Tuesday, December 14, 2010

oobi christmas

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I'm going pink, pink, pink for my little nieces this Christmas, and I was so excited when I saw this bright pink retro Space Hopper from Oobi Baby. So much fun to be had. And this little pink outfit is so gorgeous. If i have a girl, she is going to have to get one of these.

Monday, November 29, 2010

latest prints

prints
There have been quite a few prints coming out of the Evie the Elephant studio lately, and here are just a few of my faves.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Little Indigo: New stockist for Evie

little indigo
I am very proud and excited to be a part of Little Indigo's new store. It looks fantastic and there are loads of great finds on there for newborns and little kiddies. You can see the love and attention that has gone into the fun job of picking all the handmade goodies she is now stocking, so make sure you stop by and check it out. Great for some Christmas present ideas with free gift wrapping available.

Monday, November 1, 2010

beautiful coat rack

coatrack
I saw this beautiful coat rack when walking past Top 3 by design on the weekend and fell in love! It would be perfect for our new place and for some reason i just love it even more in yellow, that is... until i saw the price. Coming in at pretty much $1000, all i can feel is complete disappointment. I'm never going to pay that sort of money for something like this, when clearly it would cost them a fraction of the price to make it! I can't see the value anyway. But it is beautiful, isn't it?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

a little bit of me

a little bit of me
Finally we have got the all clear on all our scans and I am now very excitied to let everyone know that we are having a baby! How cute is this pic of bubs sucking it's finger? Only 17 weeks to go until we can meet, and with Christmas and Birthdays' in between, it will be here before we know it! Arrrgghhh, little scary actually! If anyone has any great newborn tips or finds i'd love to hear about them.

Friday, October 22, 2010

papercut nursery art

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Im a bit of a fan of Rob Ryans beautiful papercut artworks (like the rest of the world), but have recently stumbled upon the lovely work of elista, who's range of artwork includes these papercut prints inspired by some of the most well known nursery rhymes and kids stories, like little Peter Pan, Little Red Riding Hood and Mary had a Little Lamb. Now there's something for the kids rooms too.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

loving this fabric

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I love the fabric on this cushion, and have been planning to freshen up some old ones we have at home with it, but i can't this fabric anywhere. Has anyone seen it, or something very similar around? And better still can anyone tell me where i can get my hands on it. You'll make my day. Then.... all i will have to do then is learn how to sew a zipper!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

summer illustrations

illustrations
I recently came across these lovely illustrations on etsy by Nan Lawson and just had to share the summery goodness.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Friday quote

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I'm not sure where i found this pic anymore, but it's been sitting in my inspiration folder for a while now. If only it was that easy hey!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

sweet spring candle

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I recently received this Leura Glasshouse candle as a gift, and can i just say it's amazing. Finally, I have a candle that actually smells when you burn it! It smells of the sweetest spring flowers: Jasmine, Lilac and Cherry Blossom and also is in an opaque white glass jar rather than the normal clear ones, so still looks great on the shelf even when it's not burning. At $35, I thought it was a little extravagant for a candle, but now that I have one it is definitely worth it. And it's huge, so will outlast any other non-smelly candles out there and is such a nice relaxing way to end the day.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Alphabet blocks

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These gorgeous, traditional style alphabet blocks from Uncle Goose would look great in any nursery, and come beautifully boxed, making them a great gift or keepsake. Each block features four letters, a number or symbol, and an animal picture. The blocks have beveled edges to eliminate sharp corners and are made with non-toxic inks.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

bird magnets

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How perfect are these magnets for spring? I have them on the fridge at home and love them every time I look at them. You can get them at outlivging here.

