Sunday, 28 February 2010

Shop Update - 'Story Telling' Collages


A little shop update on a lovely Sunday, to introduce the first of my original collages, the 'Story Telling' Collection.

1. The Companion Book Club
2. Gardens of Wonderland
3. He Carries a Sword
4. Scribbling Days

Each collage comes with its own sweet story inspired by the vintage images and intertwined text. Pop over and check them out at my little shop now.

Much Love
xxx

Flea Market Finds..

Good morning and welcome to another lovely Sunday of Flea Market Finds. I hope you have been enjoying a fabulous weekend whatever you have been up to. Did you check out all of last weeks finds. Weren't they just fabulous, you girls have some serious talent when it comes to locating second hand goodies. There was a fabulous stash of books and magazines, some lovely kitchen accessories here and here, a seriously cute lamp and a fabulous chandelier. What a wonderful haul of goodies.

My second hand search this week was all about finding some more lovely bits of ephemera for my collages. Yesterday morning I headed straight out to Rose Harvest, to wander through all the lovely rooms in search of some beloved treasures. Here's what I found..

The sweetest little box brownie to add to my collection and a stack of gorgeous books that will be just perfect for my collage series.

I actually gasped when I pulled this little box out from under a cupboard, all the gorgeous old buttons and buckles have so many stories to tell.

And out the back I finally picked up something I've been wanting for so long..

This lovely red birdcage, which is now hanging in the maple tree in the backyard...

So what have you found this week! I can't wait to see, I just love popping in and sharing your flea market fun! To play along just leave a comment and put your flea market blog post (not just your blog) in the MckLinky below so we can all check out your goodies. Remember you can play any time during the week!

Oh and if you have a flickr account, be sure you pop over and join the Flea Market Finds pool and add your lovely finds.

Happy Sunday!
Much Love
xxx


Saturday, 27 February 2010

Saturday Shopping List...London


A little bit of lovely old London to start your weekend, inspired by Sparrow Salvage's gorgeous necklace.

Happy Saturday! I'm off to do a spot of shopping myself, what are your weekend plans?
Much Love
xxx

Friday, 26 February 2010

Friday Favourites

Something a little different for my Friday Favourites today.. You see, it is official. Yes, I can finally purchase something beautiful from Anthropologie and they will ship it to me, right to my little cottage doorstep here in Australia. Oh me, oh my! There are no words.. Just crazy dancing! These are just a few of my Anthropologie Friday Favourites...

All beautiful goodness via Anthropologie

It really is a very Happy Friday!

Much Love
xxx

Thursday, 25 February 2010

My Creative Space..

This week I've been messing up my newly created Ephemera Corner as I search for imperfect book covers and vintage images to create my new series of collages. As I sit and ponder through lovely old books, their stories seeping into my soul, I feel at home.

My little handmade table filled with vintage ephemera..

A new collage in progress.. Scribbling Days, created using a gorgeous library stamped vintage book cover.

Vintage postcards

One of my favourite keys from my collection and a lovely reel of vintage crochet thread

I just love my new little space in my studio, just the perfect size to mess up, with somewhere to store all my bits and pieces.

Visit the creative Queen of craft Kirsty for more gorgeous creative spaces.

Happy Thursday!
Much Love
xxx

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Some afternoons..

Some afternoons were made for a cozy spot and a good book..

beautiful image by Samantha Lamb

Today was just one of those afternoons...

Much Love
xxx

Wednesday Wardrobe...Cute Dresses

On this delightful Wednesday as Autumn grows ever closer and the leaves on my maple tree begin to share a tinge of gold, I'm just adoring beautiful 1950's style dresses. They may just be the perfect outfit for work and for playing amongst Autumn leaves.


So sweet and girly.. these would be so sweet with a little cardigan and a cute pair of ballet flats. Oh how I need to do a spot of Autumn shopping.

