I had a date with lace doilies and leather….

Instagram is a lovely thing…it allows us to stalk…I mean view other people we don’t even know and have a glimpse into their world. 🙂  Even better, it also allows us to find great little niche businesses and people who have some great talent to share. Over the weekend, I found the insta account of Amy Lawrence.  If you haven’t had the pleasure of hearing about Amy Lawrence she makes, “intriguing knitted neck wear”.  It really is something you have to see to appreciate.

For me, I love knits.  I own about 1 million knitted jumpers and cardigans because I just can’t get enough of them.  So to stumble across Amy who creates wonderful knitted accessories…is happiness!

The inspo!
Image courtesy of instagram / @amylawrencedesigns

 

Part of her other range that also caught my eye is her BITZA range.  Basically these are up cycled lace and crochet doilies that have been reworked into cute creations of lace, leather, cotton and ribbon.  Again, something you have to see to believe. I was so taken away with these designs…that I was inspired to make my own.  Let me tell you, it was a fiddly task that required the utmost patience and perseverance…however I managed to stick it out and make 2.5 lace pieces for myself.

I am glad I found Amy’s page as it reignited my love for crafts and beautiful textiles. So much so that I visited my beautiful mother’s sewing studio and raided her secret stash of silk ribbons, lace and other goodies to restart my collection.  Thanks mum!!

The weekend was spent toiling away and creating the below pieces that I am quietly proud of.  Of course, it pails in comparison to the wonders of Amy Lawrence designs however for a novice…I think this DIY project turned out okay.

 

 

Images courtesy of: amylawrencedesigns.co.uk & instagram

 

 

 

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Things I miss….ground breaking stuff!

I came across a youtube video about Mario Bros the other day and it brought back memories and a twang of nostalgia. It made me wonder what other little things I miss in my life and came up with a short list. I like to reminisce from time to time, however I find it pointless doing so unless it brings about some sort of change or realisation. So with my little list, I endeavour to make a few changes and capitalise on the things that bring me enjoyment.

  • I miss going to the library.  I have my iPad and Kindle and although I love the convenience, especially when I have a small compact bag and wish to bring a book along with me, I do miss flicking through the pages of an actual book.  Call me old fashioned, but I don’t ever think an electronic device will replace my love for books.  Now…where’s that damn library card of mine? :/
  • Same goes with DVD stores.  I actually really hate downloading movies.  Not just due to the ‘piracy’ issues, but I find the actual task itself so….frustrating and time consuming? This may baffle people since modern day tech has really gone leaps in bounds in increasing our time efficiency, however I find myself taking up more time trying to download quality files and wondering what the actual movie is about, compared to going into an actual DVD store;  not to mention, it takes the fun out of finding one of your old favourites on the old DVD shelf.  Now…where is my local membership card? :/
  • I love flowers! However, my nose doesn’t.  A) because I can’t really smell too well anyway, and b) I get chronic hay fever.  I love to have fresh cut blooms in different rooms of my house, however it’s not something I can do.  Depending on my nose sensitivity, it more than often gives me extreme hay fever symptoms and turns me into a blotchy, sneezing, whiner.  Not really sure how to fix this missing moment in my life….perhaps I’ll just visit a few more florists whilst being completely dosed up on antihistamine tablets.
  • Being a couch potato.   I don’t mean everyday, however I just love the times where I can just sit on my sofa, eat a bag of chips and not worry about having to be anywhere or do anything.  I find myself feeling guilty when I have these moments and then force myself to do something? Why? From now on, I am going to endeavour to have at least one ‘couch potato day’ per month.
  • And of course….Super Mario Bros.  I miss that game in general.  I remember finding my old Nintento console and plugged it in for a bit of a trip down memory lane.  I loved it. Since then, my Super Ninento system died and as above, I am not really sure how to capitlise on  this lost moment…however perhaps I can be a little more metaphoric and try to embrace my inner child a little bit more.  And I don’t mean the screaming, spoiled, childish times; but more,  the opportunistic tendencies of the childhood ‘me’ and how children in general tend to embrace new opportunities with gusto.

A big thanks to these awesome brands…..

So recently I embarked on my ‘Give a Dollar’ campaign to raise funds to donate to Made in a Free World and also IAWF. In the first week I managed to raise $100 and now we are up to $200. My goal is $2014 by December 31st 2014.

