Christmas DIY | jars + stickers

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I just love decorating with glass jars and have a little collection growing – mason jars, milk bottles, glass bottles of all sizes… When I saw these gorgeous gold stickers (@larkstore), I instantly thought of Christmas and thought they would look great on said jars. Before starting, wash the jars thoroughly and allow to completely dry (note, stickers are like band-aids they don’t like water). Place stickers onto jars, I chose to spell out words. So easy but I think, very effective. Decorate with flowers or candles. Use jars as a centrepiece, to decorate shelves or even steps. You could even personalise everyone’s glass on the table with their initial!

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Christmas bits + bobs

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Today is exciting because it’s my first Christmas post this season and I just l-o-v-e the festivities of Christmas. With only 5 weeks to go (can you believe it?), it’s time to get jolly. Here are some bits + bobs I have found this year to add to my Chrissy loot.  I’m lovin’ the bone china reindeer (my collection of bone china is bordering on obsessive), the cone tree decorations are oh so cute + I couldn’t resist these paper stencil santa bags (they also come in pink, blue + black). I love drawing inspiration from what I can find in the stores. Over the coming weeks I’ll be sharing some of my own ‘Makes’ for Christmas so please make sure you pop back by.

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Shop my chrissy finds here:

:: Santa paper bags + twine from Ikea

:: Silver placemats + coasters from Avon

:: Reindeer Bone China from Domayne

:: Bingo and Charades table games (The Lagoon Group) + Gingerbread cookie house cutters (IS Kitchen) from Spoilt

:: Hanging cone decorations from Larkstore

:: Holly sprinkles from Riot Art & Craft

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Grecian goddess

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greekislandsI’m starting to crave summer – we seem to have had an extended winter this year. I want to bask in the warmth + fun + laughter that sun filled days bring. Long days outside, the beach, bbq’s, fabulous summer fruits (melons, mangoes, grapes)…the list goes on. Until then, I am channelling the greek islands and gorgeous Grecian style. Think simple, practical yet bold and glamorous. Keep it breezy and easy with sandals, kaftans, bikinis, sunglasses and a tote. Afterall, you don’t need much when you are in paradise!

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Chunky choc-chip cookies

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For spring, we are having some really terrible weather (sigh). It has been raining all week, the heater is back on and we are all rugged up. These chunky choc-chip cookies have been a perfect treat to indulge in whilst being stuck inside. Mmmm, can you smell them baking…

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INGREDIENTS

  • 250g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, loosely packed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp bi-carb soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups of roughly chopped chocolate (I used 1 cup of milk chocolate + 1 cup of dark chocolate, both roughly chopped from a block)

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven at 180C
  2. Cream together the butter and both sugars with an electric beater until the mixture is light and smooth. Add eggs and vanilla essence + continue to beat until smooth.
  3. In another bowl, sift the plain flour, bi-carb soda and salt together.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the already beaten ingredients. Lightly beat until they are just blended.
  5. Fold in chunky choc-chips.
  6. Place a heaped dessert spoon of mixture on lightly greased baking trays approximately 5cm apart (4 – 5 mixtures per tray).
  7. Bake for 9 – 12 mins (I think they are best when golden around the edges). Note: they will not be set at this stage.
  8. Cool cookies on a baking tray.
  9. Continue step 6, 7 + 8 until mixture is all used.

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Trust me they don’t stay long on the tray – warm or cool! Serve with milk and enjoy.

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Books > Conversations with creative women

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I love receiving packages in the mail (who doesn’t), it makes my heart skip a beat with excitement. The arrival of this little package yesterday however made me squeal! I had ordered this book months ago and when it arrived in its gorgeous fabric (designed by Emily Green and printed by Frankie & Swiss) wrapped package it was definitely worth the wait and anticipation.

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Conversations with creative women (volume two) by Tess McCabe shares the stories, paths and successes of 16 creative Australian women. This little gem is packed with gorgeous illustrations and essential information and advice on how to live your own creative dream. In other words, loads of inspiration. The exclusive interviews includes Stylist, Megan Morton; interior designer, Anna Spiro; Ceramist, Shelly Simpson of Mud Australia; Book designer and illustrator, Michelle Mackintosh and film + television director, Shirley Barrett to name only a few.

