Teil Duncan | June 16, 2014

The gorgeous colours, the brilliant compositions... lots to love about the Beaches series by Teil Duncan. Although most are of her artworks are already sold, I thought I'd share them here because I find them so inspiring!

Psst.. she also has some prints available in the series!

XO
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posted under: Artwork, Home Décor

UNELEFANTE | June 04, 2014

So I only stumbled upon UNELEFANTE very recently and had to make note of it on le blog. I am completely in love with their art-inspired chocolate bars made in collaboration with Chef Jorge Llanderal. They also have a wonderful collection of other colourful Mexican made goodies to check out.

The chocolate bars would make such great treats for an art-themed party, doncha think? 

{ photos from UNELEFANTE website }

XO
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posted under: Desserts, Entertaining, Food, Gift Ideas, Parties

Mixed Bag... | June 03, 2014

Today's 'Mixed Bag' was inspired by the colours and clash of patterns in this particular outfit from the Spring/Summer collection mentioned in my previous post. I do enjoy a good pattern clash, don't you?

shoes | david lynch iphone wallpaper | tote | dog bowloutfit | cushion | lamp | lips clutch | salt n' pepper shakers | dog leash 

XO
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posted under: Fashion, Home Décor, Mixed Bag, Tableware, Tech Accessories

REDValentino Spring/Summer 2014 | June 03, 2014

A cute-as-pie, girly collection from REDValentino for Spring/Summer 2014

Be sure to also check out the Fall/Winter collection. Loving all Swan motifs- particularly in the collars and bags.

XO
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posted under: Fashion

Mixed Bag... | May 26, 2014

So recently, I lost my mind a little and went all housewife-y. Of course, not just ordinary housewife-y but full on Martha because, you know, '10' is my only gear.

Apart from going into psycho-organiser mode- cleaning kitchen cutlery drawers and the like- I started making extensive wishlists for each room. The goal- to improve efficiency, tidiness, functionality, comfort and beauty of each room. (Hello, my name is Amy and I am a nerd.)

In addition, I started making a wishlist for items for a fictional dinner party that may never actually eventuate.  

Now, this may all seem eerily akin to the refined art of procrastination, however, I have definitely found that having a house that is in order, results in a much clearer mind (and, yes, a much prettier house).

Speaking of pretty house things, here's a round-up of some beauties I've had my eye on recently:

lamp | artworkshopper |  ceramic plates |  amber abode sculpture | ceramic tumbler | chair or replica  | planter | dog bed 

XO
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posted under: Artwork, Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Mixed Bag, storytelling

Michoucas Design | May 21, 2014

When I spotted a very cute selection of greeting cards by Michoucas Designs at the new Douglas and Bec store in Collingwood, I was instantly smitten so I had to hunt them down online. Such a gorgeous collection of illustrated cards. Simple and beautiful.

XO
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posted under: Gift Ideas, Illustration, Stationery

Jonathan Ong is Awesome | March 11, 2014

I first had the supreme pleasure of meeting Melbourne wedding photographer Jonathan Ong back in 2010. It was his artistic eye and slightly off-beat style that instantly drew me to his work and Mark and I were absolutely chuffed to hire him to capture our big day!

Since then, on rare occasion, Jon and I will catch up, bond over our introverted tendencies and lightly touch on the possibility of working on a project together. Regrettably, we have yet to do so. However, I have been keeping an eye on his work, marvelling at the growth of his talent with each passing year. He's had the opportunity to shoot some truly gorgeous weddings and continually demonstrates his ability to capture the whole gamut of the wedding experience- from the perfect little details to raw, human emotion.

And so, I felt it was high time to showcase some of my personal favourites from his portfolio, on the blog.  Truth be told, the curation actually took far longer than expected, as he has so many beauties to choose from!  Take a gander and then pop over to his lovely journal to revel in more of his awesomeness...

above: Adam + Kirstyn.

above: Simon + Sarah.

above: Jolvin + Jolyn.

above: Paul + Victoria.

above: Murray + Suga

above: Noel + Yadira.

above: November Deer Launch.

above: Aidan + Lauren.

above: Jia Heng + Adelene

above: Jennifer + Brendan.

above: Simon + Sarah.

above: Rob + Kim.

above: Brent + Cathy.

above: Jia Heng + Adelene

above: Simon + Sarah.

above: Riccardo + Sabrina.

above: Justin + Jessica.

Make sure to pop on over to his Journal to see more of his gorgeous work.

( all photos by Jonathan Ong )

XO
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posted under: Melbourne Chic, Photography, Weddings

Donut Printables on Oh Happy Day | February 18, 2014

Argh!! I know, I know, it's been a whole month since my last update! Just checking in to say I'm not dead. In fact, I'm incredibly excited because I've been secretly working on a brand new project. It's gonna take some time to get up and running so please bear with me and my spotty posting efforts!

