{Girl Crush} Nikki from Brown Paper Lemon

Nikki from Brown Paper Lemon

Nikki from Brown Paper Lemon – image by @brownpaperlemon

Meet Nikki from Brown Paper Lemon, a talented illustrator living on the Gold Coast, bringing her creations to life on beautiful pillowcases. I first came across Nikki playing #7vignettes on Instagram. Have you played before? It’s a fun Instagram game, hosted by the Jen Bishop from the Interiors Addict, where you are challenged to create little vignettes based on 7 themes or prompts.

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Image @brownpaperlemon

Nikki’s vignettes always stand out in the feed. I found myself immediately drawn to her unique images and talent for drawing. Her crisp images often feature an illustration or two, making her vignettes completely original, impossible to replicate. You can check out Nikki’s Instagram feed here. Seriously, this girl has talent! Just check out his gorgeous costume, Max from Where the Wild Things Are, that she created for her son.

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Max – Where the Wild Things Are
Image by @brownpaperlemon

And this fabulous Kmart hack – Nikki added her Brown Paper Lemon stamp to this one and doesn’t it look great!

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Nikki added a gorgeous Humpback Whale to this Kmart clock. Image by @brownpaperlemon

Instagram is a gold mine for locating fellow creatives and handmade artisans and Nikki is no exception. I get so excited when i see fellow creatives stepping up and developing their own businesses based on their passion. And this is exactly what Nikki has done!

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Pillowcases from Brown Paper Lemon Image by @brownpaperlemon

Nikki has started printing her beautiful illustrations onto pillowcases. There are two illustrated pillowcases currently available through Brown Paper Lemon, Humpback Whale and Sperm Whale, but Nikki promises that there are more to come. I can’t wait!

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Humpback Whale Pillowcase by Brown Paper Lemon

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Sperm Whale Pillowcase by Brown Paper Lemon

Brown Paper Lemon pillowcase are available through Nikki’s store – www.brownpaperlemon.bigcartel.com and you can keep up to date with her new releases on Facebook. Thanks Nikki for being my latest girl crush! xx

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Image by @brownpaperlemon

Sade from @smilewithsade Hosts #craftastherapy

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The wonderfully talented Sade from @smilewithsade moderated @craftastherapy last week.

What a delight to have Sade from @smilewithsade host @craftastherapy last week over on Instagram. I honestly have the best moderators ever! So wise, talented and eager to offer support whenever it is needed. Thanks so much Sade for doing such a great job last week. Here are Sade’s posts for the week –

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Just one of Sade’s inspirational posts from the @craftastherapy feed

woven wall hangings

{Top Left} @vanessakind
{Top Right} @rarepearstudio
{Bottom Left} @meldzam
{Bottom Right} @amandavaniakiat

crochet blankets

{Top Left} @bymamidk
{Top Right} @yarnandwhatnot
{Bottom Left} @madewithloops
{Bottom Right} @maritparit

inspirational quote

crochet cushions

Top Left} @winterbeachbymab
{Top Right} @neverjillian
{Bottom Left} @marretjeroos
{Bottom Right} @ektelykke

Please feel welcome to join in the fun over on Instagram. All you need to do is tag your crafty images with #craftastherapy.

#7vignettes For June 2015

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. It’s a wrap – My Final Grid

I joined in the fun of #7vignettes this month. It’s an Instagram game hosted by The Interiors Addict that involves making and photographing creative vignettes. This month RetroJan were the guest judges and boy did they have a tough job. With loads of stunning and creative entries to choose from, I didn’t envy their job. There was $500 for the major winner and daily prizes of $75 to spend at RetroJan, which was a wonderful incentive to produce pretty pictures.  I was thrilled to be chosen as Day 7 winner with my interpretation of Texture. Pop over to Instagram to check out all the fuss.

