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Hi There!

I’m Jess: a freelance writer, mama to two monkeys and lover of all things navy and white.  I love the process of creating – anything from writing to cooking, gardening to craft.  I’m equally passionate about experiencing the things others have created – a good book, a night at the ballet, a new film or delicious food.  I have a permanent case of wanderlust and in general, I am striving to lead my best life: being present, enjoying my family, and finding beauty in the simple things.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Brown Paper Belle is my collection of loved recipes, entertaining pursuits, DIY projects, garden diaries and travel adventures.

What started as a personal blog in 2011 after the birth of my son, has now evolved into a place where I can document and share all of my favourite things.

Hope you enjoy browsing as much as I enjoy creating.  x

{Photo by Will Campbell Photography}

88 Comments on About

  1. Organic Soul
    December 14, 2012 7:30 pm at 7:30 pm (5 years ago)

    Lovely blog, most enjoyable!

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  2. Cara
    December 18, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm (5 years ago)

    Just lovely Jess!! Cara

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    • brownpaperbelle
      January 21, 2013 9:41 pm at 9:41 pm (4 years ago)

      Cara! Not sure how this comment slipped by – glad you like! x

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  3. Laura
    January 11, 2013 3:12 pm at 3:12 pm (4 years ago)

    Love your blog Jess

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  4. Em
    January 25, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm (4 years ago)

    Your creativity and individuality never ceases to amaze me! Looking forward to sharing your recipes and craft ideas.

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  5. Adrienne Beaumont
    January 27, 2013 8:35 pm at 8:35 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh Jess! I loved it! You are amazing!

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  6. k.konstadina
    March 12, 2013 1:01 am at 1:01 am (4 years ago)

    Wow.! I love your blog.!
    *I invite you to be my guest on mine blog {.k.}

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  7. Becky
    March 15, 2013 2:26 am at 2:26 am (4 years ago)

    Beautiful blog you’ve got here 🙂

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    • brownpaperbelle
      March 15, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am (4 years ago)

      Very kind of you to say! Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. onepawfectday
    March 18, 2013 9:38 pm at 9:38 pm (4 years ago)

    I throughly enjoyed your blog. Good luck with everything.

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    • brownpaperbelle
      March 19, 2013 9:05 am at 9:05 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much. Good luck to you too.

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  9. Chas Spain
    March 18, 2013 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi Jessica – lovely to have you stop by my blog today – Thank you! I’ll come back (when it’s not so late) – love the look of your work here without even reading yet 🙂

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    • brownpaperbelle
      March 19, 2013 9:06 am at 9:06 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks for stopping by Chas!

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  10. feistyredhair
    March 18, 2013 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm (4 years ago)

    You have a beautiful blog.

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  11. Learning the hard way
    March 19, 2013 3:09 pm at 3:09 pm (4 years ago)

    Ah, another annoyingly talented and creative young woman with a wonderful aesthetic sense. Your blog posts are quite lovely (and you’re a good Aussie chick to boot!) 🙂

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    • brownpaperbelle
      March 19, 2013 8:22 pm at 8:22 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks so much for stopping by (and your kind words!)

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  12. ohiocook
    March 25, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and the “Like” of my post.

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    • brownpaperbelle
      March 27, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am (4 years ago)

      No problem at all, I liked what I read :}

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  13. cmunsterman
    March 28, 2013 12:43 am at 12:43 am (4 years ago)

    Nice blog! I love your picture-taking skills. 🙂

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  14. carlosvandroemme
    March 28, 2013 7:29 pm at 7:29 pm (4 years ago)

    What a beautiful blog! Love the styling! (and very nice posts by the way 🙂 ).

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    • brownpaperbelle
      March 28, 2013 7:48 pm at 7:48 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you very much! Very kind words. x

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  15. deliciousonadollar
    April 2, 2013 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi Jessica, You have a lovely blog here. I have been brousing. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and liking my post for Chicken Roulade. Carolyn

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    • brownpaperbelle
      April 4, 2013 2:09 pm at 2:09 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Carolyn – I enjoyed browsing your blog too! x

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  16. yakkafit
    April 30, 2013 2:23 am at 2:23 am (4 years ago)

    Hey! I just wanted to let you know that I nominated your blog for the Liebster Award. Don’t feel obligated, I just wanted you to know that I love staying up with your blog! Your pictures are beautiful! I studied abroad in Queensland and loved it. Here is the link to my post if you feel like checking it out 🙂

    http://yakkafit.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/the-liebster-award/

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  17. luluandthemoon
    May 14, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am (4 years ago)

    Hi Jessica

    I am a Canadian who is about to retire in Progreso, Mexico where I hope to find time to write about all the things that I love and cherish. I am enjoying your blog so very much and have therefore awarded you the Most Inspiring Blogger Award. Check out my latest post here http://luluandthemoon.wordpress.com to learn more about your award.

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    • brownpaperbelle
      May 14, 2013 1:20 pm at 1:20 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much – I am so touched by the nomination! I’m very much looking forward to hearing your stories from Progreso. Good luck with the move!

