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Christmas Day

©Kara Rosenlund Happy New Year! Christmas came by and went just as fast as it arrived didn’t it?… I was a bit late getting the tree up this year, though she did come together rather well in mid December…eeekk, … each year I always ‘treat’ the tree and myself to a couple of new ornaments… this year it was some beautiful handmade stars by Brisbane ceramic studio paper boat press… … trimming the tree would have to be one of my most favourite Christmas time activities…I purchased these ornaments last year from Anthropologie… a pair of tin and glitter whales… … and a feathery swan… everything looks better with glitter… ….You know how some years are great Christmas’ and then other years are just not so great… well this year was the latter – a ‘not so’ Christmas, though honestly it came good in the end…. it had all the makings of being a cracker of a Christmas I adore Christmas…. First and foremost I had found a ‘Christmas Day dress’, ha  love a new frock for any occasion, I had planned a really interesting menu using local produce suppliers and was ready to jingle myself well into the mayhem of Christmas when …. Timothy O and I unexpectedly ended up spending Christmas Eve at the avian vet with one of our beloved little girls Coco… which resulted in her sadly being put down….. this broke our hearts, even more as our Gigi had come to the same fate three weeks earlier….just like that Christmas was off… … to have the love of an animal is a true gift and the purest of joys… needless to say Timothy O and I felt the aching loss of one of the brightest and most curious of characters within our home and secretly our favourite chicken …. come Christmas morning I decided to pull it together and put Christmas ‘back on’…. makeshift style….a coming together of loved ones to enjoy each other’s company and conversation….. to celebrate the good times with the not so good times… … I had planned to visit my local haberdashery on Christmas Eve to buy some grosgrain ribbon to pretty up all the plates for each place setting…. needless to say that was the last thing on my mind… instead I tore up an old skirt which I had been holding on to for far too long… I  could never part with it as I loved the fabric…. and just like that ‘hello better than grosgrain ribbon’ for the plates….. … I didn’t have any bon bons / crackers on hand either, though I did have quite the number of these delightful triple milled ‘bon bon soaps’ by Murphy and Daughters… so they were the ‘makeshift’ bon bon’s to top each place setting…. plus they made the table smell delightful… summer frangipani wafting in the air…. I will be doing this again next year… … I threw a few bottles of our most favourite rosè on ice we always have plenty of this….. Logan wine make every gathering feel that bit more special and familiar…. like seeing an old friend who still wears the same fragrance… … I also didn’t get around to doing much of a grocery shop either, as in the fridge was practically empty so Mum and I made up a few boards of what she had in her fridge and what we had in ours…. … my father had bought a kilo of prawns straight off the trawler on Christmas Eve, so my parents brought them up on Christmas Day… I made the prawns into individual ‘Potted Prawns’ and ‘potted’ them into glass clip jars to posh them up… amazing… super easy and rather effortless… … we all chopped wood and cranked up the wood fire oven and Timothy O worked his magic on a piece of Bangalow pork I had arranged at least something prior.… I threw together some potatoes from the pantry and beans from the garden, while roasting some everyday ordinary apples to make apple sauce….. … stocking filler gifts became parts of dessert….. sorry Dad, I owe you x… … and luckily Brisbane’s baked goods ‘institution’ Jocelyn’s Provisions had an extra Yule Log on hand…. practically unheard of at Christmas… […]


Weekend in Pictures

Weekend in Pictures… better a couple of days late than never…. I am somewhat freaking out a little by how fast Christmas is approaching…. coming on like a freight train…. Timothy O and I frocked up , well I frocked up, not Timothy O  for Timothy O’s family Christmas on Saturday…. Timothy O’s mother decided upon an ‘Australian Christmas’ theme with lots of Australian native flowers and delicious food all day long…. it was a great Saturday… Timothy O and I rose rather late Sunday morning and I made scrambled eggs from our girls…. I rearranged some furniture to include this great find of six Spindle back chairs which I found last week…. I made this ‘Blackberry Bun'; a recipe from Kinfolk Magazine… I had never made it before, though I thought it may be a contender for Christmas… I don’t think we will have it on the day… delicious though. ….and then I sorted and washed household linens getting things ready for Christmas…. Are you ready for Christmas? K x


