Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Giving back - a little gift for you!

Nothing feels better than giving back to the people that have supported me along this journey and that's exactly what today is all about - celebrating you wonderful souls and giving you a little gift. Everyone likes a present right?

I've designed some uber cool Christmas gift tags and wrapping paper painted with my very own brush hand. And they are easy to print from home for free! There's two wrapping paper designs to choose from and six lovely gift tags to decorate your presents, and they are quick and easy to make. Download yours below. 

 


Christmas Gift Tags and Wrapping Paper Printable

sheets of printed wrapping paper
Print wrapping paper on normal white copy paper and you're done! They are A3 size but can be easily A4 if you set the page 'to fit' when printing! You could also cut the wrapping paper into strips to wrap around the presents like I have done below.

star gift tag hole punched and threaded
Print gift tags on thick A4 card, cut out the shapes with scissors, then punch one at the top and use as a swing tag. Tie with some ribbon or bakers twine of your choice.


Holes punched in both side of star gift tags
For some tags, I punched holes in both sides and used that to thread my bakers twine through and secured with tape at the back.
Christmas Gift Tags and Wrapping Paper Printable
Add your “To” and “From” details and you’re done. 









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I hope you enjoy and let me know if you use them – I’d love to see your wrapping :)


*All free printables and downloads are copyrighted and belong to littlemissgee. You may download and use for personal, non-commercial use only. Not for redistribution or resale. You may share the free printables and downloads on your blog, pinterest or other social media websites as long as credit is given and linked back to this post.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Start living your dreams

A few years ago, I was forced to take that dive into uncertainty, and leave the safety of full-time work. I’ve always been very busy creatively and have always been very focused on my career. And frankly, the thought of having little structure to my day, terrified me. I like to feel needed and feel like I'm contributing to something greater than me. 

For as long as I can remember, I've been working in advertising. This is a career I enjoy (most of the time), but somewhere along the way, work began to take over my life and I lost my balance. And although it is an incredible creative industry, you work for a client and 99% of the time, you don't have the creative freedom to just do what you want. I often felt I was missing out on being truly creative.

I guess that’s probably why I started my brand, as a fun outlet where I could channel some of my interests in art and design. I began this while having a full time job, until the worst case scenario happened and I lost my job. But every cloud has a silver lining, and I took that dive into uncertainty, started to freelance and in the down times, focus on my brand. And although I'm still at the beginning of a very long journey and have probably only learnt a smidgen of the lessons out there to be learned, here are a few thoughts, that I re-read from time to time on the matter of doing what you love.

today is the perfect day to start living your dreams


Just start.

When it comes to doing what you love, the sooner you start, the sooner you’ll be getting some enjoyment out of it. Every little step takes you that much closer to doing what you love. So stop getting in your own way and take a risk. And let go of the fact that you don’t have to know everything about what you’re doing – things evolve over time.

Don’t be afraid to fail.

This is a thought I struggled with the most, but in order to move forward, you have to let go of failure. Be comforted in the fact you were just learning, growing, trying. If you live your life afraid of failing you’ll never do anything. Remember everyone gets scared, and if you’re not doing something that scares you, then it may not be worth doing at all.

Lower your expectations.

Success takes time. Have high expectations for what you produce rather than your success, knowing that it will come in time. So stop comparing yourself to other people. This isn’t a race. Your hard work will pay off, eventually. And remember, you get exactly what you put in. Work hard, stay persistent, and try not not to be distracted from your own journey. Success is a journey, not a destination.

Doing what you love is often harder than doing something you’re used to, great things never came from comfort zones. But in the end it's you that is in charge of your own happiness! 

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Madeit.com.au gift guide

Oh!! It's that time of year where we begin searching for presents for loved ones (or even just for ourselves).

Taking on the shop small challenge, I encourage you to shop small and buy from local, independent and small businesses. Why? Because there is some amazing talent out there! With great artistry right under our nose, it makes sense to buy within Australia. Not only does buying solely from independent designers and makers mean you're helping them to grow their business, but it also supports the whole Australian made industry at large.

Here are some beautiful shops found on madeit.com.au which is dedicated solely to Australian designers, showing amazing handmade and independently created items – And also my gift guide!

