Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Everyday Moments..

 With bub is still happy and cosy within, I'm spending these final precious days enjoying quiet cups raspberry leaf tea and reading treasured picture books aloud..
In more energetic moments, sweet little touches are added to the nursery shelves..
I've noticed that all my teapots seem to double as vases - Miss Olive is always delighted by the sight of fresh flowers..
An afternoon play with scruffy Mr Jack who is indeed ready for a summer haircut..
Beans & peas burst open and are ready for planting..
While a little elephant sits patiently in the nursery awaiting exciting news.. 

Much Love

Joining the fun and inspiring images at The Shack hosted by the gorgeous Em.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Maternity Style - 40 Weeks..

Top: Kmart Maternity Pants: Filo Clothing (birthday present)
Hat & Sunglasses: Market Finds

So here we are.. at 40 weeks and what an incredible journey continues to be. Today is bub's 'due date' and while we wait, we finish last minute projects in the nursery, wander the beach and sing silly songs, hoping to entice bubba to join us very soon.  We are learning the art of patience, making the most of the beautiful Spring weather and enjoying our time together.  

We are ready now and can't wait to meet you little one. 
Much Love

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Everyday Moments..

These Spring days are quiet and peaceful.. a precious time in between worlds.
Sweet blossoms fill our home..
The weather is perfect for baking treats..
Favourite books are enjoyed..
Seeds are planted and each day brings new life.. 
Seasonal moments are captured within journal pages..
Swaddles and blankets are carefully folded and waiting..   

Much Love

Joining the fun and inspiring images at The Shack hosted by the gorgeous Em.

Monday, 16 September 2013

'Til the Earth Stops Turning..

Seven years ago today... I married my best friend and the love of my life.
Each day since has been a most blessed magical adventure. 

"Wanna stay right here 
Until the end of time 
'til the earth stops turning 
Gonna love you until the seas run dry 
I've found the one I've waited for" 
 - Lyrics from Gorecki by Lamb*

Much Love

*The beautiful song I walked down the isle to..

Friday, 13 September 2013

September Seven Vignettes..

So what does one do whilst nesting and waiting patiently for their new arrival (well at least attempting patience).. make vignettes of course.  As 7 Vignettes rolled around again this month, it proved to be the perfect opportunity to get  little bit creative and stay busy.  I tried to keep things really simple this month, and shot each vignette on my favourite little white vintage chair in our bedroom (the filter morning light is just lovely), using a doily from my nan's collection as a whimsical backdrop.   And it seems instinctively each vignette became quite soft and romantic as a result.  I love seeing how ideas evolve throughout the week.  Here are my September vignettes..

 Day 1 - Green. Inspired by the whimsical vintage hues & Spring delights.

Day 2 - Folded. Inspired by Jane Campion's film, 'Bright Star', the love story of John Keats & Fanny Brawne.

Day 3 - Alcohol. Inspired by celebrating. Looking forward to a little glass of bubbles in a few more weeks to celebrate the birth of our September bub. 

Day 4 - Pile. Inspired by my favourite little bookshop, Shakespeare & Company.

Day 5 - Borrowed. Inspired by my grandmother's brooch.. My 'borrowed' wedding day treasure.

Day 6 - Round. Inspired by the art and beauty of afternoon tea.

Day 7 - Framed. Inspired by mother nature & my wandering day with Pia.
And a little extra just because 'thank you' vignette. 

My favourite day.. Folded and Borrowed. Yes indeed I'll blame the hormones, I'm feeling all very romantic at the moment.  I just love seeing some of the amazing vignettes throughout the week, especially one's that are themed, they always leave me feeling so inspired.  Although I didn't quite have a specific theme, this month I love using the vintage spools of thread, similar colour tones, florals and paper throughout. As for October's vignettes, well I think I might just have to wait and see.. the gorgeous Megan Morton nicknamed bub 'babyvignette', so perhaps a little styling love has rubbed off already, I can't wait to find out.

