a little break up

Do you ever get the urge to delete all your online accounts and get rid of your phone/computer/tablet forever?

I ditched all my social media accounts over the weekend while we were exploring Amboseli and it was glorious! So much so, that I’ve decided to extend the break and spend the next few weeks decidedly disconnected from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest etc. I’ll be back blogging sometime after that and if you need to get in touch, I will still be using email / skype / whatsapp / phone etc (:

I’m fascinated to see how much/if I miss it… and what I end up spending all my extra time on!

the week that’s been

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What are your plans for the weekend? We’re heading off on safari in Amboseli in celebration of Will’s birthday. We’re looking forward to seeing lots of elephants and Mt Kilimanjaro and just enjoying being out on the open plains. Last time we went to Amboseli we saw a hippo eat a hyena, so we’re pretty ready for anything!

Here’s some worthwhile tidbits I’ve found online this week. Sometimes I just really love the internet!

Yum. Grilled peach splits.

And this pear and almond frangipane tart.

DIY lawn games – don’t these look so fun?

I want one of everything from Lauren Christy Jewelry.

The Queensland Ballet is holding classes for the public!

And did you catch the last Strictly Ballet episode?

The expat struggle – oh I laughed at too many of these.

Will has got me hooked on this guy’s music.

Pastors and the ‘F-Word’.

I just finished Americanah. Another great read, though Half of a Yellow Sun is still my favourite.

Dog lovers, you must follow The Dogist.

And 50% off beautiful hair accessories from Grace Designs using the code MOVING50 before Monday!

art for every room: the bedroom (diy)

In an effort to turn our house into a home, I’m collecting ideas and inspiration for art we can hang on our bare walls. I’ve got a handful of DIY ideas and a wishlists of lovely pieces to buy, so I thought I’d turn my mullings into a little blog series – let’s call it Art for Every Room – and perhaps we can all try to include a little more art in our lives!

This is my final Art for Every Room post and we’re ending in the bedroom, always my favourite room! I’ve found it hard to create a DIY for our room when we haven’t set it up yet (we haven’t got any furniture but a bed!). So instead I’m sharing a couple of DIY projects I’ve seen around the place. I hope they give you some inspiration!

Elsie’s Handwriting Statement Wall by A Beautiful Mess

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For those of you with the freedom to paint your walls, here’s an art idea that can really personalise your room. With your handwriting and a favourite phrase or lyric, this is a big statement piece!

Paint Chip Wall Art by How About Orange

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This DIY can be adapted to any colour scheme! And if triangles aren’t your thing, try hexagons or a checkerboard effect instead.

Quilted Modern Art by A Beautiful Mess

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This fabric-based art would add lovely warmth to a room, and again, it can be adapted to the colours of your fancy. Though I’m rather partial to the simplicity of the white and mustard.

Circle Punch Art by Mer Mag

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I love this piece! And the creator, Merrilee, was able to involved her boys in the whole process, making it even more special. It would be a great DIY for the crafter with too much scrap booking paper.

And here are a few more ideas:

Nail Yarn Wall Art from JenLovesKev

Handpainted Globes from One Canoe Two

DIY Light Up Headboard from A Beautiful Mess

Octopus Art (using the coolest shower curtain!) from 6th Street Design School

I hope you’ve enjoyed exploring some new art with me through this series!

the week that’s been

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I hope you’ve had a wonderful week! Our garden is growing, the sun was out for at least two days and I got to Skype with my sister for over an hour, so it has definitely been a good one. I’ve also just finished a self-imposed, month long ’30 piece wardrobe’ challenge (more on that later), so this morning I got to dig through all the clothes I packed away and pull out my warmest sweater that I stupidly forgot to include in my 30 options. I’m feeling so cosy and snug!

Here’s some lovely links from around the place. Enjoy:

A great (comprehensive!) guide to storing fruit and veggies.

And Nairobi friends – get your fresh produce delivered by Kula Kula!

Nine reasons why a decade of Christina Yang wasn’t nearly enough.

You need a ‘stop doing’ list.

Reading literature makes us smarter and nicer.

How lovely is this car park graffiti?!

And this gorgeous footpath street art?

A pretty DIY weaving.

Five great apps for creatives. And 37 (!) books every creative should read.

I love this Ace & Jig scarf.

The top 50 cities to see in your lifetime. (I’ve made it to 8!)

And what not to pack for your vacation.

And did you know that Australia Post has an app where you can upload a photo and send it as a postcard? A girlfriend was telling me just this week – how did I not know?!