December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!!!!

Wishing you all a very special New Years Eve - enjoy yourself, dance like no one's watching, drink up, have a blast and stay safe!!

Whatever your plans may be, have a FABulous night everyone and here's to a wonderful year ahead in 2011!
Tommorow I turn 40 so my celebrations will start a little early... and if we still have some energy left we'll continue onto the next day...
See you next year!!

*image by Roland Bello*

December 30, 2010

The House Plant as Decor

Aren't these pictures wonderful?
im really loving the organic feel of fresh plants in the home...a touch of Green always looks beautiful with wood, bare white or neutral walls, stone and natural tiles too!

Grouped together like this as a focal point in the room is very inspiring,
and an easy decor project to update any home!

Top from Lonny magazine
Bottom from Sandra Juto*

December 29, 2010

Summer sunshine
I hope you ALL had a wonderful Christmas!
if it was anything like mine you're probably sitting uncomfortably with a bloated belly and planning a good body detox! ha-ha
I always overeat but can you blame me? everyone makes such an effort with cooking and baking and there's always yummy treats on offer.

I'm back at work today and the Sun is out
- shining brightly and very proudly!!
the days after Christmas (when we were all home) were wet, cold and very gray...

We planned a Boxing Day picnic, its become a bit of a tradition but the wet weather kept us away so we lounged around at home ...we did manage to venture out to our local beach for a leisurely stroll on the sand - we made it home just before a heavy storm it was all good!!

the office is quiet with many people on leave so its great to be able to get things done without many distractions...

*image Janis Nicolay for Country Living - happy yellow pineapple cooler - SO refreshing*

December 24, 2010

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!!

I'm switching off for a couple of days and I'll be back next week!
have fun!!

*image by Polly Wreford*

December 22, 2010

slowing down now...
I havnt blogged in days - life has been busy and Im sure its the same in your household?
Im still working with tommorow my last day for the week (yayyy!)
so I'll have 5 days off before I venture back into the office again....cant wait.

ive done some last minute shopping, wrapped presents, wrote all my cards....
my little one turned 6 yesterday too so we celebrated at home, got to keep it special!


i think im going to slow right down...
all the way down...
i dont want to even think about venturing outdoors especially to the shops, its scary crazy out there, non?!
i think I'll spend the rest of the week relaxing and baking - I want to make more mince pies and shortbread, I baked a batch last week but suprisingly there are none left!!

anyway hope you can slow down too and have a beautiful few days leading upto Christmas!

*image from Country Living magazine

December 17, 2010

A handmade Christmas card swap
I joined in the 'Creative Collective's Christmas card swap' this month - this is what i made to send out.
Not your typical Christmas colours but i liked the soft combination of
Pale Blue + White + Rapberry Pink
i hope my swap partners like them too!

Have a great day - im taking some of Peter's friends to the movies and lunch started out with 6 boys and now we are upto 14...sigh! wish me luck!!!!

December 14, 2010

Last minute Gifts ...
Buy local
i love the 'Shop Local'
option over at Etsy - perfect for the last minute gift ideas!
Top image taken by me - sweet Christmas card that was given to me from a few years ago (if its cute - i keep it!!) *
Begonia in Pink Caramel by Stemellina (Athens - Greece)
* Little shoulder bag by Tractorgirl (NSW - Australia)
* Willow Pyrite Gold Studs from BrianaRose (California - USA)

December 12, 2010

Simply Scrumptious

they truly are!
ive blogged about these before but now with Christmas and festive celebrations they are the easiest gift to make for a lovely edible gift!

perfect for teachers, work collegues or your eldery neighbour!!

3 handfuls of raw almonds - place on a baking tray in warm oven until crunchy and toasty.
Melt a bar (200g) of cooking chocolate remove from stove (or microwave) - add almonds into your bowl and mix until they are coated with chocolate.
drop teaspoonfuls of almonds onto baking paper lined trays and pop into the fridge until set.

December 10, 2010

A Creative Odyssey

Jess of Epheriell Designs is hosting a blog hop and today its my turn to post about my creative dreams and goals for the coming year.
My posting partner is Jane of 'Life @Number 8' and yesterday we had Gaby from Spokes 'n' Daggers and Prim and Propah so make sure you check her blog to see her creative goals and dreams too!

