Its been a busy week AND an exhausting one (for some of us more than others)....Lilly celebrated her Birthday this week turning 15...so proud of you "Miss Lilly" you are growing up way too fast and we love you heaps....your smile lights up the room, you can achieve anything and everything that you set out to do...always reach for the stars!
There was of course the usual Birthday festivities...
Then it was time to get ready for the opening night of the school Musical...starring you, as MISS DOROTHY....
Backstage, you were so calm and collected, we were so nervous for you...no need to be YOU WERE A STAR.....wow what an opening night performance....what a Musical..you all should be congratulated!
After the show it was home for your Birthday cake made with love from your big sister, and time to put all those amazing flowers into water...wow your bedroom looks like a florist....
Its Saturday, the last show is tonight...cannot wait to see it again and celebrate its success with family and friends who are attending....yep...its BEEN A BUSY WEEK!
There are oodles of talented people out there, that is a fact! So, I thought perhaps rather than feel guilty that lack of time (and in fact life in general), sometimes prevents me from 'creating', I would showcase a few fabulous finds! Starting today I am going to endeavour to find a FABULOUS FIND every Friday and share.....
OMG isn't this divine!
Luke Hallaway and Jeremy Ward are a couple of local boys from the Central Coast who own and operate Growing Books They source old, unused hardcover books from charity shops, school libraries and council pick ups saving them from destruction and upcycling them into waterproofed planters for various succulents and cacti.
This clever duo are now offering DIY kits to make your own....including FREE shipping within Australia.
I'd say this is a FABULOUS FIND wouldn't you?????
Be sure to check them out also on www.facebook.com/growingbooks to see which local markets they are attending!
Source: all images courtesy of Growing Books
Its been a rainy few days here in Sydney, perfect for catching up on some card making...any excuse to play with paper and make a big mess in my craft room!
Our 'baby' turns 15 in a few days...her card is now ready to go.
More vintage doilly love along with some vintage music papers for this special Birthday card...oh and yes my washi tape is still getting a work out!
The sewing machine even made an appearance....
Finally a chocolate bon bon for a little gift...I've simply wrapped a few special chocolates into a paper tube and wrapped as a bon bn (with washi tape - of course)...a cute and thoughful gift.
Back tomorrow as I try to turn over a new leaf and start some 'regular blogging'...fingers crossed!
Recently I discovered reasonably priced washi tape at Craft On Line and made a purchase....it arrived just in time for me to get organised with all our cards and presents for January and February....
Using up whatever wrapping paper I had in my stash it was quick and easy to whip up these gift tags to co ordinate....
Then it was on to the larger cards....the first of many 18th Birthday cards as most of Taylor's friends turn 18 this year....
Then a return to my old favourite...the doilly! I can't help it love to use these little pretties in my cardmaking...
And finally an Engagement card for a special couple....
Hope you have had a great weekend, its been a stunner here in Sydney today....I'm off to enjoy a yummy dinner....Lilly has been busy in the kitchen...woo hoo!
Thanks for stopping by x
In the blink of an eye its over January 2014...its been a busy month (hence my lack of blogging) but now that school is back we will all get 'back into the groove'...heres hoping anyway!
A little collage of my favourite January moments:
- back to school, Taylor's official last "first day" as she enters the final stretch of high school an Lilly's first day in her 'senior' uniform
- a promise to myself to exercise more....considering how busy it has been I am pretty happy with my efforts so far....
- yummy pavlova on Australia Day
- breakfast catch ups with special buddies now living overseas
- lots of surf boat rowing for Taylor and a few surf carnivals under her belt!
- yummy healthy food...we are loving our "green" breakfast smoothies
- stunning weather an daylight savings means lots of evening strolls along the water front
- great coffee at a new coffee shop opened in Freshwater (just happens to be enroute after I drop Taylor to training)!!!
- grandparents to visit, how lucky are the girls to have both sets of adoring granparents??!!
