Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Prima Donna Girl...

As soon as I wrote the title of today's post I got that cute song of the same title stuck in my head! You know the one, by Martina and the Diamonds {Though honestly, I SO thought it was a Katy Perry song - it really sounds like her!! Lol} Primadonna Girl by Marina and the Diamonds

Anyways, I want to share the start of our new line called the {Prima Donna} range!
It will consist of Singlets, Tops and some little dollies hopefully all based around a stunning new ballerina print of fabric I have!

Here is a sneak peek at some of the cuteness to come!!

So keep your eye out on the facebook page for this weeks first sale and I will put some links up in the blog over the next week too!

Hope you've all been well!!

Smiles and Happiness, Haylie xx

Friday, February 1, 2013

Wild Weather Break..

It's been over a week since I had a chance to last get on here. As you might have seen or read, Australia - and particularly Queensland where I am - has had extreme rain and flooding all over. This slowed down our work weeks with loss of power and internet everywhere, so I haven't had a chance to get on the ole' blog! 

This is around the corner from our house..
Luckily we didn't have any major damage, but I thought I would use this post to catch up on my Photo A Day challenge pictures.

Day 21 - What You Do..

Day 22 - Corner.. {I have to say, this is one of my favourite photos I have taken ever}

Day 23 - Electric..

Day 24 - Stripes..

Day 25 - Landscape..

Day 26 - Together..

Day 27 - Sun..

Day 28 - Through..

Day 29 - Grow..

Day 30 - Down..

Day 31 - Yourself..

I'm quite proud of myself for following through on a photo everyday {I'm a Gemini - we don't follow through on things very well! Lol}, and I have REALLY enjoyed it! I have even got hubby participating in the February Photo A Day Challenge!

Here's the first prompt for February..

Day 1 - Fork..

Are you joining in this month? If you are, post your link below so I can follow!!
Smiles and Happiness, Haylie xx

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Wordless Weekend..

Oh my goodness, it's SOOOO hot!! I am reading some of my favourite blogs in America who are posting photos of snow and blizzards and I am jealous. I've always said that when it comes to weather - in the cold, you can put more on... In the heat, there's only so much you can take off!!

On that note, I'm afraid my brain isn't functioning quite to the capacity that I'd like, so today''s post will really be a photo catch up day for my Fat Mum Slim Photo A Day Challenge

Day 17 - Ready..
Ready to find out what happens in the final chapter!!!

Day 18 - Shadow..
A heart Shadow made by my Mother's wedding ring and the book my Great Aunt gave me on her death bed, 'Angela's Ashes'..

Day 19 - Delicious..
Speaks for itself, really! Cooled the kids down with some ole' fashioned ice cream sundaes..

Day 20 - Something You Saw..
Timber..  something you 'saw'..  {thank you hubby for the literal idea! Lol}

Stay cool everyone!!!

Smiles and Happiness, Haylie xx

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A Day In The Life Of..

I just wanted to upload the current Photo A Day pictures I had yet to update on here when it occurred to me that this is probably a quick view of a day in the life of me at times! Lol

Day #13 - Circle..

The most important 'circle' in this house if anyone wants me to function for the day!

Day #14 - Something Yellow..

I swear Lego is like a child weapon!!! How much does it hurt to step on some?? Lol

Day #15 - An Ordinary Moment..

The two youngest babies of the house having an afternoon snooze together holding paws/hands..

Day #16 - Two Things..

Two things I get to enjoy all to myself while the kids are at their Grandparents!! YUM!!

While I was uploading these pictures on the blog it kind of made me think 'Yep. This is pretty much a normal day in the life of Little Miss Fascinated' - a coffee to get me started, toys of some sort to pick up, tripping over a child or cat snoozing somewhere and finishing off with a moment of bliss with some sweet indulgence of chocolate! Ok, so a LOT more happens - but I'd still be happy if it was just these :)

Smiles and Happiness, Haylie xx

Monday, January 14, 2013

Skirt Set Winner..

