petalplum ...morning shadows...random gatherings on the edge of the verandah..... A garden digging spoon, an old unused yet beautiful tool, the poppy stems that I can't bare to compost yet, scattered pieces of dyed threads and fabric from my crafting.

Seeking beauty within the not so pretty moments.
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Normal Ellie {Petalplum}
petalplum I L.O.V.E natural dyeing - taking collected gatherings from my garden or forest walks and seeing what traces they leave on beautiful fabrics. Even when I know (or think I know) what colours will happen the results are different and wonderful and exciting. Each piece completely uniquely beautifully itself.
Sharing my dye pot adventures with you is exciting - seeing your eyes light up at the way we can take colour from the Earth's garden and transfer it to fabric. *

#gathercreate 'Natural Dye Adventures' details coming soon (see my previous post for dates for our upcoming workshop events).
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petalplum Petal play! Our next Gather :: Create is coming soon. Save the dates for::
Natural Dye & Wearable Weavings on Sunday 31st August @stringandsalt (for you Melbourne folks) and Sunday 7th September @showroombrisbane (for you local & Brisbane folks). Also Beautiful Fabric Jewellery on Friday 29th August at Ink & Spindle Studio (for a fun night time Melbourne gathering).
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More info coming soon with bookings opening on this Thursday. All of these events have limited numbers, so we suggest jumping in early!
Can't wait share our skills and smiles with you xxx
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Normal Ellie {Petalplum}
petalplum Out of all the random scattered stars in the Universe, I'm so grateful my family choose me. These 3 (+1) beings allowing me to share this journey with them, to know me, understand me, uplift me, need me, help me, accept me, learn & laugh with me.....
@sammessina @twolittletikes @persia_cat6 ..
Please remember to let your loved ones know how much they mean to you and how much you value your moments together.
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petalplum Gather :: Create dreaming & excited anticipating.....
This is a repost from beautiful Lauren @seeinteriors from our #gathercreate Unfurl & Poetic Collage event. She captured the mood of our day so wonderfully....and seeing this again is making me SO eager for our next events, that will be announced in a day or so.
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Normal Ellie {Petalplum}
petalplum Today -- a moment of looking up and breath-in-breathe-out.
Beautiful Winter sky & Autumy foliage
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  •   fraeuleinsonntag beautiful! it is so amazing to see all the fall/winter pics while it is boiling hot in europe 3d
  •   petalplum @fraeuleinsonntag yes yes isn't it so good - I love seeing glorious Summer flowers across the world xx 3d

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petalplum Final prep + car packing today for our first time at @thevillagemarketsgc tomorrow - Burleigh 8.30am-1pm. Come along and see the beautiful #deadwoodcreative pieces that @sammessina has been making.
#tvm #tvmfavefinds #skateboarding
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petalplum Good Morning! It's Wintry cold & windy here....oh please come out sun and chase away those clouds.
The kids are having pancakes and hot cocoa by the fireside - all made by the boy. (And I'm hoping they're better and back at school on Monday as I *need* some head space).
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petalplum Chasing the last sun rays this afternoon & planning for our next gather::create event.
Where would you like to gather with us next time? Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Byron Bay....?
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also loving these sunflowers from my sister - they're brightening up our sick days xx
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  •   3zwinkern sydney 5d
  •   petalplum @orangethelma @janeplanetjoy @sapa oh I would love to visit Hobart one day - when it's warm perhaps xxx 5d
  •   petalplum @seeinteriors thanks sweet lovely xxx (I'm on a baby timeline so have to plan soon) 5d
  •   petalplum @peregrinationz yep feeling better today than yesterday, though still not full strength. The sun was so good today for sitting in. (Plus I needed to finally so some work for our market this weekend - not fair if Sam has to do it all!). xxx 5d
  •   janicedickson Pretty!! 5d
  •   petalplum @katherinedorrington oh Perth yes yes! Would love that - any location ideas?? xx 4d
  •   petalplum @dunnewithstyle hehe just need to make sure..... Any suggestions on venue ideas? Hoping Melb works out, we'd love to come down and meet everyone xx 4d
  •   petraholain Oh you got the mag. Isn't it great? And the sunflower is beautiful! 2d

