Sunday, 20 May 2018

Sunday Favourites #328

Hey guys,

I hope you're having a lovely weekend so far. I'm just having another lazy one at home, doing lots of crafting, and of course, putting together this week's Sunday Favourites for you. I hope you enjoy it.

I love these colourful works of art from Starla Michelle Halfmann.

These mini funfetti cheesecake bites from Faith Food Family Fun look so delicious.

I'm loving this DIY framed candy feature from Damask Love.

This DIY beret make over from Oh Happy Day is so cute.

Hobbycraft can show you how to make a fat-quarter notebook cover.

I really like the mint storage coffee table upcycle from Oh Joy. I could do with something like that for my craft supplies.

These fun DIY patterned paper planters from Maritza Lisa.

Aww Sam's apartment is soooo beautiful. I need that pink sofa!

These funky DIY 80's inspired soap bars from A Kailo Chic Life

These embroideries by Ell Violet are absolutely stunning.

Pretty pastel homemade candy wafers from Sprinkle Bakes.

I love the colourful Palm Spring inspired doors in Kelly Golightly's laundry room.

Look how cute these ice cream cone cupcakes from Studio DIY are!! I want to make some.

This print, developed from a handmade papercut by Jessica Baldry, is so beautiful.

Oh Joy's floral dining room is super pretty.

Lovely Links

♥ This post from It's Little Lauren: Depression; why it's never too late to seek help.

♥ Georgina of She Might Be Loved wrote a helpful post about bras for chronic pain.

♥ Think blogging is dead? I'd recommend reading this post from And Roses: 6 reasons while blogging will always be important.

♥ Scientists have found new deep sea species in seas off Java. The little crab in the first photo is so cute!

♥ A family realise their pet dog is a black bear after it doesn't stop growing. They thought it was a mastiff. How stupid can you get?!

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.

What were your favourite parts this week?

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Erstwilder Australiana Brooches

I've always loved Australia's weird and wonderful wildlife, so when Aussie jewellery brand Erstwilder released a new Australiana brooch collection, a couple of weeks ago, I was instantly smitten with the whole collection.

The Australiana collection is made up of nine resin brooches of Australia's native flora and fauna, and like all Erstwilder jewellery, have been designed by skilled artists in Melbourne and handmade from layered resin.

So far, I've collected four of them. In the space of a week. After initially intending to purchase just one. Don't look at me like that; I couldn't help myself; the designs were just too cute!

Today, I thought I'd give you a little peek at the Australiana brooches (and a few others I've collected this year) because I know many of you love novelty jewellery and Erstwilder brooches as much as I do.

First up is Spiney Seedling, an adorable brown marbled echidna poking his head out of a purple marbled flower pot that's been sweetly decorated with a glittery flower and leaves. Isn't it cute? Echidnas are one of my favourite Aussie animals, so I just couldn't resist him. I mean, how often do you see an echidna brooch? Even in Australia, that must be a rarity. The flower pot is giving off garden vibes, so I think he'll look great worn with florals for spring. (Ground-breaking).

Nifty Numbat, surprisingly, has turned out to be my favourite of the four I purchased- surprising as I was drawn more to the echidna and antechnius mouse online. It's the cutest little critter, made from magenta, pearl, and beige textured resin, and hand-painted little details. He's a little smaller than the others, but what he lacks in size, he makes up for in character and uniqueness. It's a hot pink numbat, for fuck sake! I don't know about you, but I've never seen a numbat brooch before (come to think of it, I've never seen a numbat in real life, either, but man, are they cute!), so I couldn't resist snapping him up, mostly so that I could say I have a numbat in my brooch collection.

My third purchase from the collection, was the adorable An-tea-chinus Mouse; a little brown antechinus sitting in a pastel pink rose-print tea cup. So much cuteness! I love the marbling to the little critter and the tattoo-style flowers on the cup, and the pastel colours are perfect for spring. I'll be pinning him on to all the pastel outfits I can this season. I'd never even heard of an antechinus before I saw this brooch (a rare moment for this animal lover, I can tell you!); but I now know it's a small marsupial that resembles a mouse, and it's adorable. Especially when they're sitting in pastel pink tea cups in brooch form.

