Roksanda Resort 2016 | June 23, 2015

The colourful, geometric / graphic awesomeness of Roksanda Resort 2016. Check out more pics here!

( photos: style.com )

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Mod Pieces Vintage Lamp Bases- Sale! | June 20, 2015

If you have a thing for vintage lamps, you might want to check out the eclectic collection of bases which are currently on sale at Mod Pieces. Hurry up though, 40% off sale ends June 21st!! I kinda want them all...

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posted under: Home Décor, Vintage Style

Party Mix... | June 18, 2015

 

This summer I'm loving...

one | two | three | four | five | six | seven | eight

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posted under: Entertaining, Parties, Party Mix, Tableware

Kinda Big News, Ok- HUGE... | June 11, 2015

So, about a month ago Mark and I, along with our dog Sukie, packed up all our belongings and moved to California!

Yep.

Cos, you know, we hadn't done anything CRAZY recently and needed to fill out quota.

The whole process started about 7 months ago and it's been one giganormous rollercoaster ride ever since. The short of it is this: Mark was offered a job at Google in San Francisco!!

GOOGLE!!!

So, we left our extremely comfortable, happy and, let's face it, SPOILED ROTTEN existence in our hometown Melbourne, Australia and hi-tailed it all the way to the USA. The Bay Area is no joke. Property and rent prices are sky high as masses of people trying to squeeze into an already high density, tech-frenzied, fast-paced town. NOTHING here is easy. But when Google calls, you come running!! And we did. 

To say that this whole process has been a challenge is the understatement of the millenium. We've been through every headache from trying to apply for work VISAs to working out where we're going to be buy our underwear from now on. 

But I won't get into all of the craziness now, at least not yet. Let's just say that, despite the monster challenges we continue to face, this is possibly the most exciting adventure we've ever been on and totally worth the blood sweat and tears! 


Mark and I have moved into a temporary Airbnb for a couple of months in a very, very cute suburb of SF.  We're still exploring, still learning lots and still getting our bearings...

Thankfully, Jordan, of Oh Happy Day, has been an absolute godsend!! She has been so welcoming- showing us around all the awesomeness of SF, inviting us to a dinner party, helping us get settled. That's Jordan in the pic with the gorgeous flowers- I'm sure you recognise her little red Fiat! (Photo taken by Paul Ferney). I simply had to get her a gift for being so awesome (bottom left). 


Amazingly our super-anxious rescue pup Sukie has settled in extremely well. She used to be an absolute wreck when it came to any slight change of routine but she has adapted so quickly and easily to this whole new life!! Admittedly, faster than I have!!! She even had to endure a 14 hour flight in air freight and she used to be terrified of confined spaces! She was in a bit of a daze and slightly traumatized after the ordeal, but she recovered quickly! She's LOVING exploring her new backyard in our current rental and dozing in the California sunshine- when it actually bothers to make an appearance, that is. (The pic of her in the grass was perfectly captured by Mark). 

Also, I would be remiss if I didn't make a note of just how proud I am of Mark for getting this amazing job at Google. He went through a particularly gruelling interview process and successfully made it to the other side! Even more impressive is that he's been so great at navigating this whole process of moving to an entirely different country- which is no small feat! He's provided us with such a wonderful opportunity and I'm so incredibly grateful!! 

We've been living in a constant state of transition for the last 7 months. The continual uncertainty has been a huge challenge for us at times- we don't know what's going to happen next or where we'll be living (our lease runs out in a couple of weeks and we still haven't lined up our next place!!), but at the end of the day, it's all just part of this INSANE adventure. We don't know what the future will bring... but, in some strange way, that's actually part of the fun.

Finally, apologies for being away from this blog for so long. It has been an overwhelming experience and I do have a tendency to retreat when things get too much... I do, however, want to document this whole crazy ride here. So much to tell you....

Hopefully, back with more news soon!

