Welcome to my blog. Here's where I write about ~

~ my favourite items made by other artists and crafters from all over the world

~ things that inspire me

~ thoughts of the day

~ general ramblings and ... my own creations. enjoy...

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Balayge and Ombre ... what the ??

So, every time I go to the hairdressers in Townsville it's LOADS of fun... Seeing the great staff ... being pampered with a latte ... catching up on the latest trends in Vogue... In Style Magazine and Harpers Bazaar and leaving with a fab new hairdo!

Well, besides reading up on the latest Celebrity Gossip and fashion trends, THIS time I found out about 2 new hairstyles as well that still have me scratching my head.

First, you need some background ... Since it had been 3 months (yes ... 3 months !!) since my last visit, my roots were pretty ordinary as you can imagine.  I had been dying to get to the hairdressers to 'correct' my hideous tresses.  Quite offhandedly, the hairdresser told me not to worry,  and that people are actually PAYING to get that look ???  Excuse me ???

So then, HERE is what they call Balayage ... it's a technique whereby when the hair is 'coloured' it's swept with the colour vertically BUT, it's only on the FRONT of the hair so it creates a 'sunkissed' look  ... hmmm...  looks like re-growth to me ...


Erin Wasson shows off the Balayage hairstyle





or ... there's also Ombre ... which is slightly different.  It's basically gradual lightening of the hair strands ... dark roots to lighter on the ends ... definitely looks like re-growth to me !!!


Drew Barrymore trying out the Ombre look ... hmmm looks like my 'old "do" ' ...


I'm still not sure why someone would pay for that look ... MUST be showing my age ... oh well...
Have a great week - whatever your hair looks like !
xx

~  crowning glory ~

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The wonderful work of June ...

Today I want to introduce you to the lovely work of June from Nancy Jeannie Handmade on Facebook.  June shares a love for sewing and all things vintage.

I hope you have a coffee so you can sit down and enjoy June's Story ...


My daughter and I wanted to do something to showcase our passion for sewing, so we ventured into the online world and started our facebook page in February 2012.




I have been sewing nearly all my life starting as a small child on my grandmother's knee with the old treadle sewing machine hemming hankies.

Nancy Jeannie is part of Mum's name, hence the name of our facebook site.  She did a lot of patching and re-used fabric from some of her clothes.  Once she made me a costume from part of her wedding dress.  I LOVED it !


handbag and fascinator for the races




blue clutch


Making handbags if my first love and making clothes for my daughter Vanessa and 6 grand children brings me great joy.  I'm inspired by colours in nature and love birds.  We are very fortunate to live in a place where we have an abundance of both.

floral tote


June makes gorgeous coin purses

I have met many wonderful artisans since joining facebook and they continue to inspire me.


inside June's Studio

LOVE the say June uses vintage patterns and fabrics

Winnie the model ...


I think this one is sold ...



gorgeous kids clothing
custom listings are available


find June on Facebook

~  inspiration for Sunday  ~







Thursday, March 13, 2014

the most important invention in the kitchen ... what will it be ???

today ... we have a quizz ...

what do you think is the best invention in your kitchen that has EVER happened ???

the mix master ?


humble grater ???

toaster ???


can opener ???




potato peeler ???




what about wonderful refrigeration ??? and freezers ???


well... they're all great inventions ... BUT there's still something that beats ALL of them hands down ... can you guess ???




.... keep scrolling ...






.. bit longer ...




... yep ...

... you got it ...












RUNNING WATER !!!!!
TODAY we had a little 'plumbing problem' here and let me tell you girls ... running water is the most necessary thing we have in our house !!!

Good news is - the problem is now fixed {thank you amazing husband} ... and we can have showers tonight !!! yay !!

~ enjoy your day ~

ps. images via Pinterest ...

Sunday, March 2, 2014

mirror mirror ... bragging night

... tonight I'm doing a bit of bragging ... my day started with discovering that our computer monitor {for our main computer the office} was not working !!!!! nooooooo ... my whole LIFE is on here !!!  I tested it different ways during the day then gave up and went and grouted some things. 

Later on I decided to give it another go and found that there was a problem with a power source so 'et voila' our monitor is working !!!! yay !!!  I really should be getting paid more {note to self ... tell husband to pay more .. hmmm}  since I AM 'tech support' out here on out cattle property and can't STAND it when things go wrong with the computer, so am feeling quite proud of myself at this moment ...

{French Vintage} Mirror Mirror leaning on the wall ... who is the smartest mummy of all ???

... and here's the results of my hard labour this afternoon ... enjoy .... {listing soon in my Etsy Store}


mosaic trivet








































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