Country Style

Back in September Country Style asked if I would like to come up with some Christmas decorating concepts and style a Christmas story featuring our house. They asked for lots of decorating ideas for the home and tabletop….as you can imagine the request just made my heart sing…. I have never met a table I didn’t want to decorate… I worked with my florist and friend Anneliese Gomez of Hacienda Flowers on the wreaths and floral displays…. I asked Frank Creates to make a beautiful Christmas banner…. My wonderful friend and assistant for the shoot Sally O executed lots of craft and decorating concepts…. Christmas really did come early for Sally O and I…. Pattypan garland, music sheet crackers, monkey fist rope decorations… I asked Lachlan of Flour & Chocolate to make this beautiful cake…. he really is a genius … …He also made this one too…. which Sally O and I modified to include a snowflake… These are natural beeswax name cones which I filled with muscatels … I have made them for years…. they too will be on our Christmas table this year… you should make them … they look super impressive… yet are so so super easy… The ‘How To Make’ guide…. I share all my tips and tricks on how to make the little DIY personal touches for Christmas decorating… that is what makes Christmas special for me.. all the little considered special touches… It is such a beautiful issue, you should put your skates on and buy a copy…. Many thanks to Jared Fowler who shot the beautiful feature and the team at Country Style… plus all the suppliers who loaned gorgeous pieces for the shoot…. K x P.S… and look where I popped up… on the contributors page… Christmas sure did come early…  


Christmas Vibe

©Kara Rosenlund Are you feeling the Christmas vibe? I can’t believe Christmas is so close… This week it feels particularly close as we are having an early Christmas with Timothy O’s family over the weekend. I’m getting into the Christmas vibe… random Christmas bits scattered about… sort of… I even made gingerbread this year… they may not look that pretty though they taste rather good…. I’m no ‘Pipe Piper’ when it comes to royal icing… I had a special delivery arrive yesterday… two new ornaments from Anthropolgie… I allow myself the tradition of a couple of new ornaments each year, do you? I am such a sucker for animals ornaments…. I am truly in love with the glass Baleen… he even has a glitter blow hole… … and how sweet is the Odette Swan… Gosh, I love the name Odette. Talk soon. K x P.S Chicken Update…. we almost have names for the new little girls, however the introduction has not gone well… no, no, no…(channel Amy Winehouse’s song Rehab for the no, no, no’s…) The older girls are not at all impressed or happy about the new girls (especially Gigi, she is the Queen Bee and is the one in charge; she totally lost her cool last night and I thought she was going to die (seriously), that is how worked up she got) …. no, no, no…it’s not going well. x Click here to listen to Amy Winehouse


Christmas for Fete Press

©Kara Rosenlund Fete Press is one of my favourite online magazines. Recently I was asked to be involved in their Christmas issue. I was asked to shoot and style my Christmas tabletop and share my personal style for Christmas; giving a little bit of insight into how we will be enjoying the festive day this year. It’s a great issue with lots of festive gift and decorating ideas and it is free to view… pop some Christmas carols on and go on over and check out the new issue … click here. So here it is… my Christmas……. K x


