Friday, May 7, 2010

Happy Birthday Beautiful girl!

Happy Birthday to my beautiful baby girl Mazie! 4 years old today...thank you for lighting up my life and making me laugh every day with your crazy fun filled antics...

note to self: next time remember to check cupcake stand to ensure all 3 legs are firmly in place before loading with 24 pretty cupcakes for birthday party that have been up icing late the night before, to avoid having them tumbling onto the floor when stand inevitably collapses...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The front door of my dreams

Finally, a small window of time to peruse my favourite has been so long and I am sooo behind- too many pretty pictures and eye candy to waste time smiling at! For instance this pink fairy door.  If I can't have a real life version of the door of my dreams maybe this adorable fairy door will suffice?
A black one for me and a pink one for the girls room I think.
I saw this over at the lovely My Life My Loves and was instantly enamored. Here you can design your own fairy door, choose door & trim colour as well as door style.
Simply adorable wouldn't you agree?

image 1 via My Life My Loves
image 2 via monkeytail and wellington

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Easter Break

Well I have not packed, washed or checked any tasks off my list but we are off on our Eatser camping break tomorrow.
Have a fantastic Easter whatever you are doing!

Image via weheartit

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Feminine Charm

I came across this house while thumbing through the latest issue of Home Beautiful.
Even though my tastes are moving past shabby chic style I still can't resist some of the elements- the pink footstool at the end of the bed, the cluster of bevelled mirrors in the bathroom, the white daybed on the verandah and of course the pretty and feminine.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I Heart Camping

Oh, I do , I do!

Camping at Easter is one of the highlights of my year.
We enthusiastically make the annual pilgrimage to Yamba every year for the Easter break. It started 10 years ago with 10 close friends -some couples, some single, pitching a few tents for Easter. It has grown into quite the production and this year we are up to 8 adults and 7 children under 4, 2 buns in the oven. (unfortunately 1 family is unable to come so we are down 2 adults and 2 children). It is a little more hectic then our child free days but still my favourite yearly holiday. Hopefully this years trip will be less dramatic then last years Check out last years amusing exploits here and here.
As you can imagine it is quite the spectacle with so many adults and children and requires precision planning. Lets just say we do not really rough it, with our purpose built communal marquee, large double door display fridge, tv/dvd player (something only for rainy days for to entertain the children) and fully fenced yard to contain the children (last year it was chicken wire- very old MacDonald).

I love having such a special family tradition that we share with such beautiful, dear friends, although next year the children will out number the adults- scary thought!

What are you up to this Easter?

Monday, March 22, 2010

Nursery Prints

With a few friends/family members expecting at the moment I am on the look out for some cute nursery baby gifts.
I am quite taken with the prints from My Sweet Prints, especially the counting in French (purchasing one for the girls room redo), the customised birth print and the bus roll. I also love the Personalised World Map for a baby boy's nursery- very sweet!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


I need a new phone. I am phoneless. And I really can't decide. Should I get an iphone? They are tre cool but I don't know if I really need one and am not sure if I like the whole touch-screen thing...but they are just so lovely looking. And I am a sucker for packaging.
So, who out there has one and what do you think of them? Any help greatly appreciated as I need to make a decision asap and suprise suprise, I am struggling to decide!

image via weheartit

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Rabbit Shop

Random cute story...
Here in Australia we have an all purpose home and hardware store called Bunnings.
The other day as we were driving to work and Dad was in the car behind us, Mazie asked why dad was going to the rabbit shop. I replied no, he is going to bunnings... It took me a moment to cotton onto what she was talking about meant...Bunnings, sounds like Bunny =the rabbit shop.
Makes perfect sense!

image via chickybean hats on etsy

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

New Notty Necklaces now instore

New Notty Necklaces now instore at Bits & Bubs.
Lots of lovely new colours to choose from!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Ladies, do take note...

Home Economics For Women In The 1950's
From a 1950's high school home economics textbook, teaching girls how to prepare for married life.

1. Have dinner ready: Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal on time.
This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him, and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospects of a good meal are part of the warm welcome needed.

2. Prepare yourself: Take 15 minutes to rest so you will be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh looking.
He has just been with a lot of work- weary people. Be a little gay and a little more interesting. His boring day may need a lift.

3. Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives, gathering up school books, toys, paper, etc. Then run a dust cloth over the tables.
Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift, too.

4. Prepare the children: Take a few minutes to wash the children's hands and faces if they are small, comb their hair, and if necessary, change their clothes.
They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part.

5. Minimize the noise: At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of washer, dryer, dishwasher or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet.
Be happy to see him. Greet him with a warm smile and be glad to see him.

6. Things to avoid: Don't greet him with problems or complaints. Don't complain if he's late for dinner.
Count this as minor compared with what he might have gone through that day.

7. Make him comfortable: Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or suggest he lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him. Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes.
Speak in a low, soft, soothing and pleasant voice. Allow him to relax and unwind.

8. Listen to him: You may have a dozen things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first.

9. Make the evening his: Never complain if he does not take you out to dinner or to other places of entertainment; instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure, his need to be home and relax.

10. The goal: Try to make your home a place of peace and order where your husband can relax.

This had me in stitches..oh to be a housewife in the 50's!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Pretty Pencil Rolls

What do you do with some spare time, a box of pencils and some vintage fabric?
Make pencil rolls of course!
These pretty vintage and vintage style fabric pencil rolls will be instore tonight are instore now.
Be quick as there are only 10 to choose from, all one off designs.
They come complete with 12 thick and vibrant triangular coloured pencils- great for promoting your little ones pincer grip development!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Fabulous Friday

Well, I have a much needed day off today and although I should be doing menial tasks such as housework, running errands, paperwork etc Instead, I have been indulging in some much needed thrift store hunting. There is nothing better than the musty smell of second hand goods- one person's trash is another persons treaure and all that. I am in dire need to bulk up my vintage linen collection for some new items for Bits & bubs.

Have a fabulous Friday and a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Oh, what a wedding!

to be married on a stage- love it!

what a dress- layers and layers of scrumtiousness

love the kooky moustaches and crowns!

Martha pom poms- beautiful en-masse


love the labels

A little bit pretty, a little bit vintage, a little bit of whimsy, a little bit of kooky, a little bit of everything...what a wedding!
Oh and some of the templates are available here

All image via martha stewart weddings and peacock feathers