You Still Make Me Blush...(DIY + FREEBIE!) | February 12, 2013

These cutie-patootie cards I created may be a tad last minute for Valentine's Day. But hey, romantic gestures don't need to be reserved merely for the holidays.  

All you need is a printer, good quality white card stock, patterned masking tape and a mini pink (or red) colour pencil.

I hope you like them! :)

READ ON to download your freebies!

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posted under: Do It Yourself, Free Stuff, Gift Ideas, Valentines Day

Fab Four... January 19, 2013 | January 29, 2013

One: Dear Creatures Spring 2013 Collection | Two: Kiko+ Tanabata Domino Set from RakutenThree: Gorgeous DIY gift wrap tutorial by Anastasia Marie | Four: Karolina Bow heels from Kate Spade

XO
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posted under: Do It Yourself, Fab Four, Fashion, Gift Ideas, Kids

In the works | January 21, 2013

Things are finally starting to come together in our home, which I've been slowly and (sometimes) painfully working on for almost 2 years now. I love surrounding myself with lots of colour, texture, graphic and typographical items and my various collections of treasured objects- things that will constantly stimulate and inspire me.

The above photo is of my current workspace which is actually our dining room! It has become a weird hybrid of both work clutter and entertaining bits n' pieces. However, I have tidied the table specifically for these photos! Usually it is covered in a mass of paper bits, craft tools, props, breakfast leftovers and other random remnants of my project work. I'm currently hunting for some yellow industrial pendant lights to hang above the table. 

The 'Sugar' artwork is something I created in an effort to emulate this gorgeous piece from Dough Pizza in Perth. I ended up using coffee staining to create the textured background. I've used Gelato Script font for the lettering. Because the word was so big I had to print out the lettering over multiple A4 sheets, cut them out and stick them together in order to create a template. I then traced around the template onto the canvas and used hot pink acrylic paint to colour it in. It took some time but was a fun project to do.

We are currently preparing for our annual Australia Day BBQ and, in typical Amy fashion, I am going all out with the details. I'm thrilled to finally get to use my drink dispenser for my homemade lemonade with orange blossom water.

We bought this beautiful outdoor table almost a year ago and have never used it! I'm also looking forward to finally breaking it in this Saturday. Should be a lot of fun dressing it up!

{ photos by Amy Moss }

XO
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posted under: Do It Yourself, Entertaining, Happy Workspace, Home Décor, Interiors, Our Home, storytelling

FREE Mini Holiday Bonbons | December 21, 2012

If you're anything like me, you've left all your holiday gifts and projects to the very last minute so for those in the same boat, here's a last minute freebie for you! 

A set of mini patterned bonbons in pretty colours which can be filled with candy and used as small holiday gifts or as festive table-setting favours. You may even choose to simply use them as decorations.

Read on to download your freebies and for instructions on how to construct your bonbons!

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posted under: Christmas, Craft, Do It Yourself, Entertaining, Free Stuff, Gift Ideas, Holidays

FREE 'Peace Love and Colour Block' Gift Tags | December 17, 2012

For those looking for a spot of bright colour for your gifts these holidays (or for any occasion really) you might want to try these pretties...

Wish a loved one "Peace, Love and... (personalise with your own hand-written wish here!)"

Read on to download your freebies!

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posted under: Christmas, Do It Yourself, Free Stuff, Gift Ideas, Holidays, Stationery

Free Printable "Sweet New Year" Calendar 2013 | December 11, 2012

I've whipped up this mini 2013 calendar for you to download and print.

As you can see, it clearly flaunts my obsession with all things sweet!

Each month comes on a separate colourful card that you can pin or hang up, use on your desk or carry with you in your bag. 

Use it as a cute little christmas/holiday gift for friends and family, or just keep it for yourself!

Have a sweet new year!

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posted under: Christmas, Do It Yourself, Free Stuff, Gift Ideas, Holidays

FREE Holiday Greeting Tag and Pocket | December 03, 2012

I know the incessant carolling can be mind-numbing, the overly crowded shops are tear-your-hair-out frustrating and the tinsel is overwhelming but I love this season. Probably because it gives me an excuse to go details crazy. And we all know how much I love my details. Wrapping, baking, decorating... oh my!

With this holiday freebie, I decided to go for a little more of a traditional vibe... because the classics can be fun too!

It's a kind of tag/card hybrid to adorn your gifts or send in the mail- and it's available in 2 designs. I have also included a cute red and blue plaid pocket to tuck the tag into. The recipient can put the tag on display, much like a greeting card, except it can be tied to the Christmas tree or a hook, or decorative branches...

Oh, and the little toothpick signs that you see in some of these photos are part of freebie set that I will make available soon, so stay tuned!

