Head & Heart – March 2015

It’s been a while since I have opened up my ‘Head & Heart’ section of this blog. And after a much needed Easter long weekend break sorting out all things to do with my personal, family, small business life I am going to enjoy sitting down and recalling the month that is March.

You too can play along, by sharing your own Head & Heart post on your blog. It is great way to get to know the personality behind the blog. As we often write about topics that may not show our character entirely. You can find out more on how to be a part of this secret bloggers club (no really…it isn’t that secret!) by heading over to Helarious. No BIG BAD rules, just honest writing…

Anyway here mine goes:

What am I grateful for?

Receiving encouragement from my peers – ever since I have dived into the small creative community in Perth I have met some awesome artists out there, doing their own thing with their hands and the time they find outside of their day job. It is a fantastic feeling to know that I am not the only crazy, overworked, passion-driven soap maker around here! And just hearing how much they love my products and want to buy it for their family and friends to make them feel special, makes my heart sing.

Time with my children – I say this a lot, but I just feel that I don’t want to wish their childhood away. Every month that passes by, I feel their hands growing bigger, limbs getting longer, confidence and independence improving. It makes me so proud, but I also know I have to stop and savour their little faces. I love seeing them interact, play in their home made tents, dress up and sing lullabys to each other. Also I say this, because I am an extra busy mum. I realise I do a lot! Maybe too much on the plate at the moment, so spending time with them keeps me grounded.

I’ve been thinking a lot about:

Big plans – if you are a follower of TheSimpleChic on twitter you may already know what I am going on about. And if not on twitter, let me tell you here first…after many months of secretly plotting…I am going to become a cafe owner! It has come to a time in my life, where I know I am confident and capable of taking on such a dream. It has been a dream since I was 18 years old…that I would one day run a cafe with my friend. And so we are doing it! I can’t wait to talk more about the details as I blog on…and I hope you will follow my journey of taking on this exciting project.

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What have I been doing?

Turning 31 –  Yes I ticked over the 30s and have learnt not to take things so seriously and certain of what I want.  am no longer that skinny, self-conscious, shy girl and it’s great not focusing things that never really made me happy to begin with. I love being a young mum, my curves, a business woman and seizing opportunities that come my way…it’s like I have started to take control of my destiny, when I did feel a little lost in my 20s. We all did what our parents wanted us to do, get the university degree, get married, buy a house etc…but now I feel I have to tread my own path to find myself. And on my birthday was my last day at work in the office, my hubby and kids picked me up and we went to celebrate at San Churros, our favourite family spot. What an exciting and liberating day that was!

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Meetings with coffee roasters – Funny how I shall be running a cafe very soon but I have always preferred tea over coffee. Back in my early twenties I worked as a barista and always enjoyed the smell of coffee, but never truely appreciated the taste until now. I have been spending some time meeting with different coffee roasters to choose a blend that is signature to the cafe. It’s a fun process, as I discover the differences in flavour, depth and acidity. My eyes have been opened to the world of coffee…caffeine is in my blood!! I’m so excited to be learning about this world, but have a slight fear of stepping in too deep…where I may transform into a coffee geek. Too much pressure to conform to the hipster barista life lol!

Stocking SELF Organics into retailers – This year I have had to cut out my market time and distribute my time and energy into the cafe project. Hence I have been stocking local retailers with SELF Organics, I will always love making soaps, creams and candles…it’s something I hope to one day stock in the cafe too. If you have a favourite small boutique that you would like to see SELF Organics in, please send  an email and I shall get in touch with them.  And I shall send out a small thank you gift for sharing with me.

What have I bought?

Fitness gear – For my birthday, I bought myself some nice new fitness gear. Not to exercise but to wear for comfort haha. I like the look of exercise wear but there’s no chance of spotting me in a gym. I found they opened up a Running Bare in Karrinyup Shopping Centre and they have a bright and bold pattern range that makes me want to run and dance and so on. Next on my list are some comfy Nike Roche sneakers, they seem to be all over the internet but they just struck me as very comfy shoes…like pillows on the feet.

