Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Here comes Twenty Twelve....

Hey Everyone,

Here we are on the flipside of Christmas.  Also my favourite part of the year.  Christmas has come and gone and the New Year awaits.  If you have followed my blog for a while you would know I have a standard routine for this time of year.

A BIG clean out and declutter.
Some major organisation here and there
A new One Little Word for the New Year
A Fresh New Paper Diary and Calendar

Of course some time to reflect and journal on the year coming to an end and delve into what has worked for me and what hasn't and what changes need to be made. A time to ponder on the kind of year I want to create and where my focus needs to be the most.  A time to look at all my accomplishments and be proud of what I have achieved before moving on the next chapter.  A time to be greatful for all the amazing things that have happened and the support I have around me.  A time to surrender control and know that the universe has my back and I just have to trust that whatever unfolds for me, will be for my highest good.

There is so much information on line about decluttering, organising, planning and inner work regarding the new year.  You tube and blogs are the most amazing source of information.  Some sites I frequent, I have mentioned in the past on other posts, some are linked in my sidebar on the blog.  I  encourage you all to take some quiet time and do some inner reflection and journaling in whatever way works best for you.  It will be well worth the time you put in.

I don't really label this process making New Year Resoultions, I just aim each and every day to try and be the best version of me.  To keep it real and to reach out to others and connect in an authentic way.  We are all connected energetically and what you put out to others will be reflected back to you.  The thoughts you think the actions you take and words you speak must all be in alignment.  Then miracles begin to happen effortlessly.  I have learned this in the past year.  Opporuntities have fallen in my lap without me even knowing how they could possibly have come about.  When you finally get out of your own way you see what it means to allow things to flow.  Of course each and every day I needed to show up and do the work and there has been plenty of that in the past year, but I have stopped trying to figure it all out and worry about how this or that might happen.

I hope I have inspired even the tiniest spark in you to make the time to do some inner work.

I am off to continue my mission to clear out and organise as much as I can in the next few days.  I have huge plans for the coming year and I need to make sure energetically and physically my space and mind will be fully prepared for it.

I will be back with an update before the year is out!!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Wishes

photo courtesy pinterest

To all my wonderful customers,

May your Christmas be jolly, full of laughter and fun.
May 2012 bring many new amazing beginings.

This holiday season to me represents love, happiness, joy, serenity, prosperity, togetherness, family, forgiveness, caring and sharing, laughing, talking, reminiscing, reaching out to others.

I wish all of these things for you, may you all be touched by the magic and blessings of Christmas and in turn share and spread those blessings out to those around you.

Have a happy day tomorrow!!!
Hugs and Kisses xoxoxo

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Wrapping made beautiful!!!

Whoohoo, we are on the homeward stretch people.

It has finally begun to slow down around here and it's now time to get some seriously amazing gift wrapping done.  How is your gift wrapping going?? This is the fun part everyone, you done all the shopping now it's time to crank the music up loud and have some fun wrapping and making it all look pretty.  Here is some inspiration from none other than pinterest of course.  For more christmas wrapping ideas you can see them here

How inspiring is all this beautiful wrapping.  As you can see the plain brown paper is popular to wrap with as you can then introduce any colour or theme to match.  I especially love how in this last photo they have used chinese newspaper as a contrast to wrap with as well. 

Another easy ideas are doilies they make any package look great.  Of course twine is a popular favourite and any sort of red ribbon in any pattern.

So what are you waiting for, there is no reason for your gifts to look less than amazing this year.  If you are still short on supplies for your wrapping needs there is still time to send your package via express mail, tomorrow is the last day though and of course if you are Melbourne based you are welcome to pick up your purchases up until Saturday.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Your One Stop TWINE shop

Hey I like the sound of that.  Just to add to the amazing array of colours and styles of twine we already stock, here are a couple more colours to tempt you with.  Just newly arrived, finally some more colours for the boys....

Ocean Blue and Grey Bakers Twine

Spools are 10cm tall and 5cm in diametre.
Thread is approximately 1.5mm thick.

Purchase in store here.  Just a reminder we have a 5 pack purchase on site as well which is a little cheaper per roll and you can add any colours you like to this pack.  Find it here.  This pack is for the 100m rolls only.  Make sure you leave me a comment when you checkout as to which colours you would like in your pack.

