petalplum 'We are shaped by our thoughts,
We become what we think.
When the mind is pure,
Joy follows like a shadow that never leaves' - Buddha
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Even on cloudy days your shadow is there - joyfully waiting to play again. Maybe you just need to believe harder and think brighter thoughts on a rainy cloudy day to bring out your Joyful shadow.
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I hope you spend your #10MinutesofQuietly thinking true and positive thoughts - uplift your mind and soul. .
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  •   dearolive I love this, really needed to read it today 3h
  •   contentedlife What a magical place you live in ♡♡ 3h
  •   petalplum @dearolive it's so true isn't it - concentrate on the beautiful and the good and I think you see it more and look out for it...rather than always looking for the negative. Have a love-joy day! xx 3h
  •   printscharmingoriginalfabrics Oh you too gorgeous sparkle! 3h
  •   emmadrawseveryday Lovely post 2h
  •   claudiamjewellery You always post thought provoking words that go straight to the soul. Thank you you are a beautiful sharer. Xxx 34min
  •   katebusuttilart Thank you for the continued reminder to take 10mins of quiet. I am really enjoying reading your posts. Agree totally - positivity breeds positivity xox 2min

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petalplum First day of Autumn // I had to pick the persimmon green; it was the only one the animals left for us.
Today I am grateful for the small moments of peace and contentment in our lives - the visit to the creek, taking clothes in from the line, reading bedtime stories....
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  •   chaninaj it's -3 with a snow storm here after a beautiful sunny but not as cold yesterday. love how nature is never concerned with what humans want. have a great day. 13h
  •   charliemadisonoriginals Such a beautiful photo 13h
  •   alanadorothy Such a beautiful image!!!! 12h
  •   kitsunehouse This is spectacular! Worthy of gazing at for some time! X 12h
  •   loddelina Enjoy your autumn, we have more snow and cold to come and at least another month to any whisper of spring so I'm looking forward to your beautiful images! 12h
  •   kyndale__ Cherish. 12h
  •   fairyarium And what are you wearing? Gorgeous! 9h
  •   petalplum @fairyarium isn't it beautiful. It's a sarong that we found at our local market - hand loomed in India I think... Though I'm really wanting a throw from @oncewaslost_ for me.... 6h

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petalplum ....things that came home from the beach....
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{this is a very restrained gathering of beach treasures...often we want to bring home whole bags of special. I think we were too busy riding the waves and chatting with our friends. The kids and the dads walked and watched the moon over the water after our picnic dinner, while @oatvletterpress and I sat with baby and chatted.}
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  •   foodnfamily_ What's that in the bottom corner? I have a collection of goodies from this weekend too. 23h
  •   petalplum @foodnfamily_ its a cluster of seaweed roots; pretty cool isn't it! 22h
  •   foodnfamily_ Very cool! 22h
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  •   elf_girl sounds so lovely 15h
  •   oatvletterpress Nice one @petalplum - I was restrained this time - I'm notorious for coming back with a whole plethora of nature finds - that end up all over the house - it's in the blood! 1h
  •   petalplum @oatvletterpress me too! Actually only the greeny was my bring-back...the other bits were from Sam (for me!). I think I've trained him well....though he's still not happy about me dragging home sticks and such - though I have no idea why! (Ha) x 44min

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petalplum Hi Local Creatives -- I am planning a workshop in Brisbane City on Saturday 21st March -- but I want it to be what you want. So -- choose your own workshop!
Loom Weaving / Basket Stitch Weaving / Kantha-style stitching / let me know what you'd like to learn and we'll book it in.
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  •   allsortsoflovely Hi @petalplum love to know when your next screen printing course will be x 1d
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  •   petalplum @allsortsoflovely I don't currently have one planned - but I could come to your place if you have a few friends interested in learning, we could have a private session. Email or DM me if you're interested and we can chat details. (Ellieabeck@hotmail.com) 1d
  •   petalplum @fairweatherdesign also - yes loving this technique, combined with my special fabrics...really beautiful pieces to make. 1d
  •   buttoned Any of those would be lovely! Where will the workshop be held? 1d
  •   petalplum @buttoned they'll most probably will be held @showroombrisbane -- beautiful space to create in. (I will need pre-bookings for loom weaving so I can get my looms made ....). Xx 1d
  •   ems_adventures I love your natural dye and would also be interested in learning screen printing @allsortsoflovely 23h
  •   petalplum @ems_adventures I have a natural dye workshop coming up soon (in Brisbane). Will be announced soon. If you and @allsortsoflovely wanna get together we could do some private lessons - I'd probably need 4 students to make it viable. Doesn't have to be Brisbane...Gold Coast is good too.. xx 22h

