Sunday, December 30, 2012

Melbourne Observations 2


Hope you're all enjoying the last weekend of 2012! Can't believe this year is a wrap. It seemed to fly.

Speaking of flying, we just returned from Australia and I wanted to share just a few more bits of Melbourne with you....








St. Kilda is home to Luna Park (top pic) which just celebrated it's 100th birthday. A beautifully festooned horse was hanging out, grazing, on Ackland Street. The third image is a view of St. Kilda Beach. The last two collages are of Stokehouse restaurant. They've just reopened after a 5 month closure for renovations. It's a fantastic transformation. Sorry I don't have any "befores" but believe me, it needed a lift. The re-design was created by the team at Projects of Imagination




On our last day in Melbourne, we ran into this tiny place. Chuckle Park, on Little Collins Street, is tucked into another tiny laneway. It was the perfect place to stop for a quick beer. Loved the strings of hanging terrariums and plants under the retractable red and white striped awning. 

Thanks so much for all your support, comments and emails this past year! I'm looking forward to seeing what you all get up to in 2013. Have a safe and happy new years eve! 

Until next year,
jx












Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Greetings


I hope you all have a lovely day with friends and family!

janis
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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Melbourne Observations


How are you all? Hope all is well and festive where ever you are!

Have I mentioned how much I love the laneways throughout the cbd of Melbourne? So many great shops, cafes and art. Pretty spectacular. I think it's the best way to get to know this amazing city. Here's a peek at a few we've checked out recently....

Section 8 (pic above and top) is a pretty great place to hang out after a bonkers morning of "festive" shopping. Located in Tattersalls Lane, in Chinatown, they offer a variety of local beers, wine, cocktails and coffee. Love the old shipping container bar, pallets for seating, and metal drums for tables. 



 Centre Place and Degraves Street are two of my favourite laneways. Great little shops and some of the best coffee in the city. Way better than a certain giant chain coffee shop ;) 


Union Lane, off Bourke Street, showcases some pretty great street art. On this particular day, there was some street art "mentoring" going on. Wish more of this was allowed in Vancouver! 

By the way, I did a post all about Kyneton (cute country town) over at Poppytalk the other day. Click here, if you'd like to check it out. 



That's it for today, from Melbourne.   Have a great weekend!

janis





Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Jet Lagging, Gently

Slowly getting into the swing of things in Kyneton (Australia). I love it here so much. Such a fantastic country town. Great to just slowing unwind from the frenzy of life back in Vancouver. 

A few quiet images from my first couple of days...

My niece's chicken. I still can't really warm up to chickens. I like taking pics of them, but couldn't quite get into cuddle mode ;) 

Have no idea what kind of bird this is (it's tiny), but it was a pretty cute moment as she nestled back on top of her eggs. 

Curb-side daisies against a corrugated tin fence. Very Australian. 

Heading into Melbourne tomorrow.  Can't wait to check out the alleys!

Hope all is well and festive out there! 

janis







Friday, December 7, 2012

Before & After for Friday


Hello again! That week flew by, didn't it? Is it just me?

I'm wrapping up a busy shoot week, with a little before & after inspiration brought to you by Peter Wilds, a great designer and pal. This is his office/studio, located in the Gastown area of Vancouver. I shot this story for Style At Home and it's in the current issue.








That's it for now! I'm off to Australia tonight, but I plan on posting from down under. I plan to do a little catching up with all of your blogs on my Christmas break too! 

Have a great weekend! Back soon.
janis
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