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Why I blog and how it started.

Why I blog & How it started via Adore Re Mi

 

Note: I am not a professional blogger (I am slowly working towards it) and the advice I am giving is from my experience. It's about why I blog, which blog school I been with, what I've learned and done so far. Just happy to share my blog love to you.


The very beginning:
Early 2013, I started out with Pip Lincolne's Just B Blog School. Pip is Australia's craft queen of Meet Me at Mikes and has written successful & inspiring books. When Pip started #amonthof during the blog school, I joined in the fun following the daily photographic prompts. I stayed on for months seeking inspirations to take my daily photos, here I decided my blog can be a place to showcase my photos but being a perfectionists I wanted to take better photos and improve my skills. Pip has a in-depth blog school on her Meet Me At Mike's website but if you want to start from the beginning, check out Just B Blog School. Pip is awesome!

All in the name:
During this time I played with my favourite words using a mind map and finally chose the name Adore Re Mi by mixing up words together, the song do re mi is from my favourite movie Sound Of Music and 'adore' is from the love of the french language (I can speak Spanish and learning french is on my bucket list.)
My blog stayed on untouched for a long time as I was nervous to write or know what 'niche' I belonged to, all excuses to not blog! it was a matter of doing some research from the web.  Finally my blog went live, no longer on the private setting (WordPress) with lots of hesitations and nerves I did it! Looking back I think opening a business is more nerve-racking than a blog!

Diving in the deep end:
Later 2013, I joined another blog school Blogging Your Way by German blogger extraordinaire Holly Becker from Decor8. Her husband and the team were brilliant teaching us from technical to photography. I learnt so much understanding still photography which gave me a purpose to photograph for my blog and Instagram. I did feel a little out of my league being amongst some advanced bloggers from around the world even though I wasn't the only novice blogger, I did finish up with lots of valuable information that's for sure!
I will definitely do another blog school course with Holly.

So ready for this!
When I heard of homegrown Aussie gal Fat Mum Slim's #fmsphotoaday challenge during 2013, I thought (after a long photo-a-day break) I'm going to get back into playing with my DSRL camera.
The FMS group have ah-mazing photos and it made me step up my photo taking skills (thanks to my wonderful friends, I'm doing a part-time online photography course.) I also started to follow Fat Mum Slim's blog, I was and still am smittened with Instagram photos and posts.

So when she introduced her new project in 2014- Clever Cookie School of Blog, I was going to join no matter what. FMS Chantelle Ellem and amazing photographer Rowe Timson are fantastic teachers along with their special guests, were not afraid to share their knowledge and expertise. What made this bloggy group a little different from the rest was it became a close-knit group, no question was too silly to ask  and was answered by the mentors and students. Everyone was supportive of each other and we still continue our friendship on the Facebook forum. We even met up when the course finished, click here to see how it went.

Today:
Now that the year has clicked on 2015 with my blog up and running (with lots of tweaking to do! That list will never end); I want to plan and be more organised, especially when baby No2 is due in 3 months. I chose the old fashion way of pen and paper (I love shopping in a stationary or office store, I light up like a kid in a candy store.)
I didn't want to spend $$ on a planner so I went with the free option. I found about 3 blog planners site from Pinterest and I decided to go with Lambert's Lately. I loved Leslie's colourful design and it contains everything a blogger needs. I used my home printer + $6.50 for binding. Tip: You can save more if you download the printable pages on to a USB and take it to your office supplier and get it binded on the same day. While your there, get some page divider if you can't be bother to create your own.
The planner is an A4 size and has about 120 pages. I wouldn't need to carry it with me as I would use it strictly at home. When I'm out and about I rather use a notebook to write down ideas or my iPhone. Tip: A lesson I learnt from a blogger expert who loves pen and paper is to keep the information separate, one for personal, one for your blog ideas and a notebook to keep in your bag to write down notes. You would hate to lose your book of bloggy ideas. For the techie users, back it up! If you lose your phone, you have it saved on your hard drive.

Have a look at the result.

 

 

Plan and get organise for the year via Adore Re Mi

No more messy scribbling and overloading my personal diary. It's already filled with baby stuff and lists. Notebook from Kikki-K, diary from Typo, craft tape from Little Paper Lane.

