Archive for 2008

I couldn’t resist ‘the game’

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008 by Susannah

the game
1. Susannah in the park, 2. Chocolate Cupcakes, 3. Lennox Bridge, 4. purple haze, 5. Jon Stevens, 6. coffee & the city, 7. Lake Tekapo, 8. lemon curd tart, 9. Are You Fulfilled?, 10. Snowmen family in TX, 11. the perfectionists, 12. blog meet gift from susannah

If you’d like to play follow the instructions —->HERE

The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008 by Susannah

The Rugmaker of Mazir-e-SharifLast week I had the pleasure of attending a book launch for ‘The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif’, the compelling story of Najaf Mazari, who fled Afghanistan in 2000. He is now settled in Melbourne, where he owns a rug shop selling beautiful traditional Afghan rugs.

I had the honour of working on the cover and text for this project, and it was lovely to finally meet those involved face to face including Najaf himself, Robert Hillman and the publishers from Insight Publications (hello Iris and Cathi!).

It is such an emotional and beautifully told true story. One of the things that struck close to my heart is that Najaf is around my age, and I could not imagine having lived through what he has been through. The thought alone of him being separated from his wife and daughter for 6 years is incomprehensible. It certainly puts things in perspective.

From the cover blurb: ‘A poignant and powerful, yet often humorous, story of suffering, injustice and survival that explores the resilience of the human spirit. Najaf’s memoir gives a rare insight into what compels people to leave their homes, families and histories behind in search of peace and security for themselves and their children.’

An extract from the book was published in the Weekend Australian Magazine, March 29. You can read it —> here. You can also hear Najaf Mazari and Robert Hillman on ABC radio —> here.

For more information please visit:
Insight Publications
Afghan Traditional Rugs – Melbourne
Mazar Development Fund
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

My curly haired girl

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008 by Susannah

At least one of us is doing something creative lately!!

Eloise with curly hair

Ellie’s World

Saturday, February 9th, 2008 by Susannah

Eloise’s World

Photographs by Eloise (age 3), taken with a Fisher Price Kid-Tough Digital Camera.

(Top to Bottom: Mummy, self portrait, Thomas in Maldon, Pa Pa and friends, Baby Caitlin, Nanny, still life, Daddy, Aunty Kelly, Laurie & Tiny Puppy, Seagull, Abbie, Caitlin, Mummy, Daddy at the hairdresser, Aunty Kel at Tathra, Wiggly Ballet, Aunty Shins)

Xmas 1913

Saturday, February 9th, 2008 by Susannah

Xmas 1913

Featured Gem 15
Real Photo Postcard
‘Xmas 1913’

Date: 1913
People pictured: Jessie
Postcard Back: Addressed to ‘Miss Anderson From Jessie’. Wishing you a very happy Xmas.

Notes: An unusual Christmas portrait. I really like the composition, the curtains and the collection of potted plants! The chair back could almost be mistaken for fairy/angel wings! The card was purchased from a seller in the UK. I am not sure of its origin.

I love and collect samples of handwriting. The writing on this card is gorgeous. Just look at the word ‘Wishing’. We just don’t write like that anymore!

Weekly Gem 15 — PC Back

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