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petalplum "Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original. Whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will become original without ever having noticed it." - CS Lewis
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Just as I was over-thinking some things I came upon this quote. A good reminder for me to keep telling my truth and be ok if it may just happen to overlap someone else's story along the margins.
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Normal Ellie {Petalplum}
petalplum These lemons were never destined for gin.....
Fresh lemon, raw honey & fresh raw ginger drinks today. If someone wants to come and make them for me again tomorrow that would be appreciated.
Thanks Jo @oatvletterpress for the basketful of beautiful lemons from your overflowing tree.
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petalplum Happy Monday morning ...so glad school doesn't go back until tomorrow, though I feel kids will still be sick. (the girl got the fevers overnight). I'm still in bed hoping to sleep this cough away.
*Thanks so much for your beautiful thoughtful get-well wishes*
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  •   perennial Stay well x 1w
  •   teawithbelle Pure sunshine! Thank you for such a happy pic @petalplum 1w
  •   capetowngirl12 Lovely! 1w
  •   mrsoliver_ Oh poor you!! We've all had this since our holiday & it's taking forever to go...lying back in bed as I type feeling much like you... Blahhh Wishing you a full & speedy recovery soon! Much love xxx 1w
  •   alipink Hope you're all feeling better soon x 1w
  •   rabbitandtheduck Sending you get well soon wishes... I too have been sick this past week, am so ready to be able to go out without my family size box of tissues hehe xo 1w
  •   threetwoonebykimandjudi Ohhhh get better soon! Been there done that before the holidays & all thru the holidays! Keep at those lemons :) 1w
  •   annetics_ BLURGH!!! You poor things! Get well soon! Hot lemon and honey works wonders @petalplum 7d

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Normal Ellie {Petalplum}
petalplum Cane fire in the distance against afternoon clouds.

We've been sick these past few days, but kept on with jobs needing doing cause that's just what had to happen......hoping the sniffles and head colds and coughs and sore throats and tender bodies and night fevers eases soon; cause 3 out of 4 people being in this state ain't good (the girl is still strong and healthy, and is doing her best to keep us all ok).
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petalplum Planning what to make with these beautiful cumquats and eating this marmalade by the spoonful - both gifted to me by the ever-lovely @peregrinationz
They match perfectly with this linen fabric from @bubblesatthehead and look oh so pretty in my blue @kimwallace_ceramics bowl.
This is what I was doing this afternoon when you asked me #widn @_deborahbrandon_ {what are you doing Zoe, Carla & Kim if you feel like playing} xx
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  •   adventures_in_mind You create such beautiful scenes 2w
  •   russianchik I agree with all of the above 2w
  •   bowersnest Cumquats make my favourite marmalade, well worth all the pip removal 2w
  •   bubblesatthehead Beautiful photo @petalplum. Sorry I didn't reply sooner, I have started an abstract painting course each Friday and then I had a market today! Photo's to follow. X 1w
  •   kimwallace_ceramics Gorgeous image! So glad the bowl is being used. Love seeing it pop up in my feed. Lovely to see you on the weekend - albeit brief. x 1w
  •   petalplum @kimwallace_ceramics oh this little bowl is always in use - often with a collection of threads and needles or otherwise seedpods and twigs and feathers - I love it. Sorry I was so vague at market last week; was feeling so tired after a big few weeks and it had only just sort of hit me. I keep forgetting that I need to slow down and can't stand on my feet for hours on end with this baby !! xxx 1w
  •   _deborahbrandon_ This is such a gorgeous image Ellie love Kim's bowl and can't wait to pop back to @stringandsalt to buy more of her beautiful pieces ... Hope your having a lovely weekend and thanks so much for joining in xoxox 1w
  •   annetics_ Totally with you @_deborahbrandon_ 7d