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White on White

white kitchen inspiration


red tulip


Colourful crochet


bedroom styling


marble and timber



styled floral vignette


Come over and join me on Instagram

Queen Babs Hosts #craftastherapy

Crochet hearts

Wise words from Jane aka @queen_babs

A big thank you to Jane, aka @queen_babs who moderated @craftastherapy last week. She did a brilliant job choosing features from the #craftastherapy feed and sharing her words of wisdom. Jane suffers from a chronic condition called fibromyalgia, so she understands completely that craft can act as a successful form of therapy. In fact, she moderated the @craftastherapy handle during a week where she was quite ill. During her week we reached 500 followers and over 4000 images in the #craftastherapy feed. Well done Jane! Here are her features for the week –

Colour crochet projects

{Top Left} @marretjeroos
{Top Right} @melovediy
{Bottom Left} @cuddlebugkids
{Bottom Right} @ceyhan65

Crochet granny squares

{Top Left} @sabinaspeich
{Top Right} @tiedwitharibbon
{Bottom Left} @sulphurcrested
{Bottom Right} @sewflippincute1

Crochet amigurumi projects

{Top Left} @vanessakind
{Top Right} @neverjillian
{Bottom Left} @ektelykke
{Bottom Right} @atolye_lina

Crochet flower projects

{Top Left} @figalili
{Top Right} @patchmania
{Bottom Left} @crochetcookies
{Bottom Right} @lisacloverhill

Food crafts

{Top Left} @zehradilek07
{Top Right} @lynne_ee
{Bottom Left} @pearliebirdy
{Bottom Right} @eradiva


New Instagram Handle and Moderators for @craftastherpy

crochet food

The most delicious breakfast cooked up by @coachhousepictures

I am super excited to announce that #craftastherapy is heading in a new direction over on Instagram. There are many crafters now using the hashtag and it has grown beyond my expectations. It is definitely time to take it to the next level. I created the @craftastherapy Instagram handle a while ago just in case i ever needed it. I am so glad i did! With #craftastherapy images nudging 4000 (how exciting!) i’ve activated the account and invited some gorgoeus and kindhearted IG users to join me in moderating and running the @craftastherapy feed. Yay!

crafts, crochet, basket weaving

Top Left – @samjaynestreet
Top Right – @botondeflor
Bottom Left – @sairsparrow
Bottom Right – @mysurburbanfarm

Over the upcoming weeks each moderator will take over the account and choose features and inspirational words to share. First up is the fabulous @queen_babs, Jane from Sydney. She’s been doing a great job so far and i look forward to sharing her features with you next week. If you’re keen to be involved, it is really simple to join in. Does craft make you happy? Relieve stress? Distract you from illness? Then tag your IG images with #craftastherapy. :)

crochet blankets, rounds, pot holders

Top Left – @berna_li_
Top Right – @marretjeroos
Bottom Left – @tiedwitharibbon
Bottom Right – @littlewoollie

Until next week, please enjoy these gorgeous feature grids that grace the feed of @craftastherapy.

crochet, doilies, blankets

Top Left – @nandi_90
Top Right – @smilewithsade
Bottom Left – @melissascrochetco
Bottom Right – @vanessakind

yarn crafts

Top Left – @photolgafotos
Top Right – @rarepearstudio
Bottom Left – @ceyhan65
Bottom Right – @justjoyceaustralia

craft as therapy

Clever Crafters –
Top Left – @madewithloops
Top Right – @angie_whimsyfamtwine
Bottom Left – @patchmania
Bottom Right – @perchesinthesoul

{My Houzz Articles} Multi-Functional Furniture

I like to choose pieces of furniture for my home that can work in a variety of ways. For example – a stool can be used for seating or as a small stand for a plant. In my lastest artice on Houzz i look at 5 furniture pieces that i call magical multi-taskers! They are furniture pieces that i love to have around my home, because they get used so often and in so many ways. Click the image below to get the full story –

multi functional furniture

Click on the image to read the full article on Houzz Australia

My Weaving Tutorial on The Interiors Addict

After sharing an image of my woven wall hanging during 7 Vignettes this month, Jen Bishop from The Interiors Addict asked me if i would put together a tutorial. Of course i was thrilled to be asked and the tutorial featured on The Interiors Addict earlier this week. Yay!

how to weave

Click the image to visit The Interiors Addict and see my weaving tutorial!

