Target Beret and Charming Cushion Published with Knitpicks!

So excited to say that my first 2 patterns have been released in book form as part of KnitPick’s collections this month! You can get them in physical books, digital books and individually. We’ve been working on these together for almost 9 months now so it’s really awesome to see them out and released finally!!

Briar Rose Home Collection

Charming Cushion Pattern


52194220_2 52194220

Little Luxuries Collection

Target Beret Pattern

52217220_03 52217220_06 52217220_07 52217220_04


Let’s Plan With Cute Stickers!

Note: OMG I didn’t think it would be this popular, more than half the sticker sheets sold out overnight so if you want to get some better be quick! Thank you so much to everyone who has bought them so far!

I disappeared for a while there, it was partially because I have just been SO unorganised. I gave up keeping a to do list and my diary was just for appointments for a while. I thought it would make me less stressed to not look at all the things I had to do… but it turned out it just meant I didn’t have a reminder to do them so they never got done >_>

So I went to the dark side… the planner side. I went and got some *cough* 3 *cough* mini planners from Kikki K and went to town.


The spiral into addiction was quick. From buying the journal I thought “Hmm a pretty journal deserves pretty insides…” so I started collecting stickers. But it wasn’t enough… I wanted to make my own stickers.

The next thing I knew I had a printer and a die cutter and I was designing sheet upon sheet to decorate my things with. It was an extremely slippery slope!

And that’s how all of these happened:

todo2 make2


After honing my technique and printing a bajillion test sheets I’ve put a limited batch of stickers up for sale in my Etsy store. These ones are really limited runs and I’m not sure which ones I’ll reprint if any so go have a look now 😀


In the mean time, feel free to enjoy some gratuitous sticker photography…

hello2 gem4

I’m really glad I’m not the only person who is completely obsessed with diaries and organising things like this!

flower2 cats2 bunny3

I’ve decided that there’s no such thing as the perfect diary/organisational system so now I’m a little obsessed with making my own. I’m thinking of printing my own custom pages to go in the Kikki K diaries too… too far? I don’t think so >_>

bow4 berg3

Lottie also personally approves every order that goes out so you can be assured that it’s not full of tuna or bacon 😉

So in conclusion… I am going to be organised, and I’m not going to do ALL the things but I’m going to definitely do some things!

Creative Market!

So if you follow me on social media you will probably know that I recently crossed off something from my life goals list: opening an art shop again!

Click here to visit my store!


So, this isn’t so much a regular art shop, but somewhere you can buy fonts and kits of graphics that I’ve made. You can use them for your blogs, shops, websites, or anything else you like!

If you buy something, I would love to showcase how you use it!

Screen Shot 2015-02-20 at 10.50.38 am

Creative Market is also full of other artists who have amazing work available there so make sure to take a look whether you’re a graphic designer or just want to jazz up your own site ^_^

Here are some of the packs I have for sale at the moment:



While I was working on these I realised that this is probably the area of my life that I really want to move into more.




I want to draw and paint and be creative in that area.

Sea Dreams Elements

I will be launching a service to sell prints and shirts an things like that as well so if there’s anything you guys would like to see just let me know ^_^



So I guess this means that I will be posting art more often!


I’m so excited about this new direction!

Cat Graphics Intro

Anyway, I hope you guys are well and thank you so much for all of your support!

Who Needs That Many Shoe Horns? – Sponsored

This post is sponsored by Optus.

For more information about sponsored posts click here.

So this year we’re going a little nuts with Billy Idol Day (this is our version of Christmas because… Billy Idol rocks at Christmas songs). I’ve decided that I want to upgrade our holiday, no random mismatched wrapping paper, no last minute running around to post gifts, no nonsense, no stress, I’m going Martha Stewart on this! I’m even going to be taking a little time off (shocking I know!) to relax and just enjoy… relaxing!

Colour themes!! My lunch is going to be so cute, bring it Martha!



I even custom made little flags for our food with tape! Obsessive? Maybe >_>


This was our tree last year, his name was Billy and he only managed to stay alive for about 2 months afterwards :/



This year I made the tree out of lights!


We’re going to have our traditional holiday video game which we play all Boxing Day (recommendations anyone?? Must have puzzles, action and be for PS3) and candles will be lit rather than just sitting there to look pretty because I don’t want to waste them!

