Monday, June 3, 2013

My blog has moved.......

I have moved .......
My blog is still Hope Island Home Living
but has a new URL

This will be my last post on this blogsite :)
I needed a fresh start after a very trying 12 months ,
the new look will give me this new lease on life !
 The new URL is in keeping with
the blog title & simplifies searches.

If you would like to keep following me come on over.
( Im still tweeking a few things in the sidebar )
I am also on Instagram daily !!
I will announce some giveaways on Friday for Australian followers.

Love to hear from you 

Karyn x

All images belong to Hope Island Home Living

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Ole Lynggaard Jewellery

I was drawn in by a beautiful image in a magazine of Helena Christensen , 
on the accompanying page was a shot of beautiful ' organic ' style rings.
Normally that is as far as I would go , admiring the image.
But this time I looked for the web address

I have never been more enthralled reading about a jewellery house.
Words like hand made , capture the colour & light , organic corals , eloquent are but just a few descriptive words used for their obvious love of jewellery designing. I was drawn deeper into the website from their inviting catalogue covers to discovering it is a 50 year Old Danish family business.
The designers are Ole & Charlotte Lynggaard.
I could continue on but I will let you take the journey yourself......

What I also discovered & loved was the ' My Friend Project ' set up by Charlotte Lynggard to help people in West Africa have access to clean drinking water. Charlotte is very concerned with the state of the world & the consequences of global warming . 59 wells later 35, 000 people in the small West African country of Togo have benefited. Here is the link

As I can only dream of one day affording one of these stunning pieces ,
I will leave you with another image of Helena Christensen ,
classic & timeless just like the jewellery.

Karyn x

All Images from here

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

I went over the Border and.......

Miles of vast open green spaces ,
past Mt Warning & sugar cane fields.......

Up a steep driveway......

To this pretty setting ......

Look at the picture perfect view,
so still & quiet .....

I spent  two of the most wonderful days doing workshops here ,
do you know where I was ?

The answer is on my instagram !
Pop on over & take a look
Karyn x

Monday, May 13, 2013

Mothers Day 2013

My mothers day flower
picked by my gorgeous boy as we walked on the beach in the afternoon.

This was my favourite part of the day. My hand made card from my six year old. I wonder how many more years of these I have to look forward too.......

The kids shop at their school mothers day stall , I was pretty lucky this year ,
 look at this booty ! They doubled up on socks as they didnt know what the other had bought. Worked out perfect as #mum needed some warm woolly socks.

I was also given this beautiful gift box ( daddy had gone shopping )

Look what was inside , sigh , Im in heaven......

We had to drive down the other end of the coast to take a injured baby water dragon to the Currumbin Animal Hospital ( as you do )
While we were down that way we went for a lovely walk on the beach.
Love the vast open space with gorgeous cloudy Autumn sky.

Karyn x

Images Hope Island Living

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Hope Island Living Blog Changes Coming........

Over the next few weeks I am making changes to my blog.
So bare with me as I tweak my neglected Blog , there may be a slight name change also
Its time.........
On the horizon will be giveaways , before / after room reveals and a online store.

Today I am sharing a few of my photos with you

Karyn x

Images by Hope Island Living

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Anzac Day Service

Today we attended the Anzac Day Service at Upper Coomera Monument

Image Hope Island Living

At The Monument
On this special day , ANZAC Day , 25th April 2013, we recall those men
 and women who gave service to their country , who sacrificed their lives
 to fight for peace in the world and freedom for mankind.

We recall the great tragedy of war and those who left our shores and never returned ,
those who still sleep in the cemeteries of Gallipoli , Palestine , France , 
the desserts of Northern Africa , Greece , the Middle East and closer 
to home , New Guinea , the Pacific , Malaysia , Korea , Vietnam , Indonesia ,
Afghanistan , Iraq , East Timor and all the other unknown resting places 
in every corner of the world.

We stand here together united in their memory and promise that their
 sacrifice will not be forgotten and that we , as a community will work
together , to continue their memory and in our own small ways to bring
peace to our families and friends throughout our community
and to the world as a whole.

From the Rotary Club programme

If only we could all read this and live by it.

Many local schools took part in the march to the monument , helping to keep 
Anzac Day remembered through our youth.

It was wonderful to see a large crowd line the streets


Karyn x

Monday, April 22, 2013

Paint Me White , Annie Sloan Workshop

On Saturday I attended a Workshop at
Paint Me White 
learning to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

It was held at the new premises of Paint Me White at Mudgeeraba 
Sandy also has a store at the Woolloongabba Antique Centre

Here we all are , a lovely group of ladies.

I brought in this lovely ornate frame 

Look , no sanding , no primer required 
Straight into painting , no paint smell , gotta love that !!

I choose ' Louis Blue ' to Paint the frame.
I have a special spot at home for this which I will reveal another day !!

It was hard not to get distracted surrounded by all the interesting pieces in the store.
The 3 hours went so fast . We stopped to have a delicious morning tea that had been made by Sandys daughter Paige. Wish I had taken a photo of the delightful stand holding the yummiest egg sandwiches & the best caramel slice I have ever had ! ( I may have to pop back soon just to get the recipie )

I came home with two colours to start off with 
Paris Grey & Pure White ( of course ) 
Lots of great colours & different effects can be done with them.

Sandys Gold Coast store " Paint Me White " had its opening on Sunday
( I forgot to take a picture of the sign outside )
Which can be found at Mudgeeraba Village Shopping Centre , Swan Lane.
or online at

Karyn x