The happiest of Wednesdays to you!
Much Love
xxx

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Society Delights

Thank you so much to my lovely friend Christina, for alerting me this morning to the amazing sneak peek of Sibella Court's home and shop over at Design*Sponge. You have made my day! My heart began to race as soon as I saw all those beautiful images and now I'm dreaming about future op shopping and treasure hunting adventures, to bring a little of Sibella's world into my wee cottage. A few of my favourites..

Be still my beating heart...
Just so much lovely! Be sure to check them all out over at Design*Sponge.

I hope your Tuesday has been full of beautiful moments
Much Love
xxx

Delightful Dwellings..

As I tinker around my little house and each week find new bits and pieces to add, I have been thinking about my personal style and where I fit into the grand scheme of interior design. Here are a few images that are inspiring me this week...


Well it seems I need to invest in a lovely bentwood chairs, a lovely birdcage or two, a little more vintage ephemera and some gorgeous new linen. I've heard this style called Modern Whimsy.. Whatever it is, I think I'm in love.

Happy Tuesday
Much Love
xxx

Monday, 22 February 2010

Collage me pretty..

As promised here are the little collages I have been working on.. this is just the beginning of my 'Story Telling' collection which uses vintage ephemera, lace and buttons on old book covers to tell sweet stories of years gone by.

The beginnings of the 'Story Telling' collection
The Companion Book Club (left) and Gardens of Wonderland (right) will be available in my little Etsy shop later this week.

I hope you are having very lovely Monday indeed..
Much Love
xxx

Monday Must Have..

As I spend a good portion of day with my head in a book, what better way to start Monday than with some fabulous nerdy must haves.


Gorgeous necklace by Morphologica (I loved it so much I actually just bought it)


To wear whilst reading 'How to Read a Poem' from Readings

To decorate my nerdy lounge room full of books, lovely cushion by Aunty Cookie


To carry all my books in.. Penguin tote bag via John Lewis


PS. Happy Eighth Birthday to my gorgeous little sister Ella!

Have a wonderfully nerdy Monday!
Much Love
xxx

Sunday, 21 February 2010

My Ephemera Corner..

It seems that I have a short attention span today.. it's Sunday and my stash of ephemera was calling me away from my essay marking. I've been trying to decided what I wanted to do with the lovely side table my hubby made. It was mid way through my pile of essays I had a striking idea.. an ephemera corner, so I've taken a little break to bring my idea to life in my studio.

My little ephemera corner, filled with all kinds of vintage bits and pieces.
We found this little spice rack yesterday on our travels at Around Again and I didn't think much of it at the time. But it has made the perfect place to store all my vintage paper, postcards, photographs and book covers.

My vintage Kinco trinket box makes the perfect home for my precious keys and buckles

And another little recycled box to keep all my vintage lace and ribbon together.

Here is a little sneak peek of the two collages I've made this weekend. Its been so lovely to get back into create little pieces of art. Collage has always been a favourite medium of mine to work in. I will be making a whole collection over the coming weeks and each will some with its own little story.

Both little collages will be for sale in my Etsy shop later this week.

As another storm roles over, I best get back to my marking after my very satisfying little break. I think another pot of tea or two is in order to see me through the rest of these essays.

Much Love
xxx

Giveaway Winner!

Thanks so much to everyone who enter my Valentine Giveaway, it was so delightful to hear about all your fictional character crushes, some very sweet ones indeed!

Now to the lovely winner! By way of my favourite magical pink teacup..

Congratulations Sue! I hope you enjoy your brooch.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday, we have just had a beautiful storm come over and now the whole world seems cool and lovely. I'm off to brew a pot of tea and get back to these essays.

Much Love
xxx

Flea Market Finds..

Oh how I love a good second hand find and when Sunday comes rolling around just I can't wait to see all your finds for the week. Some wonderful discoveries again last week, you girls really know how to shop. A lovely piece of furniture here, fabulous shoes and handbag, a gorgeous brooch collection and some great garage sale pieces too. Yay for second hand treasures!

