Thursday, 28 February 2013

My Daily Essentials..

Inspired by this lovely Free People post, I started thinking about my daily essentials, little things that I find myself using every day.  Scattered from my bag, to my desk and my bedside table, here are my everyday must haves.


Notebook and Moleskine jounal - I would be so lost without something to write in.  My Field Notes notebook stays in my bag and my moleskine journal is usually beside my bed or on my desk.  I also have two other notebooks floating around, one for daily writing practice and the other for blog and shop ideas.  Yes, I do love a good notebook. 

iPhone & Headphones - It really amazed me, when I stopped to think about how much of my life is now on my phone.  Everything from the book I'm reading, documentary I'm watching, guided meditations I'm listening to and so many photos, I really need to organise. Kind of crazy when you think about it. 

Carmex lipbalm and Chanel lipgloss - Love love love Carmex lipbalm, especially during summer and I bought my red Chanel lipgloss as a treat from Macy's in 2011 and it's still going strong.  It's the perfect pick me up and seems to match any outfit. 

Necklace - My favourite necklace that I wear at least a few days a week.  It's made up of charms collected on my adventures overseas and also includes the original ring that Ben proposed to me with, all hanging on my grandmother's necklace.  

Scarf - I always keep a scarf handy, usually a pashmina, to throw around me if it gets cold or to dress up an outfit.  Lately with the heat and humidity, I've been loving this light thrifted nautical scarf, perfect for messy hair days.  

Myrtle & Moss hand cream - This hand cream is so lovely, it's mandarin, lemon myrtle and orange peel and it always smells so nice and fresh. 

Artline pens - I've been using Artline for ten years, and now they are the only pens I write in my journals with.. I always have at least one or two spare after so many years of misplacing them and the thought of being without a pen always freaks me out a little #curseofthewriter.   

Washi Tape - Oh washi tape, where would I be without you.  I always attempt keep a roll or two in my handbag, for emergency present wrapping, book mending, background hanging and everything in between. I've even kept the sole of my shoe on with this amazing tape.  

Tea - (and a teacup) Right now, my favourite tea cup is lovely big stripy mug from Bed Bath N' Table and my favourite tea is camomile and spearmint (quite a nice, refreshing change from peppermint). 

It's interesting to really consider what you use everyday and why and I'm sure there are so many more little things I've missed, (yes, come to think of it I totally forgot my little gold stalk scissors), so I might have to make a part two.  There is something quite fascinating about observing the every day parts of one's life. As Jemma commented on her Free People post, it says alot about your personality. 

So I'd love to know, what are your daily essentials?
Much Love
xxx

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

The Joys of Colour and Pattern..

I love pattern and I love colour.. That's all I really need to say.  But of course I also love a rambling story so I couldn't just leave it at that.  I'm an observer of life, I adore the details, the nuances and the fleeting moments.  And it seems ever since I joined the Instagram revolution, I've found myself in a wonderful haze of colour and pattern, taking in and attempting to capture all the beauty that surrounds me. I now look at everything from a different angle... The paint chip wall in the hardware store is a feast for the creative senses and rows of rainbow embroidery thread and yarn just yearn to be documented, sorted and styled, even before they are transformed in a crafternoon.  I revel in the finding perfectly mismatching patterns to wear and possibly spend a little too long carefully selecting the perfect floral fabric. Yes.. colour and pattern fill me with joy and here are a few I'm really loving this week.  

My fortuitous Saturday find.. I adore everything about this Sadler teapot. 

On my adventures today I found myself in Orla Kiely heaven. Enough said.

One of my favourite Johnson patterns.. I love the delicacy of the floral design that somehow reminds me of Alice in Wonderland.

Also from my adventures today.. The always inspiring St Barts.  Such a perfect example of beautiful eclectic bohemian styling.  

And a little saucer that always inspires.  Such a lovely colour palette, one not often associated with leaf designs and the whimsical swirls and pink blossoms are just so charming.  

I'd love to know what colours and patterns are inspiring your world too.  Do you capture them in your everyday? Are you guilty of spending too long in the paint chip isle? I'd love to find out I'm not the only one!