And yes to cake! I want something more spectacular than the first cake I did for this:


I’m also embracing the fact that it’s Summer here, so no weird fake snow and no all day roasting in the oven when it’s probably going to be 35C outside!

No to cooking a whole turkey again:


My favourite part of the holidays is also the one that has frustrated me the most this year: Christmas Crackers/bon bons. For some reason it is IMPOSSIBLE to find crackers in Melbourne which aren’t terrible. Even if they are like $50+ they still have plastic rubbish toys in them.


I want them to have awesome gifts inside but every single box of crackers I’ve found has nonsense like plastic mini screw drivers, fake moustaches and shoe horns. I swear that the cracker industry keeps the shoe horn industry alive >_> James and I have hunted through like 20 stores plus online looking for decent ones and now my last ditch idea is to put Kinder Surprises into crackers so at least they will have something to do in them which doesn’t involve shoe horns.



Seriously cracker companies, step it up a bit.

Of course, then the jokes start coming out. James is really into jokes, not good ones, but the terrible 100 year old ones that come in crackers. And every year something like this happens…

Q. What do you call a boomerang that doesn’t come back?


A. A stick.



Q. What do you get if you eat Christmas decorations?



A. Tinselitis.



Why don’t ducks tell jokes when they’re flying?


Because they would quack up.






Yeah ok maybe that last one >_>

Anyway, Optus have launched a campaign this year called “Give More Yes” in which you can pick up your own special cracker from any Optus store, pop it and receive a code to enter online for a gift! If you can’t make it to a store, you can pop a virtual cracker online! Their hashtag is #YESCrackers if you want to show off your present.


The prizes are things like gift vouchers to stores, iTunes, charity donations, surf boards, Christmas light kits and trees.


The gifts don’t include shoe horns. Sorry if you were excited to get a shoe horn to add to your collection >_>



All you need to do is grab your cracker and then head to the Yes hub  with the code inside (or pop one on the website) to claim your prize! If you want to be extra giving, you can then give your prize to a Facebook friend or keep it for yourself.

Well I guess I had better get myself back to planning and decorating for our Billy Idol Day lunch, this isn’t going to Martha itself!


Do you guys have plans for the holidays? Are you going to celebrate something fun? Are you weirdly obsessive about shoe horns? >_> Either way I hope you have a lovely month!

Bonus pic: We accidentally captured Lottie’s exact moment of reaction XD


School Dress Make Over Tutorial! – Do It In A Dress

Today’s tutorial is a special one! I’m going to make over a school dress for Do It In A Dress!

Here’s my finished skirt/shirt set:



And here’s the original dress:



Bit of a change yes? ^_^


20-School-Dress-Make-OverBefore we get into the full tutorial let’s have a look at what Do It In A Dress is actually all about.

According to the One Girl website, girls in Sierra Leone are more likely to be sexually assaulted than they are to attend high school. There are so many things wrong with that and as a woman in a first world county, basic educational rights are something that I took for granted.

The Do It In A Dress challenge is all about raising $300 to send a girl in Sierra Leone to school. You can sign up to do challenges in October wearing your dress or donate to someone else doing the challenge.

You can visit the Do It In A Dress website or the One Girl website to learn more. You can buy your own dress just like mine in their shop here too.

So let’s get into what you can do with an old school dress!

You can use any school dress for this but I ordered a larger size from the Do It In A Dress website so I had lots of fabric to work with.



I think I was fairly luck in terms of school uniforms, I lived in a very warm climate growing up and so we had loose shirt/skirt combinations in blue. The skirts were knee length and actually super comfortable and I kept mine for years after graduation to just wear around the house!

The goal of this make over was to see whether I could turn a generic school dress into something which I would still want to wear today. Recycling! I decided the most versatile way to use the dress would be as a shirt/skirt combination. I know, technically it’s no longer doing it in a dress but it makes it much more usable.

First step, turn the dress inside out and put it on.

Measure where you want the shirt to end around the waist and put a pin in. Make sure to leave enough room for hems! Next, pin down each side to make it more form fitting and add 2 darts to the under-bust to give definition.


Take the dress off and lay it out flat to work. Cut off the bottom of the dress to separate it into skirt/shirt. There was a big sticker on the back of mine with the website information so I cut around it.