Binding your planner via Adore Re Mi

Clear perspex to protect the cover from spills. There are plenty of this with a inquisitive 3-year-old.

Insight look of the binded planner/ Adore Re Mi

Insight look of the planner.

Craft tape as page dividers/ Adore Re Mi

To divide the sections, I used washi tape and labeled each section for quick reference. You can buy page/folder dividers from your local office suppliers.

Planner notebook binded and ready to use/ Adore Re Mi

The final result.

Now if you want your planner online via Google sheets check out
Mom's Small Victories

Apps worth checking out:
Evernote
Werdsmith

For more bloggy information click here and here

Q to you:
Whether you're a blogger or not, are you an electronics or paper planner? What tools do you use e.g which apps help you or best notebook/planner to use? Love to know your personal choices..

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12 Great Ideas for New Year party

12 great ideas for new year party by Adore Re Mi

I love looking through party ideas on Pinterest, especially when bloggers make such an effort to make their photographic tutorials look good. I have sourced 12 great ideas for NEW YEAR party from Pinterest from decoration to make-up, for adults and kids. You can use many of these ideas for other special occasions too.
Hope you get some inspiration here for your party or BBQ.

 

NY party favors New Year party favours bags can be filled with inspirational quotes, Panadol, mints (bad alcohol breath is blah), or sweets to increase the energy for 10 min then crash on the sofa. For your best friends, earrings, mints, Panadol and a lotto scratchy to share of course.  Source: Oh So Beautiful Paper with printable gift tags.

NY streamers You can't pass a Martha Stewart creation from her website. I like this one, it's simple and uncluttered, great for last-minute preparations. The best part is the backdrop streamers. You can buy all materials from an art/craft store. Tip: Easier option is to use large round stickers (colour is your choice) and string. Stick two round stickers together with the string through the middle and hang from the ceiling or wall.

Good fortune favors Even if you don't eat the cookie (I always do), we all still love to crack a fortune cookie and read our fortune messages out to each other. So these New Year party favours are great and easy to assemble. You can buy fortune cookies from your supermarkets and some even sell clear bags in the party isle, otherwise buy the bags from the craft shop. Source: No Biggie.net with printable gift tags.

NY eve-Midnight Clocks Another from No Biggie, New Year Eve- Midnight Clocks. These are printable and you can use the clocks as cupcake toppers, table decorations, wall garland or attached to the party favour bags.

Champagne EtoileIt's time for a drink! I love a simple and delicious recipe . This one is from Coco + Kelley Lovely photographs too.  For more champagne cocktail recipes click here

champagne shimmer I always love to dress up for New Year parties. If it is a casual one, you can still add some glamour to your outfit with a soft shimmery eye make up. The colour shown above is great for dark eyes. Tip: Use a coppery colour if you have lighter coloured eyes, especially blue as it makes the colour stand out. Source: Lulu's How-To   NY party outfit This Polyvore outfit is great for everyone. You just adjust it to your size and body shape. If you are voluptuous, wear comfortable tight jeans with a long glittery top. If you don't like denim, wear a skirt or lighter coloured pants; if you don't like it, wear a LBD with a sequined jacket. As for the shoes, no limey the heels? Wear sparkly sandals or flats.

NY back drop As I inspected this picture closely, I noticed Christmas baubles being used. Love it! Use thick ribbon from the $2 shop, hook the baubles on and stick it to your wall. Tip: If you don't have brown wrapping paper to write a message on, use any left over wrapping paper, turn it over to the blank side and write your message. A great last-minute idea! Found on Lowes.com

Healthier option So you're not into sparkles and glittery things. Add some colour then. Here is a great idea for the healthy party people, in fact I prefer to crunch on this than chips. To see the whole table display, click on Pop Sugar I used this idea for my daughter's 2nd birthday and it was eaten within minutes. Tip: Display an assortment of veggies in a shot glass (or plastic found on your supermarket party isle) as individual serves.

Bow napkinsSimple and easy bow napkins wrapped around the cutlery. You can use wash/craft tape or ribbon as shown in the above picture. Found in Pinterest.

NY Eve kids treatsWe can't forget the kids! For the bigger kids who can stay up late, a milk and cookies toast in a fancy glass makes them feel special.

SquishycutedesignsWant to have 5 minutes without the kids (because their concentration span is short!) Download colouring pages from Squishy Cute Designs. So many to choose from.

