Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A New Years Eve List

Chamomile and Peppermint Blog- A New Years Eve List


I have a little personal New Years tradition whereby I steal a few moments to myself on New Years Eve to write a list. My list consists of two parts - "Thank You" and "Wishes."

"Thank You" is where I write all the things I am grateful for from the past year - the health and happiness of my family, friends and my own; the blessing of children; the opportunities I have been given; amazing new people I have met; the good times with the people I have known a long time; my gratitude for living in a country like this - and the choices it gives me in life; learning experiences - both hard and beautiful; that caterpillars didn't get the fruit on my mini-peach tree this year....

"Wishes" is where I write my wishes and hopes for the coming year - and on retrospect it always looks kinda the same! the health and happiness of my family, friends and my own; etc, etc, but maybe a little more personal or specific in regards to goals or the people I wish happiness for if they have had a particularly bad year.

It is both cathartic and readjusting. It puts things into perspective - highlights the positives and reminds me that the little things are not important - that the big picture is all about your happiness and the happiness of those around you and that we should be grateful for this. I'm not a religious soul however I think that this is the same as praying - you stop for a moment and put it all out into the universe - and I think that's powerful.

Do you have a way to say goodbye to the old year and hello to the new? I'd love to hear about it.

I wish to thank everyone for their support and kindness this year. I hope with all my heart that you learn't some amazing things in 2013 and that 2014 brings you, your family and friends all the health and happiness in the world.

Much love,

                                Emma xxx

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Guest Post - Lou's DIY Feather Lampshade Makeover


My friend, Lou, recently got a bit frisky 
with a feather boa and some spray adhesive!

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"Now there are many things I like, but two in particular are feather boas and mood lighting. Four years ago I found a way to bring these two together and make it work. Unfortunately, after four years, this DIY needed a replacement. My partner is a bit of a handyman and is doing his own DIY in the middle of our living area. My poor lamp was covered in plaster and saw dust, not to mention four years of household dust! This forced me into grabbing 4 black boas, the can of spray glue, rubber gloves and the lamp in the living room. I was really getting over red and looking forward to going dark. There is one point where it almost looks like a plucked chook! I’m happy with the outcome and now I can bring in a black accent throughout the room. 

Cheers! Lou"





Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A Merry Christmas for 2013

It has crept up oh so quietly this year and suddenly sprung upon us, tinsel and tissue paper aplenty. 

This year we celebrated early - 
hubby went away to work yesterday and so our Christmas was celebrated on Saturday. 
A table on the lawn, big umbrella, two Webber's filled with ham and pork and roast veggies radiating heat into the already 32 degree day. 

Bonkers. 

Champagne, croissants and present opening at 8am lessened the impact. 
Toasted by lunch and on the lounge by 3pm - watching new episodes of Australian "Grand Designs", 
everyone either an expert in architecture or nodding off to sleep. 

I love a lazy Christmas - food, drink, family and laughter. 

With too many cooks in the kitchen to start with but lunch somehow always late (8am champagne doesn't help). Toys and wrapping paper tripping you up and babes starting off in pretty new dresses and ending up under the hose in the nude because its just too damn hot. 
A boxing day of reading new books, swimming in the creek, and grazing on left-overs, fruit cake and cuppa's (and maybe another drink, because it the holidays, you know?). 

This is a snapshot of our Christmas and I love it....what do you do?


                             Emma xxx


Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - A Merry Christmas for 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

A recycled DIY Christmas Wreath

I recently had yet another room rearrange when I created Stella's vintage inspired kids corner and was left with a few items I had to find new homes for. 

Previously this corner housed a low bookcase, atop which sat a vase filled with tortured willow used as a wishing tree for our wedding

I couldn't find another home for the vase and its contents and so decided to recycle it into a christmas wreath - something new from something old! Love it. 

So I soaked the willow in the bath for a couple of hours to try to make it a bit more pliable and easier to work with. I had a wooden hoop stashed away and with  some fine wire and a pair of pliers I wound the willow around the shape of the hoop and held it in place with the wire. 
I started with the thicker base pieces and kept a pair of secateurs on hand to shorten pieces if they were about to snap or didn't naturally follow the shape of the hoop.

