Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Something pretty

Hello everyone, hope you're having a lovely week!

It's a bit rainy and dreary here, but I have been cheering myself up with some lovely images via Pinterest.

Sparkly whites and a bit of purple and pink - bliss!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Cute Home Decor Idea

Don't you just love these grouped frames - so cute and pretty!

{image via Pinterest}

Have a lovely Wednesday!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone has had a great Christmas and New Year. I've been spending this time relaxing and taking some time out to reflect on the last year and consider what I would like to do over the coming year.

Audrey Hepburn by Steven Miesel {source}

I've come up with a lot of thoughts and a few resolutions - but one of the most important goals that I can think of is to live joyfully. For me, this one small thing represents creating a better balance in my life (one of the things at the top of my list for this year!)

Other resolutions for this year (in no particular order):
* Be braver in my choices to grow my business
* Get more to grips with my dietary needs (Since last year I have to follow a gluten free diet for health reasons)
* Work on improving my fitness
* Be more disciplined about keeping my free time to myself and not letting other things creep in

None of these resolutions are major life changes, but I figure a few small tweaks won't go astray! :)

Have you made any resolutions (big or small) this new year?

Have a great week!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas One and All!

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to visit my blog over the past year - thank you for reading my ramblings, leaving me the occasional comment and for making blogging such a positive experience. I wish you all a wonderful Christmas filled with happiness and joy!

{image via Pinterest}

Have a fabulous holiday!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Do You Pin?

I joined Pinterest ages ago, but with a lot on my plate, I kind of never got around to doing anything more than accepting my invite.... Until this week.

Suffice to say I'm totally hooked - it is just so darn cool!

While looking at new stuff on there this morning (circa 5am), I came across this image and I must say it seems quite fitting.

I've managed to pin everything from wedding dresses to home decor to puppy dogs! (And apparently tapped into a slightly cheesy side of my personality along the way!)

So my question for today is - do you pin?

Have a fantastic Friday!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Handmade Christmas Decorations - part two

In my last post on handmade decorations, did some patchwork baubles using up old scraps of fabric. Today I made these cute fabric pinwheels, which was another great opportunity to use up fabric that might otherwise sit in my stash unused.

These pinwheels were done with the leftover red gingham from making my little niece a Christmas stocking, along with some calico pieces that I had lying around. (The colours are closer than they appear in this photo). I thought that these would have a kind of vintagey feel, and I just love this cute saddle-stitch grosgrain ribbon!

Pinwheels like this are super easy to make, you can use whatever fabric fits your Christmas colour scheme and with fusible webbing you can even do a no-sew version. For a super easy take on fabric pin wheels, visit  Sandi Henderson Designs for some downloadable PDF instructions.

Have a lovely week! 

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Things I've Been Making

I can't believe how fast December is speeding past! I've more or less got everything organised ready to prepare a full Christmas turkey meal (my first attempt at turkey!) and I've got Christmas decorations up around the house getting in the festive sprit.

One of the gifts I made this year was this cute Christmas stocking for my 3 year old niece in Australia.

In between work and preparing for Christmas, I managed to find time to make these two linen cushions for my mum.

These are roughly 18 by 12 inches, with 3 small tucks toward one end. These will go alongside some of my linen ruffle cushions which were made with the same fabric.

One of the things I've been planning to make for a while is this Monotone Union Jack cushion for my Etsy shop. The cushion has grey 100% linen on the front and back, with different size grosgrain ribbons stitched on to make the union jack shape.

And lastly, I managed to get some more of this gorgeous vintage style linen and I've relisted these Vintage Style Union Jack cushions on Etsy.

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!