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

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

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

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

DIY Halloween Bloody Baubles | October 24, 2013

While I was hunting down some last-minute props for the photos for yesterday's Halloween freebie, I found this awesome tube of fake blood from Typo. I wasn't quite sure what I was going to use it for yet but I figured it would come in handy somehow...

I also stopped by Riot Art and Craft in the hopes that they would have something suitably halloween-y that I could use when I noticed some clear baubles. I quickly grabbed a handful of these with the intention of using them in a future Christmas project.

When I got home I realised, wouldn't it be kinda cool to actually fill the baubles with the fake blood?! 

So quick and easy to do- just drop a bit of fake blood into each bauble and swirl around to create some creepy blood drip patterns!

I didn't end up using them in the photos for yesterday's freebie, but I think they deserved a mention nonetheless!

Happy Halloween crafting! :)

XO
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posted under: Do It Yourself, Halloween, Parties

Free Halloween "Bite Me" Candy Bag Toppers | October 23, 2013

So, it's occurred to me that I've never actually designed a Halloween freebie before. I guess it's because we rarely celebrate this holiday down here in Australia... When we moved from our inner-city apartment to our house in the 'burbs, a couple of years ago, we expected a sudden surge in trick-or-treaters knocking at our door but there have been absolutely ZILCH the entire time we've lived here! :(

Having said that, I think it's a pretty awesome holiday so this year I've designed (kinda last minute, I know) these candy bag toppers. I've abandoned the traditional orange and black with this project. Yep, it's pink and red again (I know, I know. Promise to give up on this colour scheme soon. I think). Warning: Lots of Happy Lab candy was devoured in the making of this project! :)

CONTINUE for instructions and to download your freebie!

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posted under: Do It Yourself, Entertaining, Free Stuff, Gift Ideas, Halloween, Parties

Oh Happy Day! | October 21, 2013

I was so thrilled with Oh Happy Day's Jordan Ferney told me she was coming to Australia (courtesy of Go Mighty) and throwing a party at West Elm in Melbourne! I was even more thrilled when she asked me to help out with some cute projects for the event!

Jordan asked me to design some bright and colourful totes, buttons and name tags and I was absolutely chuffed with how they all turned out! :)

You can see more pics of the fun and super-colourful event over on my blog post at Go Mighty!

XO
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posted under: Oh Happy Day, Parties, storytelling

Candy Greetings for 'Oh Happy Day' | September 17, 2013

So I mentioned my recent obsession with pink and red right? Check out my latest project for Oh Happy Day!

XO
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posted under: Do It Yourself, Free Stuff, Gift Ideas, Oh Happy Day, Parties, Stationery

Glacier Ball | September 11, 2013

Isn't this awesome? A silicone mould that creates a 2.5" slow-melting ice ball. So elegant! You can also create them in different colours to accompany your various drinks. Comes in a pack of 2. Grab it here!

XO
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posted under: Drink, Entertainer Delights, Entertaining, Gift Ideas, Parties

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

Party Mix... | August 16, 2013

I don't know about you but I'm not a huge fan of occasions overflowing with too much elegance and formality. My ideal party consists of mixing sophisticated elements with a whole lot of colour and whimsy... 

brass trivet | DIY surprise ball | tea glass | sparklers | DIY escort card | trolley bar | cocktail stirrers | decanters | crystal sticks

XO
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posted under: Drink, Entertaining, Parties, Party Mix

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

Flamingo Cocktail Invitations on Oh Happy Day | August 12, 2013

Have you seen my latest post for Oh Happy Day yet? Pop on over and grab your freebies...

XO
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posted under: Do It Yourself, Free Stuff, Oh Happy Day, Parties, Stationery

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! 

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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

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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
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