Gone Bush

One of the great things about working from home and being your own boss, is that you can choose to do things on the spur of the moment. Last week, I decided to go camping. I used to go camping quite a bit, and have been on some pretty amazing road trips over the years, but since starting my business 5 years ago, I hadn’t gone on a single holiday!  It wasn’t until recently that I started to get itchy feet, … Continue reading →

Taking time out

I don’t get out enough. Sure I go to the shops to get my groceries, or I go to markets when I’m running my Little Deer Studio stall, and occasionally when I get a shift at my museum job then I go out to work. But otherwise, since I moved back to Brisbane, it seems like I spend most of my time either in my studio working, in front of my computer working, or out in my garden (lately mostly … Continue reading →

Finch feeding

There don’t seem to be a lot of small birds around here.  Occasionally I see a Willie Wagtail or hear the chirrup of a wren, but mostly the huge colony of Noisy Miners we have here seems to keep small birds away. But we do have a big family of double-bar finches and every day they come to hang out in the tree outside my shack and eat the seed I put out for them. They are such gorgeous, fragile little birds. So delicate. And … Continue reading →

Back in Brisbane

I am no longer living in Toowoomba.  The job I started up there back in April 2014, and which initially seemed to be such a positive new direction for me, turned out to be not so wonderful after all, and after many months of stress and agonising over what to do, I eventually quit.   I could have stayed in Toowoomba and got another job, but the truth is, after more than a year living there, I had come to … Continue reading →

Resurrecting the Doghouse

I first started blogging in the doghouse back in 2011.  I’d just made a huge life-changing decision and embarked on a scary but exciting new phase in my life and I wanted to journal about my experiences with that. Those early posts were all about the trials and tribulations of starting my own business.  I cringe when I look back over some of them now, as I really had no idea what I was doing.  I was making it all … Continue reading →