Saturday, 26 October 2013

1 Year..

Hard to believe that our little girl is 1- where has this last year gone?  Probably even before she was born I imagined having a huge 1st birthday filled complete with one of those fancy dessert tables that you see everywhere nowadays, handmade decorations, little vintage jars full of flowers everywhere...( yes I had it all planned in my head)
 And then time went by so quickly and we decided that we just didn't have the time/energy/funds to invest into a big bash.. so there would be no party.. However as it got closer the big day I couldn't let it pass without a celebration and a bit of craft..
So we invited family and a few close friends...a dress was made, as was some mini bunting for the cake and even the little guys on top of the cake managed to get some handmade party hats..
The sun was a shining ( a rare sight around our part of the world lately) as is tradition in our family the party girl party girl picked up a virus and a rash a few days before- every one of our kids has managed to get sick the week before their first birthday... We carried on and had a beautiful afternoon without the fancy buffet and it was perfect..

A birthday breakfast of champions

A little pre party crafting..

A little bit of pink on the birthday buffet..

Lulus & her little posse get their party on..

Some lemon sorbet cups made in my new fancy schmancy thermomix..

Rocking the dress..

I got a Lulu added a new Maileg doll to her collection..

 And that was it...

 Our little Lulu has brought so much to our family.. she is funny, determined, feisty, beautiful and so much more.. Happy 1st birthday beautiful girl.




Tuesday, 8 October 2013


Lots and lots happening in our house lately.. We survived the school holidays (yay!) Our baby girl turned 1, we have been doing lots of work around our house, and there was a photo shoot in Lulus room for little one baby mag..
My little baby shoe business is taking off and may possibly be a shoe/ clothing business very soon..
Today though I wanted to share 3 interior trends that I have been noticing and loving a little bit more every time I see them... And as I am planning for a renovation ( in 3-4 years or a Melbourne cup winner, whichever comes first) I am busily pinning inspiration for the future..
So first of.. Black window frames, a couple of months ago I would never have considered that window frames would be anything else besides white. But the images I am seeing on pintrest & blogs look amazing.. I guess it is like making a picture frame out of your view..
Here's a few that caught my eye..
I like this type of window with old black steal , maybe in an arch form.    Iron window frames, creamy colors, marble
i wouldn't mind this "little" nook in my kitchen...  a la
subway tile - shower tub with pretty glass door
I could post so many beautiful images of black window frames and door the above are just a few..
I love rugs- in family rooms, under dining tables, bedrooms( I searched long & hard for a perfect rug for Luella's room).. lately I have been seeing lots of round rugs and I really like how they add interest to a room..
round rugs
New Armadillo
The one just above is from Armadillo & co who have recently launched great range of kids rugs..
Still on all things round I am obsessed about getting a round mirror for my long narrow hallway..
Round Mirror Round Up | The Design Confidential
Mirrors | Restoration Hardware Baby & Child
So thats it.... I will keep dreaming and pinning my idea and pray that my husband is the next Bart Cummings...
Simone x

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Little Scout

I nearly forgot how to do it when I went to write this post... I haven' abandoned this little blog altogether.. being honest nothing has inspired me enough to put it on here, that and the fact that I have started my own little business...
Yep that's right-a teeny tiny little one woman business... Instead of vintage wares I am now peddling baby Moccasins.. Well one woman and one baby business- Lulu is my number 1 ( & only ) shoe model.. That kid is going to wonder one day why all of her baby pictures are of her feet!
Its early days but so far I am getting some great feedback and orders are starting to roll in.. It is the perfect business for me right now, and the fact that I am slightly obsessed with fashion for the little people helps - I know it doesn't really matter what they wear as they grow out of/ wreck things extremely quickly, but anyone who knows me will tell you I have always loved mini fashion and now that I have a daughter it has only gotten more out of control.. So for me it really is the perfect little business..
So what do I do you might wonder?
 * hunt down and select the leather from various different places
                               * cut out 5 individual pattern pieces per shoe by hand
                 * then hand them off to a local seamstress who puts them together for me
                               * pick them back up, do all the fringing and elasticate the heels
                               * put them on my little business partner/ co-worker, convince her to sit still while
                                photograph the merchandise, post on facebook and instagram and hope like hell
                                that somebody likes them enough to pay money for them!
Photo: New favourite - shimmery silver .. 3-6 months are available now and 6-12 months in a week ..
My favourites so far...

Photo: Getting a 10 month old to sit still & smile while you photograph her feet was not an easy task !



The cutest little co- worker.
So that's it really.. our little house is coming along nicely - in fact so nicely that my co-worker above had her room photographed just last week for a baby magazine. The boys are insane good- making us laugh, making us cry.. keeping us busy..
Back again soon ..
Simone x
Oh and if you wandered over here and fancy a little more of a look at my little Moccs you can check us out on facebook..