Toodles! :)

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posted under: San Francisco, storytelling, Sukie, Travel

NEW Printable Watermelon Gift Tags in the shop... | December 11, 2014

Are we over watermelons yet? I hope not, cos I'm kinda in love with these little cuties that I've created for the shop. I actually think the colours are kinda appropriate for the festive season. Just $2 (USD) for the digital PDF that you can print as many times as you like! 

Grab your watermelon gift tag printables here!

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posted under: Christmas, Gift Ideas, Holidays, Parties, Shop, Stationery

Free Printable Toucans | December 03, 2014

Adore Home magazine recently asked me to create a festive holiday project for their annual printed issue and so I designed these mini toucan printables!  They make cute place-setting cards for tropical-themed summer luncheons, gift tags or even tree decorations for the festive season!

You can check out the full project with instructions in the gorgeous Adore Home annual printed issue available here or in select newsagencies across Australia.

(photo: Adore Home)

Download the free printable right here!

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

Eat Drink Chic - The Shop | December 01, 2014

The very popular “Sweet New Year" Calendar has been updated for 2015 and is now available for download in my Etsy shop. That's right, I've opened up a shop!! Nothing too fancy yet, just a couple of printables available including a bright and colourful Happy Xmas card

The shop is very much a work in progress at the moment, but I hope to fill it up, bit by bit, as time goes on. Would love to hear your thoughts on what you'd love to see there in the future! Greatly appreciate your feedback :)

Check out my brand new shop right here!

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posted under: Christmas, Gift Ideas, Holidays, Shop, Stationery

Mixed Bag... | November 10, 2014

So, my weekend ended up being unexpectedly eventful. Among the highlights was some shopping and a yummy lunch at Mighty Boy Eatery, a trip to the Melbourne Design Market at Fed Square, a slow perusal of the awesome books at Metropolis Bookshop, some homemade dumplings from a stall at the Sunday Market at The Arts Centre and a brief stop at the NGV to see the supremely colourful and kooky "Express Yourself" exhibition by Romance was Born. How was your weekend?

cushion | lamp | ring | ceramic herb markers | outfit | cup | table | face mirror | scarf | bow tie

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posted under: Fashion, Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Jewellery, Melbourne Chic

Stephen Baker | November 05, 2014

Discovered on one of my wayward excursions on Instagram- the works of Melbourne artist Stephen Baker. Awesome.

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posted under: Artwork, Melbourne Chic

Mixed Bag of Curiosities... | November 05, 2014

Cute, quirky colourful curiosities. Perhaps unique gifts or treasures for your own collections...

evil eye | toy police cruiser | soap |  stickers | beaded doll | crescent moon | vase | lemon card | kids shoesslug

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posted under: Christmas, Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Kids

Mixed Bag... | November 02, 2014

Hope everyone had a happy weekend! Here's a jumble of colourful goodies to kick-start the week...

lamp | tree decoration | artwork | clutch | cat candle | vase | eyewear (via) | shoes (via)

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posted under: Artwork, Christmas, Fashion, Home Décor, Mixed Bag

Where the Pretty Things Come From... | October 09, 2014

I make a lousy house-wife.

I have a very limited repertoire of dishes that I can cook and invest very little time in improving my culinary skills.

Also, I think I'm allergic to manual labour. Whenever I clean the house I fly into a tiny rage that elicits a stream of unladylike cursing and a tendency to snap at unfortunate bystanders.

We have no children (bar a fur-child). In fact, having a child seems like the scariest thing in the world to me and I often wonder what all the fuss is about.

Instead, I spend my days obsessively nurturing a slightly unorthodox lifestyle- one where I provide a kind of nourishment through art and design rather than homemade lasagne. I litter our home with colourful and, oftentimes, childish knick knacks and plan the aesthetics of dinner parties with infinitesimal detail.

I struggle daily with trying to eke a living from a creative existence. And in the process, I've converted our living/dining room into, what appears to be, a messy snapshot of my brain. Piles of colourful props and remnants of paper, twine, glitter and sequins are constantly scattered across our dining table. Bright pink IKEA boxes line the walls in my attempt to curb the ever-expanding chaos.

