05.27.10 Personal

My Australian Memory

he air was thick and the loose strands of hair stuck to the back of my neck. I was hot and people crowded the outdoor farmer's market, but it forced us to walk closer. My sweaty shoulder touching his forearm. He bought me corn of the cob, knowing roasted yellow kernels make me happy. Absurdly happy. We walked together in Sydney as locals pushed handmade goods into our hands as we passed, but nothing struck me as mine.

JD knew I was on the hunt for a memento from our trip, something that reminded me of us. There. There were silver bracelets, turquoise rings, afghans, wooden boxes with gray dolphins painted on the top, but nothing that stood out. Almost giving up hope, we stopped at an artist's booth and chatted. I was lured by the simple designs, but completely smitten with a series of Studio Oat drawings. Just a boy and a girl. In love.

It was then that I knew I found my thing. My Australian memory. Of farmer's markets in The Rocks. Of a stray piece of corn JD wiped from my chin. Of me living my dream. Out loud.

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hilary - This is so beautiful and so much fun!  01.22.12 - 10:46pm
Truc - Adorable and sweet. I love it!  06.06.10 - 11:08pm
amanda thiessen - lovely!!! :)  06.01.10 - 4:34pm
cassandra-m - sometimes simplicity is the BEST! love it.  05.29.10 - 12:50pm
Bobbie Brown - Perfect. I LOVE it!  05.28.10 - 10:44am
Noel Hannan - Jasmine, great idea and great blog - I just read your interview in Professional Photography over here in the UK, great interview. Your work is an inspiration! all the best Noel  05.28.10 - 8:58am
life with kaisho - What a beautiful momento.  05.28.10 - 6:23am
tanja - Tat is just too cute.. I have to go to the site and check those out :9 have a wonderful weekend:)  05.28.10 - 3:44am
Cathy Crawley - This makes me happy :) Yes, come back again and visit us xxx  05.28.10 - 12:46am
Chantel - You are the most adorable woman! And I love the beautiful love story of you and JD. Thanks for sharing another sweet story and encouragement today! Biggest blessings to you and yours always!   05.27.10 - 8:38pm
Lindy - Come back Jasmine! Best place in the world!!!  05.27.10 - 8:37pm
michael... - What a cute memory to have :) Please come back down under, I missed out on your workshop last time!  05.27.10 - 8:14pm
Nicole - Aww, I LOVE the Rocks! I was there in 2004 and I'd love to go back! Did you climb the bridge??  05.27.10 - 7:46pm
Natacha Wilson - OH! How I miss corn on the cob at the Rocks. This blog post bought back some wonderful memories.  05.27.10 - 6:39pm
Gina Meola - Kind of LOVE those! Super sweet :)  05.27.10 - 6:34pm
Carolyn Clement - Um, that is adorable. Thank you for sharing...  05.27.10 - 6:03pm
Mikaela - So. Sweet. Sigh...I love your stories.   05.27.10 - 5:35pm
CLARE A - Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! ~ Oi! Oi! Oi!   05.27.10 - 4:32pm
Renee Bell - awww so cute!!!! Come back soon :-)  05.27.10 - 3:10pm
Pol - Oh that is gorgeous!  05.27.10 - 2:03pm
Stephanie Stewart - Love how you told this story...and love the momento you found! Both are perfect!  05.27.10 - 1:49pm
I'm Kristen! - Well isn't that just the cutest little picture ever! Love love :D  05.27.10 - 1:22pm
bob s - Sweet.  05.27.10 - 12:20pm
Candace Prokopets - Well written, super cute story. Love the art piece you found. So cute!  05.27.10 - 11:50am
gladys jem - i love when you blog things about this :) this is just too cute. now you and jd have to stand in front of a red wall and put your foreheads together. hehe xo  05.27.10 - 11:50am
Lydia - You and JD are just so cute together! Hoping to see you in June!  05.27.10 - 11:46am
angel pope - I adore you, girl. That's all.  05.27.10 - 11:33am
Brenda Swann - >swoon< I stumbled upon Studio Oat when wandering around the Rocks last year in Sydney (oh and that corn on the cob- yummo!) I loved the series around this same drawing and bought them all- they reminded me of my parents & their love... such an inspiration. <3  05.27.10 - 11:30am
Yanina - Forget all the kangaroo and koala trinkets :P Nothing beats a keepsake that has meaning for both of you. It's simply beautiful!   05.27.10 - 11:25am
Michelle Guzman - So simple, but this is just awesome!!!!!  05.27.10 - 10:54am
Dee - I'm not sure if my last comment went through, so am sending again... :) This is just too precious!  05.27.10 - 10:47am
Diapers & Divas - You're a girl after my own heart. I love collecting momentos that reflect me and my hubby on our trips too. We picked up sand dollars snorkeling and I framed them for above our bed. Some of my most prized possesions are those few little items.   05.27.10 - 10:46am
Bet Rank - You guys are like an epic romance novel being written each and every moment. Thanks for sharing your love with all of us.   05.27.10 - 10:42am
Joe+Kathrina - That is the sweetest piece of art and best memento.  05.27.10 - 10:38am
Cat Watson - Love your narrative:) And the simplicity of that art, it's beautiful!  05.27.10 - 10:34am
B - Wow, sister! Your head is sized in perfect proportion ;) Heehee!  05.27.10 - 10:24am
Abby - I love your photos and would stalk your blog to see them alone....but the way you write is truly so beautiful that it captures my attention as well as any photograph. You really are amazingly talented! I just wanted to share. :)  05.27.10 - 10:17am
Marilyn Sanchez - So cute, so red, so perfect!  05.27.10 - 10:04am
Melissa McClure - I love Studio Oat! We spent quite awhile at that booth in Sydney, thumbing through all the drawings. Awesome memory, thanks for bringing it back to me.  05.27.10 - 10:01am
Mary Marantz - I love your love. xoxo  05.27.10 - 9:53am
Megan (Best of Fates) - The love between the two of you is so beautiful... and so is that piece of art!  05.27.10 - 9:42am
Cherisse - You two are fabulous Jasmine!  05.27.10 - 9:32am
Michelle - Great Drawing!  05.27.10 - 9:27am
Mirelis Sanchez - Jasmine... you and JD are too stinkin' cute. You make me want to really hunt for my soulmate. My other half. The man that will make me smile forever and ever.   05.27.10 - 9:23am
CarleeMerissa - Love it!! Its simplicity is beyond perfect!! What it's all about!! :)  05.27.10 - 9:21am
Penny - Love it! I love getting art when I travel. Always my favourite purchase!  05.27.10 - 9:20am
Jenny Sun - that picture is TOO cute!! love it!! :D  05.27.10 - 9:18am
Roy Houston - We're on our way next week. We're shooting the Summer there this year!  05.27.10 - 9:16am