Monday, September 6, 2010

the butter flying

the butter flying
These stunning clouds are definitely going in my nursery when I set one up. Or even my room? Somewhere. Anywhere. I never would have thought clouds would make me feel so happy. They are from the butter flying and come as mobiles and wall hangings.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Our new home

home
Today, we are the very excited owners of this lovely house. We finally got approval from the bank after jumping through every hoop in the world, but we got there in the end. Yay us. It's 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, has a backyard, only 500m from the beach in Miami on the Gold Coast. And.... all for a price less then our little flat in bondi. Crazy isn't it.
Can't wait to move in in 4 weeks and add all the little touches to it, to make this place our home.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Bright elephants

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I have been a fan of Heather Bailey's gorgeous fresh fabric designs for a while now. So many bright colours and patterns to choose from and inspire you for the warmer weather, that is surely about to hit any day now. There's lots of crafty type goodies on her blog, and you can also get the pattern for these cute elephants on there too. It'd be great to make a few of them and turn them into a mobile for a nursery. Not that i can sew much more than a straight line, but I'd like to give it a go. I would also love a summer dress in some of her fabrics as well.

Monday, August 23, 2010

bali countdown

I have always wanted to go to Bali, but for some strange reason we never have. A quick cheap flight, lazing in the sun with cocktails by a pool, bargain shopping, and massages. What more could you want? Now... I don't know what took us so long! All the resorts we found looked amazing, and after days of trying to pick just one place we decided on this one.
gending kedis
It's called Gending Kedis, and we loved that it is sort of out of the way, quiet and private. That private, that the pool there is all ours! Can you believe it? We are 700m to Jimbaran bay where there are loads of seafood restaurants on the beach to eat at and watch the sun go down. We are only staying for 3 blissful nights, but I actually think the highlight will be going to watch the sunset, and having a cocktail at the Ayana Rock Bar also in Jimbaran. Look at that view!
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Now all we have to do is wait until November. There's nothing like an awaiting holiday to get you through the end of winter though, and the countdown is on.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

prints for boys and girls

prints
Here are the latest lovely prints I have done for James and Poppy.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Beautiful garden

gardens
I have to admit, that most of the time i normally skip through the garden section of the home mags i get, seeing as I'm in a unit, in the city, and normally kill every plant I come close to.
But that has all changed now. That was before we had bought a little home with a backyard up in sunny old Miami, on the Gold Coast. So now of course, I'm searching through all my mags again, and the net, trying and get some ideas of what we can do to brighten it up a bit. I found this gorgeous little summer retreat. I don't think it's Ben's style, but.... it's nice to look at.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

cheeky monkey

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A bright new print just about to be sent off. The gingham was the customers request to match the bedding and colours in her kids nursery, so i can't take too much credit for this one, but I do love it!

Monday, July 26, 2010

wall decorations

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It's one of my little nieces birthday's soon so I've decided to make some pretty wall decorations to go in her room, inspired from the images above but using fabrics to match her bedding and room. Next step is to track down some fabric that will suit. I'm off to IKEA on the weekend, so cross fingers i can find some fun and affordable prints there to start with.
The top image is from my favourite nursery ever! Make sure you have a look at all the lovely pics.
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Friday, July 23, 2010

Friday finds

horses
I just saw these beautiful, one-of-a-kind hobby horses by Calamity Bolt and had to share. Hand-made out of vintage/reclaimed/salvaged fabric with love, I think that they would look great as a nursery decoration, hanging on the wall or standing in the corner. Plenty of other colours to pick from as well as some pretty hair bands in her madeit store.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

pretty feather print

feather printHere's one of the latest prints I've made.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

handmade wedding cake toppers

I have had my eye on these two designers for a while now, but hadn't put them on as i'm not getting married... yet! But I've decided they are too cute to keep from you any longer. These are one of the little things that you would keep forever to remind you of your special day.
ann wood birds
Ann Wood's handmade sweethearts are made from vintage material with amazing detail and names that just are just as stylish as the birds, like May & Franklin here.
toppers
These are from Together forever on etsy, and custom made right down to the hair and flower colours to match the bride and groom. Just too cute.

