DIY Paper Strip Tray
Serve breakfast in bed to any dad on this and your bound to give a lovely fathers day treat Paper Strip Tray | Say Yes To Hoboken I have some incredibly gorgeous digital scrapbook paper sets from Design House Digital that I love but because I don’t scrapbook anymore I don’t know what to do with them! This tray is perfect, and I was actually thinking of buying myself a tray for all my beauty...
Stylish Work Stations
If you have to work, you might as well make the area you work at look fantastic. A few little additions to a simple space can make your work area stylish and boost productivity due to an inspirational space. Sometimes the simplest of additions can make a difference, some prints, storage and stationary, or just good lighting. Whether you have a little nook or your entire garage to work with here...
A little late I know, it’s been a very busy weekend with a little monster with tooth ache. But better late than never! This post it especially for a couple of friends of mine (hi Tara!!!) who have asked for a little help on how to inject some style into their wardrobes without breaking the bank or resorting to cheap fashion outlets and clothing that will date fast (and is mean’t for...
DIY Fridge Chalkboard
I just stumbled on this fantastic (and fabulously simple) DIY fridge Chalkboard Over at Under the Sycamore. With a very few items, that you can collect at good old spotlight, you can make this stylish chalkboard that looks shop bought. Ashley Campbell is the owner of the fabulous blog and a wonderful photographer too! Have a browse through her stylish blog and gasp at all the stunning posts. You...
Laugh till your stomach hurts
Sometimes, laughter is the best medicine. It just makes you feel good, lifts your soul, puts a smile on your face. My daughter (below) is always laughing, she is such a funny wee character and laughing with her is the best part of each day. If I could bottle this feeling I would be soooo rich. So make sure you have a little giggle today, with someone, on your own, out-loud or just in your head. I...
Guest Post: A Little Ink
I am so excited to start the first of many guest posts on the Little Sabine Design Store Blog, so many talented people out there that i just nee to share with you! Let me introduce to you Jenny Palmer of “A Little Ink”, a fabulous lady who writes adorable poems and illustrates them with fantastic drawings. We will be getting some of her work into the store soon, but in the mean time...
Directions for Inspiration
More and more I have seen lot’s of products popping up around the place using maps, and I think it looks fabulous. It’s not for everyone, but you can use this in little snippets or go the whole hog! Either buying something or making it yourself, you can have a product in your house that has special meaning by choosing a map that has some significance to you. This trend is simple yet...
Raint Day Read
Grab a cuppa, pop your feet up and don’t worry about the rain. Days like this were simply meant for reading fabulous things, like the wonderful style blog from Style etc., they draw on their love of travel, culture and nature, inspiring and enriching their visual concepts. Mixing the raw and refined, sleek and bohemian, natural and glamorous encouraging them to innovate by transcending...
Spring has sprung
*Sigh of relief* spring is officially here, how many of you are so glad to hear that one this morning? I was just at that point where I was officially over winter, not that it was too bad this year in sunny old Nelson. I was secretly jealous that we were one of the only place not to get the white stuff the other week. But i am truly a warm weather junkie and i can’t wait to open up the...
Fathers Day French Toast
If your like me and your running out of time to go out and get a fathers day pressie, try this french toast on for size on sunday. He will love it when you tell him it’s got a hint of bourbon in it, liquor at breakfast…must be fathers day!! After all men + food = happy campers! And don’t forget to make yourself a little helping too, this yummy recipe is fantastic and nice and...
I am dying to make a terrarium for my home and one for the store, i’m so glad they seem to be back in fashion again. So simple and effective and full of plants hard to kill off (i love that part!). I found a little website over in San Francisco called Botany Factory who had some ver NZ inspired names to their terrariums…LOVE IT! This one is called ‘Kiwi’ “little...
Lemons Don't Suck
I’m very lucky to have a very abundant lemon tree in our garden, and they are ripe at the moment. So far we have only used the lemons to squeeze into hot honey lemon drinks when we have been sick, but i started to wonder what can you do with lemons? Well… Via Honey & Jam You could do the traditional lemon curd recipe, click on the picture to find a yummy recipie. I’m...
Recipe: Lemon Garlic Spaghetti
Following on from my lemon post the other day, here is a quick , yummy and easy dinner for tonight. A fantastic meal that is sure to impress but has minimal ingredients but pack a huge flavour punch. This recipefrom ‘I nom things’ (cute name huh!) is fantastic, and one to keep up your sleeve for when guest stop by at the last minute or the cupboard is a little low on stock! Try this...
My favorite top at the moment is a wool white and silver chevron top. It makes me smile, one of those tops that just makes an outfit. I do believe I actually look slightly stylish in it, hehe, well for Nelson standards anyway. So thought i would share a little Chevron link love for you so you can grab some inspiration for this trend. Send chevron, beautiful cards from Wit and Whistle on Etsy ...