So I had one of those amazing 'Flea Market Gods are shining down on me' moments yesterday, when we made a quick stop at Around Again, so my hubby could look for some parts to make an aviary. I walked into the 'good room' and sitting in front of me was the most delightful little phone stand. I just loved seeing Vic's gorgeous phone stand makeover and now I have the perfect place to put my little retro phone.

My little telephone stand..

I also stopped off at Sweet Lilly, a lovely little homewares and antique shop to pick up some ephemera for some new collages I'm working on. I came out with a fabulous 1948 copy of Home Journal (above) and these lovely old photographs.

I hope the Flea Market Gods have shone down on you this week! What have you found? To play along just leave a comment and put your flea market blog post (not just your blog) in the MckLinky below so we can check out your goodies.

I'm off to mark a whole stack of year 12 English drafts and essays, hope your Sunday is a little bit more exciting than mine!

PS. I will be back a little later to announce the winner of my Valentine Giveaway.

Much Love
xxx




Saturday, 20 February 2010

Saturday Shopping List..

1. nothing unrequited here by heather bell by vervebathpress
2. No.24 Journal Tales by stton
3. PostScript - a zine by TangleCrafts
4. April Craft Leftovers Monthly by CraftLeftovers

Fill your Saturday with paper delights and lovely zines..

Check out the other lovely shopping lists at fancypicnic.

Happy Saturday, hope you are having a fabulous start to your weekend.
Much Love
xxx

Friday, 19 February 2010

Friday Favourites

This Friday it's all about bunches of colour and fun!

Fabulous cardboard balloons by Color Me Katie

Gorgeous colourful moments in Emily Henson's home via Design*Sponge

Super sweet magazine rack at Lucy King's lovely home via The Design Files

I think this may just be my new phase to live by.. beautiful wall hanging by dottie angel

Oh Friday how I heart thee...
Here's to a wonderful Friday and a truly delightful weekend!

Only two more days to enter my giveaway, so be sure to pop over here for your chance to win.

Much Love
xxx

Thursday, 18 February 2010

My Creative Space..

I always love when Thursdays come rolling around, the end of the week is near and creative spaces are abundant with lovely handmade delights. What a busy week it has been, the year seems to be picking up pace as one day seems to morph magically into the next. I just love the quiet creative moments in my day when I can just be, with some fabric and scissors or a crochet hook. This week my creative space has been filled with some fun and fabulous projects that make me smile.

On my little desk this week is a little secret project I'm currently creating. I've been working on a little softie pattern for a little while and this is a wee experiment for a special someone inspired by one of my favourite children's books, The Secret Staircase.

My funny little illustrations coming to life..

Also on my desk, my little granny squares still growing in number.. I'm loving them so much I think my original cushion idea, may become a wee blanket instead.

Its been a fabulous week for dressing up at work, as I spoke at the school assembly dressed as a Pink Lady from Grease on Monday and Tuesday I adorned a very yellow bumble bee costume for the swimming carnival. I just love playing dress ups!

My bumblebee costume complete with handmade tutu, giant bow and of course some pipe cleaner antennas. So much fun!

Visit the creative Queen of craft Kirsty for more creative spaces.
Wishing you a fabulously creative Thursday! Hope your week has been just lovely indeed.

PS. If you haven't already, be sure to enter pop over here to enter my Valentine's giveaway for your chance to win a very special Mr. Darcy brooch.

Much Love
xxx

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Wednesday Wardrobe.. Cute Cardigans

It seems when it comes to fashion at the moment, I just can't get Autumn out of my head. I'm already searching for my favourite wardrobe staple, fabulous girly detailed cardigans, as I dream of cooler weather.


How cute are these cardigans from Anthropologie and Modcloth, I seem to be constantly drawn to these lovely shades of mustard and indigo. Oh how I'm dreaming of Autumn days, the countdown is on.

Happy Wednesday!
Much Love
xxx