December 9, 2014

Summer Trend: Watermelons

Tutti Fruitti!
With the recent trend in Palms and Pineapples and all things Tropical, we're now moving onto it!

Its perfect for Summer, and not only does it taste delicious (...a slice of chilled Watermelon, how yum is that?) its fresh and light hearted in design too.
I always wonder how trends come about, once the trendy item is everywhere, the trend setters have probably moved on to the next thing already...I don't always follow trends but its lovely to see a new take on always surprises me with many clever people out there!

Summer printable Invites by Coco & Mingo
( cocorrina) * Watermelon printable ice-cream cones * DIY Watermelon Pinata  by OhHappyDay blog (her Watermelon favors are FAB too) *
Baba Shopper by Babasouk * Watermelon watercolour by BillandScarlett


December 3, 2014

Shop Unique!!

its all happening in Sydney peeps!
there are so many ways to shop unique, support the makers, the movers, the shakers!
here are some cool events coming up

Unwrap Etsy at David Jones, Elizabeth St, Sydney  Dec 4-7
more than 40 makers and lots of fun workshops and a Makers studio too  All details here

Etsy at The Rocks Village Bizarre - its the 5th week this Friday and some amazing Etsy sellers lined up for this Friday and then two Fridays to go, 12th Dec and 19th Dec,
until this great event ends (boohoo) - check it out, lots on...see something, buy something, eat something!

The Finders Keepers Market  Dec 12-13 $2 entry fee
This year 'Sew Make Create' is also hosting some popular classes, Im planning to attend this one 

the 'Hard to Find'  Pop Up Showroom is still on at 5 Hickson rd, The Rocks - until Dec 14
all info here

Foodies Delight!!
a Christmas Fare Market will be held at Hyde Park Barracks on Dec 18 - locally sourced treats.

* image via Jasmine Dowling

December 1, 2014

Summer in the city

Happy Monday friends!
I had such a busy weekend...My eldest boy turned 12 and we celebrated with a family gathering at our house and a 'KrispyKreme' tower cake just as he requested - that went down well...sweet!

 I'm a little relieved it’s the start of a new week, I'm on my way to work right now.
I've got a busy day ahead and Mondays can be a slow start after a sunny weekend...looking forward to a tall coffee!
Summer in the city.
what to wear when its warm outside but you still need to look cool and collected at work
Here are some lovely ideas...

a flippy dress, every girl should have one (or two) in her wardrobe!  I love me a dress - so easy to wear, add accessorys and off you go...
Okay when it comes to work and high heels - I cant cut it, I need a low wedge or low stack heel so I can walk with ease and comfort..but I do love wide legged pants, so flattering. Culottes for Summer?? maybe?....maybe not...
I'll take that long skirt anyday that 'all white' outfit!
Printed pants can look great teamed with a crisp Tee although I haven't dared buy a pair...yet.

all images via my Style-board on Pinterest

November 28, 2014

Style it Up! DIY projects

Are you feeling like a bit of DIY this weekend?
...making something by hand for yourself or for a gift (less than a month until Christmas ...eeek!) is always a satisfying way to spend time.
These stylish projects I have bookmarked on my 'Creative Life'  Pinterest board - they look easy enough to give a go...

* DIY neck candy by The Lovely Drawer *  Upcycled Pullover by Kreativbuehne *
Braided Cuff by Craft Tutsplus * French pouf Flower by LoveMaegan

November 24, 2014

a Girl called Rebecca

I was happy to see Melbourne based illustrator, Rebecca Jones a finalist,  and 'special studio winner' in Lilla Roger's Global Talent search for 2014.
Rebecca's illustrative style is SO delightful, super sweet with lots of expressive detail! charming!
Im thrilled to have Rebecca featured on the blog today part of my 'Creative Girl' series...

Welcome Rebecca!
Can you tell us what is currently inspiring you? 
I gather my inspiration from so many places. The smallest thing can spark an idea. I love browsing in bookshops, going for walks, and flicking through my favourite magazines, Frankie and Uppercase.

Name 3 things you couldn’t live without right now? 
My morning coffee,  Lip balm (I use Rose Balm By Terry, it smells lovely and is seriously the best lip balm ever!), Palomino Blackwing pencils

How would you describe your style of Illustration?
It can be colourful and strong, sometimes soft, delicate and sweet. I take delight in adding all the little details.
I like things to look hand drawn and a bit wobbly, the imperfection adds a more interesting quality.

Can you tell us a little bit about your creative process especially when starting a new project/piece of artwork? Once I think of an idea, I start sketching on sheets of photocopy paper.
Knowing the paper can just be scrunched up and thrown away if I think my drawings aren’t up to much, gives me a feeling of freedom, and helps to loosen up my drawing. ...and thats why I can’t draw in sketchbooks anymore! I do lots and lots of pages of drawing. I draw everything I can possibly think of within my theme. It’s the huge amount of drawing that helps my ideas to really formulate. I scan in my favourites, and then manipulate them digitally. I usually then paint and draw a few more items once I have begun to build the image up, and as more ideas spring to mind.

Can you define to us, your personal style? 
Well, I think how my studio looks sums it up nicely. It is cluttered and messy, with lovely little bits and bobs all over the place. And it is full of colour, pattern and inspiration.

Do you have a favourite colour or colour combinations? 
I find it very hard to create anything that doesn’t use minty blues or teals. I love mint with pops of yellow, peachy pinks and inky navy at the moment.

What is your favourite smell or fragrance?
I love to bake, and nothing can beat the smell of a chocolate cake baking in the oven

What do you love about your city? 
I have lived in Melbourne for ten years now and I love it. The city has a sophisticated and creative feel to it. There so many beautiful cafes and lovely independent little shops to explore. There is always a lot of stuff going on. And only an hour or so away and you can be right in the country or by the ocean.

Do you have a favourite quote you’d like to share with us?
 ‘If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try’ - Seth Godin

To see more of Rebecca's beautiful work head on over to her
Etsy Shop

November 19, 2014

Happy Wednesday!

Happy hump day everyone!
I've had a few days away from the blog - chilling and relaxing after a crafty frenzy lead up to the Etsy Market stall last was fun, I should try and do more Markets in future!
I do need to work on my networking skills though especially the perfect 'pitch'
 ha!...Im a true introvert so always find it tricky to talk to strangers or about myself...

I made quite a lot of stock which was great as my Crafty Life has been a little quiet this year so new things in my Etsy shop soon!!
Have a wonderful Wednesday!

* image via 'Design Love Fest'

November 13, 2014

Etsy Pop Up Market

Tomorrow night I'm having a little Etsy stall part of  'The Rocks Village bizarre'
so much happening down at
'The Rocks' and they are predicting a scorcher of a day tomorrow so who wants to head on home after work??
...come on down...
Say Hello!

There will be 8 Etsy stalls as well as loads of yummy food, music, art installations and of course the high energy DJ/Dancer
Peter Baecker (he was a huge hit last week!!) - you can check it all out here
I've got a variety of Greeting cards and Gift tags to offer...I've been a busy gal making things!