A HUGE thank you to all that entered the Skirt Set Giveaway!!

I popped over to and got our winner!!

Congratulations... Tash!!!

Remember to pop back this weekend for another Giveaway!! I will post the details on the Facebook page!
 Smiles and Happiness, Haylie xx

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Wordless Weekend..

Today's post is a photo catch up for my Photo A Day Challenge
{ok, so there will be some words.. Lol}

Day #10 - 1 o'clock..

Day #11 - Water..

A solitary tear of 'emotional water' as my baby girl had her first teary movie moment {the pussycat died in the movie}..

Day #12 - Surprise..

The 9 month old kitten was left very surprised when his fluffy 3yr old big sister came out of nowhere like a ninja and full body tackled him across the lounge room floor..

Smiles and Happiness, Haylie xx

Friday, January 11, 2013

The NOW Has Started..

It was great today to start living up to my Word Of The Year I mentioned here in my last post.


I was sitting at the computer doing work today when Miss Five asked "Mummy, can we have a girly day today and do some fun things?"..  So I got up from the computer straight away and our day started!

First we set up a carpet picnic for lunch, including a complete Tea Party of course!

Then after lunch she wanted to play 'shops', so we made up a shop in the middle of the lounge room with her at the 'checkout' and me as a customer! We found my market cash tin and filled it will change for her as her cash register..

Then we needed a checkout 'scanner' - Daddy's old razor holder worked a treat for that! Lol..

And then of course, I had to go shopping!! She got out a heap of her books and toys and I went around the 'shop' like a woman on a shopping mission! She loved 'scanning' my items and I loved watching her smile.. {and make 'beep' noises for her scanner! Haha}

It was a PERFECT way to start living by my Word Of The Year for 2013.
Smiles and Happiness, Haylie xx

Word Of The Year 2013..

I few years back when I discovered the wonderful world of blogs, I noticed a trend that was emerging each January all over the 'blogosphere' - and that was 
'Word Of The Year'.

Instead of the whole 'New Year Resolution' speel that I was accustomed to, people everywhere were choosing a word to live by and inspire them for the year instead of a random list of, lets face it, usually unobtainable goals that make you put copious amounts of pressure on yourself to achieve {usually followed by copious amounts of disappointment when you don't follow through on said list}.

I really love the idea of having a word instead of a point form list to look to throughout my 2013! And although it has taken me well into the second week of the year to settle on what my word was going to be, I finally have found the word for me...

This is the PERFECT word for me in so many ways. Let me share with you just a few reasons why..

~ Living in the Now ~

I pride myself on being able to juggle eleventy seventy million things at once. I'm a Mum. It's just what we do. But in doing so, I miss so many little things that are happening now. And this year I want to put down my mobile phone, ignore the impending housework, step away from the computer and play with my children now. When my daughter asks me to sit down and do a puzzle with her, I am not going to answer "In a minute honey, Mummy is just finishing this Facebook post.." - I'm going to sit down with her now. These precious little gifts we created are not going to be little and actually wanting every minute with us for long, so I want to absorb every minute with them now.

~ Changing Now ~

I have gained a lot of weight since I married my gorgeous husband {I say it was inevitable - he's a glorious Head Chef by trade! Lol}. And although he absolutely LOVES every inch of me the way I am - I don't. I have always struggled with my weight, and I know it is a long haul ahead for me to get my body to a place I am comfortable with again, but talking about it and wishing for it will get me no where. I need to do something about it and I need to start now.

~ Planning Now ~

 I want to take my family on a fabulous holiday! In fact, my husband and I have been talking about it for 5 WHOLE YEARS and yet we haven't been anywhere. The only reason why? Money. Every time we get excited and start to plan some wonderful trip away, the reality of life sets in and the money never seems to be there.. but only because we never actually make it a priority to start with!! So I have decided that we WILL be taking a glorious trip somewhere this year and we will start putting aside a little bit of money each week for this trip now.

