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

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

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

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

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

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

All of a Piece | October 09, 2013

Really loving this beautiful and oh-so-clever modular tableware

By Earnest Studio and Dana Cannam Design.

P.S. Make sure to watch the video to see it in action!

{ photos All of a Piece website }

XO
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posted under: Entertainer Delights, Entertaining, Home Décor, Kitchenware, Tableware

Kip and Co. SS13 | September 11, 2013

Love, love LOVING Kip and Co's latest bedding collection for Spring/Summer. So many bright + gorgeous + super-colourful patterns! Currently fantasising about which items to get. Which are your faves??

Below are my favourite patterns in the collection...

Aaarrgh. Can't decide!

{ photos: Kip and Co.}

XO
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posted under: Home Décor

Party Mix... | September 10, 2013

This pastel-toned Party Mix came about when I stumbled upon Kelly Wearstler's bar accessories. Yes, they are a tad pricey...  but they are gorgeous! Particularly her Rose Quartz Wine Stopper and Bejewelled Brass Bottle Opener. Ooer! Would some one like to buy these for me? 

Also, have you seen Jonathan Adler's latest fall collection? Worth a peek.

confetti | chair | cupcake liners | coaster | boxes | glitter hearts | lolly bag | stopper | bottle opener

XO
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posted under: Drink, Entertainer Delights, Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Parties, Party Mix, Stationery, Tableware

Spring Fever! | September 02, 2013

We're getting our first taste of the warmer months ahead! Sunshine is forecast for the next few days... the first hints of colour have sprung up in our garden... Sukie has returned to her favourite pastime of having a snoozy afternoon sunbake on our backyard deck. Very excited for the return of Spring! :)

folders | iPhone case | clutch | sandals | pencils | flower art | hammock chair | earrings

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

Without Ice-cream... | August 20, 2013

true dat.

(via)

XO
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posted under: Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Illustration

Geometric Delights | August 16, 2013

No doubt you've noticed the current trend of geometric shapes, pastel hues and gold accents...

Here are a couple of my favourites in this area:

These coasters by Rissa Sandman...

...and this unique wedding styling concept on 100 Layer Cake with Concept and Art direction by Indie Wed and Photography by Amanda Megan Miller Photography  (see post for full list of credits and pics)... so beautiful!

XO
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posted under: Entertainer Delights, Entertaining, Food, Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Parties, Tableware, Weddings

Party Mix... | August 14, 2013

You've probably already deduced that my inspiration for this Party Mix is The Great Gatsby. I only just saw the movie recently and so my thoughts are flush with lavish and decadent soirees dripping with gilded decor, art deco motifs and free flowing confetti and cocktails...

balloon | card | pinata | tag | dress | cushion | stopper | champagne bucket | book | iphone | table

XO
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posted under: Drink, Entertaining, Home Décor, Parties, Party Mix, Stationery, Tech Accessories

Handwoven dhurries from Oyyo | August 02, 2013

Simply stunning...

{ photos: Oyyo }

XO
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posted under: Home Décor

Colour and Sparkle | July 31, 2013

Here's a mid-week dose of colour and sparkle for you. Festive items that will brighten up your homes, your parties and your pretty selves! 

one | two | three

four | five | six | seven | eight

XO
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posted under: Books, Drink, Entertaining, Fashion, Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Parties

Time for a Tea Party? | July 29, 2013

I'm a huge fan of T2! I regularly visit their stores to check out their latest teawares and have a taste of their latest brews. More often than not, I will end up leaving with a pretty souvenir, from the experience, to add to my ever-expanding teaware collection. It's very hard to resist :)

At the moment, I'm loving their new jumbo colour block 'jumbled' cups and saucers!

I'm also loving the intricate geometric patterns in their bright and colourful Casbah collection. Wouldn't it be lovely to have a modern Moroccan-inspired tea party with all these beauties?

Oh, and their Bling Coasters are pretty lovely too!

