Sweet Ideas!

I decided to start a new category on this blog called “Sweet Ideas”. I really love the idea of using old stuff and up-cycling it to make it something completely different and useful. Or even using cheap everyday items to make something that you would normally have to pay lots of money for. And I will have to thank Pinterest for this category as most of the stuff I post will be from there. I will link the pictures/ideas to their original source so you can see the whole article. ūüôā

1. Reuse old lightbulbs to make plant vases РFree People (Source link)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Up-cycling a pallet to become an outside table – Joy Ever After (Source link)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Using bread clips as electrical cord markers – Apartment Therapy (Source link)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Tic Tac container used for bobby pins – All Things Loved (Source link)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. An old oatmeal can transformed into a headband holder – Lyssa Beth (Source Link)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Old Twinings tea cans as planters РLets Drift Away (Source link)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Bread holder used as a charging station – Better Homes and Gardens (Source link)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Photoframe used as a key holder – Shelterness (Source link)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Wine barrel made into a coffee table – Bliss Event Photography (Source link)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. This one isn’t up-cycled but it’s still pretty awesome! It’s a nightstand/doghouse! –¬†Dwell (Source link)

L’amour des Lapins: My Labour of Love

I thought I might do a bit of self-advertising here and let you all know that the stationery label I’ve always wanted to start is finally up and almost running! (If you know me well enough you would have heard me talk about “wanting to start” this for the last 5 or 6 years).¬†It only took me a “few” years but yes, it’s much “anticipated” arrival is finally here. It’s called L’amour des Lapins (I’m still working on how to pronounce it properly myself. Must go to consult my French speaking cousin about this) and it literally means “love of rabbits”. Why the name? I say why not. There has been many different options for names for the label throughout the years but thanks to me being an indecisive Libra, each year I would look at the name I had, disliked it and crossed it out with disgust written over my face. I finally settled for this name because it’s the first one I can read over again and not personally hate. I worked hard to design a good logo but eventually I just wanted something to represent me and my work. Thus, the logo is just my stationery label name written in my handwriting.

Just a bit of useless info: I recently ordered a customised rubber stamp with my handwritten logo on it and it looks pretty amazing! I love that there’s a stamp with my handwriting in it, makes me feel just that tiny bit more important in my head.

So I’m still in the baby stages of my business and I’m putting off learning about all the paperwork and groundwork for building a business. I know I really should get on with that first but I just want to do the fun stuff! I’ve been up until 2-3am everyday working on the stationery for my business and right now I’m starting to feel a bit zombie-ish at this ungodly hour. It really is a labour of love. I calculated I would have to sell at least six cards an hour for eight hours a day to earn the equivalent of a minimum wage . That’s 48 cards to sell a day…so far I’ve made about thirty and that has taken me all week! I think after experiencing this, my appreciation for other designers has increased million-fold (except for those who retrieve two stock photos found on Google, paste it into Photoshop and print it out on stingy paper stock and try to sell it at $10 a card). But I am in full support of genuine artists and designers who love what they do and it shows through their work. It’s those works where you can justify to yourself why you just paid $100 for a small cushion you will never use.

Anyways, the point of this post was to tell you that I have a website and blog you can visit for L’amour des Lapins. I haven’t got an online shop yet but I’m hoping to get one set up soon. The website is incomplete by the way. It’s actually really frustrating designing and uploading websites. Did you know if you use a font that you have on your computer but the person who is visiting your site doesn’t have the font installed, your words will turn out in boring Times New Roman or worse, some ¬†unknown B-grade font therefore undoing all that hard work you put into making your website? Therefore you will have to open up a billion other programs, convert your words into an image (.gif or .png will give you a clear background) and then place it as an image onto your webpage and hope to God it doesn’t turn out blurry, which nine times out of ten it will. Then you will have to go back and keep re-saving different versions to find one that is suitable. I’m not even going to go into the uploading onto the server and FTP stuff.¬†Oh it feels so good to let go of that frustration! And that my friends, is why I haven’t completely finished my website ūüôā

You can visit the site at: www.lamourdeslapins.com¬†(I’ve even linked it so you just have to click…)

The blog is attached to the website or you can visit it at: lamourdeslapins.wordpress.com

Thanks very much for reading and I really, really appreciate your support!!!

Limits. Everybody Has One.

Today I realised.. That everyone has their limits.

There are situations where you know, deep down inside, what the right thing to do is.

You don’t do it.

Instead you’ll hold on till the bitter end when things get hairy. The uglier it becomes, the tighter your grip.

Until there’s nothing left.

We’re dancing with the beast..

Sad but true..

Hiding Behind Smiles

Sometimes the easiest things are the hardest to say

Your heart races as he enters the room. The anticipation of seeing him has had you anxious all day. As both your eyes meet, you can feel a smile across your face and your body temperature rising. Your heart is convulsively pounding out of your chest. And then he gives you a smile and you can feel your feet melt into the floor. You don’t know who he is but it takes all your courage to open your mouth and say the word “Hello”.