I was happy with the plain willow however decided to decorated it with some lovely dried garlic flowers I had bought from the local fruit & veg farm recently but were looking a bit country kitch in a vase on their own. I cut them short and just stuck them through the willow. 

Whilst looking for some christmassy ribbon in my sewing box, I found this cute pale pink pom pom edging and along with a little wooden reindeer ornament I think the results are much gentler than the traditional bright reds and greens yet still full of cheer.

And the cost = $0 - this was made from items I already had around the house.

What have you made or recycled this Christmas?

Emma xxx


Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - DIY recycled Christmas Wreath




Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - DIY recycled Christmas Wreath


Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - DIY recycled Christmas Wreath



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - DIY recycled Christmas Wreath







Saturday, December 14, 2013

Music Review - London grammar



Ok, now im no music reviewer, but sometimes I come across an albulm where I'm blown away by every song. 

London Grammar's debut album "If You Wait" is one of those.
The hauntingly beautiful voice of lead singer Hannah Reed hits raw emotions, and sounds like it should belong to someone of a bygone era, not a 23 yr old modern Londonite. 

Coupled with great lyrics, lilting keyboard (Dot Major) and gorgeous creacendos of sound (Dan Rothman on guitar), this is one to listen to loud in the bath, lights off, candles and a glass of wine. 

You'll find yourself closing your eyes to experience the sound better. 
Yep, its one of those.
Buy it.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Something New From Something Old - DIY Giant Rag Rug Floor Cushion

A recent addition to Stella's vintage inspired kids drawing corner (see post) is this little reading nook. I took an old rag rug and some badly faded floor cushions and created the perfect giant rag rug floor cushion!


DIY Giant Rag Rug Floor Cushion


What You Will Need - 

  • Large floor cushion insert - I used 2 x 60cm cushions together to add dimension
  • A rag rug - in dimensions large enough to wrap around your insert and overlap 
  • A large upholstery needle
  • Strong wool or upholstery thread

I simply folded the rug around the cushions like I would wrap a present. I folded the two long edges together at the bottom and sewed all along this line first. Then I folded each of the sides in - envelope style - and sewed along these lines. As rag rugs are multiple colours and a little messy anyway, perfection does not matter too much (my sort of project). 

And voila! Something new from something old and a new little nook for my little one to enjoy. 


Emma xxx

Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Something New From Something Old - DIY Giant Rag Rug Floor Cushion

Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Something New From Something Old - DIY Giant Rag Rug Floor Cushion

Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Something New From Something Old - DIY Giant Rag Rug Floor Cushion





Sunday, December 8, 2013

Interior Inspirations - Indigo Obsession Blog

For those with a passion for their home space, take a look at my clever sister, Lucy's, blog Indigo Obsession. She has loads of pics of her own beautiful home and of other inspiring blogs and sites. 
The photos below are all her own home - inspired by a neutral and blue colour palate, with a touch of  ethnic, elegant and country accents, she has a beautiful, timeless, calming style that feels as amazing as it looks. 

Emma xxx









Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Interior Inspirations - Indigo Obsession Blog - Bay Window Seat




Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Interior Inspirations - Indigo Obsession Blog - Love wall




Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Interior Inspirations - Indigo Obsession Blog - moroccan tea set



 

Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Interior Inspirations - Indigo Obsession Blog - grey and white fireplace




Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Interior Inspirations - Indigo Obsession Blog - blue grey dining room




Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Interior Inspirations - Indigo Obsession Blog - pretty containers






Thursday, December 5, 2013

Vintage Inspired Kids Corner

Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Vintage Inspired Kids Corner


My little possum was in desperate need of a little drawing nook. So nanny decided to look for some little chairs and came across a lovely pair at Brunswick Heads that were in desperate need of a little TLC. A little sanding and a fresh coat of paint and they were looking gorgeous. 

Instead of waiting to come across a little wooden table, I though "how hard could it be to knock one together?" Well, I discovered I'm in serious need of a little woodwork 101 (and that its time to expand my toolkit from screwdriver, sander, jigsaw and drill - yay! Bunnings, here we come!), however the result if you look from a distance is not too bad, a little wonky maybe, but that adds charm....doesn't it?.....intentional of course. A coat of homemade chalk paint and dipped legs and we have a set.

