Sunday, April 12, 2015

Serendipity Experience 96: Start a collection.

Decorative Cross Collection

I love the concept of collections and am intrigued by what people collect. Recently when I found myself with a blank wall crying out for some texture, I decided to start a collection of decorative wall crosses. I love the three dimensional quality they offer. The simple elements of timber, metal and shell combine in an interesting display, which is all more appealing for their unique eclectic mix and the wonderful memories provoked from sourcing each one. As with any collection I think the biggest challenge shall be knowing when to stop!

Cross made from simple shells

I love the texture of these handmade shell crosses.

Cross Embossed Bottles : Source HG magaznie

I am very tempted to start another collection of these little cross bottles.


I find that Eclectic collections are the heart and soul of our homes and a statement of who we are!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Serendipity Experience 95: Kinfolk L'Esprit de la Mer

Kinfolk L"Esprit de la Mer menu

Luncheon by the Sea

Gorgeous styling at Avalon Sailing Club

The Kinfolk Sydney Luncheon at Avalon Sailing Club was a truly delightful day.  Thank you to Natalie form Eat, Read, Love , for what can only be described as a spectacular day. We could not have enjoyed more brilliant weather or scenery, the perfect May day! The long tables filled with authentic food and authentic people certainly  complimented the gorgeous styling. Thank you to Justine Gordon Photography for suggesting we partake in the festivities!!!

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.

"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