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petalplum We make our own rainbows round here!
Shop update will be early next week, once kids are back at school - but if you *need* these or any other #deadwoodcreative pieces you've seen here just comment.
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With littles sleeping in our bed or keeping us awake and up throughout the night, it's been hard to settle back into work this week. Small at home around family life business is about being flexible and not being hard on yourself when you don't get your to-do lists done.......and remembering that the reason you work from home is to be able to spend time with the people who most matter.
{link to website in my profile - there is lots of lovely there and we love making custom orders}.
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  •   petalplum @littlepapaya we can cut smaller beads for you or these ones can be made with less beads. Send me an email and I can let you know the options; deadwoodcreative@gmail.com 2w
  •   petalplum @_deborahbrandon_ yeah I haven't got these onto the website yet...waiting for kids to go back to school to do photos + editing. We can do custom orders for certain colours, but do have some already made. I'll send you a DM later today with all the colours avail. They are sunshine happy aren't they xxx 2w
  •   petalplum @littlepapaya also xxx thanks for your lovely words (pressed send too early!) 2w
  •   sabinepick Yes I feel the same. Am desperate to get back into my studio and have lots of moments where I need to remind myself that I just need to allow the days to just be. 2w
  •   notjustnat I love them, but been too busy to visit your web shop! How much is the one with 9 beads please. How long is the chain? Thanks Ellie 2w
  •   petalplum @notjustnat oh I hear you on the busy!!! (Eeeekkk!!!). 9 beads are $79, 7 beads $69 and 5 beads $59. They are all hand cut and hand sanded and have beautiful brass findings. We also have an amazing black/natural in the 9 beads - I can send you a DM if you're interested. The 9 beads hang approx 40cm at longest (mid chest), but has an adjuster so you can wear as long/short as you like. xx 2w
  •   notjustnat Hi Ellie I would love to put an order in for 9 beads necklace with tan hanger please. I will send you a IG private message soon xox Nat 2w
  •   annetics_ ️ fantastic @petalplum #deadwoodcreative 7d

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petalplum from yesterday morning when we played in the frost before we went to farmers market and had wood-cooked pizza and Persian chai for second breakfast.
This was one of the coldest days we've had - with beautiful white blue frost across the fields and mist rising from the creeks.
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  •   sunshinepoppies Oh I can't wait to watch winter come your way! With our severe drought dragging on for two years now and no winter and hardly a spring this year, this really makes my soul stir. I was literally scrolling, scrolling and boom...lighting zipped through me! xx 2w
  •   russianchik So beautiful Ellie. I hope you are all warm & snug. 2w
  •   petalplum @sunshinepoppies this is the most Wintery we'll get here really. We didn't even know if we'd get a frost at all as Winter has been so elusive and bizarre - flowers are blooming all at wrong times due to hot/cold weather, they're all confused. Thankfully no drought here anymore - though we haven't had much rain at all this year and people are having to buy tank water. We've had 3 years of floods but 7 years of drought before that so I know how you feel. xxx 2w
  •   madisonisthebes Omg 2w
  •   madisonisthebes It 2w
  •   madisonisthebes Is 2w
  •   madisonisthebes Summer 2w
  •   petalplum @madisonisthebes no it's Winter where we live 2w

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Normal Ellie {Petalplum}
petalplum I love the afternoon sunshine that pours into our kitchen (which will one day be our studio). Moments enjoyed with a warm fresh lemon drink, these poppies and planning the weeks ahead.....with no little people around at all.
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Beautiful blue paper from @thedharmadoor, poppies from @skeletonleaf_, beaker mug from @elkelucasceramics, monthly planner + 'do more of what makes you happy' inspiration from @kikkik_loves, wooden pen by Delfonics from @asrc1
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  •   michelle.cann Just pure joy! Love your slice of sunshine brightening my dreary day x 2w
  •   russianchik I'd like to shrink down to sit under those sunny, happy poppies & soak up the sunshine with them. Another shot full of magic thank you Ellie. 2w
  •   luvasnap Beautiful sunshine Ellie 2w
  •   robinzachary Such a happy photo! This makes my day brighter. 2w
  •   petalplum @robinzachary yes they are such happy making flowers aren't they 2w
  •   petalplum @russianchik ooh magic - lets play under the flowers together and soak up all that golden sunshine. xx 2w
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  •   orangethelma Stunning colours @petalplum 1w

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Normal Ellie {Petalplum}
petalplum Tomorrow the kids are spending some time with my dad, and I am looking forward to time alone sorting and arranging and organising the piles that have built up over the past weeks of crazy. I will probably 'squeeze' in a little bit of creative faffing and vignetting as well......
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This lovely "joy" is from @janeplanetjoy who sent me a pretty parcel weeks ago and I haven't yet replied to or even shared here.... Thanks Jane for spreading your pure joy across IG xxx
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petalplum Sparkle at the estuary today. {until someone stepped on an oyster shell and we had blood everywhere......but all good and we had a fun afternoon. Neither Mishi nor I fainted as I tended her friends foot.} 2w

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petalplum Don't ask yourself what the world needs.
Ask yourself what makes you come alive and go do that.
Because what the world needs is people who are alive.
- Howard Thurman
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This quote has nothing to do with this mandarin picked from our trees, in all it's mottled imperfectness yet perfect deliciousness. But the words seemed right for me for now.
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