So inside out you will have something like this:



The sleeves were still looking pretty ridiculous so cut them off at the seam and remove the white cuffs. We are going to attach the cuff back to the shoulders to make mini sleeves.

Cut the extra fabric away from the side seams along your pins. Again, make sure you leave enough fabric there to sew it back together again!



Flatten the shirt out so you can easily pin the white cuffs to the arm holes and stitch them in place.




Next, sew the darts down and resew the side seams.


It looks like a shirt again, yay!


Now it’s time to hem the bottom. I was lucky that I was able to cut the hem so it didn’t conflict with button placement but if you aren’t, you can just move them or add a zip/snap closures.

Shirt done!


Next the skirt!

The skirt area came with a little pocket which had a zip closure. Because the original dress was meant to be loose it didn’t require any other closures around the skirt. I decided to use to pocket zip as the actual skirt zip. To do this I just cut the pocket out and left the zip so it aligned with the top of the skirt. If you can’t do this with yours, you will need to include another way to get your skirt on and off.

Now, put the skirt on inside out and pin on either side to form an A-Line shape. I made mine very high waisted so it could be worn with the matching top or other things in my closet easily. Originally I wanted to make a pencil skirt but that would have meant cutting a slit in the back to allow movement and would have required more zip placement changes etc so I just went with this.

Once you’re happy with the fit, sew up the side seams and hem around the top as well.

Done!! Add some matching accessories and you’re ready to rock 😀


Quite the change and definitely more my current style!



Of course realistically I probably wouldn’t wear the two pieces together very often so the real test was weather they would go with the rest of my wardrobe?



I’d say that’s a resounding yes!




These kinds of make overs really are my favourite sewing projects!



As much as this project has been really fun to do, it’s important to remember the reasons behind it. Please visit the One Girl and Do It In A Dress websites to learn about how you can help a girl get an education.



Let me know if you take up the challenge, I’d love to see your school make overs!


Violet And Jimmy’s Grand Europe Expedition Part 1

This trip was provided in part by Foxtel.
For more information on sponsored posts please click here.

By now you can all guess that James and I went to Switzerland and Germany recently ^_^ After struggling (and failing very badly) to beat the jet lag of coming back I thought I would finally share some photos with you guys! I’m going to do a basic run through in this post but I took sooo many photos that I’ve got some special themed posts to put up as well so look forward to flowers, architecture, food and more soon. There are daily vlogs going up on my channel now as well which will be posted here when they’re all up.



We started fairly late as our flight out was at around 5pm. I always find airports stressful so I tend to go really early just in case anything goes wrong. This has the plus side of being able to sit down and have a nice meal before we have to wait around the gate though!


The first flight was 8 hours with Singapore Air and it was so good. Very comfy, super nice attendants and good food. The attendants were so lovely and they just kept offering food and drinks every half hour so we never needed anything. The chairs were comfy, there was a lot of choice in tv and movies as well as a smooth flight.


We had a 1 hour stop over in Singapore and then changed flights to Swiss Air. Changi airport is really beautiful, they have planted huge tropical gardens with water features all over it with long chairs to relax in.


That flight was much less pleasant. 12ish hours, an older and smaller plane, very few entertainment options and it was so full of bumping and vibrations that I was a bit motion sick >_< We tried to sleep for most of this flight but even with the lights down and wrapped up in blankets it was quite difficult.



We arrived in Switzerland crazy early in the morning and were picked up from the airport. I couldn’t read or understand the customs signs about what to declare so we went to ask if we needed to declare food etc and they laughed at us. I always forget that it’s pretty much only Australian Customs that cares about these kinds of things >_<

We got to our hotel at around 6am and were just in time to watch the sunrise coming over the city. It was beautiful!



We stayed at the B2 Boutique Hotel and Spa while in Zurich and I’ll give you all the information about the hotels in more detail in one of the special posts. It’s a converted brewery on the top of a hill which looks out over the whole city.


Check in time wasn’t until 3pm so we left our bags with the wonderful hotel staff and decided to wander into the city and see what we could find.

In pretty much all of our photos you’ll notice that we have cameras plastered to our faces >_>



We walked through a beautiful park on the way to the city. It was lovely seeing such colourful trees everywhere, the leaves were amazing.