Saturday, 29 June 2013


Finally we are fully unpacked in our new home.. It has taken 4 maybe even 5 weeks to sort through the masses of things our little of family of 5 own!
Previously we had 4 bedrooms, 3 living areas, dining space,2 bathrooms.. I had a wardrobe the same size as the kitchen in our first home in Ireland.. And now we have 3 bedrooms, a small living room,1 bathroom and toilet combined. So squeezing everything in and making it look nice has been a challenge.

I have thrown things out, donated to charity, given to friends.. with so little space I crave a simple life surrounded with favourite things and things that we actually use.

So I finally managed to clean up  find some time the other day to get some photos...

Funnily enough we knew this house really well, some very good friends of ours lived here when they moved over from the U.K.and were working for the owner at the time.

 So we had spent many evenings here for BBQ's, catch ups..even some babysitting on my part.

The original owner is still also a racehorse trainer in Mornington and built the house himself and raised a family here, just as we are now.

One of the things that I loved about the house is that it is very much a blank canvas, there is nothing here that we cannot live with for the next few years until we renovate..

So that's it for now really, i have lots of little projects on the go that hopefully I can share along the way..

Lastly I wanted to share a photo of Little Lulu- who is growing so quickly and developing such a cheeky little personality, time really does fly when you are having fun.

Simone xx

Saturday, 22 June 2013


I have been noticing a lot of wood panelling in a lot of images I come across on the Internet and magazines, and I have to say I am slowly becoming a huge fan.
This may very well have something to do with the fact that we have, without choice found ourselves immersed in the world of panelling... Our new home has panelled ceilings in the kitchen and bathroom. Originally they were a yucky brown colour, hairy wood- if there is such a thing! And now after many litres of paint and a painter with a sore neck they are lovely and white.
Our home is not quite camera ready yet so here are a few images of beautiful panelling that have caught my eye recently..
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Panelling is definitely no longer restricted to country kitchens and those
 * 'home is where the heart is' kind of homes..
* you know those type of house that have a little hand painted sign that greets you as you enter..
*no offence to anybody who may have one of these little gems- because really, home is where the heart is, I just don't want to display on a sign..
Its Saturday night here, the fire is on, the husband is watching Rugby.. I know, I know- I really do lead a wild and crazy life.. Blogging on a Saturday night, I might even step things up a notch and head on over to Pintrest!
Simone xx

Wednesday, 12 June 2013


Oh dear, it has really been a long while since I have been here...
I have written many blog post's in my head but having time to translate them in front of a computer has been virtually impossible..But I am back!
In the past month we have been through what I have always heard is the most stressful one can do- and I can now vouch for that... We moved house and I can tell you now it has been CHAOS.. throw in a few bouts of gastro, ear infections,flu's into the mix and some days I feel like I have been one step away from a straight jacket!
But right now today I have realised there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel. The house is actually starting to resemble a home, things are in wardrobes, boxes are mostly unpacked and as I write this I am looking out the window at all the space we have ( 16 acres to be exact)and how this is the life that we have always wanted for us and our kids.
We have chooks, horses, there is talk of a pony... We are home.
We have lots of work ahead- in fact I think a place like this is always a work in progress... however we don't plan on going anywhere soon or perhaps ever..
I cant wait to share some snaps of the house- I am getting to the fun part of moving, getting to faff about and move all of my favourite things around, make things look pretty!
Simone xx

Thursday, 11 April 2013


A few years ago I was looking for some bedside tables and as is normally the case ,anything that I liked was ridiculously insanely out of my my price range ( story of my life really..) And then by the magic of pintrest I found exactly what I wanted and after a few clicks I discovered West Elm and although sadly the cost of international shipping separated myself and my dream tables my love affair with West Elm began....
Where it all began... The thing I love about all of their furniture is they are classic ,a little bit masculine, designed to stand the test of time and I think blend beautifully with Vintage pieces..
You can imagine my excitement when I heard they were arriving in Australia this year !! The moment I heard they were opening in Sydney I started calculating frequent flyer points, hatching a plan to head up to Sydney for a sneak peak the interior gods once again shone down with the news that although still a little while away West Elm would be taking up residence in Melbourne ..  I have heard whispers of the Jam Factory Chapel Street, the Sydney store opens early next month so I am sure it wont be long till all is revealed.. Oh  and they are also bringing along their brother/sister companies Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids & Williams Sonoma - its definitely going to be a 'con someone into minding your three kids and run' day trip..
Another little interesting fact the Vice President of West Elm is an Aussie and she has stated that unlike some international brands ( yes I am looking at you Gap, Zara, Topshop) they will try to keep their Australia prices on par with their American prices and will also offer online shopping- you can read the full interview over with Vanessa Holden over here at the always fabulous Interiors Addict blog..
Oh I do love a wire basket..
I will absolutely head to the Melbourne store as soon as it opens but for the foreseeable future it looks like for me it will be window shopping only -you see as of today our house is officially 'under contract' ! Yep that's right we are about to move to a much smaller house with a much larger mortgage, fun time ahead ..
Simone xx
P.S If you were crossing off a list there wouldnt be too many left on it-
H&M - yes please
ANTHROPOLGIE-dream come true ..please ? prepared to beg if needs be 
Any others you can think of that I have left off?