The Vintage Princess!

It is no secret that I love to get my Martha on. To me there is nothing better than sitting down to make something beautiful. I am thrilled that Ms Maya (our eldest gal) inherited the crafting gene! We spend hours tinkering with bits and pieces that we find around the house. We’re also addicted to pottering around the Rozelle Markets on a weekend. So much fun!

My latest obsession is….  floral crowns! I’m not sure why – just really adore them.  Maybe it is my inner vintage princess trying to escape.  I wish I worked in an industry where I could wear one everyday. Sadly, I don’t think it’d go down well in the financial services arena. Those suits can be super serious and boringly conservative!

This week Maya and I bought some faux flowers and came up with a pretty and downright gorJUS headpiece. It will make a perfect addition to Sweet Jane’s prop box! The photos below show how we did it  (as well as the final product as worn by my niece Ellie). It didn’t take long and cost about $15 to make. Why not try to put together one for yourself…. it is easy! For more delicious inspiration you should also check out my pinterest board.

Photos above courtesy pinterest.

Sweet Vintage Dreaming!

I am dreaming of a summer holiday in a far away land (yes another one). In a place where I can totally relax, wind down and do nothing except sleep, eat and swim!

So as you do… I had a sticky beak around the ‘world wide web’ for inspiration. It didn’t take long to find the perfect location. It’s a place called Love Lane in Cornwell, England. When the link first popped up I wasn’t sure if I should open it. Love Lane sounded like a destination suitable for newlyweds, not for a family with two small children. I clicked it anyway and I am soooo glad I did because the most amazing place.

Love Lane is a caravan park full of vintage vans, trailers and buses! OMG I could barely speak (can’t believe I just wrote OMG… lol!). A holiday surrounded by gorJUS gorJUSness. How perfect! Seriously I could think of nothing better. I may have to forgo the swimming of my dream but I am happy to do that!

I’ve been buzzing all afternoon and now need to find a way to get Mr SJ to say yes. It shouldn’t be too hard. Love Lane is situated on Roskilly’s Organic Ice-Cream Farm. He loves ice cream almost as much as he loves me (or maybe it is the other way around). There is absolutely no way he’d say (or would say) no. The idea is totally delicious on all fronts! It’s a win-win scenario.

Anyway… I’ll let you know how the chat goes. Wish me luck. I’ll keep you posted x

If you would like to book your very own ‘vintage van’ experience invite Sweet Jane to your place. She’s always up for a good party. Alternatively if you want to dream with me check out my so VAN-tastic board on pinterest.

Photos courtesy :: Pinterest

 

Little Ladies High Tea

Sweet Jane and I did our first ever Little Ladies High Tea earlier this month. The lovely Charlotte (who was turning eight) invited us and around 40 of her closest friends to a secret spot in Randwick (Sydney).  The weather was absolutely perfect for a feast of fairy bread, sandwiches, chocolate dipped marshmallows, lemonade scones and strawberry infused cupcakes. For drinks we sipped on punch, hot chocolate and beautiful tea (they actually drank me peppermint)!

Happy birthday again Charlotte. Thanks for being our first ever Little Lady to celebrate her birthday with us!

The Big ’0′ Afternoon Tea

2013 is starting to look busy already. I am definitely not complaining that’s exactly how I like it – go go go! Having to sit still for too long is bor-ING – very bor-ING!

As many of you know over the last few weeks I have been prepping for Anna and Andrew’s party. It was a big ‘0’ birthday for them both and I put together a vintage afternoon tea. Well the event went off perfectly last Saturday. I was so happy with how it all looked.  The theme worked wonderfully on their beautiful farm. There was lots of lace, pearls and quirky bits and pieces that I collected from Council pick up days. It is mind boggling what people throw away! I suppose it is true ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ (or in this case a women’s treasure).

Miss AJ (their daughter’s music teacher) also performed. She was stunning and her voice flowed in and around the trees and carried down the valley. It was lovely, just perfect!

The day was captured by some of Anna’s great friends – Tracey, Ellie and Amanda. They took some great images and have kindly allowed me to share some of them with you here.

