Saturday, December 31, 2011


champagne on beach


This image encapsulates how I feel right now…




Reflecting on the year that has been…

Twilight moon


…and – as a new day dawns - looking forward to the year ahead!




Happy New Year! 

May it be a blessed and happy one for each and every one of you!

Hugs in abundance!  Vikki xoxoxoxo

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Snapshots of Christmas Eve… and a winner!

Thank you so much to everyone who left comments in my last post!  I was delighted that you dropped by and very much enjoyed reading your beautiful messages!  I tried to get around to responding to everyone but ran out of time… so if you have not yet heard from me - Merry Christmas to you too!!!!


I’ve had the camera dangling from my neck all day and thought I’d share some snapshots of my day with you…


It’s been very hot and humid in Melbourne so the hours spent in the kitchen were purely out of love!!

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Gluten free glittery chocolate goodness with the help of some (edible) magic fairy dust!

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Sweet vintage china tea cups filled with jelly

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One gorgeous pooch jingling her festive collar!

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Last-minute gift handed out to a friend… (pattern by Bronwyn Hayes of Red Brolly)

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A visit from Santa-in-sunnies, as he headed down our street today dishing out lollies (sweets/candy) for the local children!

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Giveaway winner… 72 comments all itemised and put in to a festive box for my ‘Little Christmas Pudding’ to choose a number from:

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Congratulations to comment no: 53 posted by the gorgeous Anna over at Anna Rosa Designs!

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And now my Little Pudding is in bed it is time to relax, enjoy the carols and wait for Santa to arrive! 

Xmas eve candle

Merry Christmas everybody!!!!!!!! 

With love and warm wishes!  Vikki xo


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Simply Christmas guest post and giveaway!

It’s my absolute pleasure today to be guest posting over at Kerryanne’s gorgeous Shabby Art Boutique and playing along with Simply Christmas

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Have you been playing along with Simply Christmas too?  If you ever need to top up your “Christmas-cheer-mometer”, then Kerryanne’s boutique is certainly the place to be!!  Alongside Kerryanne’s inspirational posts full of ideas, tutorials and  festive gorgeousness, has been a plethora of eye-candy provided by some amazingly talented bloggers who have joined in with Kerryanne’s ‘linky’ parties.  Not to mention the wonderful guest posters’ who have offered-up fantastic tutorials and giveaways over the last few weeks!

When Kerry invited me to be a guest poster I decided that a Christmas stocking would be the ideal tutorial to offer in this, the final week of Advent.

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This basic stocking can be sewn in just a couple of hours, and I’ve provided ideas for embellishment should you have a bit more time to spare!  Just head on over here for my tutorial!

A Simply Christmas giveaway…

I am giving away one of my finished stockings!  This one here, with the gorgeous ‘red robin’ button designed and hand-painted by Barb Smith of Theodora Cleave.

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To enter, just leave me ONE comment on this post.  I am happy to ship anywhere in the world!  I will draw the winner at 12.00 noon (Melbourne time) on Christmas Eve. 

This giveaway is now closed and a winner will be announced later on today!!

Happy creating!

Vikki xo  Smile

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas decor…

Can you believe we’re in the final week of Advent?!  For those of you who answered a resounding NO!… then I’m right there with you!

I’ve spent the past few weeks re-painting our downstairs living area, making gifts for loved ones, participating in school excursions, making copious lists of everything I still want to achieve, and getting over the bump of an illness hurdle. 

But!   It’s all coming together and I’m winning!  How about you??

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Would you like see how Mr Suds and I have redecorated our lounge room?

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Here is the ‘before’:

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…and After!

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I love having white paintwork.  Since moving in to our home seven years ago, we have lived with the happy yellow walls and doors.  But it just clashed with everything!  The house is so much more serene now and my mind feels clear.

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I got some bargains on EBay including the wicker chair above !  It sure pays to shop around… and it gives you more ideas too!

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I love these Jim Shore ornaments, this year I added the Santa Kitty cat to our collection… again, another bargain purchased on EBay.

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I bet you could never guess where I purchased this dresser?!  You got it!  I should be on commission here shouldn’t I?!!

I hope you enjoyed the brief tour!  I’m going to return to my sewing now but I’ll be back again tomorrow with something special to share with you all!

Festive hugs!  Vikki xo  Smile


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