30 March 2010

Handmade Easter Cards on SALE NOW

Just a quick post to let you know that I have reduced the Handmade Easter Cards in my Etsy and Made It Stores to $2 each! I will ensure that these are posted on the same day as they are purchased!

Oh Happy Day......

So I was totally delighted to find a little parcel waiting on my doorstep after arriving home from Nate's swimming lessons this morning......

What was inside I hear you ask......

Here is a sneaky peaky....

This is just two of the gorgeous Amy Butler ranges of paper that I have received! So excited, can't wait to start working with them..... As soon as I have packed a couple of more boxes and painted a wall...... Oh the joys!!

Have a great day!

29 March 2010

Without further ado.......

The winner is........

Generate 1 random integer between 1 and 22........


Random numbers generated Mar 29 2010 at 14:38:15 by www.psychicscience.org

Congratulations Jade from Holi Goddess you are the winner of my little giveaway.

Please check out my Etsy and Made It Stores and pick out the following......

One Pack of Vintage Paper Punchies
One Pack of Paper Punchies
One Pack of Mini Gift Cards
One Pack of Shabby Chic Buttons

Thank you to everyone who participated! Keep your eye out for another giveaway soon!

Happy Monday!

27 March 2010

A Beach Break....

Spending a few days away at the beach..... Took my gorgeous boy for his first real beach visit today!!!

Result = One very tired boy!!!

Hope you are having a good weekend!

P.S. Don't forget the Giveaway ends tomorrow night at midnight check out the details here!

26 March 2010

Friday Etsy Finds.......

So I have noticed on my numerous visits on Etsy that there are a number of cute little wooden brooches getting around, here are a few that I love......

First and foremost my finds today feature three Australian Artists!

I was excited to find that this little butterfly is by a fellow Brisbane-ite! MrsSmiley - love the vintage sheet music!

A cute little Owl by delilahdevine - from Adelaide. This cute little Hoot is topped off with a vintage piece of wallpaper which, I am guessing, makes each one different!

This sweet little Bird by sophiehillartist - from Tasmania is made from Tasmanian Myrtle.

And finally this little deer by decoylab is too cute not to mention. This little Etsy Store also sells gorgeous clocks, Nate was given the owl clock for his birthday from Uncle Ev and Aunty Jackie!

So many talented people!!!

Have a great weekend and Happy Friday!!!

25 March 2010

Step Five - Frontal Church Arrangement

So last night saw the fifth class of my Commercial Floristry Course at Perrotts School of Floristry. Our task last night was a Frontal Church Arrangement, here is what I came home with.....

I am looking forward to next weeks class we are tackling a Posy Bouquet.

23 March 2010

Let the Search Begin......

for berries and foliage that looks like this.....

So that I can complete a project for a special friend!

22 March 2010

Busy Monday......

So I thought that I would check in briefly between packing boxes, tally is up to 12 packed boxes to be exact, I am definetely a woman on a mission!!!

I have today received an Etsy order from the lovely Amanda all the way over in the United States who is getting married in August.

Her order, 600 of my Vintage Song Bird Punchies

Yep, 600 of the little guys, which she is planning on using as table scatters at her Vintage Music themed wedding! Sounds like it is going to be the perfect day and she is very excited!!!

Of course this means that Amanda has two entries into my Giveaway, which suprisingly the only entries I have are from purchases made in my stores (not that I am complaining!!). Check the previous post for details.

I am off to get punching!!!!

21 March 2010


So both my Etsy and Made It Stores are now officially OPEN and restocked after a few sales late last week!!

So now it is GIVEAWAY time! Seems all the cool kids are doing it so I thought that I would jump on the bandwagon!

One lucky person will get their choice of the following items all in colours, shapes and patterns of their choice (see stores for available items and keep your eye out for new colours, shapes and patterns too!):

One pack of Vintage Paper Punchies - maybe you will pick the Vintage Song Birds...

One pack of Paper Punchies - maybe you will pick the Moroccan Elephant Punchies....

One pack of Mini Gift Cards - maybe you will pick this bright set....

One pack of Shabby Chic Buttons - maybe you will pick the mixed colours.....

So here's what you need to do to get ONE entry.......

1. Go to my Etsy and Made It Stores, come back to my blog and let me know what your favourite item is by commenting on this post
2. Sign up to follow my blog by clicking on FOLLOW on the right hand side bar
3. Blog about my giveaway on your blog, then come back and leave a comment with the link to your post on this post
4. Heart my Etsy Store


I will give you TWO entries for every item purchased from my Etsy or Made It Stores i.e. purchase one item and receive two entries, purchase two items and receive four entries and so on and so on....

How easy is that! I will keep a running numbered list of all the entries and will let you know what your allocated numbers are prior to the draw. I will then use a random number generator (no rigged systems here!!) to select the winner!

The giveaway starts NOW and will finish at midnight AEST on Sunday 28 March 2010 with the winner being announced on Monday 29 March 2010!

Goodluck and may the force be with you my blogging friends!!

20 March 2010

Great Giveaway......

happening on the Marley & Lockyer Blog right now! Ness has so many gorgeous things in her Etsy Shop which you can check out here.

My favourites....

18 March 2010

Step Four - Classic Long and Low Arrangement

So last night I attended the fourth class of my Commercial Floristry Course at Perrotts School of Floristry. We were shown how to complete a Classic Long & Low Arrangement. Here is what I came home with....