Monday, July 12, 2010

blue polkadots

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Look how lovely this little blue elephant mobile is. Hand crafted with love by from Jolie Petite Chose. It even matches my new birth announcements listed today, which now has space for a photo as well to make them even more personalised. Both available on madeit and blue caravan.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Chic Mother & Baby

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I just wanted to say a big thank you to Mina @ Chic Mother & Baby for her lovely guest blog post on Evie the Elephant. There's loads of great inspiration for babies & kids on there, so make sure you stop by to check out. And... there is a sale on some of the lovely things in her store at the moment too. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

a little holiday

holiday
I know it's school holidays, but i'm thinking I might need a little holiday soon too. A few days lying in the sun somewhere relaxing, not too expensive and out of the way. I'm looking for something a bit different that no one really knows about. If you know of anywhere that sounds like that, please leave me a comment. I'd love to hear about those special spots you've found so i can start planning a winter escape.
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Rickshaw Designs

rickshaw
How cute are these frilly little bloomers? I stumbled on Rikshaw Designs website the other day and loved their collections of hand block-printed crib sets, pillows, and accessories. Such a fresh range of colours and patterns. They also have some beautiful beachy tops for women as well.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Owls are hunting

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If you haven't seen the gorgeous handmade, up-cycled lamps by Jo at The Owls are Hunting yet then you're in for a treat. Made right here in Australia, these vintage lamp bases are from the 60's, 70's and 80's are lovingly given a modern and fun twist, and best of all, each one is unique. I'm in-love with the lamps shown here, but there are plenty more in her made it store, and make sure you pop by the blog for a look too.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Oobi Baby love

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I have adored the gorgeous little outfits from Australian owned, Sydney based boutique children’s wear label Oobi Baby & Kids for a while now, and have just recently found out that they are a good friend of a friends, so I thought I'd spread them a little blog love. They deserve it! With legwarmers, beanies and even space hoppers, the collections of charming, retro and timeless pieces in Oobi’s signature colours and textures scream fun & playful and are very addictive. Check out their blog to see how excited the Oobi Mums and bubs get over their favourite pieces and for the whole range and stockists visit their website.

Monday, June 7, 2010

DIY pom poms

pompom vines
These enchanting pom pom vines would look great at a kids party, or even in a nursery hanging down beside a window or along a wall.
pom poms
As would these gorgeous fabric ones clustered together like this. A great variation on the tissue paper version. You can get the full tutorials for both of these at once wed.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Bus scrolls for Jervis Bay

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I know bus scrolls have been a bit of a thing for a while now, but i have just made this one for my brother who lives at Jervis Bay. We saw a similar version around but thought it needed just a little more love. Of course if anyone else would like a special one made to their local area, just contact me and I'd be happy to design one for you too.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Winterland

skating
I'm not normally much of a winter fan, but... i did get a little bit excited when i found out that Sydney is going to have 2 ice skating venues this winter. One is indoors at CarriageWorks for their first ever Winterland festival (starting July). Entry to Winterland is free, but the skating will set you back $12.50 for 45min and including skate hire. Perfect. There is also going to be an open air rink for just one week also in July at our lovely Bondi Beach. I can't wait for this. What a great backdrop. It costs a little more to go here, but...there is even going to be a little ski hut, with cosy wood fires for an aprés skating sit down and hot chocolate.
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Friday, May 28, 2010

Letterpress love

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I keep leaning towards a bit of a nautical thing with my colours at the moment and found this beautiful print from Letterpress Delicacies. It would go straight up in the beach house if I had one. And not that I'm really the sailing type but this pic of boating in St Tropez makes me want to be. (Of course i would need a whole new outfit to go with it though.) Maybe one of these little badges from Small Stitch.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Winter wonders

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Winter is definitely only 1 week away. It's cold, getting dark quite early here now and... its going to rain all week. Yuk! But on the bright side, when it's sunny I get some beautiful sunsets from the ferry on the way hm, and look forward to a cheeky glass of wine and getting toasty under my new cosy warm quilt. Ahhhh.
When I have a little one, they are so getting one of these super cute beanies from Oobi baby at baby's got style. The clouds are one of the new patterns I've decided to make. I have no idea what to do with it yet but something will come up. And if the thought of a morning coffee helps you get out of bed when it's cold, then it suddenly gets even more appealing with these adorable coffee cosies from wayside violet.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Friday finds

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Happy Friday again. I'm off to the lovely Jervis Bay again this weekend and I can only hope it is as sunny as it was when I took this photo. We had a little kayak on this amazing day and the water was so clear we could see the ripples of sand on the bottom. Seeing as we now have a new baby in the family here's some handmade baby finds from madeit. Beautiful 'Dream Butterflies' from the The Paper Tie Affair for a little 3D art in the nursery and Nappy Wallets with plenty of great fabric choices to pick from at Zeebee creations.

