Archive for March 2011
Ok so these were supposed to be onsite before Valentines Day…of course moving state put a stop to finishing them all but there are a couple on site and more will appear when I get a chance to get back to them. If you would like one and your size is not there you can contact us as if we have your size we will finish one up for you.
This set is gone now but was super sweet.
I think it is fairly obvious I too am quite taken with pastel colours lately.
For an adorable way to finish your Easter Baskets or gifts I made these packs of 10 Vintage Easter Image Tags. Some of them will see you year ‘ round as the bunny image is classic and not all are completely Easter like.
Adorable images on textured cardstock with bakers twine. CUTE!
Find them here. Of course if all you want is the tags we can post those cheaper than our store flat rate so just drop us an email.
All that cake drooling the other day set me off in search of amazing cakes and food of another kind. Felt! Found these really clever creations by Woollyduck. She is one of the best felters (is that a word?) I have seen.Have a look through her flickr images…. Her fruit is amazing.
Some pretty gorgeous and intricate stuff here. Sabre would have a ball playing with all that.
Or you could try your hand with these patterns. There is fruit, cakes and even coffee’s! The suff below looks good enough to eat.
A few years back I did a few sets-click here- of cookies and tea bags that I sold with Ollie Rose but that is the most I have tried. Looks like fun!
I have been toying with the idea for a while of making some changes to our kitchen and family room. We have had the colour scheme of brown, green and white since we first moved in 5 years ago, and I am finding myself dreaming of a new colour scheme.
The hard part is choosing something that I won’t get bored with in another year or two, as it is no mean feat to paint walls, been there, done that, and not really keen to do it over and over. At the moment my ideas are centering around duck egg blue, grey and white, such as this nursery room seen on Room Tonic.
Rather than paint all my walls a grey colour, I am thinking of keeping them really neutral and instead changing our accessories to match. This does mean an ambitious paint of our current buffet and kitchen table, but I am secretly hoping my sister will take on that job (hint hint Kobie).
Whilst at a friends house recently I caught a show on her Foxtel called Ulitimate Cake Off. I have never heard of that show and loved watching. How amazing are those cakes! Hours and hours of work in them and they don’t just look great, they have awesome and complicated flavours inside. I was drooling by the end. Seemed such a shame that they had to be cut into.Part of the competition was to move the cakes without them tumbling down (oh would’nt that be terrible after all that work) down a ramp to the judges. I hadn’t considered before that cakes needed to be able to withstand being moved to location and some of the ones they make are towers! Some have motors and lights and all sorts of things but for the most part every single bit (apart from motors and lights of course) is edible!
Just the other day I was watching the Ellen Show and she made mention of all these cake shows on at the moment, if only I had foxtel, it would have me addicted. Can’t remember them all now, Cake Boss? Cupcake something? What fun!
Back here at Esmaes birthday I mentioned about some amazing cakes I found on Flickr whilst searching for inspiration. I knew I wanted to make a birdhouse cake to match the bird theme and when I lay in bed at night I was pretty much dreaming up something that should have been on Ultimate Cake off…all huge and 3D..pity that I lack the skills to turn that fantasy into reality. hehe
This was the image I came across and was gobsmacked…
Isn’t that the most divine cake!? Her hand painting is beautiful. I knew I would never have the skill nor time to do that for her birthday so my flat 2d version was as good as it got. The creator of that stunning birdhouse has an amazing blog here and a website full of even more amazing cake things.
I seriously couldn’t eat those cupcakes…they are way too pretty!
On another search today I found this one! Oooh how Tweet is that! Extremely clever cake making at My Cake School!
Pretty amazing stuff huh!?
Recently I was lucky enough to pick up a bag of vintage ladybird books for the pricely sum of $15.
When I got home and pulled them out, I was totally overjoyed with my purchase. There were over 50 of these books dating from the early 1970′s and all are in good condition with just a few that have a few drawings on them.