I was so pleased with my first three Erstwilder Australiana brooches, that I tracked down the sold out Royal Reeler kingfisher brooch soon after their arrival from UK stockist Kitty Kat Accessories. (They've now sold out, so I've linked to The Midget Gem). I've always loved kingfishers, and I just had to have the beautiful Royal Reeler in my collection. He has the most stunning azure-blue marbled head and body, with marbled grey wing feathers, a matte orange breast, a textured silver beak, and iridescent markings on his face. He's a beauty. I think he'll go with just about everything in my summer wardrobe, and will be perfect for walks down by the river in the summer. I have to admit, I've never seen a kingfisher in real life, and I didn't realise Australia actually have kingfishers (besides kookaburras) like we do in the UK, so Erstwilder have even taught me a thing or two with this collection.

The Australiana collection also features five other brooches, including a wombat, bat, kookaburra, frilled lizard, and a kangaroo paw plant, and they're available from Erstwilder now. You can also buy them from UK stockists Daisy Park, Glitterally, Kitty Kat Accessories, Lottie & Lu, and The Midget Gem which should save you a few pennies on shipping and tax charges if you're in the UK.

I only discovered the UK stockists a couple of months ago, so while I've lusted after Erstwilder jewellery for years, my collection is still very small as I could never justify the shipping charges from Australia. My collection only began in March, when I picked up four of their Christmas brooches on sale, and I thought I'd give you a peek at them today, too. I wanted to show you them sooner, but I couldn't dedicate a post to Christmas brooches in spring without looking like a crazy woman.

I fell in love with last year's entire Erstwilder Christmas collection in December, but couldn't afford to treat myself at the time, so when I stumbled up on them on sale in March, I knew I had to snap a few up to wear during future Christmases. I've always wanted some Christmas jewellery in my life. I started with 'The Christmas Cardinal', a beautiful red cardinal resting on a sprig of holly, and 'Mary's Bells', a pair of pearlescent bells decorated with red, pink, and yellow designs and a glittery green bow, both of which I bought from Lottie & Lu for £14.95 each. I was so impressed with them, I wasted no time in buying 'To Be Jolly', a glittery green and white snow-draped Christmas tree decorated with a rainbow of baubles which was £15.00 from Daisy Park, along with a second for my Mum who fell in love with mine on delivery. A couples of weeks later, I then tracked down 'Kiss Me Kindly', a big sprig of holly wrapped with a glittery white bow, from Glitterally for £24.95, which had to be my favourite from last Christmas' collection. It's gorgeous and so festive. I paid full price for it, but I love it so much it was worth every penny. I know I'll be accessorising all of my festive outfits with them for many Christmases to come. I love them even more than the Australiana collection, and can't wait to wear them all this December- only seven more months to go before I can break them out!

So, that is my little Erstwilder collection, and what I fear is the beginning of a very large Erstwilder collection in the making... I say that as I've already added a few more to it this morning from the amazing new South American Socialites range that came out today. I couldn't resist! You're just going to have to wait and see which pieces I picked up, but I will say one of them is a tapir (my favourite animal, OMG!!), and the South American critters look even cuter than their friends down under. Keep an eye on my Instagram over the next week, as I'll likely share photos of them on my Insta stories as soon as they arrive, before I get them on the blog. In the mean time, you guys need to go check that new collection out! Trust me, you're going to love them!

Which brooch is your favourite? Do you have any Erstwilder jewellery in your collection or your eye on any pieces at the moment?

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Wednesday Wish List

This week, I've mostly been lusting after all the quirky jewellery, so this week's wish list is packed full of fun, novelty accessories that I hope you'll love as much as I do.

