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Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Well hello everybody long time no blog.
I just wanted to pop in and let you all know I am still around. I have had trouble updating the blog due to timing as I am now 24 weeks pregnant. The pregnancy has stripped me of all my energy. Personally, I feel it is unnatural to work full time, be pregnant, have a toddler and also wish to pursue extracurricular activities such as sewing and blogging. Another thing that stops me from being able to update the blog was my own indecisiveness. I didn’t want to blog about things that weren’t actually happening or I haven’t fully decided upon. So let’s visit what has actually happened.

As mentioned previously, I am pregnant! My husband and I fell pregnant with our second child after 9 months of trying. I know this isn’t a lot for other people but we had such great success with Audrey, it came as a bit of a shock. 




I also contributed my free time to a creative endeavour which was published by Style Me Pretty I was approached by Mornington Peninsular photographer to be part of a styled feature.

It was also featured by Ivory Tribe

I was only 7 weeks pregnant and in the thick of extreme fatigue when I put together this wedding stationery suite.

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 I was pleased with the results as I’m sure all the other people that contributed are. All credits are in the 2 links above.

Photos – Michelle Pragt of In Photography

If you are a bride to be do not hesitate to check these people out especially if you are located in Victoria. If you’re interested in my services then distance isn’t an issue.

With what little spare time I had left I dedicated it to sewing as the sewing bug has hit me. It has been extremely frustrating though to try and sew with a toddler around. It is also quite dangerous without anything between the toddler and the sewing area in terms of a barrier. She is an opportunist and will grab the pins, scissors, fiddle with the overlocker, play with the iron cord, etcetera, at any given chance. But I love her to death and she’s the reason why I sew.

Here is a look at some things I’ve made.









But the biggest thing to come out of being pregnant and wanting to sew all the time is – What are we going to do with our house?

We currently reside in a 2 bedroom house. We have decided to stay put and live with what we’ve got. Doing an extension to include more room is just not something we can do at the moment with our financial situation and not something we will see happening in the next 7 to 10 years. With another child on the way and my desire to sew, we are in desperate need of room. We have finally decided after months of deliberation is to convert our garage into a usable space. We looked at all sorts of other options like knocking down the garage and removing it. Having something built externally and craned in or put together on site.

Jenny Rose Innes on Instagram posted from her builders, a new endeavour there pursuing with outbuildings which are built off site and brought in. I was keen to go ahead with that until I had more people look at my existing garage and comment “why don’t you just fixed the garage the way it is?” And that is the direction we will head in.

The garage is 3 metres by 8 metres giving us 24 square metres of usable space it just needs a facelift I have had a builder come around and quote. Still waiting for the quote but I will go into this further in another blog post.

Another thing that is happening around our house is we are changing the disgusting ugly terrible aluminium windows back to the former western red cedar windows.

To match what was there already there but sadly removed by people that clearly have no taste. I now need to get a quote on putting lead light in the front 3 windows that face the street to match my neighbour’s bay window and other houses in the area from the same era.

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You could say I am in nesting mode but the truth of the matter is nothing will be done before this baby arrives. Typical! I have made peace with that and have just moved on.

Another thing that has been happening around my house is gardening. I planted spring bulbs that gave me a beautiful display in my front garden bed which has now finished flowering.

We were all so sick to death of having plants in the black plastic pots we bought them in years ago, we have now repotted all our plans into terracotta pots.

We planted out the garden bed that goes part way along the length of the garage with iceberg standard iceberg roses, buxus and lavender. We will extend this garden bed to be deeper as it appears the roses don’t have quite enough room. It is a narrow garden bed.

The great thing with knowing we are just going to stay in the house the way it is means we can now renovate it to completion. We were too hesitant to do any renovations because anything we did do would be affected by an extension later. It would be in effect a waste of time and money but now that we are just going to have a 2 bedroom house with the studio, we are quite happy to finish everything off. Such as the second bedroom, the large laundry and the gardens. This gives me a lot of excitement and I feel very creative. It took a lot of time, discussions and number crunching to get to this decision but I feel this is the right decision for us at the right time.

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Want to dig up this ugly slopey concrete and lay down a stone patio.