DIY: Sugar Scrub
At this time of year my skin, that stuff under all my layers of winter clothes, gets neglected. It turns a pale shade of translucent and quite often a bit dry from sitting far to close to the heater. So here is a little handmade recipe for you to make at home as a rescue for your skin and it will feel divine afterwards! Ingredients: 1 cup organic cane sugar 1/3 cup sea salt 1/2 cup organic...
Trend: Light Spaces
I’m a little tired of the peach coloured blinds in my rental property, i would love to get my hands into some renovations again. When we did up our 1970’s house in Auckland a couple of years back and I was able to paint crisp white walls, bright and light, with accents of wood and some negative detailing. Having your walls white means you can add colour to your room in the furnishings...
Just in the nick of time...
Phew…i’m glad i read this at the end of this (mega mentally tough) day. A huge thank you to Zoe from Pretty Zoo for posting this from Sawyer Hollenshead and going through all of the below so the rest of us can benefit from their wise words!
Hmm, showing my age now when the *ehem* ‘new’ trend is neon…again…for the third time in my lifetime (or maybe more!). But at least this time round the trend setters are actually putting neon colours into some beautifully designed clothing and products instead of reviving 80’s ghastly fashion (i’m thinking Gem…”truly, truly outrageous”)....
DIY Frosted Doillie Mirrors
I found this DIY over at Papernstitch and i just had to share, i have found the perfect mirror for this at the recycle reclaim depot in Nelson (bargain price too!) and i’m going to attempt this on the weekend to put up in the store (pics to come…this could be funny!). Here’s the how too, an easy DIY (my favorite kind!). What do I need? Materials… Mirror (framed or...
Mini Rhubarb Crumble Tarts
It must be cold, i eat when i’m cold. And all i can think of is what can i eat that is warm, yummy, wintery food. I can’t go past a yummy crumble, and this recipe from Donal Skehan is delicious! And lucky me i have tonnes of rhubarb in my garden. Makes 6 tarts For the tarts 2 Sheets of ready to roll pastry 600g of fresh rhubarb (about 6 stalks) 120g of vanilla sugar 2 tablespoons of...
Inspiration: Garden Spaces
Hasn’t it been the most beautiful few days, at the top of the south we have been having a balmy 15-16 degrees. Sunshine, not a cloud in the sky, a dusting of snow on the hills, it could be spring! So usually when it gets like this i look at the winter mess in my garden and start thinking i should be doing something with it! I love gardening, even if it’s just popping a few flowers in a...
Q: What the heck are 'Mood Boards'
Had a few emails regarding where to begin when starting to think about decorating or choosing a colour scheme for any sort of project. Well, begin with a mood board (also called inspiration boards and design boards). Here you can collate all your snippets of colours, textiles, patterns, pictures, any bit of inspiration. Your board can be simple, small, complex or huge, it just depends on you. I...
I was chatting with a friend this morning about DIY projects we were thinking of using pallets, you know, those wooden things that ‘stuff’ gets moved on. Like in warehouses or building sites where there are piles of bricks neatly stacked up on top of them. Well i had the inspiration the other day to make a pallet garden for outside of the shop. So simple and very effective, and...
DIY with the kids in the school holidays
With the school holidays coming up, i thought i would post a few DIY ideas for you to try before the little darlings were home 24/7. Or for you with toddlers at home, here are a few ideas to help their little minds grow! This gorgeous busy book is Blue Bird Needlebook and you can buy it on Etsy, but i’m sure it might give you some inspiration to create your own! How gorgeous and bright. ...
Style for your retinas
I am simply loving Karen Walkers new eye wear range, fantastic 1940-50’s styling, a hint of colour, eyewear that looks stylish but classic all at the same time. And it just radiates quality and amazing design. With spring here and summer in the not too distant future, start saving your pennies now to buy a pair of these babies! Instant movie star glamour! Check out the rest of the range at...
Baileys just has to be one of my most favorite drinks, with a dash of milk or neat over ice it’s just simply delicious. So imagine my delight when i stumbled over this fail proof quick recipe for ‘Little Baileys Cheesecakes’ over at The Stone Soup. Even better still (can it get better than this?) there are only 5 ingredients needed and it only takes 10minutes to make! PERFECT!...
This post is dedicated to things lovely and short. The sun has been shinning and my legs are gleaming white and basking in the warmth of the spring. Here’s a fabulous idea for a spring fashion trend to sport on the weekends. This amazing look, which i am going to hunt down and wear asap, is fantastic in so many ways. Starting with the neatly taylored shorts, not too long, not too short. A...