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Amy McCrystal About Me: My parents immigrated from the UK when I was young. I have fond memories of growing up on a farm in Queensland with my two younger siblings. Once I completed school, I moved to Brisbane to complete my Nursing Degree, I met my husband Terry and we re-located to Townsville in 2008 with his engineering work. After a few moves back and forth along the east coast of Queensland we have settled in Townsville with our three small children, Charlie (5), Harper (4) and Finn (2). Apart from being a Mum and Nurse, I love to upcycle furniture and teach furniture painting classes at my workshop ‘Beloved Upcycle’. We love living in Townsville as it’s a great lifestyle for our family, there’s so much to explore and do.

MY BAG A Stockholm Tote bag from Collette. It is known in our family as the Mary Poppins bag as I carry so much in it! With three small kids you always have to be prepared! DRAWER HANDLES This is very random but my 2 year old is obsessed with playing with drawer handles in my workshop – he loves the colours and lining them up. I find them in all sorts of places around the house. GOLD NECKLACE AND EARRINGS Gifts from my husband and are so special to me! He has very good taste in jewellery! BROOCH A present from a dear friend. It came with the quote: ‘Truly Great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave and impossible to forget.’ BABY WIPES Can I hear an ‘oh yeah’ from all the mums out there? So useful for sticky fingers! WITCHERY CARD PURSE Christmas gift from a close friend. It’s both functional and stylish. WATCH After the lead up to the opening of my workshop last year, I treated myself to a watch. COFFEE MUG My all time favourite. I bought it from an op shop for 50c during Uni days. PRADO KEYS we recently upgraded our car so it comfortably fits our family of five. MAGAZINES I love reading magazines to stay current with trends and get inspiration for my furniture pieces! I’m constantly cutting pictures out of these magazines and creating mood boards. KIDS ARTWORK I‘ll often have one or two pieces of artwork in my bag that my kids have brought home from kindy. The latest is my pasta necklace my daughter insists I wear!

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FAMILY PHOTO Mum is a photographer so I’m very fortunate to have lovely photos taken of our family every time she visits. NOVEL I’m an avid reader and love novels. My husband shares a similar interest and he recently gave me The Spy for my birthday. CROCHET Another hobby of mine is to crochet a rag rug. A work friend taught me how and I’ve been hooked ever since. I made a rag-rug for my daughter’s room out of second-hand sheets from the OP shop and I’m currently in the process of making a tote bag. BALI TRAVEL BOOK We’re going to Bali in June with three other families so I’m researching fun things we can do while we’re there! I can’t wait to take my kids to another country, experience a different culture and most of all have fun exploring. NURSING BADGE I’ve been a Nurse for over 10 years and I work at the Townsville Hospital. I really enjoy my job and love helping others. SUNGLASSES I only ever buy sunglasses from Quay eyewear online. These rose coloured gold aviators are my all time favourite. DRINK BOTTLE I need to remind myself to drink more water so I might as well have a funky drink bottle! LORNA JANE HAT I love fitness and often walk up Castle Hill or go for runs. My goal this year is to do six trail runs. I’ve completed one 9km one and my next one is 12km next month. I’m working my way up in klm’s. Trail running is a great way to explore nature and see unique places around Townsville, which I love.

DUO Magazine April 2017  

Every month, DUO captures the unique spirit of our region and grabs the attention of our community. We’ve been doing it for a decade, making...