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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sugar and spice...pretty bunting and wooden dolls

Yes, bunting is the latest decorator item at the moment...and rightly so. It is so simple to make and instantly lifts any room.

I was recently asked to make some for a friend, to put in her girl's rooms.

I was given the brief...pink, white and maybe a splash of blue...

I couldn't help but try it out at home first...

As it was also their birthdays, I created two wooden peg dolls.

One for Lucy, one for Millie.

I placed each one on a stable wooden platform and gave them a little wooden pot, fit for a candle...perfect to balance on a birthday cake!


Saturday, April 21, 2012

Festive Vignettes

It's Sunday...house cleaning day...
So on my list was to pack away the Easter vignettes and decorations dotted around the place.

But what does the Easter bunny do for the rest of the year? How does he occupy himself with all that spare time up his burlap sleeves?

Which made me ask myself...he is so darn cute...can't he stay out for a little longer?

Along with those darling eggs Mum brought back for you from Canada?

EB just loves hanging around the kitchen too...

...and leaving little festive surprises everywhere...

I think we will enjoy the fruits of Easter around here for a little while longer...

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Flotsam Studio...Shabby Beachside Oasis

We were recently lucky enough on our travels down south to Tasmania, to stay at Flotsam Studio. Situated on the waterfront at historic fishing village Dunalley - forty minutes out of Hobart - it is a truly romantic and therapeutic seaside escape for anyone.

The charming studio is a revamped boat shed, nestled amongst native trees and a cottage garden.

The studio is perfect for a couple wanting to escape the hustle and bustle.

I just adore the window decorations...crystals off a vintage chandlier strung together on fine white ribbon. 

Our fridge came ready packed with fresh goods, including home made jams and fruit compotes. A completely self-contained kitchen meant simple evening meals with fresh vegies and herbs from the Flotsam garden...

Then out to the verandah to dine alfresco...and yes, that is the beach you can see. Literally on the doorstep, past the casuarinas.

Step out of the door to take a stroll on the sand...

...and capture the breathtaking evenings on aptly named 'Sunset Beach'.

Also on the property is owner, Gai's, garden shed. On the weekends, this gorgeous garden shed opens up to the public as a shop, full of shabby chic treasures and trinkets imported directly from France. Of course I picked up a few bits and bobs whilst I was there.

Thank you so much Gai for our stay, your hospitality, bunches of freshly picked French lavender and your stewed rhubarb! We can't wait to go back.


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