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posted under: Christmas, Do It Yourself, Free Stuff, Gift Ideas, Stationery

FREE Patterned Holiday Gift Tags | December 02, 2012

Firstly, I want to send out big hugs to all those who sent sweet comments and tweets regarding my new site- it makes me so happy to receive such positive feedback!  It's always a little nerve-wracking when you make such a major change so it's been wonderfully encouraging. You guys rock- Thank-you so much!! xo

Now, onto some holiday goodness...

Down here in Oz we usually celebrate our Christmas in the scorching heat. Our festive season is a flurry of barbecues, pool and beach parties, picnics and warm sunshine... not exactly the typical motifs associated with the holiday season.

So I thought I'd create a series of patterned gift tags in bright colours to reflect a more modern and summery feel for your holiday gifts! If you're interested in trying a slightly less traditional look for your gifts this year, these tags may be for you!

Read on to download your holiday freebies!

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posted under: Christmas, Do It Yourself, Free Stuff, Gift Ideas, Holidays, Stationery

Holiday Oldies (but Goodies) | November 19, 2012

My husband and I are working very hard to get the new site design up and running soon. My sincerest apologies for the long delay!  I also have some brand new holiday freebies waiting patiently in the wings. (I'm reserving these for the new site!) but in the meantime if you want to get in to the holiday mood, check out some of my projects from previous years:

Free Holiday Knit Tags

Free Typographic Gift Tags

Free Holiday Mail Stripes Gift Tag

Free Paper Reindeer Postcard and Tag

Free 'Peace, Love and Reindeer Hugs' gift tags

Free Jumbo Gift Tags

Free Holiday Treat Bag

See more holiday goodness in the Holiday Archives...

XO
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posted under: Christmas, Do It Yourself, Free Stuff, Holidays

Weekend Projects | September 21, 2012

The weekend is almost upon us and the first project for me to tackle is catching up on some much-needed sleep! I've recently found myself trapped in a ridiculous little ritual. Each morning at some dark, god-forsaken hour, I wake to an onslaught of thoughts and project ideas for this blog and for our home.... It then takes me hours to get back to sleep.

Speaking of ideas, I recently came up with this cute and simple little DIY project... 

Believe me, nobody hates the idea of hacking up magazines more than I do but there is so much seriously beautiful photography going on in cooking mags these days (the rustic textures, the vibrant colours, the scrummy styling...) that I thought it would be great to turn fragments of these images into gift tags. Or, perhaps more fittingly, tags to attach to cutlery for table-setting decorations. 

Cut out some visually interesting segments from your magazine (in a uniform size), then stick them onto thick kraft card and cut to size. Punch a hole at the top and attach some twine. Voila.

I find the best mags are the ones that use thick, rough-textured, matte stock. Jamie Magazine is a great example.

Of course, If you're super lazy like me and don't mind spending a little extra money on the project, you can cheat and get these awesome heavy-weight kraft tags and just stick the magazine cuttings directly onto them.

Oh, and if you really hate the idea of hacking up your mag, just buy a second copy to keep!

There's a weekend project for ya.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to the weekend. Apart from catching up on sleep and tackling some decorating projects I'm also intent on spending some quality time with Sukie in our (newly tidied up) backyard. She has a new toy that has actually survived an entire week. It's still fully intact and functioning. We're so proud. 

Happy Friday! xo

{ photos by Amy Moss }

XO
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posted under: Do It Yourself, Entertaining, Home Décor, Our Home, Stationery, storytelling, Sukie

FREEBIE: "Bon Appetit" Cutlery Tags { Part Two } | August 09, 2012

As promised, here it is, another "Bon Appetit" cutlery tag free download. Brighten up your table-setting with this summery floral pattern!

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posted under: Do It Yourself, Entertaining, Free Stuff, Parties, Stationery, Tableware

DIY Tags- Fun with Watercolours... | August 03, 2012

So I promised you another 'Bon Appetit' cutlery tag freebie. However, I'm still awaiting those props I ordered. {Sigh}. Crossing my fingers and toes in the hope that they'll arrive next week. 

In the meantime, I thought I'd play around with watercolour paints...

These are just a bit of fun and super-easy to do. Using thick watercolour paper (not exceeding 280gsm) I've cut out tag shapes with a craft punch then basically just messed around to see what kinds of pretty and striking colour effects I can make with watercolour paints, (e.g, gradients, colour-blocking, etc.)  Nothing fancy, just keeping it simple. I've then used some mini alphabet stamps and coloured inks, to print some messages on them. Voila. Easy as pie.

You can use them to decorate gifts or to add a splash of colour to a table-setting!