I felt half like I knew what I was doing last night! I think that this was the easiest arrangement yet.

Still waiting for the wind to go away........

Off to take Nate to the Library to see what we can find.

Happy Thursday!!

17 March 2010

Windy Wednesday.....

So today was to be the day that I officially launched my Etsy and Made It Stores and announced the Giveaway to celebrate. However Mother Nature has been unkind and we have had a day of swirling winds and the odd rain shower which has made taking photos of some new items and the Giveaway items very hard! Pieces of paper, wind and a 15 month old who has taken a liking to eating dirt out of my pot plants whilst outside doesn't make taking photos easy!

However, I have baked today and thought I would share the recipe!

Louise's Gourmet Pie aka Easy Pie!!

You will need....

125g butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/4 cups self raising flour
3/4 cup coconut
fruit - either drained tinned fruit or fresh - I used fresh apple and tinned peaches

What you need to do....

Melt butter then take off heat and cool while you mix dry ingredients
Add all other ingredients (not fruit) and just mix into a dough - if it looks really buttery just add a little more flour

Grease a pie dish and then press 2/3 of the mixture into the bottom and up the sides you can then put into fridge for 10 mins to firm up but i dont bother

Put the fruit in to cover the base and then just crumble the rest of the mixture over the top - it doesnt need to cover the fruit entirely

Bake at 180 degrees for about 30 mins or until golden brown


A little bit to golden in some spots but it tastes really good!!!

Hopefully I will be back tomorrow with the Giveaway details.

Oh and I will have the photos from tonight's flower class tomorrow too!!

16 March 2010

A little bit French......

My friend Claire is in the middle of making some big decisions regarding the renovation of her kitchen. One thing she has definetely decided on is the french homewares she plans to decorate the kitchen and other parts of her cute little house with.

Here are some of the things you will find in her Etsy favourites list at the moment...

French Grain Sack Art by Styled Spaces

Vintage Doily Burlap Banner by Funkyshique

Felted Wool Nesting Bowls by Black Bird Design House

French Burlap Pillows by Petit Coterie

Coffee Felted Stones by Fairyfolk

Bird Cushion by Marley & Lockyer check out their blog here, so many lovely things....

Can't wait to see them all when they are in their new home!

Happy renovating Claire! I promise to come help celebrate with some wine once it is all finished!

15 March 2010

Etsy Treasury List

How exciting! I received an email this morning to let me know that someone has featured my Shabby Chic Pink Button Mix on their Etsy Treasury List - Pouncing for Pink!

What a great way to start a Monday!

14 March 2010

Handmade Easter Cards

So I have been sneaking around putting listings into my Etsy Store over the last couple of days, although I am planning on having a BIG GRAND OPENING any day now, I have spent a few hours today whipping up some Easter Cards with a piece of gorgeous patterned paper that I found. Seeing as though Easter is only a couple of weeks away I have listed these cards in both my Etsy and my Made It Stores.

Here is a sneaky peek....

Just to sweeten the deal I am offering FREE POSTAGE WITHIN AUSTRALIA for these cards and a flat rate of $1 for postage everywhere else.

Be quick, there are only six of these cards available.

Stay tuned for the GRAND OPENING GIVEAWAY happening, hmmmmm lets see, around Wednesday!

Hope you have had a great weekend.

13 March 2010

A morning with my two favourtie Boys!

We have just arrived home from a lovely morning spent in New Farm just wandering around checking out the Farmers Market and the shops in general. Took the opportunity to take a few photos too....

We also took the opportunity to check out some of the little spots where Mitch and I had our wedding photos taken around the Brisbane Powerhouse and get some photos of Nate, which I haven't done for a while! I have been getting hassled from numerous people about how slack I have been about updating his blog!

The two gorgeous boys in my life....

What more could a girl want really!

Happy Weekend.....

12 March 2010

I loved it!!

Alice in Wonderland that is!

It was so much better than I was expecting, I had heard mixed reviews about it over the last week so wasn't sure what to expect! But it is definetely a keeper when it is available on DVD!

Have a good weekend!

11 March 2010

Step 3 - Classic Posy Bowl Arrangement

Last night was the third class in my 18 week Commercial Floristry Course at Perrotts School of Floristry. I attempted a Classic Posy Bowl Arrangement, which was much easier than the Classic Bouquet from last week. Easier because you had a base to work with and were not having to hold onto the flowers whilst adding and taking away from them.

So this is what I ended up with...

Personally, all I thought about the whole time I was doing this arrangement was that they look like funeral flowers, bit depressing I know.

I also came to the realisation last night that the reason Husband doesn't buy me flowers anymore is because I am so fussy about them! I guess I can just start buying and arranging my own once I am finished this course!

Happy Thursday!!

10 March 2010

Must not be late........

For a very important date!

I am off to see Alice in Wonderland on Friday night with my friend Claire! I can't remember the last time I went to the Cinema if I had to guess I would say that it was well before Nate arrived! Eeek!

So in honour of all things Alice here are some cute little finds from Etsy

This gorgeous Limited Edition Alice in Wonderland Pin Topper Set by Pinks & Needles

Alice in Wonderland Print by Stephanie Fizer

Alice - The White Rabbit Necklace by Laplace's Demon

I will let you know what I think of the movie!

Don't forget to check back tomorrow to see the pictures of my flower creation from tonight's class!

See you soon.

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