Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Shanalogic.com Happy Shopper


The lovely Shana from Shanalogic.com is having a happy shopper contest on her facebook page. The deadline was just extended to Monday 20th of December at midnight.

Above is my entry. It has 8 items that I have either purchased for myself or been given at birthdays or Christmas - can you spot them all? It was fun to play around a bit more with my instax camera. I think I'm finally getting the hang of the right kind of lighting for the different settings.

I swear my family must LOVE Shana for her store - it makes buying gifts for me super easy. I have a feeling this year will be no different and come December 25th I will be unwrapping a beautiful item from her shop.

Head over to her facebook page and enter - or just say hi, she really is amazing :)

Glitter Sparks & Happyness
x x x

P.S This is in no way a sponsored post - I love seeing what her happy shoppers come up with in these contests and want more people to enter it!

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Craft attack: Holly clip

I did plan on posting photos from the 2 days we spent in Disneyland but I had a bit of a craft attack this week and I thought I'd share the outcome. 

For the past few years I've created my own little Christmas decoration to brighten my work uniform during December. It's makes it a little more special to me to make it myself. 

This year I got inspiration from etsy and the super crafty people on there and decided to make myself a holly leaf hair clip.


What I used:
- dark green felt (about a 30cm square will do)
- light green felt (about a 30cm square will do too)
- fabric scissors
- green cotton
- white cotton
-sewing needle
- 3 x assorted red buttons
- holly leaf cut out on paper


First I cut out 2 holly leaves out of the 2 different colored greens. I cut a slightly smaller sized holly leaf out of the darker green - this will create a nice contrast.



On the darker green I stitched the leaf vains into the felt with the white cotton.


Once I had the leaf vains stitched into the dark green felt I pinned the dark green onto the lighter green felt and got out the sewing machine. I stitched a single row just inside the edge around the outline of the dark green felt to secure it.


This is what the stitching looked like after the attack of the sewing machine. I guess you could hand stitch this step but it'd take a while to get it done.


Once the stitching is complete sew on the three buttons at the "berry" end. I think it looks better if you can find 3 different styled buttons in different sizes but the same/similar color. Then attach the final product to a clip or headband - I used a large clip to secure it in my hair. I am going to look for a thin headband to secure it to because I think it'll stay in my hair better. 

I've been wearing this in my hair every day at work since the beginning of December. It makes me feel more festive.

Glitter sparks & happyness
x x x

Saturday, December 04, 2010

I wanna read good news

Last night was my work Christmas party. It was a very successful evening for our little store. This morning I woke up a little worse for wear but my mood was uplifted when I read that Andrew McMahon (yep the same one from Something Corporate & Jacks Mannequin) is headed to Australia for an acoustic tour in February.

The tour dates are as follows:
10 FEB - Brisbane @ The Hi-Fi bar
12 FEB - Sydney @ The Metro
13 FEB - Melbourne @ Prince of Wales
15 FEB - Adelaide @ Fowlers

Dear Jack Foundation Benefit Show - November 18, 2010
*Photo from Dear Jack foundations flickr screen. Click on image for more*

Tickets are on sale the 10th of December and I'll be purchasing tickets for every show. It's time for another musical adventure. I spent a lot of my time today at work between clients looking up flights and accommodation options for this trip.

Sometimes I love my job and the simple easy access I have to organize these trips. I spend so much time helping other people book their holidays that I thrive when it comes to my own bookings.

I love love love that Andrew was telling me the truth when I spoke to him at the show in LA. I love love love that this is actually happening.
I'll be missing seeing Foals in Melbourne in their side show for Laneway Festival. I am a little sad about this but I know where my priorities are and I know what I'd prefer to miss. I get to see them at Laneway festival so at least I'm not missing them completely. This means I'll have 2 x tickets for sale - face value only. Hit me up if you want to buy them from me.

I'm so excited for February now!!!
Glitter sparks & excited Happyness
x x x

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Christmas Wishlist 2010

That's right, it's that time of year again.

I've spent the past few days looking over things on the internet that I'd love to recieve this Christmas - my sister asked me what I wanted so hopefully this can help her decide what to get me :)

I want:
  • Magical Unicorn Necklace from Shanalogic.com
  • a pretty black lacy dress
  • cute slip on shoes with mega bow (I heart these Irregular Choice shoes)
  • floral vintage style handbag
  • <3 heart ring from Shanalogic.com
  • 15" Macbook Pro
  • Black glitter Toms slip on shoes
And to show you my nerd side I would also love:

  • Friday Night Lights Dillon Panthers State Champs t-shirt
  • The Office Season 6 dvd
  • A new vinyl / record player
  • Troy & Abed in the morning mug
  • Gryffindor scarf

That pretty much covers my Christmas wish list for this year. I've also seen a bunch of stuff on etsy that I love but I accidently bought the one thing I've been looking at over and over agian (even though it's a bit impractical with Summer starting).

Since I already bought myself the best early Christmas present ever (going to the USA to see Something Corporate) I'm a pretty content person right now - BUT these items would all help push that contentment to 150%

Glitter Sparks & Happyness
x x x