Thursday, December 27, 2012


Sarah from Sinikka Floral Design has launched her new website. It looks fantastic!
I may be biased as I happen to be on the home page at my sisters wedding.
Sarah did an amazing job for Kate's wedding. Funnily Kate showed her a few photos of events she likes which Sarah had styled, perfect.

Check it out here.

I hope you have all recovered from a big Christmas/ Boxing day! Im off for a relaxing day sailing in the sunshine!


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry Christmas

I hope you have all had a safe and wonderful Christmas!
Mine has been full of family, cooking and craft. We had lovely warm weather and no rain which was wonderful!
Christmas lunch was at my house this year. We started with 12 guests, by christmas day I had accumulated 21.
The more the merrier, I tend to over cater, we could have fed another 10!

I will slowly get my photo's up, my mum took a lot so I will have to wrangle her sim card.

This year my sister and I decided that roast food and Australian Christmas don't really match. I'm not the biggest fan of roast meats and I decided that spending two days preparing and cooking food that I didn't love was not going to fly.

After a few wines and some home made burritos we decided Mexican themed Christmas was the plan!
I purchased a great book and everything we cooked was fantastic, fresh and delicious.

You might guess from the poorly inscribed photo I got a Bamboo tablet from my dad! Thanks!
It was on my list and we have a kk system in our immediate family as we all have everything we need and christmas was getting a bit excessive, so between my parents, my sister, her husband, Alex and I we all get a name picked out of the hat and you get one gift for that person! Much easier and you can put more though into it rather than trying to find something for everyone.

Simone xoxo

Friday, December 21, 2012


Today was the last day of work for the year for me, while I still have lots to do before Christmas I am thankful work is over.... For a few weeks.
This year has been very up and down, there has been lots of challenges as well as things to celebrate.
After a massive term including me starting private work one day a week and being short staffed I am exhausted.
Tonight I am staying in. Alex has his work Christmas party so the couch, Henry cat and eggs for dinner is the plan!
It's not even 8:30 and I'm ready for bed!
Have an amazing Friday night!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Summer storms.

The start of summer has been predictably unpredictable. We have had hot, very hot, rain, wind, humidity and even snow in the mountains!
Last night was a warm windy night, perfect for sailing.
We started the race with large gusts and strong winds only to slowly limp home over the finish line with nothing more than a puff of wind and a few drops of rain.
The summer ahead will certainly be filled with sailing adventures!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Because I am a little crazy!

I think this may become a regular feature! I don't know why Christmas becomes a deadline, things must be done before Christmas or else!
Yesterday after working a 10hour day like a mad woman I insisted on starting to paint the courtyard area of our house.
Alex knowing not to protest smiled and nodded and joined my in a trip to the hardware store!
We started painting at 7pm... Lucky we have daylight saving!
We got one coat on one wall which was the trickiest as it was brick and needed a lot of paintbrush prepping and soaked up soo much paint!
I am very impressed with the result, no more salmon pink!
I will do a before and after once we have finished!


Tuesday, December 18, 2012


What a glorious sunny day! My first client cancelled so I have a leisurely morning ahead. With millions of things to do, lounging and listening to Lana Del Rey was all I desired!



Friday, December 14, 2012

Pink and gray

I have started wrapping! It really fells like Christmas now that we have the tree up and its getting hot.
I can hear the thunder rumbling ready for a summer storm after a 35 degree day!

Here is a sneak peak of my wrapping theme, if you care.. I get tres excited about wrapping!
Next year I wonder if I will go a bit more christmas themed... probably not!

I had hairy helpers (Toby and Henry). Alex was banished as they were his gifts I was wrapping!
The bigger gifts I stacked and wrapped wool around them with one pom pom in the middle. There is also a little gift in the stockings my sister and I made!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The smell of fresh Christmas tree!

The first Christmas Alex and I lived together we had a minor disagreement...
When I said let's go get a tree he thought lets go buy a fake one for $100 that will last us for years...
What I really meant was let's pay $60 for a beautiful shaped real tree that will drop stuff everywhere and will have to be sawed up to fit in the green waste bin after Christmas!
Not suprising to anyone who knows us, I won that battle.
I am like a child when it comes to trees!
Are you a real or faux tree kind of person?

This is not the tree we got. There was no way it was fitting in my hatchback or our front door! 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Colour Run

A few weeks ago a few friends and I did the colour run!
I hate running, but it was pretty fun, and colourful, and dirty!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas is coming... fast

Christmas is speeding towards us rapidly.
I have started my Christmas shopping and am planning the Christmas feast.
It will be our first christmas in our own home and we are having all the family over for lunch.
The best thing is we don't have to travel this year!

Last year on our way to Melbourne we got caught in a freak hail storm. Hail stones the size of gold balls and lemons attacked us while driving on the ring road.
Alex's car was looking pretty sad after that and I was pooped from driving!

This year we will go to my sisters in the evening which is only a few blocks away!

Friday night my sister Kate and I made an advent calendar. We used seed envelopes, letter stamps and scrtachies as the daily surprise 

Its the first tie I have had a real advent calendar and not just the ones with the cheap chocolate in them!

The hand stamping took a little while, we made two sets, one for Kate's house as well! 

We haven't won any money yet... I will let you know when we do! Fingers crossed for $10,000.

Simone xoxo

Monday, December 3, 2012

Happy 12 Months!

Today a year ago my sister Kate got married to her husband Luke.
We did soo much planning, DIYing and crafting for the wedding. It made is special and made the whole day even more fun.

The Tuesday before the wedding Kate decided she wanted a streamer backdrop that she spotted on 100 Layer Cake, check it out
Kate wanted to cover the back wall of the marquee eek!
10 meters of streamer backdrop was created. We spent a few nights in front of the TV cutting the streamers and then a crazy production line afternoon constructing the streamer wall.

It was so worth it, but I still have hot glue gun burn scars!

You can check out some of the photos on the photographers website here. Love Katie and Sarah were fabulous on the day, they were fun and blended in with the guests, I know Kate and Luke were really happy with them!


I am obsessed with Glasshouse candles. I have many, way too many!
Recently one of my candles burnt unevenly, it was passionfruit and lime candle which I was loving.
I emailed glasshouse and they promptly sent me a replacement, plus a body bar, delicious!
Great customer service. I have never had any issues with my other candles.

I have also just purchased the white christmas candle, so lovely!