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Friday, October 15, 2010

Making the most of my time..

..some of the time..!

A new dress AND muffins.. busy Mama!

Crafternoon Tea tomorrow, people! Tres excited!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Old T-shirt = New dress!

I also made this:

Cute! It's an old t-shirt that I really loved but the cut was never as flattering on me as I would've liked.. but no point in throwing it out! I have a few recyclables stashed away in my sewing box, so you might see more new toddler creations on here from time to time.. I seem to be getting my sewing groove back. Although, I have a sick little girl on my hands so I'm sure any spare time is about to be swallowed up with sicky snuggles the next few days. Poor mite!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

It's nothing to do with my house..

But I made this today:

Lila will probably wear it around the house this summer.. does that count?

This is my first ever attempt at making her something, so I'm pretty pleased with myself. Hence the need to share! :)

Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Need Inspiration - look closer!

Picking the perfect colour scheme for your little cave can be overwhelming, and inevitably leads to people (me) over thinking things completely. There is so much choice; and what mood am I in today? Am I light and airy or dark and dramatic? Could I live with my garden palette over my walls or do I need something completely different as a means to escape? Whatever you're envisioning - here's a tip from Apartment Therapy: Look to the things you already love, and go from there.

Makes sense! And it's not the first plan of attack you think of when you first start out.. well, it wasn't for me.. What about you?
Apparently there are many colour match generators on the internet (I've never heard of such a thing.. but then I've never looked..). Their preferred one is Colour Hunter.
All you need to do is find the thing that inspires you most; something you LOVE, take a picture of it and upload it to this site. Sounds pretty magical actually - once you've uploaded your photo, the program then generates a colour scheme based on those in your picture. Imagine the possible combinations you could end up with! If unique is what you're aiming for - then this could certainly be for you. Some of the programs include the hex value (i guess this is the tint code/number?) so you can identify the colour exactly. Awesome!

Do you have a dress/ city/ animal that inspires you? How would you go about choosing between the myriad of paint colours on offer? Would you take a risk or go for neutrals to be safe? How daring would your colour choice be?

Saturday, October 2, 2010

My Dream Home

I think i've found it.. In the pages of another gorgeous new online magazine Rue.

Featured is blogger Victoria Smith's amazing, amaaaaaaaaaazing pad. And I think i'm in love!
The 'hopeful' photographer, photo stylist, design junkie and flea market queen has taken a raft of styles and flung them together to create the most inviting, invigorating, eye catching and just plain delightful home I have seen in a long time. It's a mix of all the photos I keep as inspiration on my hard drive, organised into the perfect clip art montage. In Rue they've labelled it 'Mid-Century meets Modern Boho'. I'm gonna go ahead and adopt that sensibility for myself, because I have found it rather tricky to isolate my design asthetic to one label - and I think that sounds pretty good!

My love of old nana plates and ikea tv trundles; statement 60s Fler armchairs and striking modern graphic prints framed up on the wall.. with this handle, it all makes sense. And so does the way Victoria has thoughtfully styled her own haven. If only my 20month old would allow me to have such delicate ceramic arrangements within hands reach.. they are unfortunately banished to the very top shelves for now.. but one day!

Take in every delicious morsel of her San Fransisco Bay home and just tell me you're not full of love for this light, airy and creative space that has that perfect mix of quaintness and quirk. I especially love the duvet cover on her bed.. mmmm... looks like one of the many I have been eyeing up at Urban Outfitters (did you know they ship here now! LOOK OUT!!!!). The only thing she's missing, I reckon, is a fabulous wallpaper feature wall! hehehe.

In other news - I made something like this today for my nieces room:

The cluster of lanterns on the ceiling... mine isn't quite finished yet. I need to make some tissue pom poms, and there aren't as many lanterns, but it still looks cute! When it's all done i'll upload a photo of mine. In the meantime, just imagine my one looks JUST AS AWESOME as this one ;)


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