Need more inspiration? Click here and here

To all my followers and visitors from around the world, have a wonderful start to 2015. I can't believe I'm typing 2-0-1-5!
Don't forget to call friends or family members who may not be amongst friends or family. While we are celebrating, some are alone this time of year and a phone call is what it takes to make them smile.
I have lots planned for ADORE RE MI in the new year: my pregnancy, motherhood advice post from other mums, birthdays, inspirational ideas and of course my favourite- Flashback Friday. I leave you with this final thought...

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Lots of besos blog signature

15 Stylish and Simple Christmas Ideas

15 Stylish & Simple Christmas Ideas via Adore Re Mi

We are already busy with family and work, and it's no wonder we stress so easily during the festive season having to buy presents, decorate the home and cook for the family! Ideally we would like to make everything look perfect and nice so I am giving you a heads start with 15 stylish and simple Christmas ideas you can use. Just remember the golden rule, keep it simple and easy!

I was trying to keep it to 12 ideas but there are so many I had to add another three.

I saw this simple idea and made it with neon coloured paper, grass green ribbon and wash tape. Kids will love to help out too!

Via Kickcan & Conkers

How easy is this! I did this for my wedding using ribbon and craft glue, I wish wash tape was available 8 years ago!

 via Trendenser.se

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You don't always have to buy Christmas themed wrapping paper. I always buy brown or white wrapping paper and dress it up with left over paper with ribbon or twine. Print out these cute labels via Tomfo

Christmas decoration found in Buzznet

gift wrapping via Boxwood Clippings

Beautifully wrapped and photo worthy. It would be ashamed to open them up.. Nah! You can use your signature colour to personalise it. via Boxwood Clippings

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Although it might be messy with the glitter, it sure looks cute to make. Decorate your tree or use it as a present/gift label. via Creature Comforts

Martha Stewart, Holiday jars

Martha extends her holiday jar idea to make it look more effective using wire lights to light it up. You can do without the lighting and use the salt as the snow and an ornament. via Martha Stewart

NordicElvesFeature by Nadine Reeves

Love being able to recycle/re-use. Buy felt & craft glue from your local craft supply shop and write a message for these cute Nordic feel advent calendar idea designed by Nadine Reeves

christmas-tree-napkin-fold-collage by Handimania

This is such a great idea. Make the napkins your main feature on your table, this emits so much clutter on the table. I know because I get carried away decorating mine! How to fold instructions via Handimania

ChristmasTableSetting_thumbYour napkins will look great on an uncluttered Christmas table. It's quick and simple especially when your time should be used hosting your guests or cooking! Vases and extras can be bought from your $2 shop. via Finding Home

Watermelon Christmas trees

Our national summer fruit is the watermelon (we love mangoes but it's a little tricky to make shapes.) Use a shaped cookie cutter. The kids, and big kids too will devour it. found in What About Watermelon

Sweet Scarlet

This Holly cupcakes don't look too hard to decorate, as long as you get to kiss a boy or girl. via Sweet Scarlet

Hot Mama's Cake via FB

You have the cupcake touch, maybe these cute cupcakes can inspire you to get creative. It's the trickiest to do but I had to put this cute designs on the list. Check out her FB page via Hot Mama's Cake

Better Home and Gardens

Another easy to do decoration on your cookie or cupcakes via Better Homes and Garden

Raspberry Limocello ProseccoAnd lastly, we can't have a festival season without a refreshing drink (perfect for the Southern hemisphere.) This easy to make drink  recipe is by Damn Delicious.  Non-alcoholic? Homemade raspberry/strawberry lemonade here

I hope I set your creative bug off with the 15 Christmas ideas,. The idea is to see something you like and interpret it your own way and to have fun. Have a good week and I see you on the next post- wrapping gifts inspiration mood board by me!

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Creative Baby Announcements

Creative baby announcements by Adore Re Mi

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When I was pregnant with my first child, I decided on a easy and most popular way to announce my exciting news. I uploaded my baby scan picture, added a few words like 'yes this is mine/ours!' and press post. And like every mum the thrill of sharing the news to your family and friends is heart warming.

