Thursday, 3 November 2016

Nursery design made simple

Congratulations: you're pregnant!


You've just peed on The Stick. 2 lines have appeared.

There's so much to do:
  1. Find a midwife. 
  2. Work out how to discreetly not drink that wine until you're ready to tell people. 
  3. The Pregnancy Announcement. 
  4. Figure out if you can eat that cheese. 
  5. Figure out if there's anything you can eat that won't make you vomit.
  6. Buy maternity clothes.
  7. Decide whether to find out the sex. 
  8. Pee.
  9. Choose a name - or two depending on #7
  10. The Gender Reveal - or not, also depending on #7
  11. Antenatal classes.
  12. Pee.
  13. Write a birth plan.
  14. Waddle.
  15. Pack the hospital bag.
  16. Pee.
  17. Labour.
You could be forgiven for ranking nursery design way down the list. Afterall, the baby's not going to care for a (long) while.

How to Design a Nursery


Fortunately, nursery design is as simple as choosing 'The One Piece'. 
Just one. 
The trick is, you have to fall in love with it.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

The hanging basket's moment in the sun

'World famous' in Aotearoa


The latest issue of New Zealand's hugely popular Your Home and Garden magazine has hit the stands and arrived in the mailboxes of subscribers (of which I am one).

Being about as far away from the distribution point as it's possible to get, I was one of the last to receive the mag... but so worth the wait!


Monday, 5 September 2016

DIY Framing Instructions for your Penny Drops art

Adding value to your art


If you own a piece of original art, you're already onto a winner. The subtle tones, textures, and, if you're really lucky brush strokes, add a rich depth that can't be captured in a print.

Frame that art and you take an eye-catching piece to next-level-amazing!


Sunday, 21 August 2016

Art on Tour


The Penny Drops' original paintings exhibited at Hello Sunday Cafe


Christchurch locals are now well familiar with the amazing Hello Sunday Cafe. You may have read about their second-year-in-a-row award winning haul at the Christchurch Hospitality Awards. Or read one of the many write ups and reviews: like this one, or this one, or this EPIC one...

So it's my greatest pleasure to have an exclusive selection of The Penny Drops' original paintings on display at this bustling, beautiful location.


Monday, 8 August 2016

Coiled rope baskets

These coiled rope baskets are among my favourite things in The Penny Drops' Etsy store.


The natural textures and tones are perfect for any home and they are such a practical item.

Storage for all sorts


I love using the baskets with a wooden bar as a resting place for books - making these baskets ideal as bedside (or couchside) storage: keep those favourite reading books close to hand. Of course, the baskets can also be used for kids toys, fruit, remotes, soaps (and other lotions and potions), those assorted bits and bobs that accumulate in every household, tools of your craft etc etc.


Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Tropical watercolour leaves

New Paintings

Fresh new botanical-inspired art works using fluid and dreamy watercolour paints, which are so well suited to the subject matter: evoking leaves blowing in fresh tropical breezes.
These new paintings - all original pieces by artist Mel McKenzie - are available to buy via The Penny Drops' Etsy store.

Interior design WOW


Interior design experts declare "Plants are the new black" and like many of you I can't get enough of the real green variety in my home decor - but my love of foliage doesn't stop there.

Taking the mantra literally, I'm in love with this fresh series of tropical black watercolour leaf paintings now available in The Penny Drops' new Etsy store.


Wednesday, 20 January 2016

DIY 2016 Calendar

Getting organised

So the year's underway. Slowly for some. With a hiss and a roar for others. (You?)

I went looking (in actual shops) the other day for some sort of wall planner and walked out determined to make my own.

Here's how I did it.


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