the comments.


Kylie Purtell said…
Love love love your business cards! And totally loving that logo too. Your trip to Perth looked absolutely amazing as well - you seemed to cram a lot in. Two things I am loving (as always): running and cups of tea.
Kylie Purtell said…
We have those Peppa Pig cards here too, I think half are missing by now hehe. Love your tattoo xx
Kylie Purtell said…
Your life sounds delightful! I've loved celebrating the end of the school year with my son. It's such an important week in the school calendar, but now it's over, I'm really enjoying the holidays too! I just need to wait until Kindy finishes next week so I don't have to pack anymore lunch boxes for five weeks!
Kylie Purtell said…
Oh you've been so busy with so many GREAT things! I love your business cards. I love Moo too and the concept of having all different designs. They look awesome! And your trip away to Perth looks pretty rad too. I'm dying for a little adventure trip away ANYWHERE right now x
Kylie Purtell said…
I still haven't organised business cards since merging blogs. I'm not entirely sure what I'm waiting for but you have certainly kicked me into gear.

Two things I'm loving at the moment... Life & the possibility that holidays with my little family are just around the corner.

Just loved catching up with you, albeit briefly while you were in Perth. Can't wait to see your iinsider posts.
Kylie Purtell said…
I love your tattoo and your uber circle. I am hoping Santa is reading this! I'm loving looking at the Christmas tree and having hubby home from hospital. It's the little things!
Kylie Purtell said…
Love your tatt and your necklace - just gorgeous! Two things I'm loving is that Xmas shopping is DONE and that I have lots of new clients/work in the pipeline and that is a good feeling! x
Kylie Purtell said…
That's a lot of loving going on right there. I love the thought you put into your tattoos, especially your latest one. So special. I love the mini moo cards too. Super cool. Hmmm what am I loving? I love the fact that I get to work from home today and the next two Tuesdays before xmas! #teamIBOT
Kylie Purtell said…
I'd love to get a tattoo, yours looks great. I've never been sure what to get though. Pleased you liked visiting my side of the country x
Kylie Purtell said…
I love the meaning behind your tattoo. 2 things I'm loving at the moment are - wrapping christmas presents (im a bit ocd about it all) and writing.
Kylie Purtell said…
Love the tattoo and meaning behind it. I have been loving your blog so much (especially that you came to Perth) and doing a few behind the scenes stuff to pursue my writing for next year.
Kylie Purtell said…
Great list! I love the sentiment behind your wrist tattoo, it is really lovely. My 2 things - just because cuddles and I love you's out of the blue from my girls because nothing beats that sincere and complete love. And my chooks because they are all laying eggs now and we all love to get out in the backyard and watch them run around. It's the small things.
Kylie Purtell said…
Fab list. And I love that tattoo and the meaning behind it. It's perfect. I wouldn't mind a small tattoo on my wrist but I can't think of anything that I connect enough to yet to commit to my skin for life. Plus I'm a big wuss!
Kylie Purtell said…
Nice to read something uplifting today Kylie. So happy for you. UberKate's stuff is so classic, isn't it? Two things I'm loving: New Car! After 15 years with the same one that by the end stank from raining inside. Second thing? New PC! SO GLAD TO BE BACK after months on the phone only! Hello easy connectivity!
Kylie Purtell said…
My sister has tattoos and I love them but I'm too much of a wimp to get one! I think it's lovely that you have such meaning behind yours. I've also been thinking about getting those business cards done and now I've seen yours I think I'll go for it - they look great.
I've been loving the Yankee candle Christmas set that my daughter bought me for my birthday in September, Christmas Treats and Frosted Snow are devine. I'm also loving the feeling of getting events and projects booked into my diary for next year. I officially leave my museum job in three weeks to concentrate on my freelance work!
Kylie Purtell said…
I've been loving have a new book to work on. It makes me want to do nothing else!
And I've been loving wearing shorts. Yay for warmer weather!
Kylie Purtell said…
Love this post! I've been loving my new iPhone 6 sick (my old 4G was S L O W) and I've loved finally getting my writing mojo back - hooray!!!!
Kylie Purtell said…
I'm loving my new summer kaftan, and warm nights with a cold drink :)

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