My goals are to
* Continue to be creative daily. I find im happiest when im creating and making things.
I also hope to put aside more time (stop procrastinating!!) to experiment more with mixed media collages, ACEO, swaps ( love swaps!) and to grow Percival Road Designs

* Draw more often - i dont do this enough! i love a quiet moment to just sit and draw, sketch, feels good

*Be in the Moment - the days go by SO fast i need to remind myself to stop and smell the roses, observe my days, parent with more attention (autopilot parenting never works) enjoy every mouthfull of food, be thankful and gracious and appreciate life and living!!!
i think we all need to do this!!

What are your creative goals and dreams for the new year?

December 8, 2010

Bohemian Elegance
one of our challenges for 'a Fashionable Challenge group ' was
a fashion illustration with the them
Eclectic Chic

and here is my girl...wearing a maxi dress with pop socks , heels and a flouncy floral pin in her hair...
i wish i had more time to draw...
i think Boho chic is one of the hardest styles to pull off in both dressing up and also in home decor...the mish mash either looks perfect or
tragically wrong dont you think?... haha
I do love that bottom room though - so relaxed and super chic!

Decor image - Kathryn Ireland

December 7, 2010

At my house
....its starting to feel festive!
Andrew and the boys put the tree up on Sunday so Im glad thats out of the looks great and the boys had lots of fun
but i must admit i havnt really bought anything new for Christmas in ages
so every year our tree and festive decor always looks the same.

I do buy the boys a new ornament each
every year but i think trying to be traditional with Winter colours and themes in the middle of our hot Summer is kind of odd?!

Id like to slowly change our Christmas look with more pale, fresh feel - a new look to evoke an Aussie Christmas at our house ....good thing is i'll have a year to plan it!

For more 'At My House' posts head on over to Lou's lovely blog!

December 3, 2010

A Girl Called Emerson...
Today we're heading on over to the East coast of the USA to meet Emerson!
She's the creative girl behind the ever so chic but super fun label 'Emerson Fry'

Im totally in love with everything! beautiful handmade flower pins in a stunning range of colours,
elegant clutches and then the clothes - oh! the clothes.... Gorgeous!!
i want every single piece in their range!! Yes please!!
Super stylish classic designs that you'll be wearing for like EVER!

Emerson and her husband Ryan style up ALL the images for their label and website - what a creative duo!!

So Welcome Emerson!
Can you tell us what is currently inspiring you?
The smell of winter fires,
beautiful jackets, bustling city streets

* Name 3 things you couldnt live without right now? 
Mangos,  planning our upcoming trips, momentum 

* Can you define to us, your personal style?
One that is always evolving but inspired by classics

I love looking for new colour combinations, do you have a favourite colour or colour combinations?
Hahaha, Impossible!
Okay if I have to try I will say Melon pink.
Rhubarb red.
Ochre yellow....but separately not together.  Well wait.  Together- yes together- they’ll be divine

Do you have a Favourite Smell/Frangrance?
Peonies. Just think of them..the glory!…. Oh here is another: Vanilla extract. Heavenly!

What do you love about your City? We split our time between NYC and Rural country, having a little bit of both worlds is the best!

(To see a snippet of Emerson & Ryan's country home head on over to this FAB post featured on Design*Sponge) and lastly,

Do you have a favourite quote you'd like to share with us?

“do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail"
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thanks so much Emerson! that was fun!!

To find out more about Emerson and Ryan and their gorgeous label 'Emerson Fry' check out their

Website, blog awesome!), Facebook 

December 1, 2010

Giveaway Time...
welcome December ! the last month of 2010...gosh this year has gone by SO fast!
i do hope its been a wonderful year for you and all your loved ones!

So today I'm announcing 3 Giveaway winners
as silly me forgot to do the October giveaway - I'll also announce December's winner today as im sure this month will just fly by as well....

Congrats to badhausfrau, Vicki of Redeemdesigns
and Emma of NevereverEmma. Yayy to you! i'll be in touch soon...

and big warm hugs to all my blog followers!!!
I love love blogging and this wonderful community - its so much fun having a little space of mine in this large bloggyland where I can come to share my inspirations and snippets of life!

Gorgeous images styled by Lara Hutton and photographed by Corrie Bond for Country Style - Australia

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