June 17, 2011

I finally took some time out last weekend and headed to my favourite Scrapbook Studio to finish a few pages in the girls books.  I also was able to finish off some beautiful tags that the lovely Lisa (from Scrapbook Moments) designed.  These tags are just so devine as well as simple and easy to make. Great to have on hand when you need to add a gift tag to a present – you can even attach them to the front of a folded piece of white cardstock and you have a beautiful card.
I have the plain tags and gorgeous ribbons in the Sweet Style Shop if you are looking for some and then you just need to find some pretty patterned scrapbook paper and the possibilities are endless.
If you are a local Sydneysider and looking for a fantastic scrapbook and card making studio then check out Scrapbook Moments – Suzie and her team have the most beautiful and original work – I always have the most wonderful day after spending time there.
Images:  Sweet Style


June 14, 2011

Today I posted some pictures to my Sweet Style facebook page and had a lovely comment that this photo was a reminder of little lunch in primary school – “yes” I thought – the little bottles of milk that were delivered to school each day.

I seem to have been reminded of a few lovely childhood memories in the past few days – it started with the 30 day photography challenge I am participating in – Day 11 A Childhood Memory – it got me thinking, talking and searching.  While searching through the toy box for my “childhood memory” items Sienna who is 6 and a half found an old mobile phone in the bottom of the box – “mummy was this yours when you were a little girl” – “When I was a little girl all the phones were attached to the wall and you couldn’t go walking around with them” was my response – she laughed – “were you born in the olden days!”

Boy how each generations childhood memories are different – and how in the blink of an eye I appear to now be from the “olden days” – do you have a fond childhood memory to share?  I would love to hear about it.


June 10, 2011

OK I admit it – I have a ribbon obsession – my collection is extensive and I never get sick of looking at the lovely space in my office where they are all displayed.  Rolls of ribbon stacked according to colour – delicious!

 I love that using a different ribbon on a plain piece of wrapping paper can give a present a whole new look.  I will then always co-ordinate my card according to the colour ribbon I have used.
Ribbons also look so fabulous on candy jars and cake stands – the perfect way to tie everything together.

I was very excited when I was able to add ribbons as one of the items in my new store.  I have loads more that I will add over the coming months and today I have added couple more and extended on some colour ranges. 
If there is a specific colour ribbon that you are after please feel free to drop me an email and I will see what I can find and add it to the store.
Images: Sweet Style


June 9, 2011

A few months ago I was contacted by a lovely reader after she read my blog post about our angel in heaven.  Soon after my blog post here, Kristie had a beautiful baby girl Olivia and we have kept in contact ever since (it turns out she lives not far from me).  Recently Kristie also ordered one of my personalised stamps to use at her son Lachlan’s birthday party and I got to know a little more about Kristie and her family.
Last week Kristie emailed me some photos of her son’s gorgeous birthday party and today I would like to share a little more of this party.  Not only did Kristie do an amazing job with the dessert table but at the party they raised $5,000 for the Humpty Dumpty Foundation after they requested a donation in leiu of gifts for Lochie – The foundation played a key role in saving Lachlan’s life at the end of last year after he suffered a rare epileptic seizure that caused him to stop breathing for no reason.  Thankfully Lochie is doing well and Kristie threw a fabulous party to celebrate which I would love to share today.
 Here is more about the party as told by Kristie
The colour scheme we chose for the party was orange, yellow and black and I
made an assortment of tissue paper pom poms for the occasion. We also blew
up our own helium balloons to save money- everything was done on a budget so
that we could donate the money to Humpty. My gorgeous husband hauled a tonne
(literally) of sand up our incredibly steep block of land and created a
gorgeous little construction area for the children- they had an absolute
blast. We also purchased a half a dozen  ‘Real Construction’ starter kits
from toys r us which is what you can see in the photo where the children are
building at the little table in the backyard. 
(Another great cake from Jacki at Blissfully Sweet Cakes)
We covered Lochie’s Thomas
table from his room in black plastic and the children hammered and nailed
away. They loved it and I couldn’t believe how busy they were. We also put 2
tubs of sand on the balcony and filled them with sand and little
construction toys for the smaller children. My husband also converted a
traditional style cement mixer piñata into a pull string one and hung it
from the construction site flags which were purchased from Bunnings. John
and Lochie also wore matching tool belts from Bunnings and safety vests. We
filled them with plastic tools from one of Lochie’s tool sets.  Lochie
didn’t take the tool belt off all day! We hung plastic hard hats from the
construction flags for children to use.  We also hired half a dozen road
work signs and a slow and stop sign from Kennards Hire to make it all look a
little more authentic.

I really enjoyed making the food and arranging the table which also had a
place for Humpty Dumpty Donations which we asked our family and friends to
make in lieu of gifts. We raised almost $5000 which will purchase much
needed lifesaving medical equipment. 

(There are those spoons with the special personalised stamp which you can get here)
If you would like to know more about the Humpty Foundation and all that it does follow the link here.
Thanks Kristie for sharing your families story and birthday party.