Last weekend the Gold Coast turned on some amazing weather for this years Swell Sculpture Festival. Every year the festival exhibits sculptures from local, national & international artists, set on the beautiful Currumbin Beach. I have been coming to this festival for several years now & I always enjoy seeing the detail, effort & inspiration put into these sculptures.

Below are the photographs I captured over the weekend of the event. Enjoy & let me know what your favourite Sculptures are, you will see my favourite in Part 3!!

Swell Sculpture Festival

01 - Jim Blower | Water Birds

02 - Marie-France Rose | Blown Away

03 & 04 - Ivan Lovatt | Curious Bird

Swell Sculpture Festival

05 & 06 - Leisa Russell | Tumbling Tides

07 – John Cox | Blue Perspective

08 – Georges Cuvillier | De oogst (The Harvest)

Swell Sculpture Festival

09 - Erica Gray | I’m waiting for you

Swell Sculpture Festival

10 – Dion Parker | Colourful Mind

11 – Mike MacGregor | The Binding Tree

12 - Andrew Cullen | Swarm

Swell Sculpture Festival

13 – Brad Jackson | Blue Wren

© The Little Leaf 2013


I was on my balcony folding washing last night & spotted 3 black Swans downstairs in the Canal. I grabbed my camera & 2 slices of bread & raced downstairs!

I was a bit worried about the Swans chasing me but managed to keep them around long enough to take a few photos. They moved across to where the sun was setting on the water so I captured a few silhouette shots too.

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© The Little Leaf 2013

My family have been here from New Zealand over the last couple of weeks & in the weekend we took them to Noosa. It was a beautiful weekend away with great weather. Here are a few photos I captured on my Galaxy Note from dining, enjoying cocktails & coffee, the beach & the markets.

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Yesterday I finally went Whale Watching here on the Gold Coast. I have been meaning to go for so long now. The Whales weren’t too playful yesterday though, they were spending a lot of time under water so we only seen them once or twice, but we were with a pod of Dolphins for a while which was awesome!

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Today Bec from Clouds of Colour & Carly from Happy Little Kiwi & I have joined together to share some pretty & very easy gift wrapping ideas for you to try at home.

I had this beautiful paper from Sarbe – one of my favourite stationery retailers here on the Gold Coast that I really wanted to use.

My ideas originate from a simple paper box that I was taught to make when I was young. It only takes a couple of minutes to put together & you can use any type of paper to create it.

Click here for easy to follow instructions on how to make the box that I have used for the 3 gift wrapping ideas below.

DIY Gift Wrapping Ideas | The Little Leaf

DIY Gift Wrapping Ideas | The Little LeafDIY Gift Wrapping Ideas | The Little Leaf

I used a combination of coloured ribbon, strips of paper & lace to decorate the boxes above. I hope these ideas inspire you to get creative the next time you are gift giving. Make sure you pop over to Happy Little Kiwi & Clouds of Colour for more gift wrapping ideas.

© The Little Leaf 2013