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DIY- Origami Heart Invitations

What can be better than these?

(Via Eat Drink Chic)

The lovely Amy Moss used these as little invitations to her surprise wedding party (cutest story ever!) but I think they would be equally as adorable for a simple love note or picnic gathering. There are freebies to download as well as a full tutorial for the heart and packaging.

You can find her instructions here. Oh happy day!

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Crisp California Chic Palette

As we enjoy the final few weeks of lazy summer weather, I am feeling drawn to fresh and saturated golden tones.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

There is nothing I love more than a day to tell my darling how much I adore him. It’s actually pathetic how much I love it!

This year we chose to not purchase gifts for Valentine’s Day. Hubs made me a delicious dinner and I made him dessert.

Do you want to see what I made?

Inspired by Bakerella’s cake box, I decided to try several new things: cake carving and working with fondant.

I made the marshmallow fondant the day before using Cake Journal’s recipe. It worked out extremely well! I used pink marshmallows and vegetable oil instead of Crisco. I let it rest  overnight and found it to be very easy to work with and tasted good on the cake too!

The cake itself made me cry just a little bit. I had one recipe flop on me and I had to fall back on a chocolate cake recipe that I don’t particularly like the taste of, but the texture always comes out just right. Shaping it into the heart was not too difficult although getting the heart symmetrical was a bit of a learning curve.  I made up for the lack of scrumptiousness and symmetry by adding a thick layer of buttercream to help even everything out. The extra cake was used to make the cake bites on top. These ones were made ‘man sized’ for Hubs.

Overall, I consider it a successful first try.Next time I would like to avoid using a chocolate buttercream which stained my light pink fondant and I really need to think about using a ruler to get things the right size. There was a lot of piecing on the side of the box which looked awful!  The side strip of fondant really must stretch the entire perimeter of the cake-not half way only. Just consider that should you decide to make it! ha!

Next week is my wedding anniversary and so I really consider this time of the year lovely!

Happy Valentine’s day to you!

What did you do for your darling for V-day? Do you find a lot of pressure to conform to the chocolates and flowers game or do you prefer to bless one another with tasty treats?

On living a life worth living

I have been pondering Mary Oliver’s instructions for living a life.

Instructions for living a life: pay attention, be astonished, tell about it.
— Mary Oliver

So when a friend posted this on Facebook, I took notice.

I am particularly drawn to:

– If you don’t like something, change it

– Open your heart to new things

– All emotions are beautiful

– Appreciate every bite

– Wear your passion

I believe that I have been given a life in abundance- Not just a life that can be wasted away in front of the TV but a life that was made for living and doing and being and creating and sharing. I live a passionate life- a life that I can choose. I have chosen my path to trod. My path is towards a beautiful tomorrow.

 

Valentine’s Day Sweetness

Have you seen the adorable Je t’aime Valentines drawn by Amy Moss of Eat Drink Chic?

(Via Eat Drink Chic)

Such perfection! I can’t stand the cuteness of the polka dot lined envelope. Seriously? It’s adorable.

I am smitten.

PS She is so kind as to have a free printable and even a wrapper for take out coffee cups (if you live around a coffee take out joint) available. Just click on over and print away 🙂

Something Lovely: Whimsical Garlands

(Via Mrs Priss)

Be still by beating heart!It’s no secret that garlands are hip and happening and yet each and every time I see one my heart just cries with joy!

Look at this one from Design*Sponge-

(Via Design*Sponge)

Absolutely lovely! There is nothing like a little whimsy to perk up a room!Not only is it just in time for Valentine’s Day but I think it would be lovely in a nursery too!

In my home office I have a paper garland strung from one side of the ceiling to the other.

It brings me unsurpassed joy to study in such a setting! What I like so much about this trend, is that it is so easily adapted to echo your own personal style.

Here is Lobster and Swann’s take on the handmade garland. It is a completely different style than the above examples but the glamour is extraordinary. I won’t lie. I would be happy to eat at this dining table…

(Via Lobster and Swan)

I am feeling the itch to create some new garlands for around the house. Since the Christmas decorations were taken down, I look around feeling rather uninspired. Perhaps a new garland will light the fire to retouch the corners of my home with love?

Do you have a garland strung around your home? What do you do when stuck in a decorating rut?

 

A cup of encouragement makes the medicine go down

When you’ve exhausted all possibilities, remember this—you haven’t.

*Robert H. Schuller*

I love dandelions. I’ve explained why before– to me they represent wishes- and wishes are really just secret scary dreams. The dreams that we are too afraid to admit. The ones we acknowledge only over birthday candles or shooting stars. The ones that someone might make fun of us for or tease us about. You know the dream you’ve been carrying.

By the time we reach adulthood and marriage, and we get sensible jobs and start doing the responsible thing, we have starved that dream. Maybe we tried once or twice. Perhaps we tried many times and this dream just didn’t come to be… and we gave up.

I had given up the dream of being an artist… having tried twice and failed…but I was recently inspired to try again.

Let’s chat friends. What dreams have you pretty much given up on… that maybe might just spring back into being if you just tried?

 

 

For the love of type

Can I just say that I love that typography is still a huge trend? It is slowing making its way into South African stores too and *sigh* I am in love.

Loads of Living’s summer collection has some beautiful examples of how international trends are filtering through with that distinct South African flavour.

(Via Loads of Living)

(Via Loads of Living)

But at R500 (almost $100) per pillow, it is more of a dream than a reality. I love the vibe of typography around the house and with its international trend appeal it isn’t difficult to find a style to suit your tastes. Here are a few SUPER cute ways that other people around the interwebz have integrated the love of type into their everyday decor.

(Via House*Tweaking)

Here we have an example of large-scale typographic DIY art made by Dana at House*Tweaking. Painted letters on a large canvas? Cute. Don’t be afraid to personalise your art like Dana did. I am certain her little boys feel special knowing that this words come from a song their mommy sings to them.

Here is another example of inexpensive typographic art:

(Via Knack Studios)

This would be simple to replicate… Grab a piece of delicious wood or a fat canvas and paint away!

How about some functional type? Here are some single character coasters. I would LOVE a set of these!

(Via Evil Mad Scientist)

Grab some cork, some wood and a jigsaw if you don’t live around a laser cutting facility. The straight letters would be a breeze while the curvier shapes might better left to the more adept at hand.

Oh and have a look at these adorable pillows too! I would love to have two pillows on a chair like this one with an “X” and one with an “O”… mmmm hugs and kisses on the couch!

(Via Design*Sponge)

Aren’t these just the loveliest examples of typography in the home? They make me squeal on the inside!

 

What do you think of this type trend? Big fan? Or OVER IT?

Charming Wooden Keyrings

(Via How About Orange)

How adorable and cheerful are these key rings? Jessica Jones has a great eye for kitschy little designs, don’t ya think?

She mentions her process here but really it’s just little doodads she found laying in a craft bin and a couple of permenant markers.These would look so wonderful as a zipper-pull on a sweater or adorable little handbag!

I think it’s these little details that makes life so charming and sweet.

How lovely.

What is lovely to you today?

The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.

– Robert Louis Stevenson

Finding something lovely is not about finding happiness tomorrow. It is not about the glamour or glitter of extravagance. It is about looking at everyday and finding beauty.

(via Bob.Fornal)

Washing dishes after a long, sultry meal is beautiful. A sweet kiss from a rose cheeked child is beautiful. And art. Creating for art’s sake? That is beautiful too.

 

This morning, for me, it was an extra hour’s sleep before the telephone rang. An extra hours rest before a particularly busy day IS a beautiful thing.

Today, what have you enjoyed that was beautiful?