Wednesday 28 May 2014


Hi there,
I've just started blogging again.
I have a new blog
Come for a visit


Tuesday 28 February 2012


Can't believe its been so long since I last posted.
We've had weddings and new babies since my last post.
Time to get back into it.

I have added my jewellery to my shop Alison by the Bay

Go take a look

Now it's time to go catch up on some lovely blogs

Just a few to read


Tuesday 25 October 2011


Hi everybody! My name is Jenn and I am a writer for Arcadian Home Decor, which is an e-commerce website that specializes in top home decor ideas and trends from around the world. I have a little folder where I stash interior design ideas I love - I cut them out of magazines and print them off of blogs, and one of my favourite places to find inspiration is Alison Gibbs - even though we live in separate countries located on opposite ends of the globe, I think Alison and I were cut from the same cloth. I'm excited to be guest posting here today - thanks Alison!

There is something so pretty and charming about shabby gorgeous spaces. Shabby chic styles make use of antiques, soft colour palettes, and simple home decorplans to create truly harmonious rooms throughout a home. From kitchens to bedrooms and everywhere in-between, here are eight shabby gorgeous spaces.

A bit of elegance

Shabby Chic Spaces

A dining room with whites, bench seating, crystal chandeliers, and open slat ceilings come together to create a place of serenity.

A dash of colour

Shabby Chic Spaces

This shabby gorgeous space is monochromatic but has punches of colour, with a hot pink area rug and chair.

Rustic flair

Shabby Chic Spaces

A room with raw power is shown here - aged stone walls and tarnished silverware as table decor look decidedly modernized with the ornate light fixture overhead.

Boutique chic

Shabby Chic Spaces

The massive windows provide picturesque views while indoors, the white furniture and cement ceiling are a stylish space in which to take in such scenery.

Shabby guest house

Shabby Chic Spaces

What's more inviting than this open-concept multi-level guest room with whitewashed accents, breezy fabrics, and loads of fresh flowers?

Luxe for little girls

Shabby Chic Spaces

This shabby gorgeous space is outfitted for a young girl - the daybed features a hideaway bed for slumber parties, while the sophisticated cream-coloured palette fosters a soothing yet luxurious bedroom.

Industrial panache

Shabby Chic Spaces

There's no shortage of stunning materials in this kitchen, from stone to wood and cement to stainless steel, all meshing seamlessly in this shabby gorgeous space.

Va-va-va-voom vignette

Shabby Chic Spaces

A dresser looks stately topped with antique home accessories and storage underneath with quilts and baskets - the rectangular mirror also helps to elongate the space.


Did we inspire you? Comments are welcome! Come visit Arcadian Home Decor for more inspiring home decor items!

Tuesday 11 October 2011



Just thought I'd have a wander around the garden

 Crab Apple

Love the texture of the driftwood

Driftwood hanging on the garden shed

 Peeling paint and moss on the window frame

Pretty pots all in a row

 Silver birch looks amazing

 Pierre de Ronsard - pretty as ever

Love the contrast of the foliage of these side by side

 Sweet Jasmine


Monday 8 August 2011


I can't believe it has been sooooo..long since I last did a post on my blog.
Like everyone else life has been crazy busy with the family.
It won't be long and we will have two more little ones joining the family.
My youngest son Michael and his wife Chantelle are expecting a baby 24th September, then 29th October my eldest daughter Melanie and her husband Aaron are expecting a baby.

I have been creating some more of my jewellery for a stall at The North Melbourne Market on 21st August. Check out their website it's a great market.

Last month I made a visit to The Vintage Shed to check out Tamarah Charters Shabby Vintage Junk space there. I also dropped into the Dromana Antique Centre.

These are the treasures I bought

I won this fabulous blackboard as Tamarah was having a giveaway on her blog

I also got the 2 little books at The Vintage Shed

Below is what I bought at the Dromana Antique Centre
 4 sweet little dolls, a beautiful glass pedestal plate, a little flower frog and a book

 The cover of this book really caught my eye

I love this flower frog

Hope to catch up on a few blogs and see what I have been missing


Tuesday 31 May 2011


The Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza is nearly here. Check out Tamarah's Blog for the latest info
Friday 3rd June 1pm -6pm and Saturday 4th June 8am - 4pm at the Ashburton Scout Hall 337 High Street Ashburton, Vic.  $5 Entry fee. There are an amazing array of treasures to be found

I will be selling some of my handcrafted jewellery made with mainly vintage elements - cottons, mop buttons, glass buttons, beads, ribbons, laces, fabric & costume jewellery.