Lately… also known as Weekend in Pictures

Where to start… where to start…. I think it is safe to say it has been a busy couple of weeks and my lovely blog has fallen victim to the whirlwind. Let’s start with Nigella… oh Nigella, you are my Elizabeth Taylor…. so beautiful with your glossy black feathers and plump bum, though you are completely high maintenance and crazy expensive to run. Nigella had a visit to the avian vet which resulted in her having an operation to remove her ‘bumble foot’ (google it if you are interested, sounds cute though bumble foot is a total foot nasty if you are a chicken). Anyway last Saturday was really really hot and Nigella wasn’t looking so good (pale chicken face and panting) so I brought her upstairs in her basket and put two fans on her… see totally an Elizabeth Taylor Then from no where this crazy storm rolled in… the sky turned black and it looked like it was the evening when really it was only 11am… Nigella and I made the most of the theatre and lit some candles to get into the storm mood while rushing around closing windows and doors. The storm passed and Timothy O and I headed to our friend and photographer Toby Scott’s 30th birthday party. Spiced rum punch. Nigella Elizabeth Taylor still wasn’t looking too good so we brought her to the party too! Sneaking breadcrumbs under the table. An amazing grazing lunch. I had never had pork pies before…. they were unbelievable! I had to move seats just to be away from the continual temptation… The next morning Timothy O and I headed to a new motorcycle cafe around the corner called Rocker Classic Motorcycle Cafe. Coffee was amazing as too were the bikes. You can have a chai and talk gear. Could become our new local, they have bands in the evenings too… we may need to buy a motorcycle to fit in though…. not sure if our Dutch bicycles with baskets cut it with the leather and beard crowd. Discovered one single zucchini flower growing in our veggie garden. Picked it, stuffed it, fried it and ate it… well, Timothy O and I shared it…. we are such farmers now…. watch out world. Muttered with complete sarcasm. Then I went to Sydney for a couple of days. I bought these pretty peonies from Grandiflora for a gorgeous Sydney sider friend. We devoured a long lunch at Kitchen By Mike in Rosebery. Came back home and then visited Timothy O’s folks for morning tea. Picked up a bunch of lisianthus…. the Queensland heat got to them and they died the following day. I came back from Sydney with some ‘new old’ original light switches, so Timothy O got to work changing them over. I left some crumbs on the bench for the chickens and turned my back for a second and it was an ant party. I have to keep anything sweet in the fridge at the moment, random ant parties are becoming way to common in the kitchen. I’m not a fan. Decided to put the Christmas Tree up. This is our Christmas Tree being assembled… I will go into how you too can make one soon. Ta Dah… Christmas has arrived in our house. I truly am sorry I left you hanging for two weeks. See you tomorrow. K x


Christmas Colours

I have just driven back from a very very quick trip up to the Central Ranges of Queensland (18 hours spent entirely in the car). I love a road trip, I think I would of made a good truck driver; for me it is all about seeing the unknown and taking inspiration from the smallest of things. The early morning light on the landscape was exquisite and brought to life so many subtle colours. There was colour everywhere if you wanted to see it. The purple greys of the wild grasses, the soft silvery greens of the gums, the burnt oranges of the foliage, the pale greys of the gumtree trunks and the rich plums of fire ravaged trees. This is where I have taken my inspiration for the colour palette for our table for Christmas Day. I’ll be doing a few stock sneak peeks throughout the day, so make sure you come back to visit… lots of lovely things to make your Christmas Table look beautiful! K x


Travelling Wares Market on Christmas Eve

Last market for the year! Come to the Jan Power’s Farmers Market this Saturday to see our Travelling Wares caravan pop up! There will be lots of beautiful pieces for Christmas day to help make your table and house look stunning; old silver cutlery, English platters, decorative old plates and more. I’ll be doing a stock preview over the next few days! K x  


Christmas Lunch 2011

Here is our Christmas Lunch menu for 2011 menu. I am particularly excited about the entrees as I really enjoy making my own pastry and lasagne sheets. Timothy O will be ‘manning it up‘ and taking charge of the wood fire oven downstairs. We always have Logan Wines on Christmas Day too, sort of a bit of a tradition now. Lots of preparation to do this week, plus we will be at the markets on Christmas Eve!…. K x


Christmas has come Early….

Christmas has come early in our house… well, it sort of had to. I think Timothy O would of had a hard time hiding this life size gift for me under the Christmas tree! I have lusted after an original French dressmakers mannequin for years. We had a very special guest here on Sunday and I had to get the house in order quick smart! I came across the mannequin through the week and I just had to have her. Thank you Timothy O! K x


O’ Christmas Tree

O’ Christmas Tree…. this is our Christmas tree Timothy O and I made out of branches in the back yard last year. I do love it so very much… plus it packs away to near nothing, just a neat pile of wood! I don’t know about you, though I am absolutely hanging out for Christmas this year. I think Christmas day would have to be one of my most favourite calendar days of the year! I’m putting some finishing touches on our lunch menu too which I will share soon… what are you having? K x  



Im getting crafty today…. don’t want to reveal too much, hopefully you will be able to see my debut crafting efforts on the trestle tables on Saturday at the market. Ill give you a clue… it in involves CHRISTMAS! Yup, Christmas and Crafting, ohmy… Can you believe Christmas in only something like 9 weeks away! I love Christmas! K xx



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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