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I hope you enjoyed reading my Head & Heart post, I haven’t been consistent with this segment…when I think I really should. It’s great sharing my thoughts and personal side with you. I feel I much closer to my readers that way.

Hope you are all having a great week!

E-von

Arrival Hall – New homewares & lifestyle shop

I have been trawling Instagram for some design inspiration, and envying the many interior designer feeds. Majority of the feeds are filled with images of  ‘Scandi’ design or more commonly known Scandinavian design. There is something relaxing and peaceful about Scandinavian homewares, it must be the muted colour palette or the soft textures and simple lines that makes me want to bolt under the doona covers and chill in bed all day.

The other day I heard about a new homewares store opening up in a quiet corner of East Perth, I just had to check it out for myself as their instagram feed was inviting me over for a friendly stalk. Why stalk on social media when you can go in a meet the face behind the small biz?

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Arrival Hall is the newly renovated real estate space transformed into a delightful shop filled with natural light and gorgeous ‘Scandi’ items. It was my mini-escape to enjoy a bit of retail therapy after work in the city. The Arrival Hall also stocks homewares for children and babies, it was the extra large Miffy light that caught my eye!

I had a quick chat with Lisa, the pharmacist turned shop owner who brought this concept to Perth. Together with her husband, Clement they run this beautiful space. And of course, not forgetting their cute furbaby, Lexie who I got lots of attention from and in return gave her affectionate belly rubs. What a great little assistant. I felt so welcomed in their space (and it is also technically their home, because they live upstairs! How amazing that situation would cut their travel time to work by 100%).

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I was pleasantly surprised to see designer Normann Copenhagen dustpan and brush, it was just too good to look at let alone use! Then again, if my cleaning tools looked that chic I would be more motivated to start on the chores… wouldn’t you? If you are in Perth, you will have to drop in and take a look for yourselves. The price range is surprisingly very affordable, and it’s great to know that it shouldn’t cost your whole fortnightly paycheck to achieve a designer looking home.

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Go in and say hi to Lisa and Clement at:

2 Saunders Street East Perth 

Opening hours:

Tues-Sat: 10am – 6pm

Sun: 1.30pm-5.30pm

Their web shop is coming soon, in the meantime visit their website and facebook to keep up to date with new arrivals at Arrival Hall.

Happy Funky Friday!

E-von

Head & Heart Series: June 2014

I can’t believe how fast the month of June has flown and it has now come to another segment of ‘Head and Heart’. I feel it is really that time in my life where I have to physically stop myself to smell the roses and enjoy the true, blessed moments of my life. Being a busy parent can make it quite difficult to do that. But I hope with my monthly installment of ‘Head and Heart’ it will make it easier for me to think about how I spend my 30 days in a month.

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Discovering an orchard nearby our home

What I’ve been grateful for:

Helpful souls who do not asking for anything in return. I have been busy putting together the accounts properly with a family friend who has offered her time and services to assist with the newsagency account. I have been racking my brains on all this accounting stuff, that it’s hurting my grey matter! So I was really beyond thankful that she came to us to lend a hand in sorting out all the numbers…which is obviously a weak point of mine.

Winter sunshine – As much as I love the rain that has been watering my garden and keeping it look alive. I am loving the sun that takes over during the day. It reminds me to look forward to Summer days and it makes me feel alive and energetic to get on with what the day throws at me. I have always a sunny disposition so it is quite normal for me to react to the sunshine!

Exploring new places with my kids, it can be tricky at times to take the whole family out as there is the worry that the kids will get over tired and throw a hissy fit. Hence we seldom go out and stay home, plus going out for a family of five isn’t exactly cheap anymore. Every where, it’s like spend on food, petrol, entertainment and something else. I tend to take my children to new places that don’t break the budget and the family has the chance to take some happy snaps and enjoy the day. I am grateful for those places, and these moments.

 What I’ve been thinking about:

Painting a black board wall in my kitchen area. Lil Moon has been busy practicing her artistic skills on the kitchen wall with my whiteboard markers, however it isn’t a whiteboard! So I have bought a can of Chalkboard paint from our local hardware store, Bunnings, a couple of small sized brushes so she can show off her artistic flair that way. Once it has dried I shall offer her a new set of chalk to draw till her hearts desire.

