The Decorated.

Today we take a peek into my personal Christmas cave. Just nine days into December - the decorations in our lounge room are already on the brink of peak Christmas.

This year the theme is MAXIMUM COLOUR. ALL colour, EVERY colour, BOLD colour. No pretty pastels, no subtle shades... just ALL-OF-THE-COLOUR. This was decided and cast in stone months ago - back in the middle of the achingly dull, grey, foggy, winter blah. The days of grey were sapping my life force. I wanted big bright bold colour in my life. I projected myself into sunshiny December and saw a Christmas room FULL of bold primary brights... so I bought decorations online in August. Wonderful, enormous, vibrant tissue paper baubles and shapes from Lark. Take a peak at their awesomeness here...

Just a small selection of the paper decoration love...

Just a small selection of the paper decoration love...

Now I have always been a bit.. um, shall we say... 'particular' with how the tree is decorated... I would 'tweak' (read: completely rearrange) the baubles and bits after the kiddos had drifted off to sleep post trimming the tree. This year there has been a shift in my care factor. A glitch in the matrix? A rising in the force? A hiccup in the space-time continuum? Or perhaps I just couldn't be stuffed this year. I let the kids go for it. The have piled multiple baubles onto single branches. They've dangled angels next to Santas and shiny disco balls next to reindeer. Red, Green, Purple, Silver, Blue, Gold, Sequined, Furry, Glass, Heirloom and even home-made glitter-glued-bedazzled-polystyrene-balls-festooned-with-pipe cleaners are dangling side by side. My lounge room is totally the United Nations of Decorations.

A sequined bird. a plastic lolly. No rules!!

A sequined bird. a plastic lolly. No rules!!

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A Scandi precision cut wooden snowflake, next to a plastic Rudolph. Anarchy!

A Scandi precision cut wooden snowflake, next to a plastic Rudolph. Anarchy!

ALL of the angels on one branch (for easy playtime access)

ALL of the angels on one branch (for easy playtime access)

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yes it's a bear in a canoe.

yes it's a bear in a canoe.

We have Christmas bunting (made by clever Jesse.) We have FIFTY CHRISTMAS WALL STICKERS (thanks Mum) ...over to you kids, go your hardest (only twitching a little bit over that one).

My right eye seems to have developed a tick...

My right eye seems to have developed a tick...

There are knitted Santas and a mad zebra in a stocking (? ...I know) and fairies and elves and sparkles and a sprinkling of glitter everywhere. (Mostly on me.) At one stage I sat back and felt overwhelmed like a kid on her first day at hypercolour day-care.

We don't even know where these came from...

We don't even know where these came from...

I can't even...

I can't even...

My house will feel like a stark minimalist paradise by the time the last sequin is sucked up the vacuum in January. Until then I am embracing living inside a sparkly rainbow like a My Little Pony in a field of magic mushrooms.
Are you a themey Christmas person? Do you think you could handle my max colour approach or do you prefer to stick with one colour? - and do you change it up each year?
What do you do with all your Christmas cards? We hang them on strings across the walls like odd rectangular Christmas themed bunting. Love. It.

Hope you're feeling the festive fun Gold Dusters!

- Love and sparkles, Kathy. x

Nice Buns!

Auburn, Blonde or Brunette, whatever your persuasion, they've got it!

Auburn, Blonde or Brunette, whatever your persuasion, they've got it!

Bread, what is there to say but we've had a long and loving relationship. It's had its ups and downs(on the scales), and various fitness professionals have told me we should cool things down, but I'm afraid we're made for each other and this is a long term thing, not some fling!

So when I discovered Redbeard bakery I realised I'd found my favourite things had been joined in culinary matrimony, coffee and bread, heaven! This is my regular and now I want to share it with you!

Red bollards mean you can't miss it! It's like a beacon to Paleo diet followers.

Red bollards mean you can't miss it! It's like a beacon to Paleo diet followers.

The Reid brothers have been owners of the bakery in Trentham since 2005, but the scotch oven itself has been baking bread since 1891, so these guys are the latest caretakers of a long tradition! Specialising in sourdough has been their passion and that passion has been turned into a business that is dearly loved by locals and visitors alike.

My favourite, Green Eggs for breakfast.

My favourite, Green Eggs for breakfast.

Different loaves are baked each day, and specialty sweets and pastries are also on offer to keep you tempted, the pufftaloons are unbelievable (see our instagram for proof). And what's even better, if you've got time to stay you can enjoy all manner of beautiful breakfasts and lunches made from local produce and of course that gorgeous bread! You'll find me here every Friday morning having the Green Eggs, religiously. 

Enjoy coffee outside in Summer and inside with your back against the scotch oven wall in Winter, toasty!

Enjoy coffee outside in Summer and inside with your back against the scotch oven wall in Winter, toasty!

The team are incredibly friendly and are more like friends than staff, so say hi! and don't be afraid to ask about the scotch oven where it all happens. They'll happily let you take a look and while you wait for a fantastic takeaway coffee (it's saved me many a time), you can watch the guys doing what they do best with the dough through a huge window! They really are brilliant!

The amazing Pufftaloon! So incredible, that's grand marnier cream inside!

The amazing Pufftaloon! So incredible, that's grand marnier cream inside!

And just between you and me, my favourite takeaway is coffee and a 'nice' bun, all of which is devoured before I even make it to Lyonville, seven minutes away! That's what I call a bun on the run, the best. So if you're travelling towards Trentham, always take the scenic route and pop in, it's so worth it. Your taste buds will say thank you.