3 years later and I am pregnant with my second. I didn't want to announce my baby news until I was in my second trimester, I felt it was the safest time to tell the news. It took me a while to accept my second pregnancy as I had a rough start to the year having 2 miscarriages (I will write my personal story to share with you soon). When my bump started showing, I began to feel more connected, excited and creative again.

So once my happy vibe slowly came back, I wanted to do a creative baby announcement to share with all my friends and family, using my 'big girl' daughter as the announcer. And here is the result:

baby announcementMy daughter isn't a camera poser and when she is, my camera goes crazy, snapping away at her. During the day at Sculpture by the Sea, I took advantage, taking photos of Miss 3 and hoped one of the pictures can be used as the one. And to my surprise, this photo looked super hero-ish.

Luckily Picmonkey- a great site to jazz up your photos, designs, invitations etc, had a superhero theme and I played with the theme until I was happy.

So I got myself thinking what other baby announcements can be created without spending a cent and look over flashy. Personally I like the modern, fresh, not too busy designs where the photo tells the story like this one and that one.

So I stayed on Picmonkey a little longer and designed the following, NOT to sell but to give you some ideas and inspirations using emotions like adoration/love; amazement; acceptance; unhappiness/non-accepting. Guess which emotion fits to each photo...

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And lastly, when the baby arrives and you want to do something different, baby shoes are the way to go to melt EVERYONE's hearts, like fluffy cute animals.baby announcement 4

 

I've kept all photos basic and simple, a starting point to create your own. Have fun or suggest this post to a friend or family who is stuck for ideas... blog signature

Fun Halloween Party Ideas

Fun Halloween Ideas by Adore Re MiSince I was a kid I was and still fascinated with all things spooky. I love reading witches and ghouls, ( zombie eyes I hate since watching the movie 28 days Later.) When you grow in a friendly haunted house you become used to the sounds, personally I thought it was the house creaking but my mum thought differently. She heard someone walking through our hallway, even our visitors felt a strange vibe. But my mum made me feel safe and not to be afraid. I grew up 'too fond of the stars to be afraid of the dark' (Galileo). So I haven't actually seen a 'ghost' but I believe there is more than our presence existing.

Halloween is a memorable time of year for me, dressing up in character and visiting your neighbours for treats. My parents never celebrated it but allowed me and my friends to have fun. Last year my daughter and I dressed up for halloween along with our American neighbour and her two daughters. We didn't go trick or treating as the children were too young so we went to our local pizza restaurant. She told me how the Americans celebrate it and I am certain I will visit America during their halloween festival and to Mexico to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos too.

I did this mini photo montage of halloween crafts that are easy and some simple to do from my collection of all SPOOKY things here. You will find lots more inspiration..

Credits and info:

Top: Banana ghost and mandarin pumpkins, found on Princess Pink Girl.

Small top: Ghost Cookies using an upside down tulip cookie cutter made by Make Me Cake Me.

Small bottom: Halloween hand treats using a clear disposable glove tied with a ribbon created by The Queens Card Castle.

Middle: Halloween door, great way to make a spooky impression and inviting too! Photo by Tara Donne via Parenting.com

Bottom left: Frankenstein marshmallow pops, easy to make and you can change the character according to the theme of the party. Tutoril and created by Craft-O-Maniac.

Bottom right: Pumpkin lanterns, you can buy lanterns, craft paper from the dollar shop. Easy and quick to do. Via Martha Stewart.

This is my final third Halloween post. If you missed the first two, you can check it out here and here . Hope you all have fun and be frightfully good. Happy Halloween to all! Adore Re Mi.

 

Want more ghoulish ideas, I have spooky stuff from my friends who enjoy halloween as much as I do, check it out!

Boiled Eggs & SoldiersBoiled Eggs & Soldiers decorated her home with mummy poppers, ghosts and pumpkins. She has lots more ideas from halloween too. Look here

Pink Post It Note Recipes To SaveDeliciously creepy Spider Choc Chip Cookies and read up about where halloween began via Pink Post It Note Recipes To Save.

Buy these from Sugar StationIf you love visiting candy/lolly shops as much as I do then you must check out Sugar Station. You can purchase Bertie Bott's Beans and Bean Boozled!

Mummy mason jarsMum Of Five Girls has more great craft ideas like the mummy mason jars, check it out here.

