Thursday, 27 September 2012

More Simple Decor Updates

Hey Everyone,

Today I'm continuing my little series on the simple updates I've done to my decor. I shared painted glassware in the first post here .

I love beachy decor, but then you all already knew that right? And with Summer peeking around the corner what better time than to change my decor up to fit in with my beach theme.

The easiest way to update plain vases or ornaments is with embellishments...

I was given this vase, it was pink with bee's all over it - yikes.
So way back when - I painted it white and had a leaf charm on it. Not my style at all - what was I thinking? 

Some jute and turquoise blue shell beads fixed that soon enough -what a difference...

I picked up this wooden "cup" that had seen better days, for free from a thrift shop and once apon a time had painted it an off white and distressed it.
It looked okay but needed something.
I painted it white and added some jute to the "stem" and a seaglass bead - it totally works for me now.

I really cannot remember what state this little vase was in when I got it, but all that brown cord looked awful right? I changed out the brown with turquoise and a few river pearl beads and voila -gorgeous

So simple yet so effective , and I can change it up whenever I'm tired of it.

Do you have any simple decor tips that you like to use around your home?

My friend Mary from Sweet Little Bluebird has some great seasonal frames, check out her cute Fall frames here. Tell her I sent you and say hi from me.

Have a great day 



Wednesday, 26 September 2012

A Beautiful Day

 Today is a beautiful day

How lucky am I to be able to see this view every day....
Today is a beautiful day....


Friday, 21 September 2012

Simple Spring Art


 I have a seriously simple Spring project for you today....

I bought the scrapbook paper ages ago and its so pretty I knew I was going to frame it!

I bought a white frame on special and gave it a light sanding to distress it. Glued a wooden flower accessory to the frame, that I painted white, then hung it up near the front door...

Its such a happy picture....

 My flowers are blooming.....just beautiful...

 Hanging out with my painted fish...

 Here is what my neighbourhood looked like this week...I'm loving having the leaves back on the trees!

Happy Friday everyone..



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Sunday, 16 September 2012

My Judo Star

It's taken my Gabe years to decide what sport he would like to participate in, so when he came home from school one day and said he would like to try Judo - we were really excited! 

He has been for about 6 sessions which are held after school during the week....He has just thrown himself, literally into his sport and can take down his sister like a pro already!

So when I picked him up after training on Thursday he surprised me with this star of the day medal...Wow, wow, wow... to say I am a proud mum is an understatement..

He gets to keep it for a whole week...
Check out the grin on his face - he couldn't wait to show his daddy who has a First Dan Black in Karate.


So, so proud and excited for my gorgeous boy.

Happy Sunday everyone



Thursday, 13 September 2012

Turquoise Tile Pendant

Hey Everyone, 

For those that missed it - I shared this Tile Pendant over at DK's Craft Cafe last week.

 This is such a simple tutorial and I'm hoping you are inspired to make your own. I found this gorgeous tile pendant in the jewellery section of Spotlight and I just love turquoise so had to buy it.

What you will need:
A tile or decorative bead, 3 charms or smaller beads, a headpin, jump rings and long nose pliers.

What you need to do: (following the pics)

Gather all the components.

Snip the end off the head pin as you will be looping both ends of it.

Form a loop by first bending the end of the pin at a 90 degree angle then looping the pin back onto itself - this forms a really neat loop.

Pass the pin through the tile and repeat the loop at the other end.

Using jump rings, secure the smaller beads or charms to one end of the looped head pin.

Attach the pendant to a chain using another jump ring.

 Seriously how easy is that?

 I love how this necklace turned out, and as I used a copper chain and accents along with the turquoise, it has a real beachy vibe to it

Cute right?

Take care


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Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Heart Canvas Art

Hey Everyone,

I really need to apologise for the shocking quality of these photos and the lack of a "how to".
I think I was so excited to be doing this little makeover that I totally forgot to take photos...

Anyway moving right along..... I had this canvas above the dining table - I think I'm kinda done with Frangipani flowers in the living area. 

I knew I needed some art in our bedroom as the walls are pretty bare.

The "theme" for our bedroom is hearts and when I made over the toy test into a cupboard and used a stencil type stamp on the front door - I decided to use the same heart to stamp onto the canvas.

This is where I stopped taking photos!! 

So pretend you are following me when I say all I did was tape sections of the canvas using the blocks already on it for a guideline. Painted each section and then stamped the heart in a contrasting colour on to each section.

Then no matter how many photos I took of the canvas up on the wall I could NOT get a good picture.

So out of sheer frustration - I'm letting it go and saying - trust me, it looks really good in our room

Take care



Sunday, 9 September 2012

More Beachy Bracelets

I've been busy making beachy bracelets again. Summer is on its way and I can't wait...yay.

Today I have 4 variations to share with you, I hope you like them...

Green Turquoise Inspired  Beach Bracelet
   Turquoise howlite beads, green turquoise chips and natural New Zealand Shell beads, side by side with glass seed beads to create a unique, one of a kind bracelet.

This bracelet also includes a shell charm and a seahorse charm

Blue Beach Inspired Bracelet
A beautiful beachy memory wire bracelet with natural New Zealand Shell beads, seed and glass beads. The bracelet has 1 metal shell charm.

This bracelet is reminiscent of blue waters and white sandy beaches...

 Turquoise Blue Beach Bracelet
 A beautiful memory wire bracelet, with white shell beads, blue turquoise chips, turquoise blue seed beads and clear blue glass...
A one of a kind beach bracelet with a metal shell charm and a metal fish charm.


Green Beach Inspired Bracelet

A seed bead memory wire bracelet, with shell beads and green turquoise chips.
A one of a kind beach bracelet with a seahorse charm.

Dont forget to check them out at my Etsy Store

Enjoy the weekend 



Beautiful Bracelets

New bracelets in store at my Etsy shop today:

1. Seahorse Reflections - NZ$6.00
2. Daisy Chain - NZ$8.00
3. Love - NZ$6.00
4. I Heart You - NZ$6.00

Happy Weekend everyone