XO
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posted under: Drink, Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Parties, Tableware, Tea Party

Party Mix... | July 26, 2013

It's Friday so I'm guessing everyone's in a pretty festive mood right? ;-)

Have a happy weekend peeps! 

straws | balloon | flag | salad servers | tassle | popsicle studs | napkins | button | card

XO
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posted under: Fashion, Home Décor, Kids, Parties, Party Mix, Stationery, Tableware

Scrapbook | July 24, 2013

one | two | three | four | five

All these things I know to be true:

  • Kate Lilley is awesome. I mean, seriously. Love her site Minieco and love her Strawberry Treat Box printable on Oh Happy Day. Love love love.
  • Aiko Fukawa does the cutest illustrations. Guaranteed to make you smile. Get lost in her colourful world right here.
  • These pillows are just too adorable and I must have them all.
  • Marsha Golemac creates pretty things with paper. Her Mother's Day 'Things we love' sign for Megan Park's boutique window is just beautiful. I want to be Ms. Golemac. There, I said it.
  • Movenpick's Creme Brulee ice-cream is to-die-for and no, there's nothing strange about eating ice-cream in the dead of Winter.
  • After getting sucked into the rabbit hole that is Pinterest and getting lost for an hour (or two), I've become a) really inspired by Japanese packaging and b) absolutely certain that Pinterest needs to have a big, flashing "Enter at your own risk" sign on its homepage. If you dare, you can enter the rabbit hole here.
P.S. I hope you like my new 'Scrapbook' column! I plan to use this space to impart my current obsessions and the inspirations that are feeding my creative projects. I hope they'll inspire you too!
XO
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posted under: Desserts, Food, Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Illustration, Parties, Scrapbook

Wooden Bunting by Cubbylove | July 22, 2013

Thought sharing this might be a festive way to kick-off the week! Pretty wooden bunting by Cubbylove. Such a cute name too, doncha think?

See all their other colourful goodies in their shop.

{ photos from Cubbylove website }

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

Lately... | July 04, 2013

...we've had our fair share of cold and foggy winter mornings.

Inside our home, however, I've been attempting to ramp up the colour!

My current decorating project- our living room- is progressing slowly at the moment. Not too long ago we incorporated an Indian sideboard, with which I am completely smitten!

I would love to create an artwork for above, but I'm struggling to decide what to do. I'd like to keep it simple, as the room is already flush with colour and detail. I think I might buy a huge blank canvas, stick it on top of the sideboard and just stare at it until an idea comes to me! Another option is maybe a large, simple black and white photo.

Among other bits and pieces, I would also love to find a beautiful pendant light to hang above the room.

It seems like every surface in my workspace is covered in craft punches, twine, glitter, washi tape, paper goods, stripey straws, jars, bottles, my printables.... you name it. Occupational hazard, I guess. 

Breakfast and snack remnants also add to the colourful mix... 

At least it's pretty clutter!

This morning, I caught a very cute moment between Mark and Sukie. It must be love.

As you already know, I'm a self-confessed bowl addict. This beauty, shown above, is my recent indiscretion (from Mozi). It was just too pretty to pass up!

Last week I showed off a good chunk of my collection. But, admittedly, it was a little tame in comparison to the pic above- a far more accurate portrayal of the size of the collection (and extent of my 'problem')!

I've been feeling a tad overwhelmed when it comes to my work, at the moment so, at the start of this week, I set out to get organised. I recently discovered that I was a 'pinball procrastinator'.

Symptons include:

  • Going off on tangents mid-task
  • Avoiding the hard stuff and tackling smaller, easier items to feel a sense of achievement.

Yep, that's me.

I decided I needed to learn to focus again so I downloaded the Simple Pomodoro Timer app to help me through. Basically, I write down a list of things I want to get done in order of importance. I then start the timer. While it counts down from 25 minutes, I work through my list without distraction. At the end of the 25 minutes, there's a 'ding' and I take a 5 minute break. During this time I can explore those 'tangents' that were attempting to entice me during the 25 minutes- things like Pinterest, sorting emails, reading blogs, a new project idea etc. At the end of the 5 minutes, another 'ding' and I start up the 25 minute timer again and continue through my task list. 

I've found this method really effective! The huge timer numbers, constantly flickering in the corner of my eye, creates a false sense of urgency. It feels like it's a race to the finish line- almost like a game! And the promise of the 5 minute break means that I still have the time to explore those things that are far more appealing than the task at hand. I'm ploughing through the big, evil 'To Do' list but also managing to explore new ideas and gather new information and inspiration for future projects. 

And that's all the news...

Happy Friday everyone ;-)

XO
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posted under: Happy Workspace, Home Décor, Our Home, storytelling, Sukie, Tableware
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