Taking Stock : August 2015

Hello hello! How are you all doing? Well, I hope! I know I’ve said this almost every month on the blog but seriously. Can time PLEASE slow down? We’re at the end of August already. I feel like I’m going to blink and then suddenly be staring Christmas in the face, which is terrifying on multiple levels (does Christmas have a face? What would it look like? Is it Santa’s face?) But it’s not Christmas yet. It’s August and we need to do a Taking Stock post to finish off the month.

Reading: these beauties. So prettyyyyy. And they’re teaching me stuff too, as well as giving me ideas. Do you have any good sewing books?

Taking Stock August 2015 - Sewing Books

Feeling: warm and fuzzy after receiving a lovely little letter from Laura of The Lovely Jumble, along with some cute craft supplies. Thanks again, pal!

Taking Stock August 2015 - Letter and Gifts from Laura - Craft Goodies

Smelling: pencils. Derwent pencils, to be specific. Is that weird? It’s more an incidental wafting than an intentional sniffing. The smell of pencils + wicker reminds me of my childhood. Do you have a strong childhood memory attached to a particular smell?

Taking Stock August 2015 - Derwent Pencils
getting back into the habit of sketching with my delicious-smelling Derwents. I’m not brilliant but I find it quite relaxing. I’m loving putting my ideas for my Etsy shop down on paper, and not just with words. It’s starting to feel more real now!

Taking Stock August 2015 - Etsy Sketch Ideas

Marvelling: at this gorgeous old book on gardening my Pa gave me the other day. It’s the 27th edition from 1942. Pa gave it to me because he knows I love cacti and there’s some good information in there on how to take cuttings. He likes to encourage my gardening – he’s a big fan himself. I love how raggedy it is, the half a cup stain on the front, and that I’ve got another book to add to my collection of things that remind me of my Pa.

Taking Stock August 2015 - Old Gardening Book

‘Twas a bit of a crafty-themed Taking Stock, this month! Fun fun. What have you been up to this past month? Has August treated you well? If not, let me know and I’ll have a word with her.


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. Isabel

    Hey Jacquie. I love your photo-based Taking Stock posts. That gardening book from your Pa is SO cool. How sweet that you connect over gardening. For me and my Grandma, knitting and crochet was our main connection. As for a smell associated with a childhood memory, the smell of lemon trees, not lemons but the actual trees, takes me back to my grandparent’s house in South Australia, playing in the garden. And the smell of Impulse (I think it was ‘Devotion’ and ‘Vanilla Kisses’,) transports me straight to teenage years, backstage at plays, getting ready to go on stage, and all the teenage angst and relationship dramas that were going on at the time. Smell is such a powerful memory prompt, isn’t it? x ps my August has been ace…I love August because my birthday is on its last day, ie tomorrow, woohoo!!


    1. birdandfox

      Hi Isabel! I really am enjoying the little bit of gardening I do with my cacti. My sister is more of a traditional “plant things and watch the veggies grow” kind of gardener. I think Pa is pretty chuffed that both his granddaughters have taken some interest in it. It’s his biggest hobby. He also used to work in the gardening area too.

      Ooh lemon trees do have a particular smell, don’t they? It’s a nice one. That sounds like a lovely memory. Haha oh Impulse. I remember that too! I had one “designed” by the Spice Girls – pretty fancy shiz in grade 3/4! It’s funny how strong your memories associated with certain smells can be.

      Yay! Happy birthday for tomorrow! I hope you have something wonderful planned 😀 Thanks so much for commenting, Isabel, and for your lovely compliment. I really enjoy doing Taking Stock posts this way (though any way is good in my books!) so it’s great to hear you like them too xx


  2. Carolyn

    Frying onions and chicken stock being made are comforting smells from my childhood. Have to say Isabel’s comments about Impulse did take me back to the change rooms in year 9 as we all spritzed up before heading off for our after school encounters on the train! And I love Derwents! My favourite was the magenta. Love this pretty pic post, Jacquie, and it was lovely meeting you today.


    1. birdandfox

      Oooh those are GOOD smells, Carolyn. Very comforting and cosy kinds of smells. Haha yes! The deodorant is a good one, hey? Boys deodorant also takes me back to walking through the corridors, struggling to breathe after they’d all sprayed themselves head to toe.

      The magenta is one of my favourites too. Oh and the teal kind of colour. And the emerald green. There’s just so many good ones!

      Thanks so much, Carolyn. It was so lovely to meet you today too – hopefully I can see you again at another meet up in the future! 🙂


  3. Carolyn

    Hope so too! And the teal and emerald ARE good!


  4. Leah

    What a gorgeous taking stock! Love the gardening book, thanks for making feel like spring is coming.


    1. birdandfox

      Thanks so much, Leah! And yes! Spring is definitely on the way and I am so excited for it. Glad you enjoyed it 😀 Thanks for stopping past x


  5. Clare

    I love the sewing book pile and the old gardening book too. Old books are so great, especially one handed down to you. I have a few cacti, but I am not sure I would be good a taking cuttings and making more. I would more likely be able to sew a cactus!!
    The smell which takes me right back to my childhood is tomatoes and greenhouse, always reminds me of my Grandad.


    1. birdandfox

      Thanks Clare. I do love old books. And such a treasure from my Pa 🙂

      Yes, taking cuttings is definitely a tricky business. I’ve had a couple actually drop leaves and sprout roots all by themselves which is nice! I’d like to be better at doing it myself though as I’d love to give them as little gifts. Haha I’ve thought of sewing the odd cactus too! Looks like fun.

      Oh! Those smells remind me of my Pa too. Must be a grandad thing. His shed has a particular smell and he’s always grown tomatoes. So lovely.

      Thanks so much for commenting, Clare!


  6. Emily@squiggleandswirl

    Your taking stock posts are always an enjoyable read. I love the book with the cup mark, makes me think about how it has been used and enjoyed before. I am quietly freaking out that Christmas is coming ( not ready!)The funny things about smells is I find it hard to conjure them up as a memory but when I smell them, the memories come flooding in. Yes , the smell of the inside of a well used pencil case and impulse in the change rooms. And I’ll add the delicious aroma of my Nanna’s dhal and rice which was my favourite afternoon/afterschool snack at my Grandparents home. Ok now I’m hungry!. Nice to catch up again yesterday, see you next time . Emily x


    1. birdandfox

      Aw thanks so much, Emily! Glad you enjoy them.

      Yes, that’s why I love the cup mark too. Reminds me that it has been held and pored over.

      I’m so not ready either, don’t worry! It’s ridiculous how close it is but I still have my head in the sand haha!

      Ah yes, it can be hard to conjure the exact smell up in your mind. Mmm dhal and rice – great smell memory!

      It was so super lovely to see you again yesterday. I hope you had a great time. See you at the next one! xx


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