My (DIY)(Paper) Wedding Bouquet

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Let’s talk bouquets – as I think I have (possibly repeatedly?) mentioned, I made mine, and it was great (the process, I mean, not the bouquet). Not to blow my own horn, but I also think that the bouquet turned out pretty awesome, a fact for which I am thankful. 

At what point in the wedding planning process did I decide to make my own bouquet? I can’t really remember, but I think it was very early on. I had to put up with a lot of doubting Thomases too. “You’ll be so stressed”, they said. “Real flowers are nicer!” “You’re a control freak who is unable to relinquish control over the smallest details of your life and one day you’ll have a breakdown”… You get the picture. Continue reading

Raise your voice

 

We are living through dark times. There are a lot of moments where I feel like we are going backwards, and that all the struggle is for nothing. That being said, I felt such a sense of solidarity, joy and optimism seeing women come together to make their voices heard over the weekend. It was such a beautiful thing to see the many women’s marches around the world totally eclipse the inauguration – this weekend, love undoubtedly trumped hate.

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Two days in Florence

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Part of our travels last year took us through central Italy, and we were lucky enough to stop in Florence – Firenze – for a couple of days. Both Mario and I had been to Florence before, but we were still pretty excited to visit again. I’m not going to lie, this time we went pretty light on the artistic and historical aspects of the city (of which there are many!), instead choosing to focus on, well, food. And wine. And also some shopping. Hey, we were on holidays ok? Continue reading

Love Knots

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In the months leading up to Christmas, I got a bit obsessed with embroidery. It started when I bought some shiny new boxes to organise all my embroidery floss (I was an avid crosstitcher for many years so I have ALOT). I wanted to branch out from crosstitch and try something a bit more creative, and also learn some new techniques. 

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Succulovely

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Like the rest of the world, I am having a bit of a love affair with succulents. That’s one good thing that came out of 2016, right?? 

I have been trying my hand at propagating lately (growing new baby succulents from old ones), and it’s so fun – and surprisingly quicker than I expected too. I love putting together little planter collections – I have one at work and a couple at home, so now I have started giving them to people as gifts. I made the one in the photos last year for a friend of mine at work.  Continue reading

Needle case & notions bag

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So as you probably know, I’ve been sewing for a good number of years now. But this, this humble needle case, might be my favourite thing I’ve ever made. Is it the soothing colours? Is it the gold geometric pattern? Is it the calming sense of being organised? I don’t know. Actually I do, it’s all of those things, plus the fact that it turned out so well!  Continue reading

Three days on Santorini

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It’s considered to be one of the most romantic places in the world, and it didn’t disappoint – Santorini is incredible. We had three days on the island as part of our honeymoon, and it was just magical.

The best part? Without question, the view. Oh my god, the view. One thing that I just wasn’t expecting was how HIGH the island is along the caldera! One morning we were relaxing in our room when we saw a helicopter fly by… below us. It was amazing.

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D.I.Y. Vintage Textured Frames

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While Mario and I were in Rome last month, we stumbled across a beautiful gallery – I Colori di Dentro – which showcased the work of  Maria Grazia Luffarelli.

Maria’s prints were so vibrant, I fell in love instantly. We were leaving in 2 days and had literally no room left in our suitcases, but I had to bring home at least a small memento of this beautiful artwork. We bought a small print on wood for my mum, and I contented myself with three postcard-sized prints on beautiful textured card. One of the first things I did when we got home was whip up some frames so that I could display them on the wall. Continue reading

Geometric Hanging Planter

Geometric Hanging Planter DIY

I love a good hanging planter, don’t you? Finding more ways to bring greenery into my house is something that has been percolating in my mind for a while, and the other day I got a sudden hit of inspiration (I’m pretty sure I was meant to be doing something else, like vacuuming. Ugh). 

I’d purchased this lovely copper geometric candle holder from Kmart a while ago (Kmart is so trendy now, it’s actually ridiculous), but I never really liked it as a candle holder. It needed something…. more. 

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