The following touches included a vintage wall hanging with pockets that was mine as a child, a rug to define the area, a draw! pilgrim poster and some handmade paper geo-shapes. I'm a little pleased with the results, but my possum is over the moon! She draws here, eats here, reads here, talks to teddy here, and all for a couple of days work and a lot of bargains! I will draw up a DIY tutorial for the table shortly so keep your eyes on this space.

Emma xxx




Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Vintage Inspired Kids Corner




Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Vintage Inspired Kids Corner







Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Shop Local - Raggedy Anne Boutique in Kingscliff


Shop Local - Raggedy Anne Boutique in Kingscliff fashion frankie
Clockwise from top left: Tee Dress $79.95, A collection of vintage dresses, A collection of cure stocking fillers, Frankie 2014 calendar, Tartan shirt dress $89.95, Status Anxiety Clip Purses $39.95





A friend recently posted a sign on facebook encouraging people to support local business by buying christmas gifts close to home. For those of us who live in small towns, it is the local businesses that contribute to the ambience of such places. They are run by our next door neighbours, not large corporations, and many in turn like to support small local designers by stocking their goods. There is usually more individually in such gifts, never more so than in a darling little clothing boutique in Kingscliff, NSW called Raggedy Anne. I asked Rosie a few questions about her dream shop to share with you...



1. Tell us a little bit about your shop...
Raggedy Anne is a small beachside boutique in Kingscliff, specialising in ladies Australian designer fashion, pre-loved and retro clothing, and quirky hand made accessories. 

2. How did you choose a name?
It was one of my favourite childhood golden books.

3. What do you look for when choosing stock?
Anything different - whether it be the cut of a garment, or the yardage. It has to stand out and say "here I am". 

4. What brands will people find there?
The Cassette Soicity, One Teaspoon, Mad Love, State of Georgia, All About Eve, Toi et moi, Fair Ground are just a few of my favs.

5. What sort of people do you meet instore?
People just like me -  they want to be a individual and communicate that through what they wear. People who enjoy hand made crafts and cute accessories. People who appreciate being unique and enjoy it. 

6. What do you love most about owning your own shop?
Having a dream and making it come true. Ive always wanted my own shop, to marry all the thing I love and put them in a shop and have other people like them too. Its totally a dream come true.



Show Rosie a little love by popping in to say hi (2/38 Marine Pde Kingsliff, NSW) or follow her here on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RaggedyAnneBoutique


Emma xxx



Shop Local - Raggedy Anne Boutique in Kingscliff fashion

Clockwise from top left: One Teaspoon Crop Top, A selection of gorgeousness, Quay Sunnies $29.95, One Teaspoon shorts $99.


Sunday, December 1, 2013

2013 Must Have Summer Sunnies, Shoes & Swimwear

It's that time of year again -  the sun is shining, there is heat in the air and in the lucky country we like to get around in next-to-nothing to survive. Survival, of course, also requires looking pretty damn gorgeous, so here are a few seriously scrumptious and summer ready outfits that will get you through.

One piece swimsuits and structured bikinis are still trending heavily this year (great for all shapes and sizes), as are retro wooden clog sandals, neon and gorgeous prints. Which combo do you like the best?

Emma xxx



2013 Must Have Summer Sunnies, 
Shoes and Swimwear  No.1


1. Ray-Ban 'Clubmaster' $141.95 - Vision Direct
2. Windsor Smith 'Gadget' Tan Sandals $99.95 - The Iconic
3. We Are Handsome 'The Hideaway' Scoop One Piece $175.20 - The Iconic




2013 Must Have Summer Sunnies, 
Shoes and Swimwear  No.2


1. Carrera '5003' Sunglasses $88.95 - Vision Direct
2. 'Happy Feet' by Nude Online $130 - The Iconic
3. O'Neill 'Painted Pony' Bustier Bikini $69.95 - The Iconic



2013 Must Have Summer Sunnies, 
Shoes and Swimwear  No.3

1. Michael Kors Aviator Sunglasses $114.95 - Vision Direct
2. N.L.P Neoprene Brazilian Separate Bottoms Black $55 - Surfstitch
3. Spurr Street Cuff Sandals Black $29.95 - The Iconic
4. N.L.P Neoprene Zip Front Separate Bikini Top Neon $125 - Surfstitch