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

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

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

Free Printable "Sweet New Year" Calendar 2014 | September 30, 2013

Hey Folks, due to the popularity of last year's 'Sweet New Year' Calendar and requests from readers, I have updated it for 2014!

It would make a cute birthday or Christmas gift... or you could just keep it for yourself! :)

Continue to download your freebie!

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posted under: Christmas, Desserts, Gift Ideas, Holidays, Illustration, Stationery

Have a Sweet Holiday Season! | December 24, 2012

Just wanted to wish everyone a wonderful and restful holiday season! 

I look forward to returning with updates on January 7. See you soon! 

XO
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posted under: Christmas, Holidays, 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!

Read on to download your freebie!

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

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

Besotted Brand | November 22, 2012

Loving the simplicity and elegance of Besotted Brand.

{ via Creature Comforts }

XO
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posted under: 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

Happy Holidays! | December 23, 2011

I'd like to wish everyone a very happy festive season!! Eat, drink, be merry and all that!

Thank- you all so much for reading my little blog. It's been a wonderful year. Your support means the world to me and is greatly appreciated! :)

I will be taking a break and will return with updates on January 9. Looking forward to getting stuck into some new and exciting projects in the new year!

Anyway, I might just wander off now and sleep for a week.

Toodles.

xoxo amy

XO
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posted under: Holidays, storytelling

Happy Lab | December 19, 2011

I spotted Happy Lab recently at Chadstone Shopping Center and was immediately enticed by the cute packaging and creative store design. Beakers and test tubes filled with colourful candy and chocolate line the walls whilst staff parade around in lab coats. If the sugar doesn't make you happy, the colours surely will. Don't you just love great packaging?

{ photos from Happy Lab and Westfield websites }

XO
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posted under: Food, Gift Ideas, Holidays

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.

Read on to download your freebies!

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

"Flanno" cards by The Hungry Workshop | December 01, 2011

Currently smiling over these letterpress "Flanno" cards by The Hungry Workshop. (They do some very nice work). You can buy them individually or in a set of four in their online shop.

Oh, and for something more strictly holiday related you might also like their Here's Cheers card.

XO
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posted under: Gift Ideas, Holidays, Stationery
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