Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Serendipity Experience 94: When Life gives you Lemons, Make Lemonade!!





After a self imposed break from blogging I thought Spring was the perfect time to re emerge from my hiatus. The past few months has yet again reinforced to me the need to live life to the full and find beauty and sustenance in the everyday. My dear friend Justine from Justine Gordon Photography, who so many of you know, has really had this tested in the past few weeks as she has had to deal with the illness of her gorgeous husband Michael. She has truly lived up to the adage "When life gives you Lemon's make Lemonade", with her trusty camera in tow, despite the confines of the hospital walls she has still sought to find beauty and humour amidst the sorrow, although I highly doubt she will be sharing her 'candid' shots of Michael's operation with any of you soon!!


Over the past weeks we have taken time out during hospital rest period for quick cups of coffee and snatched conversations and on each occasion she has shared with me her positivity and resilience, we have laughed and cried together and truly know the importance of making lemonade!



With Michael on the mend, Justine and I continue our journey. We have shared so many joys and sorrows together over the years, and I guess in the end that is what life is all about. Sure there's the cup cakes and sweet treats, but there's also the odd lemon thrown in as well, it's what you do with them that counts.



Here's to our next coffee catch up at "The Grounds" at Alexandria next week Justine! xxx


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Serendipity Experience 93: Easter Nesting




What I love about the approach of Easter is that it allows me to fulfil my indulgent obsession with nests.
Not just any nests, but nests filled with eggs. Ever since I was a young child I have been fascinated with the discovery of a bird nest nestled in a tree, we would search high and low for these little nests and carry them carefully home. Now that I live in the city scavenging for them is no longer an option so I have to be content with making my own. For me decorating for Easter needs nothing more simple than a little speckled egg!!


      If you are interested in making your own nest it is worth checking out Kate' tutorial at Nesting



                         This site has some good advice for making dying speckled eggs


                             I just love the simplicity of eggs used as table decorations.

Crushculdesace@flickr
"Don't put all your quail eggs in the one woven basket



Friday, November 30, 2012

Serendipity Experience 92: Brown Paper Packages tied up with string!



Brown Paper Packaging


How beautiful is the simplicity of brown paper and string for gift wrapping! I firmly believe that as much time should be spent on selecting the wrapping for  a present as deciding what gift to give. Half of the joy of a present is the anticipation of what is inside. Wrapping a present is both a form of self expression and also really allows you to personalize your gifts, adding your own unique style.


Christmas Wrapping


Each Christmas I spend time preparing my gift wrapping papers, ribbons and bows in readiness for all my gift wrapping. This year I have chosen my favourite brown paper wrapping, it is the perfect backdrop for any colour scheme and sits so perfectly with the gorgeous red and white butchers twine which reminds me so much of the traditional Christmas candy canes.


Paper Doilies


This year I am adding paper doilies into my gift wrapping, as I love the simple homemade
quality that it adds to a gift.




I like to use assorted ribbons to personalize each gift so that each one is slightly different from the next. Of course I have to stay within my selected colour scheme as I am a real sucker for the co ordinated effect!


Red & White Butchers Twine


But each year there is always a place in my heart for that butchers twine!

Linking with A romantic home, feathered nest friday, sunny simple life

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Serendipity Experience 91 - Carve a Pumpkin!



Our Jack O'Lantern

Happy Halloween! We have been carving our pumpkin for this evening trick or treating.
We have discovered over the past few years that there is quite an art to carving a pumpkin, for those of you new to the procedure, here are our tips!

                                        How to carve a Pumpkin.

.STEP 1:  Select the perfect pumpkin with a good base. 
 STEP 2:  Cut out a circular shape at the bottom of the pumpkin.
 STEP 3:  Use an ice cream scoop to remove the inner flesh and seeds of the pumpkin.
 STEP 4:  Select a free template from the internet and tape onto your pumpkin.
 STEP 5:  Using a pin or tracing wheel to trace around the template.
 STEP 6:  Remove template and cut around the traced shape.
 STEP 7:  Insert candle or light. If using a candle allow the flame to burn displaying a
                brown area on the inside of the pumpkin, cut a small hole at the rear of the pumpkin
                 in this scorched area to form a chimney.
 STEP 8:  Add cinnamon and nutmeg to the top of the pumpkin to create a festive perfume.
 STEP 9:  Apply petroleum jelly to the cut edges to stop shrivelling.
 STEP10:  Light and enjoy!




 Happy Halloween!

  Linking with charm of home

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Serendipity Experience 90 : Halloween Hues



Pumpkin Ceterpiece


Our family loves to celebrate Halloween, but living in Australia means we can't go too over the top with our seasonal decorating ( After all we are in the midst of Spring here!) It is amazing though, how you can capture the halloween spirit with just a few splashes of orange and green.

Candle and Acorns

                            I love using natural elements such as pine cones, seedpods and nuts.

Seed pods


I decided that my green apples could add an interesting dimension to the dining table, which by the time I had finished had a distinctly seasonal feel to it.

Apple votives

Here in Sydney we may not have the gorgeous orange and red fall leaves to compliment our Halloween decorating, but our nightly sunsets are certainly making up for it!

Sydney Sunset
Linking with Seasonal Sundays , Sunny Simple Life, Cosy Little House


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Serendipity Experience 89 - Create Book Art Silhouettes



Our Book Art Pages


We are a family of book lovers and always looking for new uses for old books, rather than throw out one of our "treasured but torn' books my daughter and I decided that we would create some book art.
So we scoured the internet for silhouettes that we liked and printed them directly onto the pages of our old book. They have such a lovely nostalgic feel about them. Now all we have to decide is how to display them.  We plan to either place them in matching frames as a set or hang them from little clips amongst a photo display.



New use for Old books

What I love about this idea is you can run with any theme you want, coastal, nature, literature or even children's book illustrations.






Domesblisity

With the remaining pages we plan to make gift tag labels like these we found on pinterest. But that's a project for another day!


Linking with Tatertots and Jello, Romantic Home and Feathered nest Friday





Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Serendipity Experience 88: A Hint of Nostalgia

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Glass Bottles and Old Books
I live in a contemporary home, which my friends jokingly call "The White House" as the colours and tones are almost entirely white. So when my parents and in laws decided to downsize their homes and pass on their collection of old books to me, I wondered what I would do with them as they didn't exactly fit our decor!
Kewpie Doll
Yet the look and feel of an old book just fills my heart with delight, so it was not long before I found ways to line my stark white bookshelves with little touches of nostalgia, which bring part of my families history alive and into our everyday living.
 
Book Nostalgia


I love my MacBook Air and have even succumbed to using a kindle, but nothing will replace a lovely old book in my heart or home.


Linking with A Daily Cup of Mrs Olsen