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

Bits of Happy... | October 10, 2013

So I know that content's been kinda light around here lately... Well, I've been a busy bee. I've been working on a number of freebies, including a new one for Oh Happy Day which will be available next week.

Now that we're heading into the Holiday season, I plan to focus a lot more on DIY Projects and freebies. Included in the round-up is (hopefully) a brand spanking new Calendar design for 2014!  Now that I've said it, I guess I've committed to it, huh? :)

I hope to churn out the freebies as fast as humanly possible for you, so please stay tuned!

In other news, I'm currently obsessed with Lindor Chocolate balls. My favourite flavours are Dark, Raspberry and Coffee. Just thought I'd share...

Have a happy weekend! :)

XO
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posted under: Bits of Happy

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

FREE "Read My Lips" Notecards | October 03, 2013

Recently, (somewhere in between wolfishly tearing through self-improvement books and multiple failed attempts to curb a sugar addiction), I designed these mini lip-shaped notecards. The seemingly ubiquitous 'lips' motif, sported in many a fashion collection these days, finally snagged me and, as trends have a tendency to do, refused to let go. And so I was hopelessly compelled to design these little smoochies. Well, they are pretty freaking cute, aren't they? 

It's as easy as pie to make: Download, Print, Cut. Fold. Write a fabulous message inside. 

Oh, and I've also included gift tag versions as a bonus. Mwah!

Continue to download your freebies...

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posted under: Do It Yourself, Free Stuff, Gift Ideas, Stationery, Valentines Day

Bits of Happy... | September 27, 2013

I am excitedly developing maybe 3 or 4 party-related projects for this blog concurrently. If my head was to explode (from sheer creative overload), there would be a glorious mountain of confetti, glitter and noisemakers in the middle of our home. Hmmm.. that actually sounds like fun.

Meanwhile, the anticipation of Christmas, and all the dazzling creative possibilities that it carries, slowly insinuates itself into my overly-wired mind, leaving an even greater trail of confusion and anxiety in its wake. 

Every so often, this happens. (Um... once a month). My impatience to see all my ideas come into fruition immediately, leaves me overwhelmed and, subsequently, paralysed.

I am then reminded- take things one step at a time. As much as you would love to rush headlong into every project and have everything done and dusted in one fell swoop, this is simply not possible. Take a break from looking at the big picture. Focus solely on the task at hand. It may be just a tiny, simple detail but it's a crucial one and it needs to be completed before you can move onto the next.

Sound advice. Wish I didn't keep forgetting it.

Much like the multitude of projects currently making noise in my head, I have recently been amassing a vast collection of props and craft materials. Currently homeless, they create one giant, albeit colourful, mess across my work/dining tabletop. I did, however, have the bright idea of storing my sequin collection in Happy Lab test tubes. Well, that's something at least. One step at a time...

Have a happy weekend folks! :)

XO
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posted under: Bits of Happy, Craft, Happy Workspace, storytelling

Happy Friday + Free Wallpaper! | September 05, 2013

Hey Folks! I've whipped up some goodies to brighten up your phones... Happy Friday everyone! :)

Continue to download your freebies...

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posted under: Free Stuff, Happy Workspace, 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

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

Bits of Happy... | July 19, 2013

Get your craft on and have a happy weekend everybody! :)

XO
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posted under: Bits of Happy, Craft, Happy Workspace, Parties

Mini Paper Fan Printables on 'Oh Happy Day' | July 15, 2013

So, I disappeared a bit last week. Sorry about that folks! My new Pomodoro timer app still works a treat but at some point, for whatever the reason, the wheels fell off my whole 'getting organised' mission. Just so you know, I've been working on these babies! It's my latest post for Oh Happy Day. You can grab them here.

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

Bits of Happy... | June 24, 2013

Thought I'd start the day on a cheery note with an explosion of colourful crafty bits.

Recent acquisitions: Polyhedra Rubber Stamps from Present and Correct. Color Pop Diary by Standard Number picked up locally from Lulu.

Happy Tuesday!