Love a Rhino

 SunHaze

 
Seventh Tree Soaps


Cushinn

 Animal Crew


Ginny Reynders Jewellery



Made by LT 

Senkki Furniture



Shine Like The Stars 8x10 Print



House of Baltic Linen

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Patterns and me

Summer is here and I’ve started to think about my summer wardrobe. I have a gaping hole for light summer tops and simple summer dresses. Over the year, I've been collecting sewing patterns on Pinterest, you know, in the off chance that I may find time to make something... but I'm such a busy girl these days, so I'm going to have to make this a priority.

I’m thinking of making one of these below. Of course I'm only a beginner, so the simplest patterns will still be difficult for me, but I'm embracing this sewing challenge. I'm leaning towards this beautiful maxi skirt because I have a little crush on all things maxi. They are just so comfortable.

Gabriola… a gorgeous sewing pattern to leave the hands of Sewaholic.
Gabriola… a gorgeous sewing pattern to leave the hands of Sewaholic.
It looks super flattering and the fabric is gorgeous!

Gabriola… sewn by Sophie from the beautiful styled blog, Ada Spragg.
Sewn by Sophie from the beautiful styled blog, Ada Spragg. You can read the review here.
The gorgeous fabric is confetti viscose from Tessuti Fabrics.

Or perhaps, I should make this adorable smock style top. Not only super cute, but goes gorgeously with skinny jeans and sandles and simply screams lazy summer afternoons!

Alice... Like all patterns Tessuti, loose and comfy... This is the style for me.
Alice... Like all patterns Tessuti, loose and comfy... This is the style for me.
You can read the review here.

Alice Dress/Top detail with Striped Stone D'Ville linen and a Liberty for the yoke and sleeve facings.
I love the mix of fabrics, striped Stone D'Ville linen and a Liberty for the yoke and sleeve facings. Thank you Tessuti!

Which do you like? You can see the rest of my sewing pattern collection on my Pinterest board, must sew. And then for my next challenge, to find the perfect fabric!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Mood board | Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka colour inspired Mood Board


During a recent trip to Sri Lanka, I was deeply touched by the abundance of color inspiration that this beautiful island offers. I couldn't help but to immerse myself in it's beautiful patterns, interesting textiles and vibrant colours.

Images sourced from my pinterest board.

P.S. Will post some holiday snaps soon!

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

✶ little miss gee flash sale ✶

I'm having a SALE with 15% off all iPhone cases, so if you've been thinking about updating your phone with some new bling, don't hesitate any longer...



I'm having a SALE with 15% off all iPhone cases, so if you've been thinking about updating your phone with some new bling, don't hesitate any longer... shop now!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

New blossom collection now online!


Blossom Collection


Introducing my play on pastels. Think lush peonies, sunrise and sunsets, and dreamy 50s prom dresses!

I had so much fun making the ‘Blossom’ collection that is pretty, soft and delicate in colour! Scroll down to see more  – which one is your favourite? Would look a dream in a little girl’s room – but I have my eyes on one for my bedroom!

They are available online now in my little miss gee store… stay tuned for many more new prints to come!

Blossom Pom Pom Cushion
The Blossom range is now available online in my store little miss gee.
(This one is staying on my bed!)
Close up detail of Blossom II Pom Pom Cushion now available online.
Close up detail of Blossom II now available online.
Close up detail of Blossom Pom Pom Cushion now available online.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Making a nest

Bedroom
Well it’s been a crazy year for me, busily running my little miss gee business in between freelancing and now throw in the ‘moving’ factor again! I moved into a split level apartment in February this year so it’s taken quite a while for me to settle in and furnish it with my style… and now unfortunately I'm sad to say, I'm moving again! The feeling of being unsettled is not one of my happiest times, but every cloud has a silver lining or so I keep telling myself....

My home is filled with pieces that I’ve collected over time on my travels around the world, and every piece holds a memory. Before I move, I'm happy to finally share my favorites from my home.

