My Australian Memory


The 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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  1. Roy Houston

    May 27th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    We’re on our way next week. We’re shooting the Summer there this year!

  2. Jenny Sun

    May 27th, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    that picture is TOO cute!! love it!! 😀

  3. Penny

    May 27th, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Love it! I love getting art when I travel. Always my favourite purchase!

  4. CarleeMerissa

    May 27th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Love it!! Its simplicity is beyond perfect!! What it’s all about!! 🙂

  5. Mirelis Sanchez

    May 27th, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    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.

  6. Michelle

    May 27th, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Great Drawing!

  7. Cherisse

    May 27th, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    You two are fabulous Jasmine!

  8. Megan (Best of Fates)

    May 27th, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    The love between the two of you is so beautiful… and so is that piece of art!

  9. Mary Marantz

    May 27th, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    I love your love. xoxo

  10. Melissa McClure

    May 27th, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    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.

  11. Marilyn Sanchez

    May 27th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    So cute, so red, so perfect!

  12. Abby

    May 27th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    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. 🙂

  13. B

    May 27th, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Wow, sister! Your head is sized in perfect proportion 😉 Heehee!

  14. Cat Watson

    May 27th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Love your narrative:) And the simplicity of that art, it’s beautiful!

  15. Joe+Kathrina

    May 27th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    That is the sweetest piece of art and best memento.

  16. Bet Rank

    May 27th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    You guys are like an epic romance novel being written each and every moment. Thanks for sharing your love with all of us.

  17. Diapers & Divas

    May 27th, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    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.

  18. Dee

    May 27th, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    I’m not sure if my last comment went through, so am sending again… 🙂

    This is just too precious!

  19. Michelle Guzman

    May 27th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    So simple, but this is just awesome!!!!!

  20. Yanina

    May 27th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Forget all the kangaroo and koala trinkets 😛 Nothing beats a keepsake that has meaning for both of you. It’s simply beautiful!

  21. Brenda Swann

    May 27th, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    >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

  22. angel pope

    May 27th, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    I adore you, girl. That’s all.

  23. Lydia

    May 27th, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    You and JD are just so cute together! Hoping to see you in June!

  24. gladys jem

    May 27th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    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

  25. Candace Prokopets

    May 27th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Well written, super cute story. Love the art piece you found. So cute!

  26. bob s

    May 27th, 2010 at 7:20 pm


  27. I'm Kristen!

    May 27th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Well isn’t that just the cutest little picture ever! Love love 😀

  28. Stephanie Stewart

    May 27th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Love how you told this story…and love the momento you found! Both are perfect!

  29. Pol

    May 27th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Oh that is gorgeous!

  30. Renee Bell

    May 27th, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    awww so cute!!!!
    Come back soon 🙂

  31. CLARE A

    May 27th, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! ~ Oi! Oi! Oi!

  32. Mikaela

    May 28th, 2010 at 12:35 am

    So. Sweet. Sigh…I love your stories.

  33. Carolyn Clement

    May 28th, 2010 at 1:03 am

    Um, that is adorable. Thank you for sharing…

  34. Gina Meola

    May 28th, 2010 at 1:34 am

    Kind of LOVE those! Super sweet 🙂

  35. Natacha Wilson

    May 28th, 2010 at 1:39 am

    OH! How I miss corn on the cob at the Rocks. This blog post bought back some wonderful memories.

  36. Nicole

    May 28th, 2010 at 2:46 am

    Aww, I LOVE the Rocks! I was there in 2004 and I’d love to go back! Did you climb the bridge??

  37. michael...

    May 28th, 2010 at 3:14 am

    What a cute memory to have 🙂 Please come back down under, I missed out on your workshop last time!

  38. Lindy

    May 28th, 2010 at 3:37 am

    Come back Jasmine! Best place in the world!!!

  39. Chantel

    May 28th, 2010 at 3:38 am

    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!

  40. Cathy Crawley

    May 28th, 2010 at 7:46 am

    This makes me happy 🙂 Yes, come back again and visit us xxx

  41. tanja

    May 28th, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Tat is just too cute.. I have to go to the site and check those out :9 have a wonderful weekend:)

  42. life with kaisho

    May 28th, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    What a beautiful momento.

  43. Noel Hannan

    May 28th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    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

  44. Bobbie Brown

    May 28th, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Perfect. I LOVE it!

  45. cassandra-m

    May 29th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    sometimes simplicity is the BEST! love it.

  46. amanda thiessen

    June 1st, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    lovely!!! 🙂

  47. Truc

    June 7th, 2010 at 6:08 am

    Adorable and sweet. I love it!

  48. hilary

    January 23rd, 2012 at 6:46 am

    This is so beautiful and so much fun!