~ Expanding Now ~

There are SO many things I want to do with my business. In fact it would probably scare you to see the list of ideas I have for Little Miss Fascinated for 2013. But that's all it is - a list. I think of something new, make a mental note and file it away in the to-do pile for the business thinking 'I'm going to make that that one day'. The list is getting longer and I have noticed that when it does my motivation gets a hell of a lot shorter real fast!! So I am going to start making and following through on these ideas now. My business needs it, my clients need it and my creative mojo needs it!

 So, those are just a few examples of how NOW is going to be my Word Of The Year for 2013..

What's your word???

Smiles and Happiness, Haylie xx

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Antique Sheet Music Wreath Tutorial..

Yesterday I posted my Fat Mum Slim photo for the Photo A Day Challenge..

Day #9 - Paper..

The feedback about my wreath I made was amazing - thank you all so much - and I was asked for some help and instructions on how to make one by a dozen or so people, so I thought I would put this tutorial together!! Now, be gentle with me - this is my first tutorial and all I had was my iPhone!! Haha..

Let's Get Started!!

The materials you will need is some sheet music (I purchase mine from thrift stores or secondhand book shops), cardboard, scissors, glue (I use a hot glue gun because I don't have the patience for craft glue but it would work as well! I would recommend hot glue for the assembly though as the wreath gets a little bit of weight about it once it's together!), a side plate template in size and a large cup template in size to trace around.

The end result of the wreath done with a full music sheet is about the size of a large car tyre, so I use a side plate template for this size. Simply trace around the plate..
And then place your smaller template inside (the cup) and trace around..
This should be your end result cut out..
Now to make your cones. Grab the two corners of the longest side of your page..
Twist the left side towards you and the right side away from you..
It can be a little tricky until you get the hang of it! You want your left corner to roll into the sheet and your right corner to roll over the left corner..
Keep rolling your sheet over until you have the desired tightness you want for your cone. The looser your cone, the larger they are - the tighter the cone, the thinner they are! Add a spot of glue at the right hand bottom when you have the size you want..
Now get some cones made!! You can make as you go, but I like to make them in a pile ready to grab. The average wreath this size takes about 20..
Now to put it together!! Grab your circle we cut out. I have found it easiest to place my first 4 cones in a North, South, East, West style and fill in the quarters. You can place one and go around, but I always find mine end up wonky and not even - but maybe that's just me!! Lol
Add a spot of hot glue on the cardboard and slide the next cone in until you fill your first quarter, then repeat for the rest of the wreath!
Now for the centre 'flower'.. Cut a sheet in half like so..
Place one hand in a circle type shape..
And put one half of your sheet over it. Push the middle down with your finger and scrunch as you go..
This part is supposed to look messy to get volume, so just have fun with it!
This is what your 'petals' should be looking like - messy & scrunchy!
Now glue them together at the bottom & keep adding 'petals' until you get the desired thickness of your 'flower' that you want..
Pop some glue around the base of the finished 'flower' and stick it in the middle of your wreath where all your cone points meet..
It doesn't matter if this parts looks messy, you won't see it!
Now flip over your wreath and put two holes in the cardboard where you want your top to be, this is how we get it ready to hang..
Thread through some ribbon or string..
Now grab your side plate to trace out another full circle like we did at the start BUT don't cut out a middle in it!!
Hot glue gun around the outside of the circle and press firmly to the wreath circle, covering the cones tips and the string..
And, voila!!!! Turn it over and hang in your favourite spot!!!!!

Here are some others I made - the options are endless!

This one was made for a client to give as a gift to her crossword loving sister - it's made from an old 40 year old dictionary..

This one I made out of smaller pieces of sheet music paper for a client to hang on her door as her Christmas Door Wreath..

So there you go!! I hope the photos and descriptions are helpful and easy to understand. Please feel free to 'Pin' this tutorial on your Pinterest board! Comment below or message me at if you have any questions - and I would LOVE to see your wreaths once they're made, so send me a photo or post a link below!!

Smiles and Happiness, Haylie xx