Saturday, December 6, 2014

Room for a Modern Little Miss

Ive been thinking about updating my daughters nursery lately, actually the whole apartment really. Now that shes showing signs of being mobile my expertly placed clutter and decorative items all seem dangerous and with all the baby stuff everywhere the place is starting to feel chaotic.

I will be starting with our bedroom and Kirras nursery, moving furniture around and clearing out things we really dont need. In the meantime I've been dreaming about my ultimate style has changed since becoming a mother and I'm feeling a need for a more clean modern minimal look although I could never give up colour!
I started by choosing a focal piece, I found a whole bunch of beautiful pieces on the Invaluable website

I searched and searched their extensive list of paintings (Find them here and finally settled on this beautiful abstract which made me think of my daughter.

The palette for this room was lead by the painting with its rich pinks and  blue tones and pops of yellow.
I focused on bringing out the blues with a mix of natural and white furnishings and a little touch of the pinks and yellows in the bedding. The heroes of this room are without doubt the beautiful Gillian Ayres artwork, the incredibly cool cot from Incy and the gorgeous rug by Armadillo & Co

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Alfalky Workshop

I'm very very excited at the moment because I'm going to an all day make and create workshop next weekend led by the talented Alex Falkiner. I was lucky enough to win an Instagram giveaway to attend and to say I'm really looking forward to it would be an understatement! 

First of all this will be my first full day away from my daughter and I'm looking forward to being able to focus my attention on something completely for a whole day, I manage to get bits and pieces done at home but I'm never completely focused, a full interrupted day of art is such a luxury right now! Also I'm interested to see how hubby goes looking after Kirra for a full day, I'm sure he'll be fine but I'm glad he will be getting a taste of my current life (if only he could do the night feeds too!) 
Most of all I'm just busting to create, it's been nine long months without much time for my favourite hobbies and with summer coming on and the change of season in the if the timing feels so right to start making again in earnest.
I can already feel my creativity returning in anticipation, just this week I have already made my daughter 2 dresses and 4 headbands, put up the Christmas tree and done some Christmas chalk art on our front door! 

Here's is some of Alex's work..........I love her use of colour and form to create whimsical  and surprising pieces. 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Weekly Wanderings

 Ive kept my promise to myself, to start capturing every day beauty, in a more meaningful and considered way. Ive been taking photos with an open mind and a keen eye and im really pleased with the results so far. Im still taking happy snaps but amongst the happy snaps and fails are some little gems of beauty.
I cant wait to get a real camera and keep on improving, I had forgotten how photography challenges you to look at things in a different light.

Below are my most recent efforts........I think each one tells a story or captures a moment in what is, on paper, a mundane and average life................I feel as though im making life a little more beautiful for myself and my daughter by taking the time to capture these moments and appreciating the small things.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Capturing Everyday Beauty

I'm a dabbler, I like to do a bit of this and a bit of that when it comes to my craft.
I find always doing something new and coming and going from projects from day to day gives me more creative freedom and means I come back to each project with fresh eyes.........It also means I have allot of unfinished projects that tend to get forgotten!

I also get caught up in Crochet! I was hugely into crocheting a few years ago and made many many blankets for friends and family, then one day I just stopped and haven't really crocheted anything in earnest for some time.

Another of those things is Photography. I have always loved taking photos and studied it at high school and TAFE, my father is a wonderful photographer and worked in the photographic industry for many years.............we even had a dark room at home with professional enlargers and all the kit!

Since having my daughter Ive been taking more and more photos and as I flicked back through my phone one day it struck me how many beautiful moments I could have captured differently, all the photos were the same......."Happy Snaps" if you like.......perfectly fine but lacking in emotion or not quite capturing the moment in a meaningful way.

So I've made a conscious decision to start trying to capture the truly beautiful in our every day lives. The colour of children's toys, small details of my daughters face, new experiences and special private moments. I have asked for a real camera for Christmas and I really cant wait to start looking at the world through a new lens!

In the meantime I will practice on my iPhone and continue to share through Instagram........I think I can see an improvement in my images already............what do you think?