Naomi Kobayashi | November 28, 2009

Beautiful, subtle and surreal illustrations by Naomi Kobayashi. I'm so in love with her style!

Check out all her gorgeous creations here.

posted under: Illustration

The Perfect Wedding Dress | November 26, 2009

This Marchesa dress, with its abundance of perfect, white pleats and frills, took my breath away when I spotted it on Martha Stewart Weddings. This is my personal idea of bridal gown perfection. Hands off ladies, it's so mine!  ;-)

posted under: Weddings, Fashion

Found Object: Vintage Christmas Card | November 25, 2009

I popped into Chapel St Bazaar today and found this gorgeous vintage Christmas card from 1946!

I love the colour scheme and the adorable snowman in a tophat!

If you can find some good ones, vintage cards can be re-used to decorate your home or even gift packaging for the upcoming holidays.

posted under: Christmas, Gift Ideas, Stationery, Home Décor, Found Objects, Vintage Style

Anthropologie: Marvels & Wonders | November 24, 2009

How creative is the styling in this Marvels and Wonders series at Anthropologie!

Be sure to check out the Barky Turntable.

posted under: Photography, Gift Ideas, Tableware

Christmas at Maileg | November 23, 2009

Gotta love the cute, holiday-inspired goodies over at Maileg. (I'm particularly smitten with those snowmen).  Wow, it's only a little over a month till Christmas!

posted under: Christmas, Gift Ideas, Home Décor

Lovely Things | November 20, 2009

Gorgeous rubber stamp set of two of NYC's classic icons by Yellow Owl Workshop. Available at Kate's Paperie.

Top Left: House bread board from Collected by Tas-ka

Top Right: Love tree ornament from Heals

Mid Left: 'Nestling' Pencil and Ink Illustration by Jacqueline Schmidt from Screech Owl Design

Mid Right: Little sack of mini clothspin clips from Oliva Manna via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Bottom Left: Handmade bone china flowers used in Teardrop pendant light by Bodo Sperlein

Bottom Right: Free pattern download from Lovely Design

And finally, a world globe to colour in from Geo-Grafia.

Have a great weekend!

posted under: Gift Ideas, Stationery, Home Décor

Spring Bird | November 19, 2009

I'm a huge fan of practically everything made by O-Check Design Graphics. In particular, I adore their inventive greeting card concept "Spring Bird".

It doubles as a gorgeous decoration. Perfect for christmas! Make sure to check out their other innovative christmas stationery while you're there.

posted under: Christmas, Gift Ideas, Stationery

Apple Week at A Field Journal | November 18, 2009

One of my favourite blogs of all time is A Field Journal. I'm sure many of you have seen it before and are well aware of just how truly inspiring it is! Through her breathtaking photo-styling and the most adorable creative projects, Livy conjures up a perfect little world in which to get lost.

Last week was 'Apple Week' where Livy provided some tempting autumn-inspired apple recipes accompanied, of course, by her signature gorgeous imagery.

Feast your eyes on these: Apple Cider, Candied Apples, Caramel Apples and Apple Crisp. Yum. Yum. Yum.

posted under: Food, Desserts, Do It Yourself, Entertaining, Drink

Polaroid Notes | November 17, 2009

I think this is a brilliant concept- 20 notecards made from polaroids. Such a novel way to decorate your gifts! Curated by Jenifer Altman. Available here.

For more Polaroid goodness also check out Jenifer's 2010 Polaroid Calendar.

posted under: Photography, Gift Ideas, Stationery

Olive's Friend Pop | November 16, 2009

I spotted this in the latest issue of Frankie mag and thought it was too adorable not to post! A collection of vintage-inspired clothing for little girls  by Olive's Friend Pop. They call it "nostalgic playwear". So cute!

posted under: Kids, Fashion, Vintage Style

Organic Elderflower Pressé by Belvoir Fruit Farms | November 13, 2009

I think I've just found my new favourite beverage! I am totally smitten with this Elderflower Pressé by Belvoir Fruit Farms. It really has quite an unusual flavour and is bubbly and refreshing- perfect for a sunny summer afternoon. I don't even know what an Elderflower is, but I thank god for it.

And yes, the packaging is heavenly and quite possibly a contributing factor to my reverence for this product. I am now really keen to try the other flavours in the series. Melbournites- you can find these at The Essential Ingredient in Prahran Market.

posted under: Typography, Entertaining, Drink

Make Believe Floral Necklaces | November 12, 2009

Love these bold, eye-catching floral necklaces from Make Believe.

posted under: Gift Ideas, Jewellery, Fashion

Pretty Flags | November 11, 2009

Very cute table design with recipes and free printables including these little flags in a multitude of pretty patterns from Morning by Foley.

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

Early Christmas Inspiration | November 10, 2009

This cutie-pie set of christmas themed stamps from Aspen & Brown would make great embellishments for cards, tags and giftwrap this Christmas.

These chocolate filled Peppermint Meringues would make an attractive and delectable addition to your Christmas table. Get the recipe from Martha.

Also check out her Heavenly Holiday Desserts. I find her Hazelnut Praline Torte to be particularly striking.

posted under: Christmas, Gift Ideas, Stationery, Food, Desserts

Just Plain Cute! | November 09, 2009

Top: Brighten up your clothing with these Les Droplettes Fabric Pins in the cutest selection of colours and patterns from Ninon. (via Paper N' Stitch)

Bottom: Adorable illustration for Pétit Retro by Tinou Le Joly Sénoville.

posted under: Illustration, Gift Ideas, Jewellery

Smiley Happy Cushions | November 06, 2009

Love this adorable cushion collection by Bobo Choses available at Little Fashion Gallery. Cheer up a kids room, or any room for that matter, with these little gems!

posted under: Gift Ideas, Kids, Home Décor

Beautiful Wooden Tableware | November 05, 2009

Stunning in their simplicity and natural aesthetic, wooden tableware has become a recent fascination of mine, especially pieces of the miniature variety! They add such a beautiful touch to a table design- great for parties and entertaining!  Continue for more info on my own personal collection as well as items on the wishlist!

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posted under: Gift Ideas, Food, Tableware, Entertaining

il migliore | November 04, 2009

It was just before Christmas last year and my mother and I were in a car headed towards Armadale when we discovered a little shop packed to the brim with brightly coloured packages in a variety of beautiful and exotic patterns. We were intrigued! Continue for more details and pics.

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posted under: Christmas, Gift Ideas, Food, Desserts, Melbourne Chic, Entertaining

The Cutest Containers | November 03, 2009

The cutest food/drink containers in the prettiest colours...

Top: Superb branding for New York Cafe "Moomah" by Apartment One. Via Unruly Things

Bottom: The cutest little cupcake wrappers from The Cupcake Wrapper co. Available here.

posted under: Food, Desserts, Parties, Drink

Festive French Ladies | November 02, 2009

Who doesn't love the current stream of talented French female illustrators with their bright, colourful and cheery creations? This is a little round-up of some of my recent inspirations in this genre. Continue for more pics and details...

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posted under: Illustration, Gift Ideas, Stationery, Found Objects