It’s an easy to follow tutorial for those who know nothing about weaving but are keen to have a try. I was also thrilled to discover a fellow Instagrammer was so taken with the idea of making her own weave, that she headed straight to Spotlight for supplies and posted her finished weave only 24hrs after my tutorial was published. Someone has definitely caught the WEAVER FEVER!

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An amazing for weaving project from Melanie @meldzam that she posted 24hrs after my tutorial!

{Girl Crush} Janelle from @awhitestyle

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Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

It’s been a while since my last girl crush, so i thought i would share one of my current favourites from Instagram – Janelle from @awhitestyle. I have been following Janelle for a while and i must say that i really LOVE her style. She shares pictures of her daily life everyday on Instagram.

shelf styling

Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

I love Janelle’s style simply because it feels so effortless. There’s no overstyling or obsessing about perfectly placed cups – well, at least it doesn’t appear that way. All of her images feel like real, unedited snapshots of her life…..and it’s a beautiful life!

home front door mat

Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

She recently shared 20 facts about herself on IG which confirmed why i love her feed so much. She’s a real person! yay! You gotta love authenticity. She loves to knit, crochet, DIY, bake and craft. She’s a cat lover, coffee lover and WINE lover.

knitting styled shot

Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

crocheters of instagram

Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

Janelle shares the most divine images of her cooking creations on IG and shares her recipies happily on her blog – www.awhitefarm.blogspot.com.au And while i kinda hate cooking, i do love eating and her bakes looking particularly inticing. I’m almost inspired to take up baking.

pink iced cupcakes

Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

Baxter and Lolly the cats star pretty heavily in her Janelle’s feed. They are seriously living the dream! Lolly in particular is Janelle’s little furry shadow. So adorable.

cute cameo kitten

Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

coffee and cute kittens

Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

I highly recommend a visit to Janelle’s blog and her IG feed. You won’t regret it. Thanks Janelle, for being my girl crush. xx

Cute fluffy kitten

Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle

window bench seat

Image Credit – Janelle from @awhitestyle


{My Houzz Articles} 15 Reasons to Get Addicted to Kantha Quilts

I seriously cannot get enought of Kantha quilts! Click on the image below to read my article on Houzz – 15 Reasons to Get Addicted to Kantha Quilts. It’s a great read for anyone with a few blankets or for those looking for reasons to justify purchasing a few more. :) Enjoy!

Houzz - Kantha Quilts

Click the Image to Read the Article

#7 Vignettes for April

vignettes interiors addictI haven’t played #7 Vignettes on Instagram for a while, but i thought i’d jump on board this month and i am so glad i did! Hosted by Jen Bishop from the Interiors Addict, 7 vignettes is a fun game on Instagram, involving the creation of pretty pictures from a designated theme – one each day for seven days. Life Interiors was judging this month and i was chuffed to be chosen as the winner of Day 6 with my interpretation of the theme – Weave. I scored a $100 voucher from Life Interiors. Here are my images for the week –

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7 Vignettes with the Interiors Addict – Day 1: Blush

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7 Vignettes with the Interiors Addict – Day 2: Bloom

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7 Vignettes with the Interiors Addict – Day 3: Light

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7 Vignettes with the Interiors Addict – Day 4: Soft

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7 Vignettes with the Interiors Addict – Day 5: Easter

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7 Vignettes with the Interiors Addict – Day 6: Weave

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7 Vignettes with the Interiors Addict – Day 7: Gold

If you’re interested you can join me on Instagram here. Happy Monday!