- sunny days and floral headbands makes Lilly very happy
I am very envious of those who manage to keep up with Project Life....I have decided this year that I will endeavour to do what I can manage...not put the extra pressure on myself....so a little photo collage at the end of every month may just be the perfect record....my own little version of Project Life!
Happy Friday everyone, enjoy your weekend!
Slowly, slowly we are getting back into the swing....this week has been another busy one as the girls try to cram as much in before they start back to school next week! There was also the reality check that they BOTH needed new school shoes and Lilly had a long list of stationary and books that were needed....I am happy to report that I can now tick all those lists - YAY!
I have avoided the shops mostly since Christmas but there are a few bargains out there and I am always on the look out for creative ideas and nice gifts for the girls friends. At the begining of the year I ask both girls to give me a list so when I see something I can out it away in the present box...
Thank you Kikki-K I just LOVE these mugs andd I am sure the recipients will too...
These beautifully boxed mugs along with a vintage spoon stamped with the girls name make the perfect gift for a teenager don't you think?????
And priced at under $10 thanks to a sale and some thrifting I am happy too!
Happy Weekend everyone, we are about to have a long wekend here in Sydney to celebrate Australia Day...yippee!
Be back soon, bye for now!
Yep, sad but true January is here already and the festive season is over for another year. The Christmas tree and decorations have been stashed back into the roof and we are already facing a "back to school" advertising blitz and the first sightings of hot cross buns for Easter...eek!!!
We enjoyed a lovely Christmas.....Lilly performed again with Australian Girls Choir at the Domain, its become a tradition which we love, certainly puts you in the Christmas spirit! We also enjoyed a day in the city just to wander and enjoy the Christmas displays, sadly the queue for Santa was too long, I'd even convinced the girls it would be a fun thing to do (I miss my annual Santa photos of the girls) LOL.
Lucky photos these days means oodles of "selfies" so there is no shortage of memories! We spent Christmas in Coffs with family, and with traditions like "Santa" aka "Poppy" delivering presents to the neighbourhood kids on Christmas Eve, last minute baking with cousins, Christmas Day spent at the beach then Christmas night spent in the garage (we have outgrown the living room ha!) opening presents.....a fun time is had by all.
We then headed north for a family wedding to be held on the Gold Coast - New Years Eve, it was otherwise known as NYEWEDFEST and I think I will let the photos speak for themselves....! It was truly amazing.
And to finish off...some selfies LOL!
Now its back to reality.....!
Thanks for visiting - Bye for now x
Another long overdue post! Seems like there are just NOT enough hours in the day for me at the moment.....well that is MY excuse and I am sticking to it!
My annual Christmas shopping event was a success, a few days later I was still wrapping orders to go and be collected and I am happy to say that I sold out of all my chocolate treats and goodies and my other stocks are well depleted! We had a lovely day I was so thrilled to share the day with some lovely ladies and encourage you to check out their wonderful wares...
Deb - Debstar Mosaic creations
Rachel - Tealight Australia
Mamie - More Than Cards
Laura - Pin Ups Noticeboards
Chrissy - Christine Chadwick
Karen - Adrift Decor
Clare - Deers & Dots
After the markets came the baking and treat making for friends and family....lots of these yummies were delivered over the lead up to Christmas...
A last minute decision to gather a few friends for DESSERT and DRINKS...! It was lots of fun and I think is sure to become a new tradition...my style for sure, baking, decorating and a party!!
Then a mad dash to finish off the Christmas shopping before my last (busy) week at work....I had fun wrapping my presents this year, the theme was red (with a touch of vintage)...
Even the gift cards had a makeover.....
I think I am now officially DONE! One more day left of work, all my cards have been posted, the chocolates and treats delivered, presents wrapped, baking complete, drinks and catch ups mostly done, work gatherings attended...all that is left is to sit back and enjoy special time with family, and a few weeks off....yes please, bring it on!
I will leave you with one last photo...its tradition to send a photo of the girls with the Christmas card to update those we dont get to catch up with on a regular basis....here is 2013!
Here's hoping the last few days before Christmas are not too crazy and you too get to enjoy!
MERRY CHRISTMAS XOX