Monday, 6 May 2013

Wink & Bid Doily Mother's Day Card - download for free!

We all know mothers are priceless AND that sometimes the best things in life are free, so why not download our printable Mother's Day card, featuring a gorgeous cross stitched design with hand embroidered writing and a super cute floral fabric! Simply print, cut out and fold in half, then add your own message to your amazing mum.

Here's the link -

wink & bid free downloadable mothers day card

Happy doily days! xx wink & bid.

Monday, 8 April 2013

Weird & wonderful doilies...

You may have gathered by now that we two sisters at ‘wink & bid’ are doily aficionados. We loooooove a beautiful doily and consider them pieces of domestic artwork. With our doily bangles, purses and calico bags we’re always on the look out for ways to incorporate them into everyday life. There may however, be people out there who are even crazier about doilies then us… hard to believe, but I have the proof here in pictures...

 Art by the Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos.  
Google her - Ah mazing! 

Giant Doilies by Jennifer Cecere. I want to tether this 
horizontally between trees as a hamock...

 Sugar doilies for your cup of tea!
Get them here on Etsy.

happy doily days. xx wink & bid.

Monday, 18 March 2013

On the sauce

Sauce making has a long tradition in our family, once a year three ginormous pots of tomatoes adorn the barbecue at Mum and Dad’s and spend the day simmering and being stirred to finally create a delicious accompaniment to many a pie. Here's some pics from our recent sauce making day!

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

DIY Beauty Treatment - Poor Woman's Pore Peel!

DIY Beauty Treatment - Poor Woman's Pore Peel!

When I was younger I used to raid the pantry and mix up my own beauty treatments – I specifically remember a facial scrub using rolled oats! It has been a while since I’ve done anything along those lines but when I was trawling pinterest this week I came across a little recipe that I couldn’t resist:  Make – your – own pore mask/peel. Here’s the link

This inspired me so I’m giving it a crack this morning while bub’s asleep and pre-schooler is at swimming lessons with his dad, here goes….

1 tablespoon or Gelatin and 1 tablespoon of milk – mix and microwave for 10 – 15 seconds.

Hmm, smells kind of manky and looks a bit like vomit, and you do have to apply it straight away because it starts to go even clumpier. I used an iceypole stick.

Akward Selfie - How embarassing.

The waiting game –  around 15 minutes – you can feel your face going harder than Channing Tatums abs in that feelgood stripper flick. I actually prefer Chris Hemsworth in Thor, but I digress.

Ok now for the fun part, peeling. Ouch, it hurts as it gets those tiny hairs on your cheeks – on the upside my face does feel like a baby’s bum, and you can see what has been ripped out if you hold the peeled bits up to the light. 

The peeled-off bits

I wouldn't try this if you have sensitive skin. Oh and don’t get it anywhere near your eyebrows or you may end up rocking a weird brow fashion, which is fine if you’re planning on auditioning for the role of Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Maybe next time I’ll just do my nose/forehead but overall this is a winner. If you give it a go let us know!

Xx Wink

Thursday, 28 February 2013

We're bringing doilies back...

There are lots of things that we’d love to bring back; Barney Bananas, Pollywaffles, Milky Freezes, side ponies, scrunchies and Ollie's Trolley. But doilies are our passion. We love doilies! If you’d like to share in the doily movement our calico totes are now half price in our etsy shop. These gorgeous bags are the perfect accompaniment to the library or supermarket and to add to their appeal, they’re hand screen printed in Campbell’s Creek, Victoria, Australia.