Tess McCabe also the founder of Creative Women’s Circle, a networking community in Australia for women involved in creative industries. Tess runs regular workshops for creatives to share information, inspiration, ideas and to meet guest speakers in creative fields. I think the work Tess does to bring creative women together is amazing and inspirational in its own right. By the time you read this, it will be morning for me and I will have already curled up and begun a ‘conversation with a creative women’. Nice!

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The crop

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crop 1The crop is back in force this season! The look has been refined and is clean, fresh, minimal and elegant. Gone is the grunge, tattered and distressed look (you know the one, crops teamed with torn denim). Either way, you still need to ooze confidence to pull this look off but if you have it, why not try it? I absolutely love Nicole Ritchie’s (in Alberta Ferretti) look above – stunning! Follow Nicole’s lead and team with a slicked back up-do and minimal jewellery + accessories.

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Balance

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This is one of those words I struggle with, balance – is there really such a thing? I have one of those minds that is constantly on, dreaming, wondering, thinking… But with summer and the silly season approaching (can you believe there is only 6 weeks til Christmas?) I really want to find a little more balance in my life. Does anyone else feel the same? Here are my 5 tips to achieving a little (if only a smidge) more balance;

::1 Laugh. Laughter really is the best medicine and I’m not talking about a smirk or a giggle, I’m talking an uncontrollable, can’t keep it in laugh. Laughter relaxes, puts you in a positive frame of mind and just makes you feel good. Surround yourself with people who make you laugh everyday.

::2 Let go. Probably one of the hardest things for all of us to do! I know for me, a huge part of who I am is my ability to juggle so many things. I take pride in being clean, organised, reliable and in control. But at the end of the day, who is asking that of us? It is ok to let go and not be everything to everyone.

::3 H2O. I believe water, on all levels, is good for the soul. A bath, a shower, a swim, a glass of water or even the beach. Water calms, relaxes, hydrates and refreshes in an instant. Making sure you get enough water is essential to your overall well-being.

::4 Read. For me, taking the time to read a book or magazine is me time, it is time that is just mine where I get to absorb information and think about other things. Reading and learning re-energizes me and makes me more rounded.

::5 Take a Walk. The importance of regular exercise has been drilled into all of us but I’m talking about just taking a walk around your block. Walking can clear one’s mind, allow one to think and put things in perspective. If you have a dog, I recommend taking them with you (trust me, you don’t want to be on the other end of muppet disappointment eyes).

Let me know your tips to achieving a more balanced life by leaving me a comment.

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Market prep

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This Saturday our shop, Birdcage Press is attending it’s first market. I am so excited and at the same time, a little bit anxious – it is the first time we will be showcasing our wares all at once. There has been quite a buzz at home! As you can imagine I have been super busy creating and getting everything in order. Here are the details of this weekends market (I will also be attending Boutique Markets Caulfield event on 24th November).

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A sneak peek of some of our beautiful pieces…

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‘dream’ keepsakes

Assorted rings (Sterling Silver)

Assorted rings (Sterling Silver)

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Tassel Necklaces (there are many more fabulous colours to choose from)

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‘What Cha Got’ Organic Tote in Gold

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Charm Necklaces (Sterling Silver)

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Santa Bags

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Feather Earrings | Love Hope Faith Pendant Necklace | ‘Flower’ Ring | ‘Glitz’ Ring (all Sterling Silver)

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Makeover | display boards

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A friend of mine was getting rid of these two cork boards and thought they may be useful for my munchkins. When I saw them I instantly thought they were fabulous – I love the wide frame edging, more like a picture frame than a traditional cork board. I thought they would be perfect to display all the boys artwork on. Over the weekend we gave them three coats of paint (the munckins and I, afterall I had paint and rollerbrushes, so it was kind of a given). With some 3M/Command picture hanging strips (the most amazing product ever invented) I put them up on the door most visible by all and voilà, new display boards for the boys!

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Monochrome accessories

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At the start of spring I wrote about this season’s must have block heels (see the post here) and am now the proud owners of the one’s above. I think they are just divine. Black and white has been a hot trend all year and these shoes with the fedora style hat will be my go to summer staples. The hat is fresh and fun and will go with everything (also being a mum to young kids, a go to hat is essential in the summer heat)! And what is there to say about the heels – perfect heel, height and support. Overall, just lovely. What do you think?

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Shoes from Santini | Fedora Hat from Mimco

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