Jesse x

Happy Little Wombats

Ooh yay! It's time for Peeping Tom Tuesday! Time for us to share a favourite little part of our corner of the world with you.

Wish you had a scratch & sniff screen don't you?

Wish you had a scratch & sniff screen don't you?

Today we're peeking into Wombat Hill House Cafe. This insanely lovely cafe is perched on top of Wombat Hill in Daylesford, in the middle of the historic botanic gardens.

Hello... gorgeousness.

Hello... gorgeousness.

I arrived with Little Miss Five in the middle of a thunderstorm. It was quite dramatic, thank goodness for oversized flying wombat colouring pages and life saving spotty cookies (for me!)

I was allowed to help with the colouring....

I was allowed to help with the colouring....

But not so much with sharing the bikkie...

But not so much with sharing the bikkie...

The western wall is adorned with a magnificent mural by Allan Wolf Tasker. A magical scene of Wombat Hill and surrounds... the tower, the trees, the wildlife... and a wombat or two.

Flying Wombats... distant relation of the Drop Bear.

Flying Wombats... distant relation of the Drop Bear.

Wombat Hill House is the brain child of Alla Wolf Tasker of Lake House fame, and her equally brilliant daughter, Larissa. Their wonderful team create delicious simple dishes with local produce. Some dishes are so local they come from the kitchen garden out the back. (Which is part of the cafe too... pull up a seat in the vegie patch. It's a bit gorgeous.)

So much beauty on such a rainy day.

So much beauty on such a rainy day.

The cafe also sells all manner of preserves and treats to take home. As well as favourite cookbooks and cuddly friends... just in case you miss spotting a wombat in the gardens...

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cuties!

cuties!

Something a bit extra brilliant about Wombat Hill House is their free wifi ( + a great coffee or two = blog office on a special day out... you know it...) And if you don't have to work, they can throw together a fabulous picnic for you to take into the gardens and share under a 150 year old tree. *sigh* so lovely... Wander back for cocktails in the afternoon. SOOO much to love about our friendly little wombat on the hill.
Wombat Hill House is open Thursday - Monday 9am - 4pm for breakfast and lunch. You can find out more about the cafe, garden and store at wombathillhouse.com.au.

- Kathy. x x 
 

ps... This isn't sponsored in any way... I just love this little cafe, so I wanted to share with you a little peek inside. xx

My Heart Belongs To Lark

[Disclaimer: Allison is a dear friend but this is in no way a sponsored post, but does acknowledge my ability to shop and be inspired to live a beautiful life by a very creative lady. Hope you'll be inspired too]

After almost imploding with excitement on entry to the new Lark store in Ballarat last week, it comes as no surprise that I've chosen this amazingly beautiful shop for our first edition of 'Peeping Tom Tuesday'. Our vision is to give you a sneak peek into some of our favourite places, whether out'n'about or at home. It's all about sharing something special, and Lark is all that and more! 

Beautiful ideas for a fun Xmas table

Beautiful ideas for a fun Xmas table

Lark stocks gorgeous brands from all over the world, but also amazing products from local Aussie artists and businesses who fit the Lark brand too. Allison Jones, founder and creative genius behind Lark, has that amazing eye for all things joyful, giggle-worthy, sweet and sparkly, and her mantra of 'live a beautiful life' radiates throughout the store. She's also a big supporter of shopping local, and why wouldn't you if this store was just around the corner! 

Sweet kids room ideas

Sweet kids room ideas

Now children are the absolute winners here, with an amazing selection of whimsical bedroom decor, like the Sunday-sundae quilt cover seen here, that makes any childs' room more than a place to sleep, but somewhere to imagine and dream. And don't even get me started on the selection of party wares, not just for kids but for big kids too! Lark stocks everything you could possibly need for a glamourous soiree, sweet baby shower or a laugh-laden hen's party.

Party planners galore! Love a piñata!

Party planners galore! Love a piñata!

One of the brands I'm loving in here is Happy Jackson, a UK company who produce some of the cutest products with hilarious quotes on them. Such a great addition to your kitchen, especially for that first cuppa when you need some 'Happy' to start your day!

Every occasion can be beautiful!

Every occasion can be beautiful!

This section is given over to all things Tropicana, but how could I leave out the Natural Life Size Fawn? Super cute and super Lark, love it! I also want the wire geometric light shades... IN EVERY COLOUR!

Oh My God he's so cute!

Oh My God he's so cute!

And it just wouldn't be right if I didn't include a little Yuletide love as well. 'Tis the season Lark really kicks its A game, with a Christmas Shop that stocks everything from the most original stocking fillers, sweetest decorations, beautiful Christmas tableware and magnificent homewares to gift someone special, why go anywhere else?

Best Christmas window ever!

Best Christmas window ever!

And just when you thought it couldn't get any better, if they don't have it in store, you can order your 'precious' right there on the spot and either pick it up instore or have it delivered. Which means...Yes they have online shopping too! Hip Hip Hooray!!!

To visit, Lark is situated at 30 Armstrong St North, Ballarat. Just a short stroll from the train station and just a few shops down from The Forge, pizza and shopping, Heaven!!!

Otherwise, enjoy clicking away your christmas shopping in the comfort of your own home at www.larkstore.com.au 

Jesse x