XO
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posted under: Bits of Happy, Craft, Happy Workspace, Stationery

Random Lovelies.. | June 21, 2013

I haven't tackled one of these posts in awhile.... you know, the random mish-mash of details from our home. So I figured it was probably time :)

Firstly, my obsession with bowls has gone a tad out of control. What you see above, is not the complete collection, mind you. They're just so dang pretty. I can't resist.

I just need to find a creative way to display them all.

My latest weakness, however, is for pot plants. A growing collection currently inhabits the top of our bar.

Ok, let's face it, this is merely an excuse to collect interesting planters and feed my insatiable hunger for pretty ceramics. Shh... don't tell anyone.

I went to The Collectors Corner at Gardenworld earlier this week with the intention of buying an airplant. I was completely overwhelmed by the sheer variety. Who knew? I waded through hundreds of succulents, cacti and airplants and eventually (whilst on the brink of a head explosion) settled on the succulent below and the prettiest airplant I could find (far right on the bar).

Gardenworld is a plant-lovers paradise. For a mere dabbler, such as myself, it can be a tad overwhelming but still very much worth the visit!

And in other random lovelies...

Saturday lunch. Boiled eggs, spring onion, Simon Johnson mayo, spelt toast. Yum.

Oh, and my gift tag obsession continues... This time I'm using images from an old Ted Baker catalogue.

And it just wouldn't be right to not include a little 'Sukie' in here...

It's funny, the unique vernacular that starts to develop within a household. For example, Sukie takes meds each morning. To make these more palatable, we thickly envelop them in peanut butter. Mark has nicknamed her meds "Scooby Snacks". The mere mention of those words and Sukie becomes a frantic mess. Probably because he also lets her lick the spoon when she's finished!

Sukie, like most dogs, understands the word 'Walk'. So, to avoid any premature paw stamping, circular jumping, and tail wag action,  Mark has started to get creative when discussing the activity. Each time, he uses different code words. It started with "Are you ready to monkey the monkey?" but, in recent times, I'm pretty sure I caught him saying "You ready to hand-crochet the alabaster?". Go figure.

Do you remember when I bought this lovely print by Mia Oatley? I forgot to mention that I got it framed. Wowsers. How is it that the framing is about a zillion times more expensive than the artwork itself? Looks pretty though. I have yet to decide where to hang it...

And that's all the news! If you like this kinda jazz, visit Sundayland.

Happy Friday everybody! :)

XO
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posted under: Home Décor, Our Home, storytelling, Sukie, Sundayland

Sunday in Pictures | June 11, 2013

 

XO
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posted under: Food, Melbourne Chic, storytelling, Sundayland

Mixed Bag... | June 06, 2013

napkins | oxfords | tiger cushion (via the design files) | leopard cushion | moustache | mask | tag | straws | dog | de clieu | mousepad | coaster 

XO
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posted under: Fashion, Home Décor, Melbourne Chic, Mixed Bag, Parties, Photography, Stationery, Tableware

Mixed Bag... | May 30, 2013

shoes | escort card | star dominoes | shades | tumbler | girl's dress | postcard | paperweight | vase

XO
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posted under: Entertaining, Fashion, Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Kids, Mixed Bag, Parties, Stationery, Tableware, Weddings

The Pretty Things | May 14, 2013

I'm at a loss for words today.

In my flu-ridden downtime, over the last couple of weeks, there was an abundance of words. And so I wrote- A lot. And now I'm fresh out.

I hope to share those words with you someday... but I'm not quite ready yet. Best to stick with the pretty things...

I designed these gift tags quite awhile ago. Not sure why I've taken so long to share them with you! If you like them, you can download them inside this post.

Oh, and the pretty raindrop giftwrap (shown above) is a free printable from Mini Eco.

Speaking of pretty things, I have an obsession with quirky and unique planters at the moment. Would love to cover the top of our bar with a huge cluster of them! I found the one shown above at Mr. Kitly. Such a lovely store. I never leave empty-handed.

Also, I recently chopped up an old Gorman brochure for the gorgeous patterns. What do you think- frame them? Make gift tags... or envelope liners?