Erstwilder will be releasing a South American Socialites jewellery collection tomorrow, and have been sharing teasers of some of the new pieces on social media all week. I'm already obsessed with the anteater, chinchilla, and macaw, and the axolotl is adorable, too. I'll definitely be needing these guys in my collection. Apparently there will be twelve pieces in the range in total, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed one of them will be a tapir. (My fave animal). The collection will be available form Erstwilder tomorrow, UK stockists Glitterally and Kitty Kat Accessories from 6am, and Lottie & Lu from 6:30am. You should also be able to find them from Daisy Park  in the UK, but I haven't heard news of when yet.

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Etsy brand Robotic Cookie make the most adorable jewellery from polymer clay. I love these little birdie earrings and necklaces, especially the cockatiels and macaws.

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Kimchi & Coconut's acrylic jewellery designs never fail to amaze me. Just look at all of these beauties! I think my favourites are the macaw and the Hot Springs macaque necklaces. 

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I'm loving these acrylic necklaces and brooch from Acrylic Asylum, especially the humpback whales. The best part is that the brand are donating 10% of sales from their Marine Life jewellery collection to the British Divers Marine Life Rescue, a charity of volunteers who are dedicated to rescuing marine life like whales, dolphins, porpoises, and seals around the UK. If that's not worth a purchase, I don't know what is.

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I stumbled up on another Australian jewellery brand this week called Broochaholic, who make the most beautiful laser-cut acrylic jewellery by hand, like these gorgeous bird brooches. I'm particularly smitten with the lovebirds and galah, but I may just have to build a brooch aviary and collect them all.

And I'm also loving this sweet ice cream cone bunting necklace from Sugar & Vice, which has been made from laser cut wood and acrylic. It would be perfect paired with sundresses on hot summer days.

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

What's on your wish list this week? Have any of these pieces captured your heart?

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Sunday Favourites #327

Apparently it's Sunday again, so that means it's time for another one of those Sunday Favourites post things I've been known to do around these parts..

These adorable double scoop ice cream cone cookies from The Sprinkle Factory.

I love Bliss Makes' idea for turning fruity pouches in to tropical DIY planters.

A Kailo Chic Life's DIY confetti ice bucket would be perfect for life's celebrations.

I want to make this DIY giant tassel wall hanging from A Beautiful Mess- although, I'd probably make mine super colourful, naturally.

Maritza Lisa's DIY terrazzo wall art looks so eye-catching.

These DIY ice cream earrings from The Glitter in My Tea are amazing! They'd be so perfect for summer.

How cute is this handmade puppy vase from Hesukinae?! If they added a black patch over one eye, and some white to one of its ears, it could be Rosie.

This earl grey cake pavlova from Coco Cake Land looks so delicious.

I really like this Groovy Garden floral art print from Oh Joy. So pretty.

A Subtle Revelry's churro ice cream recipes all look amazing. Get in my belly.

I adore these lovely embroidery kits from Hawthorne Handmade. I may need to get my hands on one or two.

I kinda wanna make this DIY retro Lazy Susan from Sugar & Cloth.

I'm loving this cactus print from Maggie Magoo Designs.

I would love to get my hands on these modern cross stitch kits from Floss and Mischief, especially the pretty toucan kit.

Aww Sam's stuffed peppers sound soooo good.

Aren't these hand-cut paper sculptures by Lisa Lloyd absolutely amazing?! The detail is incredible.

Lovely Links

Amy, The Curvaceous vegan, wrote a relatable post about body shamers and feeling confident in the summer weather.

♥ A reminder not to judge other people's fashion choices by Hayley Hall. A post that everybody should read.

Georgina of She Might Be Loved wrote two great post about body confidence and self love: don't just survive this summer, thrive!, and  isn't it time you loved yourself more?

I loved Emma's post featuring ten of the most Instagrammable places in Cornwall.

♥ People are sharing the names they call their pets instead of the original names, and it's hilarious. I used to have a guinea pig called Diesel, but for some reason I usually called her Bug. I can't even remember why I started calling her that. She was also known as my Squeaky Little Afro With Feet, because she had long wavy black fur (she was a texel) and looked like an afro with feet.

If you'd like to see more stuff like this, come say hello on Pinterest and Tumblr. You can also find all previous Sunday Favourites posts here.

Have a great day!

What did you enjoy most this week?
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