Meet my Cricut Maker

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I’d love to know what it feels like to be organised, like seriously next level organisation, where everything has a place, everything is easy to find and everything is labelled! Which brings me to my latest obsession – my Cricut Maker.

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I wanted the Maker to help me label every cupboard, drawer, basket, box and container in my house, which it can do with ease. What I didn’t realise is that it’s capable of so much more!

It is essentially a die-cutting machine, it cuts over 300 materials from crepe paper and fabric to basswood and leather. After I unboxed my machine and completed the beginners project I was amazed and excited by the possibilities. I started searching on Pinterest and Instagram and found some incredible projects. I quickly realised the only limits of this machine was my imagination.

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At the same time, I had Bella’s formal preparation happening and I volunteered to have the pre-drinks at our house. We had just moved house 2 weeks prior and the last thing on my mind was decorations.

The Cricut Maker was an absolute lifesaver and my daughter and I made the decorations in just a few hours and they looked amazing!

This was my first real project and I was a little nervous. It was so easy, it has step by step instructions and walks you through the entire process.

I used materials I had on hand from my scrapbooking days, but you can get all your supplies at most good craft stores. In Australia, Spotlight has a great range, along with a large selection of the Cricut machines and accessories.

 Cricut Design Space software has 1000’s of ready made designs and projects that are great for a beginner like me.

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Our formal was 1920’s themed, I searched for 20’s and scrolled through until I found what I wanted.

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I chose the gorgeous Deco style banner in gold and black, then hit ‘Insert’ to add it to my canvas, which is the design space of the software where you bring your projects to life.

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I dragged it to the size I wanted and then selected ‘Make It’.

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This is where you can see how it will cut on your mat and how many layers you will need. I needed the gold layer for the decorative front layer and the black layer for the backing.

I inserted the gold card stock on a mat for the first layer as instructed by the software. It connects to your machine via Bluetooth and the lights on the machine flash when it is ready.

Then the magic began. I was actually blown away by how precise the cuts were and how easy is was to use! Once my first layer was cut I repeated the same process for the second black layer.

This is my favourite bit, it’s called ‘weeding’ and it where you remove the negative details and leave the design behind. I used the Cricut tool which made it easy and strangely satisfying.

Once I finished both layers and removed them carefully from the mats, I assembled them with two-sided tape.

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I repeated these steps and made the year ‘2020’ and two blanks ones to go on each end. I joined them together with gold string.

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It turned out beautifully! What do you think?

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I’m was so happy with my first Cricut project. I didn’t stop there, I also made a confetti box for the grazing table.

I already had the fun confetti filled perspex box, I simply added some font using the Cricut Shimmer Vinyl in black. I chose the Deco font. It was super quick and easy and it looked amazing.

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It was the perfect finishing touch to the grazing table and everyone loved it!

I’m already planning my next Cricut projects and I can’t wait to get started. Stay tuned for a Lego organisation table, some felt pennants for Orly’s room and some monogrammed pillowcases!

Happy Crafting!

Hayley x

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Much ado about Bamboo

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Four month ago I was challenged by Linenly to try out their bamboo bedding.
If you’ve followed me for a while you’ll know that I am mildly obsessed with belgian linen and to be honest I didn’t think I was going to love the bamboo sheets.

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I accepted their challenge, but I ordered the sheets to fit my daughters bed because I wasn’t ready to part with my belgian linen. Yes, I use my kids as guinea pigs! I have never heard a kid rave so much about their bedding, she absolutely loves it and complains if I change her sheets with something different. She kept telling me that I had to try them, so when she was away for the weekend, we slept in her bed ….

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Okay, now I get it …. they really are beautiful to sleep in. They are soft and silky without being sticky or clingy, the fibres are cool and breathable and we truly did get a great nights sleep.

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I was happy to get these sheet for the kids as they are not only affordable but they come from a sustainable source and are friendly to the planet, and now I’ve added a set for my own bed.

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One of the best things about these bamboo sheets in particular is the ‘long side’ label, it is an absolute sanity saver and I can’t understand why it isn’t mandatory on all fitted sheets!

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Oh, and Skipper loves them too, have a look at her doing her morning yoga session here …

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If you want to give them a go, you can find them here.
Now excuse me while I pop back to bed for a quiet cup of coffee ….

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Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

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DISNEY x SHORT STORY

Disney has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. Some of my earliest memories are my parents reading bedtime stories from my vast collection of Little Golden Books, all the classic like Bambi, Peter Pan and Sleeping Beauty.
Then I grew up, had my own kids and the tradition continued with Disney bedtime stories. These stories hold special messages of family, friendship and dreams, they encourage kids to be themselves, be honest and be brave.

My kids, now 18, 17 & 8, have embraced the same love for Disney which becomes quite obvious when a Disney song comes on and they all break out in singing at the top of their lungs. So, when Disney & Short Story approached me about sharing their collaboration I jumped at the chance!

I first discovered Short Story about 5 years ago through social media. I instantly loved the unique way they use paper to create beautiful art and homewares, from their origami art to their paper lamps, their attention to detail is just beautiful. It is no surprise to me that Disney have chosen to collaborate with them on this incredible collection and I can’t wait to share it with you.

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For this collection they have created a sophisticated and stylish range of homewares and jewellery for all ages, my 18 year old daughter is just as excited about this range as my 3 year old niece.

The framed art is whimsical and uplifting with stunning gold-foiled quotes inspired by the movies. The origami is individually hand-crafted from iconic Disney scenes and hand signed by the artist. They come packaged in a velvet lined box ready to gift. These collectors edition pieces are limited to 120 pieces and will be treasured though the generations.

