Summer in bloom

Summer in bloom

It’s not even lunch time and I’m feeling a bit indifferent about this entire day. It’s a balmy 29ºC outside. Although it feels much warmer (+ muggy). On the plus side it seems that my tropical flowering trees/plants are loving it and are on full bloomin’ mode. Not complaining. I love them and will lop them off and put them in a vase first chance I get :D

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I know you aren’t meant to cut and vase frangipani, but I couldn’t resist chopping off the bright pink and yellow blossoms that appeared on my tree and putting it in a bowl vase. Of course it didn’t last for very long but left the room with an amazing scent. Also, am still loving my gold scissors from Hay.

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My not-so-secret shoe obsession

My not-so-secret shoe obsession

I have a serious shoe problem where I find myself with a jillion pairs of shoes. Story of my life. In any case, I’m super excited about my latest shoe buy. I got my first pair of Louboutin flats. I found a pair of Manovra flats by chance on the Outnet site (aka Net-a-porter’s outlet store). It’s a little hit and miss on the Outnet, but you can usually score some pretty things at some pretty good prices.

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Slingbacks. Mesh. Spikes. I knew I needed them in my life.

When I was around 7, I used to have a pair of closed toe slingback flats that I loved until the day they died. I’ve found many pairs of open toe slingbacks to date, but haven’t yet found my formal pair. Here’s hoping these are a good fit!

In the meantime, I’m eagerly awaiting the DHL man!

Reflections for the new year

Reflections for the new year

It’s that funny time of year where I crave change and new beginnings. I’ve been notably absent on the blog, I seem to return only when I want an outlet for my thoughts. I suppose that only makes sense. I want to document a couple of things for the year for my own reference if nothing else. I’m not really one to make resolutions, but since this a milestone year for me I feel somewhat obligated.

This year, I want to travel more. I don’t want to live with regrets, so at a minimum I’m aiming for one overseas trip this year. Lucky for me it has already been booked. Aw yeeeahhh! Bring on 2016. I wouldn’t mind doing more local/domestic trips either. Last year’s trip to Cairns was fun-o-rama.

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More than ever, I value my creative outlets. I have a bunch of projects on the go at the moment: crocheting, scrapbooking, sewing and pottery classes on top of all that. I’m determined to finish all the craft work I set out to do.

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Decluttering. Related to previous post, I accumulate a crapload of junk that I convince myself I’ll use for future craft projects that sit on a shelf untouched for months. I’ve adopted the Konmari method and ask myself – does this item bring me joy? I want minimalist, zen happiness. And more garden-picked blooms.

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I purchased a Bando Florabunda journal this year, it’s larger than my usual diary formats but I’ve purposely gone down that route to allow me to have all my crazy lists in one place. I’ve stocked up on washi tape and planner stickers and fully intend to get on board the journalling-train! Toot toot.

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Here’s to 2016!

Giving this another go

Giving this another go

I figure I’d try this out again. I really enjoy blogging, so I’m going to make an effort to get back into it and see how I go. I’ve had a few distractions and things pop up.

I did some pottery classes, LOVED IT. I’m taking a short break from it, but I’m definitely keen to get back into it and continue what I’ve started. I’ve definitely had some hits and even more misses, but it’s quite therapeutic to get down and messy with the clay. I finally started getting my groove and produced some pieces I’m super proud of. Did I mention I love bows?

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I welcomed a new niece, well, I suppose not so new seeing as she’s hit the 3 month old mark. Newborn no longer! I’m amazed at how quickly they reach milestones and how much they grow from month to month. Insane. I’ve been doing monthsary shoots with her and have a lot of photo editing on my to- do list.

I can’t believe winter is all over. I was getting used to wearing my winter woolies and my big thick coats and all of a sudden it is now spring! Not that I’m complaining. I’m a big fan of the warmer and ever so slightly longer days. Took advantage of Daffodil day last week and bought some happy blooms.

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In the meantime, I got around to framing a bunch of prints I had lying around. The single positive of being lazy with framing is that they all accumulate (I had four prints in total) so I managed to get them all framed for around AU$100 each. Now the next step is to decide where to hang them (read: I have no wall space).

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Rifle Paper Co sale on Notemaker

Rifle Paper Co sale on Notemaker

I’ve been a long time admirer of Rifle Paper Co – I’ve seen some custom illustrations that are nothing short of adorable! Notemaker has a flash sale on all Rifle Paper Co stationery at the moment and I have my eye on a couple of bits and pieces. I would love to get some blank cards to frame, although I’m afraid I have very little wallspace left to hang anything up. Maybe for now it will just be looky-lou only!

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Not that I’m engaged, but this card is so sweet. Such a cute idea for pulling together your super special bridal party. The colour combinations are always spot on and I love the overall aesthetic of their illustrations.

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Paris will always have my heart. This would be a perfect candidate to frame and put next to some of the snapshots I have from France. Reminder to self: print out European trip photos!

Check out the sale here.

Recent crafty endeavours

Recent crafty endeavours

I’ve definitely dropped off the face of the blogging-planet. I can’t even remember what my last post is about. Probably something about how I don’t blog as often as I’d like. I love blogging as an outlet for my thoughts – possibly because I always wanted to have a paper diary but never got around to it.

I started pottery classes a few weeks ago. I only enrolled to do one term but I’m loving it so far. I’ve had some hits and some misses, but it’s just fun to meet new people (as much as I say I hate it – hi introversion!) and get messy! I spent last class playing with underglaze.

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Last week, I welcomed a new niece and she’s the most adorable squishy thing ever. Plus she is so tiny. Plus she has that mystical new baby smell that I thought was something new mums made up because they loved their babies so much. In conclusion she smells amazing.

I’m dreading how cold winter will get this year. This morning I found myself shivering in my thick winter coat and wooly hat. It’s only autumn. :| I was even contemplating whipping out the gloves and the boots, but I held off. It’s becoming harder and harder to get out of bed in the mornings. I really don’t like winter.

I’m obsessed with my Cricut. H travelled to the USA for work a few months ago and  brought me back a Cricut machine. They retail for 500+ in Australia so I was never going to get one here. Basically it’s a printer that cuts instead of inks. If you’re still confused there are plenty of videos on YouTube ;) I made some gem stone table placeholders for a recent dinner party.

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Glittery camellias + crafty endeavours

Glittery camellias + crafty endeavours

The creative bug has hit me hard. I wandered over to Typo the other week and after noticing an extra 30% off sale items, I may have purchased a loom weaving kit and a pink shadow box for a future project. I’ve developed a thing for shadow boxes – I found a black Ribba frame at Ikea not so long ago too.Ribba Ikea frame

I have some grand plans to use the loom to make a super cute wall hanging for my wall. I need to nail down the basics though. Trying to practice off what I can find on Google, but it is proving a bit difficult to find. Besides which I’ve ramped up the soft toy making and even enrolled in a pottery class in a few weeks time. Yeah, I think I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. Work is ramping up for the year on top of it all.

I used the shadow box to put together a makeshift homage-to-Chanel. Call me materialistic but I’m in love with it. I love staring at the pretty camellias, and it brings back memories of crisp, cool days walking through the streets of Paris getting lost with a croissant in one gloved hand. One day. I’ll be back.

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