Sunday, 30 March 2008

Paper, Quills, Ink and a little Jane Austen..

I thought I would share with you some of my recent purchases which I realised are all in the stationary category, surprise surprise!

I have been looking for vintage postcards for years so when I came across these at Rose Harvest Antiques at Irymple I could not believe my luck. Sue Clohesy the proprietor has an incredible collection of antiques and whole boxes of postcards! You need days to wander through the shop, I can't wait to go back!

This is my pride and joy, my search for a 'Jane Austen' quill has taken me across states and even countries and who would have guessed that I would find one right here in Mildura. The beautiful Frenchwares store Pleasantrees came up with the goods! Packaged in a little black box with chocolate brown ink, I'm in love! Now I just need to write a life changing romance novel with it!

I love holidays, its given me the chance to wonder around town and I came across our lovely little local scapbooking shop 'Scrapics'. I'm just loving the owls, car, horse shoe paper!

And while I'm talking about paper I thought I might introduce you to my new creation 'Olive'. I have been messing around with paper cut outs for a while and finally came up with a style I liked. This is 'Saturday Morning Market Olive'. She went down well with my six year old sister so I'm looking forward to making more and having a go at making a little book of her adventures. I just love her basket and little socks!

Well I best be off to watch So you think you can dance! How exciting! Hope you have had a relaxing weekend.. ttfn x

Friday, 28 March 2008

Inspired Interior Designing..

After reading the latest Real Living magazine and pouring through Anna's blog I had a sudden burst of inspiration give my little lounge room a face lift. After running the slightly 'out there' colour scheme by husband and to my surprise getting the ok, I set about putting my ideas on paper, in my lovely moleskine journal...
After a quick trip to Spotlight and to the local cheap shop (trying to do it on a budget) I got sewing in my little little studio.
And I must say I'm very happy with the results, I made the cushion covers, table runner and black throw. I got really lucky with the throw fabric, it was discontinued so I got a metre free! I love a good bargain!

My husband and I got a bit creative with a few cheap canvases and created some 'abstract' art for the walls! I love white oriental lilies and I was really lucky to get these just before Easter and due to our crazy cold weather at the moment they have kept really well. I also love my brocade box, $6 at the cheap shop! Now all I have to do is keep it tidy!

Hope everyone has a lovely night!
Happy Friday x

Autumn Afternoons..

Well this is my second first post in this blog, I created it some time ago but somehow like any journal I could not quite find the time nor the purpose for it. Now after moving state I realised it will be a wonderful way to keep everyone in touch with my crazy happenings and also I just want to share all the beautiful things I am inspired by. I suppose the first inspiration I must confess and the ultimate reason behind the recreation of this blog was stumbling across 'Absolutely Beautiful Things' a stunning blog by Brisbane interior and shop owner Anna Spiro. I just fell in love with her beautiful work and inspiration and must go to her shop when I'm up in Brisbane in June. Until then I will just sigh and enjoy her blog and only hope that one day mine can look as beautiful as hers. Be sure to check out the Beautiful Blogs I have mentioned, they are just fabulous and always put a smile on my face. Secretly I think its like shopping without having to spend any money.

So I hope to post at least twice a week, hopefully more although being a English teacher I find myself up to my ears in essays a great deal of the time but I hope next term (after the next week of lovely holidays) I can be a bit more organised and totally committed to finding lovely things for you to look at.

Whilst I resize pictures and sort out the odds and ends of this blog I will leave you with some photos I took yesterday at a lovely French inspired homewares shop and nursery 'Pleasentrees'. The gardens were just beautiful and I just had to take some photos. I just adore little gardens with wild roses and lavender, it looked like fairies could live there.

Much Love