{Link Love} Blog Love

As part of the Creative Collective {link love} this week, the girls are asking us to pay it forward and share whose blogs we go to for inspiration. Well, Allison Waken is going to think I’m obsessed with her! I’ve been raving just a little bit about her site lately on Instagram, because of something called Project Life (which I talked about starting the other day). Allison’s blog is mostly made up of photos of her day-to-day with her 2 boys, hubby and doggies. She is really committed to spending quality time with her boys, and documents it in really fun ways. And her photography is beautiful!
Allison Waken

Image: Allison Waken

I’m terrible at reading blogs. Really bad. Even the blogs I love visiting regularly, I’ll mostly skip over the words and just read the captions beneath the photos. So this is why I love Allison’s blog, it’s very visual =) Go check out her site and her gorgeous boys.
Allison Waken

Image: Allison Waken

She also blogs at All For The Boys, which is a great place to find inspiration for creating, playing and buying for boys!

{Link Love} Inspiration Blooms

This week on Creative Collective, the girls are asking: “Where do you find your creative inspiration? What blogs do you read for inspiration? Who’s twitter do you follow? Is there someone in your life you go to for support and creativity? Are you a member of any creative social groups?”

I’m going to slant my answer towards the creativity I bring to my home decorating, DIY house projects, renovations and the like. I’d have to say in reference to my house and the goals I’d like to achieve, most of my inspiration comes from a few places on the internet, and my friends.

All of my friends have really lovely homes, but a select few of them also have neat, tidy, well organised and well decorated homes. Every time we come home from visiting a particular couple, I always want to throw out 3 more pieces of furniture, because we have so.much.stuff… Another couple (well, the lovely wifey, the husband has a good deal here) keeps their home immaculately clean and tidy. Whenever we come home from their place I want to do the dishes, clean the kitchen, and vacuum the house all at once. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t feel a need to compete with these people (at ALL, they are our good friends), I just see their homes and think “gosh how nice would it be to live in a home as neat/tidy/organised as this all the time”. So that is one source of inspiration, of the de-cluttering vein.

On the good ol’ internets, of course there is Pinterest. I LOVE Pinterest. Before this magnificent website, I used to save hundreds of images to my computer in an “inspiration” folder, and then later have to guess why I saved it and what in the image I had liked or wanted to replicate. Now I can save all these images into a virtual scrapbook, which also links to the original website, article or how-to, along with putting my own little notes to each image. Genius!

I also look to a few bloggers for house inspiration. Firstly, DoorSixteen. Anna has pretty much finished all her main house renovations and makeovers now, but looking through her Flickr stream, her house is just amazing, and she has a super sense of style and design.
Door Sixteen

Image: Door Sixteen

Along with following Anna, I love seeing regular DIY Projects by Kate of Centsational Girl. That woman is amazing with a can of spray paint! Her design style of her home is lovely (though not my style) and she gives fantastic step-by-step how-to’s on all her projects.
Centsational Girl

Image: Centsational Girl

And from Australia, I follow Belinda of The Happy Home. Belinda has just moved from her home where most of her renovations and makeovers took place, but I’m really looking forward to seeing what she does when they buy their next house!
The Happy Home

Image: The Happy Home

Where do you find you inspiration? Make sure to link up if you blog about it =)

My Casetagram iPhone Case

As you might have guessed, I love Instagram. I know a few people think it’s silly because it’s “just everyone trying to make their photos look arty by making them all look exactly the same”, but to me, that’s only true if all you’re thinking about is the look of the photo, whereas I’m more concerned about the content. Every photo is a memory, and an iPhone photo straight out of the camera very rarely captures the moment the way you remember it (the lighting is too harsh, contrast too high, colours too saturated).

Insert Intagram, and your memories are preserved in a prettier light =)

So, imagine my delight when I came across Casetagram, an online store where you make your own Phone case with your Instagram photos on the back! I tell you, for $35 with free worldwide shipping, it’s awesome. And fast! My case arrived within 2 weeks =)

Mikaela casetagram1

The only problem now is, I put my phone on surfaces screen down because I don’t want to scratch my pretty case =P

Mikaela casetagram2

Some other cool sites that print your instagram photos in various formats include Printstagram and Stickygram, and I’ll be ordering from both very soon =D

Point & Shoot

See over in my sidebar, a little way down the page, the button that says “I play Point & Shoot”? I’ve had that there for a long time, but have only participated in one Point & Shoot so far! So I’m going to try my best to do this every Monday, and get into the habit before bubba comes so hopefully I can continue to participate once he’s here.

