Happy New Year, dear friends! May this year bring everything you desire and grant all your wishes. Thank you for all your support over the years. Have a beautiful 2018!
Here’s a super simple recipe that I just prepared for NYE that is bound to be an instant hit with your guests or just a treat for yourself to bid farewell to 2017!
– 12 Mini Tart Shells
– 200g White Cooking Chocolate
– 90mL light Sour Cream
– Apricot & Coconut Balls (or anything else you want to top the tarts with)
– (Optional: 2-3 Tbs Cinnamon for taste and texture)
Prepare a large heatproof bowl and place it on a saucepan of simmering water ensuring the bowl does not touch the water. Place the chocolate in the bowl and stir gently at first.
When the chocolate is smooth and completely melted, take the bowl off the saucepan and stand for 1 minute, stirring it occasionally. Add the sour cream to the chocolate and mix them together with a spoon until well combined. The mixture should thicken. Add the cinnamon if you would like. It’s more delicious this way I find.
Once cooled, use a spoon to put the mixture into the mini tart shells and top with the apricot balls or anything else you’d like to decorate them with.
Put in the fridge until they’re ready to serve!
This simple recipe is quick and delicious. You could almost call it a simplified version of a cupcake! Happy New Year to you all!
This year was quite memorable and eventful for me. From holidays to concerts, leisurely bike rides to reading and writing long hand-written letters to friends, I’ve truly enjoyed most of what came my way this year. It’s almost time to welcome in the New Year, but before that let’s take a look at my favourite memories from 2017!
In January/February, I returned to my favourite city of Barcelona for a month-long visit! During this time Montserrat and Cadaques were also covered on day trips and overall this holiday was everything I could have ever wished for!
In March the superstar that is Adele came to town for an unforgettable summer’s night of raw emotion and a powerhouse vocal.
In July, I was fortunate enough to attend the concert of one of my favourite singers – Gavin DeGraw. Meeting him after the show was such an honour and his show was truly something special.
That same month one of my favourite musicals “My Fair Lady” was also playing in town at the Princess Theatre. I absolutely loved it!
Taking a bike ride along Port Melbourne’s foreshore never ceases to impress me.
I’ve absolutely loved making new friends through the art of handwritten letters and re-connecting with old friends.
This year I launched our “Cute Parcels” concept and recently was a market vendor at Carols by Kingston! Thank you to everyone that has supported us over the years!
This year I also took the time to engage with nature more, practise my photography and spend more time with the ones I love.
Just this month I was in the company of two more “One Tree Hill” alumni when Tyler Hilton and Kate Voegele came to Thornbury. They brought the house down!
So thanks 2017! You’ve been a pretty great year.
Bring on 2018!
Just popping in to wish you and your loved ones a very Happy Christmas!
May you have a splendid day surrounded by love, a day filled with great food, joy and laughter.
Sorry for the lack of updates on here, dear friends. Somehow time just got the better of me.
I’m excited to share that this month, the very last in 2017, we’ll be at two Christmas events in Melbourne where you can buy our products. The first is happening this Sunday December 10th, at Sir William Fry Reserve in Highett. The event is called Carols by Kingston and for the first time we’ll be selling from inside a marquee!
We’ve been super busy getting everything ready for what promises to be a very exciting night filled with handmade goodies, gourmet food, cheerful carols and celebrity appearances. Please come along if you can! We’ll be there from 6.30pm until 10pm.
These are just a handful of products that you could expect to find when you shop at our stall. Your support means the world to us and we always get such a kick from interactive directly with our customers.
The second event this month is happening at Clarinda Community Centre on Friday 15th of December from 5pm – 9pm as a twilight Christmas market. We’re just as excited to be part of this smaller event.
Hope to see you at one of these great events soon! Have a lovely weekend!
When travelling, I make sure to research the best stationery shops in the cities I’m visiting. As a paper lover and stationery addict I simply can’t resist walking into a HEMA store in Amsterdam, a Paperchase outlet in London or a Papyrus boutique in New York. When it comes to stationery shops in my hometown of Melbourne there are 4 major chains dominating the marketplace – Officeworks, kikki.K, Typo and Kaisercraft. These multi-million dollar brands stock all the latest pens, notepads, greeting cards, stickers, tapes, planners and more! If however you’d like to support smaller businesses and shop locally, here’s a map of my favourite stationery shops in town…
(Click on the map for an interactive view)
- Zetta Florence
Stocks a large range of papers, maps, cards, portfolios, stamps and posters, all with a feeling of nostalgia and illustrations from the bygone era of travel. Just beautiful!
197B Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
- Mag Nation
This is a very popular store right in the heart of Melbourne. Spread over two floors, there are lots of greeting card designs, gifts and of course magazines. You can watch the hustle and bustle of city life from the top floor windows overlooking Elizabeth Street.
88 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000
My go-to destination for paper! It also stocks all the latest stationery designers and anything you could possibly want from the world of stamps, stickers, cards and envelopes.
259/261 Coventry St, South Melbourne VIC 3205
- Avenue Bookstore
This delightful bookshop is always very busy on the weekend. They have a great range of books on all sorts of topics, spread across two floors. Located very close from the beautiful Albert Lake, this is my favourite bookshop in the city.
127 Dundas Pl, Albert Park VIC 3206
If you’re after beautiful gifts and homewares, then look no further. While the stationery selection is a lot smaller, this shop is simply a joy to visit every time.
59/59 Bay St, Port Melbourne VIC 3207
This Swedish brand owned by Kristina Karlsson needs no introduction. Filled with everything one could possibly want from the world of stationery, it’s no wonder how successful they have become, even opening international stores.