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  18. megangirmaiy
    May 16, 2013 1:10 am at 1:10 am (4 years ago)

    Love your blog! Amazing posts, I definitely want to keep up with your blog! Thanks for liking my first post!!

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    • brownpaperbelle
      May 16, 2013 4:37 pm at 4:37 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much! Good luck with the blogging 🙂

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    • brownpaperbelle
      May 20, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much! I’ll pop over to your page and read what to do next. Thanks for the nomination – it means a lot! 🙂

      Reply
  19. Megan
    May 22, 2013 2:28 pm at 2:28 pm (4 years ago)

    You have a great blog, I love it!

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    • brownpaperbelle
      May 23, 2013 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  20. artscottnet
    May 30, 2013 12:13 am at 12:13 am (4 years ago)

    Thank you for clicking on my site, that was very kind 🙂 Good day to you

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  21. thesometimespaleo
    June 5, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am (4 years ago)

    Gorgeous blog. I look forward to trying some of your yummy recipes. Though I have to ask, as another Brisbanite with a giant dog, what breed is yours? We have a 4 month old Great Dane.

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    • brownpaperbelle
      June 6, 2013 9:14 am at 9:14 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much! Well ours isn’t quite as giant as yours – Roo is a Rhodesian Ridgeback. Wow, Great Danes are beautiful dogs!

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      • thesometimespaleo
        June 6, 2013 9:37 am at 9:37 am (4 years ago)

        So are Ridgebacks, one of my favourite breeds!
        Look forward to seeing more of your posts 🙂

  22. Inside Space Design
    June 5, 2013 5:16 pm at 5:16 pm (4 years ago)

    Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post Luxurious Leather!

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    • brownpaperbelle
      June 6, 2013 9:15 am at 9:15 am (4 years ago)

      No trouble at all – I loved visiting!

      Reply
  23. thefairlygoodmother
    June 9, 2013 1:31 pm at 1:31 pm (4 years ago)

    Hello from California, USA! Thank you for the follow & I am excited to follow your amazing-looking blog & getting to know you better 🙂 xo, TFGM

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    • brownpaperbelle
      June 10, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much for your kind words :} I loved visiting your blog also – and look forward to reading more of your posts. Thanks for stopping by. x

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  24. foodicity
    June 11, 2013 2:37 am at 2:37 am (4 years ago)

    Thanks so much for finding my blog. I am really enjoying it!

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    • brownpaperbelle
      June 13, 2013 9:47 pm at 9:47 pm (4 years ago)

      I really enjoyed reading your blog – especially your recipe for Dulche de Leche Cheesecake – OH MY!?

      Reply
  25. drblah
    June 11, 2013 3:42 am at 3:42 am (4 years ago)

    I love your blog! Its so elegant! Great photos, ideas, and a lovely, awakening green feel. I really enjoy it!
    – Dee

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    • brownpaperbelle
      June 13, 2013 9:37 pm at 9:37 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much! Very nice of you to say.

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  26. www.YourDailyPhil.com
    June 11, 2013 2:53 pm at 2:53 pm (4 years ago)

    Came Across your blog pretty randomly , glad I did. I gave you a follow so i’ll be sure to come back to your blog.

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    • brownpaperbelle
      June 13, 2013 9:33 pm at 9:33 pm (4 years ago)

      Well that is very nice of you to say. And thank you for following – I hope you enjoy!

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  27. GlamaMama
    June 11, 2013 9:25 pm at 9:25 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you for stopping by my blog! I am enjoying reading yours – can’t wait to try the fig & goat cheese salad and the salmon ceviche! Yum!
    -Vicky

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    • brownpaperbelle
      June 13, 2013 9:44 pm at 9:44 pm (4 years ago)

      And I enjoyed reading yours! I LOVE the idea of a fantasy vacation planning session! Let me know if you try the salad.

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  28. GwendolineWilson
    June 12, 2013 5:49 am at 5:49 am (4 years ago)

    Thanks for liking my blog, The Reluctant Retiree. Yours looks amazing, I really love the layout as well as your posts, GG

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    • brownpaperbelle
      June 13, 2013 9:42 pm at 9:42 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks so much. I loved reading your stories of travel – I’m very glad I stumbled across your blog!

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  29. Violet
    June 12, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am (4 years ago)

    Hi Jessica, thank you for stopping by my blog and being one of the first ones to like my post! I’m a new to blogging and was excited to see your like! =) Your blog looks pretty! Keep on creating and dreaming! ^^

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    • brownpaperbelle
      June 13, 2013 9:28 pm at 9:28 pm (4 years ago)

      Good luck with the blogging and thank you for stopping by my blog! PS. I love drinking lemon water too!

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  30. meticulousmick
    June 13, 2013 5:20 pm at 5:20 pm (4 years ago)

    I am trying to rush out the door and I give one click to check out your blog and wham! bam! that’s the rest of the day put to one side. Love the photo and the top of the Home page, did you take that? This looks like one artistic side very creatively and well put together. I will be back and look forward to more of your posts. Have to agree as well, Rome is one of THE cities. ANd I love my food…I think I could spend hours on here and yet I only popped over to say “thanks for the like” on my own page. MM

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    • brownpaperbelle
      June 13, 2013 9:27 pm at 9:27 pm (4 years ago)

      Such very kind words! Thank you so very much! Your purple chive flowers caught my eye (love chives!) so I’m glad I was able to stop by your blog!

