30 December 2012

Thank You 2012

Thank you so much lovely readers for joining me as we have uncovered some amazing Australian designers for Mum, Kids and Home this year. There have been fun real parties by creative Mums, and some gorgeous real kids' rooms designed by you too.

This year here on Bondville - for me - has been about realising the anti-Martha in us all... yes we love pretty things, but they don't have to be within-an-inch-of-its-life perfect. In 2012 rustic ruled, and gypsy/boho continued to gather momentum. Magazines like Kinfolk have paved the way for a more relaxed attitude to lifestyle and entertaining, and I think that's a good thing. There's a real reaction happening to the overwhelming amount of information coming our way and many of us are stepping off the treadmill a little to take things slower, pause a little, and prioritise the important things in life.

Back in June I was truly inspired to 'Make' by Jake Nickell from Threadless.com, and I've been trying to slow down and tackle some crafty projects that have been mulling in my head. Maybe you will join me to take some time out over the holidays too. I'd like to continue to try new things and to simplify life just a little more. An interesting task, with my big girl about to start school! 

So. Let's have a look at just a few of your favourite posts from 2012. It's all about relaxed parties, gorgeous Australian-designed goodies for us, and real kids' rooms with flavour:

Top 5 Posts from 2012
Liam's 1st Birthday Party at Sydney Park
1. Liam's 1st Birthday Party at Sydney Park

Emily Green accessories and artwork
2. Emily Green Accessories and Artwork

One Year Old Rowan's Worldy Bedroom
3. One Year Old Rowan's Worldly Bedroom

Aidan's 2nd Sesame Street Birthday Party
4. Aidan's 2nd Sesame Street Birthday Party

Modern Printables Elephant Party Pack
5. Modern Printables Elephant Party Pack

I also really loved hosting (with my friend Lisa) the Sydney abcd meet-ups for art, craft and design bloggers. This year we met at Ruby L'otel in April for a Saturday Soiree, held a Sharing-themed evening at The 3 Weeds in August visited the Polli design studio for an Instagram-themed afternoon tea in October. We have been treated to an amazing ombre ruffle cake by Alison Lawson Cakes, ice cream sandwiches from Pat & Stick's Homemade Ice Cream Co. and met some amazing, interesting, creative Sydney bloggers. Our next meet-up is on Thursday 21st February 2013 - please save the date.

This year I have loved working with my amazing Bondville sponsors who help me continue to write about and support independent Australian design: eeni meeni miini moh/e3-M, Minyaka Design, The Wall Sticker Company, Tots n Tales and TinyMe. I also wrote over 30 articles for eBay's Mum's Business website, ranging from small business topics to craft and lifestyle articles. Thanks also to partners The Finders Keepers, Milk & Honey Photography, BrisStyle, bloesem and the 30 fabulous Australian online stores in the Bondville Loves shopping directory.

I'm really excited about 2013 already with a site re-design in the works and as well as showcasing more Australian-designed products, I hope to help us all reach for more creativity in our lives with some in-depth advice and ideas. I'll still be posting here intermittently over the holiday period (and more frequently on Instagram). Please check in and say Hi :)


  1. Hi!

    It was indeed a great year for you. I am not active in commenting but I read your posts often. And I love them. I am looking forward for more posts from you this year.

  2. Happy new year! Looking forward to reading more posts :)

    Please check out my blog and enter my competition.

    Amanda xo


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