Much Love

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Everyday Moments.. The Waiting Edition

 Spring has arrived and we are patiently waiting..
Little elephants stare out the window..
The baby bag is packed full..
The change table is adorned with lovingly tie-dyed swaddles & beautiful handmade bunting by Mietta..
Shelves are lined with sweet bits & bobs..
Moments of tea and crochet fill the day..
The dream catcher awaits newborn dreams.. 
As we await our happy little camper..

Much Love

Joining the fun and inspiring images at The Shack hosted by the gorgeous Em.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Choose Your Own Adventure: Sustainable Thrifting Adventure..

I honestly believe I was born a collector.. For as long as I can remember, I've always had little stashes of treasures in my world.  I've traced this collector's disposition back to my grandfather, who had a special storeroom filled with his wondrous collections.  I remember as a child the flutter of excitement I'd get every time he'd open the storeroom's magical door and I'd sneak a peek inside to marvel at the boxes of treasures, paintings and sparkling crystal decanters, imagining the stories they could tell and longing for a collection room of my very own.       

These days after many years of treasure hunting and weekends searching thrift shops and garage sales, my own collections tell many stories as I work to create a little sustainable home and wardrobe. I just love a good adventure, especially if it's to search for old typewriters, vintage crockery, and just about anything retro and orange.  So while in the last few weeks of pregnancy, many suggest to make time to go to the movies, or a date night, but something I really wanted to do before bub joins our world, was a spot of good old fashioned thrifting. So Ben and I took the Ford Focus Titanium* around the beautiful Sunshine coast on a sustainable thrifting adventure.  

Being new to the area, this truly was a first time adventure.  Thanks to a handy little website, we found the addresses to many of the local thrift shops and using the Ford's fantastic built in navigation system and eco route feature, we were able to take the most fuel efficient and eco-friendly route to our destinations. Our thrifting soundtrack synced and playing to get us in the mood for fossicking, we set off on a lovely Spring day, through little towns and main precincts on the lookout for handy treasures and a few quirky delights.   

Whilst driving between our destinations, Ben and I began to reminisce about our past thrifting adventures, road tripping through country Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales on the search for pieces to create our eclectic pre-loved home.  We realised, what we really enjoyed about thrifting, was not only  hunting for unexpected treasures, but breathing new life into unwanted and lonely wares, whilst supporting the local communities that we visited.   

Ideas for Sustainable Thrifting
While thrifting is of course a wonderfully sustainable practice in itself, it's always great to be a little bit more environmentally conscious and make your treasure hunting adventures rewarding not only for yourself, but for our beautiful earth.  Here are a few tips for enjoying your own sustainable thrifting adventure. 

Plan Your Trip: To make your trip quicker, more cost effective and more eco-friendly, plan your route for the day.  Keep addresses handy, find out opening times and don't forget to keep your eyes peeled for unexpected treasure troves and garage sales. 

Write a List: Write a list of the items you truly need and think outside the box for items that could possibly be upcycled to fit a new purpose.  Having a list will help you stay on track, so you don't find yourself coming home with items you don't really need. Consider having a budget for the day so it's easier to keep track of your spending. It's also really handy to have loose change and cash with you, so you don't have to use your card and spend unnecessarily.

Enjoy a Stroll: If you're lucky enough to find a few thrift shops located reasonably close together, park centrally and walk.  You never know what other electric nooks you might find along the way.  Extra Tip: If you're a thrifting mumma to be, make sure you wear really comfortable shoes, have plenty of water and snacks on hand, enjoy some rest stops and take along a wonderful partner in crime who can carry any heavy finds for you.   

Donate some Goodies: With a new season upon us, it's the perfect opportunity to have a clean out and donate some goodies to a new home.  You'll be perpetuating the cycle and leaving lovely treasures for someone else to find.  And just think, that will leave your cupboards nice and free for any lovely finds you uncover. 

