Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Magnolia, botanical name// G R A N D I F L O R A. No wonder! These beauties were the size of a dinner plate in full bloom and the perfume was incredible! No doubt that's why they are called GRAND iflora!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

little l o v e

so one of the most rewarding things about this job, is the people we get to connect with, weddings, funerals or people that you meet, that love what you do and love your store and who become more than ‘that lady that buys hydragea everyweek’ they become friends.

we received a Christmas card from a dear friend/customer in the middle of the silly season, amongst the long hours, pretty lights, and shop full to the brim of all things christmas, it just nice to stop and realise we really do have the best job in the WORLD!.

{i might add there wasn't a dry eye in engadine florist the day the post lady popped in this little treasure}

thank you two thousand and ten

so the last few weeks of the year were a complete blur of long hours, exciting new stock coming in, and planning for the last of 2010!

a few very exciting things took place...let me share.

two of our dearest friends, stephanie and javed, got married! in the beautiful little land (and i truly mean 'land', hidden off the freeway, a place that looks like town folk just picked up and left..it was so pretty and untouched and the most perfect place for a declaration of love), called catherine hill bay. so we went up, spent 2 days setting up and making the place perfect, and then dashed to the wedding, only to drink, eat and have the most incredible time celebrating love!

{so i couldn't resist, i feel everyone needs to see how magical it was. enjoy}

the other thing that blew my mind at the ending of 2010, was the most memorable and life-altering trip, to uganda.

let me tell you how this came to be.

the beginning of the year, one of my dear friends, caitlin, was involved in a foundation setup by an incredibly talented athlete (and another dear, dear friend) eloise! and i was asked to be on board with a foundation.

the foundation started when eloise had an ongoing injury, she travelled to portland where she met fellow athlete, julius achon! what formed that day was an incredible friendship and and the beginnings of the love mercy foundation!

on one of his routine runs, julius found 11 orphans hiding in a bus shelter, these children, who had been effected by africa’s longest running war, were without food, clothing, housing or education, with some of the children unable to remember even their own names. from that day on, julius took the children on as his own family.

when eloise knew his incredible story, she knew that people back home would help!
and its love mercy's vision, to not only support the orphans (which of now over 30 are sponsored) but also work along side the women in uganda, with a seeds programme.

for every one off donation of $25, it provides a 10k lot of seeds to a woman in uganda, once the seeds have been planted, grow and are harvested, will yield approx 100kgs of seed, then the original gift of 10kgs is passed on to the next woman in need.

so as you can tell (re giving the whole history-and let me tell you i can talk all day about it!) i am so excited about what love mercy is doing!

soooo, i went over in november (dear es, help the fort up!) and visited all the beautiful orphans, we went to numerous villages where we hope to run the seeds project this year and explained it all to them and we went to the village where the first lot of seeds were distributed! and all i can say is that the trip was life changing, driving into the village, with these women, in their best dress to see us, singing on the top of their voice to welcome us, its a moment that will stay in my mind forever!

so goodbye 2010...thankyou for the wealth of knowledge you gave, for the joyous memories made in a little shop in engadine and mostly for ending the year with perspective that for so little, whether it be a donation for a woman in uganda, a smile to a walker-by, or the time of day and a helping hand for the people around us in the community...they are a all small step in making the world a better place!

my dear friends, who i was in uganda with, all of us are part of the love mercy team...(eloise and cait..please note the sweet love mercy t's)

caroline...mother of one, cook, and the most inspiring woman. just opened up her own little shop, selling clothes and all the things she sews... (women in business!! woo)

2 beautiful kids from one of the villages we visited.

the kids that are sponsored by generous people back home...

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

shoe envy

so i promised this forever go, shots of the very enviable Wanted Shoes store that opened in Pitt Street Mall, packed with delightful somethings for your feet, donning the store with beautiful vases full of ranunculas, dancing lady orchids, oriental lillies, field roses and other pretty things was a treat!

inspired by the shoot of jen hawkins for siren shoes. (which i might add wanted have plenty of!)