TV Sensation Shaynna Blaze’s Place With One Of My Flower Girls!!!

Dearest Fellow Creatives,

What a joy to see in Domain this past week the beautiful home interiors of superstar interior designer and co-host of TV sensation The Block, Shaynna Blaze.

I’ve lived away from Australia for so many years and had only heard about this show on trips home but when my Father was dying, it was one of the shows my Mum, Dad, and I watched each week.

I stayed in Australia for four months that year and became a The Block enthusiast so it was super exciting to see that one of my flower girls, Going Places, was actually hanging in Shaynna’s beautiful home!

Photo: Natalie Jeffcott

The clever folks at Domain created a little tour video of Shaynna’s home with lots of beautiful surprises, which you can watch here:

In Shaynna’s words, “A home should feel like an oasis as well as an adventure, with elements of fun, personality, and the unexpected.”

Here is a little preview of her home with photos by the talented Natalie Jeffcott:

Photo: Natalie Jeffcott
Photo: Natalie Jeffcott

You can check out Domain’s feature on Shaynna’s 1880s Melbourne pad HERE.

 

If you would like to decorate your walls with a little joy and beauty, you can check out my shop here:

Loads of love and thanks to Domain, Shaynna Blaze, and Natalie Jeffcott. 

 

Carla x

Introducing My Newest Flower Girl in my ‘Young Girl in Bloom’ Series

Dearest Lovelies,

Today is a special day for so many reasons. A new girl has skipped into our lives and hearts and her name is Follow Your Bliss. She is inspired by my father’s favourite flower, an old fashioned pink carnation so this one also is for my Dad.

She is young, sprightly, and full of life and she will help lead you where your heart wants to go.

This is her story:

Follow Your Bliss

The secret to getting what you want in life, finding your people, feeling motivated to get out of bed in the morning, to have a skip in your step, is to follow your bliss.

Following your bliss and what in your heart feels true is not whimsical or irresponsible, it’s deep communion with your higher self and creates profound personal fulfillment, joy, a sense of belonging to a community and to this beautiful world we live in.

You know when you are connected to something you really want because you feel excited, enthusiastic, and you radiate joy, your energy bubbles over and off you go without needing any prompting at all. A heart’s desire gives you a rudder that pulls you along, a clear path starts to form and you know what to do next, you have the courage to keep taking steps, one choice at a time.

I hope this girl inspires you to follow your bliss. She is available from the wonderful folks at Forman Art and Framing in Australia and she can skip into your home in Canada via the beautiful Tara Gavin at On The Wall Framing. You can also get her from my online shop here.

May we all have the courage to continue to follow our bliss and be led back onto the path that is true for us.

 

Love and light always,

Carla

Bunch of self-love

Bunches of Self-Love

Bunch of self-love

Dear Lovelies, I have been curious about self-love for a very long time probably because it was so elusive in my late teens, twenties, and thirties. 

When I created Young Girl in Bloom, I wanted to send messages through beauty that would hang on your wall and remind you of how wonderful and powerful you are, simply by being your true self. 

Inspiration came from many places, from the girls in my immediate world, from my journey as a teenager and young woman but also from the messages, letters, and conversations I’ve had with many different women in my world and community. Often I was inspired by what was going on in the world or my world and each time I created a new image my wish was that it would touch the heart of someone and inspire them like a visual mantra to believe in themselves and connect to their magic. 

Self-love can mean so many things: respect what you need and want, listening to your voice and following it, accepting yourself the way you are, taking care of your wellbeing, treating yourself like you would treat your best friend, and feeling things like pride in something you have done, trusting yourself and having faith that what brings you joy is a good path to follow. 

On this very special Valentine’s day, I would love to send you a reminder that YOU ARE LOVE. You never need to wait for love, the key is to start giving it to yourself and others through kindness, generosity, surprise, friendship, and compassion. They can be small things like offering to make a cup of tea for someone who looks tired, carrying someone’s shopping up the stairs, or calling to check on your friend when you haven’t heard from her for a while.

You have a WELL of love that goes on forever and expands when you think there is no more love to give. 

Love is the most powerful emotion on the planet; it heals and connects, opens, and facilitates; it’s strong and soft and we all need it every day. 

If you have been hankering after a Young Girl in Bloom print for a while or a joyful beach, we have a special Valentine’s Day gift for you; you can get 15% off shopwide with the code BLOOMSANDBEACHES. 

You can shop here. If you’re from Australia or New Zealand, Forman Art and Framing is doing the same promotion on my prints on their site, you can order from them here instead.

And I have one more big drumroll…..one of our sold-out images, JOYFUL & UNSTOPPABLE, has been released in a brand new size, 30 x 45 inch and she matches ON MY WAY in the same size.

You can take a look here, in Australia here, and in Canada here.

 

Sending love and light always,

Carla 

My Latest Flower Girl — And A Gift!

Dear Lovelies,

It’s always an exciting moment to welcome a new friend into the Young Girl in Bloom fold (or as Kara at Forman calls them, ‘Carla’s Army’) and this one may just rock your world. She is very dear to my heart and I believe has a message for all women; her name is See Me.

When I was thinking about creating her, I wanted to feel the joy of colour, kind of like painting the town red except it is orange! I wanted her to jump or dance off your wall with that exquisite feeling of aliveness that floods your body when you live life authentically and dare to be seen or voice your message.

This is her story:

For centuries, it has been unsafe for women to be seen or heard. This message has been passed down from generation to generation, so for many of us, it’s a natural place to be invisible, to stay quiet, and blend in. Being invisible means you don’t go out into the world with the joyous expression of who you are; instead, you squash your emotions, voice, fear judgment, and don’t share your true gifts with the world. 

SEE ME was created with girls and women in mind whose message, creativity, talents, love, and skills are needed now. It is only when you have the courage to connect to the expression of your true nature that you reconnect to the women that came before you, and you will inspire others to find their courage, bring their message, inner beauty, and knowledge to the world. 

When you dare to embrace your true nature, be seen and heard as your real self, reconnect to your intuition and gifts, then the magic and healing of our inner and outer world truly begins. Be seen and heard!

Kara Forsythe at Forman Art & Framing in Australia and Tara Gavin of On The Wall Framing in Canada want to spread the joy as we head towards the close of 2021. We want you to surround yourself with ‘the colour of joy’, maybe a bright Italian beach or one of the Young Girl in Bloom series that will transport you and inspire you each time you glance at the walls. These little visual mantras will have you whistling and humming as you pass by and help the feel-good flow in your veins.

In the words of Ingrid Fetell Lee, author of ‘Joyful’: “From the moment I first started studying joy, it was clear that the liveliest places and objects all have one thing in common: bright, vivid color. Whether it’s a row of houses painted in bold swaths of candy hues or a display of colored markers in a stationery shop, vibrant color invariably sparks a feeling of delight.” 

We are offering a free 12 x 18 inch Young Girl In Bloom print with purchase of ANY print of 20 x 30 inch and over so no matter what is going on outside your walls, inside your home you will feel joy and you will have a gift for a friend, partner, daughter, niece, or for another place in your house that needs a little joy.

You can get your 20 x 30 inch (or larger) Limited Edition Fine Art Print and your 12 x 18 inch flower girl freebie from my online shop. See the details here.

 

SHOPPING FROM AUSTRALIA OR CANADA?

Forman Art & Framing in Australia and On The Wall Framing in Canada are doing a similar promotion for my prints, please check out their sites for how to order.

For orders in Australia and New Zealand, get them from Forman Art & Framing

For orders in Canada, get them from On The Wall Framing