Sunday, 19 August 2018

Sunday Favourites #341

Hey guys,

I'm back! Sorry it's been so quiet on the blog this week. My sister has been visiting from Germany for the week, so I decided to take a little break from blogging and the Internet for a few days, and just concentrated on spending time with my family. I think it did me some good to spend some time away from a screen for a little while.

I actually made it out of the house for the first time in six weeks- and on five days out of six- so even though I'm absolutely knackered and in agony now, it's been a good week. I even made it to the zoo again on Friday. I'm tired, but I'm also feeling mentally recharged , and ready to get stuck in to blogging again, so you should get more out of me this week. For now, let's slide back in with a fresh batch of my Sunday Favourites... Enjoy!

I want to have a go at stitching this beautiful multi pansy embroidery pattern from Emillie Ferris.

This awesome dog petter enamel pin from Danger In Design. I always want to pet all the dogs!

This DIY pinata fringe photo backdrop from A Kailo Chic Life would make a fun background for parties, selfies, and blog photos.

A Subtle Revelry's banana cake recipe sounds tasty.

A Kailo Chic Life's DIY jumbo rainbow sprinkles look like the perfect decoration for brightening up a plain iced cake.

How cute are Little White Socks' ice cream cone cupcakes?!

These printable paper fruit decorations from The House That Lars Built would make fun decorations for a summer party or barbecue.

I'm going to have to make this colourful geometric rainbow cross stitch from Lucky Star Stitches.

I love this DIY colourful stacked book plant stand from A Kailo Chic Life. I'm so tempted to give it a try.

This moon cushion from OH NO Rachio is rather gorgeous.

Marinush have the prettiest handcrafted polymer clay jewellery. I especially love their feather / leaf designs.

Lovely Indeed can show you how to make these eye-catching embroidered felt letter decorations.

These panoramic 3D models of the world's most beloved cities by Maxim Shkret and AirPano City Book are absolutely amazing.

This paper leaf party garland from A Subtle Revelry would make a lovely decoration for Autumn.

I love this shoulder tattoo so much. It's featured on Unicorns Out in Russian (which I can't translate), but I think it's a Sasha Unisex temporary tattoo.

Lovely Links

♥ Katie May wrote two fantastic posts about chronic illness this week- 5 lessons she's learnt from being chronically ill, and about her enteropathic arthritis diagnosis and treatment plan.

♥ Rebecca of From Roses wrote a relatable post about how having a dog has improved her mental health.

♥ Kaylah of The Dainty Squid's photos from Thurber Cemetery are both beautiful and fascinating.

♥ Michelle from Thou Shall Not Covet gave us the first peek at this year's beauty Advent calendars, and now I want them all! Is it Advent yet??

♥ Fascinating before and after photos show how this woman changed lives of WWI veterans by 'restoring' their faces. This is amazing, especially for the time.

♥ 73 times nature made us say "nope". Some of them are creepy as hell, like the spiders, but some look pretty damn cool, like the hammerhead bat. It looks like a moose with wings!

♥ The world's ugliest goat, the Damascus goat, looks super cute until it grows up.  That's got to be the result of selective breeding or inbreeding. The poor things look deformed. And prehistoric. And a little creepy.

♥ This thread about asking people inappropriate questions about when they're having or why they don't have kids yet. Unless the person brings their reproduction plans or history up, just don't go there. Ever.

♥ A little kitten came home one day carrying a strange baby on its back... So cute!

♥ The world's 10 rarest dog breeds are super adorable. I want to adopt them all!

If you'd like to see more stuff like this, check out my Pinterest and Tumblr. You can also find all previous Sunday Favourites posts here.

Any favourites this week?

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Wednesday Wish List

Here's a few things I've been coveting this week...

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Aussie jewellery brand Erstwilder launched their highly-anticipated 'Out of Africa' jewellery collection yesterday, and it's so perfect I could cry. This whopping twenty piece collection is made up of brooches, necklaces, and earrings featuring some of Africa's most iconic and beloved animals like elephants, giraffes, rhinos, hippos, and zebras, and even a few unusual ones like okapis and bat-eared foxes! There are also a couple of African trees for the nature lovers out there. I'm particularly coveting the fennec fox, gorilla, okapi, bat-eared fox, and rhino, but every single design is amazing, and I would love to collect them all. Sadly, I can't afford to do that right now, but I have treated myself to the adorable Finnicky Fennec Fox Brooch (#2) because I couldn't resist him, and I'm hoping I'll be able to collect others later. As usual, the best pieces always sell out fast, so be sure to pounce on anything you have your eye on. I've linked to Erstwilder's website above, but you can find links to stockists outside Australia here.

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When it comes to Disney characters, I'm not usually interested in Minnie or Mickey Mouse and the gazillion collections of merchandise their faces adorn, but occasionally a MM collection will come along that is so amazing it sends my heart all aflutter- like the new Spectrum X Disney Minnie Mouse collection. Or to be specific, the make up brush set in the new Spectrum Minnie Mouse collection. Spectrum have created the prettiest and most colourful set of make up brushes I've seen in ages, and the want is great. Oh, so great. Just look at how pretty they are! The eight make up brushes include all the essentials, and can be bought separately, or purchased as a set with a choice of a colourful polka dot pouch or metallic Minnie camera bag. Naturally, I prefer the polka dots!

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If you're looking ahead to Halloween already, Betsey Johnson have added some new novelty bags that would be perfect for fright night. I personally love the Day of the Dead 'Kitsch Head Case Crossbody' (#1).

