Archive for May 2014

A day in the Blue Mountains

'The Three Sisters' - view from the Echo Point lookout
This year in Australia we've been blessed with a warm and sunny start to Autumn. It would be a shame to let another gorgeous sunny day go by and not enjoying it fully, so I took the opportunity to visit the Blue Mountains on a day off.

We headed straight to Echo Point, the main lookout overviewing the 'Three Sisters', the mountain's most famous landmark. The 'Three Sisters' is an unusual rock formation that, according to Aboriginal legend, represent three sisters who were turned to stone. The view is breathtaking and the magnificence of the place is almost overwhelming.

From that point there are several bushwalks you can do, from short and easy, to long ones for more experienced bushwalkers.
We decided to go down the 'Giant Stairway', 900 steps down the cliff that would take us right to the bottom of the sisters. It's a long way down and the staircase is steep but there are plenty of rest points along the way and the amazing views are well worth the effort.

So many steps!
About a third of the way we reached one of the 'sisters'
Under the 'Sisters'
When we reached the bottom, after a much needed lunch break, we continued on an easy rainforest walk to the Scenic Railway, the special train that takes you back up.

The Scenic Railway
The plan was to take the train, but somehow my partner convinced me to continue on another walk to see the Katoomba Falls. I don't know how I agreed with it, but in a matter of minutes we were starting to climb the Furber Steps.

I think I regretted the decision after only a few steps...
I'm not gonna lie, going up was tough and I had to stop at every single rest point to catch my breath, but the truth is we would have missed the most amazing sites if we hadn't done it on foot.

Walking through the forest
Katoomba falls
The Skyway
What a great way to forget our obligations, turn off our gadgets and simply disconnect from the world and relax. At least until the next day, when your legs start to feel sore from all that walking!

There was still a lot to see and do, so we hope to be back soon (hopefully for an easier walk with less steps!).

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Etsy Craft Party

The Sydney Etsy team has come together to organise a Craft Party in Sydney, next month.

This event will feature a surprise selection of four craft projects to bring new life to cherished photographs and memories. The only thing you will need to bring is a collection of photocopies or scans of the images you wish you use on the night (find more info here).

It will be held at the Ultimo Community Centre Craft Room, 40 William Henry Street, Cnr Bulwara Road, Ultimo 2007, from 6pm until 9pm on Friday 6th June.
Tickets are available through Eventbrite for only $8. Entry covers all craft supplies, soft drinks and nibbles.

The Sydney Etsy Team is a group open to everyone and it aims to connect and support both Etsy buyers and sellers. If you're in Sydney, don't miss the change to meet other local Etsy lovers in this fun event! Get your tickets, before they sell out!


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Cookies&Milk Party Shopping Guide

The Cookies & Milk theme is a great one for first birthdays and for cookie lovers of all ages.
Who doesn't love the combination of milk and cookies, right?

Today's shopping guide is all about finding the perfect props to match the colours of the printables. For a better match, always make sure your print the files beforehand, as colours might vary slightly on paper from the ones you see on the screen.

I love the blue dots on the paper straws, the tin pail that reminds me of fresh milk, and of course the milk bottles are a must for this party setup!

1 - Blue Beaded Pedestal, Shop Sweet Lulu
2 - Paper Straws, Typo
3 - Small Tin Pail, Simply Sweet Soirees
4 - Blue Spots and Stripes Napkins, Paper Eskimo
5 - Blue Striped Paper Plates, Sweet Style
6 - Mini Glass Milk Bottles, Leo & Bella

Cookies & Milk Printable Party Pack available on the website and on Etsy.

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Introducing Printable Birth Stats Wall Art

It all started when my niece was born last year, and my sister didn't rest until I made her a design with the baby's birth stats for her nursery. She insisted this was something I needed to add to the shop, since so many of my customers are mums (or mums to be) and would probably love these for their own nurseries.

I've been planning to work on these prints for a while now but the last few weeks have been so overwhelming that I just couldn't find the time to do it. But this weekend I decided it couldn't wait any longer, and that I had to put something up by Monday.
And so it is, the first Birth Announcement Prints are now available in the shop!

I started with a Hot Air Balloon, Elephant and Owl themes but I'll be adding more themes soon. These come with a choice of colours, so you can match them with your baby's room decor.

