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Penny for your thoughts: Goodbye 2012. Hello 2013.

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I have been thinking, as you do at this time of year, on the year that has passed. The things done and left undone. Taking stock of the things I am grateful for, the things that have disappointed and the things that make me excited for the new year. 

November 17th, 2012 saw me return to my motherland (Australia) for the first time in 12 years! That is a lot of years. I was pretty nervous to see how I would find it, and how it would find me.

It turns out we were the best of friends and it’s as if it we had never been a part. Although, I would regularly gasp and say things like,

‘Paddlepops, I remember Paddlepops!’ and,

‘The Crystal Car Wash Cafe! That still exists!?’ and,

‘Summer Rolls!! I forgot about them but I loved them so much!!’ (Summer Rolls are nougat, dipped in chocolate and rolled in coconut! I ate at least 27!)

Generally my nostalgia centered around food… that says a lot about me. But also returning to places, the smells, the faces, the hot air. I love it. It felt like home. It felt like me.

Turns out, I still call Australia home! I am saving up some lovely places, stories, memories and pictures for you all over the next few weeks so be excited. Very excited! Or be ready to be bored hearing about the ‘magic’ of Australia from me.

Anyway, back to the thing at hand.

Dear 2012,

thanks for giving me that time in Australia. Thanks for beautiful times with lovely friends old and new. Thanks for the time with people who know and love me, people who help remind me of who I am. Thanks for the hearing of music, live and recorded, that makes me feel a little more excited to be alive. Thanks for the chance to create, to make, to be inspired. Thanks for the times that have been minor therefore making the major all the brighter. Thanks for saying goodbye…

I look forward to meeting you 2013 and excited to bring you in with that beaut lady Sarah in her motherland of Northern Ireland. Woot!

Happy New Year!

– Celeste 

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Weekend In Pictures: Merry Christmas Eve!!!

A Very Merry Christmas Eve!

There has been some catching up with dear friends … In Drink Shop Do.  drink shop do

There has been some Hendricks Gin Drinking… YUM!

G&T

There has been some Christmas film watching… Muppet Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life.

muppets

There has been some frugal decorating.. foliage and string round a jar!

foliage candle

There has been some readying for Santa…

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There has been some aiding of merriment i.e. tequila drinking out of lovely crystal tumblerscrystal

From us at Tracks of Foxes we would like to say

‘Have yourself a merry little Christmas’

xxx

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Friday Finds…

Only 4 sleeps til Christmas!

If you are looking for some last minute stocking fillers head down Tiger. One of the best (and cheapest) little stores in all the land. You’re welcome!

And to assist you in your merriment here is a lovely version of O Come O Come Emmanuel by a band named ‘Future of Forestry’.

Enjoy!

xxx

Hanna, Sarah and Celeste

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Make, Do, Mend: Last Minute Christmas tree

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I’m sorry for the silence – the last few weeks have been a chaotic whirlwind. Not only am I finishing a school placement but we’ve also had some crazy renovations at our house. This means that we haven’t been able to deck it out with all the usual decorations to get us ready for the festivities 😦

However, the builders are now gone and things are almost back to normal, so yesterday I got home from a long day at work to find a crafty christmas tree on our table (my husband had been busy).

It’s so easy to make. Just build a christmas tree “skeleton” with sticks: One vertical and  about 5 horizontal ones crossing over and getting shorter towards the top. Tie them to place using string and pop the base into a tin (we used old chopped tomatoes tin) and finally wrap lights all around it. Our lights are quite long so some of it is bundled on the table.

So if you haven’t got a real tree (I so miss having one) get yourself involved with this.

-Hanna

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DaNcInG wOrDs: G.K.Chesterton

Even his hair speaks of beauty and terror

 

I absolutely love reading essays, poems, stories by that man called Gilbert Keith Chesterton. He writes in a way that is beautiful, humourous and profound. Each time I read his work I feel a little more alive and  more enchanted by the world and what it has to offer.

I love his thoughts on Celebrating Christmas Properly, written in 1907,  but for something shorter and just as sweet here is a Christmas Poem by G.K.Chesterton. (My hero)

Christmas Poem

G.K.Chesterton

There fared a mother driven forth
Out of an inn to roam;
In the place where she was homeless
All men are at home.
The crazy stable close at hand,
With shaking timber and shifting sand,
Grew a stronger thing to abide and stand
Than the square stones of Rome.

For men are homesick in their homes,
And strangers under the sun,
And they lay their heads in a foreign land
Whenever the day is done.

Here we have battle and blazing eyes,
And chance and honour and high surprise,
But our homes are under miraculous skies
Where the yule tale was begun.

A child in a foul stable,
Where the beasts feed and foam;
Only where He was homeless
Are you and I at home;
We have hands that fashion and heads that know,
But our hearts we lost—how long ago!
In a place no chart nor ship can show
Under the sky’s dome.

This world is wild as an old wife’s tale,
And strange the plain things are,
The earth is enough and the air is enough
For our wonder and our war;
But our rest is as far as the fire-drake swings
And our peace is put in impossible things
Where clashed and thundered unthinkable wings
Round an incredible star.

