Taking Stock #7 : Reading, Wondering, Smelling, Deciding, Loving

The past week has been quite the hectic one but I think I’ll be able to fit in some quiet time today, which is just what I need. Phewph! I’ve had a stressful time at uni of late – in terms of both my thesis and teaching – and whilst it seems to be petering out for a couple of weeks, I know it will be back in full swing in about a month’s time and won’t let up until November. But hopefully I can be productive during that time so it’s not a bad type of busy, it’s the “Ooh it’s 11am and look how much I’ve already achieved” type of busy. The feel-good kind of busy.

I’ve also been busy behind the scenes of the blog, as you may be able to tell! I’ve switched from Blogger to WordPress.org! Well, I say I did it but really it was all down to Mr. birdandfox. What a handy man! The look is very similar to before, with a few small changes here and there (and some still to be made). Let me know what you think in the comments!

Anyway, the switch took a little longer than I expected and we hit some roadblocks, hence this mini Taking Stock post being a tad belated for the month of May. Better late than never though, right?

Reading: “All The Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr because of the lovely Laura from the Happy Pantry blog.

All The Light We Cannot See Book

Wondering: what’s the best way to display these polaroids. Scrapbook?

freshly baked tea cake. Nothing quite like it!

Tea Cake

Deciding: which succulents to keep in this new lantern that’s going to act as a terrarium. Because yes, I DO need another one, if you must know.

Succulents and Lantern Terrarium

Loving: the gorgeous dress and cosy jumper I grabbed for a total of $8 at the Camberwell Market last weekend – score!

Secondhand Dress & Jumper from Market

How was your May? What are you looking forward to in the month of June?


These Taking Stock posts are based on an idea by the wonderful Pip Lincolne over at the Meet Me At Mike’s blog. Head here to check out her Taking Stock posts and to find a blank copy of the full list.

Jacquie is a 20-something maker and writer from Melbourne. She enjoys eating virtually anything that is labelled salted caramel and, contrary to popular belief, has forgotten how to ride a bike. She feels ambivalent about writing in the third person but thought it might be fun. It was.


  1. Laura

    Dude that yellow jumper!!! I need that in my life. I had a pretty good opshop win on Wednesday actually. Totally got my Jacquie on and got a cardigan and a sweater. And something for my mum. For $15. Win. The best part was that two of the tops were an expensive label that would have been upwards of $80 new. The dress looks pretty too! Thanks for the shout out. I hope you’re liking the book! String of pearls is my favourite succulent that I’ve never managed to own. I love the lantern idea. I hope you share the finished project. And how cute are your Polaroids? Maybe you could make a big display. A lovely post as always and the blog is lookin’ niiiice. I hope the cake is for all of Mr. birdandfox’s hardwork!!b 😉


    1. birdandfox

      I know, right?? I’ve been looking for a mustard kind of colour jumper and BAM there it was at one of the first market stalls I looked at. Yay for op shop wins! How exciting is it? I love the thrill of knowing you’ve found a great bargain and it sounds like you definitely nabbed a few.

      I just finished the book this morning. I enjoyed it more and more as the story picked up.

      Yes! I was thinking of maybe making a post about the lantern terrarium and another one that I might make too. Are you still thinking of making one? You probably haven’t had much of a chance to think about it though, what with your trip coming up so soon.

      I definitely want to display the polaroids – I love them so much. Maybe a cork board could be involved?

      The tea cake was actually for my sister. She’s gluten intolerant (and a few others too) so I thought it would be nice to bring something she can actually eat when I went to visit her and Scout the other day. There’s a plain cake mix that is fine for her to eat so I just used that for the recipe – very simple! Mathew did get a few slices but I was actually thinking I should bake him some biscuits.

      Thanks so much for commenting, Laura 🙂 I’m glad you like the new look!


  2. Lila

    Well done getting through the change! I’ll have to have a look on the computer too but it looks cute on mobile!


    1. birdandfox

      Thanks Lila! It was a bit touch and go for a while but we got there. Thanks so much for stopping by and I’m glad you think it looks good!


  3. Dawn

    The new WP site is looking amazing Jacquie- nice work!!!


    1. birdandfox

      Whoo-hoo! Thanks Dawn! I’m glad you like it. I’m really happy with it myself but it’s good to get outside feedback to make sure I’m not the only one x


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