Monday, May 17, 2010

It's a boy

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What an exciting weekend. I'm now an Aunty again to my first nephew,
little Ashton. He got a special trip up to Sydney in a helicopter last
night after a bit of a traumatic start, but seems to be doing fine now.
So, that means I'm off to the hospital this evening for a a cuddle (hopefully)
and to say a big congratulations to the new Mum & Dad.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Happy Friday

yellow friday
It is meant to be another gorgeous weekend of sunshine here, so I thought a bright and cheery yellow post was in order. I'm inlove with bold coloured doors, and this one is no exception. The whole room looks amazing. Its all in another language though so that's about all i can tell you on that one, but you can see more pics here. The cool new take on floating ducks is from Kido and the Alphabet is from me. Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

500 pencils

500pencils
What an amazing display for the wall of a young kids room...
Both bright and functional, although they look to good to actually use, you can subscribe to this this quirky artwork from Felissimo, and each month over the course of 20 months, 25 colors arrive by mail from Japan - packaged in like tones and hues, so you'll always get mail and... get to watch your collection grow. There are different options on how you can display then entire range, but i particularly like Aurora.{shown}

Friday, May 7, 2010

Rainbow zoo

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So much fun. Lots more gorgeous illustrations and patterns from Amy Blay here.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

All things nice

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I just had to do another Mothers day post when I saw this UK store, Papermash. They have a sweetest collection of stationary and bits to go with it on their site, but I particularly liked this lacey theme. Wouldn't it be nice to get a bunch of flowers like this with a special note, rather than wrapped in the normal cellophane. (Although, don't get me wrong... I'd take them too.) Then there's the sorbet! You can get the recipe to make one from Sweet Paul, too easy.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Things for mum

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How nice would it be to cook mum a nice cosy mothers day lunch at a table like this. Or to send her a bunch with a personalised message that will last forever?
These super sweet flowers are from emersonmade are hand stitched, making each flower unique. They are one talented team doing all the styling, design and photographs themselves, and cover everything from weddings and everyday wear to wrapping and bunting. Definitely worth a look.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Bondi dusk

bondi
You can tell it's getting colder when there aren't nearly as many people on the beach, even though it's still as beautiful. If only i could get up early enough in the mornings to see the sun rise too!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sleep ins

sleepins
As much as I feel guilty about it, I am loving a sleep in at the moment. I'd never get out of bed if i had a bed like this though. {images}

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Ladybug party

ladybug party
I recently made this invite for my nieces 3rd birthday party and she got quite a few comments on them, so I decided to list them in my madeit store. They can be completely customised to suit you. More details can be found here.
The beautiful balloon shot is from sydney photographer rowe timson, the amazing 'enchanted garden' cupcakes that look way too good to eat are from hello naomi, and here is a DIY tutorial to make the butterfly lanterns.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Summer days

clovelly
Not that it's summer any more, but... one of my favourite spots to spend a nice sunny day at is at here at Clovelly. It normally starts with a bit of breaky and a coffee in the café with a friend, then down to the beach for a swim. I love this photo. It was just a random shot but everyone in it is hugging. It was that type of day.
It goes perfectly with this bright pattern from Heather Bailey's Nicey Jane fabric range. There are some many bright summery prints in here it was hard to pick just one.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A moment

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These are two images that I always seem to find myself thinking about whenever things are getting a little bit out of hand. I just find them so calming and thought I'd share them with you for those moments when you need a break. X
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