We took a lot of camwhoring coupley photos together this trip… but they all kind of look the same XD


So let me get them all out of the way now…



Anyway… once we reached the city we went on a search for free wifi to use and found… none XD We wanted to google for some things to do that day so we ended up going to a Starbucks to sit down and leech off their internet. I couldn’t believe how expensive some things were and how cheap other things were. Like seriously, a white mocha, biscuit and blueberry muffin was like $25. Later that day we paid $30 for 2 McDonalds meals… why fast food so expensive Switzerland?? Yet a block of brie was less than $2 and better quality than the expensive ones we have at home. Cheese priorities=win



So we took a lot of obligatory tourist photos like this:



And this:



The buildings were beautiful, there is an architecture post coming soon!




Everything was very scenic. I couldn’t believe how warm it was either, it’s coming into Summer in Aus and it was colder in Melbourne than it was in Europe *_* It was lovely!



So we pretty much just wandered fairly aimlessly and took in the sights until we got the email that our room was ready. At that point we’d been awake for far too long so we headed back to the hotel and crashed. I decided to take a half hour nap… which turned into a 2 hour nap >_>

Eventually we dragged ourselves out of bed and back downstairs to have dinner in the hotel restaurant… still only semi-conscious.



On day 2 we pretty much repeated that, went shopping again and bought a lot of cheeeeeeeeeeese. Did I mention the cheese? I so can’t wait to write the food post… I’m already hungry.



I spotted these cute doggies in the window and I was so close to buying one for Lottie but they were like $80 each! So cute though!



There were puppies everywhere in Zurich! In Aus dogs aren’t allowed to go into shops or very many places at all. In Switzerland there were so many dogs all over the place. They are so well behaved because apparently to own a dog there you are required to go to dog training school, such a great idea! There were even dogs in restaurants and high end luxury stores. I wish it was like that here so I could take Lottie everywhere!

People drinking fountains have little dog ones too!



The next morning we had a delicious breakfast at the hotel. I miss European breakfasts, they are full of delicious cheese and croissants and cured meats! Also the lattes are very different than in Aus, much sweeter and yummier.



After checking out, we were picked up by our lovely driver and taken to The Black Forest. This is the border between Germany and Switzerland, isn’t it adorable?




We dropped our things off at our next hotel and were then driven to another hotel which had archery lessons! So this whole trip/tour was supposed to be fairy tale themed, specifically Hansel and Gretel themed because it was put together to go with the new reboot of the movie which has just been released on Foxtel here. The Black Forest is the area which inspired that original fairy tale and is a really amazing place. A lot of the fairy tale themed things that had been planned didn’t end up happening for one reason or another but it was still extremely awesome!

So we had lunch at the sports hotel and the portions were gigantic and delicious. Apparently a lot of the meat they use is actually caught in the forest behind the hotel!



Also, Europe is full of bees. Seriously I have never seen so many bees in my life. This expression apparently says “Go away bee, you are very pretty but please don’t get in my food or sting me thanks”.




We did archery and it was the coolest thing ever. The man who owns the hotel is a master archer and had a really fancy bow. His Dad (I assume it was his Dad as I don’t speak German) spoke to me for several minutes and even though I didn’t actually 100% understand anything (as he only spoke German), I think the general gist of it was that they are both super cool hunters who have been to many countries including Africa, Brazil, Canada and others on their crazy archery hunting tours.

To be honest, he could have been telling me that he like to eat ice cream standing on his head in the dark for all I know >_< I really wish I spoke more languages.



I was totally more awesome at it than James too. Archery is so much fun, I want to find a range here and go again! Best part of the vacation!







After the archery we took a taxi back to the hotel and crashed for the night. Our second hotel was broken into two parts, the building we were staying at was up an insane hill. We were so tired when we got to the top that we ended up ordering room service, watching German tv and going to sleep XD The hotel was the Alemannenhof on Lake Titisee. It was so quaintly decorated and adorable!

This is the face that I make when I am presented a selection of cheeses for breakfast. Awesome!



The next morning we decided to take a bus to the top of the mountain and see the view. There is a fantastic program in that area where if you stay 2 nights you get a special card which means you can use the bus and go to all of the local places for free. YAY!

We went to Mt.Feldberg and had a look around the Nature museum. There was a 3D movie, a creepy 3d park ranger and a green screened balloon ride.