Creating a 365 book. I recently bought a 365 notebook from Kikki K and have thought about capturing my daily inspirations, motivations, thoughts, dreams etc all in one book. I have been writing in diaries since I was 8 years old and I hope to collate a personal journal with photos, drawings and so on….so that I may hold onto to the little fleeting moments that are so important in my life right now. That I may like to sit down and read once again when the children have all grown up.

What I’m excited for:

Taking SELF Organics to the Made on the Left Markets at the end of the month. I feel this is going to be a highlight of my handmade year! It’s all happening on the 27th July at the State Theatre Centre of W.A. There will be heaps of fellow handmade artists, so it will be a great day of shopping unique finds!

My Lil Man starts at a new pre-kindy, he is almost 4 and he is already switching schools. But not because the reason you might think, the centre he was at shut down! So we had no choice but to find another pre-kindy. He is so excited and I love seeing his enthusiasm for changes and new experiences. This is the age where resilience building begins.

What I’ve been doing:

It’s the end of financial year so I have been putting the books together ready for tax purposes. Sounds pretty boring huh? Well for me it is something I don’t enjoy and is not my specialty. I have been sitting with an accountant and see their face light up with excitement when they balance the accounts. I just can’t relate at all…

Doing a bit of online shopping for my upcoming market and making  more stock…which means lots of fun soaping and pouring candles.

What I’ve been reading:

Natural Beauty Bible – finding lots of tips on how to keep skincare natural and simple, these days I find that it is the most important thing to do for myself is reducing the amount of chemicals I interact with on a daily basis.

Anti-ageing beauty Bible – I have hit my 30s and definitely a lot more interested in anti-ageing products. I started using them in my early 20s and they have been helping my skin so far. This is a great book with reviews on the industry’s best and most  products that help with anti-ageing.

What I’ve been spending money on:

Birthday parties for my Lil Man and Lil Moon, they will be turning 4 and 2 years old respectively and at this age I feel it isn’t such a big deal when they have a combined party. Money has been going into the planning of it all and the presents. So I’m looking forward to the day coming around now.

Stocking up on my organic oils, butters and new packaging for my soaps. It’s been almost two years with the old design so I decided to change it up a bit and create a new eco-friendly look to my packaging. I’ll have to show you more details in another post.

Apologies…it took me longer than expected to write this post up! The computer screen has actually been up all week, after a number of logins and I have managed to finish it now. I can also blame it on my ability to be distracted by a hundred things at once…I tend to walk away then come back to a task and I can also blame Facebook and Pinterest.

Anyways, hope you are all having a fantastic weekend. I have another new post coming up on a small business in the spotlight, hear the passion and motivations behind this budding entrepreneur.

Till next time, Ciao!

E-von

 

 

 

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Bridesmaid Diary – Bali Wedding

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Well my bridesmaid duties are over, sad as it sounds, it was a very special experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Please excuse the fact that this post should have been up a month ago?! I must admit, it has been sort of tough going back to my state of ‘normalcy’ after the holidays. Don’t we all wish that our holidays would continue on forever?

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Looking at these photos of the place that we stayed for the wedding and remembering all the fun times we had, no wonder normalcy kind of sucks! I mean look at that sunshine…pure gold. I say this as I type with numb, freezing fingers on a wintery Perth night.

 

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It has been over a month since I went over to Bali for my best friend’s wedding where I stood by her side on her special day. Such an amazing experience and so many tears of joy shed and memories that will stay ingrained in my mind. However, the tan lines have certainly started to fade and it is a reminder that I have to save up for my next trip to Bali! Being on holiday with the kids was fun but it wasn’t a ‘relaxing’ holiday, weddings are pretty hectic and with kids it can get stressful. So in short I’m just saying…Bali would be a romantic paradise without kids. Plus, I was being anal mummy because I was so concerned that one of mine would fall sick and have the dreaded ‘Bali Belly’ gastro. So I had to play the water-nazi when it came to my kids coming in contact with Bali water.

