November 29, 2011

Christmas Gift Wrap
Brown paper packages tied up with string
....these are a few of my favourite things!
Yes indeed... I love this look...

Do you put as much thought into your Christmas Gift wrapping as you do in the buying gifts?

Nothing is more special than receiving a beautifully wrapped much love right there!

* all images via
Etsy picks of the week - * Blush*

Top image by Patrick Dermachelier *
the KNOT clutch by ao3designs
flower crown 'patisserie' by Whichgoose * Make me Blush set by CMVisionJewelry

November 28, 2011

Retro Christmas
So this morning I opened my Diary and I had a note scribbled down (many many months ago obviously...)
reminding me to mail out our Christmas Cards...and then i had a good laugh...
I'm so not ready for the festive season.
but our Christmas tree is up and the facade of our house is covered in pretty little lights to thank hubby for putting them up this weekend!!
I have a list started for gift ideas
and a To do list with what I need to make (and bake)
two days left in November and then it'll be count down time....

*Vintage Christmas cards via my Pinterest*

November 25, 2011

A Birthday Celebration

Happy 9th Birthday to my Peter
Has it really been 9 years already??

feels like yesterday that my Peter, who is also my eldest, was born on a hot sunny afternoon
and of course, changed my world forever!

He's such a good kid - kind, thoughtful, with lots of enthusiasm and sparky energy...i still love that he has that playful boyish innocence and even though I know this will change as he gets older and 'in tune' with life and the world around him,
I just want to treasure each and every day, im really blessed!

...Happy 9th Birthday my darling boy!!

*illustration by Shinzi katoh

November 21, 2011

Colour Inspiration:
Baby Blue and White

this combination is a little old fashioned...
Shabby and a whole lot Chic!

what colours are you loving right now?

images via my Pinterest

November 20, 2011

Embellish Magazine Challenge - Leaves
Ive been eyeing the Embellish Magazine Challenges over at Travelingmama blog so thought Id give it a try

...this weekend was perfect as our internet was down for two days so I got some crafting done!
Yayyy to that!

the challenge was to use the colours in the photo and to incorporate some 'Leaves' in your card.

to see more head on over to Embellish Magazine

November 16, 2011

A Winner!!

...and again i was super lucky to win a lovely prize!!
Lucky lucky indeed!

Thank you to Kids Confidential,
the perfect Sales guide for all thngs baby and kids,
and a big thanks to
'Charlie's Bucket' for the beautiful parcel I received - two gorgeous limited edition Collage Art Work.

Charlie's Bucket is an adorable online shop selling clothes, decor and toys for little ones - super fun!!
here are some of their cool offerings....

November 15, 2011

Blog Hop - My favourite handmade
Holiday Tradition

I'm super excited about the Etsy Greetings Team Blog hop.
What a perfect way to follow the links and learn all about everyone's Holiday Traditions...

Id have to say mine would be baking.

having the house smell of baked goods during the festive month is always wonderful!.

I always find time to make shortbread and fruit mince pies to offer when visitors come by.
I also love Greek Christmas biscuits Kourabiedes.

It can be a little dangerous having them in the house as I can eat SO many!!
...and who can say 'No' to Chocolate Truffles and Rum Balls.

This year im planning to make some Mini Bundt cakes - these are made with olive oil and are light and moist.
Wrap in brown paper bags with red ribbon - an adorable gift for your collegues or neighbours!

Mini Bundt Cakes
(makes 6)
Preheat oven 180 deg. celsius
3 eggs
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 Tblspn orange zest
1 tspn cinnamon
1/2 cup olive oil
2/3 cup self raising flour
pinch salt
1 tspn baking powder
blend all ingrediants and divide evenly in Mini Bundt cake tin. Bake for 20-25mins

click on the arrows to see previous posts and then click on the next arrow to see more Holiday Tradition posts!

November 13, 2011

Vintage Summer Style
Tommorow's forecast is for a hot hot day...
Summer here we come!

some of my favourite vintage style icons showing off their
Summer Style...
a hat and a smile,
a pretty head scarf
and a sexy bustier.

Marilyn Monroe
Romy Schneider
Elizabeth Taylor

all images from Pinterest

November 12, 2011

Inspiration Now - Beautiful Custom Print set

How pretty are these prints!?! darling!!!

Personalised Nursery Artwork from LeoLittleLion

November 11, 2011


Today I'm super happy to be Guest blogger over at Desha's
FUN & FAB blog...

Desha is doing a 'Focus on Fashion' series so my post is all about
'The Little Black Dress'

Go say Hi to Desha!

November 8, 2011

One Room Wonder

I was thrilled to see one of my Flickr friends Theresa featured in the 'Ikea Family' catalogue and website.

Theresa's space looks so organised so even though its only one large room, her set up of specific zones where she can work, eat, relax and sleep is perfect!
Her light filled studio apartment is just gorgeous.

You can see the Ikea article here
and visit Theresa's blog here

November 2, 2011

I cant believe I haven't blogged since Monday!
its been one of those weeks...
my mind is constantly 'on' with mental lists of thing to do, to complete, to organise
and nothing got done!

my little Neo got chicken pox, I had to stay home to look after him - he drove me crazy!!
He needed rest but I think he thought he was on holiday all over again, like being at home sick was a treat!....I felt like I was repeating the same thing over and over
'No, you cant watch cartoons all day'
'No switching off the TV does not mean you can have your Nintendo DS'
....ughhh how do other Mothers cope?? ha-ha
some days i feel like I have no idea about parenting - I constantly feel like I'm talking and winding myself up for nothing - who is listening?
actually I think I am turning into my own Mother! ....

Neo was sent to bed early last night, I mean the boys normal sleep time is 8.00pm but I could tell he was worn out so after dinner off he went - no complaints and in 10mins he was sound asleep....
Peter played Chess with Andrew and he beat his dad - he's getting really good! (he goes to Chess class every Thursday and loves it) so I got to craft a little whilst watching some decor shows on TV...bliss!
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