Friday, September 30, 2011

'Just coz' flowers

What a wonderful end to a great week... Some beautiful flowers from my amazing husband. Just because.

V xx

Thursday, September 29, 2011

30 gifts to 30 strangers

This is a truly beautiful and inspiring video. You put good out there and you will get in back multiplied.


V xx

Music: “To Build a Home” by Cinematic Orchestra 

Hello! My name is Lucas and I'm Brazilian. Since I arrived in Australia a lot of beautiful things happened in my life, so on the day I turned 30 I decided to celebrate in a special way, being grateful to the people of Sydney. :)

Thank you so much to all my friends who helped make this happen, without you it would not have been possible. And thank you to everyone who lives in Australia, making this country such a wonderful place.

A big hug, Lucas.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Over the last few weeks I have been reading so many wonderful new blogs and books and they all have a common theme... the power of positive thinking. I'm making a conscious effort to think only good, positive thoughts and to ignore all the negativity that so often fills our minds.

My contribution to this 'good vibe flow' is to create positive, inspiring prints. They are all A4, hi res jpgs so feel free to use them on your blog, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. or print off a copy and use it in your home or office as a little reminder that positivity brings positivity.

V xx

Monday, September 26, 2011

My interview on Clever Mamma

I was interviewed a while ago for a FAB new 'mums in business' directory, Clever Mamma.

Check it out here...

I love the concept of connecting business mums and the branding and site design is gorgeous! Lots of great stories and tips from other creative mammas!

V xx

Happy Monday to you!

I just love when the sun rises early to blue skys and you wake before the alarm... and 2 year olds! Especially on a Monday! I feel so much better kick starting my week with a little yoga, a quiet coffee and read at the paper before the house wakes.


V xx

Thursday, September 22, 2011

'I'd rather go naked than wear fur' CAMPAIGN with Ruby Rose

What a brave and beautiful photo shoot with Ruby Rose for MAXIM! I can't believe just how different she looks with long blonde hair! I must admit, I am a fan of the short dark hair but she is just beautiful in all of the shots!

V xx

Sunday, September 18, 2011

NEW PRODUCT : baby sleeping door hanger

I've been meaning to add this product to the shop for a while. It was the lovely Jolie from Hey Bambini who gave me the idea and it's definitely something EVERY mum needs.

We have recently moved Gabriel into the front bedroom (his toys were taking over and there just wasn't enough space in the little bedroom!) and without fail, at least once a week, the postman will come and ring the door bell just as G has gone to sleep!

So hopefully this little sign will let him have a more peaceful afternoon nap.

The sign is a printable PDF to allow you to print a copy at home and put it in a photo frame to hang on the front door. The file also contains a version that says 'Please use the back door' for when you are expecting visitors.

You can purchase now from Buttercup Ink : The Paper Shop and also from the Buttercup Ink Etsy shop.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Maternity AND post pregnancy dress!

I fell in love with a dress that I saw online during the week. You know, when you just can't stop thinking about it and can imagine wearing it to LOADS of different things? Well, I went to try it on at a fab little local boutique, Tiger and Goat, today and fell in love with it even more! I hoped that I could wear it during my pregnancy and also after (it's not specifically maternity-wear) and I was right! it'll be perfect for the cooler spring days. It's by Sydney based label, Binny. Their dresses are so beautiful! Just had to share! 

Friday, September 16, 2011

A day of fun and SUNSHINE after a busy week

It's been a very busy week here at Buttercup Ink HQ with some wonderful new clients and exciting projects. So today is a day to be outdoors. Gabe and I had a great morning doing a bit of op-shopping then grabbed a milkshake and headed to the park with some books and Gabe's favourite friend, Monkey. We had some lunch outside on the deck. It's just so nice to be out in the warm weather! 

This is the outfit that he selected this morning... there was a scarf on too but we managed to ditch that! He got lots of complements on his tie at the park. I love how confident he is. I hope this never fades.

{my smart and funny boy}

Have a great weekend everyone!

V xx

Thursday, September 15, 2011

ETSY LOVE: musical furniture!

What an AMAZING idea! I just adore this porch swing! It's a xylophone and bench seat rolled into one!

I love how clever and creative some people are. So inspiring!

V xx

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

LOGO SHOWCASE : The Flower Shop

Another new premade logo now available to order!

{image via pinterest}

Monday, September 12, 2011

ETSY LOVE: maxi skirt

I just love this maxi skirt I found whilst browsing through Etsy at the weekend. Plus, it has an adjustable waist so might even be 3rd trimester friendly! I think I might just purchase anyway and keep it in the wardrobe for the late summer.

V xx

Friday, September 9, 2011

BABY NAMES : suggestions please!

I'm having a bit of a tidy up in the studio this afternoon and now that my desk is lovely and organised, I just can seem to get to work. So I'm spending the next hour of so catching up on some blog reading and general inspiration (hours can be easily lost on Pinterest!)

I've found that recently I'm gravitating back to the 'baby blogs' and baby name websites. It only leaves me feeling more confused though! During this pregnancy, we've not really spoken about names as much as we did first time round. Although, we knew that Gabriel was going to be Gabriel even before we were pregnant - but I just love playing the name game!

We've got a few names picked out that we like for both a boy and girl (no, we're resisting temptation and not finding out!) but I would LOVE if any of you have some suggestions!

V xx

LOGO SHOWCASE : Little Dinosaur Kids Clothing

Here is one of my new ready-to-order, customisable logos that can be purchased in my Etsy shop here...

{image from seed clothing}

This logo was created with a kids clothing line or clothing boutique in mind but can be customised (colour, business name and tag line) for any creative business!

V xx

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

ETSY love: Mac shortcut prints

This is definitely the geek coming out in me but I just love these prints by Bird Ave!

V xx

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

LOGO SHOWCASE : Nic & Milly Family Photography

Here is one of my new ready-to-order, customisable logos that can be purchased in my Etsy shop here...

{image via pinterest, photographer unknown}

The idea behind this project is that when starting out in business (especially for mums) there often isn't a lot of cash available for branding. I have created a collection of customisable, ready-to-buy logo suits that allow new businesses to have a creative and professional image from the very beginning without having to spend $$$.

Accompanying items such as business cards, letterhead, gift certificates, blog banners, etc. are also available on request.

As a little special offer, I'm including a free Facebook skyscraper profile image for each logo suite purchased to give people a little kick start and get their business online - even if they aren't at the website stage just yet.

Monday, September 5, 2011

FOOTY fever!

AFL finals season is just around the corner and it's certainly getting exciting here in Melbourne!

Struggling for a gift for those little future footy stars? Well look no further! My custom AFL prints are now back in store! Find them HERE.

V xx

Friday, September 2, 2011

BUTTERCUP inspired loveliness

Second day of spring and the sun is out in Melbourne town today! So here's a little buttercup'y loveliness for the weekend!

V xx

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Great GIVEAWAY on My Spa Guide

My beautiful ladies over at My Spa Guide have a great comp running at the moment. Be sure to head over and check it out!

There's always lots happening on their Facebook page too...

V xx

AMAZING packaging design : Auberge du Soleil

Check out this innovative packaging design! The handmade truffles for luxury resort Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley, CA, are housed in this clever little squeeze box to avoid them being crushed!

Oh how I would love to be eating these whilst lounging by their pool!

V xx