A kid-friendly Halloween party by Stay At Home TerritoryStay At Home Territory has planned and organised a halloween party for her kids. Lots of great ideas! Check it out here

 

 

 

Refurbished Chiffonier Part Two

Before and After chiffonier via adore re mi.In part one you got to meet the grand lady, the chiffonier- a sideboard/dresser. In part two, she will be under a transformation with a little nip & tuck, just a little.  You will see the final result, painted and accessorized with more tips to make your job better (if you are interested in refurbishing.) Would like to check out part one, click here.

Now, let's start with a quick rundown from part one before you see the painting done:

sanding back the water mark via adore re mi.Sanding back the water mark on the chiffonier. I didn't need to sand back the entire dresser to it's original timber, just the top lacquer coat to allow Penetrol (see below) to absorb better.

 

chiffonniere via adore re mi.Penetrol was my saviour, it allowed me to save time on having to sand the dresser back to the raw timber. The Penetrol gave me a good surface for my undercoat to key to. Penetrol is a paint conditioner and primer which I used on its own rather than mix it in with the paint. This helped provide the timber with a sealed, non porous finish to allow a smoother paint job. I did 2 coats, each time allowing it to dry. No need to be too precious as it is clear and runny, but don't brush it on thick either.

Click here for more information on the product.

Now the paint job..

 

primer via adore re mi.After 2 coats of Penetrol, it was time for the undercoat. Dulux Prepcoat- a water based primer, sealer and undercoat in white. Tip: Water based can be a good choice for furniture especially for a nursery as it doesn't have smelly chemicals.

Now remove the drawers, old door handles/knobs and before you start to use the undercoat.
first primer coat via adore re mi.The above photo shows my first lick of undercoat paint. I did at least 2 coats, because I am super fussy. The undercoat is a little thicker and chalkier than the top coat, it tends to fill in the timber grain and uneven surfaces.  The undercoat is sanded back in between coats creating a good surface for your final paint.  Warning! Be aware of drips, especially in corners. Tip: Wipe off drips with your finger and if you have any untidy drips whilst undercoating, sand back.

top coat via adore re mi.Top coat I used: Taubmans water based enamel gloss in white.

refurbishing chiffonier via adore re mi.It is best to remove the doors, sand back the sides and paint separately when you do the top coat for a better finish. Tip: If necessary cover locks, hinges with masking tape. Tip: Fill any gaps or holes with a timber filler.

In above photo, you can see how far I painted in. Be aware where it needs to be painted when you open the doors and draws. Tip: Use painters tape if you want an extra professional finish when painting a straight line.

 

refurbishing chiffonier via adore re mi.You may encounter this '#$@*!' moment with these spots or small patches of chipped paint. Tip: Lightly sand with a sandpaper grit 400 (very fine) and paint over the spot. If you are fussy like me, I primed it first then top coat otherwise just use as many coats of top coat paint you need on this spot, not the entire section.

Next the shelves. For a unique finish, you can cover the inner shelves and/or inside the draws with contact, wallpaper, thicker craft paper or paint. I chose paint for a durable finish. The colour I decided on was a neutral colour suitable for a nursery room called Daffodil Mist by Taubmans, a sample pot size was enough.  Warning! Make sure you see the paint colour before you pay for it. I was mixed a different brand and the yellow was more mustard (baby poo), not the colour you'd want for a nursery room.

Taubmans-Daffodil Mist

Once the shelves were dried, I fitted the new hinges on to the door. Then I drill and screwed on the new door knobs I bought from Ikea.

refurbishing chiffonier via adore re mi

When I painted the top of the chiffonier with the final top coat, paint with one stroke across the length using a wider brush for a seamless finish.

refurbishing chiffonier via adore re mi

I then allowed the chiffonier to dry for a week so the paint could harden. Tip: Before I slid in the draws, I rubbed wax on the sides and under the draws so it would create less friction for a smoother slide. It was then ready for delivery.

I dropped off the chiffonier the weekend before my friend's baby shower and it looks great in her Federation home. I will be post photos next week to show you the chiffonier in her new room.

 

What did you think of the transformation? I am hooked to do more especially when most of us don't have the space or time to refurbish a furniture. So watch this space!

 

Please noteI am not affiliated nor endorsing any of the products mentioned in this series of posts based on the chiffonier. Personal choice for quantity finish.