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Don’t let the flakey paint throw you. Just received a quote to replace the glass on the windows in this room and fix the sash weights as the windows will be heavier and THEN, we will get them painted. They are actually in great condition. It is just flakey paint.

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A metal shed that I want to remove and replace with a cedar cute cottage shed. Mint and rosemary going crazy! Neglected mother in laws tongue in the background. . . I don’t really like this plant and guess who gave it to me. . . GUESSSSS, you will never guess!!!!

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Teddy Bear Magnolia about to flower. I have 3 of these plants and I have just had them planted into MUCH larger pots before we decide where they will go in the garden and they are doing much better. I was scared they were going to die a slow death.

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Stupid bats came through last year when my neighbours had these trees in their yard and shat everywhere. That is what the marks on the garage are! But our neighbours removed those noxious trees! And this year, no bats!

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My little topiary collection! My favourite is Korean buxus! I love my standard bay tree too! Friends got us a bay tree seedling for our house warming and sometime last year I decided I wanted to train it into a lollipop and massacred it. Left a tuft of about 4 leaves on top. My husband was shocked when he saw it and a bit mad, I said, just trust me!! AND LOOK AT IT NOW!

(GOD I HATE MY BROWN COLORBOND FENCE! But I love them too. They are in good knick and there is no fencing dispute between neighbours that I have seen play out at the court house, so gotta be grateful)

Another future blog post will be year of the garden YOTG that will be 2016 when I am on maternity leave!! I can supervisor children and my husband can garden to his heart’s content. It’s impossible at the moment to do much on both of our separate weekends (me: Thursday and Friday, Him: Saturday and Sunday) as we are alone.

Really looking forward to maternity leave next year and I’m not going to do something silly like I did with Audrey and only have 4 months off. I’m going to enjoy my time with my family and hopefully have a year off.

 Thank you for getting this far and can’t wait to update you further.

Kitchen and dining mood board

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013


Clockwise from top left

White shaker style cabinets – Chinese black slate floor tiles – Top Knobs Chareau polished nickel knob – Carrara Marble subway tiles – Top Knobs Chareau polished nickel handle – French door entrance – SCP Josiah medium pendant light – Planet Furniture Slab spotted gum dining table – Charcoal dining table chair – Visual Comfort large vendome chandelier in antique silver – Ilve cooker – Brodware tap.

I am missing my bench seat and window treatments from this mood board, but is there any other items that should be included in the mood board?

Do you think the SCP white pendant would work with the room and the other chandelier or it is just too modern? I don’t want to pick 2 pendants that compete against the dining table chandelier.



I think it will work.

ALSO!! We have a date! Kitchen to be demolished on Friday 27th of September. Yep. That is NEXT Friday!

I am so excited, yet so nervous. I hope it all goes to plan! Then Kitchen to be installed on Thursday 10th of October.

I would love to hear your feedback so I can start ordering things!! I have not purchased dining table chairs either, but I am after something like that.

Baby Shower Stationery

Monday, March 4th, 2013





Designed and made by me

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More wrapping

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

I am not going to claim creative intelligence over this. I saw something similar on pinterest and was inspired.

I own a hell-a-va lot of tulle.

Remember I made 3 veils for my wedding. (Plus another for the hens night)

Well, I have plenty left over in the craft cupboard,

Do you have a craft cupboard? No? Well you should!

The magnolia leaves & sprig of rosemary are from my garden.

Here is some tags and ornaments I made.

There are plenty of tutorials out there.

I used FIMO white oven-bake clay.

That is some more left over lace from making veils. (Oh I love veils!!) I am sad that my veil wearing days are over. 1 day out of a whole life time hardly seems fair.

This is gorgeous french Chantilly lace.

I went a bit nordic with this wrapping.

Love it!

I can’t just subscribe to one theme. It is one of my weaknesses. I love a bit of this, a bit of that.

It really isn’t a good thing and I constantly working on my strength. I end up with a lot of miss-matched things.


When it comes to the jolly o’ Christmas time! There are no rules!!!

I utilized one of my clay tags in this wrapping, as well as my Cupid’s Bow labels.

Did anyone take my advice on using a Kinder choccie to attach to a present?

It just adds exactly what this present needs. It is after all a gift card (Shhh no one tell anyone)

I think out of all my wrapped present. This is my favourite.