If there's any particular design you would like to see, please let me know in the comments bellow, as I'll be working on these the whole week :)

All printables available on the website and on Etsy.

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Confetti Party Shopping Guide

The Confetti theme is perfect for all kinds of celebrations. Think a first birthday party, a baby sprinkle or a little girl's birthday, this theme suits them all!

Today I'm bringing you a roundup of products that match the printable Confetti Party Theme
available in the shop.

1 - Confetti Paper Cups, Leo & Bella
2 - Confetti Napkins, Simply Sweet Soirees
3 - Barrel Drink Dispenser, Leo & Bella
4 - Pink Birthday Candles, Paper Eskimo
5 - Confetti Wooden Spoons, Shop Sweet Lulu
6 - Giant Confetti Balloon, Simply Sweet Soirees

Confetti Printable Party Pack available on the website and on Etsy.

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Mother's Day Breakfast Ideas

This Mother's Day treat mum to the special breakfast she deserves. Put the kids to work and have them serve her a delicious breakfast in bed!

From pancakes or french toast to bacon and eggs, there are so many great and easy recipes every mum will love!
Check out the yummy ideas bellow for inspiration.

1 - Coconut Pancakes
2 - Heart-Shaped Egg Toast
3 - Bagel & Bacon "MOM" Plate
4- Nutella French Toast with Strawberries

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Mother's Day Crafts

It's Mother's Day next Sunday! Sometimes the best gifts are the ones we make ourselves, so why not get some crafting going on with your little ones?
I've found some great and easy projects that would be perfect for this occasion. I'm sure mum will love any of these ideas!

Check the links below for instructions.

1 - Painted Salad Servers,
2 - Photo Flower Cards, Better Homes and Gardens
3 - String Art, Muska & Elvis
4 - Origami letters Mom card, Zakka Life

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Mother's Day Gift Idea

Mother's Day is coming in only one week and today I'm introducing a new collection of 8"x10" prints to celebrate Mum.

With these printables you can make an easy and affordable last minute gift that your mum will love. Some of them can even be customised with your children's names!
Have a look at the available designs.

More colours to choose from! Purchase it as shown or customise it with your child's name
Pick your favourite colour and customise it with your child's name
Available as an instant download for your convenience

These printables can be easily printed with your home printer, or at your local copy shop or photo lab. All files come with printing instructions.

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A special birthday celebration

I’m not the kind of person who leaves things to the last minute. I like to stay organised and have specific schedules for the things I have to do.
But sometimes life gets in the way and when I notice it I'm right on top of the event. That’s what happened last weekend, on my better half’s birthday.

After Easter and some very busy weeks with lots of work, I realised I hadn’t had the time to get anything ready for the dinner party on Sunday. I left it until Saturday to buy his present and the supplies I needed for the party. I must say at this point I was starting to panic, thinking about how much I had to do in so little time.

I woke up early on Sunday to get the decoration ready. Yep, in this house any party has to have a special decor, for kids or grown-ups.
Of course things didn’t go to plan and my printer refused to cooperate. So I had to forget the nice printables I had designed the night before and go with a plan B. I reached for my crafts box, found some coloured papers and I improvised some little toothpick flags and a mini cake bunting. Done!

I’ve spent the afternoon in the kitchen, while he rearranged the living room, and I even attempted my first 2 layer cake while cooking for 10. It could have gone wrong, but as it turns out I did a pretty good job and the simple decoration turned out even better than I had imagined!

The main table, with a black tablecloth and pops of red (his favourite colour).

Appetizers and dips to start with.

No food labels? Write on the tablecloth!

It was a great night and everything was delicious!

Do you have a party coming soon and not much time to decorate? Follow these tips to recreate this party's look:

  • Pick a main colour and get essential props (like plates, cups, napkins and cutlery) in that colour, to set the theme. Disposable utensils will also make the after-party clean up a lot easier.

  • Use nice platters (white is always a good option) and display the food creatively.

  • Stretch a black plastic tablecloth over the table and secure it in place with tape. You can then use chalk to write on it, instead of using food labels.

  • Create a simple cake bunting using 2 straws, a piece of string and scrapbook paper.

  • Embellish toothpicks with small pieces of coloured paper and double-sided tape, to make little flags.

  • If you don't have a lot of time to cook, serve some "ready to eat" foods, like cheese and cold meats, chips, dips and crackers or store bought cakes and pasties.

Happy parties!

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