 

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We got to dine at the Echo Beach restaurant and capture this mesmerizing sunset. Every sunset in Bali is truely magnificant!

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Overall the wedding was magical, it was set near the beach in Canggu amongst the backdrop of a warm, Bali sunset. Michelle and David were made for each other, all the family and friends certainly could see that. As for the evening reception, it was only a few steps away from the ceremony location, and as it turned to dusk the twinkling fairy lights and candles lit up the place and the faces of the  guests. It was the ultimate fairy tale wedding. The bride herself wore a Betty Tran designer gown, it was a champagne colour, sheer back, hand beaded  dress. And the bridesmaids wore a corn flower blue chiffon dress from ForeverNew.

 

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It was just such an amazing night full of love, happiness and serenity… what a great start to their married life together! Love those two.

What is your favourite wedding you have attended? And what made it so special?

E-von

Small business lessons – how to accept failure and move on

I can’t believe how much time has past by this year, I haven’t even begun to think of plans for 2014. It’s crazy… I have been so busy with my personal life that sadly this blog has been pushed aside. And recently, I mentioned to you on my Facebook Page that things haven’t been fairing so well…my positive outlook mainly. This year, life has thrown me many highs and many lows too. I used to be so good at overlooking the negatives and just moving on.

But sometimes, when you get hit down so many times you start believing in your mind that maybe it’s true…I am a failure. I made these wrong decisions that lead me down this path. Cut a long story short, I was juggling too much on my plate. Which included two businesses, and one didn’t work out. I didn’t want to become a statistic, after all they say ‘more than 50% of start-up businesses fail in their first year’…but it happened and I am reeling from it.

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Turn failure into an open door

So I’m not sure what I should do now…I feel a little lost. And my other business which I am most passionate about has been growing steadily this year. I’m just going to keep taking it to the next level and try to forget about my past failures, or at least learn from my mistakes.

I didn’t have any experience in running a business and I knew I wasn’t prepared with all the numbers. I am the creative type, those numbers and paperwork can be such a bore. But I realise how important they are to supporting what I love doing…something I feel passionate about. So if you are thinking of a great business idea, don’t forget to keep up with the numbers…don’t stop analysing, planning, thinking outside of the box and on top of the money.

Because truth be told, creativity is so much more satisfying to the soul! But being money smart and organising your accounts will make the business happen like clockwork.

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I feel this picture says it all, being a creative you have to be open to criticism from others and yourself, to be free and not even consider the idea of ‘failure’. The fear of failure I learnt can make you second guess yourself, impact your normal reactions and can kill creativity.

The last 12 months, I have been on questioning myself, who am I and can I do this?  This post was not intended to deter you from pursuing your own dreams, I want you to know that uncertainty and unpreparedness is something you don’t want to have when you start your business. Always been on top of your game and keep the back room running smoothly, or why not hire someone. That way you can keep killin’ it they best way you know how!

You know I always have your back. Don’t ever stop dreaming and don’t give up on your passions!

Have a great weekend

E-von

Discovering new adult friendships

Lately I have discovered something about myself, I know I am easy going, friendly and open person but I also found out I am still shy, cautious and I have been saying no to the potential of making new friends as an adult. Can we all agree – Being an adult is so complex, I never knew that it would be this way when I was a teenager who couldn’t wait to spread my wings and fly. I have been lucky in my life that I have kept friends from my childhood, my best friend is still the person I met when I was 6. We grew up but still grew into individuals who respect and love each other. As we move into adulthood, the element of trust is difficult to have with a stranger…therefore adult friendships appear so complex.

As much as I love my tight knit group of school friends, I feel that for so many years I have closed the opportunity to connect to others and meet new people. In a way, I guess I kind of felt I was betraying them with new friendships made outside of the circle. Or not being able to express my personal thoughts and trust someone to understand them. As an adult it can be tricky to make those close connections with a another adult…because it is a whole different playground. Being a kid in the playground was easy, friendships were made over sharing a bag of chips or laughing at the same cartoons. With adults it’s about emotional connections and similar experiences. Developing a friendship in adulthood, is when you can share something that you wouldn’t normally share with a wider group.

