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February Fete

Ah, Saturday, you were grand… we had the February Fete with ceramist Kylie of Paper Boat Press at her shop/gallery over at Ashgrove, Brisbane…. my gosh, was it a crazy busy day… these lovely shots on the blog were actually not captured by me this time I was a little busy wrapping and packing and hanging out with lovely customers… they were shot by the talented Ashley Oostdyck – thank you Ash x … a few weeks ago while chatting over a glass or three of red wine Kylie and I decided we should do something together, a collaboration of sorts; we came up with a ‘february fete’, where I bring my caravan Frankie over to her studio/shop and we ‘bang out our wares’ so to speak; my old wares and Kylie’s handmade ceramics; we put it out there through our social media avenues and come Saturday morning we both really didn’t know how it was going to pan out…. eeeekk … let’s just say that the power of local community is where it is at…. Ashgrove – who would of thought! We were both so overwhelmed by everyone who came out to see us and to take part in the little suburban fete….it felt like a really good party… seriously and I have been to a lot of parties in my time….there were so many familiar faces and so many new faces too….. lots of laughter, music and excitement…the buzzing corner block literally went off… …. thank you so much to all who came out to see us… we are going to plan another one for later in the year…it really was that much fun …. sometimes good things do come from having a few too many glasses of wine with friends…. Love Local! K x  

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Fete THIS SATURDAY

©Kara Rosenlund So… whatcha doing this Saturday?….. Well, I’m keeping it local by heading over to my friend Paper Boat Press’s shop/gallery with Frankie the caravan…. we are teaming up to put on an old school fete….. I’m going to be spilling out on to the sidewalk with all of my beautiful old wares and Paper Boat Press will have her stunning ceramic pieces inside the gallery…. Come on over if you are in the ‘good hood’…. there will be old fashion coconut ice and ‘pull your teeth out’ toffee too! Fete Fun K x

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Caravan Pop Up

Something rather fun is bubbling away for next Saturday…Frankie the caravan and I are heading over to boutique ceramic studio Paper Boat Press at Ashgrove in Brisbane and are hosting a little local fete…. I will be setting Frankie up out the front of the corner shop with all of our old wares… and Paper Boat Press will be inside the shop with all of her incredibly beautiful handmade pieces. Nothing beats a low-fi fete. Would love to see you there..  K x

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||| Hitting the Road |||

©studiosixty I have news to announce which I have been bursting to tell you! I’m about to start work on an exciting project which involves you and me …. I’m travelling around my much loved Australia over the next few months; photographing and documenting ‘how Australians live’….. with a firm focus on regional and rural Australia… Yup, that’s right, If you live in a regional part of Australia and think I may find it interesting I want to know about it…. I am looking for all sorts of interesting layers which piece together ‘how Australian’s live’… especially interiors….my gosh, yes, interiors – sheep stations, drovers huts, homesteads, weatherboards, boat sheds… the list is endless… beautiful and tired, rambling and crumbling….if it provides shelter I would love to know about it… if you would like to be involved or would like to share your area with me please email:  hello@kararosenlund.com I would love to hear from you. First up is Western Australia… I’m coming next week and I can’t wait to see what you have to offer… K x

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Finders Keeper THIS Weekend

©Kara Rosenlund Big things planned for this weekend…. the two day Finders Keepers market will be unfolding… Frankie the caravan is getting packed as we speak…. very much looking forward to getting amongst it over the weekend…. Lots of new found pieces will be on the trestle tables too…. come along if you are in Brisbane. Saturday and Sunday at the Old Museum; corner of Bowen Bridge Road and Gregory Terrace at Herston from 10am til 4pm both days! K x

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No Market Tomorrow

©Kara Rosenlund We won’t be at the farmers market tomorrow at the Powerhouse… I am going to have a much needed casual day and a cheeky sleep in, no 3am start for me…. looking forward to seeing you all again the following fortnight. K x

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Weekend in Pictures

©Kara Rosenlund What a weekend it was…. we were at the farmers market here in Brisbane and as I was setting up the stall at 4.30pm in the dark all I could see was the sky lighting up… not from the sun rising, rather strikes of lightenng and rumbles of thunder….shit not ideal conditions for an outdoor market….. eeeekkkk…. Oh, well… what can you do….. …. I decided to have a kip in Frankie the caravan until the rain passed…… … our beautiful wares on the slightly damp trestles tables… German oyster plates and English cake forks….. … after the market finished we packed up and came back home and I got stuck into this wonderful cookery collection from Penguin…. … poked my head into the hen house to see what the girls had been up to ….. they had been busy too….. paying their rent… ha … Timothy O’s elderflower is bloomin’ blooming…. we are planing to make syrup for spring time cordial ….. we then started to watch Seven Years in Tibet in the early evening one of my absolute favourite films, though we both fell asleep….. ha, market days are looong … I was up at the crack of dawn on Sunday with a plan ……Spring, bring it on…. to hit the local market and get lots and lots of seedlings and flowers for our new veggie patch…… the veggie patch was so new it wasn’t even finished when I bought these on Sunday morning…. I am a chicken before the egg kinda girl….  My family came over and we finished off the veggie patch and shovelled a few loads of dirt off the trailer to fill up the new patch…. …. I bought two bunches of these beautiful homegrown snapdragons one bunch for me and one for my mother from an older woman at the Sunday market… she grows them alongside her strawberries which she farms to encourage the bees…… Nothing beats the generous size of a homegrown bunch of flowers…. I really really really want to have a garden bed just for cut flowers…. maybe one day soon….put it on the list… The strawberry farmer lady really inspired me…. … so so pretty….. I could stare at them all day…. … I just can’t get enough of the flowers…… …. petite spinach seedlings going into the garden….. … I picked up some Cosmos for the garden too…. I just love this time of year….. …. hardy little plants for the rooftop garden on top of the hen house….. …. even more Cosmos…. um, yup, I really did go a bit overboard…. …. the Gardenias are out and are transforming the air with their heady fragrance wafting throughout the house…. …. I found this old Chinese birdcage at the market and our little possum friend is still living in the basket on the left…. under a paper bag naturally…. we have named her Priscilla. She scoots out at about 6pm each evening, up out of the basket and runs along the old tin roof line… each morning I feel the basket to make sure she is back inside it and that she has made it home safe…. That was it, that was our weekend… lots of dirt under the nails and lots of digging and sowing…and maybe a few aches come today hopefully soon there will be more to share from the veggie patch… K x

