I don’t often share the work of others on this blog. But now and then I stumble across something that I can’t resist sharing with you, this is one of those things!
I haven’t made these paper pieces of fruit… yet. Primarily because Munchkin still has a habit of making papier mâché out of everything she can get her hands on. But they’re splendid!
I can’t help but think they’d make fabulous presents filled with candy, or put in a fruit bowl as a table decoration. I only wish I’d thought of the idea! Honestly, though, Mr Printables do some splendid work I’m exceedingly envious of. Go check them out here
Valentines Day is fast approaching. Are you prepared?
For those of you who aren’t, I’ve collated a collection of free Valentines Day printables. So if you’re stuck for ideas, why not have a look? Just click on the images to link through to the respective blogs and downloadable files.
My husband and I are a bit rubbish at Valentines Day. It’s often forgotten until the day before or the morning of.
We avoid all the really commercial aspects of the day and don’t go out to crazily expensive and often mediocre dinners or buy each-other expensive gifts. But we do something. This year my husband will have just gotten off the plane after an 11 hour flight followed by a 2 1/2 hour train trip, having spent just 3 days in San Francisco. So we’re going for low key this year. I’m going to make us a nutritious and delicious dinner and then, if my lovely other half can keep his eyes open, we’ll watch a movie.
Usually I make a card. But last year I forgot about Valentines Day all-together as I was suffering from a hideous bout of morning sickness. I have no idea what I’m going to do this year. Some people appear to be using my Little Mr Robot Advent Calendar as a Valentines Gift, so I may do something similar.
I’ve spent a fair amount of time browsing the interwebs of late. Looking for inspiration and ideas for Munchkins wardrobe and nursery (we hope to find out what flavour we’re having at the next big scan in a couple of weeks). I’ve found so many fabulous things! I just have to share a few of them with you!
I may have tried to convince DM that Munchkin needs one of these gorgeous wool felt coats now…
I failed. I did see his reasoning, but why shouldn’t a 3 month old (in December) have one? I did get a commitment to order one next year though!
From Precious Knit Blankies for Baby, this gorgeous blankie instantly made it’s way onto my ‘todo’ list. I’m going to need a knitting machine if I’ve any chance of getting through them all! Available from Amazon here.
Check out this amazing tutorial! I’d thought of using Spoonflower to create bedding. But this is genius! Jen from A Thousand Words traced her sons artwork onto his bedding. She’s created a tutorial here if you’d like to do it too. This is something I hope to use in future. I’ll just have to be patient and wait until Munchkin is old enough to be artistic.
Sarah Trumbauer is a paper cut artist who makes these wonderful creations. I think they’d make splendid baby announcements. You can buy prints of her work on Etsy or she does work on commission. I may have added a custom commission to my future wish list (once I work out just what I’m doing to Munchkins nursery).
There are a ton more wonderful items I’ve stumbled across. I’ll list more of them next week. But now I’ve got to get back to work to finish the tutorial I’ve been trying to put up on the blog for the last few days.
It’s that most wonderful time of the year…. The time when you feel like you’re running late (and you are) for about 3 weeks straight. You’re prepping for guests or for travel, hiding Christmas presents from loved ones (and trying to remember where you hid them later), making fruit cake and trying not to consume the alcohol for the cake… before it gets into the cake. And in amongst the chaos that is the festive season, you need to wrap presents!
And if most of the people I’ve discussed this with are anything to go by, you get to the night before the big day in question and the stash of wrap you grabbed as you raced out of the store but didn’t really look at properly taunts you. And you make do. Or you get to the gift wrap section and anything that is half decent is gone. All that’s left is the paper covered in gaudy glitter. The wrapping paper equivalent of a Christmas sweater featuring Rudolph with blinking nose. The one that doesn’t fall into the so bad it’s good category. It’s just bad.
So I’m here to help. I’ve come across so many gorgeous printables that you can use quickly and easily and I want to share them with you. They’ll enable you to present perfectly polished presents! So go grab a roll of brown paper, some bakers twine and your tape. Print and cut these out and you’ll be set!
These are some of my favourite this year! By Kelli Murray Art and Design. Click on the images to link through to the respective printable post.
During our flying trip through London (we always seem to be taking flying trips through London, one day we’ll really have to stay for longer than 3 nights!) on our way back from holidaying in Egypt, we caught up with our newly engaged friends, Jen and Alex.
My husband and I met Jen and Alex in 2007 at the end of their working holiday through India, Asia and Australia when Jen and I were working for the same company for a little while. Then when Jen and Alex found themselves needing accommodation for a few nights before they made their way back to the UK, they stayed with us for a few nights.
Our friendship was cemented over a love of the absurd, tea, cake and Miyazaki films.
When I first arrived in Lausanne in 2009 I did an Etsy Shop Local search and what I found was abysmal. There was next to nothing available in Switzerland and what was listed was definitely not to my taste.
So when I did a Shop Local search recently on Switzerland I was pleasantly surprised! There are masses of fabulous, cute and creative products out there. I’m all for shopping local and for encouraging the support of local artists/ creators; so I thought that I’d try to highlight a few every now and then. Starting with Maripili and Bibuki, both of whom create fabulously cute creations.
Elia from Maripili makes these sweet brooches out of felt. At between 10 and 13 USD each they’re very reasonably priced and beautifully made. They’d make a wonderful gift for that little lady in your life or to add a bit of whimsy to one of your favourite outfits. They’d also be pretty fabulous as goodie bag gifts for a little girls birthday.
I’ve had fun searching for new embroidery inspiration of late and I thought I’d share some of the fabulous ones I’ve found! These are wonderful because they’re just so different to anything I’ve seen. And they make me want them all! Have a look…