3 fun gifts with florals

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If you are looking for a sweet way to decorate your present or gift for someone special, here are three of my favourite ways to incorporate florals!

one – Make a bouquet of paper flowers from Handmade Charlotte

two – Wrap your present with dried flowers from Camille Styles

three – Surprise them with some sweet floral macarons from Sugar & Cloth

The Blogcademy 2014 – Lessons Learnt Pt 2

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The Blogcademy Auckland 2014

As you know I attended (and styled) The Blogcademy in Auckland at the end of last year and it was really an amazing couple of days for me. I had wanted to attend the first time round but had some prior commitments so when I heard the team were coming back I blocked out my calendar so I could head along and soak up the inspiration.

Here are my top three takeaways from the course.

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The Blogcademy Auckland 2014

As well as getting amazing content, inspiration and tips and tricks, one of the best things about The Blogcademy is getting to mingle and chat with the other attendees. The odds are these guys are very similiar to you – whether they have a blog, are new to blogging and want to be inspired or are old hands at the practice. The thing you will find you have in common is a passion for creativity, a desire to fill yourself with knowledge and a yearning to be your own boss and do something great. Now a room full of these locals makes for an awe inspiring two days – you can imagine!

This is why getting out and networking is such a great takeaway. Being behind a computer is all very well but getting out into the real world and chatting and plotting/planning/dreaming with other people just like you is such a great thing and should be on everyone’s to do list for the year.

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The Blogcademy Auckland 2014

A great takeaway from all three headmistresses is that you have to do the work to get to where you want to be. All three started in a place where the gift they wanted to share with the world was coming from a place of love and passion. It seems really easy to start something big or momentous when you are really excited about what you are talking about – think about writing the first chapter of that book, making the first DIY for your upcoming wedding or the first blog post. But beyond that you have to push through, you have to consistently publish and research and write or design or create – and do the work.

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The Blogcademy Auckland 2014

My final – and favourite – takeaway from The Blogcademy is simply to be yourself and tell your story. The headmistresses really emphasised that they are where they are today because of their unique point of view. They didn’t try to be someone else, to promote things they weren’t passionate about or didn’t care for – they were strictly on point with who they were and what they wanted to say. You are the only you there is and your angle or your take on the world is something people might be interested in – so give it a go and let your personality and weirdness shine through!

PS you can take The Blogcademy online now so no excuses not to go!

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Mothers Day inspiration – a few gift ideas

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Hugs and kisses

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Mums or Moms are the easiest people in the world to buy for, shop for and give a little pampering to. So if you are that way inclined there is a day you can celebrate your Mum, Step-Mum, Mother-in-law, Mom friend and especially new Mums – they are doing a great job through the tough times so make sure they know they are loved!

All of these sweeties are available through my Love Ideas Ink Etsy shop.

A new look!

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If you visit my blog through a reader or an email subscription you might not have noticed a new look for the blog lately! After The Blogcademy one of the main things I wanted to change was the look of the blog. When I started and chose yellow as my main brand colour for A Little Bright it seemed like a natural fit, but as time went on it felt less and less like me and was starting to look a bit sad.

After a great discussion with Shauna I knew exactly what to do when I got home – and although it took a few months – I am really thrilled with the new look – it is so me and exactly what I want to convey about the things you will find here from me and things I love.

So please pop over and take a look when you get a minute – I’m still working on enhancing my product pages so there is definitely more to come!

Here is a little reminder of the makeover –

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Thanks to Natalie Morgan Photography for my fab new photo too!


Desktop inspiration – bright, fun and floral

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Ok so a confession – I change out my desktops all the time. I am constantly searching for the next, newest, brightest and shiniest desktop wallpaper for my computer, my tablet and my phone! (It’s exhausting.). So I was super thrilled to spot these gorgeous floral desktops perfect for all your devices and in such fun bright colourways from Brit & Co.

Pop over and download your favourite now!

Weekend DIY Inspiration – the home edition

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I’ve rounded up a few cute weekend DIY ideas for you – one is oh so fabulous, one is super easy (think 5 minutes) and one will require a bit more effort but would be totally worth it! What are you up to this weekend?

1 – Gold foil drawer front DIY from Sugar & Cloth  // 2 – Vinyl Dot chair DIY from Shrimp Salad Circus // 3 – Gem Mirror DIY from A Beautiful Mess