Much Love
xxx
     

Monday, 25 February 2013

Sneak Peek - Tales of the Sea

For as long as I can remember I've been enchanted by the ocean.  I spent my childhood weekends on the beach, first in Surfers Paradise and then in Cairns, fossicking for shells, playing amongst the waves and imagining what might be beyond the horizon. And it was something in that salt air and my vivid imagination that stirred within me, a love of the sea.. From the lost city of Atlantis, to beautiful mermaids, sirens and pirates... the sea cast its spell upon me many years ago. 

So when I began dreaming of ideas for my first co-designed and created jewellery collection for Wilde Asher, all of these memories came flooding back, after spending the past five years away from the sea.  From the first time I found a perfect shell and saw a real ship wreck, to snorkelling with turtles and dreaming of becoming a mermaid.  

Within the memories and the day dreams.. 'Tales of the Sea' was born. Inspired by vivid imaginings, found treasures, stories of old, the poetry of John Keats and the prose of James Joyce and the sea's most powerful spell of romance.     

Here is a little sneak peek into Tales of the Sea.. 
    
Each piece is uniquely handmade in our studio and I'm so delighted that much of the collection will feature found objects and vintage treasures, including beautiful antique coins from a one hundred year old gypsy costume, given to me by a dear family friend. 

Tales of the Sea will be launched in our online boutique in April and I can't wait to share more about our second winter collection soon too.  

Much Love
xxx

PS. I must have been dreaming about this collection nearly twelve months ago.. I just remembered this post I wrote back last May. How fortuitous!

Images Two and Three feature inspiring pages from Sibella Court's Bowerbird

Friday, 22 February 2013

Fridays Were Made For..

As I sat at my desk this morning, planning and working on a few upcoming projects, I felt my mind wandering, dancing through a sea of ideas and afternoon possibilities.  So being Friday after all, I decided to give my myself the afternoon off.. and immerse myself in a little Friday fun.. 

On my desk.. Notebooks filled in scribbles and a few of my favourite inspiring reads.

On the clothes line.. A little bit of vintage tablecloth love from the gorgeous Laura.

On the table - Lady Grey tea and a copy of the delightful March issue of Inside Out (matching of course).

In the oven - A lovely little vanilla cake.. an afternoon treat for long distance birthday celebrations (my little sister turns eleven today)

 In my hands - Working on a baby blanket for my sister in law and getting very excited (and needing to pick up the pace) as she is due any day.

While crocheting I also caught up on a few episodes of The Carries Diaries (it's so cute, I'm loving the characters and the soundtrack) and also really enjoyed Scott Schuman's interview with Steve McCurry.

I hope you're Friday has been a lovely one too and have a gorgeous weekend! Have you got anything special planned? I'm hoping the stays shining tomorrow so we can take a little adventure into the mountains.

Much Love
xxx

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Tales of a Garden Dweller..

Yes, that's me.. the garden dweller.  It seems that's where you will most likely find me at the moment, in the morning watering the veggie patch, late in the afternoon taking photos and creating little vignettes and in the evening, picking fresh herbs for dinner.  For the last six months, after rereading Velvet Pears I've been dreaming about creating a beautiful garden and although we are still in between homes, this hasn't stopped me finding a little patch of earth (oh how I love The Secret Garden) and making it my own.  This afternoon in between rain showers I set out to capture some tiny garden moments..

While I pottered I dreamed of the future, of the many gardens I am yet to create, of the house I know is just waiting for us somewhere, ready to be loved and called home.  And while I stopped to smile at my daydream, the afternoon sun peeked out from behind the rain clouds. 

So how is your garden growing? What delights are sprouting up at your place at the moment?
Much Love
xxx

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Thoughts on the Evolution of Personal Style..

"Style is primarily a matter of instinct" - Bill Blass

Nearly five years ago, when I first started this blog, I wrote in my little bio that I was part 1950s housewife and part 1960s flower child with a touch of Alice in Wonderland and little did I know, in that one sentence I somehow defined my personal style. 

