Friday, August 29, 2014

Linky Loves...

Hi my lovely readers.
Welcome to another week of...

So what have I been reading/viewing around the web this week...

1. I saw on Facebook that two keen knitters are doing a little knit-a-long together - they are making THIS cardigan. I have ordered the yarn and supplies from Jellywares to have a go at making one myself. Anyone want to knit-a-long with me? Mum? ;-) hehe
It will probably be a long-term project I reckon - the pattern is a little out of my depth but I'm keen for the challenge.

2. Loving all these scrappy goodies for this month's kits and add-ons at Studio Calico.

3. This article/post might not be everybody's cup of tea or reflect your own beliefs but it rings true with me. I really admire how this woman explains why she still believes and holds onto her faith despite the sadness and trials life has dealt her and her family. I actually know the couple, not in the NOW but many moons ago when I was in college and uni. I even stayed with them once in their home. Their story is sad yet filled with faith, intense love, beauty and strength.

4. Signed up for this cool new bloggy members site designed by Pip Lincolne. I'm keen to check out her content in this little community she has created. You can be a member too :-)

5. I was reading Sunday's blog Love Happy Daily - I was scrolling down and came across THIS post about FOCUS! Those two points she lists at the beginning? I seriously could have written them. It is SO me!!! I am yet to listen to the podcast she referred to - I am thinking it will be interesting.

Well that's my five for this week.

Enjoy your weekend - I know I will! I am off to a scrapbooking retreat in town run by our local scrapbook store. So excited! Am planning on getting a good Project Life catch-up going - I desperately need it!

Take care!

With Sprinkles of Sunshine...

Anna

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Faves...

Brace yourself!
It's time for another week of...

1. I've just had my hair chopped off abit last weekend but I'm sure I could still try some of these surely :-)

2. Now THIS is what I have been working towards having in my home - with both the kids in school next year it will be a must!! Now just to figure out where to set one up. Hmmm...

3. Mel posted about signing up for penpals on her blog last week, which I did and got two - one international and one Australian. So I've been clicking on anything related to letter writing and pen pal stuff. Mel posted about what to write in your first letter HERE and I also like this post by Emily Jane about organisation and other ideas HERE (I really like the cute heart envelope idea!!).

4. Tips for a clutter-free morning - I hate waking up to disorganisation and mess. I have very grand plans about a achieving a more simplistic way of setting out our home and lifestyle - it's just taking a bit of time. One tiny step at a time...that's what I need to do, and I'm sure we'll get there. These tips were nice reminders in achieving one of my goals of having a more relaxed, clutter-free morning. I also came across THIS blog and have been reading her guide to peaceful mornings.

5. I was a guest on Kellie's blog this week - I was very honoured and excited to be asked to do a q&a for her blog. We have become fast online friends with common creative interests so I was only too happy to contribute to her guest posts :-)

Take care.

With Sprinkles of Sunshine...

Anna

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pin Picks...

Hi everybody!
I am back again to post about what I have been pinning this week.

Just going random - no particular theme.

Crochet Mandala Rug - Free Pattern!
^^I've always wanted to make a huge crocheted floor rug with big chunky yarn. This one is made out of t-shirt yarn - and I just so happen to have a few skeins of this in my stash so I'm keen to get onto it now ;-) I think it would be a great addition to the kids' room.

lovely for summer...
^^What a gorgeous colour palette! So bright and super attractive!

I wish I had this
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^^Ummm...AWESOME alert! How cool would this be??

Elsa Dress
^^Have you got or know of any kids with an obsession with the movie, Frozen? Highly likely I reckon!
I have!
Well, of course, they can dress up just like their favourite character! I may have actually popped this Elsa dress into my cart for my eldest daughter's birthday present ;-)

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Funny how you come across a quote in your Pinterest feed that you just need to read. This one was it for today.
I forgot about a meeting I was supposed to attend this afternoon at my daughter's school. I felt so upset with myself - couldn't believe that I had forgotten! It's so not like me. I felt like I had lost control.
BUT...
I need to just breathe and just be gentle with myself. I can't do anything about it now.
Stop beating myself up and calm down.
And...pour myself a wine ;-)

And that concludes this week's PIN PICKS.
What have you been pinning lately??

With Sprinkles of Sunshine...

Anna

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Faves...

Hi All! 
It's time for another round of...