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I am a naturally reserved and private person, so without being aware of it, the way I would go about avoiding making new close friendships was to say no to outings or activities that was outside of my ‘comfort’ zone. So this time, I decided I want to change that way about myself and make an effort to connect.

So far I have begun to meet up with other mums from Lil Miss S school and started seeing my work friends outside of work. I am enjoying it very much, breaking free from my shell and not being shy about being social. It’s quite liberating and my confidence is growing day by day. I am learning so much more and life is enriched by different interactions.

If you are feeling a little lonely and need to find a friend to share common interests with, don’t be shy, I encourage everyone of you to reach out and give new friendships a chance. By allowing yourself to become ‘available’ again and share your likes & dislikes you may find another alike human being. We get so bound by the ‘busyness’ of it all, life and especially the interference of social media that we forget how to interact like humans and regain that emotional connection again with another person. It is such a beautiful and refreshing thing to care for another person, to smile, to enjoy a moment. Something that is completely different to passionate love, or filial love…friendship is such a gift.

Friendships is not measured by the number of people who you have on your Facebook. It’s about how many will stand by your side when you are in trouble or when you need help and a listening ear.

Have a great Wednesday! Wow…only 1 more day till a 4 day weekend. Wootwoot!

E-von

Adios 20s and Hello to the 30s

From the beginning of last week I could no longer describe myself as ‘a 20-something year old’, the clock has ticked over and 2014 is the year when I say goodbye to my twenties and hello to my proper adulthood the 30s. So for now, everywhere I go I have to reprogram to describe myself as a ’30-something year old’…well at least I have one more year left till I have to say that.

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However, it’s kind of odd and embarrassing when I’m out with my kids, and someone asks me ‘Are those your brothers and sisters?’. I could have died of ‘happiness’ on the spot. As I am often mistaken for a teenager, still studying and preparing for my year 12 ball (apparently these situations have only happened in the past year or so – strangely in the last year of my twenties). I guess my twenties was the decade where I had a lot of growing up to do and FAST, I got married had my three beautiful babies and now I feel I am a lot more stable and confident knowing what I want to do with the rest of my life.

Although, during my twenties I couldn’t give myself 100% to find out who I really am. I dedicated the time to raising my children, helping them to find themselves. And I developed a very caring, motherly role…and this will continue for the rest of my life. But I also have to realise I still have to leave time for me, to do that soul searching that other 20-somethings have the opportunity to do. I never really had the travel bug or want to study more. One degree is enough! For me, to find myself is to find a way to contribute to the world. I just want to make a difference to have a voice and teach/motivate/help others to find themselves if they are feeling lost.

So if I could give some advice to my 30 year old self, let me suggest a few things:

–  be strong in the face of failure and mistake. To grow wings again and to start again if need be

–  allow time for relaxation, quiet and things that bring you pleasure to be enjoyed

–  speak up when things do not make you happy

–  say ‘no’ more

–  pick your opportunities and go full speed ahead

–  continue to see the positives and the light in times of darkness

–  lift up those who have lost the strength to carry on

– meet new friends, make new bonds and connections

–  take deep breaths and enjoy the naturescapes around you

– take care of yourself mentally and physically as further down the track your body will thank you

I have so many things I still need to learn and listen to my inner self. No matter how old we are we are constantly learning, absorbing, feeling and we shouldn’t allow age or a number to dictate how ‘mature’ we get. I have spoken to many 70 and 80 year old who still giggle and joke around like teenagers. Beauty fades but the heart still remains the same.

Stay tuned for my Birthday Haul video coming soon. I’m currently working on the editing and should be up tomorrow.

Have a great week!

