giveaway // Knotted Tree Photography

happy monday friends! i hope that you all had a great weekend? we had a great time at our friends thirtieth birthday bbq on saturday and enjoyed a lazy day at home yesterday. rested and ready for another busy week - and excited to wake to sunny skies after all the rain we've been having! on to the giveaway - today's giveaway is for my super friend, margots new shop - knotted tree photography

knotted tree is a new shop that combines margot's love of travel, nature and photography. knotted tree was inspired by the word tuckamore, a newfoundland term that refers to balsam fir and spruce trees stunted by the force of the coastal winds.

Fine Art Print 8x10 - Swirling Turquoise Water
Fine Art Print 8x10 - Peek-a-boo

margot is offering up one lucky winner $30 store credit!! enter below.



doily garland // guitar
ice cream breakfast // send something good package
carrot cake // new jewellery
thrifted vases // dreamcatcher
tidy desk // fire

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saturday sun

happy saturday you lovely people! i hope that the sun is shining wherever you are! so far it's sunny here :) it's been a rainy week, so it's much appreciated plus we're off to a friends 30th birthday BBQ this afternoon. looking forward to relaxing and catching up with some friends. we've had a busy week, lots of fun, friends and lots of work. i'm in the middle of lising the new items above in my shop today.

i aslo started and finished another blog design this week:

i have some openings for design work coming up, see here if you are interested!

here are a couple of links i'm loving this week:

these beautiful iphone wallpapers
margot posted some great penny pinching tips for grocery shopping
kelsey posted about the pros and cons of selling on etsy, big cartel and storenvy
love this article from gala
penpal project - so signing up!!
great to-do list from kate

tell me, what are your weekend plans?

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happiness is....

 'happiness is...' -  each week we'll meet two lovely ladies to find out what happiness is to them.... if you'd like to take part please drop me an email :)

www.cloudydreams.com & www.trudyflorence.com
 what makes you happiest?
So many things! What actually comes to mine first is riding my bike. Since moving to Holland I've fallen in love with being able to get anywhere in the city on my bike safely. This is so different to Brisbane, Australia where I was living before. My bike was stolen last week so that made me very unhappy but now I get to shop for a brand new one which is also lots of fun!

do you have a ‘happy place’?
Having just done a great big backpacking trip with my boy the happy places that spring to mind are some of my favourite travel destinations - Paris & San Sebastian, Spain are some of my favourite places in the world!

do you have a favourite happy song?
I have to admit that I'm a little addicted to You Make My Dreams Come True by Hall & Oates and listening to Clap Your Hands by Sia always makes me smile!

what gets you past a bad day?
Generally my boy will do something that cheers me up. He's such a joyful big kid and his silliness and love of life is so infectious it's hard to stay grumpy when he tries his hardest to cheer me up!


what makes you happiest?
Lovely encounters with lovely people. Finding amazing new artists/bloggers. Getting something nice in the mail. Delicious teas, pretty stationary and a good owl:)

do you have a ‘happy place’?
I'm a bit of a homebody, other than that I've found the most magical place that reminds me of a Japanese train station. It's the best place to read in the summer!

do you have a favourite happy song?
Ooh, so many, I could easily make a gigabyte mixtape. Can I pick three?
Quelque Part by Felipecha. New Shoes by Paolo Nutini. Also, the Owl City song for the Ga'Hoole movie!
what gets you past a bad day?
Getting out of the house to do something fun, putting some nice music on or watching a happy/funny movie.
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rainy days

i woke to the sounds of rain drops pattering against my window {and a soggy kitty meowing to come in!} somedays i really enjoying just listening to the sound of the rain falling. safe inside our cosy home it brings promises of sunny days to come.

once the kiddos had finished their school work this morning, we spent the rest of the day playing, baking, and crafting. choc muffins and a carrot cake have been baked, i finished up a blog design for a client, the girls got all the crafty stuff out and had a blast creating some pretty new things. i've gotten to the bottom of the pile of 'mending', made some new doily bunting for above my fireplace and listened to some tunes on my record player. we all need slow days, to catch up on some much needed house jobs and to just chill and enjoy each others company from time to time.

what have you been up to today???

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diy // ribbon garland

i shared this diy over on living apocklypse a while back.... in case you missed it here it is for all of you!

we made some of these ribbon garlands to hang in our woods - they look beautiful blowing in the wind, but would look equally effective as an indoor decoration - i can imagine it looking stunning hung over a cot.

what you need:

inside ring of an embroidery hoop
selection of ribbons
spray paint
hot glue gun

how to:

* spray the wooden hoop with your spray paint, and leave to dry.
* cut your ribbon into pieces approx 1m long
* hot glue one end of each ribbon strip to the outsisde of the hoop, until you've covered all the hoop.
* use another piece of ribbon to create a hanging loop by glueing each end to opposite sides of the hoop

and there you have it!! simple yet stunning ;) I'd love to see pictures if you make one


may sponsors

reposting this as it seemed to have vanished off my blog.... who knows where it went!!
just dropping by to say that i'm now accepting sponsors for may! if you'd like to be a part of this enchanted pixie next month, check out our stats, sizes and rates & give me a shout at pixiemama at live dot co dot uk
etsy sellers, bloggers, brands... if you think you're a good fit for my readers, i'd love to hear from you xo
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giveaway // montana snow vintage

monday, monday.... hello lovelies! i have another fantastic giveaway for you today! the beautiful laura is offering $25 store credit to her shop, montana snow vintage! she has some fantastic pieces in stock and you'll be spoilt for choice as to what to spend your winnings on!

here are a few of my favourites:

if you want to be in with a chance to win, enter below the jump!