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STYLE: Amy Butler Tunic

Amy Butler Tunic23 weeks

After Christmas my parents came to visit for a few fantastic days. While they were here, Mum, my sister-in-law and I went exploring some new shops in town and discovered this gorgeous fabric and homewares shop, Finders Keepers.

While we were browsing the many beautiful things in the shop I found this pattern by Amy Butler, who is a favourite fabric designer of mine. I just had to bring it and some pretty fabric home to make a ‘maternity’ top while my mum was visiting and able to give me some tips along the way.

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I also made a longer dress version out of some linen fabric that I picked up at a garage sale. I love how it turned out with a slight vintage feel.

Amy Butler Tunic Dress

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DIY Wooden Letter Sign

MikaelaBeth DIY Wooden Sign

Over the past 18 months I have been attending the occasional market promoting my business, MikaelaBeth. At first I started with just a laminated sign with my logo pinned to the front of the table, but I wanted something more… and this is what I came up with.  A sign like this would be perfect for so many different purposes – at a wedding, in a kid’s room, for Christmas etc.

Here’s how you can create your own:

MikaelaBeth Maket Stand SignYou’ll need:
Wooden Letter (these are the one’s I used)
Spray Paint in your chosen colour (I used White Knights ‘Magenta’)
Tiny Screw Eyes
Drill
1mm Drill Bit
String

MikaelaBeth Sign

In a well ventilated area or outside give your letters a coat or two of paint until completely covered, allow drying time between coats and before turning over to paint the other side.

When the stain is completely dry, plug in your drill, hold it like a gun, and rev it a few times (just for fun).

Next grab your 1mm drill bit, and drill holes in the top of each letter. For narrow letters drill one hole in the top center, and for wide letters (like M or K) you’ll want two holes in the top so they hang straight.
After drilling, twist a screw eye into each hole.

Lay the letters out on the floor in the correct order and space them the way you want them to hang. Unwind a length of string long enough to connect all the letters, plus a bit extra on each end.

Thread each letter onto the string one and at a time, knotting them in place. Make sure the letters are spaced evenly as you go along. If a letter hangs crooked, you can twist the screw eye to adjust the angle.

Here it is in place on my market stand and I love how it looks.

MikaelaBeth DIY Wooden Sign

 

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2014 begins….

2014 Begins

I may be off to a late start this year but I am looking forward to getting stuck into the new year and all the things that it’s going to bring with it!

Over 4 weeks of spending good fun, quality time with friends and family, lot’s of driving, beach holidays, music teaching training, birthday parties, Ultrasounds and getting my husband ready for work again. ‘Christmas’ really has been so much fun and I have enjoyed every moment of it.

Today I have finally been able to sit down in my office and get a few thoughts together and start to make some sense of the disorganised dumping ground it has become over the past month….

One thing that jumped off my phone screen while browsing my Instagram feed one day was the above 5 goals. Lorna Jane had posted the image and I have decided to make those 5 things my ‘New Years Revolution’.

 

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Bump Style: 20 weeks

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Half way milestone has been reached. Wow.

Over the last couple weeks my belly has grown so much! (I’ve been told that it doesn’t stop from here on either…)

Now that I’m really starting to ‘show’ (and not just look like I’ve eaten too much for lunch) I’m enjoying wearing some of my firmer fitting tops that accentuate the growing bump mixed in with the loose flowy items which have been my primary wardrobe recently.20140112-230331.jpg

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Bump Style – 15 weeks

This is the perfect casual sunday outfit for brunch and a leisurely drive along the back country roads.

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Necklace can be purchased here

My husband had a unexpected day off, we celebrated by driving up to Murrurundi to have a late breakfast at a gorgeous cafe. There is a pretty little nursery attached to the cafe and I ended up buying a couple of indoor pot plants to assist with my goal of freshening up the house and to bring some extra life indoors.  It was a perfect sunny morning and so nice to be out and about.

Bump Style 15 wksI am 15 weeks pregnant  – and not much of a bump yet… although I did get my first ‘belly rub’ from a friend while out to dinner last night!

DSC_8970I’ve enjoyed reading snippets of what the baby’s doing and how big it is. This week it is about the size of an orange! 11cm long from crown to rump.

 

 

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9 DIY Christmas Decorations

I love this time of year. Full of celebration and happy times.

Also its a good excuse to have a change and redecorate! personally I love to rearrange furniture and change things around in my house as its a fun way to clean up and declutter without making that the main project which isn’t near so fun.

I’m in the process of getting out my christmas decorations and thinking about making some new ones. Here’s a collection of DIY Christmas decorations that I love.

DIY Christmas Decorations

1. Porcelain Holiday Tree Lights 2. DIY Christmas Crackers 3. Confetti Bursts
4. Petal Drops 5. Christmas Cake Topper 6. Bottle Brush Trees
7. Mini Tree Advent Calendar 8. Twirling Trees  9. Modern Paper Ornaments

 

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