When I first began writing Her Library Adventures, I had never really intended my blog to be about my personal style, although I did share a few photos of outfits or clothes I'd bought, mainly to show my sister and my mum.  Fashion and style blogs did not really exist in the way they do now, but I was always drawn to street style images and the creative vibe of early style bloggers Emily and Francesca.  I have always been intrigued by why people choose particular garments to wear, what significance the pieces hold and stories their outfits share.  This began during my University studies in Fashion Theory and continues to be an area of study I'm still captivated  by today.  

So as I become more open and shared more about what I love to wear, I not only reflected on the personal style of those who inspire me, but also the pieces hanging in my own wardrobe. I was wandering around a department store this morning, looking for a birthday present for my little sister and I couldn't help but notice very specific reoccurring trends and just how many clothes were filling the racks that no one appeared to be buying.  It was both fascinating and a little overwhelming and on my way home I started to think about my own style evolution, my shift away from department store dressing and embracing my love for a variety of different styles and eras.  

My style really evolved when I moved to a small town, without a department store or very many independent fashion shops.  Finding clothing that was felt like 'me' was a real challenge and that's when I really found my love for thrifting.  Second hand and vintage pieces now play a big part in my personal style and because you just never know what you are going to find thrifting, my wardrobe has become a mix of staple pieces and thrifted finds that catch my eye, often for their colour, era and pattern.  In the past, I was always nervous about wearing colour, feeling like I didn't want to stand out from the crowd, so I stuck with buying most things in basic black.  Over the past few years, inspired by gorgeous style bloggers like Kaylah and Elizabeth, I really made a point of stepping out of my comfort zone to add more colour to my wardrobe and I haven't looked back since. 

These days my style is very much an eclectic mash up.  I love vintage and retro inspired girly styles and am always happy wearing a dress, cardigan, tights and ballet flats.  But I have a sprinkle of flower child in my soul, especially during summer and I'm drawn to flowing maxi skirts and a more bohemian aesthetic, which contradicts the majority of my wardrobe.  As much as I adore this look, I'm only 5' tall and beautiful long dress and skirts just don't suit my body shape, so right now, I'm working on blending the worlds and making both styles work together for me.  
     
My word for 2013 is Embrace.. So that's exactly what I've decided to do with my personal style.  Rather than getting frustrated the pieces that don't work for my body shape, I'm embracing my instincts, reworking items that have been sitting in the back of my wardrobe for years, trying new combinations, loving eclectic accessories and finding a balance between my inner 50s housewife and 60s flower child. And so far, it's been a really fun challenge!

I would love to hear your thoughts on personal style.. How would your define your style? Has it changed over the years? Do you have one strong style or do you mix it up? 

Much Love
xxx

Monday, 18 February 2013

What Are You Reading?

For the first time in almost as long as I can remember, I finally have the opportunity to read purely for the sheer delight of enjoying a good book and oh goodness, my reading list is brimming with titles.  I've decided to stretch my literary muscles and choose a few different genres and I'm loving scouring the shelves for new to me titles and delightful recommendations.   Right now, inspired by the Free People book club, I've just started reading The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle and I'm spellbound.  It's a truly life changing read and I'm looking forward to joining in with the book club meetings soon.  I'm also reading Australian author, Isolde Martyn's new novel, Mistress of the Crown a vivid and beautiful written story, which I'm looking forward to reviewing soon.  And my bedside books stack would not be complete without the lastest issue of Frankie, the perfect companion (along with a big cup of peppermint tea) for a rainy evening like this one.     

So I'd love to know what you're reading at the moment and what you've enjoyed of late too, so I know what to add to my reading list next. 

Much Love and Happy Reading!
xxx

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Weekend Adventures - Movies & Making..

After a big week in the Wilde Asher studio working on our upcoming collections for Autumn, searching, sourcing, planning and making, I was delighted that the rainy weather suited my weekend idea to spend time pottering, crafting, movie watching and re-energising for more exciting and busy weeks ahead.   

Saturday.. Ben had some work to finish off, so I enjoyed some time pottering through my grandmother's treasures and finding spots for some favourite pieces.  Also on the to do list, a spot of colourful crochet and plenty of rainy day film watching.   

One of my favourite platters.. Such a sweet mix of floral and art deco styles. 

