By Jess Fellows

hitting the road

I was reading an article recently about someone who was sitting at their desk one day working away thinking how lovely it would be to get away. Within a week they had packed up and were on the other side of the world partaking in some European driving exploration something.

It certainly wasn’t the first story I had read about this sort of thing happening and I am sure it won’t be the last but it was the first that has made me stop and wonder “is that a possibility?”

I admit I am the first to bang on about how busy I am and how consumed every day is with work, kids, school, life blah blah blah. But to entertain the possibility that all that could be paused while we head off to who knows where for who knows how long … mmmmm

Everyday obligations have always presented as a hurdle and admittedly probably a convenient excuse but what if? What if we just went? Hit the road? Took that flight?

There has been no hard decisions made but for the first time ever I can see that the benefits of hitting the road might just outweigh the excuses and that is something that should not be ignored.

By Jess Fellows

something about a pineapple

This has absolutely nothing to do nothing.
No relevance. No importance.
It is not conceptual or withhold some deep meaning.
Plain old simple nada.

But isn’t it just fun to look at! Enjoy!

By Jess Fellows

booking up

I know this is frightening but Christmas is 105 until Christmas … yeah I know!

So in attempt to not freak you out completely, this is just a friendly update to let you know that we are booking up fast! So if you are hoping for that design or print project to be underway and completed so we can all sit back and enjoy the best the festive season has to offer, let’s get organised!

Give us a quick head’s up that something is in the pipeline and we can be sure studio time is scheduled!

By Jess Fellows

snack time

Every single person I know and who I have ever worked with can totally vouch for needing of a 3pm pick me up! If they don’t then those people are liars!

Throughout my career the 3pm pick me up has taken many forms. Chocolate, nuts, lollies, biscuits, you know the usual. But none I love more then is a whipped up home-baked treat. Such goodness!

One of the favs at our studio is none other then a good old choc-chip cookie. And we thought because we are lovers and sharers that we would pass on our trusty recipe.

Enjoy!

 

Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Ingredients:

150g unsalted butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup caster sugar

1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

1 1/2 cups self-raising flour

1 cup choc dots

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Line a 32×28 cm baking tray with baking paper.

2. Using electric beaters, beat butter, sugars and yolk in small mixing bowl until light and creamy. Add essence, beat until combined.

3. Transfer mixture to large mixing bowl; add flour and 2/3 choc dots. Using a metal spoon, stir until ingredients are just combined.

4. Using fingers, press mixture together to form a soft dough. Roll one tablespoon of mixture at a time into a ball.

5. Press remaining dots on top of balls. Arrange on the prepared tray.

6. Bake for 15 minutes or until crisp and lightly browned, allow to cool.

By Jess Fellows

rain rain and rain

It’s that miserable time of year where it is still Winter for another whole month (and if you are here the Highlands you know Winter will probably continue right on through until November).

It’s hard to remember the last time the lounge room wasn’t filled with washing trying to dry. I certainly don’t remember the last time the kids played outside and didn’t trek an acre of mud back inside. It has even been so moist that I discovered mushrooms growing on some architraves. Eeek!

Never ever have I wished for hot weather. The cold has been how I like it. But something has broken this year and I am desperately craving warmth. That said I reserve the right to totally complain in six months about how hot it is and how much I was wish it was Winter!

By Jess Fellows

lessons not learnt

Over the past week the little members of our family have asked the probing questions.

You know the ones.
“Mum why can’t you play the piano?”
“Mum why can’t you do cartwheels with a flip?”
“Mum why can’t you speak funny words (aka French)?”

Each time I say that I never learnt how to do those things and each time I am told that I should know how to do those because I am an adult. I usually fob off the conversation –  after all ‘negotiating with a four year old’ is still something I am to learn.

But it had me thinking about all the things that I have ever wanted to learn and admittedly the list is vast. There is a touch of regret that I didn’t to commit to some things longer, or started things I desperately wanted to do. But more disappointingly was the fact that I have simply accepted that some of these things will never make my to do list.

So I am revisiting the list. Who knows what might happen? I may start some thing I may not but all I hope is that I get better at telling my kids why I can’t do some things.

By Jess Fellows

Le addicted

Well I have spoke (many) times about my coffee addiction but I am here today to speak of another addition.
My name is Renee and I am addicted to Le Tour De France.

There I have said, it is out in the open (well if you know me it’s not like I have tried to hide it) and now you can forgive me for talking about this at every opportunity, getting the least amount of sleep as possible and using cycling lingo to describe just about everything for three weeks in July every year.

It is not clear where this addiction began. I certainly don’t cycle. Have never been to it. Don’t know anyone who has participated in it. Yet as soon as I hear the whiz of the bikes, Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen’s dulcet tones, descriptions of gradients, classifications, jerseys … I am weak at the knees!

So at about half-way there this year I am still in my element – Vive Le Tour!

By Jess Fellows

mums day yet again

Well this weekend marks another occasion – Mother’s Day.

If you are a mother, may your day start with breakfast in bed (or even breakfast at a cafe – no washing up!), a gift (or four), a stroll around your local gallery or favourite antique emporium, a movie, absolutely no washing/ironing/organising/groceries of any kind and end in a bubble-filled bath.

If you are a child, see above and make it happen for your mum!

Happy mums day mothers! Enjoy!

By Jess Fellows

Sometimes all you need is a little water

Today is gloomy, very gloomy. It’s wet, foggy and cold.

Normally this does not bother me in the least. But today it does. I just have this urge to be near water, even gloomy weather water. In fact, gloomy weather water is probably my favourite type.

Maybe some moon and planet have aligned to instil in me this need, who knows, but like a moth to an open flame I am drawn to this. Do you ever feel drawn to something?

By Jess Fellows

to travel or not to travel

I am not ashamed to admit that I like to travel – a lot! Everyone here at the studio actually quite likes to tinker in the travelling side of things. But I am ashamed to admit that I don’t do nearly as much of it as I would love to.

Those big European jaunts that devour weeks of your life or the island getaway where all you do is read, eat and sleep or even those one-nighter’s (without kiddies) that are not far away but feel like just as much of an escape – I love them all!

So of late, the feet have been getting itchy and every travel advertisement watched or read sounds like the most amazing opportunity. So, I fear a case of ‘holiday depression’ is not far off (bugger these cool weather colds everyone else seems to be catching, I have got me a big time case of this).

So what to do? I know what you are thinking, first world problem and all that. Well I agree. I am the first to complain there is not enough time in a day and here I am planning on cutting a huge chunk of that time away. But I also have to admit that the huge chunk of time a holiday takes up can empower you for many many months. And I want to be empowered.

So essentially I am looking and looking and hoping. Hoping that just the right opportunity for empowerment falls into my lap and I can cure my case of itchy feet.

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hitting the road
something about a pineapple
booking up
snack time
rain rain and rain
lessons not learnt
Le addicted
mums day yet again
Sometimes all you need is a little water
to travel or not to travel