I love these bracelets made with vintage cottons & adorned with various bits and pieces

These gorgeous cuff bracelets are mainly hand sewn & hand dyed. They are made with vintage cotton fabric, laces & more

 Here is a pretty matching set - bracelet and necklace. They are adorned with vintage mother of pearl buttons

I adore this vintage cotton & beads creation. Looks so soft and pretty.

Hope to see some of you at the Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza 3 & 4 June 337 High Street Ashburton, Vic. make sure you come and say 'Hi'


Monday 9 May 2011


Tamarah from Shabby Vintage Junk is hosting the Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza - Vintage Furniture & Homewares Show....!
Whether your vintage passion is for country, French provincial, industrial, Shabby Chic, granny or pretty vintage, the FIFTEEN hand picked Vendors participating in this AWESOME Vintage Show will be able to accommodate your EVERY vintage desire....!!!!!

I am a vendor at this amazing event and will be selling my handcrafted jewellery

These beautiful lace cuffs are created using all Vintage elements - laces, buttons & fabric

This beautiful piece is made from vintage cotton thread


This necklace uses vintage cotton thread, ribbon and beads

I love these pretty bracelets made with vintage cottons, ribbons & beads

I am situated right in the front as you come in the door
Please come and say hello
When - Friday 3rd June & Saturday 4th June 2011

What Time - Friday:  12noon - 1pm (Early Birds ONLY - Bookings Essential)
                                       1pm - 6pm (General entry)
                      Saturday:   8am - 4pm (General entry)

Where   -  ASHBURTON SCOUT HALL, 337 High Street, Ashburton (Melways ref# 60 E10)

Parking - Ample FREE parking for our Customers is available adjacent to the Scout Hall.  There is also free parking available in the streets surrounding the hall.

Wheelchairs & Prams - The Scout Hall does not currently have ramp access however, the step into the hall is quite low & we will be able to assist anyone in a wheelchair wishing to visit....!!

Mums & Dads with prams are welcome however, due to the amount of people moving about the hall it is preferable (when possible) prams be 'parked' in the foyer while you're shopping.

Amenities - There are no public toilets available on the premises for our Customers.

Entry Fee - $5.00 General Entry (per person), $15.00 Early Bird Entry (per person).

Payment Options - This will vary from Vendor to Vendor so to be on the safe side, make sure you bring plenty of cash.  There are ATM's just down from the Scout Hall in High Street & Safeway is 300m up the road for EFT withdrawals.

Monday 2 May 2011


I can't believe it has been 5 weeks since I last did a post
Like everyone else my life has been so busy - think we all need to find the time to relax

As always lots has been happening with my ever expanding family
We spend a lot of time together - I am so lucky to have my family sharing their lives with me

 My eldest daughter Melanie had a 'Surprise Wedding' at her and Aaron's Engagement party on 16th April A quick change of clothes, grabbing the hidden bouquets and on her fathers arm the wedding began
It was a lovely wedding with only 8 of us knowing it was to happen. melanie's children Lachlan and Chloe were so excited when they were told about the wedding.

I have been having lots of fun with the grandchildren
I helped Lachlan and Chloe make their Easter Hats for the Easter Parade at school

Riley was having fun 'playing with the pegs' and Holly wanted to help him
As of 6th June when daughter Amy goes back to work I will be looking after these two little treasures 2 days a week.

Here is little Miss Evie smiling away at her Grandad

I have been finding some time to create a few pieces of jewellery

 I really enjoy this, especially when they are created using all vintage cottons, ribbons, beads and buttons

 The neckalces look so pretty especially with the combo of vintage buttons and beads

We have also been spending some time in Melbourne by the Yarra River
We have had some amazing Autumn Days

Max and I enjoyed our stay at Daylesford at the Cherry Tree Cottage B&B

 Just look at the size of this delicious breakfast we were served.
No need for another meal that day!

Hope to find some time to catch up on all the latest on your blogs