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The pelican a new piece in the Yamba Scandi Collection

Yamba-Scandi-collection-the-pelican-TomfoIntroducing a new piece in the Yamba Scandi Collection.


The Pelican.


Apart from the fact, they happen to wear two of my favourite colours.


I see so many of them here in Yamba.


We can learn a lot from pelicans.



They put themselves in the right position to hunt for food.

You might say, they are opportunistic when it comes to achieving their goals.



They work in groups.

A lot.

Like a co-op, helping each other survive.



They love their kids.

{Just like we do}

It has been documented that the mothers pierce their breast causing blood to flow, to feed their chicks in times of need.


They can fly,

high and low.

Skimming the surface and reaching heights of 3000 metres.

Using thermals to glide through the air.

Pretty magic stuff for such a large bird.

Just like the highs and lows in life.


They are ancient.

Fossil evidence dates back over 30 millions years.

Which symbolises wisdom to me.




A group of pelicans are sometimes called a scoop.*

(some might also say that’s it’s the latest dance move that I’ve introduced,
but I guess you had to be there!)




We met the pelican in our first week in Yamba, at the local co-op.


We fish with them.


And watch them fly.


We see them here.


We see them there.


Obviously, they’ve captured my attention.


Last week,

my sister and her family came to town.

she’s a fabulous food stylist/food editor, so this design is an ode to their visit.


my scoops*.

(near and far)

That’s YOU too, taking the time to read my story.

Thank you.



I deconstructed their shapes,

like a chef might deconstruct a sticky date pudding.





To make The Pelican print.

The latest piece in the Yamba Scandi Collection.



I’ve ordered the pelican clock for our new home.

To remind me it’s so important to be in a scoop*


Perhaps the recipe for achieving your dreams…

As symbolised by the pelican’s of Yamba

might read something like this…


The Pelican

1/2 cup of Teamwork

2 cups of Wisdom

1/2 cup of Charity

2 cups of Self – Sacrifice

1 cup of Generosity

1 tblsp of Friendship

1 tsp of Direction

A pinch of Focus

A splash of Magic

A scoop* of high and low flying

and a dash of crazy {scoop} dancing


Mix them altogether and blend to achieve your dreams and goals.

There will be highs and lows, but if you are with friends and family who help and support you and sometimes do the scoop with you, then the flight will be magic!


If you are chasing dreams and starting new beginnings,

I wish you all the pelican wisdom, I can muster. x


If not…

Then look to the Pelican

for the inspiration

to achieve your wildest dreams.



Have a great weekend guys,



Live with Love,



*A group of pelicans are sometimes called a scoop.



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PPS: Our House Update. We are moving in to our new house on the 30th october.

Yesterday, I took a walk through and I’m so excited.

It’s like we’ve been preparing for my biggest art show yet.

I can’t wait to put all these pieces and the stories behind them inside this house and make it our home to show you all. x






26 responses to “The pelican a new piece in the Yamba Scandi Collection”

  1. Bon says:

    LOVE the pelican. Reminds me of my childhood weekends on the (formerly) sleepy Central Coast. Love yr story too – house is lookin’ spectacular. Love taggin’ along for your ride 🙂 . Mwoah.

    • Sarah says:

      Thanks Bon, I love that I know you are along for the ride.
      When I write these stories, I always think of who is reading them and love to make them think of a great memory.
      You’ve always been one of my biggest supporters way back when I had my first art show, thanks “Scoop” x

  2. Pelicans tie with kookaburras as my favourite birds! I’ve been at the beach this morning with our dogs, and we always hang out with the pelis for a while.
    Your house is looking fabulous Sarah, not long now!!!
    Have a beautiful weekend, gorgeous xx
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  3. Sarah says:

    They are pretty amazing birds I think. Kookaburra’s always remind me of my dad too. I’m so excited about moving in next week, thanks lovely lady, have a fab weekend yourself. x

  4. Chris says:

    Just love this one we too have great memories watching the Pelicans on the Central Coast on our many family holidays at hubbys parents place. And then the Kookaburras would come at dusk sit on the clothesline waiting for their treat! The kids loved it. Very exciting with moving into your new home so close. It’s looking great. Have a great weekend lots of love xoxo

    • Sarah says:

      I remember those Central coast Pelicans too. And the kookaburra with bits of meat on the clothesline all such cool memories.
      Yay we are so excited about the move, it even counteracts the packing process.
      Happy weekend to you lovely lady xx

  5. Bec Senyard says:

    You might have to unspam my comment via The Plumbette. Just love this new design Sarah and learned something new about the Pelican. 🙂
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    • Sarah says:

      Hi Bec, all done, I learnt a lot about the pelican while designing and writing this too.
      Apparently the chicks can communicate while still in the egg if they are too hot or too cold. Nature is such a clever thing.
      And so inspiring.

      Have a great weekend x

  6. I love this! I didn’t know any of those things about pelicans, such beautiful birds. And your home is looking sensational! Thank you for linking up with #HIT, it’ so wonderful to have you along. xx
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    • Sarah says:

      Me either until I had a bit of a google about them, just knew they captured my attention.
      I love finding more out about something that you see regularly,
      there is always more to the story.
      No worries lovely to be there x

  7. You just made me fall in love with pelicans!

    One week to go!! That is so exciting. Loving those pendants!
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    • Sarah says:

      I just love that you said that.
      Me too…
      now even more,
      just the other day someone was talking to me and I said,
      look at that…
      It was 3 pelicans,
      flying high.
      I stopped,
      mid conversation and took a snap.
      Some looked,
      some glanced,
      I’m so glad I did. x

  8. I loved watching the pelicans when I came to Yamba and I love the Pelican recipe. I have to admit I couldn’t wait to get to the end of the post for the house update – it’s looking spectacular! I can’t wait to see it all! One week to Moving In Day – the countdown is on! So excited for you!
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  9. A scoop… that’s pretty much the best thing I’ve learnt in a long time! Absolutely love your pelican an art and I never knew all those things about pelicans but I’ve always been fascinated by them. The house is looking amazing and so so close now. Cant wait for the next update! Xx
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    • Sarah says:

      Thanks Shannon, you so should have seen my scoop move, even better than finding out pelicans are sometimes called a scoop. Lol. x

  10. Maxabella says:

    I really love your whole Yamba collection. You are clearly inspired by the move!
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    • Sarah says:

      Thank you Bron, planning a grand opening to showcase all the prints and inspiration once we fully move in. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been x

  11. I love that its called a scoop! I never knew that, how tricky are pelicans, they truly are an incredible overly large and big beaked bird that captures attention! Only three more days to D day….woo cant wait to see and hear all about it!
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    • Sarah says:

      Yay, I love the scoop too! how cool is that? Thanks Ashlea x So exciting to be moving in soon, BTW it’s official we move in on Friday, we received the keys today.

  12. Grace says:

    Great facts about Pelicans! I have a new found appreciation for them now. And I love the print!
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  13. Bele @ BlahBlah says:

    Oh, lady, you’re house looks amazing and your pelicans are stunning. I loooooove pelicans and I will always associate Yamba with pelicans, all because of those ones that hang out at the co-op x

    • Sarah says:

      Thank hun, I always think of you when we go there, because you told me to look out for the cheeky pelicans when we first arrived x

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