Monday, December 8, 2014

Isla is seven!

Happy birthday to our sweet Isla!
She turned 7 last Thursday, almost sharing her birthday with my new niece Evie, who was born on Wednesday.
So happy birthday to you too dear little Evie :)

...I was trying to find some photos of Islas birthday to share, and I'm afraid I did a terrible job with my photography that day, so this is the best I can do :), most of the photos were blurry because she was having too much fun to stand still!

We love you Isla! Big SEVEN year old!






Sunday, October 26, 2014

More artwork for Liam's wall

I said in my last post that I would share the artwork that my mum made for Liam's room. I ended up rearranging his wall as his aunty Frith also gave him a map which I framed to hang on his wall too.


Isn't this just so neat! She made up the poem just for Liam. I love the little painted critters. The leaf and the flower are real and the two feathers and some little shells glued on at the bottom. Isn't she so clever!


The watercolour painting is also one of mum's which I've had for ages and decided to frame up and add to the wall also, the colours tied in nicely with the map.

The creepy spider is a new addition to Liam's display box, he bought it in Melbourne.

And the quilt is new too, I found it at Ikea when we visited Melbourne. It's so perfect for Liam! It looks funny when he's lying in bed with his head sticking out the top.

Monday, September 29, 2014

We love you to the moon and back - DIY wall art

I wanted to buy a print for Liam's room, but the DIYer in me took over and I ended up making my own. It does feel good to do a bit of crafting.
(My mum has made an amazing piece of art to hang beside this one which I will share soon).





I found the moon photo online (I think this one was from Wikipedia). I just printed it off in the size I wanted and cut it out.



I found this little wooden display shelf at the opp shop and knew straight away it would be put to good use in Liam's room. The wooden frame for the artwork also came from the opp shop.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A visit to Melbourne

Once again I have so many posts to catch up on, sorry blog that I neglect you so often!

We had an amazing trip to Melbourne recently, somewhere I've never visited but always wanted to. Aaron had to go for work so we tagged along. My mum joined us too. So while Aaron worked we shopped till we dropped! :)
I didn't take many photos, we were too busy walking and looking and shopping and eating! These are a mixture from mum's phone, my phone and Aaron's phone.








Of course we could not possibly be in Australia and not visit Ikea for a spot of shopping. Isla took this photo of my couch! - The green velvet one I really want from Ikea, if only I could fit it in my suitcase.



I think my favourite thing about our visit was experiencing the food, in particular the Queen Victoria markets! wow wow wow is all I can say - amazing, delicious, fresh, the variety! and so cheap. I would be tempted to move to Melbourne just so I  could do my grocery shopping at the Queen Victoria Market :)


We celebrated mums birthday while we were there. Happy Birthday mum! We had a very decadent morning tea at Ganache Chocolate. 


 


Friday, August 15, 2014

Making more pillows

I'm starting to realise I have a thing for pillows, I always seem to be buying or making more! I suppose it's such an easy way to change a room about a bit.  I'm always changing things around, I think I get bored looking at the same layout for too long, or I see something in a magazine or on Pinterest (oh Pinterest I love you so) which inspires me and I'm up and off and dragging furniture around the room. Do you do that? I'm always moving furniture and plants and pictures, I just get an urge all of a sudden that things need to be moved! I spent last Sunday afternoon re-arranging Liam's room. After I do these things I always think to myself, - why didn't I think of that before!? That's so much better! And then I spent a couple of days this week re-arranging Isla's room, I was never quite happy with how the furniture was placed and I would always find myself standing in her doorway pondering. I must share some photos soon - of the whole house actually, I've been terribly slack at keeping you updated with the house renovations, which are almost finished!
Anyway I digress, slightly, we were talking about pillows.
I found two of these lovely big pillows at the oppshop a while ago and they were only $2 each. I had made a little reading nook in the corner of Isla's bedroom and needed a big pillow to go in it so this was perfect. Isla really liked the blue flowery fabric, but I was a mean mummy and said no way, it has to go.


Yellow with spots is so much better than blue flowery! My mum made the grey rabbit cushions for Isla for Christmas. (I think I have actually inherited my cushion obsession thing from her).




Monday, August 4, 2014

Sweet Gems Jewellery

I've been meaning to do this for a while - introduce you to my sister Adde's beautiful gemstone jewellery.
The love that she has always had for gemstones has led her to start creating these gorgeous delicate and colourful pieces. She makes necklaces, earrings and bracelets. I have two of her necklaces so far and a sweet pearl bracelet. I've never had my ears pierced, but I'm seriously considering getting them done now so I can wear some of her beautiful earrings!
Go on over to her website and have a look. www.sweetgemsjewellery.co.nz




Last time I visited I took some photos of her workspace, what a lovely spot to sit and imagine and create, don't you think. Look at all those beautiful gems!










Adde kindly decided to add another stone to my necklace while I was there, yay!



Below is my moonstone necklace which Adde made me for my birthday, and below that is my pearl bracelet.