E-von

Bridesmaid diary – Mishy’s Hen’s night

Hello Saturday! It’s been a busy week but I’m glad I can finally sit down and post about what happened last Saturday when I had my Bestie’s Hen’s night. I am one of the bridesmaids… so I felt it was my duty to make sure the Bride-to-be had an awesome time. I have never organised a ‘girls night out’ Hen’s before, I wondered where to start? I searched the internet for games, decoration ideas and I had become pinner-friendly on Pinterest. By the end of the planning I had become obsessed with phallic shapes and coconuts.

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Her wedding will be in Bali so it was only appropriate to have a ‘tropical’ theme Hen’s night. So I shopped for grass skirts, pink plastic martini glasses, coconuts and more. The decorations turned out perfectly, I even managed to DIY some tissue paper pom poms by using the Martha Stewart online tutorial.

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I didn’t know whether I would don the coconuts and grass skirt myself so I picked up two wearable outfits from Portmans. The mix of colours and patterns look very tropical and they will be sure to come along with me to Bali. Thanks for your help on Instagram and Facebook on which one to wear. In the end I thought the more practical one would have to be the short length dress. And surely by the end of the evening it worked better when we hit the clubs.

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We played games, there was  topless waiter, it was just girls letting go of their inhibitions and having a great time (as you can see how excited a married woman can be!) . Usually at a Hen’s night when all the bride’s friends are from different walks of life and who you have never properly met can get a little awkward at times. However, this was not the case, everyone got along so well and everyone seems to have the same kind of humour. As a host, that is one of the most important things to consider on a Hen’s night, otherwise you could end up offending someone or make them feel uncomfortable which you don’t want to do. It also depends on the personality of the Hen, does she prefer a more classy do or she wants to let down her hair. The one organising it, has to have an idea what kind of guests she is catering for…I would have to say it is also one of the trickiest.

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It was such a hilarious night, I met the rest of the girls who will be coming to Bali and everyone was relaxed and had a good laugh so no doubt we will have a second round when we all arrive in Bali. Plus we were lucky to be able to use the common room in Mishy’s apartment, so the event felt personal and ‘safe’. By 11pm we ventured out and got up to mischief out in Northbridge, Perth.

Have you had to organise a Hen’s night before? What theme did you have and what games did you play?

Here are a list of links that helped me with Mishy’s Hen’s night. Maybe it can help you too:

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Tasteful Hen’s night games 

Pecka products

Reject Shop – for all the Tropical themed decorations

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Some of these links are Perth specific, but you can always get ideas from around your city by typing in to Google. Google is the Bomb!

Have a great weekend guys!

E-von

Sculptures by the Sea happening at Cottosloe Beach

The first days of Autumn have been a little warmer for my taste. Autumn has always been my favourite season, because I get to wear my scarfs. I am a scarf-crazy woman. However we have been getting the cool nights, and they are a nice change to the sweaty slumbers and expensive power bills from using the air conditioner. I have been fond of the longer days too, I will miss the 7:30pm sun sets. We’ve been lucky to have the sun stick around till at least 7pm these days. So to embrace the first days of this extended Summer/ late Autumn my family and I decided to check out the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition happening at Cottosloe Beach, Western Australia. The exhibition runs until the 23rd March 2014, and it is completely FREE so there is still a lot of time to get down there and see them all.

Last year was a great exhibition, we enjoyed it until the sun went down. This year we came around 6pm and an hour was not enough to cover all the art works as the sun set before we get around to them all. It could have something to do with the first day crowds, as they were having a special dance performance on a resurrected stage in the middle of the beach. We brought along our picnic basket and blanket and the kids had such a care-free time.

And here they are…watch out, photo-bombardment coming your way!

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This was a stunning display of flags representing the volunteer Lifesavers. They commit their time and efforts to keeping everyone safe on our beaches and we are forever thankful.

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This was the Saturday evening crowd, as you can see in the distance they had a lots going on. There was traditional didgeridoo music, dancing and acrobats too.

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The most popular and largest of the sculptures was the gigantic ‘Goon bag’. Not the most classiest symbol of Australian culture, but I do remember very well when I was growing up where casket wine was always kept in the fridge.

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The stunning horizon of a sun setting always gets me. I love it, sun sets don’t make me sad…they remind me how much natural beauty can take your breath away and how it will soon present a new day!