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petalplum February -- a short month full of colour, inspiration, making, creating, exploring, learning, idea-ing, dreaming.....mothering, tidying, rain, storms, and a whole lot of super good goodness!
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This year I am living my own truth. I am finding that when I listen to my inner self and quiet all the external chatter I can hear 'me'. And the more I listen to me, the more 'me' I can become. I like being me, and when I'm truly being my fullest best version of who I am / who I can be -- well I really actually love being me.
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I hope you love being you! If not...make March be your "love being myself" month. Tune out all the negative or the 'you shoulds' and really even the extra lovely maybes can quiet for a while - just listen to you for a bit. Get to know you. Would love to hear your thoughts on this...if you already live this, are learning or just starting the "love me" journey. xx
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  •   petalplum @yogaandinspiration I need to start up my yoga practice again - it is such a wonderful way of knowing your body, mind and soul. Thanks for the reminder. x 2d
  •   annetics_ What a lovely concept! Pity I have a very noisy month coming up... April it is @petalplum Keep up the good work xx 2d
  •   petalplum @annetics_ sometimes tuning out the noise amongst the noisiest of months is the thing to do - somewhere inside all the noise is a tunnel or pocket of pure silence...I hope you can find it (even for a bare second) and hear you and not all the noise. xx 2d
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  •   laura.e.b on the journey of confidence in me 2d
  •   its_me_zazie_ Your words... Always so wonderful! 1d
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petalplum Last day of Summer at the beach...... 2d

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petalplum I am manifesting with @tinydevotions to attend BSchool to create a business that continues to fuel my creativity, keep my husband and myself working happily, contentedly and lovingly together, to grow and create a business and life for our family to achieve financial freedom and personal fulfilment. #manifestingbschool 3d
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  •   tinydevotions Congrats girl! Will you email us? Info@tinydevotions.com 2d
  •   petalplum @tinydevotions hi - thank you. I'm super excited and can't wait. I sent you an email yesterday (24hrs ago or so). Maybe it went to your spam folder...? My email is ellieabeck@hotmail.com -- I'll send you another email and hope it arrives. Thanks for checking in . 1d

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petalplum I've spent all day thinking it was the last day of Summer - but it's not...I have one whole more Summer's day tomorrow. How magic is that!! (Yep sleepy mama here...didn't even look properly at the calendar).
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Also - my @origrami prints arrived and I love how they match my watercolour drawings.....cause I'm sending them on Monday with special boxes of colour magic.
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  •   origrami Beautiful watercolors @petalplum 3d
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  •   willowynn_textile_art I love this...I didn't know about Origami. 3d
  •   petalplum @willowynn_textile_art you can get your pictures printed from Instagram with the @origrami app. Lovely little thick card stock, great printing and reasonable price. They have options of sizes of prints etc.... 3d
  •   petalplum @benekguler @yswildflower hehe - I've been watching Spring arriving across the globe (on IG)....we don't get massively cold Winters here - sub-tropical region - and never get snow, so it's ok to slip on...plus Summer is pretty hot and sticky here! Sending it on to you --- xxx 3d
  •   mygiuliworld I just love your handcrafts @petalplum, thanks for sharing with us! I feel so inspired mainly from your gorgeous watercolour drawings, I feel like going back to mine and get creative again :) ♡ 3d
  •   petalplum @mygiuliworld thank you so much for your words. I'm so glad to inspire people. Yes yes do get out your watercolours again - such a good lovely tranquil thing to do. 3d
  •   we_are_scout_lisa Happy weekend Ellie. I'm just catching up on so much of your feed that I've missed. Lucky you getting an extra day of Summer! 2d

