paPetal for Paper2: Exclusive Christmas Collection

Remember my pal Jen, the crafty brain behind paPetal? In the last year and a half, she's been a busy girl, having started her own etsy shop, being featured in many notable publications, including Design Files, running her own workshop at the Museum of Contemporary Art and now she's even got a stockist! As her friend, I am so extremely proud of her achievements and honestly cannot be happier for her. So a bit of promotion for is a MUST! Here's a little sneak peek at her exclusive collection:
The collection features Christmas wreaths in white and bronze make an elegant addition to any house this Holiday season, metallic floral garlands and ornaments for the tree and gift toppers to make your gifts extra special.
These items will be available at Paper2 Boutique (477 Crown St, Surry Hills) from  Saturday 21st November 2015. Happy Shopping!

Review: The Mindfulness Colouring Book

The other day I was driving to a friend's place when I just went on 'autopilot mode' with a million thoughts in my head and completely missed my turn off. The scary thing was it took a good 15 minutes for me to realise I was going the wrong way. The incident made me think about how I'm constantly rushing around, always multitasking sometimes to the detriment of the task at hand.

So when the lovely people at Dymocks offered to send me a copy of The Mindfulness Colouring Book by Emma Farrarons for review, I didn't hesitate to say yes. According to the book, 'being mindful is about paying attention to the present moment, clearing your mind of distractions and focusing on simply being' - exactly what I need.
The book arrived one Friday afternoon and I was thrilled to flip through it to find so many intricate, beautiful patterns, many of which are botanicals (which you know I love). I couldn't wait for Alexander to go to bed that night so I can start colouring away. I started off with a 2 page foliage pattern using autumnal colours of red, brown, green and yellow.

I had forgotten about the simple joy of colouring in and it really did me some good. It requires a certain amount of concentration to focus on the task at hand, which means my mind can't wander like it usually does, which means I'm not wondering about what to cook for dinner, or if Alexander is eating enough. I'm colouring, and that's all I'm doing - quietly, leisurely and I love how it unleashes the creative side of me.
Everyday since the book arrived, I've spent some blissful moments colouring away. It has brought back fond memories of my childhood, a more carefree time. I find it does bring me to a more relaxed state of mind ,be it for 5 minutes, or 20 minutes simply by allowing myself to enjoy the task at hand and being mindful.
Are you a fan of colouring books too?

PS: Many thanks to Dymocks for giving me the chance to review The Mindfulness Colouring Book.

House additions on my wishlist

During last week's non-stop rain, Alexander and I were cooped up at home for days on end. One day, we even donned raincoats and gumboots and ventured out to the sand pit in our backyard but it really was no fun with all that dampness around us. It got me wishing for a few house additions that would really make such rainy days (and all days, in fact) more bearable. Read on if you're interested...
1. Sunroom - While Alexander and I sat on the deck wishing the rain away, it occurred to me that if there was some way we could turn this outdoor space into a functional indoor area then we could use it all year round, rain or shine. We could still hear the birds, enjoy the wildlife, watch the trees sway in the wind and still get a good dose of Vitamin D! An experienced sunroom renovator like Additions Building will be able to help us encloseand turn existing deck into a sunroom of our dreams.
2. New carport - Our existing carport is an old rickety metal one which is functional but a bit of an eye sore. Ideally, I would love to have a new carport in a more stylish but timeless design which will look like a natural extension of the house and stand up to the elements (wind, sun, rain and hail)
3. Semi-indoor pool - I may have mentioned this more than once but come every summer, I can't help but feel a twinge of jealousy when I hear my neighbours splashing away on a hot day. I love the idea of a heated semi-indoor pool which can be used year round. Hopefully our home renovation budget will allow for a small pool in the near future.

What house addition is on your wishlist?

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Additions Building. I was compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

Botanical gift wrapping ideas

Following last week's mad panic, I got all super organised and sorted out nearly all my Christmas shopping. Next up was the gift wrapping part of course. Now I don't know about you but I take my gift wrapping very seriously, it's almost as important as the actual gift itself because it's care about the whole package.

I'd just received my Tiny Prints gift wrap which I personalized with our family name on it. I thought the brown and white paper made a lovely backdrop for some botanical adornments so I spent yesterday afternoon selecting leaves and various pine cones, seed pods I'd collected during walks in the neighborhood. My friend Jen of paPetal had made some colourful paper bougainvilleas which I used to pretty up one gift. The results are as follows...
You likey?

Christmas gift guide: botanical edition

It came as a bit of a shock when someone mentioned Christmas was just 9 weeks away (how ridiculous!) so I went on a bit of an online shopping spree to make up for lost time. I decided to put together a little gift guide of some of the lovely things I found along the way, all of which have a floral touch to it - perfect for all the botanical loving friends in your life.
Gift guide: botanical edition

1. Sarah's Garden Square Lasagna Dish by Wedgewood - Hand rendered botanical motifs on this elegant earthenware makes a perfect addition to any homemaker's kitchen.

2. Rosewater Balancing Mist by Jurlique -  a treat for all the senses, this beautifully scented is great for refreshing and hydrating skin on a hot summer's day.

3. Botanical Square Cushion by Adorabella - One of the prettiest botanical print I've seen to date, to dress up any chair or sofa.

4. Wreath Ring Silver by Karen Walker - a dainty understated piece of jewellery for a special lady in your life.

5. Maryan Distinguish Rose Print Matinee Purse by Ted Baker - a gorgeous piece feature dark romantic floral print with large bow detail at top snap closure.

6. Electra small table lamp in Botanical Print Poppy by Retro Print Revival - A statement piece with a bold retro style poppy print bound to add colour to any space in your home.

7. Copper hanging planter from Corner Store - a stunning metallic planter in a copper finish for your plants to live in style.

8. Tropical Delight Personalised Stationery Gift Set by Tiny Prints - a practical and handy stationery set consisting of notepad, lined book and cards in the cutest print. Personalise with your name or preferred quote. Mine says "Pineapple of my eye".