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Perfect for a child’s bedroom, the lamps are individually hand wrapped with vintage scenes from the Disney original animations, they bring a comforting glow at night sure to put a smile on anyones face.

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I’m in love with the candles and I can’t pick a favourite! The soy wax candles come in pretty pastel glass jars and embellished with real flower petals. The delicious fragrances are beautifully paired with the princesses and include Coconut Sea Breeze for Ariel and Enchanted Rose for Belle. They are ready to gift in bespoke designed boxes complete with nostalgic scenes from the Princess stories.

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The votive candle lantern sits on a wooden lacquered base and showcases favourite Disney scenes wrapped around the heat proof glass. They are presented in a beautiful box, pair them with some tea light candles for a gorgeous gift.

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Floating flowers make these diffusers something really magical. The glass jars showcase real flowers chosen to embody the princess and the scents are just as enchanting with fragrances like Night Lit garden for Jasmine.

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If you want to share your love of Disney with the world, the range of earrings is super sweet and they come in a huge range representing all your favourite Princesses. Crafted by hand in sterling silver and 14K gold plating, these earrings include characters such as Elsa, Ariel and Mrs Potts.

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The bubble earrings are fabulously fun with a ball of sparkle or real flowers on one side and a sweet representation of your princess on the other side, and the best part is they are reversible, it’s like having two pairs of earrings in one!

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Lastly, and so lovely, are the trinkets created to conjure special memories, positive thoughts and to serve as a lucky charm. They come in their own special pouch with an inspiring story card ready to gift or treasure as a keepsake.

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If your ready to bring some magic into your home, you can find all the beautiful pieces here.

If you want to win a candle, diffuser and pair of earrings from the Disney range, ENTER HERE!

Happy Shopping!

 

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A Sofa Slipcover Review with my friends at Comfort Works

Have you ever bought a piece of furniture that you thought was timeless and you were going to love it forever, then a few years later you’re a little bored and the love is fading? That’s exactly how I felt with my sofas, just a little ‘meh’.

My sofas are from the IKEA Stocksund range, IKEA sofas are durable, practical and very affordable. Ours are super comfortable and only a couple of years old, they are still in perfect condition and they work well in our living room. The issue is that I am interior decor obsessed and I like to change things around often. I felt stuck in a rut with my current blue and white ticking sofas and was longing for a fresh new look.

That’s when I decided to have a look at Comfort Works and see what they offered in the way of IKEA sofa covers or more specifically Stocksund sofa covers. I think slipcovers are a great choice for families as they are so carefree ….. who wants to be that parent that is always yelling at the kids and wrecking all the fun by being precious about the furniture? Not me!

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When I asked for your advice and ideas about my fabric selection on my social media I was inundated with so many questions, so I popped up a quick blog post about the ordering process and a few other questions.
If you missed it you can find it here.

I was blown away by the customisation options and range of beautiful fabrics available at Comfort Works.

Firstly, lets talk about the fabrics. They have curated a collection of beautiful colours in a selection of both synthetic and natural fibres. Natural fibres tend to be softer and comfortable but less durable, while the synthetic fibres are tough but not as comfortable. A natural and synthetic blend tend to be a great compromise of comfort and durability. They also have speciality fabrics available like velvet and leather.

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I chose the KINO fabric for my sofas. They are from the Heavy Duty range and are 100% polyester. This fabric will withstand lots of wear and tear from the pets and kids, it will hold up to lots of washing and is the most hardwearing fabric in the collection. With three kids and 2 pets, this is just what we need!

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I also chose to have contrasting piping for my sofas. This is another customisation option available, you can choose plain seams, matching piping or contrast piping. I know most people tend do do a darker colour for the body of the sofa and a lighter colour for the piping, while I love this look I really want these slipcovers to be as carefree as possible, so I chose a mid strength colour for the body of my sofas and a dark colour for the piping.
I think if you want to do the reverse, with the light coloured piping, slipcovers are the only way to do it. Can you imagine trying to clean white piping on a sofa without removable covers!

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The last, and most exciting customisation option I chose was to have long skirted covers. The Stocksund sofa has tall legs and is high from the ground. I thought the open air underneath them would give our living room a sense of space, which it does, but now I find myself wanting a more intimate looking space and the long skirted slipcovers have created the warm and inviting atmosphere that I was looking for.

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Other customisation options include built-in USB ports, yes you read that correctly, you can have a USB port built into your slipcovers for easy-peasy charging of all your devices. Genius!

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Comfort Works kept me updated with every step of the order process from the beginning through to shipment details and delivery date.
When my covers arrived they were neatly folded and packaged with care. They all had individual labels telling me what part of the sofa they were for, no guessing required. It made it so easy to pop them on, I had a whole new look in under half and hour!

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So, the big question on the edge of everyones lips is – Am I happy with my new slipcovers?
ABSOLUTELY!
I am thrilled with them!
The fabric is softer than I was anticipating and the fit is perfect. I love the colours I chose and the contrast piping is amazing. The best part of all … the long skirts, they have completely changed the look and vibe of these sofas and it truly feels like I have all new furniture.

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I am so happy with entire process and I have no hesitation in recommending Comfort Works for all your custom sofa covers and slipcover needs.
I am already planning my next transformation!

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Happy Shopping!

Hayley

DISCLOSURE – I was gifted my slipcovers by Comfort Works. As you all know, I would never recommend anything unless I have used it or experienced it for myself. I know you trust me and I will not betray your confidence by recommending an inferior product or brand. All opinions above are my own.

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