The Colonnade 524-564 Chapel St, South Yarra VIC 3141
- Paper Republic
This is a beautiful gift shop in the heart of Camberwell. Here you can find a lovely selection of cards, posters and children’s gifts.
638 Burke Rd, Camberwell VIC 3124
- Coco and Chloe
Maling Road should be on any gift-lovers list when visiting Melbourne. While this shop is tiny it stocks some well-known international brands such as Rifle Paper Co.
120 Maling Rd, Canterbury VIC 3126
This Japanese chain is full of lovely stationery including envelopes, stickers, notebooks, letter-writing sets and everything for your household. Most things cost only $2.80.
66/17 Market St, Box Hill VIC 3128
- The Paper Empire
They cater for the wedding market by supplying beautiful wedding invitations and stationery printed right in the store. Not only that, there’s a great range of top-notch washi tapes, stickers, papers, envelopes, paper clips and more! Highly recommended.
1234 High St, Armadale VIC 3143
This brand owned by Cotton On has just exploded in Australia recently and has also gone international. They sell all sorts of funky cards and gifts, mostly catering to the young and young-at-heart demographic. There’s always something new happening at Typo.
4/112 Acland St, St Kilda VIC 3182
- Handworks Nouveau Paperie
This is not their only store but this one is my favourite. There’s everything you could possibly want to buy from the world of stationery and gift wares plus the shop is always decorated beautifully.
80 Church St, Brighton VIC 3186
- Page 8
With another store in the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, Page 8 has always been a favourite of mine. They sell gorgeous coffee table books as well as jewellery and cards from well-known brands.
543 Hampton St, Hampton VIC 3188
- Boxes and Bows
This small but cosy gift shop is just beautiful and packed with excellent selections of gifts and cards. There’s a lovely range of Australian souvenirs as well as clothing to buy.
15 Waltham St, Sandringham VIC 3191
- Card and Caboodle
What feels like Chadstone Shopping Centre’s tiniest shop, here you can buy cards for any occasion as well as invitations, stickers, gifts and more.
Shop B136A/Chadstone S/Centre 1341 Dandenong Rd, Chadstone VIC 3148
- The Paper Place
This shop is just lovely! They stock a great range of papers, ribbons, embellishments, cards, stickers and more. The owners are very friendly. Definitely worth a visit if you’re planning a wedding as well.
197 Blackburn Rd, Mount Waverley VIC 3149
Recently this brand has had a makeover and now they sell stunning gifts as well as soaps, homewares, paints, papers and everything for scrapbooking. Everything is quite affordable and Australian owned.
Shop G46/172-210 Burwood Hwy, Burwood East VIC 3151
Entering beautifully decorated stationery shops always gives me such a thrill! I should also point out that there are some great gift shops in greater Victoria. Take a trip to the Dandenong Ranges to towns such as Olinda and Sassafras or drive down the coast to beautiful Rye and Sorrento for some great local shops. They are slightly overpriced due to the seasonally higher numbers of tourists who visit these towns but they shouldn’t be overlooked.
My beloved city of Barcelona was targeted in a senseless terror attack yesterday. I have no words, only tears. I was in Barcelona just six months ago and walked along Las Ramblas many times. The atmosphere was always lively, filled with people, with lots going on in the food markets, shops and restaurants that line the avenue. Yesterday’s events are simply too much to comprehend. I’m so devastated to see what this world has come to now. To the beautiful people of Barcelona, stay strong as you move forward. Your city will always have my heart. Sending love and prayers to everyone affected.
We’ve shown you our other two themes for “Cute Parcels” and today we’ll showcase the Birthday-themed goodies you can choose from to make your very own cute parcel. Remember, you choose one item from each category (four items in total plus we include a special FREE GIFT), then securely checkout with PayPal. We’ll create a lovely package of your selections and ship it to you worldwide. It’s very simple!
For the “Cute Parcel of Birthday Love” we have these products for you to pick from…
Has something caught your eye? Don’t forget that you can add a “Cute Parcel” to your shopping cart and mix it up with other products from our Online Shop before checking out! We sell stickers, postcards, greeting cards and wall prints on our website too.
Have you seen our “Cute Parcels” concept yet? Today we’ll show you the second of three themes – Romance. Jam-packed with stationery you could gift to your partner, we’ve put our heart and soul into making this issue a love-filled one.
So here’s what is included in the “Cute Parcel of Romance” for you to choose from…
Have you made your choices? Great! Head over to our Online Shop and make your purchase. Remember, all orders $25 and over will be shipped for free. Plus, every “Cute Parcel” order is beautifully packaged and comes with a very cute FREE GIFT!
So yesterday we launched our newest concept called “Cute Parcels” and we’re so thankful for the response already. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here.
The way “Cute Parcels” works is really simple. You can choose from 3 themes (Birthdays, Romance, Travel) and then 4 product categories within those themes. After you’ve picked one item from each category and have checked out with PayPal, we’ll put together a beautiful parcel of the items you’ve picked and send it out to you anywhere in the world.
For the travel edition, we wanted to put together stationery you could use to wish someone a safe journey and have primarily focused on the cities of London, Barcelona and Paris, with hints of Italy and La Dolce Vita here and there.
The products currently available (we may mix it up later on) for our “Cute Parcel of Travel Stories” issue are…
Plus, every “Cute Parcel” order comes with a FREE GIFT and if you spend $25 or more in our Online Shop, we’ll ship everything for free!