Where the Pretty Things Come From... | October 09, 2014

I make a lousy house-wife.

I have a very limited repertoire of dishes that I can cook and invest very little time in improving my culinary skills.

Also, I think I'm allergic to manual labour. Whenever I clean the house I fly into a tiny rage that elicits a stream of unladylike cursing and a tendency to snap at unfortunate bystanders.

We have no children (bar a fur-child). In fact, having a child seems like the scariest thing in the world to me and I often wonder what all the fuss is about.

Instead, I spend my days obsessively nurturing a slightly unorthodox lifestyle- one where I provide a kind of nourishment through art and design rather than homemade lasagne. I litter our home with colourful and, oftentimes, childish knick knacks and plan the aesthetics of dinner parties with infinitesimal detail.

I struggle daily with trying to eke a living from a creative existence. And in the process, I've converted our living/dining room into, what appears to be, a messy snapshot of my brain. Piles of colourful props and remnants of paper, twine, glitter and sequins are constantly scattered across our dining table. Bright pink IKEA boxes line the walls in my attempt to curb the ever-expanding chaos.

And yet, despite lacklustre domestic skills, the ostensibly frivolous nature of my interests and a creative anarchy that threatens to consume us whole, my husband still loves me (!) and seems genuinely in awe of what I do. He says I make this house a home, albeit, in my own peculiar way.

For me, collecting, composing and making pretty things is the only truly successful way I've learned how to communicate myself to the world. Where others are articulate, social creatures who use themselves as a canvas to express their art, I prefer to hide behind these things that I make. It's just who I am, and with all the faults and limitations it presents in the real world, I am slowly learning to accept and even embrace it. 

I seem to be creating this home, and this blog, in an effort to communicate only the beautiful parts within me and, perhaps, with a belief that somehow this will banish the wealth of darker, messier and far less glamorous traits; to show others that although I may verbally stumble through a sentence or carry myself hesitantly, averting my gaze and swerving from the reach of friendly strangers, that there is something in this world I am capable of contributing... however tiny and frivolous it may seem.

Thanks for listening :)

P.S. I am attempting to spend a bit more time over at Instagram lately.... Please follow me if you're interested in keeping up with the visual frivolity!

XO
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posted under: Bits of Happy, Blog Stuff, Our Home, storytelling, Sukie

Vote for me! | August 27, 2014

So, in a kind of awesome and somewhat surreal turn of events, I've been nominated for this year's Cosmopolitan Magazine 'Fun Fearless Female' Award in the Social Media category. 

Admittedly, I was a little nervous about how to approach this post. I'm generally not one for the blatant 'Vote for me!' spiel. However, I think this nomination is actually pretty darn cool so, to heck with with subtlety- 'Vote for me!!(please).

I'll love you forever.

Also, make sure to take a gander at all of this year's 80 amazing nominees! Voting closes on September 15. (EDIT Aug 28: You can vote up to three times per day!)

And thanks to Cosmo for the nomination! I'm exceedingly flattered. :)

XO
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posted under: Blog Stuff, storytelling

Styling the Acrylic Tray from West Elm | July 29, 2014

When West Elm recently sent me their clear, rectangle acrylic tray and asked me how I would style it, my mind was flush with all the possibilies! I've secretly had my eye on it for awhile so was thrilled when presented with the opportunity. I love mixing different materials when I style and as the decor in our home is predominantly wood and ceramic, the clear acrylic adds a wonderful new element to the mix.

My first thought was that it would be great as a drinks tray, perfect to accommodate my brand new acrylic Baci Milano champagne flutes (a recent purchase from Terrace Outdoor Living) and also my growing spoon and stirrer collection. I added a festive touch with colourful pom poms from Fenton and Fenton.

Secondly, I'm hopelessly addicted to collecting pretty stationery items, (some, admittedly, that I never actually use but just like to gawk at!) and the clear tray provides a beautiful way to display some of my favourites.

Finally, I had an idea to simply use the tray to stack large coffee-table books. I think it creates a nice alternative to bookends without blocking view of them and it also neatly separates them from other styled elements on display on a sideboard. 

Think of any other creative uses? Let me know!

XO
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posted under: Entertaining, Happy Workspace, Home Décor, Parties, Stationery

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
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