One year on and the two of you are the best of friends. You’ve had the best time of your life and know you want to spend the rest of your life together. There are smiles, there are tears but you’ve made it through. Your heart is aflutter and smitten. You can’t imagine life without each other and don’t ever want anything to change.

The next few years are idle. The passion has died and your heart doesn’t race quite as much as it use to. You find that tears far outweigh the smiles and arguments have replaced the affection. There is more pressure from life and you’re not sure you want to be together anymore. You’ve come so far, you don’t want to give it up. His heart is closed and yours is shattered. You’re desperate for a change.

Your heart races as he enters the room.¬†The anticipation of seeing him has had you anxious all day. As both your eyes meet, you feel the tears rush out like a river, filling up your eyes. Your heart is in pain and your mind is a mess. You don’t know who he is anymore and it takes all your courage to open your mouth and say the word “Goodbye”.

It’s so hard to say hello for the first time and goodbye for the last, yet it is too easy.

Source: Youtube

The Shoes Don’t Fit

Today I realized…

That if the shoes don’t fit when you try them on in the store, they are not going to miraculously fit a few months later after you talk yourself into buying them.

I have painful blisters and bits of rubbed-off skin.

Sad but true.

Myself At A Distance

I feel. I feel a bit lost today. At first I thought it was because I was hungry but after I ate I still felt the same.

I also have a lot of free time and when this happens I think about everything. This is bad.

I imagine what it would be like to just disappear and become anonymous in a different country. I would become an adventurer and my new friends would also be adventurers. We’d explore the most remote and dangerous parts of the world and then at night we’d sit around the camp fire, share our stories and fall asleep only to wake up to another day of more exploring. I think that this would be extremely amazing.

Then my thoughts become darker..

What would happen if I was dead. There’s a show I’ve been watching called, “Being Human”. I could be like Sally. My only friends would be other ghosts or supernatural beings. I’d possess other people and do what I like. I would be free of the ‘human condition’ and morals? What morals! Things could get crazy, really really crazy. I’m okay with this.

And then.. I start to feel sad.

I’m not ready to leave this life behind, not yet. I will one day but today I’m going to learn a new song. Link is below.

My Dysfunctional Heart

Today I realised..¬†We talk to much and we don’t listen enough, and the crazy thing about it is, is that we can change this.

Take a moment. Breath.

The world must be such a magical place for you. What would it be like to see it through you eyes.

That’s because it is. It is amazing ¬†[the world] and everyone has a story to tell.

I often enjoy lunch alone at a Japanese Restaurant in the city and I have met some amazing people. One of them was a lady by the name of Janine Sheperd and she had an awesome tale to tell.

This is Janine Sheperd http://www.janineshepherd.com/about-janine/ She is an amazing human being.

Whenever I feel like giving up I think of Janine, our conversation and her advice to me.

I’m really glad I shared my food with her.

Next time when you meet someone (and it could just be your mother), will you take the time to listen to what they have to say? Maybe ask questions and get a bit deeper.

Most people probably wont. Sad but true.. (But I hope you do.)

A song to daydream to.

Hungry Tree Kangaroo

On a trip to Melbourne Zoo I saw this tree kangaroo struggling to devour a piece of celery. It was so cute!

These animals almost never come down from the tree but this was one hungry little tree kangaroo!

Maybe if I hold it like this...

Or like this...

Eh...Too much effort to hold it!

Du Jour

I attended the Perth Upmarket last weekend at UWA and was very impressed at the handmade items for sale and glorious gourmet food on offer. If only I had my own pantry to fill with all the delicious jams, chutneys, spices and different salts! I ended up buying two cook books and they were almost two of the best I have ever bought. The one I am going to post about is called Du Jour РEasy but glamorous recipes for every occasion. The book is written and designed by Kristen Watts, Amanda Walsh and Kath Ryding with contribution from a few chefs. 

I have to confess, I do judge a book by it’s cover – literally speaking. (I’m a lover of beautiful aesthetics, I blame it on being a Libra). If it has a less than impressive cover, I will look at the title to give it a second chance. If it has an unappealing title, I will not look at it until someone recommends it to me.

In the case of Du Jour, it had me at the front cover. This picture doesn’t do it justice but the cover is shiny (metallic shiny) AND¬†tactile (the patterns have textures you can touch).

I like you, Du Jour.

The internal layout of the book is beautiful and easy to read with pretty pictures. The recipes are simple, easy to follow and not very long-winded like the ones you find in some fancy cook books. Not to mention they look and sound delicious!! I haven’t made anything from the book yet but when I do, I will be sure to write about it here!

Can't go wrong with pretty patterns and food quotes

Delicious, simple and no-fuss. Bliss!

Is It Real?

Today I realized…

We get more spam comments on here than real comments.

 

 

 

Sad but true.