Crocheting in fruit tingle colours makes me happy on rainy weekends.. 

Sunday.. The overcast morning called for pancakes and lady grey tea, followed by a quick trip to Bunnings for some crafting supplies and a few new herbs, with a fortuitous stop for a sweet vintage treasure on the way.  After some garden crafting (currently one of my favourite weekend past times) we took Jack out to the beach for a lovely afternoon wander and fossick.  

Sunday pancakes and a cute weekend find.. 

A quiet gardening kind of crafternoon.. Just love this little tea pack of herbs and with a few coats of paint and a nautical theme, my stash of recycled tins were transformed into fun planters for my little balcony style garden.  

Jack enjoying the perfect kind of dog afternoon at Sandgate.  Being a dog who grew up in the country, he had never seen the ocean, so it was quite a treat indeed!

What did you get up to this weekend? Did you watch any good films? I watched The Words and The Great Gatsby (circa 1974) and enjoyed them both. 

Much Love
xxx

Friday, 15 February 2013

Friday I'm in Love..

I've decided to turn Valentine's Day into a whole week and next year perhaps even the whole month of February.  I've seen a whole different side to the 'traditional' day this year, feeling it's all about sharing the love and doing little things to make others smile, as well as that one special Valentine. All this love on just one day just doesn't seem right, so I'm keeping the good vibes and loving thoughts going right on into the weekend! 

This week has been filled with sweet little moments, making, baking and most of all, simple and lovely words and actions. 

Hearts everywhere.. Mini love hearts for this photo and a few little crochet hearts from One Sheepish Girl's Sheepish Heart Bomb

Valentine's lunch with my mum at Le Bon Choix..

A beautiful bouquet of natives from my adorable husband.. chosen from a local grower.  

Touches of romance from the clothes line to the table.. Apple crumble was our Valentine's dessert of choice and one of my favourites to make.  

I found the perfect spot for my little hearts in a local park.. It was such fun, I think I might make put it on my weekly to do list.  

I hope your week has been filled with love too!
Much Love
xxx

PS: A big congratulations to Shell from Kitty and Buck and Emily from the Anna Delores blog, who are the winners of the StickyGram giveaway.  Thanks so much to everyone who entered.  I'll be in touch with you soon girls. 


Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Crafty Project - Valentine's Adventure Jar


I always love making handmade gifts for Valentine's Day.  Ben and I generally don't buy each other proper gifts but we always do something little, like leave cute notes or a silly card for each other.  I've also been known to leave sheet music hearts around the house on occasion too. Last year I made some little Valentine's Boxes which we added notes to throughout the year.  So this year I thought I'd try something a little bit fun.  On a Saturday mornings we always find ourselves trying to decide what kind of weekend adventure to embark on.  So I thought I would make a little 'Adventure Jar' filled with fun outings, so when it comes to the weekend we can pick one each and decide what might be fun to try.  Kind of like a choose your own adventure book! It was super easy, using only bits and pieces I had around home.  Here's all you'll need to make a Valentine's Adventure Jar.  

You'll need: A clean jar (mine is a jam jar with a cute red lid, a pen, pencil, glue, scissors, a few pieces of thin stock card, white paper, twine, ribbon and templates of heart shapes (if like me, your freehand hearts don't always work out the best). Optional, a little tissue paper, fabric or a doily to add to the bottom of the jar. 

To Make It: Trace around your heart shapes and cut them out (make as many as you like). Use the large shape for the stock card and the small shape for the paper to write on.  Stick your hearts together with a little glue and then write down all your fun adventures.  Ben loves going to the markets on Saturdays to get spiced coffee, so I made sure to add in a few outings that would make him smile. Then all you have to do is add them to the jar, make it look a little bit fancy with a piece of ribbon and a cute label and you're done!

A super easy and cute Valentine's gift. As I was putting together our little adventure jar, I thought about of how great it would be to make one for choosing what to have for dinner too (something that always takes way too long to decide at our place).  And of course you don't just have to make one for your valentine, it would be lovely to make for a friend, sister or with your kids. 

I'd love to know what crafty treats you've been whipping up for Valentine's Day.

Much Love
xxx