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petalplum The sun came out this morning after days and days of rain and drizzle and grey skies....
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I want to say the biggest Thank You to each and every one of you for your 'likes' and comments. I wish I could respond to you all individually but mostly daily life happens...and I know you'll understand I'm gazing at baby or weaving or packing orders or washing up or..... simply sitting quietly. Thank you xx
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petalplum When we were kids we would hold our arms out with a skein of wool for mum to wind it into a ball. Did you do that?
Stay tuned for Natural Botanical Dye workshop and Loom Weaving workshop announcements in the next couple of days. Yah!
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{if you'd like to host me for a workshop in your studio, shop, gallery, art room, under a tree in the garden, loungeroom....I'd love to chat - email me deadwoodcreative@gmail.com }
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petalplum Drawing pots and vases and cups makes me think of my mama, which makes me happy. Spotty tea cups, spoons and flowers. .
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Pen line work with botanical watercolour paints - they really are the prettiest colours ever.
The baby had a long sleep today, so I immersed myself in drawing and painting. I don't really think of myself as an "artist" as such, but maybe it's because I don't normally have whole lengths of time to slip into a deep creative mode, a non-self-judgement is needed when I make work like this, and that seems to happens best (for me at least) when I'm deep in making.doing and not over thinking....
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petalplum Every time I sit down and draw I wonder why I don't do it very often. I love the process, the doing, and also the little finished pieces really sing to me. {and when Sam says they're beautiful....well, that makes my heart happy!}.
This was today's #10MinutesofQuietly with cicadas calling, butterflies playing outside, baby sleeping beside me, warm lemongrass tea and that gardenia perfuming the room. I hope you've enjoyed #10MinutesofQuietly today; please do share with us and check out the # as its looking peaceful, reflective, thoughtful, quiet and positive over there.
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petalplum Local to me small business - love to be part of this and support other mamas being able to work from home with their babes.
@babeeandme #babeeandmerep
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Normal Ellie {Petalplum}
petalplum I snaffled this bloom from outside the library and wore it in my hair. The intoxicating perfume is dancing around me whenever I walk into my home. Plans to plant a gardenia this Spring.
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#gatheredstyle on a Tuesday evening, also was my #10MinutesofQuietly while others made dinner and chatted to baby.
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petalplum He's 4 months tomorrow -- um where did that time go....
Looking cute in a little suit that my other babies wore. Showing off the piece of silk I dyed today - it's the best colour / pattern ever.
That's all -- baby and silk!
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petalplum "When you realise how perfect everything is, You will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky."
- Buddha
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perfect . perfection . right now . don't keep looking for perfection, it's already here .
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petalplum I encourage you, today, to spend Ten Minutes of Quietly - whatever you are doing, do with intention. Set aside other things and sit with nothing for just a few moments.
Drink your tea or coffee with intention, be with that moment, rather than also taking a book or social media or such.
Talk with your friend with intention, wash up or hang the washing with intention. Focus and be there. Just for a few moments.
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I know it seems contradictory to share this here on social media that often distracts us - but I feel that by sharing we encourage others (allow others) to see a new idea or viewpoint, and to help them follow their own path. I'd love you to share your own #10MinutesofQuietly here and we can all encourage each other to learn intention, to quieten our fickle minds and focus on one thing even if just for a few moments.
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petalplum Lately -- lots of thinking and writing words on what social media means to me, how I feel about and how it works for our business, but most importantly the beautiful connections and friendships I have made through this space here.
Soon I am running a workshop on social media, connecting with your audience and more at the divine studio of @pinkyandmaurice (near Byron Bay). While I put more words into my presentation I'd love to know if there's anything particular you'd like to hear or learn about.
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Also- we'll be sharing a goodie bag with all the participants and I'm putting a call out if you'd like to add something to it. You can DM me or email me. I love to support and share other businesses - so let's chat!!
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{bookings for the workshop via @pinkyandmaurice - spaces are limited}.
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  •   petalplum @bianca.virtue oh my- yes yes. You will L.O.V.E Claire @pinkyandmaurice work. I almost don't have words for how sublime it is - and so photogenic. And she's the sweetest gal ever too! xx 1w
  •   petalplum @my_friend_fred ah I just commented not knowing you'd changed your name - I didn't twig that you were Mrs Oliver... Hehe! Hi Fred's Friend - cute name xx 1w
  •   my_friend_fred I'm sure there are many of us in Sydney who would welcome you with open arms as family! I recently read about @pinkyandmaurice in one of my Country Style mags, and her gorgeous dogs! Oh yes I meant to mention my little personality change! x 1w
  •   pinkyandmaurice Ha @bianca.virtue!! Thank you for saying! I've just been swooning over your amazingly beautiful photos! So nice to find you here :) 1w
  •   pinkyandmaurice Hello @my_friend_fred :) thanks for reading the story! I know what you mean too about what to share. I'm gonna be the girlie swat in the front row, with the crazy little dogs at Ellie's talk! xx 1w
  •   seeinteriors Crap ! I want to come & I can't ! Sounds wonderful x 1w
  •   lariwashburn I feel that one of the unexplored issues of social media is how it effects our attention span and ability to sink into a moment and engage with something or someone in a real way. 1w
  •   sssvp ️ettore sottsass valentina!!! 7d

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Normal Ellie {Petalplum}
petalplum New outfit for Ginger - sweet little apron with pocket perfect for gathering treasures or holding medical supplies, mask (cause she's part of a SuperHero Gang), and her silk wrap-around cloak-dress. Little mushrooms from our garden.
The sweetest doll, with the silkiest hair ever (everyone keeps asking if it's real human hair) made by Margeaux @willowynn_textile_art -- I'll have to share the beautiful outfit she arrived in as it really is stunning.
#willowynn
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Normal Ellie {Petalplum}
petalplum Sunday creative mess at our house // she's making new dresses for her beautiful @willowynn_textile_art doll, he's making a mask for his @willowynn_textile_art owl // I love that they love using my special naturally dyed fabrics // @deadwoodcreative is doing some drawing and #ourbabyriver is watching everyone intently, with his feet on the table.
How's Sunday looking at your house?
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