In the meantime, check out my latest printable for Oh Happy Day- Donuts!! Go download your freebies now!

XO
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posted under: Blog Stuff, Do It Yourself, Free Stuff, Gift Ideas, Kids, Oh Happy Day, Parties, Stationery, storytelling

'Sweet Lips' Photo Props for Oh Happy Day | January 16, 2014

 

A Valentine's Day sprinkles-covered freebie for Oh Happy Day... Printable 'Sweet Lips' photo props... check it out here!

XO
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posted under: Do It Yourself, Free Stuff, Oh Happy Day, Parties, Valentines Day, Weddings

Organised Chaos | January 08, 2014

Just a random jumble of happy snaps to kick off the new year...

Organised Chaos- the state halfway between a complete mess and perfect order- is an acceptable place to reside... 

My 92 year old grandmother unexpectedly attended our Christmas family do. Still a twinkle in her eye...

Prep for a holiday 'Oh Happy Day' project shoot...

A rug for the wishlist. From Weylandts...

Christmas decorations for a family do at ours...

Organised Chaos...

A much needed post Xmas-day nap...

Tasty meal at the Weylandts Kitchen...

Organised Chaos...

Organised Chaos...

Our living room- still a work in progress...

Another event (Xmas) brings forth yet another Sundae Bar. Naturally...

Organised chaos. (Yes, I have a lot of stuff)...

Happy New Year! x

XO
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posted under: Bits of Happy, Christmas, Entertaining, Happy Workspace, Holidays, Home Décor, Our Home, Parties, storytelling

Holiday Tags and Wrap on Oh Happy Day | December 19, 2013

Christmas is just around the corner. Have you left absolutely everything to the last minute like my silly self?

With my latest post for Oh Happy Day I decided to take a somewhat untraditional approach to holiday gift wrap. I was actually really inspired by some aqua and cream sari rope which I picked up recently from the Rabbit & the Duck stall at The Big Design Market. It's funny where inspiration strikes...

We're hosting the family Christmas this year at our place, for the first time ever! Admittedly, I was a little nervous at first because we have some big shoes to fill... then I remembered that I shouldn't even attempt to emulate past Christmas gatherings. Instead, I should create the event in my own way. And so it shall be a very 'Amy' Christmas. :)

This project has inspired the colour scheme for the day. I'm really digging the touches of neon and the quirkiness. I hope you like it too :)

To grab your set of free tags and wrap printables, check out my post at Oh Happy Day.

XO
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posted under: Christmas, Free Stuff, Gift Ideas, Holidays, Oh Happy Day, Stationery, storytelling

Mixed Bag... | December 02, 2013

earrings | mug | shoes (via) | pot plantsbag | mug 2 | cushion | soap | iPhone | bedding | planter

XO
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posted under: Fashion, Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Jewellery, Kids, Mixed Bag, Tech Accessories

Etsy Christmas Popup store in Sydney! | November 24, 2013

Starting this Thursday and running for 15 days, Etsy will be hosting their very own Christmas Pop-up store in Sydney! I'm thrilled to announce that I'm one of the guest curators! This shop is the perfect opportunity to stock up on one-of-a-kind, locally made gifts for Christmas. There will also be workshops and demonstrations with local Etsy sellers, plus other exciting events. If you're in Sydney you should definitely pop by!

Here are the deets:

Etsy Christmas Popup 
(Nov 28- Dec 12)
74 Castlereagh Street
Sydney NSW, 2000
Australia

For more info, please check out their website.

Also, don't forget, I'm still in the process of curating my own online page of Etsy goodies, so if you're in need of holiday gift ideas, check it out! Below is a sample of some my local and international product picks:

purse | vase | necklace | stamps

cards | twin peaks necklace | beaded necklace | rings

For the full listing- visit my page!

XO
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posted under: Blog Stuff, Gift Ideas, Holidays, storytelling

DIY Hexagon Candy Box for Oh Happy Day | November 18, 2013

Find out how to make these cutie-pie Hexagon Candy Boxes on Oh Happy Day. My very first holiday project for 2013! Hope you like :)

XO
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posted under: Christmas, Do It Yourself, Free Stuff, Gift Ideas, Holidays, Home Décor, Oh Happy Day

Where one of a kind gifts come from... | November 15, 2013

I'm really thrilled to announce that I've been invited to be one of the 'tastemakers' on Etsy's 'Pages' program! I have recently started my very own curation of favourite finds- just in time for the Holiday season! Be sure to check out my Etsy page for some great gift ideas and follow my page as I continue to share my finds. Also check out this cute Holiday video above from the Etsy team!