I’m immature. I just love that it is so tiny and the tag is so big!

And with all that said.

I AM DONE!!!!!!!

I have no more wrapping to do. No more shopping to do!

I will be working from this Saturday right through to Boxing day, so I knew all along I had to be organised. Hopefully in there we have some early days so we can see friends and family!

New Bling!

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

My mother has been pushing for grand children ever since I hit puberty. No Joke!

This being her first grand child, she is over the moon.

She joked to me once saying she would buy me anything for me to have a baby, so I joked back, ok. I want a sapphire.

(I can’t remember why I said that)

Anyways, true to her word. She surprised me with this ring.

I love it’s little windows. It is a full eternity ring. 18k white gold with blue sapphires.

Maybe it is a premonition that I am having a boy. They did also have pink sapphire bands too.

This is also the exact type of ring I envisioned receiving as a push present from my husband.

(This decision was made before I explained to him what a push present is and he flat out denied getting me one. So I never thought more on the subject)

I love my new stack!

Breaks up the uniformity between my wedding band and engagement ring. I was already having doubts before the wedding about my wedding band choice. I wish I had gone from something that was different, not matching. But this solves that niggling thought.

I love my wedding band though. It looks like a row of diamonds on my hand as you can’t see much metal. (Sorry to anyone with channel set rings. HATE THEMMMMMMM with a passion)

This is how it looks on my hand.

Love my micro lens. Captures the dry skin and tiny hand wrinkles.

(But need to get better at using it. Still not sure how to get everything in focus)

Love my mum and dad too!


House warming & Baby shower invitation

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Here is my latest stationery work.

The client is due with their first baby after trying for 5 years and a little IVF help.

They are also moving house! So they are combining a house warming with the baby shower and at that stage, the baby would have arrived!

The original water colour art work.

Original hand painted.

Scanned and made into card with envelope.

And some separate little “We’ve moved” cards in lilac with matching envelopes.

All stacked up and ready to post with the original artwork!

If you are interested in these cards, check out my etsy listing here

(sorry about the blurs!)

Babies Galore

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Well there has been a few special deliveries of babies in the past weeks.

2 of my friends had babies.

One of which you saw here!

To mark the celebration I made some gifts.

“Bebe” cards and small lilac envelopes that I hand painted the names on.

Envelopes can be purchased here

The original “bebe” water colour artwork can be purchased here

I would love to get this one professional framed, but we are *hopefully* going to be seeing them soon and I don’t want the gift stuck at the framers

I just need to take “Sophie” to the framers which I am doing today.

Hand painted with water colours and metallic inks the baby girl’s names.

If you would like a personalised name original water colour artwork. You can visit this etsy listing.

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Congratulations also to Jasmine from 207 Young on the arrival of her son!

And to Emma from Living through our renovations for the arrival of her daughter Alexandra!

NeoReverie does corporate

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Have I bored you enough with flower pics??

How about I go one better!! Some corporate graphic design!

Here we go.

An exhibition stand. The stand itself was not designed by me, but all the graphics were.

3D printing!!! The technology of the future people!

Custom word panels.




One of two brochures I designed.

This man that works there, I have super huge crush on him. I think I want to make babies with him.
But Shhhhhhh! No one tell my husband.

And just for fun, because they are so cute.

Some of the 3D printed models (taken one my phone)

Murder under the big top!

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

My sister is having a Murder Mystery party for her birthday!

It is a circus themed one.

The main invite

All the elements!

You get the main invitation, your character bio, the circus bulletin and the rules of the circus!

Envelopes (Can be purchased here)

I am soooooooo pumped for it! I have been told to watch Water for Elephants first.

New Nursery Artworks – For Sale in Etsy Shop

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

I finally got around to photographing my “Bébé” Watercolour artworks. I am also getting better at using the manual mode on my digital SLR.

These are original watercolour artworks. Not prints. Perfect for a new mum, baby shower gift or yourself.

$35 + $3.50 for postage. Bargain!

Bébé – multi-coloured In the shop here

Bébé – green In the shop here

Bébé – orange In the shop here

 Bébé – blue In the shop here

Bébé – pink In the shop here