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    • brownpaperbelle
      June 30, 2013 2:39 pm at 2:39 pm (4 years ago)

      Lizzie – I would LOVE to join! I’ll send you an email. Thanks so much for visiting brown paper belle.

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  31. meticulousmick
    July 4, 2013 8:01 pm at 8:01 pm (4 years ago)

    Jessica, I was just looking you up as I was about to nominate you for an award and then I find that you have just started to follow my own wee blog. I was shocked! How come the delay?

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  32. Rhonda Sittig
    July 5, 2013 3:10 am at 3:10 am (4 years ago)

    So lovely to find your truly beautiful blog, Jessica. Looking forward to reading more. Greetings from California… God bless.

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    • brownpaperbelle
      July 8, 2013 2:03 pm at 2:03 pm (4 years ago)

      Such kind words! Thank you so much.

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  33. genevieveyam
    July 8, 2013 6:57 pm at 6:57 pm (4 years ago)

    Lovely blog and your blog name is adorable!

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    • brownpaperbelle
      July 9, 2013 8:10 am at 8:10 am (4 years ago)

      You also have a lovely blog and adorable blog name! Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  34. icecreammagazine
    July 8, 2013 9:33 pm at 9:33 pm (4 years ago)

    Greetings from Devon in the SW UK. Thank you so much for popping by, your blog is absolutely delightful. xx

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    • brownpaperbelle
      July 9, 2013 8:11 am at 8:11 am (4 years ago)

      Glad you enjoyed! I loved looking through all of the beautiful icecream photos on your magazine. Thanks for stopping by. x

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  35. Maria
    July 8, 2013 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm (4 years ago)

    I simply adore the design of your blog, it’s so sleek, sophisticated, classy, not cluttered, simple to navigate and clear, I hope I manage to make my blog look so beautiful and professional at some point. Still a newbie and though I’m wacky I don’t think I’m quite at the point where it represents me… Well done, definitely one of my favorites. <3

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    • brownpaperbelle
      July 9, 2013 8:14 am at 8:14 am (4 years ago)

      Very kind words! Your portobello mushroom pasta caught my eye and I was very glad to read through your reviews. I had a chuckle at your first post also hehe. Thanks so much for stopping by!

      Reply
  36. silviamedina
    October 1, 2013 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow…Congrats! I loved every piece of your blog! I am a Brazilian living in Sydney and “loving” to following you now 🙂

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    • brownpaperbelle
      October 2, 2013 6:18 am at 6:18 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much! Welcome to Australia! x

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  37. Del Prado Farms
    November 17, 2013 8:02 am at 8:02 am (4 years ago)

    Your blog is so creative and your pictures are amazing! Thanks so much for visiting my little farm blog. Cheers.

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  38. heatherellisbooks
    November 18, 2013 4:04 pm at 4:04 pm (4 years ago)

    Thanks for popping by my blog. You have some great recipes on your blog 🙂

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  39. Julie
    November 28, 2013 8:39 am at 8:39 am (4 years ago)

    Your blog is absolutely delightful, a real pleasure to read and look at. Just wanted to say thank you for stopping by my blog too.

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    • brownpaperbelle
      December 13, 2013 7:26 am at 7:26 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much Julie – very kind of you to say. I loved reading through your blog too 🙂

      Reply
  40. feedingthesonis
    November 28, 2013 9:57 am at 9:57 am (4 years ago)

    Hi Jessica thanks for stopping by my blog and for the like…glad to have found an Aussie blogger like me.. im now your fan

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  41. homemadeinhk
    November 28, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am (4 years ago)

    Hi Jessica, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to like our post! You have some amazing photos on your blog.

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    • brownpaperbelle
      December 13, 2013 7:26 am at 7:26 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks so much! I loved visiting your blog too 🙂

      Reply
  42. evandaestes
    December 4, 2013 1:40 am at 1:40 am (4 years ago)

    Hello lovely= I could not find your email so I am going to post it here. I have nominated you for The Leibster Award- you can read about it –http://theevandaestes.com/2013/12/03/the-leibster-award/ — I always love your post and feel like everyone out there should know about it!!!

    xoxo,
    Evanda

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    • brownpaperbelle
      February 4, 2014 9:17 pm at 9:17 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much! I’m so honoured you have nominated me and so glad you enjoy the blog. xx

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  43. Erasto
    January 21, 2014 2:13 am at 2:13 am (3 years ago)

    My wife and I really like your blog, we are jealous that you can plant and work on your garden all year round, we are in the middle of winter right now and wishing we could start all our spring and summer garden plans. Thanks for all the ideas!

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    • brownpaperbelle
      January 30, 2014 7:54 am at 7:54 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

      Reply

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