Wednesday, October 29, 2014

༺ Sewing for the Home ༻

I thrifted this lovely 1967 Woman’s Weekly Home Sewing Decor Guide, and had to share by converting it to a .pdf. I personally love looking at these fantastic booklets, as I often learn some housekeeping trick or titbit that turns out to be quite useful. While this one is aimed at the home sewer, I hope there are some decor ideas in here for everyone. ♡

Sewing for the Home ~ Free .pdf | Lavender & Twill
It has lots of instructions on how to sew just about everything you could possibly need for your house; everything that that can be sewn that is ~ and it also tells you how to make interesting window dressings like pelmets, valances and cornices.

Pelmet & long curtains | Lavender & TwillThe country feel accentuated by flowers and furnishing | Lavender & Twill

I like these examples of window treatments ~ although I think that all that floral wallpaper in the photo on the right is a bit overpowering for me.  (> . <)

Table dressing ideas for vintage inspired decor | Lavender & Twill
The instructions for the table clothes seem simple, but with a nice variety of trimming styles from the normal square. I also like the thought of layering two clothes on a round table for more textural interest.

Pastel retro kitchen accessories | Lavender & TwillLavender & patchwork french provincial style | Lavender & Twill

Pink and white with lots of natural lighting | Lavender & TwillVintage decorating ideas for a living room | Lavender & Twill

I love the color palette in all of the photos above ~ the soft pastel tones and ivory cream tints really seem to lighten and brighten the spaces, don’t they?  

French Provincial mixed with a kind of Country Victorian look is one of my favorite decor styles, and I adore the feel of carefully crafted solid wooden furniture with brass or gold accents. I also like it if it looks a little worn and shabby, but as my husband is not so fond of that particular style, we try to meet in the middle!

There are of course, tons more inspiration pictures out there. Pinterest is a mecca of shabby chic! If you combine your favorite styles with this handy little guide, your own vintage inspired home decor and furnishings shall be easy to create ~ download it here. (✿◠‿◠)



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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

༺ Cherry & Rose ༻

Blue jeans and baby doll dresses for a cute maternity look | Lavender & Twill

Fun mint nails with a spring touch of pink blossom nail art | Lavender & Twill

Rockabilly inspired with cherry print and scarlet | Lavender & Twill

This mint satchel purse is my new favourite handbag | Lavender & Twill

I love rocking a short baby doll dress when I’m pregnant ~ the empire waist, floaty skirt and shorter length {that I only wear with capris or jeans for modesty’s sake} are perfect for feeling feminine and cute when you are ‘increasing’  ~ as they used to say!

Actually, ‘increasing’ sums it up perfectly. I’m feeling rather large and well, larger{!} these days, and that makes it hard to do much in the way of taking photos.

But fun odds and ends like my new mint satchel purse, and matching mint nails with pink cherry blossom nail art are the very thing to give me a kick in the pants and snap a few shots.
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I’ve had my satchel for a while now, but still think of it as new because every time I pick it up to go out the door it makes me smile! I’ve been yearning after satchel styled handbags ever since they started to make a come back, so finally getting my hands on one ~ and in such a gorgeous color ~ only makes it that much nicer.

Funny how little things like that can make you so happy.  What’s a sweet little thing that’s made you smile recently?  (≧ ◡ ≦) ~ ♡



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Cherry Red Baby Doll Dress | Kmart, Current
Mint Satchel | Typo, Current
Blue Jeans | Kmart, Current
White Plimsolls | Woolworths, Old

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

༺ Currently: Settling In ༻

‘Currently’ posts are a little snapshot of the events that are occurring in my day-to-day life. These episodes feature photos from my Instagram, do come and say “Hi!” if you are around. Also, if you would like to participate in this feature yourself, please feel free! I’d love to read your posts, so don’t forget to leave a link.  ♡



Louis L’Amour. He’s a western “pulp fiction” paperback author, in that he wrote a lot of western novels from 1953 and onwards. But just because he is a prolific writer doesn’t mean that his works are of that B grade quality.

His stories usually have a very similar theme and plot line, but the characters are different, and the way their stories evolve is different. I really enjoy reading his books because there is always a strong sense of right and wrong, and how you choose to deal with responsibility being the making of your character. Really inspiring literature.

And yes, I go on “author binges” where I read every book in my collection of theirs, and often end up adding more to my collection whilst I am at it. (✿◠‿◠)


Whether baby is a boy or a girl ~ but I have to wait at least 18 weeks before we get to find out, ‘coz we are waiting for the birth to discover what the newest member of our family will be. 



That I got to go snowboarding before the season ended. I had three days this season, and it was awesome. {Yes, I was pregnant at the time ~ we went around the 16 week mark.}



Yummy homemade Peanut Thai Style Stir Fry. I really like the combination of lime, peanut and sweet chili in the sauce. 



Auction Hunters. I have a not-so-secret passion for anything antique or vintage, so in place of the BBC’s Antique Roadshow and Bargain Hunters {which I adore!}, I watch the Auction Hunters and get excited over seeing all the interesting things they dig up.  Theodore calls it the “Treasure Hunters Show”! 



Isabelle’s baby blanket… Yup, you heard that right. I’m 21 weeks + 5 days pregnant with number 3 and I still haven’t finished number 2’s blanket yet!!  (@ ̄Д ̄@)  However, as I mentioned previously, I’m hoping to finish Isabelle’s blanket and quilt the next one without getting too much more behind.



That my house is becoming more organized. We are starting to feel like we are settling in. Yay! Cody Simpson’s “La Da Dee” song. DIY Gel nail polish manicures ~ they are still the bomb diggitty! Peter’s Lemonade Icy Poles. Fluffy bunny pajama pants. My new mint green satchel. Typo ~ that shop is my addiction. Cute gummy bear pens. All the stationary. Writing. Spring! It’s not too hot or too cold. The cute things my children do every day that make me laugh or melt into a Mama puddle.  ❤ ❤ ❤ 



To relax and simplify life. I’d like to not be so busy on the weekends, so we can have more room for family time. 



To be less tired! I need to do better with a regular bed time. This sort falls under the “attempting” category as well.  …(¬_¬)…



Lots of children wrangling and mending from colds, ‘flues, and badly sprained ankles.


(‘Currently’ post inspired by Danielle of Sometimes Sweet’s feature and Kaelah of Little Chief Honeybee!)



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