To an open house in the evening
Home shall all men come,
To an older place than Eden
And a taller town than Rome.
To the end of the way of the wandering star,
To the things that cannot be and that are,
To the place where God was homeless
And all men are at home.

(Gilbert Keith Chesterton)

Merry Christmas! Celebrate well, laugh, eat and love!

x Celeste

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Make Do Mend: Christmas Garland

It is but a 7 days til Christmas! Which gives you plenty of time to rustle up some last minute Christmas garlands for your house OR as a pressie!

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I got a little excited about Christmas so made these in October… a tad too soon for Christmas decs!

All you need is:

Butchers Twine

Felt Balls (chuckle)

Cardboard Letters

Needle with a large enough eye

Threader

and … for the sake of your fingers… Pliers

I ordered my butchers twine and felt balls from Ebay and then cut ‘Peace, Joy, Love’ out of cardboard.

Thread the butchers twine through the needle (obvs) and then through the felt, that will be tough and without pliers take some time and perserverence.

I find that a Saturday night with a friend, wine and curry make for productive garland-ing!

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Add the letters when you want and hey presto!

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Add any words you like and make these as a little pressie for someone spesh this Christmas!

Happy shopping, wrapping, caroling!

x

Celeste

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Weekend in Pictures…

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

St Albans Abbey is ready and beautiful for the season to be jolly! 
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It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas! The lovely Jo from Bluebird got excited by our Friday Finds finds and made these beautiful ornaments! 
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It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas! This little album is one of my favourite Carol ones to date. Get some 1920s – 1950s carols in your ear holes this Christmas! 
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There was also mulled wine, good friends, carol singing and present wrapping!

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Shake ya pom pom! 

Best Christmas Wishes!

x Sarah, Hanna and Celeste

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Friday finds..

Apologies for our silence… life has gotten a wee bit hectic for us foxes but for you this weekend we have some Christmassy ideas for you!

For some classic homemade Christmas decorations.

My favourites are ones that I have done since I was a little girl with my mum.. easy and cheap but hurt your fingers. All you need are oranges, cloves and ribbon.

hanging chris tingles

chris tingle

I am a sucker for tradition so why not start your very own tradition for christmas?

I started going to see ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ at Christmas at an old cinema each year and when we can’t find an old cinema we’ll turn our house into one!

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Look at what things you can bring to contribute to a christmas meal to spice it up? Maybe a Christmas dish from another part of the world?

We hope your days are being merry and bright wherever you are!

Let’s get ready for Christmas!

– Tracks of Foxes

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A Treasure Hunt Proposal!

This lovely man I know wanted to propose to the lovely lady that he loves.

He did a  little treasure hunt for her to propose and asked me if I would make some little bits to be some treasure in the hunt and also some clue cards!

Here are some sweet pics of what happend!

He also got her some personalised converse and a personalised glass to drink from in the pub where they had their first date. So sweet!

The pub they went to is called ‘The Fighting Cocks’ … insert immature chuckle here.

The picture I made for him is a picture of where they had their first kiss and what he said when he asked to kiss her.

“Would it be okay if I kissed you now?”

Again, so sweet!

She said ‘yes!’  Pheww!

Congratulations Josh & Chibbs on your pending nuptials!!

Thanks for letting me be a little part of the loveliness!

xx

Celeste

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Found: Gretel Girl

The other day I pottered into Gertrude street for coffee with two new and lovely friends Laura (maker of a very lovely nook for me in their home) and Chris (hilarious fan of Derek – my dinosaur). We planted our selves on the window seat in a spiffy cafe, our legs hanging over the sill/seat while we were served flat whites and savoury feta, ham and tomato muffins.. DELISH!

Being ‘magpie like’ I was distracted from our conversations of life, love and coffee by our view from the window sill/seat. Cute street art, a ginger man with chin straps and his little asian fiance having photo’s together on said street art and a beautifully dressed lady drinking her coffee and drawing a gorgeous fox illustration. I had a feeling that the fox drawer had a kind disposition so pottered over to ask her who she was and what she does.

Meet Tracey, from Adelaide,who was in Melbourne for an art/craft fair. She is an artist and runs a business from her art called Gretel Girl. She draws beautifully detailed illustrations and also transfers them on to ceramics and wood blocks PLUS she is super friendly and pretty! She also seemed to think similarly to us ‘Foxes’ about living  life generously with art and creativity and making tracks!

She and her husband sound pretty awesome too, she has decided to do what she loves, her art, for a living and her husband is studying. Doing what they want and what they love setting an example for their kids that money isn’t everything if you get to do what you love! That is pretty cool! 

So check out beautiful Gretel Girl, like her on facebook and buy some of her gorgeous work! If you’re in Sydney you can find her yourself at Finders Keepers Dec 8th and 9th! 

This one is my favourite! ‘Not on my watch!’

– Celeste 

p.s. all images nicked from her facebook!

xox

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