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These glass feet were also accompanied by another pair of glass feet on a different rock. Not sure what was the artist was trying to convey, although the ghostly-feel is actually quite intriguing and mystifying.

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I love skeletons, and this one was one of my favourites. Looks like a heavy load to carry whilst cycling up to the moon. It was a large sculpture and I love the silhouette it  creates at sunset.

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This was the Sculpture by the Sea landscape on Cottosloe beach. Each piece had a little sign stating the name of the art work and another that said ‘do not touch the sculptures’…but you really can’t help it with children all over the beach. It presents as a big playground to them. There was another sculpture I didn’t capture because it got too dark, but I have to mention it. It was a wave like structure constructed what looked like wire and Barbie dolls. It was freaky and cool at the same time. My 6yo daughter pointed to a couple and said ‘I have this one, and this one…’.

Sculpture by the Sea has to be one of the family’s favourite local outing every year, it’s FREE, a picnic by the sea, viewing art…it’s the perfect combination. And it was lovely to see the entertainment this year, as they aren’t there everyday… I assume it was set up just for the first weekend.

So if you’re in Perth, grab a picnic rug, some treats and go down and make a day of it. You can find more details at the Sculpture by the Sea website here

Have a great week! I’ll just keep dreaming of the beach…

E-von

 

 

 

A trip to Maddison Cottage Cafe and Gifts

Last weekend, me and a couple of girlfriends went to try out the Maddison Cottage Cafe and Gifts in Guildford, Perth. We have heard so much about their devonshire tea service that we had to book ourselves in to join in the hype. Actually it was my friend’s idea…and I should have known she was up to something…

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We arrived there at 1:30pm on the hottest day of the month, it was around 44 degrees that day! I wasn’t really in the mood for a hot tea but in the end the tea was just the right temperature…warm enough to enjoy with our high tea. Although on top of the tea, the girls at the cafe kept refilling our water jug because we couldn’t stop drinking to keep ourselves hydrated.

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A high tea sitting at Maddys Guildford (as it is fondly known) costs around $34 per person. It includes a 3 tier china platter filled with sandwiches, mini quiches, vol au vents, scones with jam and cream, and a choice of sweet delights. We had fruit tart, cherry ripe slice and vanilla buttercream cupcakes. And the grapes were a refreshing touch. The ladies actually prepare the high tea treats the night before, so it is nice and fresh. And everytime you go, it will be a different menu…they prepare the choices differently each time.

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The teas they offer are from the T2 range, I chose the ‘Relax’ tea, it just had a nice ring to it!

It was a lovely catch up with the girls, but inside the quaint 1920s styled cottage it can get very hot! Even though they had arranged tall tower fans to blow at us, the air was too warm inside to cool us down and we couldn’t enjoy ourselves completely.

The food was absolutely delicious, I have never had a high tea with such buttery ‘melt-in-your mouth’ quiches and pastries. The sandwiches were very tasty and the scones were generous in size, fluffy and light. As for the butter cream cupcakes, they resembled those baked at home and were full of vanilla flavour!

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It was so sad that we had chosen to go on such a hot day. But I’m sure this won’t be our last trip here, next time we’ll have to come during the cooler months! The shop is decorated with flowers, French shabby chic style furniture and walls and corners filled with feminine gifts and homewares for purchase. The cafe is small in size, but would make a perfect place for a small bridal shower, baby shower, hens party and more.

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And, actually… before we were allowed to put a bite into our mouths my friend was acting a little strange and incognito, but she suddenly dropped the question on us “Will you be my bridesmaids?”. I was pleasently surprised! And I graciously accepted. The other bridesmaid is also a friend who I have known since we were six years old, so it will be amazing to stand next to these two women who have shaped me and my life, when it comes to the Bali wedding in April. They are more like sisters to me than friends. I can’t wait! Operation Bridesmaid bootcamp to start NOW!

Have you tried the high tea at Maddison’s Cottage? Where is your favourite place to enjoy High Tea ?

E-von