July 11, 2014

I recently had the privilege of working with the lovely Melissa who is one half of the fabulous Ashdown & Bee.  Her styling is second to none and her amazing collection of props is to die for!

Melissa’s Loving Right Now list is pretty special as well!  I am particularly fond of the Heart Marquee Light – perfect for a party or a bedroom!

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You can find the links to Melissa’s favourite things below


June 27, 2014

It is time to bring back my series of Loving Right Now Posts which were popular last year.  It is always great to see where fellow colleagues are finding wonderful products and inspiration from as so many of them are places that I never knew existed myself!

Today we are talking with Sam from Dunne with Style who is here to show us what she is coveting – I hope you can find a few great ideas from her choices!

You can find any of Sam’s favourite things by clicking on the links below.


 Have a great weekend.

June 25, 2014

I know the heading of this blog post sounds great but in truth – this is my goal! A goal I don’t feel I have attained yet but something I continue to aspire to.

After a great suggestions by one of my fellow blogging friends, jaclyn from the Blog Society a few weeks ago, I have started listening to blogcasts!  I am currently time poor (and lets face it who isn’t) so I have been going on a one hour daily walk with my trusty iphone and a podcast ready to go.  It has been truly motivating to have this one hour every day out of the house where not only am I exercising but I am also learning and being inspired.  If you are like me and you are constantly scouring the internet for interesting things to learn, read or inspire you, then you should get on this band wagon!

Currently I am listening to the podcasts on Jess Lively.com – if you are a blogger or creative type then you need to visit her site and start downloading.

My hour out each day has also helped with my creative mind – while listening to these fabulous and interesting talks it helps my mind to come up with new ideas.

The time poor side of life is something I am still dealing with – with all these ideas bubbling in my head trying to get them out is now the challenge!  As most of you know with kids a huge chunk of the day is gone with the feeding them, talking to them, doing homework, driving them to activities, repeating 300 times for them to go and have a shower – you get the drift!  This leaves a few hours in the middle of the day and if things go as planned I catch a few hours after they are in bed (but that is really just catching up on the string of emails and things that happen in those few hours between 3pm-8pm)

Trying to find the balance between family, my health, my home, my business, my blog plus all the extra little things that go into what I do and who I am is a challenge – but I guess what is life without a challenge and as far as challenges go (and having had some rough challenges in the past) this one is not so bad.

So I guess you are wondering the point of today’s blog post – firstly it was to share a great way I have found to find extra inspiration each day and find out what you do to help in the inspiration department.  I also felt the need to put it down in writing as I know so many of you go through this on a daily basis – I would love you to share with me how you deal with getting to the end of the day and feeling a sense of some satisfaction.  A sense that all the areas of life that were important for that given day had their box ticked! 

Images :: Leanne Ambrogio for Sweet Style

June 23, 2014

We are in birthday mode here in our house with Indi turning 5 this week!  I am currently working out what favour bags to  make up for her upcoming party and thought I would look back at what I have done in the past!

There are some cute but very simple ones in there so I thought I show you what I have done in the past that tied in with the various party themes we have done.

Calico Bags and Favour Pails always look very smart – the first was for Indi’s Sprinkles and Confetti Party last year and the second one is from Sienna’s Flamingo themed Pool Party

Themed cookies in pretty bags are simple and the great Paper Eskimo Treat Bag is one of my favourites.  Beautifully wrapped chocolate bars are also still a big hit!

A skinny jar filled with delicious colour themed lollies was the pick for Sienna’s movie party and this bag of popcorn with a thank wrap around it was something made up for a client to give to her guests.

This last idea below was from a party I photographed for my friend Dewi from Sweet Bloom Cakes.  She made up a great pack of treats to give to her guests which included chocolate bars, a cake in a jar plus chocolate – all served in a cute berry box and wrapped with twine!

Lots of fun inspiration there from parties of the past! Off to work out what we can do next.


May 19, 2014

It really has been a busy start to the year with a number of new and exciting opportunities for me and Sweet Style, all of which include working with some wonderful and creative people.

One of those opportunities is the position I have taken up with Sweet Magazine as their Style Editor.  Lisa Brown is the editor of this new magazine that hit news stands earlier this year.  I came on board mid issue 2 and there are two articles in this edition that I have written – the first being the interview I did with party girls Kara Allen, Sarah Osmotherly and Claire Casey during the Confetti Fair and Kara’s Party Idea’s Workshop Tour earlier this year.  Such crazy and fun girls with a wonderful attitude and enthusiasm for this exciting industry we are all part of.

 The second article is on the dessert table I created for Sofia’s 7th Birthday last year which includes a fantastic tutorial  by Noo from Dessert Menu Please, on those ever so cute cookies that she created for me.

You can find your copy of Sweet Magazine in leading newsagencies around Australia.   It is also available for purchase for your iPad by visiting the Sweet Magazine website here.