September 15, 2014

Fashion Five


So I flaked. I forgot to post both last Wednesday AND Friday. Wednesday’s post was going to be my contributor post for illistyle and Friday was Fashion Five - but honestly the last week has just sped past me and by the time I got to writing this post it was Saturday morning. I could have sworn it was Friday but obviously I was WAYYY off on that one! Anyway I’m posting last Friday’s Fashion Five (or seven this week) today and I’ll be back on track with a tutorial on Wednesday!!

Monochrome. It’s one of the newest, hottest trend of the season and I’m in love. Black and white is a classic and timeless combination that never seems to go out of style. I’m absolutely in love with all the items in this collection – I think that gorgeous black and white spotted bikini is amazing, even if it is a little too daring for me currently! I’ve been searching high and low for a black and white floppy hat and I think this one is just darling. I’m a sunglasses hoarder and love a good sunglasses bargain – I never pay more than $5 for a pair, they may break quicker than the more expensive pairs but that suits me fine since I change my mind often. Oh and that purse – urgh LOVE! It’s on my birthday wish list for sure. I’m not much of a dress wearer but everyone needs a couple of pretty LBD’s in their closet and this one is just darling and affordable too! What about you, do you love the monochrome trend?

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September 8, 2014


I’ve seen this quote on Pinterest a lot and pinned it to my quotes board and I cannot think of a better way to put the time we live in now. I’m a 90’s baby and a 00’s child and I’m proud of it. Of course being both of those things means I grew up without wifi or automatic internet, before Facebook existed, in a time where if you wanted to play music you used a CD and a CD player (I’m sorry did you just ask what that was!?!), before iPod’s and tablets and even game playing consoles. When I grew up we didn’t have any of that and I can honestly say I don’t think I’m disadvantaged by it at all.

I remember when my dad bought home out very first game console, it was a PlayStation 1. Yes, wayyyyyy back then! I remember asking for a CD player for my birthday and I remember that I got my very first phone when I was 12 years old and it was one of those black and white Nokia’s with the fluorescent yellow light – I was thrilled with it and thought it was the most fabulous thing ever. Fast forward 10 years and almost every 10 year old in sight has iPhones! These days are so different to the days of my childhood. The days I look back on as some of the best and most free of my life.
Some of my fondest memories of my childhood are not getting a new game console or even getting my first phone but getting home from school and racing through my homework so I could go outside and play with my friends. Making sure that I got everything done super quickly so I could have as much daylight hours left as possible, I remember riding bikes down our quiet little street – racing with all the other kids in the street, playing games in the park at the end of our street and backyard cricket on our front lawn with everyone laughing and playing together in the afternoon sun. And on weekends when we would want to be out of bed before 9am so we could be ready to race out the front door when my mum said we could so that we could play all day. Swimming in the pools of our neighbours and sunbaking on the deck in our backyard and walking down to the corner store to buy lollies with the few dollars mum had given us. Bouncing on trampolines and playing in cubby houses. All of those things I did – everyday for almost 12 years and I loved every second of it.

I didn’t get Facebook until I was 15. I didn’t want it, I look at how children live today and I wonder what happened. Why they sit in front of the television or the computer screen and call that fun! Why they don’t see the magic in riding bikes and racing around the grass in the afternoon light. Why weekends are filled with games on Xboxes or movies on iPads. I understand that times change but I honestly don’t think that these changes are for the good. I think kids need to get out and experience nature, to play and laugh and run around and get dirty. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve seen mothers wipe their children’s hands or squirt blobs of hand sanitiser onto them after they merely touch the dirt. Dirt isn’t bad – it’s good! People are so afraid of dirt and germs these days that they unknowingly pass those fears onto their children. When I was a kid we played in the dirt – if it rained we used to get the boogie boards out and skid along the sopping grass in the mud, it was brilliant and some of the funnest things I’ve done. I don’t see that anymore and it makes me sad, we never used to get sick – allergies weren’t even a ‘thing’ back then because no-one was afraid of getting dirty, kids passed on germs at school but we didn’t always get sick – we were used to it, our bodies were used to it and we thrived from those experiences. Now you can’t take a peanut butter sandwich to school just in case someone is allergic. I’m not saying people are bad parents – of course not! Who am I to judge people parenting skills, I’m not one anyway. All I’m saying is perhaps we might benefit from looking back a few years to when we grew up and asking ourselves if the way we lived just a few years ago was really so bad? If getting dirty never made us deathly ill then who’s to say it will today. Maybe we might benefit from a bit of dirt or some old-fashioned fun and games. Maybe instead of being scared of what other people tell us we should just be brave and make your own mind up. I don’t think the way we lived just 5 or 10 years ago was that bad, in face I often think it was a lot better than the way we live now.

