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

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!

Continue to download your freebie!

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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

Looking forward to... | July 31, 2012

...our next shindig (whenever that may be), so I can show off my tumbler collection!..

... and stir up some Lemonade with orange blossom water. I fell in love with this beautiful drink after tasting it for the first time at Mama Ganoush (a lovely middle eastern restaurant in Windsor). I generally make it whenever we entertain- it's been popular with guests. Awesome with sparkling water, instead of still. Make sure to grab the recipe!

{ all images by Amy Moss } 

XO
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posted under: Drink, Entertaining, Our Home, Parties, storytelling

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

Australia Day Housewarming | January 31, 2012

For Australia Day, Mark and I hosted a bbq for some friends and family. About a year ago we moved into our beautiful house in the 'burbs, so I guess you could say that the occasion was also a housewarming of sorts.  I'm still very much in the process of doing up our place- finding the right bits and pieces to transform it into a warm, cosy home.

For the celebration I decorated our dining table with some brightly coloured flowers in terracotta pots. The cane chairs, I'm proud to say, were picked up at an op shop for a mere $40 (for a set of four). They add some character to our dining setting. Best. Buy. Ever.

We're looking to eventually find a large, elegant, solid wood outdoor table for our deck but couldn't find one that we liked in time for the day so we settled for some cafe style tables and stools which ended up looking quite cute!

The gorgeous glass jugs in the pic above added a touch of Mexico and were found at Market Import (one of my fave homeware shops in Melbourne). I also laid out my ever-expanding collection of colourful bowls which contained the pre-bbq munchies.

Hmm... perhaps I should have made Sangria?

{ photos by Amy Moss }

XO
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posted under: Our Home, Interiors, Entertaining, storytelling

Buttered Popcorn Ice-cream by Trotski and Ash | January 25, 2012

I'm intrigued by this buttered popcorn ice-cream recipe by Trotski and Ash. I'm sure it would make a great addition to a movie night with friends.

While you're there check out all their other cute recipes accompanied by the gorgeous photography of Lauren Bamford.

{ photo by Lauren Bamford }

XO
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posted under: Desserts, Entertaining, Food

Free Festive Fruit Drink Labels | July 20, 2011

Dress up bottles of home made fruit juices, ciders, sodas or fruit infused waters with these free festive labels. Take a bright and bold decorative approach to summer picnics, home entertaining and even gifts!

Continue for more pics and to download your freebie!

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

New York Stories by Citta Design | July 14, 2011

Loving these picks from Citta Design's latest season of homewares inspired by New York.

XO
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posted under: Entertaining, Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Tableware

Fab Four... May 26, 2011 | May 26, 2011

{ 1 } Loving all the cushions from Ourlieu

{ 2 } Tipple recycled wine bottle from Jme

{ 3 } Tiffin box from Jme

{ 4 } Ziggy Zaggy Quilted Doona from Oh Mabel

XO
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posted under: Entertaining, Fab Four, Home Décor

Moody Hues... May 18, 2011 | May 18, 2011

Dress from BHLDN

Felt flowers DIY tutorial by Miles of Sunshine

Lamp from Anthropologie

'Great Food' book series covers by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Settee from West Elm

Grandiflora Recipe Journal from Anthropologie

Shoes from Liebling { via Oh Joy }

Napkin Bow DIY by Martha Stewart

XO
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posted under: Entertaining, Fashion, Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Moody Hues

Patterned Votives from Terrain | May 17, 2011

Love these cute patterned votives from Terrain.

XO
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posted under: Entertaining, Home Décor, Parties, Weddings

Tea Party Hues | February 24, 2011

01  Sweet Dreams teapot and teacup set in 'Ice Blue' from T2

02  Creme Royale collection from Sohum

03  Cushion cover from H&M

04  Limoges tea sets from The Cooking Company

05  Royale Savon Bon Bon collection from Sohum

06  Macarons from Paulette Macarons

07  Madeline Chair from Urban Outfitters

08  Pavlova dress from Review

09  Perfectly packaged P.J.'s from Peter Alexander

XO
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posted under: Drink, Entertaining, Fashion, Food, Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Moody Hues, Parties, Tableware, Tea Party

Found Objects: Pretty Toothpick Boxes | January 24, 2011

Retro or pseudo-retro? I'm not entirely sure of the exact origin of these little cuties (that once belonged to my husband's Oma). All I know is that, with their kitschy colours and bold designs, they're supremely groovy. Right on.

{ photos by Amy Moss }

XO
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posted under: Entertaining, Found Objects

Donna Hay | November 15, 2010

Styling goddess, Donna Hay recently launched her new website. Some cute + irresistable things for parties and entertaining in her online store.

XO
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posted under: Entertaining, Food, Parties, Weddings

All things pretty | July 28, 2010

 

Pretty in pink, pastels and patterns...

1. Junior Daschund bookends from Jonathan Adler

2. Mathilde Tablerunner by Greengate Copenhagen from  Mit Hus Home

3. Organic Weekend tote from ABC Kitchen

4. Set of fabric coasters from Shim & Sons

5. Pandora Bell handmade lollipops with packaging design by Studio Output

6. Blomst Paper Cups from Mit Hus Home

7. Set of No.2 'Love' pencils from ABC Kitchen

XO
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posted under: Entertaining, Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Moody Hues

The Cosy Outdoors | February 01, 2010

It's the height of summer in Melbourne and my thoughts are floating around cosy picnics and relaxed outdoor entertaining amongst colourful summery fabrics and cushions. Here's a collection of visual inspiration from around the web:

One: An innovative DIY outdoor lounge idea from Living Etc. Magazine

Two: Cath Kidston floral fabric tent. Don't know if this is still available but it's such a gorgeous concept! (via Brigadeiro de Colher)

Three: Go "Glamping" with a Laura Ashley fabric tent. (via Brigadeiro de Colher)

Four: LOVE the relaxing, neutral tones in this outdoor setting. Would be great to set this up in the middle of a forest somewhere. Source unknown. (via Brigadeiro de Colher)

Five: Cutesy outdoor caravan dining setting. Fabrics from No Chintz.

Six: Love this outdoor bed! Photo by Annika Vannerus

XO
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posted under: Entertaining, Outdoors

Giveaway!! Eco Hostess Kit by Cat Seto | December 11, 2009

We have another giveaway! This time, two lucky readers will win an Eco Hostess Kit from Cat Seto. Cat designs beautiful stationery including a custom wedding line and each of her pieces are first hand illustrated or watercoloured. You may have seen her products before in Kate's Paperie or Bloomingdales. Cat has been kind enough to offer Eat Drink Chic readers the chance to win this cute pack filled with her eco-chic designs to add some style to your parties and events. Perfect for the holidays! Continue for more information.

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posted under: Christmas, Entertaining, Giveaway, Parties, Stationery
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