I am off to make a quick birthday card for the party we are attending tonight.  Nothing like last minute.  Seems to be a common occurance around here.  You'd think I would have a stash of cards ready to go, but no I have to make one especially every time.  Besides I love personalising the cards I make to suit it's recipient.

On that note....happy Saturday Night everybody

Monday, December 12, 2011

An update and the cutest little bottlebrush Christmas trees ever!!!!!

Hey Everybody,

I so miss this little blog of mine.  I keep thinking I must blog, I must blog!! but at the moment it really is at the bottom of my priority list!!  (insert sad face here)

I am completely snowed under with orders and have been for the last two months.  It's partly the season but I think online shopping has just exploded.  To be honest I have done a fair bit of shopping myself online as well.  It's not that I don't LOVE going to the shops to shop, it's just there is no time, and to be honest I can't be bothered with all the stuff that goes with it, like looking for a parking spot for ages, walking through crowds, waiting in line, walking from shop to shop to shop to shop.... to find the perfect gift.  I am sure you all know what I mean.  I think gift vouchers will be my best christmas friend this year.  I have made peace with the fact that it may not be the gift I want to give, but as all the kids are hitting their teens they just want to pick and buy their own things and so I am okay with that.

Anyway onto what I really wanted to blog about, I wanted to show you the most gorgeous trees I bought on etsy just last week.  So divine and they only took less than a week to arrive on my doorstep.  The shop on etsy is called Kates Cottage.  she has these beautiful little bottle brush sparkly trees.  I bought the pink ones pictured below but she does them in a few other colours like white, green and darker pink.  I would love more to add to this set.  I bought them to use for photograph props as well as to match my Christmas Decor.  I add something new each year.  I am sure you will see these little trees adorn some photos at some stage and I am so tempted to buy some white ones as well, because as you know white goes with everything. Hehe!!

So onto the present moment, I have a couple of teenage girls laughing and joking around in the background here after going to a party last night and sleeping over here.  These girls are already on holidays, I think its going to be a long holiday season.  I may need to employ some of these little teenage elves??  What do you think it might keep them out of mischief at least until Christmas anyway.

Have a wonderful day!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Gift Tags - Handmade....

On site we have quite a growing selection of Christmas gift tags.  There is something to suit every style of wrapping and price range.  You can find all these tags on site in our Christmas Papercrafts Dept.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Online Magazines

The best part about online magazines is they are up to the minute inspiration the lastest and greatest, and some are free to read and view and well they are just plain awesome.

Take a look at this one for some amazing Christmas Inspiration the photography and styling is just gorgeous.


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

An Inspirational Video

Hi everyone,

I wanted to post straight to my blog this inspirational video I came across in my inbox yesterday, but for some reason blogger is not allowing it.  So the best I can do is link the page here.  Please, take a look it only goes for a few minutes but worth your time.  Some of the info in this is GOLD.

Enjoy everybody, click on the link below to watch

No Class Ceiling, Just Blue Sky Video

PS.  How nice would it be if our kids watched videos like this throughout their school life instead or learning stuff that is irrelevant.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Christmas Gift Ideas - Sydney Morning Herald

How very exciting yesterday that one of the Koko Vanilla Card Making Kits was featured in the Sydney Morning Herald.  A big thanks to Erin Cuneen - Stylist for finding us a couple of months back and wanting to feature one of our kits in the Christmas Gift Guide she was photographing.  It's a great guide filled with plenty of fabulous gift ideas.

The kit featured was the Country Garden Picnic Card Making Kit.  Take a look below

Saturday, November 26, 2011

NEW Christmas Card Making Kit

Under the Mistletoe
Christmas Card Making Kit

Designed by Anna Pontikis

To view and purchase this kit go here

A free bonus with each kit purchase before December 1

Thursday, November 24, 2011

New FREE mini Christmas Kit in store now.....

Sparkling Snowflakes
Free Mini Kit

Add the kit to your cart for free here

Plenty of cute christmassy goodness in this kit
Great for a mini Christmas Scrapbook, December Daily,
Card, Gifts, Stocking fillers for crafty kids.

Only until stocks last

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Holiday DivineTwine and Sponge Daubers - in stock NOW

Hello Everyone

I am dropping in ever so quickly to mention there are a few new goodies now up on site.

So excited I finally have these back in stock after so long to get them in.