1. I am slowly making progress on my #grannyhottie cover - not quite up to stage 3 yet which is up on Foxs Lane blog this week. I'm still creating the 24 squares for stage 1 ;-)

2. I ordered THIS book this week after reading THIS post by Chantelle and seeing how her inspiration for this crocheted blanket was from that book. I want to make one!

3. I read this article through the week and it really resonated with me. It's definitely something I am aware of in my life - being too cluttered, not just around my home but in my life and especially in my head. I need to prioritise what is important to me and assign the appropriate amount of effort needed for each priority in my life!

4. Check out this awesome layout that Raquel created for Glitz Design. You can see a process video she made about it HERE too! I just adore Raquel's creations and she is just a totally lovely person too - I know because I've met her!!

5. I'm soooo gonna make one of these one day!! Adore the pattern!

Take care now my friends!
Enjoy your weekend!

With Sprinkles of Sunshine...

Anna

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Pin Picks...

Welcome to a new feature on my blog...



Every so often I will pop in (most likely every week) and show you what I have been pinning.

Today my PIN PICKS are focused more around the home and decor.
Here we go...

"Welcome to out home" // free printable
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^^What a funky little greeting to have in the entrance way to your home. 

Bright, cozy kid space with Coral walls
Charlotte love: Goodhomes Magazine July 2013
Charlotte love: Goodhomes Magazine July 2013
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^^Aren't these gorgeous colour themes for kids rooms. So calming, uncluttered and dreamy spaces :-)

Down that Little Lane
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^^Aren't these the sweetest! Love the colours!

Buy a folding dishrack & turn it into a book caddy! (spray paint) Love this idea!
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^^Oh! I need one of these for my girls' bedroom. At the moment, their books are higglety pigglety in boxes or in piles on their floor :-/ Ugh!!

 love the writing idea
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^^I'd love to make some yarn wrapped wire words - they make such a POP! against the white wall!

Patchwork curtains made from vintage linens.
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^^Patchwork curtains made out of vintage linens? YES PLEASE!
So light and airy - I love it!

Are you an avid user of Pinterest?
What have you been pinning lately?


With Sprinkles of Sunshine...

Anna

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

'Something' New at Jot...

Yes.
A few changes have taken place to the monthly challenges over at Jot.
We have enjoyed many a mood board challenge created by Kim or one of the Jot girls but it's time to change it up abit...
Introducing the new 'SOMETHING' challenge.
Based on the little ditty Something old, something new, Something borrowed, something blue.
 This month the 'somethings' are...

something gold

I adore the colours, script writing and sparkle this challenge exhibits.
And I had a load of fun playing around with it!
Here is my layout...


Something stripey -- I used chevron striped paper for the base of my layout. I'm fairly certain it was by My Minds Eye.
Something bold -- I used some bold, black scripty die-cut words from D-Lish Scraps as part of my titles.
Something glittery -- you don't have to ask me twice to use anything glittery - I went straight to my pack of frames by Maggie Holmes and used them to frame my photos.
Something gold -- well the glittery frames just so happened to be gold but I also added a gold flourish and some gold leaves to the page for extra goldiness ;-)
Oh! And some sparkly gold enamel dots - love those!

As for the colours in the challenge board, that paper was perfect! I also was drawn to that die-dipped look of the table cloth in the bottom left pic and also the two-toned pink and gold bottles in the right middle pic.
To use this effect on my layout, I cut out some hearts from a calico bag, got some colour mist (I used Heidi Swapp Colour Shine - teal and pink) and spritzed the bottom half of each of the hearts in one each of the colours. I then sewed around the edges of the hearts.
I was in love - they look so gorgeous!! And the colours are just divine!

You can join in the fun too!
Check out all the details HERE and see all the Jot girls' sample pages for further inspiration!

With Sprinkles of Sunshine...

Anna

Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday Faves...

I'm back with another weekly edition of...

1. Part Two of the #granniehottie project is up on Foxs Lane blog - I have only just started Part 1 yesterday but I'm thinking if I get a few good stints in this next week I should be able to catch up :-)

2. More Art Journal inspiration this week - heRe, HerE and hERe :-)

3. I LOVE Heidi Swapp products so I'm itching to get these goodies in my hot little hands!!
Her latest 'Create to Remember' video shows these products more too.
I'm totally in love!

4. Soooo looking forward to doing this class! I love Maggie Holmes' style and products - first time doing one of her classes!

5. Eight reasons to listen to your child - cos sometimes we just need a reminder and some pointers to get better :-)

Have a happy weekend!

With Sprinkles of Sunshine...

Anna