Happy Friday! xo

{ images by Amy Moss } 

XO
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posted under: Craft, Do It Yourself, Entertaining, Gift Ideas, Parties

FREEBIE: 'Bon Appetit' cutlery tags { Part One } | July 27, 2012

As you probably have figured out, I love details. I'm a consummate 'details' nerd.

Some might say that attaching a tag to your dinner party guest's cutlery that wishes them 'bon appetit'  is gratuitous nonsense. I, on the other hand, live for this stuff.

You know you do too.

Continue to download your freebie and for information on your nearest 'details freak' support group.

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posted under: Do It Yourself, Entertaining, Free Stuff, Parties, Tableware

DIY 'Gold Dipped' Notebooks by Eat Sleep Cuddle | May 09, 2012

Take a look at this nifty DIY craft project by Whitney from eat sleep cuddle. Beautiful.

{ via sugar and cloth. photos from eat sleep cuddle }

XO
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posted under: Craft, Do It Yourself

FREE 'Bonbon' Candy Favour Box | April 26, 2012

Impressed and inspired by these brilliant christmas crackers by Kate from Mini-eco, I thought a similar structure would work really well to create candy-shaped party favour boxes. And, of course, I've dressed them head to toe in delicious candy stripes! 'Cos you gotta love candy stripes.

Continue to collect your free printable and create your own...

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FREEBIE: Origami Bunny 'Hoppy Easter' Gift Tag | March 29, 2012

I hope you enjoy my very first Easter freebie- inspired by origami bunnies, colour block triangles and gold glitter...

Continue to download your freebie!

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posted under: Do It Yourself, Easter, Free Stuff, Gift Ideas, Stationery

Valentine's Day (Oldies but) Goodies | February 03, 2012

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I thought I'd revisit some of my old Valentine's Day DIY projects from previous years...just in case you missed it, or simply felt like taking another peek!  Most contain free stationery printables to help you re-create the project for yourself.

DIY 'Je t'aime' coffee cup wrappers - Wouldn't it be cute to surprise a loved one on Valentine's morning with a cup of coffee for the road that literally says 'I love you'?  With this concept in mind I designed these love-themed wrappers that can be used to dress up a disposable coffee cup. The perfect romantic gesture for the caffeine obsessed!

DIY 'Je t'aime' mini card sets - I really enjoyed creating the design for the 'Je t'aime' coffee cup wrappers' so I thought I'd also transform them into mini cards with polka dot lined envelopes.

DIY Valentine Post-it Love Notes - To elicit a smile or two from your loved one on Valentines's day, try writing sweet little messages on post-its and leave them in unexpected locations for your partner to find.

DIY Origami Heart Love Note - Create an origami paper heart and write a private message to a loved one inside.

DIY Valentine Popcorn Invitation ( for a cosy night in ) - Instead of splurging on dinner at a fancy restaurant, have a cosy night in on the couch. A couch 'picnic' of sorts. Snuggle under a blanket, order take-out, indulge in champagne, popcorn and candy in front of your favourite romantic movie. Download the bits n' pieces to re-create this 'popcorn' invitation to give to your loved one.

{ photos by Amy Moss }

XO
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posted under: Do It Yourself, Free Stuff, Valentines Day

Free Holiday Knit Gift Tags | December 15, 2011

So, what has everyone got planned for the holiday break? On the very top of my list are activities that involve minimal thinking and couch appreciation.

We're also looking forward to Sukie's very first trip to the beach and enjoying other dog-friendly excursions. I'm certain there will also be much merriment over various BBQs with friends, regular meltings in the summer heat and excessive chocolate consumption. (I've come to the conclusion that it is impossible to avoid sugar overload during the holidays so this year I'm not even going to try.)

But before I get ahead of myself, there is still much to be done. As usual, I have left everything to the absolute last minute. Next week will be a flurry of gift making, packaging and shopping- oh my.

Anyway, please enjoy these gift tags that I've designed for you- Hope they help you with your last minute gift projects.

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posted under: Christmas, Do It Yourself, Free Stuff, Gift Ideas, Holidays

FREEBIE: 'Peace, Love and Reindeer Hugs' Gift Tags | November 23, 2011

I've personally never hugged a reindeer before but I imagine the experience would be warm and snuggly and definitely worthy of wishing upon loved ones during the holiday season.

So with this concept in mind, I've created these little tags for you to download and use for your holiday gifting.

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posted under: Christmas, Do It Yourself, Free Stuff, Gift Ideas, Holidays

DIY Golden Heart by Lisa Rupp | September 27, 2011

I adore this cute and simple tutorial for converting a boring shirt into a fashion statement by Lisa Rupp.

{ photography by Lisa Rupp }

XO
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posted under: Do It Yourself, Fashion, Kids
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