Have a great weekend folks! :)

XO
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posted under: Gift Ideas, Holidays, storytelling

'Typo' Desk Make-over! | November 09, 2013

So when Typo asked me if I would like a voucher to make-over my workspace, I said 'Duh, yes please!' :)

I'm a bit of a fan of Typo. You may have noticed some of their goods popping up in various projects of mine. In fact, every single time I use their legendary Eiffel Tower scissors in a shoot I get asked (by multiple readers)- "Where did you get those amazing scissors?". Actually, it's more like "WHERE DID YOU GET THOSE AMESOME SCISSORS!! ARGHHH!! THEY'RE SO CUTE, I'M DYYYYING!!!" Apparently those scissors have the magical ability to provoke mass hysteria. Go figure.

Typo have a lot of colourful and funky bits n' pieces but in the end I decided to keep the colour scheme simple with my workspace. Aqua is one of my all-time favourite colours and I'm a huge fan of using touches of gold. I just love the candy dispenser- completely necessary, right? ;-)

So here's the sweet part- Typo are currently running a competition where you can win your very own desk make-over! Simply send in a photo of your current workspace in order to be in the running.  The most 'tragic' of desks will win one of 3 make-over packages. The competition is open to residents in AustraliaNew ZealandSouth AfricaUSASingaporeMalaysiaHong Kong and Thailand. You can check out the details and enter right here

Happy weekend folks! :)

XO
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posted under: Gift Ideas, Happy Workspace, Stationery, storytelling

Too Fruity! | November 06, 2013

Neon pink stitching, bright and colourful paintstrokes, pvc covering, hot pink lining, velcro closure... when I saw this beauty by Tiff Manuell at Crate Expectations in Malvern today, I snapped it right up. Well, that's not true... I did spend some time umming and ahhing over which of her multitude of gorgeous clutches to buy!

You can check out some of her other goodies in her online shop. If you're in Melbourne, make sure to venture down to Crate Expectations and take a peek.

Now, to master the art of print clashing....

XO
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posted under: Fashion, Gift Ideas, Melbourne Chic, storytelling

Anastasia Marie | November 05, 2013

With the holidays just around the corner I've been trying to dream up interesting and elaborate gift wrap ideas.  Sometimes, however, it's nice to just keep it simple. 

Loving these basics in kraft, gold and translucent from Anastasia Marie.

XO
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posted under: Christmas, Gift Ideas, Holidays, Parties, Stationery

T2 Curious | November 01, 2013

T2 have got me, yet again, with the swoon-worthy packaging for their latest collection "Curious".  This collection is packed with all things shiny and I LOVE how they've incorporated the recent irridescent trend in their loose leaf tea boxes.

How ace are these mega-shiny cannisters?!

Would make such pretty gifts for the upcoming holidays! *swoon*

XO
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posted under: Branding, Christmas, Entertainer Delights, Entertaining, Gift Ideas, Holidays

Let's Get Silly | October 30, 2013

We're heading into the time of year that Australians commonly refer to as the 'Silly Season'. The Christmas and holiday season is when everything goes a wee bit pear-shaped.. but in a good way. It's my favourite time of year. Something about the mass festivity provides ample heart cockle warm-age. I find even the uber-tacky tinsel laden shop windows and garish clashes of red and green not only tolerable but, strangely, endearing.

I feel a particular kinship with the season. The truth is, I'm actually one big, fuzzy ball of silliness. Some may say, on occasion, a full-blown nut-job. If you ask why our marriage is successful, both Mark and I would wholeheartedly agree that it's the 'silly' factor. Mark and I are, basically, two over-grown children. 

However, I only really show this part of myself to my nearest and dearest. To others I resort to ridiculously unsustainable perfectionism in an effort to avoid criticism or confrontation. I have a pathological fear of making mistakes, especially publicly. You know, because then you won't like me and I won't be invited to your party.

One of my favourite apps ever is Unstuck- it's a brilliant little resource that, strangely enough, helps you get 'unstuck'. They also have an awesome newsletter which I find endlessly helpful and inspiring. This morning I watched this cute video on their blog where kids answer the question 'What does it mean to fail?'. First of all, WOW, some of them were remarkably insightful for their age. Secondly, it got me thinking about how all of us 'serious adults', especially those pursuing a creative path, should really just let it all go and simply be children again, especially in our professional lives!  By setting an atmosphere of sheer silliness could we possibly remove the expectation from others for constant perfection and remove the stigma against public failure? Failure is such a crucial part of our creative process, it should be accepted, and perhaps even applauded, just as much as our successes. After all, it's when I am at my most 'silly' and free from ego that I am at my most creative.

So I'm hoping all this sudden, uncharacteristic disclosure will somehow open a door for me to being a little more 'silly' in my work and more forthcoming about my creative process- during this silly season and, hopefully, beyond.  As I am writing this, I feel that familiar pang of doubt from the commitment it poses. However, I've putting it out there... and, well, if I fail at being publicly silly, then I suppose that's ok too. :)

In the meantime, check out this batch of holiday silliness.

XO
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posted under: Christmas, Holidays, storytelling
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