This weekend’s photo is from Sunday. We had JA’s dad over with Katie and Pete for Fathers Day hamburgers, they were YUMMO! So yum, that we had them again for dinner =P

Cute Kitty vs Doggie video I just had to share

I just found this on my YouTube account, which I uploaded a couple of years ago, I think it’s about 3.5 years old. It’s pretty long but if you need some AWWWW time, this is where it’s at =)

*update*

I edited the video because it had copyrighted music in the background (ambient music playing from my computer at the time), so it’s a bit shorter now and has weird royalty free music over the top.

7 random things

I’ve now been tagged by the lovely Elise of lecoco.com and the ever fun Kiki of The Life and Times of KiKi Chaos to do a 7 random things post… So here I am, randoming it up. Yes, it’s a word. Go look it up!*

I stole ideas from both these girls, because after a day of water skiing I don’t have an original thought left in my head.

1. Family Stuff – I had an older sister who passed away in 2005, and an older half brother who I only found out about later the same year. My parents seemed really worried to tell me, like I’d flip out or something, but I thought it was awesome (and still do of course), insta-family! So I also have 2 of the sweetest little nieces, as an added bonus =)

2. Body stuff – (sounds kinky!) I can touch my nose with my tongue. Now that is fairly random and a fact I’m sure you were all desperate to know.

3. Indulgences – I don’t smoke, very rarely drink (once maybe every 3 or 4 months), and don’t do drugs (and haven’t, pretty much ever). These are lifestyle choices I have made, and at times you can feel like a bit of a social outcast (when “everyone else is doing it”), but 95% of the time I am of the thinking that while it is fine for others to put that shit into their body on a regular basis, I’d rather not, and I think I’m a much healthier and happier person for it (than I would be otherwise).

4. Collections – I have a modest collection of Salt and Pepper shakers. I think this started because my mum has a little collection of her own S&P shakers. I have about 5 or 6 at the moment, I think over the years that number will definitely grow.

5. Tastes – I LOVE cake, but I hate the icing. It is always so rich and sickly sweet. Mind you, the cake has to be just right, if it’s too dry that it *needs* icing, then it’s just not that great anyway. A thick, moist slice of chocolate (dark or white) mud cake – hold the icing – is my perfect dessert. Or Profiteroles. I can eat a whole packet of them (8!) by myself in one go. ooooh now I’m hungry.

6. Favourites – My favourite colour in general in blue, favourite colour to wear is a deep turquise/teal (or anything bright). Favourite number is 2 (first choice of shirt in soccer, 2nd choice is 6). What else do you usually have a favourite of? can’t think of anything.

7. Life – I’m a big believer in Karma. The main thing I want my eventual kids to grow up with is “be a good person”. In general. Be nice to people, do good things, think of others, be compassionate. I try!

So the 7 people I would love to hear 7 random things about are:

Lala : Schmeckt
Faux Fuchsia
Anna : Door Sixteen
Caity
Dani : Sometimes Sweet
Kyla Roma
Jess : Epheriell Designs

ANNNND you!

Feel free to post your own answers to the headings I’ve given in the comments =)

*Did you look it up? See, I lie all the time, definitely not a word.

I love new design books!

Today I got 3 in the mail care of Amazon, and last week I got one with a Borders book voucher I got for Christmas from Erin. weeeeee =)

Also I made a tumblr account, I’m going to do a 365 photographs project where I plan to show 365 of my own original photos throughout the year. I’m going to try and post every day but the goal here is to get 365 photos up, so I might do a couple in one day and then miss a day or 2, we’ll see how I go =) Check it out: mikaelad.tumblr.com

My current want/wish list

I find it really hard to buy anything over $100 if it’s not part of a plan (ie room makeover) or a gift. But if I could shake this frugal thinking, these are the first things I would go out and buy:

Roomba robot vacuum, would be great for my wooden floors that have doggie fur on them every. single. day.
irobot Roomba

Fuji Instax Instant Camera would be so fun to play with.
Fuji Instax

Speaking of playing, definitely lusting over the iPad.
iPad

Annnnd I’ve wanted a GHD for awhile.
GHD

So now I need to sell lots of goodies at the markets to be able to buy one of these =) Wish me luck!