For a little while I have been keeping an eye out for Golden Books from my childhood. I have a box down in the shed that is full of some of my favourite stories as a kid. The kids have snavelled a few already and love looking at the pictures in them and listening to the fabulous stories.
Made a handful of Rattling Rabbit Rattles again this year. Very limited numbers will be available. Here are some of them flat and ready for filling….
And here are the other half, filled but awaiting ribbons.
Then something that rabbits and babies alike LOVE to chew on. We had sold out of these again so Easter is the perfect time to get them back in stock.
And sweet onesies for babies celebrating Easter. The classic bunny silhouette would be perfect for new babies all year around too.
I haven’t found myself a nice spot for photos yet in this house. The family room area seems nice and sunny (one of my favourite things about this house) but the pictures are coming out dark still. Will have to play around one day with where to get the best shots.
So expect a cute handful of new things in the next week or so. Stay updated on facebook or sign up to the newsletters!
Can you believe it is March already! The move back across the state for us made the start to this year even faster. I wont even go into the move this time, let’s just say it was the worst yet! Nothing major, just little things… broken items, unpacking on my own with kids, delayed truck…. and now it is all over ’tis all but a bad memory. So here we are!…..back in WA and the lovely little coastal town of Lancelin and LOVING it!
There is something to be said for living by the seaside. That beautiful breeze, the days spent on the sand, the ” pong of seaweed” (strange how appealing that pong can be!) , the casual and laid back lifestyle. It is suiting us perfectly. The best bit is the kids can get outdoors and play so much more than in the yard in Darwin. Every afternoon we spend the hours with the house wide open and the kids playing out on the grass.
Jemma has kept the site, facebook and blog alive whilst I have been in transit. I have enjoyed the time off for a bit but also itching to get back into Ollie Rose and some creativity.
Here is a few snap shots from the past few months of the family and I …
We celebrated Australia day. We were in Darwin still but out of our home. We covered ourselves in flag tattoos and enjoyed the last of the really warm days swimming and eating icy poles.
Then spent a few nights in Perth before driving up to our new home. Another lovely caravan park with lazy days and the ducks were a huge hit.
Then off on the exciting drive to a new town….love that bit…so exciting seeing somewhere you are going to live for the first time. On the the second day we moved here Sabre started her first day of kindy and there were tears………tears because she can’t go every day! Weeks later and she is still loving it. I am so pleased as being born just 3 days after the cut off date for the year before she was well and truly ready by this year.
Then having blissful afternoons at the beach here in between the unpacking.
As I write this I can say I am mostly unpacked..there are always those boxes of “stuff” that don’t find homes for a few months…but otherwise I feel very at home. We have enjoyed lots of visits from the family who are now only a few hours drive away and I am starting to get back in to some creative stuff for Ollie Rose. Life is a beach!
Unfortunately in our house our laundry is rather small. It was a room no one put any thought into at all. It has always been a space that drives me a little mad, there is no room and we tend to throw the washing in on the floor and on top of the machine. We then close the door and pretend nothing is in there.
This weekend we decided to just make a few simple changes to make it a bit better. We put up some shelves we had hiding away in the cupboard, and moved everything around a bit. Amazing that just by moving one cupboard, we made the space feel bigger. A few baskets and tins that had been picked up on sale could now finally be removed from the cupboard they were stored in and used.
I just need to head to bunnings for a few pots to pop outside the window so we are not staring at a very grey fence, and maybe I won’t hate doing laundry quite so much.
I think with a fabulous laundry I probably wouldn’t mindspending time in there (I loathe doing the washing), so I still dream that one day I have a fabulously huge and functional laundry.
I think this may be my dream laundry
So whilst I won’t be getting a bigger room anytime soon, I think we must definately save up for some lovely white cupboards to adorn the walls, and it is definately time for a paint job in there to brighten it all up (maybe next weekends project). I have some gorgeous duck egg blue paint left over which I think will be perfect.