Use Your Own Bags: It's really handy to take your own bags or even a basket for your treasures.  The lovely volunteers will be delighted and you'll cut down on plastic.  If you're after crockery or fragiles it might even be worth stashing a few pieces of bubble wrap or some old newspaper in your bag too.  

Once again we filled the boot, this time with a collection of fruity hued treasures, which will soon be put to good use around our home.  Canisters and pyrex for the kitchen, golden books for the nursery, vintage linen for crafty projects and a blanket just right for our living room. And my favourite find for the day.. a perfect little teapot, now patiently awaiting herbs to be grown and harvested to brew lovely pots of homemade tea. 

With our final adventure as just the two of us now complete, our nest is ready and we now wait patiently for our little adventurer to arrive.  We can't wait for all the family treasure hunts we will embark upon in the future.

Much Love

PS. For more thrifting ideas, check out our thrifting road trip tips and my top five thrifting tips.    

*Thanks to Ford and Kidspot I'm delighted to be taking part in the Voices of 2013 - Ford Choose Your Own Adventure Challenge. This is the final of three blog posts I'll be sharing about our pre baby adventures featuring the black Ford Focus Titanium.  Check out our previous adventures, our Babymoon Roadtrip and Our Precious Cargo.   

Friday, 6 September 2013

Maternity Restyle - 37 Weeks..

Tee: Dotti (2011) Skirt: Kmart (2012)
Vest: Temt (Borrowed)  Shoes: Dotti
Necklace: Hope & May

Wow, I really can't believe I just typed 37 weeks.  It really has flown by! This whole experience has been such a remarkable journey and I keep reminding myself to savour every one of these wonderful last days of pregnancy.  Restyling my wardrobe has been such a fun part of this adventure, especially because it seems each day brings change and all of a sudden there's an opportunity to try something new.  Over the last few weeks, bub has 'dropped', so I can finally wear skirts again.  This jersey mid-length skirt has really come in handy (especially the elastic waistband) and I've been teaming it with cotton tees that are far too short and knotting them at the side (inspired by this fab outfit).  My aim throughout my pregnancy was to rework my wardrobe and not buy maternity items and with the exception of essentials, I've done it! My gorgeous mum and sister have also loaned me a few fun pieces (like this vest), which have helped add a little something different to those third trimester staples that after a while feel oh so boring.  

As Spring blossoms here, the weather is heating up I have a feeling the next few weeks I'll be living in my well loved (and stretched) bikini loose singlets and yoga pants. Yes the beach is calling my name.   

 I'm also looking forward to sharing a few of my maternity restyling tips next week. And a big thank you for all your gorgeous tips, hints and comments on my last post.  I feel so blessed to be a part of such a beautiful supportive community. I've made lots of notes and am getting very excited indeed. 

Happy Friday!
Much Love

PS. Congratulations to Melodie, who is the winner of the Shore Handmade Jewellery Giveaway.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

The Final Weeks - To Do List..

So a few weeks ago, I mentioned that I was trying to curb my list writing behaviour.. and I have, well at least I've tried.  But there was one last list I wanted to write before I began 'going with the flow' of each day and it's my final weeks before baby to do list.  It seems my little nesting soul just had to have a little piece of paper to tick off and check back on as we wait (as patiently as possible).

So my list contains the usual mumma nesting to do's, freezing meals, finishing the crafty projects I'm halfway through and cleaning everything in sight (when did scrubbing the floors and hanging out the washing start bringing me a wonderful sense of satisfaction).  There's also a few things that need to be finished around the house and my phone which really needs some attention (5000 photos is a little too much for poor thing to manage). Also on my list, for some soul nourishing fun, is a thrift outing, a dinner date and most of all enjoying the quiet moments and journaling my experience.  

I've also really enjoyed reading through this final weeks list, this lovely babymoon checklist and this list of newborn survival tips for ideas and advice.   And I'd really love to hear yours too! Any tips, tricks or hints very much appreciated. 

Much Love