October 24, 2014

Weekend Style...

Do you have a weekend style?
I'm usually in jeans and a simple top, sneakers or flats...which can get extremely boring come Saturday again...how many jeans can you style up?
I should really change it up sometime, make the effort a little...
I'm usually feeling so laid-back I cant be bothered unless I know someone is coming by but the weekend is not a cue for sloppy ...hey, you just never know who you'll bump into at the local cafe or supermarket...
but of course you should always dress for yourself,
feel comfortable in your clothes - you'll appear effortless which is what personal style is all about! right?

* some lovely Weekend style ideas below - images via my style Pinterest board

October 22, 2014

Polka Dots + Chambray Blue

a little 'Fashion to Paper' crafty challenge...

I found this image on Pinterest the other day -  I do love the chambray denim teamed with the polka-dot printed skirt.  Its a dramatic skirt isnt it? ... funny enough the skirt is by Shabby Apple which is an American site that I've seen featured on so many blogs over the years - they've called the skirt 'Waltzing Matilda' ball skirt.
Maybe it reminds them of the outback and our own taste of country life?...

here is my Greeting card...Im actually in the middle of a paper mess right now - I have crafty stacks all over my house!
Im preparing for a market stall...more of that to come!


October 21, 2014

RIP Oscar de la Renta

I'm a very restless person. I'm always doing something. The creative process never stops.
Oscar de la Renta

October 20, 2014

Weekend Baking - Blondies

The boys pleaded I make something chocolatey this weekend.
They wanted Brownies which is definetely a family favourite but since I had lots of white chocolate in the pantry I thought I'd give 'Blondies' a go...
When it was time to cut them, I thought it looked like a vanilla cake but suprisingly it was very moist,  although the center was not as gooey as the recipe promised - still very yummy though!

150g white chocolate
225g butter
2 cups Self Raising Flour
1/2 cup caster sugar
4 eggs beaten
75g chopped walnuts
( or pistachio nuts)
100g dark chocolate chopped

Melt the chocolate and butter  in a heatproof bowl over saucepan of simmering water.  Leave to cool slightly.  Sift the flour in a mixing bowl and add caster sugar.  Stir in the beaten eggs and then the melted chocolate mixture, beat well.  Stir in the nuts and chopped chocolate.  Pour into your pan.  Bake in preheated oven 180 degrees celsius for 30-35 minutes.  Leave to cool and then cut into large squares.

October 8, 2014

a charmed life...

I'm so glad its Wednesday...mid-week, I'm feeling a little tired already and longing for Friday, my day off.
I have a sick boy at home and so thankful my mum took care of him today because work is full on right now.
Both boys are now asleep, they wanted to check out the lunar eclipse tonight but there's too many clouds in the way.  Its a shame as I was keen to see it too...
They need rest...and this girl needs a cup of tea, cheesy TV and Pinterest (multi-tasking)!

I found these images on Pinterest - pretty florals, hedges and lawns...dreamy...they take me to another place, (Pinterest does that a lot ...)

October 7, 2014

Pulling colours....

On Saturday we headed to Newtown for a quiet Vietnamese dinner...I love walking along King St with its interesting store fronts and window displays.  The Gorman shop had their Summer 2014 catalogue on their front door so I'm glad I took a copy because I spent some relaxing time yesterday pulling colours from their bright clothing range!
I asked my Neo to help me sharpen my pencils and I got 'whats in it for me mum?'  little bugger...I told him a hug and 'favourite son' of the day...he smiled.
I keep saying I want to experiment with colour, crafting ...even drawing...its just finding that time or setting aside the time because there will always be something else that needs to be done right?
so yes, I think I need to slot some time each week just for creative play and see what comes of it...

Pulling colours from the prints and patterns of the Fashion images created a few nice colour combinations - perfect for future crafting adventures!
To see Gorman's latest looks head on over to their 'Summer 2014' page - gorgeous!
They even have a cool competition happening right now so take a look!

October 3, 2014

Is it Summer yet?

it sure feels that way...
I've had a little extended blogging break, it seems to get like that during the boys school holidays especially since I also headed back at work after a wonderful week off.
Today is Friday - the start of a long weekend!  Bliss
I had some lovely plans for today ...sadly a eye infection (mine) stopped all the fun in its tracks and we've been spending a leisurely day at home.  We did manage a quick brunch catch-up at a local cafe this morning...

So back to last week.
It was just lovely.  We didn't have perfect weather everyday but that was fine too.  When it got chilly we snuggled indoors and played cards, hung out on the couch, feet up watching movies enjoying each others company.
I took these images during a visit to Byron Bay which ended in a downpour that came from absolutely no where (what do you expect from tropical weather...?) but it sure didn't dampen our spirits...