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These floral embroidered crop cardigans from Collectif would be perfect for wearing with pretty dresses and skirts (and just about everything else!) this Autumn and Winter.

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Lindy Bop have so many gorgeous new season pieces right now, and these are just a handful of my new favourite dresses and skirts. I'm particularly loving the Kody and Bretta tea dresses, which are two of my favourite Lindy Bop designs. I love me a good tea dress! I'd particularly love to get my hands on the red polka dot (#1) and berry (#4) Kody dresses to wear this Autumn / Winter onwards; I know I'd wear them both to death during the cooler months because they're so damn pretty, and also really comfortable to wear, too. 

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And finally, acrylic jewellery brand Kimchi and Coconut have released a new collection of jewellery inspired by Van Gogh's iconic paintings, and it's almost as beautiful as the original artwork. The sunflower pieces and water lilies necklace are my favourites, but the starry night brooches are gorgeous, too. You can find the whole collection here.

If you'd like to see more of the fashion pieces on my wish list, check out my style and beauty wish list boards on Pinterest. You can also find all previous Wednesday Wish List posts here.

Any favourites this week?

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Sunday Favourites #340

These are some of my favourites from the last seven days...

This strawberry cheesecake ice cream recipe from Sarah Hearts sounds delicious.

Handmade Charlotte can show you how to make these cute rainbow cupcake toppers out of macaroni.

I love these DIY pom pom garlands from A Subtle Revelry.

These DIY mini confetti print cakes from Sugar and Cloth look amazing, and so easy to make, too.

Aww Sam's frosted animal cookie ice cream bars are so damn cute.

I need this rainbow embroidery board kit by Cotton Clara in my life.

A Beautiful Mess' washable rug DIY looks like so much fun!

I love the look of this DIY dyed ombre basket from The Crafted Life.

These cross stitch patterns from Stitching Land are so pretty. I want to make them all!

I also love this alpine mountain scene cross stitch pattern from Satsuma Street.

How about brightening up your office space with Oh Joy's colourful painted dry erase board DIY?

These ultimate ice cream sandwich recipes from Handmade Charlotte look amazing. Get in my belly now!

Jasmin Charlotte's mixed media embroidery hoop is so beautiful. It's making me want to give mixed media art a try myself.

I wish I had a bearded dragon just so I could dress it up in costumes, like this great white shark costume from Pampered Beardies. How cute?!

And this hedgehog tattoo by Martyna Popiel is absolutely stunning.

Lovely Links

♥ Callie Thorpe opened up about how it really felt to be a plus size bride.

♥ Forever Amber wrote an inspiring piece about how We are all "real women"- so why do we keep insisting that some of us aren't? 

♥ Make Up Savvy shared her helpful flat lay photography troubleshooting tips.

♥ 19 people who survived getting struck by lightning show you what it does to your skin. Call me crazy, but I think there's something oddly beautiful about the scars it leaves.

♥ 29 oil paintings illustrating how people with bad eyesight see the world when they take off their glasses. As someone with very poor eye sight, I can say the artist has nailed it. Some of these are pretty spot on to how I see the world without my glasses on. Thankfully, my vision is better than some of the blurriest ones, though!

♥ 19 of the most mysterious places on Earth it's forbidden to visit. Is it weird that I've always wanted to visit Chernobyl?

♥ This poor hawk got his beak stuck in the front of a car. I love a good animal rescue story. Poor hawk.

If you'd like to see more like this, check out my Pinterest and Tumblr. You can also find all previous Sunday Favourites posts here.

Any favourites this week?

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Wednesday Wish List

These are some of the things on my wish list this week...

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Tatty Devine have just launched the most beautiful range of Autumnal nature-themed acrylic jewellery, and I'm completely smitten with the entire collection. The designs feature charming woodland critters, conkers, acorns, russet leaves, and harvest wheat, and they're absolutely stunning. For some reason, they're making me all nostalgic for Harvest Festival at primary school, and childhood Autumns scavenging for conkers. I only wish I could afford a few pieces for my Autumn wardrobe, especially the badger and harvest mouse brooches. I've wanted a badger brooch for so long!

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If you hadn't guessed by now, I'm loving Cath Kidston's new 'Otters' and 'Badgers and Friends' collections, and once again, I've fallen in love with all the new homeware pieces that have been released this week. From hedgehog planters to otter catch-all trays, badger mugs, and squirrel egg-timers, it's all so undeniably cute. I have a feeling my kitchen is going to look like The Animals of Farthing Wood threw up on it by the end of the year.

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I really like these pretty Autumnal iPhone cases from Skinny Dip, especially the sunflower print design. (Sunflowers have always been one of my favourite flowers). I can't help thinking they'd make pretty Autumn flat-lay props, too.

How amazing is this set of Little Mermaid cosmetics cases from Danielle Nicole?! I don't need any more make up bags, but OMG I want them!

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All you talented sewers out there might appreciate Vendula London's newly refurbished Sewing Shop collection, which has undergone a transformation from duck egg blue to grey denim-style vegan leather. There are six different bags, and five wallets and purses in the new collection, and while I admit I prefer the original range, I love the four styles above. They're all available to preorder now.

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And last but by no means least, these fruity enamel necklaces and earrings from Buried Diamond look like the loveliest summer accessories to wear with just about any summer outfit. I can't decide if I prefer the strawberry or the watermelon designs...

If you'd like to see more of the fashion and homeware pieces on my wish list, check out my wish list boards on Pinterest. You can also find all previous Wednesday Wish List posts here.

Any favourites this week?
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