February 21, 2011

I have a thing for lovely prints and wonderful words on my walls so I was very excited when I met the lovely Janette from My Sweet Prints.
I have followed Janette’s work for a while now and late last year was lucky enough to meet her at a bloggers meet up and then again earlier this year when a few of us met at the park with our kids.  
Janette is a very talented graphic designer who started up My Sweet Prints after the birth of her gorgeous son William.  All of her work can be customized and they would make the most wonderful gift.
Here is a look at some of her lovely designs.

 You can fine Janette via her website here or her blog here – with so many lovely prints it is hard to decide on just one.


February 18, 2011

Late last year we made a couple of attempts to get some nice photos of the family.  We thought a lovely shot of the entire family would be a great present for Mr A’s parents so we set about finding a date that would suit all 20 of us (no easy task!). 
Of course as with all good photo sessions we had to have one or two kids that just weren’t being co-operative on the day – unfortunately for me that happened to be one of my children!  Photo’s with Mr A’s family done but I was unhappy with our family shot – Sofia would just not smile (complaints of a sore tummy which not even chocolate would fix!).
Enter the solution – my family needed photo’s as well so another date was set and this time happy kids meant happy mum! Here are the results of both of our little shoots.
Shoot one – Mr A’s Family

Shoot 2 – Mrs A’s Family
With my mum and sister

All of our lovely photos were taken by Vincy So – you can find out more about Vincy here


February 15, 2011

For me one of the trickiest parts of putting a dessert table together is finding the correct backdrop.  A great backdrop can really make or break a table.
A few weeks ago I put together a glamourous dessert table for a 13 year old and I have had lots of comments about the backdrop so today I thought I would give you a look at how I put my backdrop together.
The idea for the backdrop originally came from my friend Jessica from Oscar and Ruby – I blogged about her yesterday and showed some pictures of how her backdrop looked.
I used a slightly different method in how I put mine together and it was a great solution that really made the table look very glamourous.
Firstly I purchased a piece of dowel from my local hardware store.  My dowel was 19mm thick.  As my table was 1.8m long I had to get a piece that was 2.4m and cut it down to size.
Next I got together 5 or so different fabrics in co-ordinating colours.  Some of mine were the ones that Jess used in her backdrop and the rest were extra’s I picked up from spotlight.
The great thing about this backdrop was that the strips of fabric where quite vintage looking so just ripping them into strips worked a treat.  No being neat, no sewing.
Once I had all my strips of fabric ready I just went along and tied them to the dowel

A piece of ribbon was used so I could hang it on a hook on the wall.

And the great thing about this backdrop is that you can easily change the fabric colours to suit another colour scheme.



February 14, 2011

Have I introduced you to Jessica?

Late last year I took part in a fabulous online blogging course (you can read more about it here).   A few of the Sydney girls on the course arranged to meet and we have stayed in contact ever since.   One of the great girls I met on the course was Jessica.  Jess is a very talented lady who runs Oscar and Ruby, a boutique event styling and planning practice.

Just last month Jess also won first prize in a styling competition held by The Lane.  

After I spied these gorgeous photos I emailed her to tell her how fabulous the shoot looked and we got chatting about all of her gorgeous props –  Part of Jess’ business is the hiring of these fabulous products you see here in these pictures.  Some of the gorgeous fabric in this photo was used as the backdrop in the dessert table I put together here.  I added various colours to help tie in with my theme but isn’t it great that all these wonderful items can be used at different locations and events and take on an entirely different look.

Oscar and Ruby have recently launched a new website which you can check out here and Jess writes a very stylish blog which you can find here.

Hop on over to Jess’ blog to check out what else she has been up to lately.  Her fabulous wedding was also featured in Cosmo Bride last year – all styled by her of course!