However, after reaching out to a few brands that are all about ethical and sustainable practices, I was very humbled and grateful for the support shown by some boutique and large eco brands.

The first supplier to show support and donate a gorgeous dress which will be raffled off once we reach our goal was 3Fish.

As part of this mission, I have been lucky to come across some new brands that I never knew existed. For me, apart from raising my goal fund amount, learning about new brands and understanding their mission is another added plus for me.

3Fish, the fastest growing fairtrade company in Woodend, are  passionate about fair trade and its power to tackle extreme poverty through trade.  Their belief is that every life is precious, and they go to long lengths to ensure their products are sweatshop free and kind to the environment.  As quoted by 3Fish, “Every dollar you spend for yourself or your organisation has a ripple effect around the globe – make it count! to long lengths to ensure our products are sweatshop free and kind to the environment. Every dollar you spend for yourself or your organisation has a ripple effect around the globe – make it count!”

To find companies that are solely founded and created to support this movement of fairtrade…is phenomenal in my opinion.

Other brands who have also donated goods or gift vouchers that will also be raffled off include:

Birkenstock 

I am sure Birkenstock need no introduction with their on trend sandals gracing nearly every fashion blogger’s tootsies out there…however long before they become a fashion staple in everyone’s’ wardrobe, Birkenstock were doing great things both for foot health and eco/ethical practices.

I’ve long been a fan of Birkenstock and their products and I am so happy to see these awesome sandals gracing the foot of nearly every fashionista on the planet.  Of course I loved them before they were cool 😉

All about Eve. 

All about Eve are a boutique brand producing on trend fashion for the savvy lady.

 

 

I get uninspired sometimes!

We all get inspired by certain factors in life however there are also times when I get uninspired.  This doesn’t happen often, however I will admit, it happens.

When I notice my mood or attitude taking a dive to ‘negative town’, I really try to pep myself up.  However, it can also be exhausting some times.  I am a definite believer in positive thoughts, emitting positive energies and from this will come positive outcomes.   I know this and believe this!  Yet there are times when I just feel like curling in a ball.  When everything that inspires me has a slight tarnish or tinge to it and  I just lose momentum.

I don’t tend to envy people. You are what you make yourself! However, I will, from time to time, envy those that can control their emotions to the point of being consistently positive and happy.  I don’t envy wealth, fame, good looks, fancy clothes or cars.  No! But I do envy those that are happy all the time.  Only because that is what I want.  Is it unrealistic though? And don’t get me wrong…I am not a wet blanket type of person or one that consistently focuses on the negative.  But there will be times, very rarely, that I have a down day.  A day where no amount of inspo quotes can pep me up.  A day when not even my mood board with clippings of inspirational images can turn this frown upside down.

Surely even the super positive people have days where life presents its challenges to no avail?  Is it unrealistic to want to be happy all the time? Do we need a bout of unhappiness to really appreciate the good times? Am I over thinking this whole thing and should really just go eat a chocolate muffing and be done with it?

If you are ever in the head space that I might get to from time to time…what do you do to direct yourself back to the right frame of mind?

Feeling meh….

‘The happy moment jar’

I was inspired by the above idea of capturing your happy moments in a jar. The idea is, each happy moment you have during the year, you write it down, save it in your jar and come New Year’s eve 2014, you read each happy moment you’ve had, remembering what a great year it’s been, appreciating the moments and hopefully inspiring you to have even bigger and better happy moments for 2015.

I loved this idea!! So much so, that I started one of my own jars.  I’ve blogged on enough about my shopping addiction and how I have amassed so many clothes over the years and I couldn’t think of anything more fitting than to take my acts of reducing and culling my wardrobe down to a more manageable size, selling my clothes and recycling them to people who need them one step further and instead of amassing and collecting even more clothes….amass and collect my happy moments.

 

Recycle, Recreate & Repurpose!

In my craze of pinning images to boards since I discovered pinterest, I have stumbled across some amazing images of very creative ways to reuse and repurpose old or otherwise useless trash.

It’s amazing what you can create by using items that may have otherwise been discarded.  All it takes is an open mind and if you look around, there are endless possibilities of how you can recycle what you already own, reduce your consumption and minimise the impact to the environment.

It got me really excited on little recycling projects I could begin…creating little wonders of my own.  Here are some of the inspirational yet simple ideas I have found.  Challenge yourself and repurpose something of your own!