Monday, September 30, 2013


Motivation for those of us trying to set new habits in motion today.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Favourite reads of the week

  1. Loved the paper wheel candy greetings on OhHappyDay this week.  There's even a free download template.  
  2. I'm owl obsessed and would love to have this little guy hanging in my window.  Thanks Bespoke Magazine for showing me this little cutie.
  3. Love the colours and use of washi tape in this card by Marelle Taylor.  Very cute.  
  4. For a bit of baking love I learnt how to decorate doughnuts... except I didn't do it.  I just admired Bakerella's handiwork.  
Life is busy.  Stay inspired and reading your favourite blogs.  It's my little bit of fantasy everyday.

Monday, September 23, 2013


Very true.  It still hurts when you land on your hands and knees though!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Favourite reads of the week

I've been hungry this week.  I'm sure it's because I've been busy at work and have missed a few normal meals at dinner.  Whatever the reason I've been obsessed by baking and recipe blogs this week.  Here's my favourites.

  1. Too cute grumpy cat pop cakes from Bakerella.
  2. Butterscotch pudding with salted caramel ganache - who doesn't love salted caramel - from minibaker.  
  3. Nutella sandwich cookies from the talented girls over at a beautiful mess - they amaze me every week.  
  4. Dip dye cupcakes over at Poppy Talk.
  5. And the easiest dessert for one ever... mug desserts from Silly Grrl.  The only problem with mug desserts is there isn't any leftovers ;-)
I don't know about you but I follow a lot of blogs and I never cease to be inspired by the creativity of bloggers from around the world.  They don't know be at all - so they'll never know how grateful I am for their inspiration every day.

Monday, September 16, 2013


Sometimes we just need to get off the path and follow our heart.  Not having a direct purpose to everything we do, doesn't mean we are lost.  Maybe it just means we are experiencing corners of life that others don't dare to see.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Favourite reads of the week

I read a lot of blogs.  I love lifestyle blogs, craft blogs, recipe blogs, design blogs, business blogs, personal blogs - you name it.  I read for inspiration and relaxation.  I read to help transition my brain from work to home mode.  I read to challenge myself.  And I read - because I love reading and blogs are a great short snippet when I'm low on time that still give me my reading fix.  I thought I'd share with you all some great blog posts from my favourite bloggers this week.

1.  On Poppytalk there was a great demo from Rachel at OH NO Rachio on a DIY confetti-style doona cover.  Makes me want to redecorate.  
2.  The Jealous Curator was showcasing some gorgeous ethereal craft from Michelle McKinney.  Makes me feel like floaty summer afternoons where the light is just right in the sky and I'm sleeping under the trees.  
3.  Stephanie Lynn had me drooling and wanting these Salted Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip cookies. 
4.  The Cutest Blog on the Block was showcasing some fantastic free fonts - blog makeover time?  I'm tempted.
5.  Guest bloggers Rebecca Thuss & Patrick Farrell demonstrated a beautiful DIY - home made paper flowers on Oh Joy.  

Click through to read their posts & add them to the blogs you follow - you won't regret it.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Craft time - wine bottle revamp

I'm not sure if you're aware but we drink a fair bit of wine in our household.  We love to have people over and crack open a bottle or two, or just take a quiet moment at the end of the day and catch up over a glass.  It helps that I also blog about wine too.  Anyway I can't always bear to throw away the bottles.  Particularly the ones with interesting colours or shapes.  I've been saving a few for a while and been thinking about trying some different crafts to reuse them.  Today is my first attempt - at both recycling a glass bottle and at gold leafing.  

Step one - choose your bottle and clean it thoroughly.  I love the Rockford Basket Press Shiraz bottles.  I love the shape and the colour of the glass - beautiful amber.  It goes perfectly with all the wood in our home.

Step 2 - Paint the glass with the gold leaf primer.  This step is quite quick, but you need to leave it for at least 1-2 hours to rest before you can go any further.  Overnight is also fine.  If you only want to apply leaf to small parts of the bottle tape up the areas you don't want to cover first.

Step 3 - was pretty fiddly and I don't have any photos.  Basically you carefully apply the thin sheets of gold, silver or copper leaf to the glass, using a dry soft brush to brush away the excess.  The thing is - this stuff gets everywhere.  It sticks to you, your table, your beagles nose if it sniffs it.  It comes with the recommendation to wear cotton gloves.  Through trial and error I concur with this recommendation.

Step 4 - wasn't very good to photograph so I didn't. Basically you use apply a clear sealer to seal the leaf work and allow it to last a little longer.  Give it a few hours to dry and your ready to use.

I don't think the sealer is strong enough to keep the leaf from flaking if you were to wash it vigorously so only try this on objects that you'll be using decoratively.  Oh and as you can see from my handiwork it's a bit of a challenge to do completely straight lines on a bottle with painters tape.  I don't mind that it's rough - I like the imperfection.  I also used some contrasting gold and copper leaf on 2 of the bottles. 

An there you have it - my first recycled bottle craft.  I've started a pinterest board to collect more ideas.  Send me any interesting links you have.  

Monday, September 9, 2013

I'm on a mini break at the moment.  In one of the busiest seasons of my life at work, I've escaped to the country for 2 days with my husband.  He has these crazy ideas that being disconnected from the world (there's no phone coverage - but there is wifi) will help me relax, unwind and ultimately return to the world with new vigor and enthusiasm.  And you know what?  He's right.  I'm relaxed. I'm unwound (after a 9km hike before breakfast) and I'm sitting here blogging and looking at one of the most magnificent views I've seen in a long time.  This is my forever moment.  A moment of now with my dear hubby crashed out on the bed and me time with a cup of tea and some blog reading to catch up on.  Loving life to the max.

Oh and in case you're wondering. The quote is from Emily Dickinson.  And the photo is from my morning hike.