And yet, despite lacklustre domestic skills, the ostensibly frivolous nature of my interests and a creative anarchy that threatens to consume us whole, my husband still loves me (!) and seems genuinely in awe of what I do. He says I make this house a home, albeit, in my own peculiar way.

For me, collecting, composing and making pretty things is the only truly successful way I've learned how to communicate myself to the world. Where others are articulate, social creatures who use themselves as a canvas to express their art, I prefer to hide behind these things that I make. It's just who I am, and with all the faults and limitations it presents in the real world, I am slowly learning to accept and even embrace it. 

I seem to be creating this home, and this blog, in an effort to communicate only the beautiful parts within me and, perhaps, with a belief that somehow this will banish the wealth of darker, messier and far less glamorous traits; to show others that although I may verbally stumble through a sentence or carry myself hesitantly, averting my gaze and swerving from the reach of friendly strangers, that there is something in this world I am capable of contributing... however tiny and frivolous it may seem.

Thanks for listening :)

P.S. I am attempting to spend a bit more time over at Instagram lately.... Please follow me if you're interested in keeping up with the visual frivolity!

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posted under: Bits of Happy, Blog Stuff, Our Home, storytelling, Sukie

Vote for me! | August 27, 2014

So, in a kind of awesome and somewhat surreal turn of events, I've been nominated for this year's Cosmopolitan Magazine 'Fun Fearless Female' Award in the Social Media category. 

Admittedly, I was a little nervous about how to approach this post. I'm generally not one for the blatant 'Vote for me!' spiel. However, I think this nomination is actually pretty darn cool so, to heck with with subtlety- 'Vote for me!!(please).

I'll love you forever.

Also, make sure to take a gander at all of this year's 80 amazing nominees! Voting closes on September 15. (EDIT Aug 28: You can vote up to three times per day!)

And thanks to Cosmo for the nomination! I'm exceedingly flattered. :)

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posted under: Blog Stuff, storytelling

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!

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posted under: Artwork, Home Décor

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 }

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posted under: Desserts, Entertaining, Food, Gift Ideas, Parties

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 

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posted under: Artwork, Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Mixed Bag, storytelling

Jonathan Ong is Awesome | March 11, 2014

I first had the supreme pleasure of meeting Melbourne wedding photographer Jonathan Ong back in 2010. It was his artistic eye and slightly off-beat style that instantly drew me to his work and Mark and I were absolutely chuffed to hire him to capture our big day!

Since then, on rare occasion, Jon and I will catch up, bond over our introverted tendencies and lightly touch on the possibility of working on a project together. Regrettably, we have yet to do so. However, I have been keeping an eye on his work, marvelling at the growth of his talent with each passing year. He's had the opportunity to shoot some truly gorgeous weddings and continually demonstrates his ability to capture the whole gamut of the wedding experience- from the perfect little details to raw, human emotion.

And so, I felt it was high time to showcase some of my personal favourites from his portfolio, on the blog.  Truth be told, the curation actually took far longer than expected, as he has so many beauties to choose from!  Take a gander and then pop over to his lovely journal to revel in more of his awesomeness...

above: Adam + Kirstyn.

above: Simon + Sarah.

above: Jolvin + Jolyn.

above: Paul + Victoria.

above: Murray + Suga

above: Noel + Yadira.

above: November Deer Launch.

above: Aidan + Lauren.

above: Jia Heng + Adelene

above: Jennifer + Brendan.

above: Simon + Sarah.

above: Rob + Kim.

above: Brent + Cathy.

above: Jia Heng + Adelene

above: Simon + Sarah.

above: Riccardo + Sabrina.

above: Justin + Jessica.

Make sure to pop on over to his Journal to see more of his gorgeous work.

( all photos by Jonathan Ong )

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posted under: Melbourne Chic, Photography, Weddings

'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!

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posted under: Do It Yourself, Free Stuff, Oh Happy Day, Parties, Valentines Day, Weddings

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.

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posted under: Christmas, Free Stuff, Gift Ideas, Holidays, Oh Happy Day, Stationery, 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.

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