I have to say, I am actually enjoying Autumn and the return of the cooler weather. It's nice to watch the daily, yellow foliage showers in our backyard. Although, perhaps not quite as nice to have to sweep them up...

Thanks to those who sent well wishes! I'm feeling a lot better now. No more 'fuzzyhead' and I'm feeling all inspired again! :)

Oh, and don't forget to read on if you want to grab your freebies!

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posted under: Do It Yourself, Free Stuff, Home Décor, Our Home, Stationery, storytelling, Sukie

Stuff and Tea Towels | May 09, 2013

I turned to Mark the other night and had a big fat whinge about how I didn't think this flu would ever go away and I would feel like this forever. Long Emphatic Sigh. 

Sorry for the lack of updates recently... it's hard to impart inspiration when your brain's gone seriously whackadoo. 

I am extremely grateful for all the kind and encouraging comments on my last post! You guys rock! I truly have such wise, insightful and beautiful readers. The overwhelming response was, when it comes to this blog I should 'do what makes me happy' and just 'follow my heart' and even though this advice may seem simple and obvious, I think I just needed to hear it! Thank-you for your support! xo

So, I'm off now. I will be attempting to master the art of being non-productive (so I can get over this bug) but before I leave- Do you like the above drawing by David Shrigley? It is available as a tea towel at Third Drawer Down... I think it's kinda cute.

XO
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posted under: Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Kitchenware, storytelling, Typography

Just some random things... | May 02, 2013

I guess it's probably not a good idea to write a blog post when one can't think straight. It's probably the flu, or hormones, or lack of proper nutrition (I think I had chocolate for breakfast yesterday... and lunch ). More likely, it's some hideous cocktail of all of these things. I'm going to do it anyway.

I'm on the couch today, a tissue box beside me, a quilt wrapped around me, the Codral has just kicked in and I'm staring at this stunning new treasure that has recently made its way into our life.  

Over the weekend, Mark and I found a beautiful Indian sideboard at Fenton and Fenton and were quick to snatch it up. It arrived yesterday morning and it is just PERFECT. In typical 'Amy' fashion, before I could even rip the price tag off it, I immediately started placing various knick-knacks on top and shuffling them around. Ahh... the styling possibilities. I'm gonna have some fun with this one...

And how wonderful to have all this incredibly useful new storage space at my disposal.

So here's the thing I'm really confused about at the moment. I started my Sundayland tumblr recently in an attempt to create a photo journal of a more personal, less polished nature. The truth is, I would love to take this blog in the same direction. As a result, I am experiencing big-time confusion as to where to post my content these days! I would love to hear your thoughts on the issue. Would you like to see more content of a personal nature, my home decorating pursuits, my creative process, on Eat Drink Chic? What is it about this blog that you most enjoy?

In other random news...

Do you remember this cutlery tag project? Well, I've gone back to hacking my Jamie mag to decorate these amber bottles. Newspaper kinda works well too...

Above is a pic of our purple vintage bar, an impulse purchase from a few years back. For the longest time it was just this big, superfluous object that was kinda cool but didn't quite fit in anywhere. Consequently, it was shuffled around the house in an aimless fashion, finally settling by our living room windows. Strangely enough, the addition of the new sideboard to our living room has actually balanced it quite nicely and made it feel more like it's part of the room. I think I've grown to love it again.

Our living room is starting to take shape.... slowly.

Have a happy weekend everybody! :)

XO
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posted under: Home Décor, Our Home, storytelling, Sundayland

Sunday Flowers | April 29, 2013

Mark and I decided to take a trip to the People's Market on Sunday. We filled up on gumbo soup, shrimp po'boy and some 'Wonderbaos'.

We also dropped by to visit Mel (the artist responsible for the stunning floral arrangements at our wedding) in her beautiful flower shop in East Brunswick. I am completely in love with her style. She has a wonderful design eye and is just so inventive... you can see more of her work on her blog. Picked up one of her poseys to brighten up our home!

In other news, I think I've finally caught the cold that's been going around. I've got 'fuzzyhead' and I'm moving very slowly this week... blegh.

XO
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posted under: Home Décor, Melbourne Chic, Our Home, storytelling, Weddings
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