January 9, 2012

Happy Monday everyone!
So who is back into the swing of things.  While I am still busy sending out orders from the shop, the kids are still on school holidays for another 3 weeks so we have no set routine making it hard to really get back on top things.  We are having a lovely time swimming in the pool and heading to the beach and generally enjoying the Australian summer but I think I may need to just go with the flow until the end of January.
On the weekend though I had some fun putting together some party favours with a new candy line that I am adding to the store.
These cute little lollies are called sixlets – mini chocolate balls covered in hard candy.
These little take home gifts were created for a 40th surprise party (happy birthday Sam!), and the theme was silver and gold – how cute do they look together in the mini apothecary jars.
I added an elegant tag which we stamped with my thank you stamp and added some twine and the guests were suitably impressed.
The Sixlets currently come in six colours, black, white, green, blue, silver and gold – I do hope to add more colours as you all know how much I need pink to be involved.  You can find them in the store here and these little mini apothecary jars hold 100g each.
I have also added a new size in this very cute little apothecary jar.  Instead of the mini (which is 10cm high) it is called the small apothecary jar.  She is 11cm high looks great with a little stack of biscuits like I used on my Christmas table.  If you would like to know more you can find them here.

Leanne

January 5, 2012

A new year, a new beginning.  
It has been lovely to have a little bit of down time for a change after the craziness of 2011 – time to both reflect and reassess how to move forward in 2012.  My mind is spinning with all I would love to do in the coming year – how do I achieve or even attempt all I would like to – how do I keep the balance right and come out sane at the other end!  The question I am sure every parent who has a business or a passion for creative pursuits has. 
I do start the year however with a clear vision that I need to focus on the things that are important to me and things I enjoy to do.  I will ask for help if I need it and not worry if direction needs to change to suit the needs of my family and of course myself. 
So while I continue to work out how best I achieve my goals here are some pictures of a few little things I threw together for our annual New Year’s Eve party at home.
A Cheese Stack
A Champagne Punch in that lovely new drinks dispenser
Great friends and thanks to a pretty special location that our house lives on, a birds eye view of the Sydney Harbour Fireworks (sorry forgot to take pictures of that as I was too busy admiring!)
Thanks also to Kim from the Tomkat Studio for her free printables – they worked perfectly with my black and white theme.
One last thing – don’t forgot to pop over to my store for the new year sale that is happening – lots of great bargins to be found!

Leanne