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Market THIS Saturday BRISBANE

©Kara Rosenlund  I’m loving all this spring sunshine right now and I absolutely can’t wait for this weekends market. I always plan out a few special recipes for the weekend when the market is on, so I can zip around the market with my big market bag accidentally knocking people out of the way and pick up some of my favourite produce from the stall holders…. Hope to see you on Saturday! K x

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Market THIS Saturday

©Kara Rosenlund We are going in be at the Jan Power’s Farmers Market at the Powerhouse in New Farm, Brisbane this weekend…. feels like forever since we have been to our regular market. Not sure where our spot will be within the market, though come by if you are in the area! Lots of new wares from my recent gallivanting around Australia! Hope to see you. K x

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Weekend in Pictures

©Kara Rosenlund Ah, Weekend in Pictures… it was a market weekend, so that meant Saturday got off to a very early start….. the alarm went off at 2.45am … I usually am up before the alarm goes off anyway… just in bed waiting for it to go off…. you know when you know you have something on and you never have a proper night’s sleep the night before… well, that is me before a market…. excited! … we had loads of new stock on the trestle tables… enamel ware, baking tins, breadboards…. it was such a fun day… always so great to see familiar faces and also new ones… we also look forward to seeing our market friends who also have stalls…. there is such warm camaraderie between us all…. … after the market we decided to drop in to visit the newly opened Cardigan Bar at Sandgate… my friend Sally O of Studio Sixty always knows about cool and hip happenings around town before I do; Sally mentioned this place a couple of weeks back, so Timothy O and I thought we would call in for a visit and a cheeky drink post market….. it was fantastic, I would highly recommend it, especially if you are northside… love a bit of cool on the northside…. … Timothy O and I then decided to hit the road and and get home as we were both a bit shattered after the early rise of the market, we were in bed by 7pm ha …..   … Sunday morning clocked around and these cheeky feather bombs were trying their hardest to get inside the house…. I’m still puzzled as to why they love being indoors so much…. … I decided to start a little ‘mirror wall’ in the bathroom with some old mirrors I had been collecting… still need a few more to fill the space… … I love this time of year for flowers… I bought a bunch of stocks from a grower at the market and put them in the bathroom… their fragrance is divine…..   … a bunch of foliage – not sure what is it… I bought it to decorate the trestle tables at the market… I thought it was camellia foliage, though it smells very unique….. kinda strange… … my absolute favourite for this time of year though are jonquils….. these ones are actually from my garden, more like travelling pots. I planted a crazy amount of jonquil bulbs years ago into pots and they still come up this time of year to say hello…. I adore their fragrance like nothing else….. … keeping on the accidental floral theme I picked up these local organic edible flowers from the market, so I decided to ‘sweeten’ them up and ‘sugar’ the pansies, snaps dragons and violets to decorate a cake…. … it was really easy to do… I just whisked an egg white with a teaspoon of water and then ‘painted’ the flower using a brush with the egg white wash…. then I used a small hand strainer and sprinkled the individual flower on my finger tips with caster sugar… … then I placed them on a piece of greaseproof paper and let them set over night… … so pretty and so easy…. .. atop my chocolate cake…. the flowers look much prettier than the cake… Hope you had a wonderful weekend… K x

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Bring Your Hat…

©Kara Rosenlund Sunny day forecast for tomorrow in Brisbane for our Travelling Wares market at the Powerhouse…. bring your hat…. I sure am…. just not sure which one… ha Happy Weekend… K x

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Market Tomorrow

Travelling Wares market tomorrow! From 6am at the Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm, Brisbane. Can’t wait! Bring your hat… it will be sunny! K x

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Kara Rosenlund is an Australian photographer, stylist, storyteller, adventurer and author.

Her love for authenticity and adventure is celebrated through her photography. She is passionate about Australia and how we all live within its vast landscape. Kara photographs and shares her visual stories from her adventures, inspired by the everyday people and landscapes she encounters.

Her first hardcover interiors book, Shelter - How Australians Live, will be published in October, 2015.

Above all else Kara is a lover of all things real. She shares her humble life through her blog, Facebook and Instagram.

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