What are they???? I hear you ask...... they may not look pretty but that's okay becuase they are a tool to make your work look super amazing.  I use these on every project and one for every colour family.  They are durable and last for ages.  You can get affects like the tags pictured below.  The inking around the edges of the paper is how you get that distressed, shabby look which I am totally in love with.

Take your sponge dauber, dip in ink pad and then run around the edges or over your paper depending how faint or deep you want the distressing to look.  Too easy.  You can see the effect around these gift tags.  They were inked with Old Paper from Tim Holtz and they look vintage and shabby.  Without the inking they look dull and boring.

Below is another sample.  Here I have used a stronger colour vintage ink Walnut Ink and you can see a different effect.  These ink pads last a really long time and its worth investing in a few different colours you love the most and a pack of sponge daubers and you are set.  The ink pads can also be used for any other project like inking stamps etc.

Finally Divine Twine Holiday Twine has arrived

This is a limited edition twine released for Christmas.  I have brought up a fair few rolls but don't know if there will be more when I go to reorder so please if you love it and want it don't hesitate purchase it now, as I am not sure I will be getting more in before Christmas.

Here is a closer look at the red/green/white colour combination.  Love it, reminds me of candy canes.

Okay that's it from me over and out and back to work.  I am putting in full days of packing and shipping here and there has been no time for creative fun.  Looks like some late nights are ahead.

I have just come back from Yoga and feel relaxed and clear and focused and ready to put in a productive day.

Friday, November 11, 2011

A handmade Wedding Card

I was asked by a friend this morning at School to make a last minute Wedding card for a wedding she was attending today.  As I walked away thinking about what design I would create, (as I don't often making wedding cards) I remembered that some ago I had purchased some gorgeous Bridal Wedding Dress embellishments that I came across and loved to sell on site.  Of course they were shoved to the back of the cupboard and to the end of the never ending to do list and hadn't made it on site yet until today.

So pictured below is said Wedding Dress Embellishment, now available for purchase here

And here is the card I created with it.

This dress is so beautifully and delicately made.  The card is instantly Wedding Worthy without too much effort.  By the way the card looks even prettier in real life, the photography doesn't really capture it here.

Hope you are having a lovely Friday.  I am busy packing orders and catching up on things around here before the weekend.  Very peaceful and taking my time.  I am tempted to go out for a couple of hours but feel like getting on top of things here is more efficient.

By the way and I just wanted to make note of the date today 11-11-11.  Apparently this number combination is very powerful and will affect us all in different ways.  It is also a powerful day to set the intention for where you are heading and what you would like from life.  Remove anything inauthentic and toxic people that don't lift you up and inspired need to be given the flick.  I know easier said than done especially when those people are close to you or family members. Just for today set the intention and commit to change. 

Here is a lovely post I came across on facebook which I wanted to share by Jennifer Hoffman

It's already 11-11-11 in the Southern Hemisphere, so to everyone in that part of the world, celebrate today in gratitude, love and being in your power. What is one powerful thought you can hold for yourself today to transform your life and change the world?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Chevron Bitty Bags in even more colours have arrived

on site soon......

So excited to announce also arriving this week for a limited time only some new Festive Twine

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE .....cant wait to get my hands on a roll and photograph it for you guys.

Back with more soon.  I am knee deep in packing all your orders today, boy you guys know how to keep a girl busy.  Does this mean the silly season has officially started LOL!! 

Enjoy this beautiful Thursday everybody!!!!!!!!!!


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Introducing Some New Products

Hey Everyone

I thought I would pop in and share a few new products I have been adding to the site the last couple of days.  I have finally caught up with all your orders and am beginning to feel a little more in control of things around here.  I'm sure it won't last long but I am taking a breather this afternoon and catching up whilst there is less pressure in an easy and calm manner.  My large project for the next couple of days is to create a new Christmas Card Kit, ready for release by the end of the week.  I also have plenty more stock to photograph and add to the site.  I am loving the new stamps from Hero Arts especially the candy cane stamp and the tags.  These would make some great Christmas papercrafts.  The cute wooden spools will be making an appearance in the new Christmas Card kit.  Can't wait to use them, but you can buy your own pack on site.  I still have a few colours of shipping tags to load but will try and get them all on this afternoon.

Back with more later in the week


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