Then we took the gondola up to the top of the mountain. I’ve never been in one before but we got stuck in there with a very loud little girl and her family. I wasn’t super excited about it to begin with but when the Dad of the family started shaking the gondola with his feet I wasn’t particularly impressed. It sure was pretty though.



This face means I’m not super happy about James’ idea to go to the top of the mountain.



The photos of the view at the top will come with my nature post. It was quite impressive!

After that we took the bus back into the town and bought some kitschy souvenirs. Of course with a name like Lake Titisee how could I not get a sexy lady pressed coin?




We wandered around for quite a while and spent a large amount of money trying to buy water which wasn’t sparkling then we headed back to the hotel. I did a little painting on the balcony of the hotel because the view was just amazing.



On our last day we took a wander down to the actual lake area, took more photos then made it back to the hotel just before the rain started. Our driver arrived and we were back in Zurich at the B2 hotel super quickly.


I couldn’t take anymore photos that day because we went to the spa which was attached to the hotel. No cameras in the pool/spa was understandable XD It was very nice and the fit out is beautiful, it was just absolutely PACKED with people. I think if I ever go to a spa again it will be a private one rather than public!

The next day we wandered in to Zurich again with our list of people we needed to buy presents for and set about crossing them off.


We were walking down the street when we bumped into Hoshi who is a reader/viewer! I was so surprised to be recognised in the middle of Zurich but it was awesome! She was super sweet and recommended some places we could visit!


I tried roasted chestnuts for the first time and with no idea how to eat them I tried to bite it open to get the insides -_-‘ I need to google things before I try them. I wish we had them here though because they were so yummy! (Once you realise you don’t eat the shell…)



I looked all over for a cute toy for Lottie but we didn’t find anything which I would be able to take home on the plane.



We also visited some Steiff bear shops because I have one from when I was a baby. The new ones are very fancy, this collection looks like it should be in a Chanel window *_*



Our last day was another weird day because we had to check out by 11am but our flight didn’t go until like 10:45pm so we left our bags and went wandering again. We tend to wander a lot when left to our own devices. We were considering going to a zoo but decided to do something stereotypically Swiss and go to a fondue restaurant instead. Be prepared to drool over the melted all of the melted cheese in the food post!

These are probably the only shots we got properly together. I wouldn’t have even thought about it if the manager of the B2 Boutique hadn’t offered to take them! She was so sweet. All of the staff there were just amazing.



The library restaurant there had over 30k books in it and you could borrow any of them while you were staying. I ended up leaving them an extra book too because it wouldn’t fit in my suitcase *cough*too much cheese*cough* so now they’re up to 30,001!


James and I spent the time waiting to be picked up slightly differently. I played on my phone and he tried to find out if the ladder was functional… it was.


After what felt like the longest day in the world we started the longest trip home in the world!

We flew Swiss Air again for the long leg back to Singapore and the flight was the same as the way there except that both James and my tvs broke at one point or another so we tried to sleep.



We had a 4 hour stop over in Singapore this time so there was more time to shop and wander and see everything. I bought Lottie a robot dog toy that looked like her as well as some Sylvanian Family toys for my collection. I usually get one every time we go away but they were so cheap with the exchange rate that I got two this time. The wedding dog set is supposed to be Japan issue only so yay!





The last leg of the flight was on Qantas and it was pretty good. Good tv, comfy seats and decent food. The only thing that drove me nuts was that the crew had been given extremely powerful LED clip on lights to wear while they walk the aisles. It was an overnight flight so the cabin lights were of course dimmed and I can see the logic behind the lights and that they would make it easier for the crew etc but having a SUPER bright light shining in your face every 10 minutes while you’re trying desperately to sleep and avoid jetlag isn’t super fun 🙁



Snow flakes on my window as we came in to Aus:



We went through Customs and declared all of the tea and cheese I bought and they let me keep it (YAY!) then it was on to the Skybus and home to an extremely wiggly excited puppy. We got home at like 8am and had to try to make it through the day without any sleep so we weren’t jet lagged… I may have had 2 naps and completely screwed that up >_>



So this post hasn’t included all of the random little details because I think they will make more sense with the themed posts coming. Also, I’m still jetlagged a week later and I feel quite crappy >_>

But I hope you enjoyed coming along with this part of our Grand European Expedition! More soon and as a preview, here are some other random photos I shot there.



Page 1 of 1112345...10...Last »

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.