An assortment of ceramic jugs and china bowls which are more decorative than practical.
I love the look of these china bowls which are more decorative than practical – I mulled over them for hours in the Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Print purchased in Saint Emilion, France.
A lover of art - I kinda have a print obsession. Brought in Saint Emilion, France on the day of my Birthday. It reminds me of how special my adventures have been and the amazing friends I have made along the way.
Indian bedside table
Side table from Ishka and a photograph of my beautiful husky as a puppy –  I named her Ishkah.
Hat stand
Office nook.
My office nook – I do most of my work behind the computer and as you can see there is loads of sewing to be done on the back of my chair!
Wooden jewellery box
The wooden jewellery box was my grandmothers and behind is one of my favourite photos taken in Egypt at the Abu Simbel temples.
The dresser was brought for $10.00 from the Salvos and and the chair was found on the side of the road which I re-upholstered with my own fabric design.
Two of my refurbished furniture projects. The dresser was brought for $10.00 from the Salvos and and the chair was found on the side of the road which I re-upholstered with my own fabric design.
Studio nook
Loungeroom with buddhist art
The lounge room which opens onto a small courtyard filled with succulents given to me by my best friend. The Buddhist art was collected from my travels in Sri Lanka and the wooden head from Cambodia.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

New product! Scallop art prints

Scallop art print. Printed with vibrant and crisp archival inks (giclee) on a smooth yet lightly textured fine art paper.
I'm excited to finally show you the new product I've been working on - my scallop design is now an art print!

Printed with vibrant and crisp archival inks (giclee) on a smooth yet lightly textured fine art paper, that is A4 in size which looks super cute framed in the IKEA Ribba frame range!

The scallop print is now available online in my shop for a limited time!

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Pinterest picks : my visual diary

Swedish Photographer Hannah Lemholt

Eirian Chapman illustration


YUKI FUJISAWA

beach cover up & dressy floral shirt.

Do you remember the days of carrying around a big black book called a Visual Diary, where you would cut and paste inspiring pictures from magazines onto its pages? These diaries were wonderful tools to record your artistic journey. Those days are few and far between now (I still do this occasionally) because now we have brilliant tools for collecting our inspirational imagery online.

I use pinterest and it's such a great way to find and share inspiration to help me on my way. Here are a few images that I have been pinning lately! All links to these images can be found on my pinterest profile.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Malaysia : truly Asia

Some time ago I returned from a holiday to Malaysia and I'm happy to be finally sharing some travel snaps with you.

From Kuala Lumpur to Georgetown, this is the land of multi-ethnic cultures, balmy beaches, steamy jungles, buzzing cities, street side hawker food and trishaws. Home to a collision of cultures, the beauty of Malaysia lies in the fusion of it all.

It's Malay, Chinese and Indian temples, British colonial buildings and Islamic architecture, thread together making Malaysia a fascinating place to wander. And then there’s the food. A culinary feast with Chinese-Malay rice and noodles, Indian curries, Chinese buffets and Malay food stalls in abundance. Malaysia also holds some of the most pristine beaches of the world. Stunningly covered in swaying palms, white sand and crystal blue water, there’s not much to do except lay on the beach and swim all day. I was in paradise!

Malaysia more than lives up to its official slogan 'truly Asia'. A beautiful and often an underrated country – Malaysia has it all.

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaTumpat Temples,  MalaysiaTrishaw, Malaka, MalaysiaPulau Perhentain, Besar, Malaysia
Mosque, Pulau Perhentain Kecil, Malaysia Mosque Pulau Perhentain Kecil, Malaysia
Mosque, MalaysiaMotor bike ride through the palm plantations, Taman Negara, Malaysia
Canopy Walk, Taman Negara, Malaysia Perhentian Islands, MalaysiaPulau Perhentain Kecil, MalaysiaSunset in Pulau Perhentain Besar, Malaysia
Tumpat Temples, Malaysia Protestant Church, Georgetown, Malaysia
Georgetown Street Art, Malaysia Chinese Lantern, Malaysia
Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang, Malaysia
Chinese Art, Malaysia Chinese Candles, Malaysia
Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang , Malaysia
Kitemaking, Malaysia Tumpat Temples, Malaysia
Shadow Puppets, Malaysia
Chinese Lantern, Malaysia
Hindu Worship, Malaysia Tumpat Temples, Malaysia
Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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