What do you think??

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September 5, 2014

Crushing on Neon


I’m loving neon this week – if you follow me on Instagram you’ll know I recently added neon pink feathers and neon yellow elastic to my supplies so you’ll be seeing the repercussions of my neon obsession in the shop soon. Aside from my shop I’m also collecting more neon in my clothing and accessories and these items are a fabulous place to start your neon love.

Wearing can be tricky without becoming a walking highlighter but if you can build your outfit and add the neon as your accessories (like these shoes and jewellery) so it’s subtle. Then as you grow more confidence you can wear neon in your staples like these gorgeous dresses (I'm in love with number 5) or even pair the top above with a simple outfit of jeans, sandals and a bit of gold or bling! Neon is a huge trend and if I have anything to do with it, it won’t be a trend disappearing from my repertoire anytime soon. 

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September 3, 2014

Shop Update : 24 hour Mega Sale

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I made these pretty butterfly headbands the other night and for their release I’m having a super mega sale for them! For 24 hours they’re marked down to half price of $2.50! The sale was originally for 24 hours only but halfway through the 24 hours I forgot to tell you all about it! So I’m extending it for another 24 hours – yay! The Double Butterfly Headband is available in 18 different colour options and there is no limit to the number you can purchase – so go crazy, has anyone told you it’s only 16 weeks until Christmas!! So pop on over to the shop and grab these while you can – they are a great deal!! I’ll be having a few more sales in the coming weeks so stay tuned for more great bargains!!

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Dog Bone Tutorial

As I mentioned a few weeks ago it was both my brothers and Bella’s birthdays. As per usual I forgot to buy a toy for Bella so when I remembered that morning I quickly whipped one up and snapped a few pictures along the way.

It turned out to be a popular toy – most of the ones I bought them 3 months ago have been ripped and shredded and the stuffing swallowed by Skippa who has a thing for eating stuffing, tissues, toilet paper and paper. It’s still in shape although it has been whipped and thrown about a bit in the last fortnight. So I thought I’d share a quick little tutorial just in case any of you dog owners need a last minute toy.

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September 1, 2014

Our Week

Happy September and Welcome to spring! This past week has been fairly uneventful. No birthday’s or major occasions/events – plenty of time for crafting and shop work. I got a few projects completed this week including the paper rose bouquet from LiaGriffith (the template is from when Lia was with Ellinee). I spent the good part of 3 evenings cutting these flower petals out and then it took me all of an hour and a half to assemble them into roses. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out though, I may have to rethink its home now. I also thought that since I spent three nights cutting a dozen of those bad boys out I'd up my game and go bigger. I printed 20 more to start, with another 20 or more to come. Can anyone guess what I'm going to be using over 40 paper roses for??? All I can say is next time I blog about it I may be rocking my stylish new crab hands - I hear they're all the rage.

Also this week I grabbed a copy of Eva’s Kitchen by Eva Longoria from our local library. This winter we seem to have gotten stuck in an awful rut food wise and with spring here as of today it’s time to kick those winter blues and get back into a healthy eating habit. Eva’s book has been wonderful for providing healthy, tasty recipe ideas and I cannot wait to start trying them – like the delicious look Lemon Fried Chicken, I know not the healthiest but a great alternative to KFC (not in our town) for a Friday or Saturday night meal, the recipe for Chapulas (Texican tacos) sounds delicious too. If they go well you’ll probably see them on the blog soon. So if you need some new recipe ideas pop down to your local library and browse the cooking section!

Lots of stuff has been happening with the shop this week. The Halloween collection launched on Monday and I’ve moved onto Christmas now and the to-buy list is getting longer by the second. I’ve got a new range coming to the shop soon – can you guess what it is?? I’m also working on something extra special for October – the pink ribbon is globally familiar and I’m excited to be working on this project which I’ll share more about soon!

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