It was so nice to be able to do something special for people that you care for. While I had both of them (and others) up trees to hang lampshades, bunting and photos I know they had a fabulous time and really appreciated the prettiness of it all.

Now I am no onto my next event. An engagement party. Stay tuned can’t wait to share that bit of gorgeousness with you!

 

Vintage Tea Party

My lovely girlfriend (and her hubby) are having a party. YAY – fun, fun, fun! I love a good party. To help them celebrate they’ve asked me to style a vintage themed tea party at their stunning property in the Blue Mountains (about 2 and a bit hours out of Sydney). WOW… it is going to be fabulous. I am so looking forward to it. They have a beautiful natural atrium surrounded by pine trees as a backdrop. It is pretty spesh!

In preparation I’ve been pouring over pinterest to get some inspiration (check out some of the boards I’ve created). There are so many good ideas and clever people out there. Here is what I’ve come up with so far… I think these concepts reflect their simple, yet classic style and most importantly will provide a space for their friends to gather, mingle and share the love on the day. Stay tuned there will be more photos (of the real thing) x


High Tea Happiness :)

2012 will go down in history as the year I put one of my cwwwazy ideas in action. I still can’t believe I’ve actually done it.

Seeing this little mobile High Tea business come together has been exhilarating, exciting and truly fabulous. There is still way more to do but Sweet Jane just looks so lovely and so amazing, I am just over-the-moon. I can’t wait to show her off and share our afternoon tea delights with everyone.

With things winding down for Christmas, I wanted to take the time to say thank you to my family and friends who have supported me. You guys are just the sweetest! Without you there would be no Sweet Jane’s. You’ve been there every step of the way – inspiring, listening, sharing, building, creating, shopping, serving, writing, counselling, scouting, painting, cooking, cleaning… you name it – you’ve done it (and sometimes without knowing). You’ve helped me beyond belief . I love you and feel totally blessed to have you in my life. Triple cheek kiss, hug and hug again!

Happy Holidays. I’ll see you in the New Year xx

Uh-oh Double Trouble!

I am still buzzing from the lovely High Tea baby shower we had last weekend. Thank you Olivia (mum to be) and Sandra (nanna to be) please let us know when fang & ham arrive x

Drums, Guitars & High Tea!

Those close to me know that I am a bit of a rock chick. I  can think of nothing better than hanging out with your besties at a festival (that’s how I met my hubby). There’s something special about frolicking around barefoot in the grass or dancing in the night air like no one is watching!

Needless to say I was in my element at the ‘Rock Star’ party we had last weekend. Held in our backyard for my gorJUS daughter Ms M and her great pal Sir C. They turned 7!

It was a fabulous affair that included a stage, microphones, guitars, funky glasses, big hair and ‘kiss inspired’ face painting. The kids had an absolute ball (and so did we). It’s not exactly High Tea but it a great party nether-the-less!

Sydney Afternoon Tea

On Saturday Sweet Jane (and I) went along to the quarterly abcd meet-up for art craft and design bloggers in Stanmore, Sydney. Steph (Bondville) and Lisa (The Red Thread) planned and styled the meet-up around the theme of a vintage-inspired afternoon tea. It was just gorJUS!

At this event we were fortunate enough to meet some of the most inspiring women in town. There was lots of great ideas shared… as well as a heap of laughs. While our role was to serve up our T2 tea tea, coffee and yummy berry punch, I did learn a thing or two about Instagram… which I am now ‘officially’ addicted to (thanks gals).

For those interested in all things creative take a look at the abcd facebook page. For a sneak peak at some more Instagram pics taken on the day click here.

Photos courtesy: (L to R) The Red Thread, Little Paper Lane, Bondville (November 2012)

Sweet Jane’s tealightful day out…

On the weekend Sweet Jane’s visited the Corpus Christi Fun Fair in St Ives, Sydney. It was a beautiful day and we made some great new friends! We served up our delish Devonshire Tea – T2 Tea, lemonade scones, award winning jam and clotted cream (as well as itty bitty Dutch pancakes). Thanks to everyone who shared morning and afternoon tea with us. We hope to see you again next year.